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Daniel Leo Tellier
ST. IGNATIUS — Daniel Leo Tellier completed his tour of duty on the journey of a patriotic sailor’s life as he wrapped up a full day of ceremonial presentations of colors with the Mission Valley Honor Guard on Veteran’s Day 2015. At the end of the day, the Great Commander called him home.

Born to Cleophaus and Cecille (DandyJim) Tellier on February 6, 1937, he was the only son born to Cleophaus and later joined by brothers Archie, James, Walter (Buckwheat) Carpentier. Raised with his brothers in the St. Ignatius area, he found his way into the United States Navy by boosting his age, just a little. At age 17, he entered the service of the USN and served as a boiler technician on the USS Walker DDE-517 during the Korean War. This was a very impressionable time in his life, resulting in very dear friends he would later seek out at USN reunions.

Leo was a loving husband to his wife Sophie who preceded him in death. While never having fathered children of his own, together they raised one daughter (Linda), and two granddaughters (Rose Marie and Marietta) adopted at infancy, and one great-grandson (Arlen) adopted at infancy. The word adoption should in no way shadow the fact that those were Leo and Sophie’s own children. They were always traveling and doing fun things with the kids, who were their pride and joy. Other grandchildren and great grandchildren found plenty of love and laughs when they visited the grand folks at the St. Ignatius home.

One of Leo’s many life achievements was organizing and managing the Mission Valley Honor Guard which was active at all of the special events in the valley honoring United States veterans and presenting the colors. The MVHG recently raised the flag of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for the first time at the Séliš Ksanka QÍispé Dam. Other notable presentations were placing the colors at the Benghazi Memorial in BigFork and placement of colors at the State Capitol. Leo was recently honored with the invitation to assist the Blackfeet Tribe in establishing a color guard. He had made a few visits and was glad to lend a hand in training the troupe.

After 30 years of employment with the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority as a housing maintenance inspector, Leo retired in 2011. He quickly filled his post-retirement schedule by acquiring a tribal lease in the St. Ignatius residential area where he developed a CSKT Veterans’ Center. This location has become a valuable gathering place for veterans to receive information assisting with essential needs such as health care information, support networking, and a gathering for Legion Post, and organizing representation at events.

Leo is preceded in death by his wife (Sophie) of fifty years, one grand daughter (Gayetta) and one great-grand daughter (Jade), his parents and brothers. He is survived by his children, Linda Hawk Ebner, Rose (Mike) Tellier McCrea, Marietta (Ryan Smith) Tellier, Arlen Tellier. Grandchildren include Monique (Phillip) McDonald, Charmel (Bud) Gillin, Spina Grant, Cecille (Bill) Brown, and Cilxusasqet Friedlander, as well as twenty-three great grand children, and five great-great grandchildren.

A traditional wake began at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. A rosary was recited on Sunday evening. Catholic Mass of Resurrection led by Fr. Andrew Maddux was held at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission on Monday with military rights presented at the Mission. Pallbearers were the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers are his comrades who preceded him in battle. Cremation will take place. At his request, a portion of his remains will rest at Pearl Harbor and a portion with his wife’s remains in St. Ignatius. Memorials in Leo’s name can be made to the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

Kenneth R. Friedlander, Sr.
DAYTON — A choir of angels swooped down to reclaim the most gifted wood-carvin’, string-strummin’, and bird-callin’ man this side of Yawunik. Kenneth R. Friedlander Sr. began his journey with the ancestors on November 14, 2015. Ken was born to William (Bill) Sr. and Velda Friedlander on February 18, 1927 in Nespelem, Washington. He was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

He joined the United States Navy at the tender age of 16 and served in World War II aboard the U.S.S. Comstock (LDS-19). He married Margaret Mary Mathias in 1950 and they raised their family in Hot Springs, MT. Ken began a storied career in dam construction to free us from the Dark Ages. He was part of a concrete and detonating crew on the Grand Coulee, John Day, The Dalles and Hungry Horse Dams. As a gifted musician, his band played live radio and weekend gigs. He was often called upon to play taps for his fallen comrades.

Ken was a natural born teacher and a champion of Indian education. In the the 1970s, he taught mathematics in St. Ignatius to help adults earn GEDs. In 1975, he moved his family to Bonners Ferry, Idaho to work for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. As the Site Manager he oversaw new homesite construction and road building. He retired as the KTI Manager of Facilities Maintenance and in 2006 returned to Dayton with his wife, Marge.

Ken was raised in the Columbia Basin where he learned strong work ethics on the family ranch and in their orchards. He was a master gardener growing everything from gigantic vegetables to perfectly manicured bonsai. Family gatherings usually consisted of gourmet food, live music and a crescendo of conversation and laughter. Chef Dad shared his preserves of fruits and vegetables, moose and salmon, jellies, jam and homemade desserts with everyone. At least four generations enjoyed his farm to table concoctions of love.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William Jr. and Frank; a sister, Evelyn Nissen; stepson Duane Albert and grandson, Jeremy Stiffarm. He is survived by his wife Margaret of Dayton and sister, Wilma (Fred) Blessing of Spokane. His surviving children are: Ken (Charlene) Friedlander Jr., of Pablo, Karen Friedlander (Mike McCuistion), of Spokane, Rhonda Friedlander (Ted Bessette) of Omak, Velda (Bruce) Shelby of Arlee, Lois Friedlander (Ralph Johnson) of Dayton, Wendell (Joe) Friedlander (Mary) and Gena Jerrow of Pablo. He was a proud Grandfather of 22 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.

 True to his roots, he was an avid fisherman, sports fan and cruciverbalist. Somewhere in the celestials, our beloved sailor now strums along with a choir of angels. We’ll be listening for the melody in a bird call.

A Wake Service and Rosary Recital were held at the Elmo Hall. Funeral Mass was November 17, 2015 with a Military Burial in the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of the Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jessica Michel Conko
ST. IGNATIUS — Jessica Michel Conko, 30, A.K.A:“Jessa-Leigh” and/or “Baby Angel Sunshine”, joined her father John P. Michel Conko, son Moses Little John Thunder Whitegrass, and two other sweet unborn angels, grandparents William and Louise Adam Conko, uncle Ennis Conko, aunties Margret Conko Friedlander and Helen Conko, along with other beloved family members. Jessica was called home and set free by Jesus on November 11, 2015.

Jessica was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on May 15, 1985, to the proud parents of John Conko and Linda Merchant. Jessica attended School in St. Ignatius and completed High School as a proud Mission Bulldog. She was involved in basketball, track and continued to play basketball in college at SKC. Jessica accomplished and received a Business Bachelor’s Degree at SKC. Her talents were endless such as beading, writing, drawing, poetry, forestry and quilting. She had a heart to take care of at risk youth, and gave them a place to live. She loved, fostered, befriended and nurtured Deon Whitegrass and Ontequa Matt, along with her own children.

Jessica had an amazingly big open caring heart. Jessica offered her home to those who sought refuge and strength. Her beautiful big smile lit up a room. Her laugh was contagious and still echoes. She was always the optimist never wanting to dwell on the negative. Jessica brought the funny to our family - The Mischievous One. Jess loved her babies, there was never a day she didn’t think about her beautiful Mosey, Camas and family. Jessica loved anything bright and cheerful such as: Sunflowers, yellow roses, foo-foo coffee, chocolate and sour patch kids. Oh did I mention Pepsi? Which was her breakfast of choice. Her favorite pastimes were collecting dolphins, elephants and fond memories of the ocean.

Survivors include her mom, Linda Merchant of St. Ignatius, brothers, Nevada and Waco (Rikki) Merchant, T.J. and Chad Conko, sisters Jennifer (Levi) Read and Melissa Merchant, son, Camas Anthony Assiniboine, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing took place November 14, 2015 at Foster Funeral Home. The Memorial Services was held on Sunday November 15, 2015 at the Cornerstone Faith Center.

Valerie Diane Brings Yellow
Valerie Diane Brings Yellow was born on March 1, 1965 and passed on October 15, 2015.

Surviving Family:?sons: Martin Vanderburg and Rayvis Vanderburg, both of Arlee;?daughter: Jubilee Vanderburg of Arlee;?brothers: Reginald Roan Eagle of Spirit Lake, ND, Alonzo Brings Yellow of Ronan, and John Brings Yellow III of Taholah, WA.

Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Verna (Roan Eagle) Brings Yellow; daughter, Monica Vanderburg; and brother Theodore Brings Yellow

Wake Services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD. Burial services will be held at a later date. Traditional Lakota Services will be conducted by Mr. Richard Broken Nose.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.

Leonard Gilbert Cordier
RONAN —Leonard Gilbert Cordier passed away October 22, 2015 surrounded by family members.

Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronz medal for heroism in ground combat in 1952. Upon returning home, he went to work in numerous lumber and wood industries. He is known by many for his great works with wood, which were received by many relatives and friends. A beautiful alter that he made can currently be seen in St. Ignatius at the historic Catholic Church.

His favorite pastimes among many were camping with his large extended family and friends, hunting and fishing, baseball and his love of cards and dice games. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marcella Cordier, sons Charles V. Cordier IV and wife Annette of Green River, Wy; Rick and wife Sally of Arlee, Mt; Gilbert and wife Cheryl of Cheyenne, Wy and Greg and wife Sharon of Ramona, Ca., 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers Victor, Charles R., Fred and Raymond; sisters Francie Clark and Jerry Powell.

Proceeding him in death were his parents, Charles V. Cordier III and wife Pearl, and siblings, Joseph, Leona, EmmaJean, infant brother John and Geneva.

Following his wishes, no services are being held.

June Marie Morigeau 
SPOKANE, WA — June Marie Morigeau was born on February 19, 1923 to John and Amy Morigeau. June passed away on June 30, 2015 in Spokane, Washington with her loving family at her side. June was born in St. Ignatius, Montana.

June had a sister Peggy Hill and a brother Benny Morigeau who both preceded her in passing. June has many nieces and nephews from them.

June eventually married Les Morin and Marcy Mong who both preceded her in death. Laury Morin and Saundra Roberts are still living and kept in very close contact with her daily. June has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Too many to mention their names. She loved her family very much.

June and her family move to Yakima where she worked as a seamstress. After a few years June and her children moved to Seattle, Washington and worked at Boeing in World War II and was a riveter Boeing as an airplane manufacturer. She and her children lived there for several years. They moved back to Yakima where she became a seamstress, she made draperies clothes and also upholstered furniture. June was very talented a creating cloth into beautiful creations.

June has a very large family and loved them all.

The family and friends of June will celebrate her life next summer on the reservation at Wolf Mountain by sprinkling her ashes, prayers and a special remembrance of her. We will always embrace her with ours. Everyone is welcome.

Mabyle Joan Avery
Mabyle Joan “Bitsy” Avery began her journey to the Spirit World Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, where she will once again be with all her ancestors and family who have already made the journey.

We, her loved ones, are now left to tearfully walk to the future without her omnipresent outstretched hand to catch us before we fall or to pick us up when we do.

Thankfully our tears are not just sorrowful but also joyful as we recall how this tough little Assiniboine Indian woman from the Fort Belknap Reservation overcame many health problems to live a long, fulfilling, caring and loving effervescent life.

Her omnipresent outstretched hands now cup our heavy hearts from above salving them with the love and strength she exhibited during her life’s journey. 

Bitsy was born Jan. 4, 1933. She was the second of four daughters born to of Benjamin Medicine Bear and Josephine (Pephyrs) Medicine Bear of Fort Belknap. Bitsy and older sister Winona were soon joined by Edna and Florence. Her other siblings are Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear and Margie Plumage, her father’s other children.

She was nicknamed “Bitsy” shortly after her birth — and death.

She was born premature. Small and severely sick she was pronounced dead shortly after birth. Lying in the Fort Belknap Indian Health hospital bed sobbing, her mother Josephine heard a noise coming from the basinet her tiny “dead” baby girl had been placed in on the other side of the birthing room. Josephine rushed to basinet, pulled back the baby blanket that was covering her little girl head-to-toe and saw her “reborn” baby sucking on her thumb. “When I looked down, there was my itsy bitsy baby girl, that pretty little thing sucking on her thumb,” her mother said about that moment of unbelievable joy. And Mayble Joan Medicine Bear has been known as “Bitsy” ever since.

Bitsy was a strong Christian — I guess that happens to some of those that have been resurrected.

Because of the Great Depression Bitsy was raised by her grandmother, “Grandma Susie” Long Knife on Fort Belknap until she was 9 years old. She then moved back with her parents in Harlem to be closer to the school. She attended school at Harlem and Flandreau, SD through the 10th grade. 

In 1948, she welcomed her first-born, Bernard Azure into the world. Her first marriage didn’t last and two other marriages brought Carmen Viola and Jonathon Dwight Adams; and Richard Neil and Allan Scott Bear into the world.

In 1960 Bitsy married William “Bruce” Avery in Wolf Point. Bruce took her five young children under his wing and soon joining the family were daughters Tammy and Shannon.

Also joining the family at various times were great-grandmother Agnes Red Feather Cochran, Linda Kampf, Louie Clayborn and nephew Galen Hall.

Through the years, following Bruce’s career working for the Great Northern, BN and BNSF railroads, the family lived in the Hi-Line towns of Harlem, Wolf Point, Havre, Bainville, Culbertson, West Glacier and Libby.

Bitsy worked as a cook in various restaurants in those communities. With her outgoing and engaging nature she made many lifelong friends and acquaintances everywhere she lived and worked.

Bitsy was a hardworking and very talented woman who was gifted in many areas. She took classes in upholstery and reupholstered some of her own furniture, she was a gifted seamstress and made many clothes for her children. She was an accomplished self-taught knitter and everyone in the family sported her handmade sweaters. She taught herself how to can fruit and vegetables as well and there wasn’t a vegetable out there that she didn’t try to pickle, at least once.

She learned oil painting later in life and painted many beautiful pictures and around the same time became interested in and mastered the art of quilting, and in fact was nominated Featured Quilter of the Year by her local quilt guild in Libby.

Since the early-1970s the family has resided in Libby where Bitsy worked at restaurants until retiring. Her cinnamon rolls are still remembered by many in the Libby community. She was well known around Libby and dubbed queen of quilt raffle ticket sales, and sported a pink tint on her silver hair as a fashion statement and conversation starter. She never met a stranger, she loved people and they loved her back.

Bitsy was preceeded in death by Grandma Susie; her parents; beloved stepfather Joe Wakeman; sister Winona Quirk; sons Allan “Scott” Bear and Richard Neil Bear; daughter Carmen and son-in-law Mark Knapton; grandson David Knapton; and infant daughters, Mary Jo and Micki Joy.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years William “Bruce” Avery, Libby; children Bernard (Kim) Azure and family, Ravalli; Jon Adams, Ravalli; Tammy (Cole) Anderson and family, Troy; and, Shannon (David) Cimino and family, San Juan, Puerto Rico; sisters: Edna “Blue” Miller, Harlem; Florence “Tiny” Medicine Bear, Missoula; Margie (Frank) Plumage, Moses Lake, WA; and brothers Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear, Fort Belknap; Grandchildren, Lanada, Jacob, Casey, Brian, Mitchell, Steven, Adam, Reanna, Jared, Josie, Gus, Stormy, Celina, Lucas, nineteen great grandchildren, and dearest friend and companion Sara Clark.

A memorial service were held at the Libby United Methodist Church, 713 Main Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 10, followed by internment at the Libby City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Delores Jean Lozeau
SEATTLE, WA. — Delores Jean Lozeau, 63, passed away at her home in Seattle, Washington on Friday, October 30, 2015. She was born on November 18, 1951 in Seattle and is the beloved daughter of Alvina Burns of Pablo, Montana and Cornell Benson of Seattle, Washington.

Delores has two children, Matthew and Traci Lozeau. She has five grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Delores loved music and her Native American heritage. She helped everyone that she could, whether it being feeding them or taking them into her home. She raised one of her grandchildren. Christa Banguis, a cousin was one of her best friends. She loved and supported Delores just as she had done.

Delores is preceded in death by her son Matthew, brother Tony Benson and sister Tina Burns.

She is survived by her mother Alvina Burns, father Cornell Benson, sister Annette Corey Lozeau of Saratooga Springs, brother Robert Benson of Seattle, brother Bill Benson of Seattle and David Burns of Pablo.

A viewing was held at Foster Laws Funeral Home on November 9; service was held on November 10. The burial followed at Riverton Cemetery in Tukwila, Washington.

Alfred Michael McLeod
Our beloved father, brother and friend Alfred Michael McLeod left to meet his maker. He was born December 31, 1947 just five minutes before New Year’s to Alfred and Margaret McLeod. He passed peacefully in his sleep.

Mike attended Kellogg High School. He worked for a logging company and joined the Army where he served three terms as a paratrooper in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart. Now he has begun a new journey. He will be remembered by family and friends forever. Go with God!

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Helen. He leaves this earth five children: Rick, Kelly, Leah, Crystal and Amanda. He has 11 grandchildren and eight siblings: Willand, George, Shrine, Juanita, George, Deanus, Ricky and Billy Joe.

Dennis L. Nault
Dennis “Denny” Nault 76, of Arlee, died peacefully at home on October 14, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born into a Metis family on July 3, 1939 in Havre to the late Andrew and Jean (Kinholt) Nault. After serving in the Marine Corps he returned to Montana making Arlee his home with Celina (Lumpry). Both were devoted to their children and all children of the Jocko Valley. Many fondly recall spending time at the family home feeling like part of the family.

From his earliest years and throughout his life Denny loved athletics and the arts. As a teenager, Denny earned a Golden Gloves award and eventually coached boxing. Karate captivated his interest long enough to earn his brown belt. Denny then devoted his time and energy to coaching women’s softball for many years sharing his love of softball with his daughters Shelly and Cassandra. A self-taught teenage artist he earned many ribbons and awards for his carvings. His friends’ Levi jackets became canvases for his drawings.

He shared a love of Harleys with his son Robin. His membership in the Hermanos motorcycle club and the times he shared with his brothers was a deep pleasure and source of fellowship in his retirement from Stone Container where he worked for 32 years and developed life long friendships. His love for his sister Sandra and her children was never far from his mind. His long and loving relationship with his Uncle Russ brought him deep joy and a sense of belonging.

Committed to the Jocko Valley community, Denny purchased the Log Cabin Bar in 1991 four years after it was gutted by fire. He worked on restoring the building from 1991 until it opened as Hangin Art Gallery and Cafe in July of 2003. He created the building as a community development offering and over the next twelve years turned it into a vibrant community arts venue and gathering place with his partner and then wife Donna. The arts center gave Denny a time in his retirement to revisit his deep love of the arts. After a hiatus of forty-five years he began to draw again and took lessons in painting and watercolor. He joined the community-school poetry group and spent six years creating wonderful poetry and developing the confidence to participate in public readings of his work. He took great pleasure in the many evenings of music by local area musicians and readings of plays by Native playwrights.

His deepest reward was the role the center has played in providing arts and creative opportunities for the children of the Jocko Valley. His sister Sandra visited the Gallery when she was here and said “Denny and I would have loved to have a place like this in Havre when we were children.”

Denny is survived by his wife Donna, sister Sandra (Wayne) Munch, uncle Russell (Elizabeth) Nault, son Robin Nault, daughters Shelly (Von) Richter and Cassandra (Tim) Wolff. Grandchildren Desirae, Michelle, Bobbie, Sierra, Brittany, Jordan, Britton, Dayne, Jaci and Justin. Preceded in death by wife Celina, brothers David and Dale Nault.

Denny was a founding member of the Arlee Community Development Corporation and worked tirelessly on its behalf over the years. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in his memory to the Arlee CDC at PO Box 452, Arlee, MT 59821 or on its website at Denny will be sorely missed by his loved ones and all those whose lives he touched by his lifelong friendship and generosity.

A Memorial will be held for Denny at the Hangin Art Gallery on Highway 93 in downtown Arlee on Sunday, November 8 at 1 PM.

Dennis James Pichette
ST. IGNATIUS – Dennis James Pichette, “DenDen”, 53, passed away at his home on October 16, 2015.

Born in St. Ignatius at Holy Family Hospital to Baptiste and Marian Pichette, he went to school at the Urselines and at the Public School in St. Ignatius.

He loved working in the woods, being around his friends, and he loved to play Keno and gambling.

He was preceded in death by his father Baptisite Pichette and his brother Baptisite Jr. and sister Caroline.

Survivors include his mother Marian Pichette; his sisters Sherry Pichette, Debbie Pichette, and Carolynn Pichette; niece Karen Pichette and nephew Jayson Pichette; daughter Victoria Decker and three grandchildren  Alie, Robb, and Ezzy; an uncle Noel Pichette; aunties Mary Wheeler and Zella Fisher as well as several great grand nieces and nephews and cousins. 

A wake began Sunday at the Longhouse with Rosary being held at 8 pm Tuesday evening. Closing was Wednesday in the Longhouse with Mass followed in the St. Ignatius Mission.  He is laid to rest by his father in St. Ignatius.

Barbara Jean Noel Ross
Barbara Jean Noel Ross passed in her sleep with peace and grace on October 16, 2015 at her daughter Kim‘s home.

Barbara was born to William Herbert Noel and Laura Cecelia Glover Noel at the Saint Ignatius hospital in 1935 joining a large family of fourteen children. Barbara became a Polson High School graduate of class of fifty-four. During her high school years she met the love of her life Kenneth W. Ross and was married for eighteen years living and raising her family on a ranch in Hot Springs. Barbara threw all of her energies into raising her three daughters with part-time work at the Hot Springs Post Office, Polson Bee Box Factory and Polson Super One Foods.

Barbara was an avid collector of precious glassware in multiple shapes and colors. Many of her travels revolved around countless garage sale searches for pink depression glass, blue glass, crystal glass, milk glass, carnival glass, red glass, and tea pots. Days of her retirement were spent volunteering at the Polson Country Store sorting and pricing treasures.

She is predeceased by her youngest daughter Kelly Sue Johnson and seven brothers and sisters: Bud Noel, Dotty Joy, Dorothy Watson, Jerry Noel, Margie Jones, Patsy Anderson, and James Noel. Barbara is survived by her two daughters Cindy G. Rossmith of St. Ignatius, MT and Kimberlee J. Ross of Kalispell. Grandchildren include: Ryan Cislo, Ashlee Cislo, Jackson Rossmith, Christopher Rossmith, Kristen Johnson-Doble, Ross Johnson. Great-grand babies include: Jade, Alexus, Brylee, Avaree, Theodore, Tucker, Weston, and two in waiting.

Services will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson at 2 p.m. on Thursday October 22, 2015. High Tea and cake at the Polson Tribal Senior Center will follow. If you wish, donations in household treasures can be made to the Polson Country Store.

Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant
BILLINGS — Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant, 4 months, the son of Tony and Delea Hogan Plant, passed away on October 5, 2015. Ikhe’Hawate, “One Star” a Crow name given to him by Mary Wallace, was born on June 24, 2015, in Billings.

He was preceded in death by Ernest and Tessie Holds the Enemy, Sr., Tessie Stewart, Jeromy Holds, Lela Perez, Theresa Loreau, Anthony J. Plant, Sr., Daniel (Mary) Sherwood, and Clara Rossbach.

Survivors include his parents; his sisters, Lillian and Talea; his brothers, Trestin and Tony; grandparents, Anthony (Ingun) Plant, Nancy Bear Sherwood, Barry Hogan, Sr., Vicki Holds the Enemy, Merdith Wallace, Adam Singer, Susan, Julie, Agnes, Francis and Junior Sherwood, Paul Mahseelah, Joann Big Medicine, Sam and Joe Plant; great-grandparents, Mary Wallace, Nellie Sings in the Mountain, Mardell (Leo) Plain Feather, Lorena Walks Over Ice, Myron (Sandra) Shield and Farrow Mae (Bill) Pease; aunts, Shirley (Barry) Real Bird, Michael Ann Maheelah, Miriah (Marty) Holds, Glenda (John) Stevens, Krista (Ed) Nessm, Camee (David) Old Chief, Janell and Rhonda Jefferson, Jorey Plenty Hawk, Gina Dynneson, Amanda and Alica Perez; uncles, Barry Hogan, Jr., Ricky and Milton (Stephanie) Bianas, Nathan Riekena, Arnold Sherwood, Donald (Jachelle) Zier and Acorn (Anastasia) Holds the Enemy; as well as his extended family, including the Holds, Reeds, Little Lights, Hogans, Coutures, Matts, McDonalds, Mahseelahs, Sherwoods, Plain Feathers, Singers, Pettys, Stevens, Plants, Jeffersons, Shields, Shanes, Plentys, Walks Over Ice, Rossbachs, Birds, Upshaws, Dynnesons and Bull Shows families.

Graveside services were held on Friday October 9, in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.

Tracey Mae (Johnson) Normandeau
Tracey was born August 23, 1965 to Arthur Raymond Johnson and Myrna (DuCharme) Johnson in Polson. On October 6, 2015 she was re-united with her daughter, Rochelle Normandeau - brother, Lance Johnson –1st cousins Cody Conrad, Danielle DuCharme, Kelly DuCharme, Scott Johnson, numerous other cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. What a celebration in heaven above!

Tracey attended schools across Montana and Washington as the family worked construction. She was an athlete involved in track (always competitive in nature especially with her brothers growing up), loved the world of horses, and was a very gifted artist.

Tracey met and married Kevin Normandeau out of Ronan, became an amazing mother of three children (many of the neighborhood kids looked to her as their mother figure also and called her “Tracey tough as nails”!).

She worked various places doing jobs from nursing to cleaning to restaurant management then taking an extended break from the working world to take care of her daughter in her battle against cancer, showing her mother’s strength and courage. Tracey had a large part in helping raise her grandchildren and spending as much time with them as possible.

Her story is hard to tell in such a short blip because she had so many attributes, being such a strong amazing loving woman, and did so much in her short 50 years here. Above all else the light inside her stood out during her battle with cancer, a strong warrior, full of energy, and smiles for all. She will be missed by many and loved by all who knew her as she embarks on her new journey with our Heavenly Father, and the rest of the angels who have gone too soon.

She is survived by her parents, children: Chris Normandeau and Cassie Normandeau and three grandsons, Daniel, Brent and Troy who adored spending time with her, along with her siblings Deborah, Keith, and Jerrod.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Ann Kintz
PABLO – Barbara Ann “Barb” Kintz, age 55, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2105 at her residence in Pablo. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Polson the daughter of William and Melva (Joy) Combs.

She attended schools and graduated from Polson High School. She worked for many years at the KwaTaqNuk Motel in Polson as a waitress and later as a secretary.

In 2010, she was diagnosed with multiple systems atrophy; shortly after that she retired. She was a member of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Bob, two daughters, Sarena and Trista and her son Chase, four grandchildren, her brother Eddie Combs and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services for Barb were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at The Lake Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Flathead Lake Senior Citizens Center, 701 1st Street East, Polson, MT 59860.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Eugene Charles HeavyRunner, Jr.
MISSOULA — Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner, Jr. passed away from a car-related accident on Friday October 2, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Montana. He was 66 years old.

Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner Jr. was born to Eugene HeavyRunner, Sr. and Gertrude Ground HeavyRunner on June 20, 1949 in Browning. He was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and his Indian name was “Issoko Maakaan” (HeavyRunner) which was the name of his great paternal grandfather. 

He attended and graduated high school Browning. During this time he extended his education at the University of Montana and the Ecumenical Institute in Chicago Illinois where he spent time with social justice groups, this is where activism roots began to grow. He was a firm believer in the Blackfeet and traditional way of life and honored the Blacktail Bundle. He spent many years of his life with the American Indian Movement to address tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, spiritual and tribal leadership. He was very proud of his involvement at Wounded Knee, the historic D.C. Occupation and his contribution with The Longest Walk. He was versed in treaties and tribal histories, musician, loved to cook and spent many years as a cook at Glacier National Park and Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Proceeded in death by his father Eugene HeavyRunner Sr., Brothers Carl, Duane, Glenn, David, Ike and Kermit and his sister Bonnie HeavyRunner and the mother of his children Maria Beth Charlo and Barbara Bugbee.

Survivors include his mother Gertrude HeavyRunner; sisters Linda Warden, Dr. Iris PrettyPaint, GayAnn Spotted Bear and brothers George, Lyle and Keith HeavyRunner; companion Karen Coffee and family; sons Jason HeavyRunner, Casey HeavyRunner, Sundance HeavyRunner, Dayna Bullshields-Pepion (Melinda Bullshields) and Eugene Henry HeavyRunner III; his grandchildren Maria, Soul, Kesley, Autum, Liyah, Aiyanna, Nizhoni, Issac, Nidua; he a hand in guiding his granddaughter Maria; and nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and many cousins from his very large family.

Because Buzzy had travelled extensively throughout his life he had a very large and extended circle of relations, lifelong friends and relationships with the Blackfeet and Flathead Nations, the family recognizes you and thanks you all and apologizes for not being able to list everyone.

Rosary Services were held at the Stickgame Arbor in Browning on Wednesday October 7, 2015. Funeral Services were held at the Little Flower Parish on Thursday October 8, 2015. Eugene was laid to rest at the Ground Cemetery in Starr School.

Jean Allen Turnage
POLSON — Family man and devoted public servant Jean Allen Turnage, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Jean, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born in St. Ignatius, on March 10, 1926, and graduated high school there in 1944. During the school year Jean worked as a service station attendant and drove a milk delivery truck from the various dairy farms throughout the Mission Valley to the creamery in Polson. In the summers he worked as a carpenter’s apprentice at the Naval Training Station in Bayview, Idaho, and as a boilermaker in the Kaiser Shipyards at Swan Island, Oregon.

After high school Jean enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a top turret gunner on a B-29 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Next, Jean enrolled at the University of Montana, where he served on the law review and received his law degree in 1951. While attending law school he worked for the Montana Highway Department.

Jean’s distinguished life long law career began with his private practice in Polson in 1951, where his law firm still carries his name some 64 years later. Just after he opened his practice, he met and married the love of his life, Eula Mae Johnson, in 1952. That same year he was elected Lake County Attorney and served for five terms, and in 1959 he served as President of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association. In 1962, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, and then to the Montana State Senate in 1964, where he served for twenty years. While in the State Senate he chaired the Taxation and Judiciary Committees, served as Minority Leader in 1967, Majority Leader in 1977, and as President of the Senate for the 1983 Session.

In 1976, he was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General, and argued a case on behalf of the State of Montana before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In 1984, Jean was elected Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and again in 1992, serving sixteen years as Montana’s top judicial official. While on the Supreme Court, in 1993 he was elected President of the National Conference of Chief Justices, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Legal Letters from the University of Montana.

After retiring from the Montana Supreme Court in 2000, Jean returned to his private practice and continued serving clients until he went on Senior Status in 2014.

Mr. Turnage was in the Masonic Order, including the Shrine and Jesters, the American Legion, VFW, Elks and Rotary International, was a life member of the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, and the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.

Jean was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Julia Turnage; his sister, Antoinette Flynn; and brother, Russell Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae; daughter, Patricia; son, Lloyd (Geri); grandchildren, Erin Leonard (fiancé Doug Trigg), James Turnage, and Joseph Turnage; and great-grandchildren, Tristian Leonard, Austin Leonard and Natalie Leonard.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, at 1 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson, followed by interment with full military honors by the Mission Valley Honor Guard at Lake View Cemetery.

Memorials maybe made to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Shriners Children’s Hospital, Mission Valley Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael Louis Durglo, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS — On September 12, 2015, Michael Louis Durglo, Sr., began his journey back to the loving arms of his wife, Barb, and those family members that have passed before him. He was a proud member of the Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes.

Mike, also known as “Pa,” Xepe,” or” Louie” to his family and friends, was born September 9, 1935, to Conrad and Adele Chalwain Durgeloh “across the river” on the family ranch northwest of Dixon. Mike’s family later moved to the Mollman and Eagle Pass areas where he spent countless hours in the mountains with his brothers and local families.

Mike was educated in the Ronan schools and was proud of his orange and black. So much, that he teased his children and grandchildren anytime they competed against the Chiefs or any other team in orange and black. Underneath, Mike was a proud supporter of his family and all of their athletic and academic successes. Before completion of high school, Mike felt it was his patriotic duty to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. Shortly after enlisting, Mike was called into active duty during the Korean campaign. He was later honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He continued this service to the Tribe, State and Country as a proud member of the Mission Valley Honor Guard and American Legion Post 106. Semper Fi

Shortly after discharge, Mike met and married Lillian Alexie. Of this union, his daughter Mary was born. His granddaughter, Brea Franco, of Spokane, remained close to her grandfather throughout his life.

In 1959, Mike met and married Barbara J. Courville. They made their first home in the Mollman Pass area and later moved near Mike’s parents on Eagle Pass Trail. Barb and Mike eventually moved to St. Ignatius to raise their six children.

As a dedicated and tireless employee, Mike put in many years of service for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Ronan as a skilled surveyor. Upon his retirement from the Bureau, Mike went to work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes working closely with the Salish – Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee while completing work to preserve the Salish culture and tradition. At the time of his most recent setback, Mike was still working ten hour days for the Cultural Preservation Department. He cherished his time working in preservation and the dear friends that he made throughout his work.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; parents, Conrad and Adele; daughter, Mary McCoy; daughter, Linda Christine; grandson, Kyle Joseph Trahan; and brothers, William “Bill” and Francis Durgeloh.

Mike is survived by his children, Mike, Jr. (Terri), Joe (Alana), Jim (Angie), Donna, Dan (Natasha), and Caroline. He is also survived my many grandchildren great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, cherished nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Services for Mike began at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, in Polson, on Monday, September 14, 2015 with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. His services continued at the St. Ignatius Long House, with Rosary recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Closing ceremonies began at 10 a.m. at the long house, followed by Mass at the St. Ignatius Mission on Wednesday, September 16. Burial took place at the Ronan Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

George A. Christopher
ARLEE — Our precious Dad and Grandpa, George A. Christopher, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015 in his home surrounded by his family. George was born February 22, 1944 in Missoula. He was one of seven children born to Lauren and Lillian Christopher.

George was raised in Arlee and graduated from Arlee High School in 1962. He participated in several high school activities including track and football. He worked in logging, was a skilled carpenter who built houses and bridges across Montana including the Scott Street Overpass in Missoula, and was a talented farmer. He was also an agent for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance for many years until his death.

In 1969, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Wall. Shortly after their wedding, George built their home in Arlee where they raised their family. Despite separation, George and Jeanne maintained a close friendship as they loved and supported their son James and as their family grew to include nine beautiful grandchildren. Family holidays, frequent phone calls, and taking trips together to visit family were priorities to them. As George approached his final days, he asked for Jeanne to be by his side.

George loved his family and his community. He was hard working, generous, and we all enjoyed his witty sense of humor and caring presence. He greatly appreciated the outdoors and was happiest when he was taking care of animals and cutting firewood. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. His son Joseph referred to him as a great hunter, possibly even an “expert” hunter. He worked long hours in his garden, recently referring to it as his “pride and joy”. He lovingly shared his vegetables with neighbors and friends. As an avid sports fan, George was a regular at Arlee sporting events and loved watching his grandsons play basketball and football. His son James remembered that he was always the first one up in the morning, excited to read the newspaper. He would amaze his grandsons by reciting endless amounts of useful world news, history facts, and sports trivia. He was fiercely proud of his family and loved celebrating their accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lauren and Lillian. He is survived by his daughter Melissa and grandsons Alex and Avery, his son Joseph and daughter-in-law Korrie and grandchildren Lauren, Ethan, Joseph “Bruin”, Mason, Maia, Emma, and Jagermeister Daniel, and his youngest son James. He is also survived by his sisters Faye (Chuck), Alison, and Donna (Gary), and his brothers Roy, Roger (Elizabeth), Rick (LouAnne), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, special friends Bill Dellinger and Bob Fyant, and girlfriend Rebecca Wiley.

A memorial to celebrate George’s life will be held at the Arlee Community Center on Powwow Road on Monday, September 14th at 11 AM. George will be laid to rest in a private burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson, MT. In lieu of flowers, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a potluck dish and a memory to share with the community.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard Howell Wall
STOCKTON, CA — Our much-loved son, husband, father and brother, Richard Howell Wall, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Stockton on September 7, 2015. He had just recently celebrated his 48th birthday. Richard was the owner of the restaurant/bar “Al the Wops”, located at Main Street Locke, California.

Richard was born on September 2, 1967 to Leslie Harrison and Richard Charles Wall. He was raised in Walnut Grove and completed high school there. During his formative years he was known for being a bit crazy. He would joke about his antics while a young man recalling his many misadventures. He would also point out that he was “much wiser” now. As he grew up; he became a business owner, a local sponsor of youth events and supporter of civic and community efforts. One of his favorite community events was a free liver and onion and bison feed at Al’s. He was committed to the local community where he had his business and where he raised his precious family.

Around 2005, he met the love of his life, Judi Manzo, and in 2010 they married. His love for her grew with the birth of their two children, Lulu and Max. Lulu and Max joined an older brother, Bryan, at the family home. Richard was a devoted family man and this devotion only grew with time. Having a family was one of many life events that surprised and delighted him.

Richard was typically an early riser; frequently visiting the local college flea market with a cup of coffee in his hand. He also took early morning walks on the Cross Channel road. He was often in motion and he said “it helps me think better.” Most of Walnut Grove knew Richard as he was a frequent sight down town, especially in the mornings.

In addition to being an early riser and a man on the move, Richard was an avid accomplished outdoorsman. He hunted bison, sheep, deer and elk, birds of prey and he enjoyed fishing.

In the Summer/Fall of 2013, Richard discovered his Montana family, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He and Judi traveled to Montana and met two sisters, Teresa Wall McDonald and Jeanne Christopher. To his surprise there were uncles, aunts, cousins and a large extended Montana family.

In the fall of 2014, he drew a tag for hunting in Montana, and he dearly loved that opportunity. Richard would travel back and forth from California to Montana. In the summer of 2015, he camped at the Arlee Pow Wow Celebration with Joe and Sherri McDonald. He helped to erect the camp tee pees and was so thankful for the opportunity to be there. While at the pow wow his picture was taken with the Governor of Montana. He could not wait to show the picture to his California friends and family. This same year, he gifted his uncle Dave “Tall” Wall with a tanned bison hide (which he shot).

Richard was a shrewd businessman with a thirst for learning, as he took courses at the local community college. He joked with his sisters that “he had to catch up with his post secondary education.” In August 2015, he studied for and took his first real estate exam, and passed on his first try. With this achievement he was hoping to expand his horizons.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard Charles Wall; his grandparents, Juanita Dupuis Wall and Samuel Wall; and several aunts and uncles. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents in California, Clarence and Dessie Harrison, whom he loved dearly.    Richard leaves behind a large extended “Al’s” family in California; wife, Judi; children, Bryan, Lulu and Max; and his mother, Leslie Harrison. All friends and family were devastated with his untimely early passing. As one Montana family member said “we were just getting to know him.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Shriners Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Richard’s future final resting place will be in Montana, where his heart was.

Robert Meyer Peregoy
PABLO — Robert Meyer Peregoy also known as Bob Peregoy, passed away from natural causes that took all of us by surprise. Bob was born on April 14, 1947 to Francis Nathan and Donna Mae (Meyer) Peregoy in San Francisco CA.

Bob graduated from High School in Madera, CA. He went on and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969. He further matriculated to complete his MPA in Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. In 1979 he graduated with his Ed. D. from Montana State University in which he created the Native American Studies program. He then attended law school full time and received his Jurist Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

From 1991 to 1996 he was Chief Appellate Court Judge for Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana.

From 1984 to 1999 he was Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, Colorado. His duties and responsibilities included managing attorney of NARF’s Washington, D.C. office; director of Legislative Affairs; and member of Litigation Management Committee. Practice involved litigation and advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal, state, and tribal governments.

From 1999 to 2001 he started Robert M. Peregoy Law Office and Consulting Services, Solo Practitioner.

Bob started his long-term career at Salish Kootenai College in 2001 to the time of his unexpected death. He served the college as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (2002-04).

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Director, Office of Career and Technical Education from 2001 to present.

Bob was recipient of the 2014 SKC Bitterroot Award for fundraising efforts that have created the strong roots that enable Salish Kootenai College to flourish.

“The Bitterroot has been an important staple to the people of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe since the beginning of time. It represents strength, nourishment, and sustainability and recognizes attributes to Bob’s fundraising and value the contributions he has made to SKC’s institution.”

He is survived by his beloved dog Bandit; brother, Dr. John Peregoy and Fraggles the dog of Polson, Montana; his sister Susan Peregoy-Boyle of Mill Valley, CA; his close friends and his Salish Kootenai College family he loved.

A Celebration of Life for Bob was held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11 A.M. on the Salish Kootenai Campus in the Arlee/Victor Theatre in Pablo, Montana. Urn burial will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, PO Box 70, Pablo, Montana for the Student Scholarship Fund.

Memories and condolences for Bob may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Louis “Alvin” McClure
RONAN — Louis “Alvin” McClure age 67, long time St. Ignatius resident was called home to the Creator on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at St. Lukes Extended Care.

Alvin was the son of Janie Bourdon-McClure, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme. Throughout his younger years he attended school in St. Ignatius before making the decision to trek across many miles to Chilocco Indian Boarding school in Newkirk Oklahoma. During his time in Chilocco, Alvin was instilled with a pristine sense of upkeep and time schedule, he made many lifelong friends, and engaged in many extra-curricular activities. His eyes lit up when he talked about his accomplishments in sports during the years he attended, especially in Football and Basketball. Alvin graduated from Chilocco in 1964 before returning home to St. Ignatius MT to also walk at graduation with his buddies from St. Ignatius High School.

Alvin was a great athlete and still holds records at MHS. His passion was to be on the field playing, coaching, or umpiring softball. He was on many teams throughout his lifetime and there was not a weekend that went by that tournaments were not played. It was safe to say that his glove and bat would never collect dust. Softball was always his passion but in later years his attention turned to his kids and grandkids and watching them play and coaching them. He coached many teams, touched many lives and always pushed everyone to do their best. He was an avid coin collector and also a keeper of “shiny things”. Not only was Alvin physically engaged in many activities his mind was sharp and he often loved to play strategic games such as chess and checkers. He loved being outdoors and the majority of his career was spent working for the CS&KT Forestry Department as a Forester Technician.

In 1968, he married Lois Lafromboise (Slater) and together they had four children. They later divorced and while umpiring on the softball field he met the love of his life Kathy Ann Krantz. It was not love at first sight but it was a love story for the books. Kathy brought out the life hidden in Alvin and together they built their lives around their greatest passion, family. On August 1st 1987 Kathy and Alvin tied the knot in Coeur d’alene ID with two of their best friends David and Sherry Scheeler. They made their home in St. Ignatius MT where they welcomed their first and only child together in May of 1988.

Throughout the years Alvin and Kathy worked very hard to provide them the life they wanted. Both putting in long hours so that they could enjoy their time off doing the things they loved. Many memories were created on the road traveling to softball tournaments, off the map destinations and out of state. Alvin and Kathy always were sure to include their children in these memory-making ventures whether it be at their home or on the roads. In 2006 when Kathy passed the light in Alvin’s eyes seemed to dim. In 2012 when Alvin suffered a stroke many could see a change in him, but his mind was still sharp and his passion for life seemed to re-spark. He didn’t take one minute for granted after that and enjoyed passing much of the time watching his black and white westerns, spending time with his grandchildren and passing on the memories he had through stories. Alvin has touched the lives of many teaching through stories, actions and even in silence. He suffered through many great loses over the years but always kept his composure as he was a real honest to God definition of a Man. He was a man who had been through so much in his life and always seemed to find a way to keep on pushing through the obstacles that were set before him.

 He is preceded in death by his grandmother Wasi, his mother, Janie, his fathers, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme; his wife Kathy, and grandson Lindy Louis Junior Quequesah and his very best friends Jerry Asay and David Scheeler.

He is survived by his daughters Kimberly, Nichole (David), Cori (Carlos), Jamie (Charlie) and his son David. His grandchildren Mariah, Madison, Jeffrey, Justin, Carli, Christopher, Austin, Jerimiah, Jett, Joanie, Keithetta, and Michael. Great grandchildren Cayliana, Brooklyn, Eastyn, Cayani, Sophie and Christopher and his many sisters, brothers, and cousins.

Wake services will start Friday at noon. Rosary will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. all to be held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

Darcy Mary Malatare
ARLEE — Darcy Mary Malatare went home to the Creator on August 19, 2015, where she was greeted with open arms by her loving sister, Lynnette.

Darcy was born in St. Ignatius on November 5, 1966, to John (Bear) and Flora (Irma) Malatare. She attended school in Arlee and graduated in 1985. After high school, Darcy attended the Big Sky College of Barber Styling, Inc., in Missoula, and earned her barbers license on July 20, 1986. Darcy opened her own barber shop in Arlee shortly after and also worked various jobs in the community. For the last 12 years, Darcy worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Lands Department.

Darcy married Bradley Wieder on April 13, 1987, and they were married for 21 years. Together they welcomed to the world their daughter, Jonnell, on December 9, 1987, and their son, Leon, on May 16, 1991. Darcy met Joe Vanderburg in 2009, and they were together until her death. She was a very devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Her last best memories were as a Yaya taking her grannies to the fair.

All throughout her life, Darcy enjoyed being involved in many family activities including huckleberry picking, holiday parties, playing cards, camping, and any activity that involved being in the woods. She was well known for her excellent landscaping talents, always having a camera in her hands trying to catch the next America’s Funniest Home Video, her outstanding skills as a barber, and having a very contagious laugh. But most of all, Darcy was known for her big heart that cared for everyone around her.

Darcy frequently went out of her way for others; she made sure everyone was well fed and happy by preparing multiple dishes for family gatherings. She made sure those around her had more than they needed and she was always there when times got tough. When her sister, Lynn, was diagnosed with cancer and had to move to Seattle for treatment, Darcy packed up her things and moved there, as well, and she did the cooking and cleaning and took care of the family for the four months they lived there. She truly put the needs of her family, as well as those of others, before her own.

Darcy is preceded in death by her sister, Lynnette; her grandparents, Phillip Malatare, Katherine Barnaby, Alec Lumpry, and William Linsebigler; her aunt, Sophie Tellier; and her uncle, Bud Barnaby.

She is survived in death by her daughter, Jonnell (Nakota, and their children - her Yayas - Macklen and Raileigh); her son, Leon; her parents, Bear and Irma; her friend, Joe Vanderburg; her brother, John (Becky); her sisters, Cheryl (Darrin) and Jen (Ron); her brother-in-law, Ernie; various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and loved ones.

Marsha McDonald Rubino
BIG ARM — Marsha McDonald Rubino, age 70, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a long battle with Type I Diabetes and cancer with her loving family and friends at her side. She was born on July 9, 1945 in Spokane, WA the daughter of Thomas R. McDonald and Lois Geraldine (Dahl) Cochran.

She attended and graduated from Polson High School with the class of 1963. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Following high school, she attended the University of Montana where she met Vince Rubino. They were married in Polson in 1966.

In 1967, Vince was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, then they began serving on active duty, taking them to Heidelberg, Germany; Seoul, S. Korea as well as several posts across the U.S. including 5+ years at the Presidio in San Francisco, which was Marsha’s favorite post. She enjoyed entertaining and numerous parties and social events that she planned. She and Vince retired from active duty in 1987 from Ft. Monroe, VA. They eventually came back to Montana where they purchased their home on Flathead Lake and continue to reside there to this day.

She began a manicurist business that developed into a wonderful social business that gave her national contacts and recognition. She was also very active in 4-H, horsemanship and shooting sports.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and cherished those times spent together. She also cherished her two children and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas McDonald, her mother Geri Cochran, infant brother Angus Patrick McDonald and brother Ranald McDonald.

She is survived by her husband Vince of Big Arm; her son Vince Jr. and wife Young Joo Kim of Inchon, Korea; her daughter Gillian (Rubino) Moss and husband Shane of Whitefish; five grandchildren, Devan, Colt, Coy, Eugene and Rowan; her siblings, Gail Graves, Lorrie Meeks, Jackie Rader, Jan Cochran and Malcolm McDonald as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Marsha was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Polson. Urn burial will be at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

David Joseph Martinez
ELMO — David Joseph Martinez, 22, passed away in Pablo on August 12, 2015.

He was born to Delinda Finley and Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez on June 5, 1993 in Polson, MT.  Raised and educated on the Reservation, he was a master of “Chillin” with his brother, Dom, family and friends. Like his father and uncles, he enjoyed all sports, he played all positions in baseball; enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family. He enjoyed all music and enjoyed attending concerts. David was known for having a big heart, was very caring and would give you the shirt off of his back. In 2012, David and his partner, Ciera, were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Annalia, and from then on he focused on being a good father and he enjoyed playing with her and watching her grow. She is their pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leonard and grandma, Nancy Joseph; sister, Tina Wynne and brother, Frankie Nicolai III.

He is survived by his parents Delinda Finley of Elmo; father Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez of Pablo; grandma Janice Michel of Pablo and grandpas Joseph Finley of Wellpinit and Wilcoxson Martinez of New Mexico; his partner Ciera Lozeau Steele and daughter Annalia Martinez of Pablo; siblings Shantel Martinez of Omak, WA, Ramona Wynne of Elmo, Crimson Cox of Pablo, Athena Martinez of Pablo, Dominic Martinez of Elmo, Chimeco Martinez and Matthew Nicolai of Ronan, Bowdrea Nicolai of Pablo, Shawn Bigby, of Elmo, Wilcoxson Martinez Jr of Pablo and John Cox of Pablo; as well as large family of aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Hall in Elmo.  Condolences may be left at

Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler
Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler died unexpectedly in her sleep on August 14, 2015 at the age of 77. She was born the youngest of 7 in St. Ignatius on December 4, 1937 to Fredrick J. Houle and Hellen E. (Winslow) Houle.

She was raised as a young girl in the Pablo area and later attended high school in Ronan where she was a huge part of the class of 1956. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She married Cecil Jackson and together they had 6 children in the Round Butte area. They later divorced and she married Ward Kugler and became stepmother to two more. Over her lifetime she proudly wore many professional and personal hats. Some of which included mother, grandmother, and successful business owner and entrepreneur. After “retirement” she began her new winter life in Yuma, Arizona. Rose was a woman that was looked up to and admired by many. She led a life full of adventure and was always looking for her next road trip.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband Ward Kugler, brothers Fred Houle, Jr. and Bob Houle, her sisters June Dullaghan and Lois Dupuis, infant son Ronnie, and grandson Chistopher Weivoda.

She is survived by her sisters Allene Cole of Dixon and Lora (Jim) Cole of Finley Point; children Ramona (Bud) Lynch of Round Butte, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn (Chuck) Weivoda of Pablo, Curtis Jackson of Pablo, and Keith Jackson of Ronan; step children Brian (Patti) Kugler of Polson, and Suzette Kugler of Alaska. She also had 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, not to mention numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Services will be held at the Ronan Community Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A private family burial will follow at the family ranch.

Ranald Luke McDonald
POLSON — Ranald Luke McDonald, 48, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was born Aug. 21, 1966, in Ronan, the son of Thomas Ranald and Ann May (Christman) McDonald.

He was raised on the family ranch in Niarada, attended schools in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1984. He attended and graduated from Montana State University and continued at the University of Montana Law School, where he received his juris doctorate in law.

Following law school, he worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was their managing attorney for many years. He was married and to this union his daughter, Ave’, was born.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was also a competitive shooter. He was also able to enjoy a hunting trip to Africa. He was very close to his fraternity brothers from MSU's Delta Sigma Phi. He was a longtime member of the Montana Bar Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Ranald enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and was very proud of his daughter Ave’s competitive freestyle skiing. He enjoyed fine foods and sharing with friends. He was a master fencer and had a very easygoing personality.

He was also a great-grandson of the Hudson Bay fur trader Angus McDonald, and his great-grandmother was a first cousin of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe.

“May the work I have done speak for me."

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an infant brother, Angus Patrick McDonald.

He is survived by his daughter, Ave' of Columbia Falls; his sister, Lorrie Meeks (Tom) of Dixon; his brother, Malcolm McDonald (Patty) of Niarada; sisters, Gail Graves of Ronan and Marsha Rubino (Vince) of Elmo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

As per Ranald’s wishes, services will be private.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier
ARLEE — Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier, passed away at his home on his ranch in Arlee at the age of 76. While his body was failing, his mind, spirit, loving nature, and dignity remained through the time of his passing on Wednesday July 8, 2015.

Cub was born to Albert and Clara (Keenan) Dumontier at the old St. Ignatius hospital, the youngest of four siblings on June 23, 1939. He was raised in Arlee and attended the Arlee schools.

Cub fulfilled his call to duty and served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. He earned recognition as an accomplished marksman (carbine) and sharpshooter (rifle).

He married Glenda Rae Park on February 8, 1962 in Wallace, Idaho. They had two children, Debra Lee and Timothy Albert. They settled in the Jocko Valley, where they established a ranch on DuMontier Road. They purchased DuMontier Oil in Ravalli and ran a successful business for many years until they retired back to the ranch full time.

He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He worked with the Tribes in different aspects over the years and remained committed to tribal interests throughout his life.

Cub was a hard worker and did not believe in putting any job off for later. He always said that “anything worth doing was worth doing right.” His work ethic was well known and respected. He also had a unique humor and quick wit that left a lasting impression on those who knew him.

He had a great love of the outdoors and when there was a break in the work, it was time to head for the hills. He enjoyed packing, camping, and especially hunting. He rode untold miles on backcountry trails and traveled the country chasing the racehorses. He was an accomplished and expert horseman. He enjoyed all aspects of the horse life.

He was a loving father and was very involved in the lives of his children and later with his grandchildren. He loved to support them in their educations and at sporting events.

Cub is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Glenda and his children, Debbie (Tom McClure) and Tim (Becca), grandchildren Desiree (Ryan) Fox, Cubby Pierre, Isabelle, Analise and Albert Charles DuMontier, and great-grandson Ryland Cub Fox; siblings Leona Dunham, Dorothy (Jerry) Ford, Leroy “Sonny” (Virginia) Dumontier. Cub was very personable, very well liked and had innumerable friends, acquaintances, and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private celebration of his life and graveside service was held on the DuMontier Ranch on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

A heartfelt thanks to all who have provided food, flowers, prayers, and solace.

Elizabeth Marie MadPlume
Pablo — Elizabeth Marie MadPlume, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on November 4, 1943, in Browning, the daughter of Francis X. Bull Calf and Mary Yellow Wolf.

She graduated from high school and finished cosmetology school, and also received a degree from Salish Kootenai College. She was happily married to Robert John MadPlume since February 17, 1975.

Her most treasured thing to do was to study the bible. She loved to be with her family and spend time with her grandbabies. She also loved to go fishing. Enjoying her most valued talent as a homemaker and artist, she did a lot of crafts and bead work. Her curtain making was the best beyond all belief. She had an eye for beautiful things.

She was a beautiful, loving mother, grandmother and wife and she had a great love for the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Francis X. Bull Calf, and mom, Mary Yellow Wolf.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. MadPlume; her children, Sonya New Breast, Greg “Moe” MadPLume, Paul Hendren, Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway and Francine Norton.

Visitation for Elizabeth was held July 6 through July 8 at the family home in Pablo. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan, with Debbie Williams officiating. There was a dinner at the family home that followed the graveside service.

Pall bearers were Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway, Kay Old Chief, Cherlene Old Chief, Cheryl Old Chief and Velma Old Wolf.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle
ARLEE — Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle, 86, was born May 18, 1929, in Paradise, and left this world to return to paradise on June 28, 2015. The fourth child of Robert Stewart Lafley and Nina Gariepy Lafley, she grew up in Spokane and Missoula.

Vernabelle later moved to Arlee, where she met and married Maurice “Mort” Lytle. That was the beginning of a lifelong career as a mother, ranch hand, partner, you name it. What a hard working lady she was! The only things she didn’t learn (on purpose), were to ride a horse and milk a cow. She lived on the ranch for 62 years, and it is the end of an era, as she was the last surviving member of that generation of Lytles.

Five children were born to this union: Punky Ruhkala (Mike), of St. Ignatius, Tim, of Arlee, Zim (Zana), of Ronan, Melissa Oswald (Brandon), of Rigby, Idaho, and Thomas, who passed as an infant. Grandma B-Belle, as her 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren knew her, was always a soft touch when it came to ice cream or treats and they knew she would come through with something!

In recent years, she preferred to stay close to home, but looked so forward to her Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arlee Indian Senior dinners and “running around” with her special senior girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Mort; and siblings, Jack, Roberta “Sis” Greenlief, Fred, Janet Yant, Robert “Junebug”, Beatrice Taylor, and infant sister, Jeri. 

She is survived by: two of ten siblings, Pat Haugen (Ken), of Missoula, and Charles “Buzzy” Lafley, of Helena; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who have special memories of spending summers on the ranch and vacations helping Mort and Vernabelle.

A celebration of Vernabelle’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Arlee Community Center on Pow Wow road, with dinner following a short memorial service.

Condolences may be left at

Judith M. Burland Lehto
KALISPELL — Judith M. “Judy” Burland Lehto 73, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Hubert and Wanda Burland; joining her brother, Hubert “Herb” Burland. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic school in Butte, and high school at all-girl Central and Butte High School.

She married Leonard “LeRoy” Long and moved to Idaho. Together they had three children, Cyndy, Steven and Lisa. In the late 1960’s, Judy attended cosmetology school in Idaho. LeRoy and her later divorced, she said she was never really happy, moving back to the Mission Valley, to her mountains as she would call them, that’s what made her truly happy. Judy met her life companion Jake. Judy and Jake did so much together. Their biggest joy was going to bingo and the casino. Jake died in 1998 of cancer and Judy took care of him to the end.

Working for S&K Electronics, Inc. was the best time of her working carrier, working 25 years there before retiring.

She was a proud member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, camping, fishing, taking the bus to Coeur’ d’ Alene Casino to play bingo and gamble. Judy really enjoyed her retirement. She loved her animals Lily (dog), Suzie (cat) and her fish.

Judy’s biggest joy was having a good BBQ with her family. Judy is survived by her best friend Lily (dog), daughters Cyndy Long of Pablo, Lisa (Guy) Stinger of Pablo, son Steven Long of Seattle, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Judy is preceded in death by her father Hubert, her brother Herb, step-father Ralph Strong, Jake Packard, mother Wanda and sadly her cat just days before she died.

Services will be held in Ronan at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with grave side services to follow.
A family potluck BBQ to follow and will be announced at the services.

Zaneta Rae Kenmille Keplin
ELMO — On June 1, 2015, Zaneta Rae "Sissy" Kenmille Keplin joined her ancestors after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1968 in Hawthorn, California, to Laurence and Marie Kenmille. She was baptized in the Catholic Church. Her godparents are Norman and Alberta Peratrovich. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later in Belcourt, North Dakota.

In 1988 she met Richard Keplin and they had a daughter, Kayla LaRae Keplin Ridgley. Richard and Zaneta were married December 31, 1999. Together they were foster parents to many children. They adopted their niece, Gabrielle Houle, as their daughter. Family was of utmost importance to Sissy.

Everything she planned always revolved around the children in her family. She spent countless hours with her daughters, nieces and nephews. Zaneta loved to sing and dance. She especially enjoyed telling stories of her adventures with Lenny and Tommy and her Papa John. Her house was always filled with laughter and joy.

Zaneta moved to Montana in 2003 to spend time with her grandmother and family. She planned numerous family get-togethers, surrounded by music, food, games, and laughter. Sissy tanned hides in the traditional way she learned from her grandmother. She also enjoyed playing stick-game and card games with her family and friends.

She received her bachelor's in Social Work from Salish Kootenai College in 2007. In 2008, she and Richard graduated with their masters in Social Work from Walla Walla through an accelerated program.

On August 23, 2008, her greatest birthday gift was received in the form of her granddaughter, JessaRae Ridgley. JessaRae kept her going for so many years. They had a special bond that JessaRae will carry in her heart for many years.

Zaneta was preceded in death by her grandmother, Agnes Oshanee Kenmille; her maternal grandparents, Barney and Anna Houle; her nephew, Laurence B. "LaLa" Kenmille; uncle, Donald Kenmille; son-in-law, Josh Ridgley; and her best friend, Lenny Joseph.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Keplin; her daughters, Kayla and Gabrielle; brothers, Allan and Amak; step- daughter, Richelle Keplin Poitra; stepson, K.K. Keplin; granddaughter, JessaRae; mother, Marie Houle Kenmille; sisters, Selina Kenmille and Mary Hewankorn; and father, Laurence Kenmille. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and grand-children.

Sissy's pallbearers are Stan Kenmille, Ray Nichols, Mayuk Caye, Daniel Stiffarm, Kelvon Kallowat, and Freeman Nelson. Honorary pallbearers are her husband, Richard Keplin, step- daughter, Richelle Keplin; her partners in crime, Danielle Tenas, Cissy Johnson, and Tom Johnson; her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and especially her Titi, JessaRae.

The wake for Sissy started Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the Elmo Hall. Rosary took place Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall, followed by a funeral mass on Friday at 10 a.m., June 5. Burial took place after the service at Dayton Cemetery.

Alois N. Burland Faulkner
RONAN — Alois N. "Curley" Burland Falkner, 91, passed away on June 12, 2015, at St. Luke Community Nursing Home in Ronan from lung cancer. She was born on December 2, 1923, to Gilbert Burland and Mary Antoinette Clairmont Peone. "Curley" was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She worked as a bartender in many of the local establishments. She enjoyed visiting with her good friends, Lloyd and Sally Jackson. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Faulkner; son, Arthur R. Trahan (Gloria); and brother, Lloyd "Sonny" Burland.

Curley is survived by her children, Jim Skelton (Karen), of Cut Bank, Kaye Canvari, of Vancouver, Washington, Michael Dennis Trahan (Caro), of Ronan, and Ron Trahan (Vi), of St. Ignatius; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Babe Burland; nephew, Gary Burland, of St. Ignatius; and step daughter, Judy.

Cremation is under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services. Services were held Monday, July 29, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Homer, as per her request.

Agnes Mae Caye
POLSON — Our beloved Agnes Mae Caye has begun her journey back to the Creator on Sunday June 14, 2015. Agnes was the first born to Madeline Phillips Couture and Alexander Couture in a tee-pee just after midnight in Big Arm, Montana.

Agnes was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where Agnes worked for over 30 years. Her last position was as THHS-CHS Program Manager. Agnes received her elementary education in Polson, Big Arm, Dixon and the Ursuline in St. Ignatius, Mt., and attended high school at Pierre South Dakota, Thompson Falls Montana and Chemawa in Oregon. Agnes’ Higher Education included many extended classes in the field of Human Services at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Agnes was married to Abraham Caye from 1945 to 1962. They moved to Washington and Idaho for a number of years. Returning to the Flathead Reservation around 1954, they made their home in Elmo where Agnes enjoyed raising their children.

Agnes loved visiting the elders in the community and communicating in her native tongue. She loved participating in cultural activities and religious ceremonies. She enjoyed interpreting for the elders, as well as taking them to Kalispell and Polson for shopping. Agnes loved the outdoors and outdoor activities. She absolutely loved to travel and it wasn’t shocking for Agnes to jump up and head to Worley to play bingo at the drop of a dobber. Agnes loved to gather berries and dig bitterroot during their seasons with her best friend and loving companion of many years, August Lefthand.

Agnes is survived by her companion and best friend August Lefthand; siblings Wayne (Barbara) Couture, Dog Lake, Eddie (Erlene) Couture, and Elmo Ignace Couture, Elmo; children Barbara Caye, Pablo, Delores (Grayson) Sam, Omak WA., Iris (Wayne) Creston B.C. and Abraham Caye Jr. Seattle, WA.

Agnes is preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Madeline Couture, her sons, Arnold Caye and Alvin Caye and daughter June Caye, sister Mary Lefthand and an infant sister.

Agnes Caye was a wonderful person, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Agnes was always ready to help friends and family in need. John 3:16; For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Funeral Mass for Agnes was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall. The Wake began at noon on Tuesday and the Rosary was held at Elmo Hall. Burial followed services at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Patricia Hewankorn
DAYTON — Patricia Hewankorn, 75, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at her home in Dayton Creek. She was born on October 1, 1939, in Lonepine, Montana, to Alexander and Josephine (Caye) Lefthand. Like other traditional Kootenai homes, a large extended family lived together. This often included parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered as a lady who dedicated her life to working hard for her people from behind the scenes. Many benefited, and continue to benefit, from her influences to keep culture and traditions alive.

She started working at Headstart, then moved to Kootenai Culture Committee, later becoming the director. She received an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College.

She enjoyed Sunday family dinners, and also having all family birthdays at the home. Her free time was spent with crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right with Roman. She also enjoyed bowling for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; three children, Maxine, Rachel and Tuggy; brothers, Richard and Pat; and sisters, Marie and Edna.

She is survived by her children, Al, Jr., Ceara and Roman, of the family home on Dayton Creek; daughters, Geraldine, of Big Arm, Josephine, of Big Arm; and Dolly (Sylvesta), of Elmo; son, Michael, of Pablo; 17 grandchildren; numerous “greats” that she loved dearly; sister, Susie (Tom) Antiste, of Big Arm; brothers, Joey Squeque, of Big Arm, Kenny Lefthand, of Elmo, and Wain (Cheryl) Lefthand, of Elmo.

Traditional wake services began on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Elmo Hall. A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with burial at Dayton Indian Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Antiste, Adrian Hewankorn, Oskie Lefthand, Wes Lefthand, Dana Tenas and Frank Old Horn.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.


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