Traci Lee (Moran) Stolte

Thursday, November 12, 2020
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Traci Lee (Moran) Stolte passed away on October 29, 2020 from complications associated with her six-year battle with breast cancer, surrounded by love, light, and all of her immediate family.

Born November 2, 1973 in Columbus, Montana, she was the daughter of Thomas and Patricia Moran. She grew up in Laurel, along with her brother Travis, before moving to Whitefish with her parents, just prior to her high school sophomore year. She is survived by her husband Caleb and three children, Luna, Azure and Kiva; father Tom (Nancy); brother Travis (Cindy); Travis and Cindy’s sons Kanyin and Kyson; and paternal Grandmother Marge Moran;, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Pat, maternal grandmother Darlene Kohl and paternal Grandfather Jerry Moran

Traci’s heart had room for everyone—her children, her family and friends, even a stranger on the street. She married her high school sweetheart, Caleb Stolte and for over 25 years together they created a beautiful family of five, nurtured a family business, and filled everyone who touched their lives with countless memories, adventures, love and laughter.

Giving and gifted, she gave of herself completely, always willing to help her family, friends, and her community. Traci’s contributions to the Whitefish community were seemingly endless—from tasks as complex as overseeing the local Backpack Assistance Program to something seemingly as simple as putting the holiday flags out for the Whitefish Lion’s Club. Rarely did she refuse an opportunity to roll up her sleeves and make a difference in the community she held dear.

She lived her life, both in sickness and health, with grit and determination and approached the obstacles in her life with a tenacious spirit, tempered with graciousness.

In her words, “I remember years ago when Caleb was trying to teach me how to ride a mountain bike, he said, ‘When you get to the top of the climb, always put it in your big gear and keep pedaling. Don’t stop because you’re at the top.’ This applies to my life. I have always kept pedaling. Today I find myself humbled, proud, tired, slow, happy, but above all lucky to be right where I am. I think the hardest hills we climb are in our minds.” Traci’s infectious smile and positive outlook will be cherished and remembered by everyone she’s left in her wake.

The universe has gained a new star and she will continue to shine bright. Per Traci’s wishes, a funeral service will not be held. Instead, friends and family are encouraged to keep pedaling, love big, laugh hard, care for each other—and find the fun in absolutely everything you do. Forever seek out the love and light.

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