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Joseph Newnham
August 1, 1964 ~
August 14, 2018
Date of Service: August 21, 2018

Joe Litle
October 1, 1921 ~
August 11, 2018
Date of Service: August 22, 2018

Henry 'Hank' Wruck
March 15, 1932 ~
February 10, 2018
Date of Service: August 25, 2018

Darlene Wruck
June 7, 1939 ~
February 11, 2018
Date of Service: August 25, 2018

Ronald Brandt
June 10, 1946 ~
June 27, 2018
Date of Service: August 25, 2018

Charles Undlin
March 4, 1928 ~
July 06, 2018
Date of Service: August 25, 2018

Thomas Halpin
August 15, 1935 ~
May 19, 2018
Date of Service: August 26, 2018

Evelyn Halpin
August 14, 1937 ~
July 23, 2018
Date of Service: August 26, 2018

Herald Thomas
June 19, 1940 ~
August 15, 2018

Emma Dana
May 23, 1931 ~
August 06, 2018

Peggy Maichel
July 31, 1928 ~
August 05, 2018

Doris Carr
September 11, 1934 ~
August 01, 2018

Edward Komara
October 16, 1943 ~
July 30, 2018

Steven Christensen
August 2, 1961 ~
July 28, 2018

Pamela Whitmore
November 7, 1953 ~
July 28, 2018


Elizabeth Stepan

June 23, 1930 ~ October 22, 2017

Service: October 28, 2017 2:00 PM
   Location: Cardwell Community Church
Graveside Service: October 28, 2017 1:00 PM
   Location: South Boulder Cemetery, Cardwell, MT

Elizabeth (Bette) Stepan, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, October 22, 2017. As her health continued to decline, she remained encouraged, recalling Second Corinthians 4:16, "So we do not lose heart; though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day."

Bette was born June 23, 1930, to Peter and Olga Kuipers, whose families immigrated to America from the Netherlands. Her childhood at the family home on a dryland wheat farm south of Manhattan was a time of joyful adventures with her brother, John, and two sisters, Ella and Edna.

After graduating from Manhattan Public School in 1948, Bette's adventurous spirit took her across the country to Spokane, Chicago, and Philadelphia, where she held various interesting jobs. Later she returned to Montana to earn her elementary education teaching certificate. She enjoyed teaching students in one-room schoolhouses in Logan and Milligan Canyon. During that time, she met Carl Stepan, who joined her in attending a group Bible study held in her classroom on Tuesday evenings.

Bette then studied the Bible for two years at Briarcrest in Saskatchewan before transferring to Montana Institute of the Bible in Billings, where she completed her Bible degree and was reunited with Carl. They were married on July 17, 1958. Two daughters were born to them, and Bette spent her days joyfully caring for her family.

Bette loved playing by ear beautiful hymns of worship on the piano, organ, and accordion. When she and Carl retired to the Cardwell Valley in 1989, she cherished opportunities to play the piano and accordion during services at the Cardwell Community Church. Remarkably, she could transpose a piece of music into any key as she accompanied Carl, who loved to sing. Along with her brother on the harmonica and sisters on the organ and piano, Bette regularly brought the blessing of music to residents of the Churchill Retirement Home, playing hymns on the accordion and offering words of encouragement to the elderly.

Grandma Bette's accordion music and singing were a highlight for little ones and adults alike who attended a children's program at the Bozeman Public Library one St. Patrick's Day as she joyfully performed there along with the Celtic youth fiddle band in which her grandson was a member.

Bette was the epitome of a gracious woman of God. With her heart of empathy, kindness, and compassion, she made friends wherever she went. Serving with dear friends in the Mailbox Club ministry for children, creating beautifully crocheted gifts, and sending cards of encouragement filled with verses of Scripture to family and friends were among her ministries to others. "Grandma Bette's Brownies" were a favorite, and she loved to sacrificially support and faithfully encourage many who serve in the Lord's work, sharing the good news of salvation through Christ, both in the United States and overseas. Carl's and her favorite Scripture passage was Psalm 34, and Bette often reminded others to commit all things to the Lord, as Psalm 37:5 teaches.

Bette was preceded in death by her brother, John Kuipers, and her beloved husband, Carl. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bryan) Robertus and Alora ("Lori") (Bruce) Foreman; six grandchildren, Ben, Luke, and Eryn Foreman; and Steffanie, Nathan (Madisen), and Cara Robertus; two sisters, Ella Droge and Edna Marks; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice of Bozeman Health team for their tender, compassionate support and loving care during Bette's final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59718 or to Cardwell Community Church, 975 Highway 359, Cardwell, MT 59721.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 at the South Boulder Cemetery on Saturday, October 28, followed by a memorial service at Cardwell Community Church at 2:00.

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