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Minabelle Meike (Kerper) Milodragovich

Born: Tue., Aug. 13, 1929
Died: Tue., Sep. 1, 2020


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Stevensville  -  Minabelle Kerper Milodragovich was a force majeure who lived an extraordinary life. Minabelle Kerper was born 8/13/29 in Powell, Wyoming to Wesley G. Kerper and Hazel M. Bowman in Powell, Wyoming, and was first of four daughters.- She passed from congestive heart failure with her children at her side 9/1/2020 age (91)- Florence. Montana Meike, as she was known, lived her life through her strong Christian faith, the love of her family, constant curiosity and desire to inspire others to see and be the best of themselves. Meike, will be remembered for her endless compassion, exceptional intellect and infectious sense of humor. She was a lover of beauty in all forms. Strong willed and steadfast in her life, she was truly complex and unique. There is no way to encapsulate who she was but these aspects of her life are a great insight. She shared a wonderful life partnership of 37 years with Andrew E. Lee, who preceded her in 2017. Their common interests and life passions in faith, learning, travel and professional work was a treasure. Earlier marriages include Bill Elsom, Joseph L. Romano and Robert R. Milodragovich. She was awarded from University of Montana a BA l973 and the University of Arizona a MS 1975 as an original “non traditional” student as a mother of 5 children. She continued later in life to a near completion of her PhD. Education was a cornerstone of her life. She descended from a long line of educators, lawyers, leaders in social work and the women’s movement. Her career in social work as a licensed counselor was influenced by her desire to understand patterns of behavior and inherited traits. She was an enthusiastic genealogist compiling 450+ 3 inch binders of our family history. This was a passionate quest to understand where we come from in order to evolve as individuals, families and society. She was an advocate for those suffering and a staunch believer in equality. She was blessed with 51 years of sobriety in 2020. Recognized in Who’s Who of American Women A member of the Bitterroot chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution A published author of baseline evaluation tools in the areas of chemical dependence and Domestic Violence. She had many fantastic relationships with friends and caregivers. Her greatest legacy is the devoted love of her children and entire family. She loved and was loved immeasurably in spite of and because of her complexity. The essence of Meike’s life was a gatherer of the Light. Survivors include Sister: Jill Kerper, Children,: Son Dan Elsom and his children, Thomas Elsom, Kristy Nowell, Preston Elsom. Son John Romano, daughter Teren Falk, her children: Derick (Megan) Falk, (Daxon, Donovan and Maddix), Dustin Falk, Alisha Falk. Daughter: Tina Romano and her son Lucas Faudman. Daughter :Stana Milodragovich (Doug Loneman) and daughter MIla Loneman. In accordance with her wishes no services will be held. A family celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021.

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Jessica Klaus
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
My deepest condolences to your family during this time. It was truly an honor getting to know her in her final years, and to know that she was able to pass at home surrounded by those she loved dearest. I will miss her style, her stories, her smile and the way she lit up a room. You have a lovely family, and I wish you all peace and healing. Meike was very proud of all her children. Many of our conversations revolved around us “talking up” our kids. She never forgot to ask me about my boys, even when I had been gone for months. She was truly special.

Signe Shepherd
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
I knew Meike since the 70s. And Andy. They were our motorcycle and program buddies. Please, let the joy and peace that Meike wanted for her own life sustain you, one day at a time. Love you Meike.

Ed Shepherd
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Meike. We met in 1970 in Missoula through mutual friends of Bill W. She later met my dear friend Andy and they became an item for close to 40 years. Now they both are gone, but the memories they gave me will continue to define the meaning of true friendship and love.

Caroline de Roos
   Posted Thu September 10, 2020
I will simply never forget Meike. I try to write something to honor her and I cannot find words big enough for such a boundless spirit. It was my honor and privilege to call her my friend. I am humbled and grateful that she called me the same. My sincere sympathies to all her family, those related by biology and the many whom she took into the warmth of her soul. May God bless all of us and may Meike find the peace she so truly deserves.

Katherine Winter
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Loved your mom! She was SUCH a great spirit, her presence in form will be missed and my deepest condolences to all of you. Sending love and blessings as your mom crosses over and knowing that ray of light continues to touch all our hearts in all the realms.

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