For the Record...
January 2008 Obituaries
POLSON - William George Barba, age 80 of Polson, passed away from
natural causes on Sunday, January 27, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Bill was born at Pittsburg, PA on February 11,
William and Amelia Barba. Bill joined the US Navy in 1944 and served
through 1946. He then returned to school and graduated from Woodrow
Wilson High School in California.
On February 13, 1948, Bill married Dolores Sumner
Hollywood, CA. Bill returned to the armed forces and joined the Air
Force in 1950 and served through 1952.
Bill worked with microfilm. He was a fireman, real
estate agent, land developer, welder, salesman, and was the inventor of
the salvage master.
In the late 1970's, Bill tried his hand in
politics by running for the position of Lake County Commissioner.
Bill had a wide variety of hobbies and interests.
enjoyed photography, fishing, hunting, making model airplanes,
restoring old cars, painting heavy equipment, oil painting, scuba
diving, flying, metal cowboy art, and he built a bi-plane from scratch
from plans he had purchased.
His parents William V. and Amelia, sisters Queen
and Pat, brothers Vince, Jack, and David precede Bill in death.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Dolores,
John Charles, Donald Robert, Evie Marie, Philip James, sisters Lois and
Monte, brothers Bob, Jerry and Jimmy, and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in Bill's name to the
and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3-A, Short Hills,
NJ, 07078; or at www.christopherreeve.org.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
W. (Miles) Morrow
WHITEFISH - Eldora "Dora" Winifred (Miles) Morrow, 90, a long time
resident of Whitefish, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning of
January 31, 2008, at Immanuel Lutheran Nursing Home. She was born to
Joseph Alfred and Pearl (Noel) Miles in Polson, April 2, 1917.
Dora started her lifelong joy of learning at the
Ursuline Nun's school in St. Ignatius and continued her education at
Flathead High School in Kalispell.
She married David S. Morrow on December 4, 1933,
and Whitefish became their home.
Dora worked as a retail clerk for several
businesses and retired from the staff of North Valley Hospital. Her
proudest time of employment was helping the World War II effort as a
mechanic's helper at the Great Northern Railroad roundhouse in
Whitefish. She prided herself on being able to carry around 50 pound
wrenches with her 110-pound frame.
She also loved to travel. From Hawaii to Hong
Canada to Mexico, Florida to California, she continued learning about
Dora and Dave raised three children, all of whom
her. David (Pat) H. Marrow (Margo) of Sacramento, CA; Marla Natoli of
La Crosse, WI; and Glenda (Thomas) Vollertsen of Anthem, AZ. She is
also survived by sisters Louise (Bill) Ambrose of Bigfork and La Verna
Nielson of Anchorage, AS; and brother C. Mickey (Bonnie) Bartlett of
Vancouver, WA. Dora was blessed with nine grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to
extend love and thanks to very special friends, Liane Jett and Arleen
Nelson, both of Whitefish.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents; her
Dave in 1990; sister Ocie Kelsey; brothers Robert and Otis (Bud) Miles
and Raymond (Buzz) Bartlett; son-in-law Neil Natoli; and
daughter-in-law Lois Morrow.
Honoring her wishes, Dora will be laid to rest in
springtime when the family gathers for a private graveside service at
Glacier Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be given to the charity of your
choice in her name. The Austin Funeral Home of Whitefish is assisting
with the arrangements.
Martha Matilda Detert
ST. IGNATIUS - On January 11, 2008, Laura Martha Matilda Detert,
"almost 96", was taken to heaven to be with her Lord and savior.
She was born January 23, 1912, in Ceylon,
oldest girl of Anna and Otto Prust. In the middle of much activity and
laughter, she was brought up with Walt, Mike, Evelyn, Alice, Pete, Bob
and Anna Mae. Anna Mae Iverson, Fairmont, MN, is now the only survivor
of Laura's siblings, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Laura graduated from the 8th grade and then was
stay home from school to help take care of her brothers and sisters. On
December 3, 1933, Laura married Selmer Detert and began a great
adventure - they moved to the "Wild West" - St. Ignatius, Montana!
Unsure of how she could survive there, her parents sent her a Sears
catalog so she "wouldn't have to wear buckskins." Worried about the
condition of Laura's soul in such an "uncivilized" place, her parents
arranged for a Lutheran missionary pastor to come to the Mission
Valley, and several churches were established there.
Her son, Roger was born April 23, 1941, and farm
kept her busy. Fluffy, handmade angel food cakes were her specialty as
she cooked huge dinners for Selmer's thrashing crews.
Laura loved new cars, good jewelry and nice
most of all, she loved flowers. She always had beautiful flowerbeds in
her yard, and her floral arrangements won many prizes. She made flower
arrangements for the altar of Zion Lutheran Church for over 50 years.
She belonged to the Garden Wall Garden Club and became a floral show
judge. She was also a member of the Foothills Club and the Lutheran
Women's Missionary League.
In the 80's Laura and Selmer became "snowbirds"
enjoyed part of their winters in Mesa, Arizona and joined most of her
sisters and brothers.
Selmer died May 29, 1994. They were married 61
After several strokes, Laura became a resident of Mountain View Care
Center in Ronan. Because of the dedication and friendliness of the
staff and Dr. Vizcarra, she had 12 more comfortable years to play
bingo, tell stories about babysitting Walter Mondale, be a rascal,
laugh with family and friends and tell people about Jesus. Mom, grandma
and friend, Laura, you will be missed so much.
Laura is survived by her son, Roger (Rosemary)
grandsons Bruce (Jessi) Detert and their daughter Abby of Seattle, and
Daniel (Hollie) Detert and their children, Kiera and Cole of Livermore,
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church,
Mountain View Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Bernice "Butch" Goode
RONAN - Alma Bernice "Butch" Goode, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008.
Because of the love and special care of her family, she was at her home
She was born January 21, 1930, at the family home
Camas Hot Springs and was one of five children born to William and
Judith (Cluzen) Markle. She attended schools in Hot Springs and
graduated in 1949 and was voted "Best Legs", Athlete and Dancer.
Bernice was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
On November 5, 1949, she married Harold S. Goode
Rapid City, SD. The couple lived in Hot Springs where they raised their
two sons, Ralph and Gary, and a niece Sue. Besides being a wife,
mother, and Cub Scout Den mother, she worked as a bookkeeper for Fisher
Logging, at the Hot Springs Post Office, and The Hot Springs Citizen,
the local newspaper.
Bernice had a special gift of conversation and
make anyone feel special. She loved and spoiled her pets and was a
great cook who was excited to pass on her recipes to the next
generation, but playing cards with her family and friends was a
favorite pastime. She enjoyed bridge, pinochle, Scrabble and other
board games and was always eager to share her skills with anyone who
would dare to challenge her. She also loved helping her grandkids,
nieces, and nephews with their math in a game or two of crib. If anyone
wanted to play bingo or keno, you could always talk her into going and
most times she came out a winner. There was hardly a garage sale she
would miss or a special deal she could pass up in order to get that
"special granny gift".
She is preceded in death by her husband Harold, an
infant daughter, son Gary Goode, her parents Bill and Judith Markle,
brothers Ted and Jasper and her sisters Jean and Frances Snyder.
She is survived by son Ralph (Janice) Goode of
daughter-in-law Maggie Goode of Niarada; and niece Sue (Dave) Woods of
Helena. She was Gramma to her grandchildren; Rory (Terrance); Todd
(Macy); Sue (Suny); Stan (Michele); Becky (Paul), Craig (Kay), Keeley,
and Shayla; and MeMa to her great-grandchildren; Suny J, Jed, Faith,
Wyatt, Boston, Saray, Ryan and Brenna. She is also survived by her
wonderful extended family and friends who called, stopped by to visit,
or just sent a note or card.
A very special thank you to her daughter-in-law
Goode, and nieces Raelynne Peterson and Christy Rhine for their
kindness, care and love for her these past few months. It is no secret
that family was important to her; she was so proud of the
accomplishments of her sons, grandchildren, and the many nieces,
nephews and other relatives that she has left behind.
Cremation has taken place at Grogan Funeral Home
service and celebration of her life will be held in the spring. The
date and time of the celebration will be announced by the family. In
lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lake County Hospice, your
choice of cancer societies or youth programs.
Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Jessie McDonald White
ST. IGNATIUS - Lorraine Jessie McDonald White, 50 passed away January
15, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Lorraine was born to Felicite
McDonald and Louie McDonald on September 12, 1957; one of seven
brothers and six sisters, she was the twin sister to Louie.
Lorraine always put her family first in her life;
husband Bob and two sons Galen McDonald and Pete White, along with
their families. She lived a simple life along side Bob, running and
managing the family meat packing company. Lorraine enjoyed making and
beading moccasins and gloves. She loved to be outdoors, some of her
favorite past times were fishing steelhead on the Salmon River and
playing with her three Qene's: Mackenzie, Kyler and Meagan.
In high school, Lorraine was an accomplished
player and cheerleader while attending school in St. Ignatius. She
graduated from high school and attended Haskell Indian Nations
University in Kansas, studying in dental assistance.
Lorraine loved to take pictures of everyone; she
to watch her boys as they grew into men and had families of their own.
There was never a hungry mouth when Lorraine was around. She always
made time to help family and friends who might need her kindness. In
the summer, alongside Bob, they would regularly feed up to 20 people or
more at a time. She loved to cook; no matter what she was doing she
always put her heart and soul into it.
Along with being a loving wife and mother she was
rodeo secretary. She ran the entire business end of the rodeos her
family had a hand in. Her job was stressful and strenuous, but that's
what she loved to do. Being organized and hard working was just who she
was. There wasn't a place she had ever been where no one knew her.
Lorraine was loved by everyone she met.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her grandparents;
father, Louie McDonald; brothers, Billy; Pat; and Baby Doug; and
sister, Ruby McDonald.
Lorraine is survived by her husband, Bob; her son
(Niki) McDonald and Qene's Mackenzie, Kyler and Meagan; and son Pete
(Shanna) White. Lorraine is also survived by her mother, Felicite
McDonald; sisters, Clara Charlo, Maxine McDonald, Vi (Ron) Trahan,
Joyce (Gordon) Schliep and Lisa (Joe) Frost; her brothers, Ben, Louie,
Arnie (Andrea) and Phillip (Monique) McDonald. Lorraine was auntie to
several nieces and nephews.
William (Bill) Bourdon - "Whistling Elk"
PABLO - Clement William (Bill) Bourdon, 74, of Pablo, passed into the
loving arms of his beloved wife Mary Ann on Sunday, January 20, at his
home in Pablo.
Bill was born on December 20, 1933 in St.
Columbus F. Bourdon, Sr. and Ursula (Vinson) Bourdon. Bill attended the
Ursaline School in St. Ignatius. He joined the U.S. Army and served
during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Sergeant. After his
honorable military discharge he returned to the Mission Valley. Bill
married the love of his life Mary Ann Ford Altman in 1967. He welcomed
her and raised her seven children as his own. In addition, Bill and
Mary Ann brought two loving sons, Willie and Art, into this world. Bill
worked various jobs to support his large family. He always made sure to
keep everyone in his family fed. Bill worked at Indian Health Service,
Dupuis Lumber, Pack River Sawmill and eventually went to work at Salish
Kootenai College. Bill worked at SKC as the Maintenance Supervisor for
over 30 years.
Bill was an avid hunter and shared his game with many in the community.
Fall was his favorite time of the year and when his neck would swell,
it was time to go hunting and camp in Valley Creek. He loved to watch
his kids and grandchildren play sports and attended their games. He was
a loyal New York Yankees fan and also supported the Lady Griz. Bill was
a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a member of
the Tribal Veterans Honor Guard.
Bill was proud of his Baptist faith and his
was a man of prayer for his loved ones and humanity. He was a founding
member of the Pablo Baptist Church when it began in 1991. In fact, the
church began in Bill and Mary Ann's home in Pablo. The library in the
church is named after his wife Mary Ann Bourdon. As an active part of
his faith, Bill would travel with Pastor Kenny to other reservations to
help with the other churches.
"Uncle Bill" loved and was loved by many. He was
there to provide love and support for each of those lives he touched
dearly. One couldn't help but return the friendship and affection he
gave. The college community respected and admired him and is deeply
affected by the passing of this great man.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary
Ann, his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his nine children: Willie
Bourdon of Ronan; Art (Staci) Bourdon of Pablo; Ken (Debbi) Altman of
St. Regis; Steve (Gail) Altman of Polson; Becky Altman of Mullan,
Idaho; Janet ( Don) Munn of Polson; Diane (Cecil) Mattingly of Fremont,
Utah; Bruce Altman of Pablo; Alex (Cindy) Altman of Finley Point; 19
grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be held on Wed., Jan. 23 from 9
5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grogan
Funeral Home in Polson. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Jan.
25 at 1 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Health and Athletic Center on the SKC
Campus, with Pastor Kenny Prewett officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow at
Cemetery in Polson. A reception will follow graveside services at the
Pablo Baptist Church. 3 Ave and 6th Street.
Memorials may be made to the Pablo Baptist Church,
PO Box 68, Pablo, MT 59855
Condolences may also be made to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
POLSON - Wesley Lowell Jones passed away on Sunday, January 20, near 10
a.m. in the morning, at the family home, surrounded by his daughters,
his wife and several of his granddaughters. He was just ten days shy of
his 89 birthday.
Wes was born on January 30, 1919 in Klawoch,
Alaska near the Pacific Ocean.
His early days were spent in Ketchikan, Alaska and
was a proud member of the Tlingit Indian Tribe. He had numerous
brothers and sisters.
Wesley was a decorated Army Veteran of World War
entered the Army on January 10, 1942 at Ft. Ray, Alaska and separated
from the service on December 13, 1945. Upon discharge, Wes received the
Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal and the
Good Conduct Ribbon Medal. He was a Technical Sergeant in the Harbor
Wesley spent some of his adult years in Alaska and
Montana. When Wes was fifty-one, he met the love of his life, and
present wife Marjorie A. Noel Jones. They were married in April 1970
and remained married for 37 years. The joy of Wes's life was their
Through his live, Wes enjoyed deep-sea fishing in
Alaska, laborer work, and highway construction work.
Wes was content to mow the lawn on his riding
at Turtle Lake. One of Wes' favorite pastimes was giving his
grandchildren rides on his lawnmower. He enjoyed pow-wows, driving in
the mountains, and spending time with his grandchildren and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a
first wife, Mabel Dupuis Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his
Jones and her children Kelsie Jones, Ridge, Malia and Lucas Vanderburg,
Jeanne (George) Christopher and her children Melissa Jones, Joseph
(Korrie) Christopher and James Christopher, Julie (Brian) Johnson and
their children Cassandra (David) Riley and Boone (Samantha) Johnson and
Teresa (Tom) Wall-McDonald and children Andrea, Katie, Erin,
Christopher and Noah McDonald. Wes also had eight great-grandchildren
Alex and Avery Jones, Lauren, Ethan, Bruin and Mason Christopher,
Benjamin McDonald and Sky Dustybull-McDonald.
In recent years Wes's health declined. Yet, he
his good spirit, handsome smile and quiet sense of humor. Since Wes was
such a private man, the family will not have a public viewing. The
family asks that all remember his twinkling eyes and wide smile.
A memorial service will be held on Friday January
11 a.m. at Grogan Funeral Home. A reception will follow the services at
Grogan Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
POLSON - Gerry Byrl Weivoda, 71, of Pablo and Polson, passed while
surrounded by her loving family at the family home on Clairmont Rd. in
Pablo on Jan. 7, 2008.
Gerry was born in Bancroft, Idaho on April 28,
Koral and Dick McLain. The family moved to the Polson area in 1945
where she attended and graduated from Polson High School in 1954. While
attending high school, Gerry was proud to have been a Candy Striper at
the St. Joseph Hospital.
In August 1954 she married Wallace Weivoda and
their home in Ronan and later in Polson. They raised five children and
their kids' close friends and countless tag alongs. All those who
entered Gerry's home left with a full stomach; a good night's sleep and
Wally and Gerry owned and operated the Gambles
Main Street in Polson for 13 years, where they forged lifelong
relationships with many residents of Lake County and the surrounding
areas. Gerry owned the Kut-n-Kurl Beauty Shop in Polson from 1972
go1993 before turning the keys over to her daughter, Bev. Upon retiring
in 1980 Gerry and Wally became snowbirds and were Las Vegas residents
during the winter months. The first season they tried the Airstream
life, but gave up and bought a condo instead.
Gerry's love for hummingbirds was evident both
inside and outside the family home.
She leaves behind so many close friends and had
outpouring of concern, love and visitors that it left the family dizzy
at times. This year marks the 29th year in which Gerry's life was
afflicted with cancer of one sort or another. She fought a courageous
battle and will be an inspiration to us all. The love of her life was
her family and she treasured the frequent gatherings that they held.
She wasn't satisfied until all bellies were filled and the dishes were
She was preceded in death by her
Craig Weivoda; parents Dick and Koral McLain; and grandparents: Ray and
Maude Kelly of Polson and David and Loretta McLain of Bancroft, ID.
She is survived by her loving husband Wallace of
her children: Leonard Combs of California, Beverly and Dewey Richards
of Pablo, Deborah Weivoda of Pablo, Chuck and Carolyn Weivoda of Pablo
and Michael and Pamela Weivoda of Polson.
She is also survived by grandchildren: Sgt. Justin
Borders, Blake Richards, Charmel (Shawn) Sternick, Koral (Pat) Haggard,
Brianna Weivoda (Fiancé-Brad Rowe) and Anthony Weivoda;
grandchild, Haislea Sternick; brother; David "Ray" (Jeannie) McLain of
Polson; sister Adrienne (Rick) Smith of Pablo; and numerous nieces and
Also surviving her is Aunt Virda McAtee of Twin
ID, who held a special place in Gerry's heart and was more of a sister
A service and celebration of her life will be held
later date this spring. Time and date will be announced. In lieu of
flowers, memorials are suggested to Cheerful Hearts, Lake County
Council on Aging, Lake County Hospice and St. Luke Hospital.
Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Marie (Dellwo) Kleidosty
RONAN - Carol Marie (Dellwo) Kleidosty, 67, of Hot Springs went to join
her husband and son in God's Holy Kingdom, on January 8, 2008 after a
brave battle with cancer.
She was born to Henry and Rose Dellwo, August 19,
1940 in Ronan.
She met the love of her life, John Alvin
age 15 in Seeley Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two sons; John
Avin Jr. and Thomas Alan. Carol's husband and son Thomas preceded her
death, as well as her firstt granddaughter, Carly; her parents; grand
parents Nick and Regina Dellwo; Rudolf and Sophie Otto and numerous
uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her son John A. Kleidosty, Jr.
family of Hayden Lake, ID; her sister Yvonne (Rusty) Cordier of Ronan
and family. Terry (Dave) Orr; Jim (Joyce) Cordier; Dalene (Frank) Homan
Scott (Colleen) Cordier (Terri Jo) Cordier and her brother Tom (Sandy)
Dellwo of Seeley Lake and family; Mike (Joan) Dellwo; Dean (Gerri)
Dellwo; and Theresa (Jeff) Christiansen of Great Falls.
She is also survived by her cat Sassie and her
loyal friends, who helped Carol in so many ways, after she learned of
her illness - thank you from the bottom of my heart to Marcia
Strandlof, Dale McDaniels, Millie Alseth and all her other friends in
Carol's last 20 days of life was spent with her
sister Yvonne, in Ronan.
At her request, there is no service and her ashes
will join her husband to be spread at her special location.
ST. IGNATIUS - Laura Morigeau Matte and her twin sister, Lorena, who
preceded her in death, were born January 29, l9l2, at their home in
Valley Creek to John Morigeau and Matilda Gebeau. They were two of l2
children. Laura died peacefully in her sleep January l4, 2008, of
natural causes, at the Home Sweet Home Assisted Living Center, where
she resided for the past year and a half.
During her early education years, she attended a
boarding school operated by the Ursuline Nuns in St. Ignatius. At age
l2, she and a couple of sisters, went to an Indian boarding school in
Rapid City, SD, and stayed for three years before coming home. During
that time, she tried to run away but got caught downtown.
After she was home for a couple of years, she and
sisters, were sent to boarding school at Chemawa, in Salem, OR. She met
her husband, Joseph E. Matte, a Gros Ventres Indian from Fort Belknap
while at Chemawa; they were married October ll, l934. After their
marriage, their honeymoon was a three-day trip driving back to Flathead
country. Her husband was eventually employed with the Bureau of Indian
Affairs and they lived most of their lives at the old Dixon Agency
until his retirement.
They raised five children in the years they lived
old Agency. After Joe's retirement, they moved with their youngest
daughter, Sara, to Blue Bay on Flathead Lake, to live in the log house
they had built together. Their home was the favorite gathering place
for their extended family, many friends and relatives and will continue
Laura was a proud member of the Confederated
Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Because of her
interest in the Tribes, she got more involved in tribal affairs by
running for the Tribal Council. She became the second woman to serve on
the Council but she was the first woman elected to a full-term.
She was very proud of her daughters' graduating
college, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
continuing on in college because education was a very important factor
for her. She was also very proud of her grandchildren working for the
CS&K Tribes and other Indian entities in the Northwest.
Some of her other pastimes were spent fishing,
crafting, sewing, beading and socializing. As the first Indian
bartender on the reservation, she worked for Belle Holt and Rose
(Wagner) Bailey who both at one time were individual owners of the
4-Star Bar in Ravalli. She was the first Avon Lady in the area and also
sold Stanley Brush products. She and her sister, Alma Luedtke, operated
a small café in Ravalli in the '60's before she ran for
Laura and her husband, Joe, were Montana
Every winter, they would travel to Tucson, AZ, to stay with their
daughter, Diane, Ed and two children, Joe and Laura. While there, they
would take side trips to Mexico and other tourist spots throughout the
Southwest. In more recent years, Laura continued to winter in Arizona.
She loved going to the local casinos to play the slot machines and her
favorite game, bingo. She also enjoyed shopping and just letting the
"dry heat" warm her bones.
She was preceded in death by her husband of
years; her son, Wayne; parents, five brothers and four sisters;
sons-in-law, David Lipscomb and G. Kirk Samsel; grandson, John
Lipscomb; and two great-grandsons, Jeremy and Dillon Lipscomb.
She is survived by her sister, Alma Luedtke,
daughters, Joan Samsel, Polson; Carol Lipscomb, St. Ignatius; Diane
(Ed) Simmons, Tucson, AZ; and Sara (Robert) Matte-Wilber, Poolesville,
MD. She has 11 grandchildren: Frances, Suzanne, Richard and George
Gates; Laura (Steve) Bermel; Brian (Allyson) Lipscomb; Daniel (Alicia)
Lipscomb; Laura (Mike) Mitchell; Joseph (Liana) Simmons; Sasha and
Christopher Wilber; and l4 great-grandchildren, Nicole Samsel; Tim,
Bethany and Emily Bermel; Jacob, Caitlin and Jenna Lipscomb, Jared and
Candace Neiss; Benjamin and Taylor (Trista) Lipscomb; Chelsea and Tate
Lipscomb; last but not least, Madison Mitchell. She is also survived by
many nieces, nephews and a former sister-in-law Phyllis Piper, and
card-playing partner Stella Janison.
Traditional wake services will begin at the
St. Ignatius, Saturday, January l9. Rosary will be on Sunday, January
20, at 7 p.m at the Longhouse, and funeral Mass will be Monday, January
2l, at 11 a.m., at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church; burial will follow
at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be
pallbearers as she travels on to her final resting place. She's
probably swinging from a star saying, "Look where I am now!" We love
you and will miss you, Mom.
Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, is assisting in
arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Eugene Conko, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS - Eneas Eugene Conko, Sr., 61, passed away on January
10th, at home while surrounded by his family.
Eneas was born on January 13, 1946 to Louise Adams
and William Conko in Worley, Idaho.
He was raised by his mother and grandparents,
Eneas Conko. He later went to Worley, Idaho with his Uncle Francis and
Auntie Margaret. He attended school at Worley High School where he
earned his diploma. Worley was a good time for Eneas and there are many
stories that could be told of his days there.
Eneas was a proud Marine and often talked about
his experiences in Vietnam.
When he returned from the Marines, he married
Barnaby and went to school in the Dakotas where he received his
Criminal Justice Degree.
After his schooling he lived in Worley, Moses
and on the Flathead Reservation where he worked for the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes and for his brother John's business, Iron
Eneas enjoyed watching basketball and football. He
not like hunting or fishing; he'd rather visit friends and speak his
language. He was very social and loved to visit, tell jokes and laugh
around. He is going to be missed so much by his family and friends. We
all loved and cared for him.
Eneas was preceded in death by Louise Adams Conko,
William Conko, Margaret Friedlander, Christine "Peewee" Conko, Anthony
Paul, Duane Pierre, Jeanette Conko Torosian and Mary Agnes Conko.
Survivors include his wife Kathy of Ronan; his
Nicolette (Pat) Conko, Inya (Vanessa) Conko, Shanna (Zeno) Conko, DJ
(Monica) Omingo and Simone Joseph; siblings Ellen Hendrickx, Millie
Camel, John (Linda) Conko and Harold Paul; his 13 grandchildren and his
tupeye, Makaelah; and his friend and longtime caregiver Charlotte
POLSON - Gordon Coe was born February 25, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa to
Floyd and Vivia (Lake) Coe.
He delighted in taking time to talk, listen, and
with everyone he met, being particularly fond of politics and social
issues. If he wasn't listening and talking, he was avidly people
He supported Native American tribal sovereignty
advocated for the oppressed. A self-described iconoclast, he challenged
others to think independently, to question and resist the dominant
paradigm, and to recognize the interconnection and sanctity of the
earth and all her inhabitants. He walked this world in his own time and
rhythm, savoring his moments, until a lengthy battle with prostate
cancer pulled him from us on January 11.
He is survived by his mother, Vivia Coe; his
companion and wife, Eloise Wiebe; his four children, Mark, Robin,
Tammerly, and Jordan; six grandchildren and a plethora of loving and
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be sent to Home Options Care Hospice of Flathead County,
J. "Frank" Lucara
POLSON - Francis J. "Frank" Lucara died on Sunday, January 6, 2008 at
his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 28, 1919 at Red Lodge under the
backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains. Born to Joseph and Anna Lucara of
Northern Italy, Francis was the last of three brothers and three
His childhood was spent in the beautiful
Red Lodge. This is where Frank flourished. He hunted, he fished, he
schooled, and he grew up, all this with his favorite dog "Snuggles."
Frank married the "love of his life", his high
sweetheart, his compliment, his best friend, Miss Sylvia Vivian Koski,
on September 16, 1940 in Helena. Throughout his life, she has been
constantly at his side.
Frank and Vivian moved in 1942 to San Rafael, CA,
he worked as an apprentice carpenter. Then, with the outbreak of WWII,
he went to work in the Shipyards. After the war was over, they ventured
back to Montana, where they built their life together with their four
children. As time went, that adventuresome Frank went into the soft
water business in Powell, Wyoming. Then he decided that briquettes
would be his next game. So on to Polson in 1960, that adventure led to
a career at Plum Creek Timber. He retired from Plum Creek in 1981.
Now he decided to be a gardener and garlic should
game and garlic he grew and grew. For several years he grew and sold
garlic to many of Polson's residents and passing tourists. From garlic,
to goats and to wine making, Frank had many, many talents. He loved
woodworking and built everything his mind could conjure up, from houses
to furniture; he loved carpentry. His children and many others have
enjoyed his handiwork.
Many of us have a Francis classic, the signature
Frank "fished the fish" and "built the built" the
that made him a happy man at heart. It was during this time that he
really got the sense of serving his Creator, Jehovah God, as one of
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sylvia
his son, Francis David (Luella) Lucara; his daughters, Anita (Virgil)
Peek; Lynette (Virgil) Dupuis; Vondanette Holland; sister, Elizabeth
(Henry) Hodnik; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on
January 11, 2008 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Arrangements for the family are being taken care of by Grogan Funeral
Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family at
So this is how it is from the beginning to the
end, with the hope for him to start life all over again.