For the Record
CAINSVILLE, MO — Long-time Polson resident, Marie Dowdall, passed
away peacefully at home in Cainsville, Missouri on December 29 at the
age of 84. Marie was the wife of the late John Dowdall, who was a
Polson banker and civic leader. She lived her last years under the
loving care of her daughter Rosemary McLain.
Marie was born in La Porte City, Iowa to Monte and
Bedard Foss. Raised on a farm, Marie attended the University of Iowa,
Iowa City, and later Fresno City College, ultimately becoming a nurse.
She met her first husband, Michael Dowdall, during World War II in Iowa
City. They had seven children together in California, first living in
Watsonville from 1946 to 1963 and then in Fresno. Michael was a union
leader in California who passed away in 1967 at the age of 45.
Following his untimely death, Marie raised her children with the help
of her oldest son Jim of Fresno, California and her oldest daughters,
Michele Pecina of Madera, California and Katherine Ireland of Oroville,
California. To support her family, she worked as a nurse at St. Agnes
Hospital in Fresno.
Marie married John Dowdall, Michael's brother, in
relocated from Fresno to Polson. John founded First Citizens Bank of
Polson, where he remained as President until his retirement in 2001.
John and Marie were partners in founding the Port Polson Players along
with Larry and Pat Barsness in 1975. She also supported John in his
civic endeavors, including becoming mayor of Polson, establishing the
Polson Community Development Association, chairing the capital campaign
to expand St. Joseph's Medical center and a number of other civic
projects. They both were active members of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church. Marie loved and studied painting and music; she played
the piano as well as an antique accordion. John and Marie retired to
Tucson, AZ. After his passing in 2003, Marie re-located first to
California, then, Polson and then to Missouri to live with her daughter
In addition to Michele, Jim, Katherine and
Rosemary, Marie is
survived by her sons Michael of Ripon, California, Joe of Polson and
Sean of San Francisco. She leaves behind eleven grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held in
California in the spring. Donations honoring Marie are requested to be
made to the Mission Valley Friends of the Arts, which supports the Port
Polson Players at P.O. Box 1156, Polson, MT 59860. "We will miss you,
dear Marie: you taught us how to see the world through artistic eyes."
Peter J. Liberti
EVARO — Peter J. Liberti, age 69, long time resident of Evaro
passed away on December 28, 2009. Peter was born to Antoinette Cutronio
and Salvatore Liberti on August 2, 1940 in Buffalo, New York.
Peter attended schools in Buffalo and at age 17 joined the US
Army where he obtained his GED. After two active duty tours to Vietnam,
Peter returned to Missoula where he served as an Army recruiter and
retired with 20 years service in 1977 at the age 37.
Peter met and married Roxana Colman on January 14, 1970 while
working in Missoula as an Army Recruitment Officer. His career led him
and his family to travel throughout the country including a tour to
Erlangen, West Germany where his daughter Misty was born.
Upon returning from Germany and retiring from the service,
Peter built his dream log home in the Evaro area. Peter loved to
“putsy” which means he was a multi-tasker who enjoyed being involved in
numerous endeavors, adventures and activities. He especially enjoyed
visiting with friends and had a special affinity to prove that one
person’s garbage can be another’s “goldmine”.
He was very entrepreneurial and knew how to stretch a dollar,
in other words...well, you who knew Pete would have to chuckle at this
point. He loved dumpster diving. I am not sure if this condition is a
result of his service related experience or just a fun thing to do that
turned into a business venture. You gotta’ love him.
Peter is no doubt smiling down upon us and would be so proud to
know that so many people truly enjoyed his company and were awed by his
eccentricities. They say what goes around, comes around and Pete is
proof-he made the world more interesting and his energy was endless to
say the least.
He was very young when he chose to serve his country. Upon his
20 years of military service he suffered from many emotional war
traumas but it didn’t slow him down. Peter often chided about his
military regimentation and summed things up rather humorously: “If the
military wanted me to have a normal life, they would have issued it.”
And so it wasn’t.
All in all, however, Peter was a good father, a good person, a
good husband and a good friend who could be trusted. He could muster up
humor to lighten life’s darkest and heaviest moments. We will all miss
Peter worked in a variety of jobs for the past 15 years to keep
busy and met many of his friends through his community work and
activities. Peter made significant community contributions and when he
saw a friend or acquaintance in need, he was there to help.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughter Misty Liberti; a grandson Isaac
Fleming; five siblings, Joanne (Jerry) Highway, Marie (Sonny)
Calabrese, Joe (Olga) Liberti, Shirley (John) Sardina from the Buffalo
area and Pat Liberti, who resides in Florida; numerous nieces and
nephews and his godchild, Rosalie Sheridan.
A wake began Friday, January 1. Mass was celebrated Saturday,
January 2 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Arlee; the burial
followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where military honors
Donna J. Kudlock
RAVALLI — Donna J. Kudlock, 68, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009, after losing her battle against cancer.
She was born Oct. 11, 1941.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a private family graveside service in the spring.
Donna “K” was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and friend, She will be deeply missed. We love you, Mom!
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution, in her name to the Community Cancer Center or the Mission Valley Animal Shelter.
Gerald “Grandpa” Lytle
ARLEE — Leonard Gerald "Grandpa" Lytle, age 86, passed from
this life on December 25, 2009 peacefully in his home with family at
He was born in York, Nebraska October 23, 1923 to
William and Anna Catherine Reiners Lytle. He lived in York until 1940
when his family moved to Buhl, Idaho where he graduated from high
school in 1942. As a young man, Leonard was a star running back on his
high school football team and a center fielder on his baseball team and
received a scholarship to Pocatello, ID to play football. He was also a
Lightweight Golden Glove Boxer.
Leonard began working for Missoula Livestock in
1945, and then
became a Brand Inspector for the State of Montana in 1956 where he
spent several years in Missoula, Lewistown, and Billings. In 1974 he
purchased Missoula Livestock and enjoyed this venture until the
unexpected death of his partner that required the sale of the business
in 1976. He remained foreman for many years until retirement.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, five
brothers and one sister, and his wife Joan.
He is survived by his son Marty Lytle of Arlee;
and her husband Tim O’Neill of Arlee; granddaughters Katelyn Lytle of
Missoula, Alyssa (Daniel) Cahoon of Charlo, and grandsons Wyatt and
Webb O’Neill of Arlee.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday,
December 30 in the Arlee High School Gymnasium. Burial will be held at
a later date with a private family service.
ARLEE - Timothy L. Vaile, 55, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009 in
Born and raised in Browning, he moved to the Jocko
Valley over thirty years ago and made it his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ennis and
(Gobert) Vaile; grandparents John and Louise (Guardipee) Gobert;
brothers Virgil "Joe" Tatsey, Gerald Phil Guardipee and Frank Ennis
Vaile and nephew Ronald John Tatsey.
Survivors include his children Winter (Joey
Ventura) Vaile and
Winter's children Elaina and Jayden of Missoula and Yolanda Maestas and
Yolanda's children Carlena, Savannah, Isabella, Marhee and Joseph of
Arlee; brothers and sisters John "Ugoh" Tatsey of Browning, Tom Nowlan
of LaCrescent, MN, Jim Chris Vaile of Great Falls, John "Jack" Vaile of
Browning and Ilona Vaile of Browning; sister-in-law Bernice Vaile of
Browning and aunts and uncle Elsie Vaile of Lethbridge, AB and Gary
Gobert, Sr.; and numerous extended family and friends from the Flathead
and Blackfeet Reservations.
Burial was in the Jocko Cemetery.
E. "Kathy" Ely Snyder
RONAN - Kathryn E. "Kathy" Ely Snyder, 52, passed away from a heart
attack at her home on Sunday, December 20, 2009.
Born to Jim and Audrey (Stockton) Ely on July 2,
1957 in St.
Ignatius, she was raised in Dixon and later Ronan where she attended
schools. A dedicated wife and mother, she married Merlyn Snyder in
Coeur d'Alene and they made their home in the Ronan area.
Kathy worked for Second Chance in Ronan, for
Electronics, as a seasonal worker and was a housecleaner by the lake.
She enjoyed playing cards, telling jokes and stories, collecting
antiques and native art. But most importantly she enjoyed spending time
with her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her dad and mom Jim
and Audrey Ely; a sister Christy Ely Richardson and brother Leonard
She leaves behind her loving husband Merlyn
Snyder; her kids big
baby Richard Snyder; son Merlyn Snyder (Shawn Field); daughter Wendy
(Darren) Orr; and little baby Jimmy Dean Snyder; brothers and sister
Bodie (Bobby) Ely, Steve Ely and Tammy (Henry) Courville; seven
grandchildren Jodi, Landon, Cassidy, Troy, Abbie, Logan and Skylar; as
well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were held on Wednesday, December 23 in
DIXON — Ronda L. Burtch passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, of cancer and pneumonia, at the
age of 42, surrounded by family.
She was born June 15, 1967 in St. Ignatius, to
Dick and Tiny
Burtch. She attended elementary school in Dixon, then graduated from
Mission High School, where she was proud to be a Mission Bulldog
She had her first child, a daughter Kyla, in 1984.
Shawn Malatare in 1987 and they had a son, Sean Wren, in 1991. They
divorced in 1997.
In high school, Ronda started working road
her family’s business. She also worked for Riverside and Schellinger
Construction. Her Dad helped his two daughters start their own road
construction business, with contracts in Montana, Washington, Idaho and
Oregon. Ronda worked the jobs until she became ill and had to quit.
She was a member of the Confederated Salish and
and worked on the Tribal election as a judge. She also bartended
throughout the years.
Ronda loved the outdoors. She loved camping
over a campfire), fishing, traveling to and exploring places she had
never been, and gardening. She also loved to cook, going to the Plains
Demo Derby (which she drove in), watching her “who dunnit” movies and
TVshows, and spending time with her family, friends and animals.
Ronda was a loving and caring person. She was kind
and had a
generous heart that would help anyone. The center of her life was her
family. She loved them all very much, as they loved her. Her motto was
“Family First”. She was called home after her courageous battle with
cancer, to be under her Dad’s wings and to be with her Guardian Angel
Gerry. She was such a strong person during her illness.
Ronda was preceded in death by her father, Richard
Burtch, her baby brother and sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and
She is survived by her mother Tiny, her daughter
and granddaughter Shakira; son Sean Wren Malatare; sister Tina (Randy);
nieces Kaylee (Trevor), Siarra and Shantayla; uncles Dennis St.
Germaine and John Juhauz; other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She
also leaves behind Deni, her soul-mate and best friend, and her dog
Ronda was cremated and will be buried at a later
date. No flowers please.
POLSON — Lois “Ruth” Hall, 92, of Polson, our beloved mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, went to be with our Heavenly Father on
a clear brisk night on December 7, 2009 from natural causes.
Ruth, a member of the Confederated Salish and
was born on September 16, 1917 in Ronan. She attended schools
throughout the Mission Valley. She graduated from Polson High School in
Ruth was married in 1942 to Mark Hall in Tacoma,
right before Mark was shipped overseas to serve in World War 2. In the
years leading up to their marriage, she attended Beautician school in
Spokane. While her husband was overseas, she practiced her trade in
various towns in Washington State.
Ruth is preceded in death by her loving husband
Mark Hall, her
mother Mary Rose Morigeau Clairmont, her father John Clairmont, her
brothers Harold, Eugene “Gene”, Lawrence, Phillip, and her sisters
Lillian Thomas, Alice Sly, Mary “Bernice” Bryant, and Myrtle Whittle.
Ruth left behind her six children Grayce (Gary)
Sharon (Dick) Silberman, Larry (Mary) Hall, Leonard (Sandy) Hall, Geri
(Bud Papin) Hall, and Linda (Gary) Faucett. In addition to her
children, she lovingly left behind 13 grand children and 8
great-grandchildren as well as countless nieces, nephews and friends.
A Rosary Vigil was held at the Immaculate
Church in Polson on Friday Dec. 11. A Mass of Christian Burial was held
on Saturday Dec. 12 at the church. Gravesite services are to be
determined at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to
Lake County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left at
ARLEE — Shane Alex Fiddler, 35, passed away from an accident on
Wednesday, December 2, while at work in Glacier County.
He graduated from Arlee High School in 1992. Shane
excellent carpenter, he loved to build and create things. His most
recent job was with SK Construction as a GPS Surveying Technician and
Riverside Construction working as a framer. He previously started his
own construction company in Missoula and later moved it to Salt Lake
Shane loved horses and was known as a prankster.
He loved life
and lived it to the fullest. _A large part of his life was making
people laugh, if you didn’t know Shane you missed out. He was a great
teacher, a loving friend, and an amazing father. He had a beautiful
smile and a great laugh. Shane will be in our hearts forever. He may be
gone but he will never be forgotten.
He is preceded in death by great grandparents Alex
Vanderburg, grandmother Donna Mae McClure, grandfather Mickey Couture,
great aunt Alice Vanderburg, aunts Lynn Shelby and Sandy Morigeau
Adams, uncle’s Rusty Fiddler, Dennis, Dale and Gary Shelby.
He leaves behind his children McKayla of Arlee,
Isabella of Salt Lake City, Utah. Shane is survived by his parents
Deeda and Neil Adams of the family home in Arlee and Wally Couture of
Portland, Oregon; girlfriend Kelly Casey of Missoula; grandmother Cora
Couture of Missoula; brothers Joe Don (Kimberly) Charlo and Chad
Couture of Missoula; sisters Sam Shelby (Brittany) and Tara Couture of
Missoula; aunts Connie Jo Stevens of Deer Lodge and Linda (Tim)
Jefferies of St. Ignatius; uncles Bruce (Velda) Shelby of Pablo,
Charles and Dennis Couture of Missoula, Gail (Bobbie) Adams, Francis
Adams, Mary (Frank) First Raised, Mel Doney and Nancy (George) Boushie;
cousins Louis Fiddler and family of Arlee, Lisa Fiddler, Lakota Fiddler
and family of Arlee, Joel McGlynn of Missoula and Marcie (Jon) Stevens
of Arlee, Dusty Shelby and family of Polson, and Erica Shelby of Van
Pallbearers are his friends and family (brothers
Louis Fiddler, Lakota Fiddler, Quenelle Matt, Kean McCrea, Mike McCrea
Jr., and Linden Plant.
ST. IGNATIUS — Bob Yancy was born in Marshall, AR., on September
22, 1949 as the son of Rebecca and Clyde Yancey. He lost his fierce
battle with cancer on Thursday, December 3, 2009.
Bob married his teenage sweetheart Jimmie Carol
Pool. They had
two daughters Laura Christine Yancey and Paytra Dawn Yancey, one
grandson Christopher Robert Allison, one granddaughter Morgan Lashea
Olivera and one great grandson Jesse James Allison.
They lived most of their lives in Olivehurst, CA.
Bob was a truck driver most of his life.
After many years of marriage they went their
moved to Marshall, AR and met his companion Helen Harris and her sons
Danny Leffett Harris III and Jerry Cole Malachi Harris Yancey. They
moved together to Montana on their mission to build their lives
somewhere good for his boys.
Bob had six brothers, Clyde Edward, Billy Jean,
Jacky Lynn, Johnny Ray, Bobby Joe and Tommy Lou and one sister Jerry
Bob is survived by Helen, Danny and Malachi of
Laura and son-in-law Jesse Olivera of Yuba City, CA; and Paytra and
son-in-law John Starkel; grandson Christopher Allison of Yuba City,
CA., granddaughter Morgan Olivera of Yuba City, CA., great-grandson
Lesse Allison of Yuba City, CA.; sister Jerry and husband John Cole of
Marshall, AR.; brothers Eddie Yancey of Wheatland, CA, Joe Yancey and
wife Donna of Marshall, AR., and Johnny Yancey of Marshall, AR.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Rebecca
and Clyde Yancey; brothers Billy, Jackie and Tommy Yancey, all of
Cremation has taken place and no formal services
are planned at this time.
Theresa Marie Andrew Stasso
ELMO — Theresa Marie Andrew Stasso, age 66, passed away on Thursday
December 3, 2009 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center from natural
causes. She was Born March 21, 1943 in St. Ignatius to Charles and Mary
Lefthand Andrew. She attended the Urseline School in St. Ignatius and
Pierre, South Dakota. She moved to Blackfoot, Idaho and Washkie,
Wyoming where she met and married her husband Larry Heron, then later
divorced and moved back to the Flathead Reservation.
Marie loved to shop and pick huckleberries. She
was a proud
member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Her parents, a
sister Annie Tenas and husband Peter Stasso preceded her in death.
Survivors included her three sisters, Louise Andrew of Niarada, Cathy
Andrew of Elmo, and Diane Auld of Elmo; along with numerous nieces,
nephews and relatives in Elmo and British Columbia.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday
December 5 at 10
am in the Elmo Hall with Father James Connor officiating. Burial will
be held in the Dayton Cemetery. Condolences to the family at