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Pansie (Matchett) Rappold

Pansie (Matchett) Rappold    Pansie (Matchett) Rappold, 91, a longtime Dupuyer homemaker was called to her heavenly home on Aug. 2, from the extended care unit at Pondera Medical Center where she had been a resident for nearly six years.  Her funeral was held Aug. 6 at the Community Hall in Dupuyer.  Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery.  Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Pansie was born Sept. 18, 1915 to John and Minnie (Meade) Matchett in Dupuyer. She was one of nine children, who all preceded her in death. Pansie attended grade school in Dupuyer and later married John Rappold on Dec. 5, 1933 in Choteau.
    She was a homemaker all of her life and known for her excellent cooking. The kitchen was probably where she felt most at home as she often cooked for hunters from many different states who came to go hunting with John. Picnicking with family and friends was something she really enjoyed and would sometimes rise early enough to cook a turkey to take along. She enjoyed fishing or just being out in the beautiful outdoors visiting with whoever had come that Sunday to go to their upper ranch.
    Pansie loved people and especially children. Being a grandma was a special blessing to her. Pansie loved all of her grandchildren dearly and they all loved her too. She was always happy to have even the children Karen took care of call her Grandma.
    For many years, Pansie wrote the Dupuyer news for the Independent-Observer and later the Valierian too. Even though it was a time consuming task and sometimes difficult, she enjoyed the time spent visiting with the neighbors.
    Pansie spent most of her life on the ranch west of Dupuyer, but later moved into a house they built in Dupuyer on land that her father had donated to the Methodist Church many years before. She enjoyed reading western novels, crocheting, knitting, making quilts and her flower garden. She was proud to have made a quilt and an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren.
    Survivors include a daughter, Karen (Darryl) Burditt, of Conrad; a son, Karl (Teri) Rappold, of Dupuyer; grandchildren, John (Becky) Rappold, of Dupuyer, D.J. Burditt, of Conrad, Julie (Brian) Armstrong, of Billings and Debbie (Jon) Hildahl, of Spokane, Wash.; step-grandchildren, Hadi (Jim) Sale and Kellen Johnson, of Redmond, Ore. and Emily Johnson of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five great-grandchildren and one step-great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to all of her brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 52 years, John in 1986 and a son, Bill in 2006. She will be dearly missed by all of us who knew and loved her, but now she’s free and will be made whole again through Jesus death and resurrection.
    Because of her love for children, memorial contributions are suggested to the NU Keil Park Project, 17 N. Kansas St., Conrad, MT 59425 to purchase safe playground equipment for the park near the hospital or Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 603 Main St., Kalispell, MT 59901.