Ann E. Copenhaver, 80, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
She was born on September 13th, 1941, in Missoula to George A. and Helen M. Walters Cyr. She was raised in Milltown and attended school in Bonner. She also attended Sacred Heart Academy graduating in 1959. She later attended nursing school at St. Patrick’s Hospital and worked as an IBM key punch operator in Seattle.
On April 4th, 1964, she married William Lawrence (Larry) Copenhaver at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonner. The two built their house in Seeley Lake and it was the only place they ever called home. She was the bookkeeper for the family businesses and worked out of the home, at times, assisting the local dentist. Ann’s true passion was being chief caretaker for our family and many others over the years. She took great pride in that job. She was also an active member of the Living Water Catholic Church in Seeley Lake, even chairing the building committee when the church built its new home on S.O.S Road.
Her greatest accomplishment and pride and joy was her grandkids. She was the proud Grandma of 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, “including the one due in a few weeks”, she was always clear to point out. She was an accomplished fisherwoman and would never hesitate to point out a time she out fished anyone.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Larry of Seeley Lake, daughters Pam Pitman (Ken) of Seeley Lake, Cheryl Schatz (Jeff) of Bonner, and Billie Hinrichs (Josh) of Frenchtown, grandchildren, David Pitman (Erika) of Seeley Lake, Steven Pitman (Heather) of Missoula, Matt Pitman (Alex) of Seeley Lake, Nick Schatz of Wyoming, Jourdan Schatz of Bozeman, Emilie Hinrichs of Frenchtown, Jake Hinrichs of Frenchtown, great grandchildren Ryan and Parker Pitman of Seeley Lake, Luke and Emerson Pitman of Missoula, Adelynn Barnhart of Bozeman and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends she considered family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, older brothers Joseph Cyr, George Cyr and Donald Cyr, and her daughter Barbie Sue.
A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 22nd, 2021, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonner Montana at 11:00 am. A lunch reception will immediately follow. Graveside internment will be at the New St. Maries Cemetery in Missoula. Her wishes were to be laid to rest with her daughter Barbie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, her favorite charity.