Jeannette Beatrice Wicklund was born to Ellis Wicklund and Maribelle Brist in Salt Lake City on Wednesday June 11, 1941 and died, aged 81, at her home in Polson on Monday July 11, 2022.
She was a loving mother of four sons and one daughter and was immersed in connecting with all people and caring for them if they needed help. She had a knack for creative writing and earned a GED, associate’s degree from Edmonds Community College and later graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She then worked in property management until her retirement in the early 1970s.
Jeannette’s parents, Ellis and Maribelle, lived for a time in Eugene, Oregon, and Metaline Falls, Washington, and one snowy day in December 1948, packed up and left for Kalispell where a job awaited Ellis. at the nearby Hungry Horse Dam. , then under construction. August 16, 1950 was a sad day for Jeannette as she lost her father when Ellis suffered a fatal fall on the job. Five years later, in 1955, Jeannette’s mother Maribelle and Thomas Brist fell in love and were married soon after. Joan, the last of her five siblings, was born in 1957.
Jeannette was blessed with a big family that she loved, and they loved her back. She married friend and classmate, H. William “Bill” Hinrichsen of Flathead County High School in Kalispell, where they attended school until they eloped and married in Coeur d’Alene , Idaho, in 1958. Gregory was born in 1958, Michael was born in 1960, Richard was born in 1962 and Steven in 1964. In the early 1970s Jeannette remarried and two more children joined the family – Marc, who was a year older than Gregory, and Lynda, who was the same age as Richard. Jeannette raised her children with patience and love while meeting the challenges along the way with dignity. She was a wonderful cook, read stories to her children, such as “Mrs. Wiggins and the Cabbage Patch,” and took the family on many trips, seeing the natural beauty of many states in the United States as well as She enjoyed sculpting, gardening potted flowers, especially nasturtiums, playing board games like Scrabble and watching movies.
Jeannette worked hard to keep her family together and had a heart for the Lord. She had so many friends, including her best friend and sculptor, Pam Summers, and she always made time to connect and visit with her extended family, friends, and colleagues. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Being so close to her sister Ellen Wicklund, Ellen took care of her for many months until her passing. In her later years, new friends and the community at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson brought her much joy, love and laughter. She loved her cats Amber, Zorro and Buddy.
Jeannette suffered a fate no parent should have to suffer when she lost two children, Steven in 1993 and Lynda in 2018. She was the guardian of both in their final days.
Jeannette was predeceased by her parents Ellis Wicklund, Maribelle Brist, Thomas Brist; brother, Harvey Wicklund, sister, Phyllis Wicklund; son, Steven Hinrichsen, daughter, Lynda Rygmyr, and former husband, Jerry Wetle.
She is survived by her brother, Roger Wicklund; sister-in-law, Judy Wicklund; sisters, Ellen Wicklund, Joan Morse and brother-in-law, Denny Morse; sons, Gregory Hinrichsen, Michael Hinrichsen and Richard Hinrichsen, son-in-law, David Rygmyr, daughter-in-law, Vivian Hinrichsen, grandchildren, Ryan, Sierra, Corey, Christian, Lars, Emily, Eric, Maily and Mischa; several nieces and nephews and five great-grandchildren; as well as so many friends that Jeannette considered her extended family.
Memorial services for Jan will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and a luncheon will follow.
Send donations in honor of Jan Wicklund to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 4th Ave. E., Polson MT 59860.
Remembrances and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lakefuneralhomeandcremation.com.
Arrangements are the responsibility of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.