Helen Ardiss (Danielsen) Holsapple, 90, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes.
Her memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Bruington officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the services at the graveside. Memorials in Helen’s honor may be made to the First MT Church or Bear Paw Hospice C/O NMH, P.O. Box 1231, Havre, MT 59501. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Helen was born Aug. 19, 1918 at Poplar, Mont., to Viggo and Eldora (Doyle) Danielsen. She was the oldest of three children. Helen’s mother was a milliner by trade and dressed her daughter very well. Helen graduated from Poplar High School in 1936 and was the senior class president. She attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman and Northern Montana College in Havre. It was in Havre that she met her future husband, Ira (Bud) Holsapple. Helen lowered her things out of her dorm room window of Donaldson Hall when she and Bud were getting married rather than carry them down. They were married in Havre on Aug. 12, 1939. There were five children born to that union, James Forrest, Victor Lee, Leslie Clifton, Judith Lynn and Merry Kay. Bud and Helen lived all their married life in Havre while Bud worked for the Great Northern Railroad, and Helen raised their children. They took their family to the Bear Paw Mountains often, later having a cabin there. Helen always found the first crocus in the Bear Paws in a family contest and loved camping in the Bear Paws with her children, as well as picnicking, picking flowers and berries or just going for a ride there. Helen belonged to the Hilltop Home Demonstration Club, the Northern Montana Hospital Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Women and was a lifetime Presbyterian. She enjoyed extensive traveling and making porcelain dolls. For many years her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered at her home on Christmas Eve. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud Holsapple; and sons, Jimmy, Vic and Buddy; and her brothers, Jimmy and Pete. Helen is survived by her daughters, Judi (Mel) Gomke of Kremlin, Kelly (Jim) Rowlatt and daughter-in-law, Judy Solomon, all of Havre; grandchildren, Forrest (Jane) Bresina of Wisconsin, Lynne Dugdale of Havre, Bill (Barbara) Bresina of Wisconsin, Tammie (Jay) Almas of Havre, Jeff (Kris) Holsapple of Havre, Heidi (Jerry) Vossler of Wyoming, Bill (Debbie) Gomke of West Virginia, Tim (Debbie) Gomke of Chinook, Matt (Sierra) Gomke of Billings; Ric (Aubrey) Rowlatt, of Las Vegas, Mark (Deb) Rowlatt of Havre; sister-in-law Jean Danielsen of Billings; and many beloved nephews and nieces in both her family and Bud’s families. She also leaves 27 greatgrandchildren and three greatgreat- grandchildren. Helen lived in the Eagles Manor for three years before moving to Northern Montana Care Center.