Evelyn S. Spangelo, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes.
She was the widow of the late Havre attorney Waldo N, Spangelo, who died in 1998. They were married more than 50 years. Cremation has taken place and her memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, at the First Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship will be held at the church immediately after the services at the graveside. Memorial contributions in Evelyn’s honor may be made to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 603 Main St., Kalispell, MT. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Evelyn was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Havre, Mont., to Otto August and Bessie Mae (Birr) Scharfe. She was raised in Havre, where her parents worked at Clacks Hardware. Evelyn attended schools in Havre and graduated from Havre High School in 1939. She attended Northern Montana College for a period and then worked for Montana Dakota Utility, until she went to work for the Federal Office of Price Administration as chief clerk. She married Waldo N. Spangelo on Nov. 26, 1945, in Havre. The couple lived in Shelby, Mont., where Evelyn transferred with the Office of Price Administration, until they moved to Missoula where Waldo attended law school. Evelyn worked at the University Book Store while Waldo attended school and graduating in 1948. They then moved to Billings, where they were active in politics and Waldo was a lawyer. She also worked for Congressman Orvin Fjare’s campaign in 1954 and 1956 in the Billings office. As a result the couple moved to Washington, D. C., where Waldo was administrative assistant to Congressman Fjare. They then returned to Billings where Waldo was an assistant United States attorney, and she was active in the Republican party. She also attended Eastern Montana College where she majored in art. Waldo and Evelyn returned to Havre in 1960 where Evelyn worked for the Havre High School principal’s office and then moved to Heberly Engineering as the office manager and bookkeeper for 20 years. After she retired, Evelyn then worked for her husband and son until recently at the Spangelo Law Office. Evelyn enjoyed painting and art. She served on the board of directors that established the Havre Community Education Program, and she made sure that the program offered art classes, especially painting, so everyone could attend. She also served on the executive board of the Hill County Bicentennial Commission, which among other projects wrote “Grits, Guts and Gusto,” the history of Hill County (1976). She served on many other committees and boards in the community. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Evelyn’s greatest passion in life was her two grandchildren. She enjoyed attending all of their activities and played a very important role as “Grama” in their lives, and in the lives of their friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Waldo, and her brother, Kenneth Charles (Milly) Scharfe, of Billings, Mont.. Evelyn is survived by her only son, James W. (Teresa) Spangelo of Havre, Mont. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Rachael Spangelo of Bozeman, Mont., and Peter Spangelo of Santa Barbara, Calif., and two nephews Dick Scharfe of Havre, Mont., and Larry Scharfe of Billings, Mont., and their families.