HAMILTON, MONT. — On Jan. 24, 2019, Veronica “Rona” Ruth Engelter passed away of natural causes.
She was born on June 17, 1949, to Veronica Leick Engelter and William Keogh Engelter in Mandan, N.D. The fourth of seven children, she eventually settled in Hamilton, where she dedicated a long career to education. Her love of teaching —more importantly her love of children — touched countless lives across the Bitterroot Valley.
Memories of Rona will always include her curiosity about the lives of her loved ones and her encouragement of their talents, her joy at finding beautiful art, her delight in trips with friends, and her unending devotion to opening the world for children through teaching.
She is preceded in passing by both her parents and brother Jim. She is survived by one brother, four sisters and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A funeral Mass was held Jan. 28 at St. Francis Catholic Church. A summer interment in Mandan’s Union Cemetery with her parents will be her final resting place.
In lieu of flowers the family will be announcing a scholarship program in her honor through the Hamilton School District. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.