Loy Hart

On Sept. 24, 2021, Loy Marie Hart, age 78, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away from complications from Huntington’s Disease at her home in Deer Lodge, Mont., with her loving and devoted husband, Larry, at her side. Loy is now at home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Services will be planned at a later date with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery in Cut Bank, Montana.

Loy was born with twin sister, Loyce at her side on August 5, 1943, in Boise, Idaho, to Lloyd and Vera (Hack) McClanahan. Loy grew up in Cut Bank, Mont., with twin sister, Loyce, and younger sisters Mona and Debbie. Loy graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1961 where she was very proud of having been a Varsity Cheerleader. From this point, Loy went on to graduate from Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington.

After graduating, Loy married Melvin Berkram, this marriage later ended in divorce. From this union, Loy’s pride and joy were found with the birth of her son, Wade, and daughter, Wendy. 

Loy was a devoted mother who spent her children’s younger years as a Boy Scout Leader, 4H Leader, and Sunday School Teacher. She was always her children’s biggest cheerleader and was always there to offer a prayer for them when things went amiss. Wade and Wendy always knew their mom was only a phone call away and had an open ear for whatever needed to be talked about.

When Loy was in her early 40’s, she was able to reconnect with old friend, Larry Hart. They met in December and by April they were hitched ready to set off to spend a special lifetime together. Loy and Larry enjoyed making memories together through snowmobiles, motorcycles, hot rods, and corvettes. With Loy’s independent nature, it is no surprise she even rode her own Harley. 

From the union of Loy and Larry, Loy was able to add Larry’s daughter, Heather, as a bonus daughter to the family.

In addition, Loy was a proud grandmother to all 10 of her grandchildren and all eight of her great grandchildren. Grandma Loy loved to hear all about whatever activity they were involved with and was known to even boast about them a little. Loy was extremely happy when grandson, Mick, added another set of twins to the family. Grandma Loy established a love and special bond with her grandchildren through her unbeatable hugs, squeezes of the hand, faith in the Lord, and strength in loving them.

Even though it will be hard to not be able to pick up the phone and get the advice we need, reach for her hand for the special squeeze, or have our troubles melt away in the embrace of her hug, we know she is an angel above us now and free of pain.

Loy was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Vera McClanahan.

Loy is survived by her loving husband, Larry Hart; son, Wade Berkram, and his wife, Leslie; daughter, Wendy Woolstenhulme; step-daughter, Heather Lansky, and husband, Bill; grandsons, Mick Rammell (Kelsi), Dusty Berkram (Jaelin), Jack Lansky, Wyatt Berkram, and Dallas Berkram; granddaughters, Ashley Vanek (Dan), Amanda Rowsell (Jeremy), Meagan Rammell, Hannah Lansky, and Haley Koterba (Trevor); great-grandchildren Savannah and Owen Rowsell, Shaun, Weston and Wilder Rammell; Easton Ewoniuk, and Kayden and Landon Berkram; twin sister, Loyce Baum, and husband, Ed;  sisters, Debbie Fahlgren, and Mona Kennedy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In remembrance of Loy, give someone a quick squeeze of the hand, a hug that is meant to melt away your day, and a listening ear no matter the context. 

Wade and Wendy can never thank Larry enough for the care and love given to their mother.