On a beautiful summer morning, Eleanore C. Wink, 89, passed away of natural causes on July 20, 2009, in Whitefish, Mont.
She was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Malta, Mont., to Blanche and Edward Clausen, who had homesteaded south of Malta. After attending schools in Malta and Victor, Mont., Eleanore enrolled at Northern Montana College in Harve, Mont., where she met Irwin A. Wink. She married him on July 15, 1943. They lived in Havre, raising their two sons and running the family business until retiring to Bigfork, Mont., in the early 1980s. Eleanore was extremely well read, enjoyed politics, her church, bridge, PEO and was a member of the Havre-Hill County Study Commission. Most of all, Eleanore lived for her family and friends, cooking, entertaining and providing a loving home for all to enjoy. She was the rock of the family and a very "proper" lady. Eleanore was loved, respected and admired as a lovely and gracious lady. Preceding Eleanore in death were her parents, Blanche and Edward Clausen; brother, John Clausen; sister, Grace Loyd; and stepfather Harry Combs. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Irwin A. Wink of Whitefish, Mont.; two sons, Robert Wink of Bigfork, Mont., and Scott Wink and wife Holly of Havre, Mont.; two grandchildren, Natalie Mellem (Jerry) of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Emily Van Heel of North Carolina; five great-grandchildren, Mia, Nadia and Quinn Mellem and Gage and Brook Van Heel; one brother, Pete Clausen; and many wonderful nieces and nephews and godson Mike (Vicky) Rubie of Missoula. Graveside services for Eleanore will be held July 24, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Bigfork Cemetery on Swan River Road, with a memorial service to follow at the Bigfork Methodist Church at 2 p.m Friday, July 24. Memorials may be sent to the Bigfork PEO c/o Lynnell Smith 104 Baylie Dr., Bigfork, MT 59911 or Northern Montana College Foundation, P.O. Box 1691, Havre, MT 59501. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for Eleanore’s family. You are invited to go to www.jgfuneralhome.com to offer condolences and sign Eleanore’s guest book. ElEAnOr BernAdInE STOrM obituary Eleanor Bernadine Storm, 89, died Tuesday July 21, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Central Point, Ore. Her funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2009, at the Messiah Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Dahle officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the services at the graveside.