Laura Fellin

Laura Hassler Fellin

Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Laura Lee Hassler Fellin completed her earthly journey on August 1, 2020 after a 3-year battle with Stage 4 colon cancer, and began life eternal with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1967 where her Dad was in the Navy, and lived there for 8 years, until the family moved to South Carolina. She was schooled in South Carolina and Virginia, and graduated from high school in Norfolk, Virginia. Laura attended East Carolina University and Virginia Tech after high school and worked for a while in the Washington D. C. area in retail and waitressing. She loved horses and worked for a year on a fox hunting farm in northern Virginia, caring for a complete stable of horses. The intensity of life in the big city was not for her, so she headed to Montana, a place she had experienced before while visiting her aunt and uncle, and she settled in Missoula. Her love of animals led her to working at Alpine Veterinary Clinic while completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Montana, where she graduated in 1996.

Laura began a long professional career at the University of Montana in 1998 when she became a program coordinator at Montana Campus Compact, helping to launch the VISTA national service program. This program is still serving communities across Montana today. Laura began working with the Office for Civic Engagement in 2000, managing an AmeriCorps program, and in 2003, Laura helped to build the nonprofit studies programs at UM. She continued her work in service programs, administration, and finance in UM’s Experiential Learning and Career Success, most recently, until her passing. Laura cared deeply about campus and community engagement, and student success. The legacy of her work at UM will continue well into the future through the programs she helped to develop and support.

In 2000, Laura met her husband Marco in Missoula, marrying in 2002, with twin boys Colter and Quinn coming into their life in 2007. Laura loved life and was always happiest when with her family and friends while shopping, watching movies, skiing, floating down a river, spending time at their cabin, relaxing at the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and sharing stories. She was the best mother, wife, and daughter possible, and gave us all so much of her love, energy, smiles, and sense of humor every day. She showed true courage during her struggle with cancer and was extremely grateful for everyone who gave her so much love and support. Laura was gifted in making lasting friends, and that is one thing about her we will long remember.

Laura leaves behind her loving husband, Marco and their sons, Colter and Quinn Fellin, sisters, Cathy Duval (Ed) of Charlottesville, VA, Amy McElreath (Tim), of Myrtle Beach, SC, her parents Tom and Ellen Hassler of Williamsburg, VA, her parents-in-law Dave and Pina Fellin of Missoula, sisters-in-law Teresa Hilton (Roger) of Frenchtown, Carmina Johnson (Wes),of Hansville, Washington, aunts and uncles Holly and Wayne Chapman of Missoula, Mary and William McConnell of Memphis, Tennessee, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and so many friends, all who loved her and will miss her greatly. Laura loved her pets dearly, and her new dog, Shep gave her a kiss the day she began hospice. The cremated remains of her beloved pets, Timber, Bear, and Louie, Wheatzie, and Sage will rest close to hers as she requested.

Hers was a life well lived, and we find comfort knowing Laura is with Jesus. We all love you so much Laura.

The Hassler-Fellin family will have a larger celebration of Laura’s life at a later date in 2021.

A Memorial Service will be held for Laura on August 15th at St. Francis Xavier Church at 10:30 am and will be limited to 50 family members and family friends due to Covid limitations. The service will be live streamed below.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made payable to either: 1) The University of Montana Foundation and noted for a gift in memory of Laura Fellin for Student Success, with checks mailed to, The UM Foundation, PO Box 7159, Missoula, 59807-7159, or friends may give online at and designate the gift in memory of Laura Fellin in comments, or 2) Team Up Montana (Providence Health Foundation for Cancer Patients), 502 W. Spruce Street, Missoula, 59802, in memory of Laura.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 10:30am
    St Francis Xavier Church
    420 W. Pine
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Space is limited to 50 individuals due to Covid-19. The service will be live streamed on this page.
  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    7405 Mullan Road
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Interment will follow the service at the church.


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Jaclyn Giop

Posted at 12:41pm
Marco, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Laura. Please know that you and your boys are in our thoughts and prayers.O'Keefe Drilling

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Posted at 02:10pm
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Leif Griffin

Posted at 12:08pm
Our sincerest condolences to Marco, Colter, Quinn, and her families. Rest assured that Laura is now at Peace and free from pain in the loving arms of Jesus Christ in Heaven. May her love join with the love of Jesus to comfort you all with Peace knowing that she is, indeed, in a better place and free from pain. God bless Laura Fellin.

Leif, Leanne, Morgan, and Robert Griffin

Posted at 12:35pm
Gib Chapman and Lee Vigil Laura's Cousins in Virginia know how you fought valiantly against this terrible disease. Each day that goes by, your presence here will be greatly missed. Especially at the beach when we are all together enjoying wonderful times and memories. However, we know that in Jesus our Lord and Saviour you are met, greeted, and happily reunited with our other family members who prepared a place for you in Heaven with Jesus. Although separation is difficult and a challenge for us all it is comforting to know that you are there preparing a place for us when it is our time. Laura be Blessed and it is comforting to know that you are resting in peace and waiting for us all to be reunited one day in God's Time and we will all be "Together Again" We love and miss you. Always, Gib and Lee

andrew meltzer

Posted at 01:17am
Laura will be with us always in our hearts and memories.

Andy Meltzer & Holly Rogers

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