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For the Record
September 2009

Dorothy L. Anderson
ALAMEDA, CA —Dorothy L. Anderson, 83, entered into rest after a long illness in Alameda, California on September 4, 2009. She died at home peacefully as was her wish.

Dorothy was born in St. Ignatius on August 24, 1926 to John and Louise Anderson. She spent her adolescent years at the St. Ignatius Mission School. She then served in the US Air Force for four years and afterwards attended Seattle University graduating with a B.A. in 1962.

Dorothy’s career after college was as an Air Traffic controller and she worked for the FAA for 30 years and spent her last 10 years at the Oakland Airport tower in California. She achieved her private pilot’s license in while working at the tower in Sacramento in 1966 and was one of the first female Native American pilots.

Dorothy was also an avid photographer and always carried a camera with her. Her favorite photography subjects were powwows and anything that flew whether an airplane, a balloon or a bird. She loved to portray the juxtaposition of Native dancers wearing modern sport shoes or traditional teepees with aluminum lawn chairs in front of them. She had a very large circle of photography friends with whom she liked to take trips to find photography subjects. She also loved to drive, always had a Volkswagen and maintained her license to the end. A trip with Dorothy meant she drove and you always said the rosary in the car while driving at least once.

She was active in her church and she attended Mass every day and stayed afterwards to say the rosary with her circle of church friends. She also contributed to many Catholic charities and was particularly devoted to the nuns she had known at the St. Ignatius boarding school, some of whom she maintained contact with for the rest of their lives.

Dorothy was also a well-known figure around Alameda coffee shops where she maintained another large group of friends. She handed out cards to people she met which stated she was a “Consultant” meaning she was willing to listen to anyone and happily give advice. She was also a volunteer on the USS Hornet, docked in Alameda, spending time to help restore and maintain this historic ship.

Dorothy was also a role model and loving aunt to her many, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She always gave a small but unique and useful Christmas gift to each of us and it was usually something you never would have thought you wanted but turned out you really needed. She was interested in anything we were involved in and always made a point of asking about your particular interest when she saw you whatever it was.

Dorothy is survived by her brother Clayton (Tony) Anderson, sisters Lorraine Sullivan, Donna Melchior, Vona Stofleth, Charlotte Trujillo and many, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Isolene (Betty) Cantrell and Yvonne Guthrie and brothers Worley Buchanan and Donavan Irwin.

Rosary and Funeral Mass were held at St. Philip Neri Church on Saturday, September 26 with a reception in parish hall afterward for the many friends who attended. A second family memorial gathering was held in Willits, California on October 17.

Dorothy was a unique individual, fiercely independent and strong minded but with a generous heart always ready to help whoever needed her in any way she could, whether it was a ride, a meal, a small loan or even tagging on to her Costco membership. She was the most active and colorful person in the family and often the topic of conversation among us for her exploits and interests. She made a point to reaching out to any family she could find and treated everyone the same whether directly related or not. Her loss has left a hole in our family, which will never be filled, and we will miss her always.

Anyone wishing to contact her family may reach her niece Tonia Cantrell at 925-673-5007 or tmc353@yahoo.com

Rachel (Bonser) Tomljanovich

Forever in Our Hearts
God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his Earth
And saw your loving face.
He saw your path was difficult
And he closed your weary eyes,
He whispered to you
"Peace by Thine"
And gave you wings to fly.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
On the day God called you home.
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CHICAGO, Ill. — Rachel (Bonser) Tomljanovich, 82, of Chicago passed away September 8, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Rachel was born November 10, 1926 in Polson, to Harry and Cecelia (Ducharme) Bonser. They are both deceased. Cecelia is buried in Polson and Harry is buried in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Sacramento, California. Rachel graduated high school from Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas. She attended Sacramento Junior College and received her Business Education degree. While living in Chicago she worked in various offices until her retirement. Rachel had very happy memories of her Polson home and especially of the lake, as she was so fond of swimming there.

Left to mourn her are her son Joseph; grandchildren Dominique and Joey Tomljanovich of Chicago; sisters Emerald Barker of Polson and Mildred Gerber of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; nieces Mary Cecelia French of Sacramento, California, Judy Minson of Tressle Creek, Elsie Converse of Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Paula Gerber of Denver, Colorado.

Sam J. Gonzalez
PABLO — Sam J. Gonzalez, 40, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on September 29, 2009.

Born to Hill and Virginia Gonzalez in Hayward, CA on January 9, 1969, he was raised and educated in California before moving to Arizona. It was here that he met his partner Joyce Peone and they returned to live on Flathead Indian Reservation in 1996 where he worked for Jake Snout at Big Sky Heating and Air Conditioning until recent health issues forced Sam to be a homebody.

Even then he enjoyed cards and cribbage and visiting his friends, watching TV and raising cane with his dog Chomps. When possible he still enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his partner Joyce Peone of Pablo; his father Hill Gonzalez of Modesto; his son Raymond of Oakdale, CA; a brother Alvin Gonzalez of Union City, CA; and sisters Gloria Castilla of Camp Connell, CA, Corinna Matsell of Tillamook, OR and Joann Nilsen of Manteca, CA.

A wake was held at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with cremation to take place. He will be returned to California to be laid to rest beside his mother.

Trisha-Jo Marie Plant
PABLO — Trisha-Jo Marie Plant, 22, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2009, in Pablo.

Born in Missoula on May 31, 1987, she was raised in Arlee and Turtle Lake and educated at Arlee and Two Eagle High School. She was currently attending Salish Kootenai College, hoping to become a Salish teacher.

Trisha-Jo loved to bead, listen to Indian music, rap and she enjoyed all cultural activities, stickgames and powwows. She really loved chillin’ with her homies, best friends, cousin and family. She loved to visit everyone. She truly cared about our tribe and our people.

She was the bestest greatest daughter any mother could ever hope for; every day she showed her mother, or told her mother how much she loved her mom and Rick. The last words ever to touch her mother’s ears from her voice was "I love you, Mom."

She loved all her brothers with all her heart; she was a very loyal loving sister. She was very giving. If she was on her last dollar, she would give it to a stranger, family or friend who might need it.

Trisha had many, many friends from all over. She never forgot anyone, her love was too great.

She was preceded in death by Dianna Rose (aunt), Brenda Lynn (aunt), Ronald Plant (uncle), Ambrose Plant (uncle), Charles Plant, Luanne Wesley (aunt), Peter Plant (uncle), James Lozeau, Ronald, Larry, Butch, Lucille, Keven, Doris and Debra Old Horn; great-great-grandparents Tony and Clara Plant; and great-great-grandparents Steve Matt, Adaline Parker Matt and Louise Isaac Matt.

She is survived by her parents Valerie Plant and Rick TwoTeeth and Leigh Malatare and Ronda Lozeau; God parents Susan Valley and Gary Plant; siblings Alex Woods, Taneesha Hammer Plant, RickRick TwoTeeth, Tristen TwoTeeth, Blakely TwoTeeth, Coy TwoTeeth; adopted siblings Malissa Gardipe, Josie Bear, Malissa, Josie, Keven OldHorn II, Natasha Walking Eagle; aunts Crystal and John Bunce, Mikki Pierre, Michaelanna and Theresa Michele; uncles Linden (Patricia) Plant, Dennis Plant Jr. and Raven Burland; grandparents Dennis Plant Sr. and Helen Hammer, Regina Old Horn and Melvina and Doug Malatare; and great-grandma Mary Val (Matt) Plant; and great-grandparents Melvin and Rena RunnningRabbit; great aunts and uncles Nancy Plant, Darryl Plant, Wanda Old Horn, Anna Mitchel, and greatgreat aunts and uncles Margaret Coffey, Lucille Parker, Clark Matt, Steve Matt and Wilhemina Wright.

A traditional wake began on Thursday in Arlee with the Rosary being recited on Friday evening. Mass was celebrated on Saturday, October 3 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Malissa Gardipe, Crystal Craft, Jessica Cooper, Kristen TwoTeeth, Josie Bear, Tasheena Mitchell, Frank Lozeau and Dakota Lafley. Honorary Bearers were Alex Wood (Plant), RickRick TwoTeeth, Tristen TwoTeeth, Charles (Luke) Plant, Joseph Plant, Emanual and Loren Hernandez, Jordan Plant, Louis Bunce, Pat Pierre III, Bugbug MadPlume, Marlene Finley, Shayla Cote, Jessica TwoTeeth, Angela Gardipe, Ciera Steele Lozeau and all her cousins, friends, and family too numerous to name. (If Trisha could, she would've named everyone.)

Manuel L. Nomee
PENDLETON, Ore. — Manuel L. Nomee, 23, of Mission died Sunday, September 13, 2009 in Pendleton. Mr. Nomee was born Aug. 11, 1986. He was a resident of Mission Oregon at the time of his death. He lived in Washington at Wellpinit and Usk during his childhood.

Manny loved to be outdoors; he enjoyed fishing and camping. He had been fishing for tribal elders of Mission throughout the summer. He loved his little family and was a caring and loving dad and big brother to his brothers and sisters as well as his many close cousins. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian Nomee and her husband Tony Surface, and their children Louie Shippentower, Andy Stearns, Molina Stearns, Adeline Surface, Sara Surface, Elsie Surface, William Surface and Thomas Surface, all of Mission; father Randall Adrian; sisters Mayana Adrian and Samantha Adrian of Plummer, Idaho, and Chrystal Adrian of Usk, WA; and siblings Cal and Lindsey Adrian of Wellpinit and wife Belisa Ganuelas and their children Warren Nomee-Ganuelas and Aiden Nomee-Ganuelas, of Mission.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Adeline Nomee-Burns and John "Manny" Nomee of the Kalispell Reservation; and Arnold Adrian of the Spokane Reservation; uncles Andrew Nomee and Eugene Nomee of Usk, Brian Adrian of Wellpinit; and his aunts Lynne Walks-on-top and Teri Adrian of Wellpinit. __

He was on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the old Agency Cemetery.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Lee Haynes
POLSON — Ronald Lee Haynes, 42, of Polson passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at his home in Polson.

Ron was born on November 11, 1966 in Cottage Grove, OR. He attended schools in Bend and Eugene OR. In 1991, Ron married Christine Joyner and they later divorced in 1996.

Ron worked many jobs including working in tree service, a rock quarry, and landscape maintenance. He was always a hard worker and took pride in his work. Ron loved animals, especially his beloved dog, Sheba. He also enjoyed movies, reading the Bible, stargazing, creating unique walking sticks, and weightlifting.

Ron is survived by his parents, Marilyn and Don Miller and Jerry and Maureen Rice; his sons, Arron Lee Haynes, 18, of Loveland, CO and James Alan Haynes, 12, Eugene, OR; and a brother, Brian Roger Haynes, of Polson, and one granddaughter.

A memorial service were held on Monday, September 28 at Grogan Funeral Home with Rev. John Payne officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Ron’s name to the Northwest Montana Humane Society, 3499 Hwy 93 N., Kalispell MT 59903. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, is assisted the family.

L. Douglas "Colonel Doug" Allard
ST. IGNATIUS — L. Douglas "Colonel Doug" Allard died Wednesday, September 16 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula with his children and grandchildren at his side.

Colonel Doug was born on August 30, 1931 in St. Ignatius the oldest child of Sidney and Georgian (Eckley) Allard. He was raised with sister’s Phyllis "Sukie" (Thompson) and Tena (Savage) on the Post Creek Ranch and attended grade school in Ronan and high school in St. Ignatius where he graduated in 1949. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman for two years before enlisting in the Marines. After his tour of duty in Korea, Doug returned to college and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

In college he met Julia Walton from Greybull, WY. The two were soon married and lived in Bozeman when his first child Toni was born. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, son Steve and daughter Lynne were born. Doug and Julie divorced several years later. In 1963, Doug met and married Carol Nelson from San Leandro, CA where they had four children; Jeanine, Tena, Mike, and Chris. The family moved to St. Ignatius in 1972. They adopted Marianne "Wally" Pierre (Gopher). Doug and Carol divorced in 1978. Doug then met and married Debra Westerman from Ronan, and she and her daughter Amber Olson joined the family. Doug and Debra divorced in 1990. In 1992 Doug met and married Jera (Sharp) Stewart. Jera and her daughters Alyssa and Jaci became part of the family and they all lived in the new house behind the Trading Post. In 1993 Sydney was born, whom Doug affectionately called "Foof".

Doug is survived by his 15 year old daughter, the light of his life, Sydney at the family home in St. Ignatius; daughter Toni (Don) Cederlund, Post Creek; son Steve, St. Ignatius; daughter Lynne Meadows, Seattle; daughter Jeanine Allard, Ronan; daughter Tena (Darrick) Bova, Frenchtown; son Mike, Missoula; son Chris (Grace), Seattle; and stepchildren Amber Olson, Missoula; Alyssa (Ryan) Schock, St. Ignatius; Jaci (Chad) Augustin, Honolulu; grandchildren Shawn (Megan) Hendrickson, Polson; Cassandra Cederlund, Lake Tahoe; Stacey (Alan) Pule, St. Ignatius; Rob (Erin) Allard, St. Ignatius; Ryan (Natalie) Allard, Asheville, NC; Erica (Curtis) Patrick, Seattle; Amanda Meadows, Seattle; Flower Gopher, Kalispell; Michaelanne (Kyle) O’Reily, St. Ignatius; Gabriella Gopher, Billy Gopher, Angela Gopher, St. Ignatius; Kristin McClure, Butte; Jacob and Natalie Bova, Frenchtown; and great grandchildren Parker Hendrickson, Brynn and Sawyer Pule, Malin and Adlai Allard, Winter Lee Gopher, Kaylie and Madison O’Reily, and Audrina Gopher. Doug also had many close nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his sister Phyllis (Sukie) and brother Michael, his adopted daughter Wally and her daughters Winter Hoops and Cass Gopher.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and grandchildren, watching basketball, traveling, working out at the fitness center with "The Crew" every morning, and supporting Foof in dance, music, and sports. He taught his family to live, love, and laugh but most importantly he taught them how to cook and eat.

Traditional wake services were held on Saturday, September 19 at the St. Ignatius Community Center. Funeral services were held at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission Monday. The family suggests memorials to the SKC Foundation, Pablo. or to the Allard Scholarship Fund, Lake County Bank, St. Ignatius.

"Our Mission Mountains are sitting quiet today because a legend has passed." - Singer/songwriter Tim Ryan

James L. Cahoon
CHARLO — James L. Cahoon, 57, of Charlo died at home surrounded by loved ones on Sunday September 13, 2009 following a year long battle with cancer.

He was born October 20, 1951 in Arlee to Adeline and Antoine Joscum. He later went to live with EJ and Ruth Cahoon, the family who later adopted him. He lived and worded his entire life on the Flathead Reservation.

He greatly enjoyed working with the youth in the Charlo Community. He was instrumental in improving Charlo Youth Baseball and worked with the tribe in securing land for the development of baseball fields. He diligently worked for many years to maintain the fields and keep them in shape for the kids to enjoy. From these activities he and his family were nominated and later selected as the Montana winner for the National Families in Baseball competition.

James was a hard worker and he enjoyed his many years working for the irrigation project. He enjoyed working with the crew at Nine Pipe camp and the local farmers and ranchers. He loved being in the woods and spent many hours picking huckleberries and cutting firewood. He spent many days logging and hunting with his friends and family. He had a flourishing Christmas tree business in Spokane, WA, where for many years he personally sold all the trees he cut and had many loyal customers.

He is preceded in death by his birth parents Adeline and Antoine Joscum; adoptive parents EJ and Ruth Cahoon; sisters Mabel, Ursula, Mary Alice, Mary Louise, Mary Christin, Virginia and Mary Rose and brother Tony.

He is survived by his children Jamal, Justin, Josh, Jamie, Julie, Jessi, Jared and Jordan Cahoon; grandchildren Leah, Evyn and Ave, all of Missoula; brothers Alex, Joe, and Richard (Eunice) Cahoon; sisters Barbara (Robert) Dunn, Thellis (Jerry) Peters, Judy and Mary Lucy (Duane) Ulmer; former wife Carla of Missoula; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday September 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ronan with the burial at Mountain View Cemetery also in Ronan.

Sherril Gene "Kentucky" Mills
PABLO — Sherril Gene "Kentucky" Mills, 68, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula after suffering an accidental fall.

Kentucky was born March 30, 1941 to Edwin and Mattie Lou (Taylor) Mills at Indian Creek, Kentucky. Raised and educated in rural Kentucky, his family moved to Louisville and he later joined the Army serving from 1960 to 1962.

After his service to his country he and his wife Phyllis Hack, whom he married on April 25, 1960, began their family of five children and he worked for various jobs until owning his own business. Kentucky and Phyllis divorced and he later moved to Montana in 1991 where he enjoyed the lake, fishing and the company of his friends.

He leaves behind his children Sherry Lin Mills, Ricky Lee Mills, Sherril Gene Mills, Christopher Lee Mills and Mathew Dale Mills; his former wife Phyllis Jean Mills; siblings Carrol (Kenneth) Shoms, Merril (Pearl) Mills and Johni Mills, all of the greater Louisville, KY area; his second former wife Glenna Smithson; and sister Faye (Don) Drowatzky of Pablo; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren to be born in December.

A visitation was held on Saturday and Sunday the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Graveside services were held Sunday with Pastor Kenny Prewett at the family cemetery located on Pine Tree Lane in Pablo. Military honors were presented at the graveside.

He was a rebel by birth, Indian by the grace of God.

Barbara Darlene Matt Clark
KALISPELL — Barbara Darlene Matt Clark, 62, passed away on Thursday, Septembe 3, 2009 at her residence in Kalispell.

She was born May 7, 1947, in St. Ignatius to Joseph Edward and Sophie (Kallowat) Matt. Barbara was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

As a child she resided with her parents in Dayton, Kalispell, Noxon and Butte. She graduated from Butte High School, calls of 1965. She returned to Kalispell, where she obtained her first job at the Kalispell-Regional Hospital in house-keeping as a cook at St. Matthew's Parish.

While in Kalispell, she met and married Robert Duane Clark on October 30, 1971 and moved to Seattle, Wash., Libby and Helena where she gave birth to their only child, Robert Joseph Clark. After Robert's birth, they moved back to Kalispell, where her husband died in 1975.

Barbara loved traveling and had visited 48 of the 50 states. She enjoyed playing bingo, doing various arts and crafts, picking huckleberries and baking.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Clark, Sr.; her father Joseph Matt; and brothers Randall, Dean and Rick Matt.

She leaves behind her son, Robert Joseph Clark of Kalispell; her mother Sophie Matt of Big Arm; and many relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held on September 9 at the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery with Father Vic Langhans as celebrant.

Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory cared for Barbara's family. Visit www.jgfuneralhome.com to view Barbara's guest book, offer condolences and share memories.

James L. Cahoon
CHARLO — James L. Cahoon, 57, of Charlo died at his home on Sunday September 13, following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born on October 20, 1951. Funeral services will be held Saturday September 19 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan. There will be a gathering following the funeral and burial back at the church. A full obituary will follow in next week’s Char-Koosta News.

Christine McClure
ARLEE — Christine McClure, 80, a lifetime resident of Arlee, passed away at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

Christine was born to John B. Adams, and Mary Ellen Abel in Arlee and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was educated in Arlee and in St. Ignatius at the Ursulines School. At a Salish Jump dance in 1947 she met the love of her life Alvin "Snuse" McClure and married him on September 16, 1947. From this marriage they had two sons: Carmen Francis and Eugene Jacob.

Christine was a hard and strong worker who was willing to help with anything. Through out her life she and Snuse raised cows, horses, dogs, and hay. She always worked side-by-side Snuse and never once complained as she loved the work and being with her husband.

Christine loved to bead and was well known for moccasins and Indian dolls. Her beadwork can be found throughout the world including England and South Korea. Beading was her stress reliever, one of her greatest joys in life and she was always happy to get a new order. Up to her last days she was taking orders and was excited to begin her work.

Christine and Snuse were rarely apart, and spent a majority of their lives going to the mountains for a drive, fishing, hunting, or horseback riding. She loved to get out whether it was to town, to see a new place or just a drive around the valley. No matter what it was as long as she was with Snuse she had a smile on her face.

Christine was very devoted to her family and especially to her many nieces and nephews. She helped many of her family members care for their children in the early stages of their life. At one point she said she took care of at least 15 babies throughout her lifetime. On Tuesdays, and Thursdays Christine could be found having lunch at the Salish Indian Senior Citizens Center. She loved her time visiting with her dear friends and family on these days.

Christine is preceded in death by her parents; son Eugene Jacob; brothers Jerome and Lawrence; and sisters Mary "Sugar" Stiener, Dorothy "DoDo" Coleman, Lucy Adams, Josephine Lumpry, Alex Adams, and Bob Adams.

She is survived and dearly missed by her husband of 62 years Snuse McClure; son Carmen (Cathleen Espin); granddaughters Jessica McClure (Randy) and Katie McClure (Jason); grandson Boyd (Stephanie) Caudill; and raised as her own special niece/daughter Glenda Colman; sister Cecille Adams; her very special great grand daughters Christine and Jessica; dear friend and nephew Ronnie Matt; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Rosary was recited at the Arlee Youth Community Center on Friday September 4; Wake closing was on Saturday with Mass of the Resurrection held in the Arlee Community Center with burial following at the Jocko Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Dr. Mary Quant and all hospital staff of the 5th floor of St. Patrick’s Hospital, and the Arlee Tribal Health Clinic, Gina Ardiana, Albert Plant, Tammy Matt and Mary Big Sam.

Carson Joseph Auld
PABLO— Sharp Eyes Carson Joseph Auld, 56, began his journey to the ancestors on September 6, 2009.

Born on October 8, 1952 in St. Ignatius to Alice Wakan and Mose Auld, he was raised and educated in boarding schools and joined the Army before returning home on the Flathead Reservation where he spent many hours with his adopted family, the Tanners. Together they would go out and cut wood, hunt and fish and enjoy being in the mountains.

He worked for Salish and Kootenai College for many years until he went work for the Tribe as a fisheries technician and was helping with the restoration of rivers and wetlands. Known by many, he was always a man with simple wishes, he kept to himself and a few close friends and enjoyed being around his daughter and granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mose and Alice; and siblings Virgil and Darlene.

Survivors include his daughter Randi (Nick Assinaboine) Wingender of Polson; stepson Warren Fulwilder of Pheonix; stepdaughter Ashley Phillips of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters Glenna Askin of Evaro and Linda Auld of Ronan; brothers Curtis and Edward Auld, both of Elmo; his granddaughter Blue Sky; and a large extended family of friends, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles from both the Kootenai and Sioux Nations.

A wake began Monday in the Cultural Hall in Elmo with the Rosary recited on Tuesday in the Hall. Mass was celebrated on Wednesday in the Hall with Fr. Andrew Maddock, S.J. as Celebrant, followed by the burial at Dayton Cemetary. Military honors were presented.

Joseph Laurence LaMere, Jr.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Born April 4, 1971 in Great Falls, Joseph Laurence LaMere, Jr. passed away due to a tragic accident on September 1, 2009 in Spokane Valley, WA.

He is survived by his two children Angel D. LaMere and Joseph L.B. LaMere; mother Margaret LaMere; sisters Deborah McJoe, Vicki (Vicente) Solis, Selena (John) Martinez, Theresa (Robert Gutierrez) LaMere, andMary (Lucas) Stilson, all of Spokane, Patty Jo (Clarence) Woodward of White Swan, and Betty (Rick) Causey of Shelton; brother William (Debbie) LaMere of Blackfoot, ID; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Lawrence LaMere, Sr; sister, Sandra McJoe; and niece, Margaret Cordova.

Joseph will be greatly missed and never forgotten by us all.

Wake services were held on Thursday September 3 at the Spokane Tribal Longhouse in Welpinit, WA with graveside services at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.