HAVRE DAILY NEWS Friday, February 2, 2007
(Created: Friday, February 2, 2007 12:40 PM MST)
HAVRE - Lucille Lucy Margaret Wiench Bressler, 103, of Havre died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at
The funeral service for Bressler will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday at St. Gabriels Catholic Church in Chinook with burial following in
She was born March 4, 1903, to Peter and Hedwig
(Gaida) Wiench in Box
Elder. Her father died just three months after she was born. At age 3, she was
sent to live with her sister Mary, who was the maid for John McLarn, a prominent sheepherder near Lohman.
The McLarn family treated her as one of their own and
gave her many opportunities her siblings did not have. She attended school at
She married Harry Walter Bressler, a farmer
south of Chinook, in December 1930. It was then, when the marriage was blessed
by the Catholic Church that she learned she had been baptized Lucia Dorothy Wiench. Since she had lived with the McLarns
since she was young, she assumed Lucy was short for Lucille and her
confirmation name was Margaret. Therefore, she had taken the name Lucille
Margaret. A bona fide country girl, she enjoyed exercising quarter horses,
caring for animals and working the land. While living on the farm south of
Chinook with Kathy and two grandchildren, she loved to cook and could sew
anything without a pattern. Weekends were usually western movie marathons with
Jason. But she always took time on Saturday to watch WWF wrestling. Angie
enjoyed early morning coffee sessions and fresh baked cinnamon rolls just out
of the oven. All grandkids were instructed to call her Gram. As a centurion, reallife experiences made for riveting stories. She told
firsthand tales of the Depression, the home front during World Wars I and II, waitressing at Gourley Brothers
Bakery, and being a phone operator during prohibition. She remembered noon
cannon shots at
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Hedwig; husband, Harry; children, Richard, Kathy and Beryl; siblings Mary, Annie Clara, Martha, Joe and Leonard; and one grandchild.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Isbell of Havre and Dorothy
(Frank) McViegh of
Memorials may be sent to St. Gabriels Catholic Church to buy new vestments for the church.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Saturday, February 3, 2007
HAVRE - Havre homemaker Lucille (Wiench) Bressler, who had worked as a bakery waitress and a phone
operator during Prohibition, loved music and enjoyed cooking, sewing, watching
western movies and WWE wrestling, and was proud that Roosevelt was the first
president she voted for, died of natural causes Tuesday at a Big Sandy
hospital. She was 103. A vigil service is 7 p.m. Monday at St. Gabriel's
Catholic Church. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gabriel's, with burial
Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughters Dorothy McVeigh of
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Bressler; sons Richard and Beryl Bressler; daughter Kathy Lenhardt; and a granddaughter.
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