Janet Helen (Stentz) Hodder (1925 - 2010)

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Janet Helen Hodder, a longtime Gallatin County resident, passed away April 14, 2010, at the Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber.

She was born Jan. 18, 1925, to Francis Lucius and Helen Cutting Stentz in Butte, the youngest of four children. Her father was one of the first dentists in the Gallatin Valley and her mother taught school in Cascade and Butte. The family lived in Butte, Bozeman, Ennis, Three Forks and Kalispell, where she graduated from Flathead High School in 1943. Janet received a degree in botany from Montana State College in Bozeman in 1948, Phi Sigma. While attending college, she worked summers for the Forest Service fire lookouts at Apgar, Glacier National Park and Garnet Mountain in the Gallatin National Forest.

She married Richard Lloyd Hodder on June 2, 1951, in Bozeman. They lived at the Porcupine Game Station in the Gallatin Canyon (with their dog, pet grouse and badger), where they worked as range biologists managing the Gallatin elk herd for the Montana Fish and Game. They returned to Bozeman, where their two daughters were born. Both worked for many years at Montana State University-Bozeman. Janet was hired as a lab technician for the microbiology department from 1964 to 1974. Her husband, Dick Hodder, was a plant and soil scientist, founder and head of the Reclamation Research Department. She enjoyed travel, wildlife, sewing and genealogy.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert (Bob) F. Stentz of Palatine, Ill., John C. Stentz of Kalispell, and Donald A. Stentz of Monterey, Calif.; and also her husband, Dick Hodder of Bozeman.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Libby Plaggemeyer (Bert Plaggemeyer) of Big Timber and Martha Hodder-Vander Wey (Alan Vander Wey) of Helena; grandchildren, Mrs. Chad Stern (Michyle Lyles) of Hebron, N.D., Aaron Lyles (Terri) of Bozeman, Marcella Lyles of Havre, Jiff Lyles of Kalispell, Jake Plaggemeyer of Helena, Reena, Ettje, Abbe and Martje-Jane Plaggemeyer of Big Timber and Rune, Shevick and Xury Vander Wey of Helena; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Bozeman, April 26 at 11 a.m. Contributions can be made to the Big Timber Hospice Program.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 25, 2010
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