MISSOULA ~ Lorna Jean Hegel, 77, of Missoula, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Lorna was born April 21, 1945 in Big Fork Minnesota to Ray and Kathryn Felstet. Lorna joined siblings Don, Dick, Reta and Sonja.
The family moved to Ovando in 1948 to be closer to family. Later on, they moved to Superior.
Lorna went to high school in Superior where she met and married Bill Alexander. They had one daughter, Debbi. Debbi blessed them with five grandsons; Josh, Dereck, Jesse, Matt and Kody; eleven great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.
Lorna and Bill were divorced and she met and married Bob Stinson. They had one daughter, Roberta. Bobbi blessed her with three grandchildren; Nick, Kristen and Bobbi Rae and five great-grandchildren. Lorna was widowed in 1965.
Lorna and her girls moved to Ovando in 1967. She met and married Joe Naef. They had one son Robert. Robert blessed her with one grandson Chase and from his marriage to Sally, daughters Christina and Sammi, who blessed her with four great-grandsons. Lorna was widowed again in 1971.
She moved a couple of times while her children were growing up. Once all of her children were on their own, she moved to Missoula to be closer to her parents. Lorna worked at Community Medical Center in Housekeeping for fifteen to twenty five years.
Lorna met the love of her life, Bud Hegel. They spent many happy years together. Later in their life, Lorna quit working to take care of Bud when he was diagnosed with cancer. Lorna had stars twinkling in her eyes the day they married.
Lorna loved music and dancing. She collected dolphins, butterflies and puzzles. She loved spending time with her bestie cousin Jane, shopping with Ellen, doing puzzles with Nina, Dee and of course, her sister Reta. Lorna and Reta were pretty inseparable. Those two sisters were constantly together, from playing Bingo, going to ballgames, shopping and puzzling. There were a whole lot of sleepovers. Lorna will be greatly missed, loved and appreciated.
Preceding her in death are her husband Bud Hegel; one son, Robert Naef; parents Ray and Kathryn Felstet; two brothers, Don Felstet and Dick Felstet; one brother-in-law, Les Guttu; one sister-in-law, Em Felstet and one great=nephew, Little Chad Goodman.
Surviving are two daughters, Debbi (Wayne) Deal of White Sulpher Springs, Roberta (Frank) Ferryof Three Forks; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter and two sisters, Reta (Bill) Goodman of Lolo and Sonja Guttu of John Day, Oregon.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.