GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                 Saturday, January 19, 2002

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Rosa M. Pederson

  SHELBY -- Rosa M. Pederson, 89, of Shelby, a former Chinook resident and bookkeeper, died of natural causes Thursday at a Shelby hospital.

  Her funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Shelby. Graveside services and burial are 11 a.m. Tuesday in Kuper Memorial Cemetery at Chinook. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby.

  Survivors include a daughter, Randi Lenhardt of Shelby; a brother, Richard Runnion of Great Falls; sisters Ellen Seaman of Chinook, Esther Seaman of Kalispell, Jean Bosch of Trout Creek and Rita Chancellare of Missoula; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  Her grandchildren are Brian Lenhardt and Nancy Kinyon of Harlem. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John E. and Joe Runnion; and a son-in-law, Gary Lenhardt.

  Rosa was born July 13, 1912, in New Rockford, N.D., to Raymond and Fern Runnion. The family moved to Chinook, where they homesteaded and where Rosa graduated from high school in 1932. She married Walter Pederson Sept. 5, 1936, in Chinook, where they lived nearly all their married life. Walter died in November 1991. Rosa moved into the Marias Heritage Assisted Living Center at Shelby in December 1997 to be near her family.

  Rosa spent over 30 years in the Chinook business community, with her first job in 1933 as a switchboard operator for the telephone company. Her first steno job was for Attorney D.L. Blackstone. She was then employed at the first Relief and WPA Offices and then for H. M. Montgomery, manager of the Winston-Montana Irrigation Co. She also worked as assistant cashier for the First State Bank and the Farmers National Bank. She was a secretary for County Attorney D. J. Sias, bookkeeper at Bud's IGA and Ole Lunden's International Harvester, and finally the Farmer's Union Oil Co. Although Rosa worked hard and had many jobs, she always put her family ahead of everything else.

  Rosa was a longtime member of the American Lutheran Church in Chinook, where she had served as church secretary. She also was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Shelby.

  She enjoyed collecting stamps, crocheting, crossword puzzles, crafts, quilting with the church ladies and sending e-mail.

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