Swan Songs - September 2009
Annette Zietz
Annette Zietz, 83, of Bismarck, ND passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, ND.
Annette was born June 8, 1926, in Bismarck, ND to Dr. Wilbur and Frances (Cobb) Diven. She was raised and educated in Bismarck where she graduated from high school in 1944. She attended Stephens College, Columbia, MO and graduated from UCLA in 1948.
Annette worked at the Department of Agriculture until her marriage to James Zietz on April 23, 1951.
Annette was active in PEO and the El Zagal Shrine Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed supporting the Children’s Shrine Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, reading, gardening, and loved to spend time with her grandchildren.
Annette is survived by one daughter, Marcy Zietz (Pat Christianson), of Seeley Lake, MT; two sons, Brad (Shelley) Zietz, of Fargo, ND; Greg Zietz, of Bismarck, ND; and two grandchildren, Ben and Greta.
Annette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James in 2004, and an infant brother, Winton Diven.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to PEO Chapter AJ Scholarship Fund, or the El Zagal Shrine Hospital Auxiliary.
Funeral Services were held Friday, September 4, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church, Bismarck, ND with Rev. Jake Kincaid officiating. Burial was in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.
Funeral arrangements were made by Perry Funeral Home, Mandan, North Dakota.

Fern D. (Mack) Wirtz
Fern D. (Mack) Wirtz a long time resident of Kalispell, MT, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at the Missouri River Nursing Home in Fort Benton, MT after seven years of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Cremation was taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home. Services were not held at that time to prepare for a "CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL" to be held in Kalispell, MT on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at the Lawrence Park Pavilion from 1 pm - 4 pm.
This will be an old fashion " FAMILY/FRIENDS GATHERING POTLUCK/PICNIC"!!! Our mom loved the old fashion family/friends gatherings, potlucks/picnics. We do this to honor her, so don't bring flowers or cards; bring your favorite hot dish, salad or dessert to share with all of us as we fellowship together in remembrance of her.
Dress comfortable and casual for this outdoor event and please bring a comfortable folding chair and your fondest memory of Fern D. Wirtz to share with all of us. There will be a short ceremony at 1:30 pm to share music, fond memories and the kind of love Fern shared with so many of her family and friends.
Fern was born August 28, 1925 in Dooley, MT, to Peter D. and Lenora (Freeman) Mack.
She married Hubert H. Wirtz September 17, 1941 in Kalispell. Hubert was her soul mate of almost 69 years of marriage and they were honored with a fabulous "65th" Wedding Celebration and Family Reunion in Ft. Benton, MT where all of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, living siblings on both sides of their families and many nieces, nephews and friends attended.
Failing health has prevented anymore celebrations, however, their support for one another during this difficult time was the example of their special love for each other. She will be missed by many.
Fern was a homemaker and worked for a number of years at the Flathead High School Cafeteria.
She enjoyed working in her yard and garden, and loved being with her husband and family at the many picnics, potlucks and camping trips. She was also an avid country music admirer and played by ear, her piano, organ, accordion and guitar.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents Pete and Lenora Mack, her in-laws, William and Tillie Wirtz, brothers William J. Mack, Chester H. Mack, Wallace Mack, Robert L. Mack; sisters Persis M. (Mack) Downen, Evelyn F. Mack, Phyllis Mack, Dorothy E. (Mack) Brewster, Eunice C. (Mack) Knick, Lucille Mack, Olive (Mack) Reed and Frances M. (Mack) Ward.
She was the last of her siblings, her youngest brother Robert L. Mack died three weeks prior to her death. Both Hubert and Fern came from families of 13 children and both were in the middle of those numbers. Hubert, now almost 89 years old, is the oldest of the 7 children left living in his family.
Fern is survived by her husband Hubert H. Wirtz, residing at the Missouri River Nursing Home in Fort Benton, MT; daughters Darlene (Dee) and husband Tim Dennison of Seeley Lake, MT, Gerry and husband Ron Jovanovich of Fort Benton MT. and grandchildren, Michael (Ginger) Jovanovich of Tulsa, OK; Troy (Tina Dullum) Dennison of Missoula, MT; Tina (Kate Wiebe) Jovanovich of Wells, ME; and Tracie Dennison (Doug) Schmitt of Aurora, II; great grandchildren, Taylor Renae and Savanna Grace Jovanovich; Austin Michael, Sierra Marie, and Elizabeth Shae Dennison; Sarah and Erin Wiebe and Kaitlyn Marie and Kylie May Schmitt; and many nieces and nephews.
Please share any memorials in honor of her, to someone who is struggling in this economic crisis, because that is who our mother was, always sharing what she had with those who needed it the most. May God bless you generously for sharing what you have with those who have less.
With sincere appreciation, Darlene (Dee) Dennison and Geraldine (Gerry) Jovanovich, her daughters and their extended families.

Luke Hendrix
Luke Hendrix went to his ranch in the sky on August 19, 2009 after sustaining injuries in an auto accident. He will be missed.
Luke was born May 12, 1970 in Winnemuccca, Nevada. He graduated from McDermitt High School in 1988.
After doing a stint at mining, Luke began his lifelong dream of working as a cowboy. He enjoyed training horses, he frequently shod horses for himself and others, and was at his best while riding the range, whether horseback or on an ATV, and listening to old cowboys tell their stories.
Luke is survived by his parents, Ron and Margo Hendrix, of Seeley Lake, his sister, Niki Bronec, brother-in-law Alan, nieces, Jordan and Mikayla and nephew, Nathan all of Missoula.
His nieces and nephew thought the world of Luke and will always remember the camping trip to Onion Reservoir, his and Nathan’s ride on the 4-wheeler, being wrapped up in the rugs and carried around shrieking the entire time and of course “babysitting” Uncle Luke after surgery. He is survived by two grandmothers and preceded in death by two grandfathers.
There was a gathering to celebrate Luke’s life on Sunday, August 23 in Elko, Nevada. There will be a memorial in Seeley Lake, Montana on September 19 at 2pm at the Baptist Church.
Luke has a huge and loving family of aunts, uncles, and cousins in Montana. He was very proud of being the only native Nevadan in his immediate family. Luke’s ashes will be scattered in Nevada, the land that he loved, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Luke’s memory.

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