HAVRE DAILY NEWS Monday, May 16, 2005
BETTY JO KUNTZ
CHESTER/LAKESIDE - Betty Jo Kuntz, 81, of Lakeside, formerly of Havre, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at her home with her family at her bedside.
A funeral service
will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's
Betty was born
June 2, 1923, in Rudyard to Robert and Josephine (Saueressig)
Phillips. She grew up on the family farm at Goldstone and received her early
education at nearby country schools. Betty graduated from
In the years that followed, she worked as a partswoman at Valley Motor Supply in Havre. While there, she met Reuben C. "Don" Kuntz. They were married Sept. 11, 1947, at Kalispell. The Kuntz's made their home in Havre for 26 years. In addition to being a homemaker, and mother of five children, Betty was employed in the parts department at Eaves Equipment Company, and later as a clerk at Owl Drug Store.
Don's work took
When her children
were growing up, Betty spent most of her free time with her children
volunteering in such activities as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She loved
spending time with both her children and grandchildren as an eager participant
in card games, board games, lawn games and other family activities. She also
enjoyed league bowling with friends. She was a creative person who loved
handiwork, including sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and painting. She
also enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing. After moving to
Betty was a great cook. She took a special interest in learning computer skills in her late 70s, and spent many happy hours online with friends and family. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly, and spent a large share of her time bragging about their accomplishments and good deeds.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Howard and Robert Phillips, and sister, Eleanor Lambing.
Survivors include her husband, Don Kuntz of Lakeside; sons, Ronald (Darlene) Kuntz of Forney, Texas, Robert (Sherry) Kuntz of Helena, Dennis (Darla) Kuntz of Havre and Dale (Robin) Kuntz of Keller, Texas; daughter, Janet (Adrian) Hawks of Chester; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Gene Phillips of Idaho and Rodney Phillips of Fairfield; pet cat, "Cookie"; and many nephews and nieces.
by Rockman Funeral Chapel,
GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Monday, May 16, 2005
Betty Jo Kuntz
CHESTER - Former Chester resident Betty Jo (Phillips) Kuntz, age 81, of Lakeside, a homemaker who worked many years as a drugstore clerk and enjoyed creative handi-work projects, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Lakeside.
Her funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Saviors
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Reuben C. Don Kuntz of Lakeside; a daughter, Janet Hawks of Chester; sons, Ronald Kuntz of Forney, Texas, Robert Kuntz of Helena, Dennis Kuntz of Havre, and Dale Kuntz of Keller, Texas; brothers, Gene Phillips of Idaho and Rodney Phillips of Fairfield; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.