Fannie Overweg-Ham died peacefully Monday Oct. 18, 2010, at Churchill Retirement Home where she had lived for 35 years.
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Fannie was born Sept. 7, 1917, to Harry and Jennie (Post) Droge. She lived her entire life in the Gallatin County.
Fannie married Dick Overweg on Nov. 27, 1940. She worked as a janitor with her husband, Dick, at the Manhattan State Bank for 17 years. Fannie also helped with the potato harvest each fall, working eight years for Jake Dykema. Later, she and Dick managed the Evergreen Apartment Complex in Bozeman.
Fannie was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She was an active member of the afternoon fellowship. Fannie and Dick were charter members of the Bozeman Christian Reformed Church.
Two daughters, Genevieve Stremler and Delores Graham, were born to Fannie and Dick.
Fannie was talented with working with her hands. She made beautiful afghans for her daughters and grandchildren. She also crocheted many beautiful doilies, winning ribbons at the Winter Fair. In later years, many people enjoyed using the scrubbier that Fannie made.
After Dick's death in 1973, and being alone for 12 years, Fannie married Ray Ham at the Churchill Retirement Home on Dec. 28, 1984. They had 11 special years together. Ray died May 10, 1995.
Fannie is survived by her two daughters, Genevieve "Gen" Boman-Stremler and Delores "Dottie" Graham; five grandsons, Mike and Milton Boman, and Rick, Kent and Brian Graham and their wives; 13 great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Sylvia Van Dyke and her family. She is also survived by her five sisters, Ann Ramerman, Louise Dyk, Nell Van Dyken, Harriet Kamps and Bernice Dyk; two sisters-in-law, Betty Droge and Engie Overweg; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Jennie Droge; her two husbands, Dick Overweg and Ray Ham; son-in-law, David Boman; great-granddaughter, Lucinda Graham; her brother, Jake Droge and his wife, Thelma; brother-in-law, Hilco Van Dyken; as well as Dick's brothers and sisters all from South Dakota.
Mom and Grandma, we will miss you but we are thankful for all you taught us and meant to us. We Love You.
Memorials for Fannie Ham may be given to the Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest, Manhattan, MT 59741; or to the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Interment will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Churchill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2010