Hendrikje “Rita” Hombroek-Stolp 89 of Missoula passed away of natural causes on July 28, 2019.
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She was born February 12, 1930 in Amsterdam, Holland to Martinus and Hendrikje Hombroek. She grew up in a family of four children, two brothers and one sister. Her teenage years spent enduring WWII.
On November 12, 1955 at the age of 25 she married Lucas “Frank” Stolp in Holland. They found later in life that they actually lived on the same street when they were young. Their first two children were born in Holland. Frank’s hunger for adventure led to him apply to immigrate to America, Rita would follow him anywhere.
The land of opportunity was not all they thought it would be. They found themselves on their own in the Las Angeles, CA area where two more children were born to them. Rita stayed at home like most women did in those days and cared for her four children. They later moved near Sacramento, CA and eventually to Brigham City, UT where Frank worked for himself as a goldsmith.
On an adventure, the family stopped at a campground in Turah, MT, Frank decided to look for property in Clinton, MT and a realtor took them up a small gulch called Wallace Creek. Frank and Rita found their dream. They have been living this dream in Clinton, MT for 43 years!
Rita loved to read, do needle point and different crafts. She also enjoyed watching soap operas.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Pom and Henk and one great granddaughter Ava Micklas.
She is survived by her husband Lucas “Frank” of 63 years; daughter Astrid (Robert) Mellor of Stanley, WI, son Marcel (Roxanne) Stolp of Missoula, MT son Art (Carmon) Stolp of Thorp, WI and daughter Maria (William) Livingston of Boonsboro, MD as well as 17 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 1:00PM Saturday Aug. 3, 2019 at Garden City Funeral Home, interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery and a reception at Garden City Funeral Home Community Room.