Tina Marie Beltz , 32, of Belgrade passed away on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011.
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Tina was born on June 19, 1979, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Thomas Beltz Jr. and Judith Koonooka. She moved to Montana three years ago and was attending Montana State University, where she was pursuing a degree in Health and Enhancement.
Tina was very spiritually in tune and connected to nature. Her passion for the outdoors was expressed through her love for hockey, snowboarding and fly fishing. She learned to play hockey by tagging along to games with her older brother, Tom, and his friends. She continued to play in an adult league in Bozeman, where she coached a girls team as well.
While she lived in Alaska, Tina worked for the Arc of Anchorage where her compassion for others was shown through her work with people who experienced disabilities. This compassion is what brought her very large family together, where she was always the life of the party.
Tina moved to Montana in 2008 and fell in love with it and all of the adventures it provided.
Tina was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Ruth Sellers; maternal grandmother, Ilene Koonooka; and her uncle, Bob Sellers.
Tina is survived by her parents, Thomas Jr. and Judith Beltz of Wasilla, Alaska; her brother, Thomas (Abby) Beltz of Anchorage, Alaska; her brother, Jack of Wasilla; her sister, Johanna Koonooka of Gamble, Alaska; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; her fiancée, Lisa Baker of Belgrade; and all her friends she met along her journey that she considered family.
A Celebration of Tina's Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Covenant Church, 5201 Mayflower Lane, Wasilla, AK.
A Celebration of Tina's life will be held in Bozeman at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tina's name to the ASPCA, 520 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 6, 2011