Laura J. Angstman, 87, of Havre died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the Brendan House in Kalispell following a brief illness.
Memorial services for Laura will be held in Havre at a later date. She was born on Oct. 29, 1919 at Dagmar to Jake and Dagmar (Andersen) Petersen. Following graduation from high school, she continued her education at Northern Montana College in Havre, graduating with a teaching certificate. She then taught in a oneroom school house north of Chinook. Laura married Jess L. Angstman Jr. On June 25, 1941, in Havre. The couple had two children. Laura worked for more than 28 years in the parts department of Angstman Motors Inc., the Chevrolet dealership in Havre. Following the sale of their business, Jess and Laura spent a lot of time at their cabin in Beaver Creek Park south of Havre. They were great entertainers and had many close friendships. Laura was very active and never really retired. Following her first retirement, Laura went to work at Wells Fargo Bank in Havre in the safety deposit box and escrow departments, retiring at the age of 79. Laura moved to the Flathead Valley in the fall of 2003 to be closer to her daughter, Darlene Dowen. She was cared for by the staff at Prestige Assisted Living and she loved all the people there and enjoyed visiting with everyone. She was a very energetic lady and never missed a party or bingo game. Her years at Prestige were full of happiness, friends and family. Laura was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jess L. Angstman Jr.; several sisters and brothers; and grandson, Elio Tait Angstman. Survivors include her daughter, Darlene (Jim) Dowen of Bigfork; son, Jess “Tab” Angstman of Florence, Colo.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, Ann Jambor of Kalispell and Peggy Angstman of Spokane, Wash.; and many loving nieces and nephews and their families. Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is caring for Laura’s family. People are invited to go to www.johnsonmortuary.com to offer condolences and sign Laura’s guest book.