For the Record
Y. Hawk Bigcrane
RONAN — Alice Yvonne Hawk Bigcrane, 78, of Ronan, beloved mother,
sister, auntie, yaya, qene, tupye, passed away of natural causes
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital.
She was born in St. Ignatius on January 15, 1931
(Michel) and James Blanket Hawk, Sr. A Pend d’Oreille, she was a proud
member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. She was
in St. Ignatius and attended Ursulines Academy. Like many of our Tribal
members at the time she spent her youthful summers working on the
She married John Francis Bigcrane in 1954. Through
employment they and their family moved to numerous locations throughout
western Montana, north Idaho and eastern Washington. Tragically John
died in a car accident on July 1, 1967.
In 1972, she married James J. Swaney. They later
divorced in 1978.
In 1973, she moved her family to Clarice Paul
Homesites in Ronan
where she remained her living years. Her home was always filled with
family and friends.
Alice loved spending time with her large family
and sharing in
their life and activities. She loved giving gifts to her family, family
birthday parties and barbeques, attending powwows, cultural events,
dinners and memorials, elder’s activities at Two Eagle and the People’s
Center. She loved traveling and especially trips to visit family in
Washington. For many years she served her Tribe as an election judge in
the Ronan District, a responsibility she took pride in and enjoyed.
She particularly loved the time spent with her
group, the Bigcrane Singers, traveling throughout the country, seeing
new places and meeting new people. One of her most memorable trips was
to Atlanta, Georgia in June 1996 for an International Drum Gathering
preceding the Atlanta Olympics.
A resilient woman, Alice lived her life with quiet
dignity and a strong will, spirit and mind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband
Ricky; infant daughter Mary; infant sister Rita; and her brothers
Alfred, James and Donald.
She is survived by sister Janie Wabaunsee of St.
"Twin" Rosemary Santos of Schley; her children Roy, Art, Steve, Lester,
James, Ed, and Arlene and Willie Caye, all of Ronan; and Ellen Rose and
Edgar Pretty On Top of Crow Agency; 14 grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Tomni and Andrew
nephews Jim, Larry and Ken Wabaunsee and Gordon Williams, Willie Caye,
and Terry Tanner.
Wake Services began January 21 at the Longhouse in
Ignatius. Rosary was held January 22. Mass was held January 23, at the
St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial was held in St. Ignatius at the
RONAN — Arnold Lewis Caye, 57, of Pablo passed away on Friday,
January 23, 2009 from natural causes at St. Luke’s Community Hospital
Arnold was born on March 31, 1951 in St. Ignatius
and Agnes Caye. He attended schools in Pierre, S.D. and high school at
Flandreau, S.D. Arnold traveled and hitchhiked throughout the
Northwest. He was present with AIM during the Alcatraz incident. He
attended the University of Nebraska general education program.
Arnold was drafted during the Vietnam War and
served his time in Germany were he was a ‘dog soldier’.
married Nancy Schall in Portland, OR. While in Oregon he attended
upholstery school. He worked building bridges all over the Northwest.
He attended and received a degree in carpentry from Salish Kootenai
College. He worked for Mission Valley Power, KCDC and Salish and
Kootenai Housing Authority. He also helped build McDonald Dam and
worked as an independent building contractor.
stickgame, cutting wood, cutting Christmas trees and spending time in
the woods. He especially enjoyed playing pool and had won numerous
tournaments. Arnold’s favorite activity was photography.
Arnold was a member of the Confederated Salish and
Arnold was proud of his last two years of sobriety
and enjoyed the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father Abraham
He is survived by his mother Agnes Caye and
Lefthand of Polson; three children: Nich’e Caye of Pablo, Madaline Caye
and her husband Jason Nentowig of Polson and Numa Caye of St. Ignatius;
five grandchildren: Kamryn, Levi, Brayden, Ella and Madelyn; siblings
Barbara Caye of Pablo; Delores (Grayson) Sam of Omak, WA; Iris Caye of
Pablo; June Caye of Polson; Abraham Caye of Seattle; and Alvin Caye of
Pablo; and mother-in-law Betty Schall of Arlee.
Traditional wake services began on Saturday,
January 24, 2009
at the Elmo Hall. Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, at the
Elmo Hall. Burial with military honors were at the Dayton Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grogan Funeral Home of
PABLO — Michael Eugene White, 34, passed away on Friday, January
23, 2009. The oldest son of Tony and Debby Adams, Michael was born in
Polson on March 28, 1974
He graduated from Ronan High School in 1992. He
continued on to
work at various jobs in different places. He enjoyed fishing,
construction work and fixing motorcycles.
He had many nights having "JAM" sessions with his
Ed, Scott and Kyle. If you heard music throughout Pablo - it was their
In 1997, he was involved in a horrible motorcycle
where his life was almost taken; we were blessed to keep him here with
us. We all took turns taking care of him, but for all of us we have to
thank his friend Joe for taking him in for a year after his wreck.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Doris
and Arthur Brueggeman, auntie Geneva "Tootsie" White.
He is survived by his parents Debby and Tony
Amanda (Randy); Trisha and Amelia; brothers Nick (Justin), John and
Tony (Chelsea); nieces Kiana, Melanie, Maizy, Aaliyah, Natalie and
nephews Dallas, Isaak, Elijah, Bailey, Noah, Randy, Terrance and Little
Tony and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Traditional services began Monday with the rosary
Tuesday. Wake closing was Wednesday with Mass following in the St.
Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Snyelmn Sntmtmne
in St. Ignatius. Pallbearers were Ben Ascencio, Adam Smith, Mike
Rodriguez, Leroy Black, Douglas Kenmille and Jordan Bruegeman.
Lynn Matt Hernandez
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Traci Lynn Matt Hernandez, 43, passed away
Wednesday, January 21, 2009.
A member of the Confederated Salish, Kootenai and
Tribes, she was born the daughter of Earl Patrick Matt and Lucille M.
Old Horn. She was born Oct. 30, 1965 in Libby. Growing up on the
Flathead Reservation she attended Two Eagle River School in Dixon where
she graduated in 1984.
After high school she moved to Minneapolis where
from Hennipen County Tech College as a Registered Nurse. She then moved
to California and Washington before returning to Minneapolis.
Traci was a very loving wife and mother, always
taking in and
caring for all her family with all the love in her heart. Very goal
oriented she always accomplished everything she set out to do,
achieving so much in life – becoming a foster-mom-mother to Kristopher
and Moses. Her nieces and nephews brought a great joy to her life with
unconditional love. She was always there for each one of them, whether
it was helping in the next step to adulthood or simply teaching you the
right kind of make up to wear. She was the best auntie any niece or
nephew could ever have asked for.
She married the love of her life Jose’ "Jesse" L.
Hernandez in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her mother Lucille
grandparents Fred and Christine Old Horn; and aunts and uncles Larry,
Sr., Fred "Butch", Ronald "Mr. Brown", Kevin, Debbie and Dorris.
She is survived by her father Earl Patrick Matt,
Jose’ "Jesse" Hernandez; her daughter Chantel Sorrel; sons Andrew P.
Wilder, Jr., Carlos Matt Hernandez, Kristopher and Moses Hernandez; two
beautiful grandchildren Larz Felsman and Joslyn Felsman; sisters and
brothers John Hernandez, William "John" Matt, Fredrick Matt, Earl "Pat"
Matt, Jr, Phillip Matt, Patricia Matt, Laurie Old Horn, Angel
Matt-Howard and Marie Diaz; aunties Wanda William, Anne Mitchell,
Sharon Two Teeth and Regina Old Horn as well as a large extended family
of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A wake began at the Longhouse on Sunday with the
recited on Monday in the Longhouse. Christian funeral services were
held Tuesday in the Longhouse.
Interment followed in the Hminsto Cemetery in
Pallbearers are Lester Old Horn, Rick Two Teeth, Sr., Duffy Two Teeth,
Jazz Pierre, Paul Ross, Brian Mitchell, Linden Plant and Larry "Cowboy"
ARLEE — Albert Clifford Paul went peacefully to be with his wife
and other relatives and friends in heaven on January 20, 2009. He was
Dad was born on November 28, 1922 to Anna Boyer
"Doc" Paul in the Frenchtown Valley. When he was 12 they moved by horse
and wagon to a farm in Arlee. He married his high school sweetheart,
Doris Christopher in 1961 and they moved to Portland, Or., where he
worked in the shipyards. They later moved back to Montana and worked on
the Glory B Ranch in St. Ignatius, where he trained horses and Missoula
at the sawmill.
In 1952 they moved with us three girls to Dixon
owned and operated the Dixon Mercantile until they retired in 1970 to
move to Yuma Az., to rock hound and square dance. They would come back
summers to check on the grandchildren. Dad returned to his mountains
four years ago when his health started to fail. He lived at Clark Fork
Riverside Apts. where he made many friends, and also at Riverside
He was proceeded in death by his parents; wife
Esther Fowler; brother Willis; grandson Rob; and great-grandson Azure.
He is survived by his sisters, Burnedette Dufour
and Cora (Ralph) Brackett of Great Falls; daughters Barbara (Carl)
Erlandson of Evaro and Sharon Mitchell of Arlee and son-in-law Ken
Fowler (Marcia) of Burlington, WA and Yuma, Az; seven grandchildren:
Scott and Bruce Fowler of Burlington, WA.; Kim (Wayne) Kanenen of
Helena; Adam Erlandson of Las Vegas, NV; Louise Mitchell of St.
Ignatius; Rene Mitchell of Arlee; and Rhonda Hernandez of Ronan; and
nine great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
He wished to be cremated. A service will be held
at a later time.
ARLEE — Hildegarde A. Firestone, 81, went to be with her Lord and
Savior on January 15, 2009 in Missoula.
A descendant of Chief Victor, Hildegard was a
Salish and Kootenai Tribal member. She was born in Evaro on August 9,
1927 and educated at the Urselines School in St. Ignatius. Hildegarde
became a devout Catholic and was active in the St. Ignatius and Jocko
Parishes as well as the Kateri Tekakwitha Ministry. A very private
person, she and her friend Dorothy would often conduct Mass at Jocko
and helped serve communion whenever asked. She had many close friends
and was also involved in the Senior Citizens and with the Jocko
She liked the outdoors and would snowmobile,
huckleberries and fish. She also enjoyed flying with her husband Jack
in their little plane.
Her husband Jack Firestone always joked that he
followed a set
of moccasin tracks to find Hildegarde and it must of really worked for
they made a wonderful life together in the Jocko Valley running many
businesses there for many years.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jack
parents Laughing Louis Adams and Mary Pellew Adams; stepfather John
Peone; and brothers Ed and George Adams and Tony Pellew Adams.
She leaves behind her children Mary (Brad)
Habermahl of Warden
WA; Michael Hatch of False Pass, AK; Ron Hatch of Tukwila, WA; and
Connie Cok of Bozeman; grandson Ronnie Hatch of Olympia WA; a special
nephew Shawn Dumont as well as a large extended family of nieces,
nephews and cousins including Scotty Gardipe and Charlene SiJohn who
she was raised with..
A visitation was held on Sunday at the Foster
Funeral Home in
St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Mass was
celebrated on Monday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church with Interment
following the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Katerie
Ministry or to the St. John Berchmann’s Catholic Church (Jocko)
Lee Poole Bartholomew
ST. IGNATIUS — Loving wife and mother, Virginia Lee Poole Bartholomew,
passed away on January 6, 2009 at the age of 84.
was born on August 22, 1924 in Seattle, WA. She lived with her mother,
Laura Lee Sanders and stepfather, Errol Sanders in California for 23
Virginia later moved to Spokane, WA and met Walter
She became his wife on October 24, 1947. Together they had four
children, Tom, Jim, Peggy and Lori. Their family lived for many years
in Spokane, WA and later in Paradise, MT. Virginia recently celebrated
61 years of marriage with her loving husband, Walt.
As a young mother, she spent her time canning,
and raising her four children. She was the mother that always added a
Before meeting Walt, Virginia worked at the
Spokane Telephone Company. After many years together in Spokane, the
family moved to Paradise, MT. There, Walt and Virginia bought the Nip
& Sip Café, which she operated while he worked for the
enjoyed golfing and participated in several tournaments over the years.
She also enjoyed bingo, playing cards, bowling and knitting. Virginia
expressed her creative personality through her paintings.
was always a supportive wife to her husband, as he donated much of his
time to the Masons and Shriners. As the years went on, Walt and
Virginia became snow birds, traveling each winter to Yuma, Arizona.
They were always accompanied by their loyal canine companions, Hilde
and Heidi. In 1991, they decided to settle down in St. Ignatius, MT and
enjoy a more peaceful time near the mountains.
preceded in death by her mother, Laura L. Sanders, her stepfather,
Errol Sanders and her husband, Walter Eugene Bartholomew.
is survived by her children, Walter T. Bartholomew (Cindy) of Spokane,
James L. Bartholomew (Sue) of Plains, Peggy A. Marrinan (Michael) of
Hot Springs, and Lori D. Charette (Babe) of St. Ignatius. She is
survived by 10 grandchildren, Mark Bartholomew (Becky), Brian
Bartholomew, Derek Bartholomew (Carrie), Erek Bartholomew (Toni) all of
Spokane, Bobbi Jore (Matt) of Ronan, Bill Mitchell (Jennifer) of St.
Ignatius, Sarah Marrinan (Jeremy) of Spokane, John Marrinan (Elena) of
Camas Prairie, Matthew Marrinan of Whitefish and Annie Marrinan of
Kalispell and 12 great-grandchildren.
Virginia will be remembered with love every day.
Virginia and Walt were always together and on this
they will be laid to rest with each other. Services to be held at 1pm
January 10th at Manito Masonic Temple, 2715 S. Grand Blvd, Spokane, WA.
Graveside service to follow at Spokane Memorial Gardens.
POLSON — On January 1, 2009, Kellie left to be united with our Lord and
those family members that have passed on before her.
Kellie was the daughter of Harold the late Leslie
Polson. She was born on November 14, 1965 in Boise, Idaho. She lived in
Polson for the past nine years.
Kellie is survived by her dad, Harold "Bud"
Ducharme in Polson;
her brother Bill (Ellen) Dorman of Salt Lake City, UT and her sister
Rachael (Jim) Jardine and nephews Jack and Grey of Shelley, ID; her
uncle Ray and Aunt Phyllis Lewin of Salt Lake City, UT and several
relatives in Boise, ID. Kellie also has several aunts, uncles and
cousins in the Ducharme family.
Kellie enjoyed being with family, shopping and
liked her pet
cats. She also liked to pick huckleberries and morel mushrooms. Kellie
loved to spend time at the family cabin in the Boise National Forest.
Kellie graduated from Borah High School, Boise, ID
in 1983. She
attended Boise State University for two years. Kellie was employed at
several Best Western Hotels in Boise and later moved to Skagway, Alaska
and worked as a tour guide for the White Pass Yukon Railroad.
Services will be held Friday at 1 pm in the Foster
Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with a meal following in the Longhouse.