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For the Record
January 2010

Charles H. Logan
ST. IGNATIUS — Charles H. Logan, 44, son of James and Christine (Lozeau) Logan passed away January 28, 2010 in Portland from injuries after being struck by a vehicle.

Born in Aberdeen, Washington on November 30, 1965, he was raised in Washington and Oregon where he worked construction and as a forest fire fighter. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he was active in local cultural activities.

Loved by many, he was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Julie and Esther.

Survivors include his children Angelina Cook, Dion Logan, Chas H. Logan, Jr., Candra Lawerance, Tana Lawerance, Delise, Holly and Jayce Logan; six grandchildren and brothers and sisters Maria Jackson Lopez, Rosie Logan, James Logan, Derek Gibbs, Margaret - Sharon Marker and Serena Logan; uncles Kenny Lozeau and Pat Lozeau and auntie Clara Bourdon as well as a large extended family on the Hawaiian islands, the Quinault and Salish Kootenai Reservations.

A service was held at the family home in Portland before returning to St. Ignatius for the Rosary that was held on Monday evening. A traditional closing service was held Tuesday morning at the Longhouse with burial following in the Pleasant View Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his mother.

Marvin J. Peone
SEATTLE, WA — Marvin J. Peone, 47, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Harborview Medical center from injuries received in an auto–pedestrian accident.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Marvin was born in St. Ignatius to Adeline Bernice (Marengo) and Francis Peone. He was raised on the Flathead Reservation where attended the Urselines and Mission Schools before going to Utah to Job Corps. He worked several areas before ending up in the Seattle area where he lived for over the last 20 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Dean, Kenneth, Leslie, Gary, Stanley and Alan; and several extended family members.

Survivors include siblings Howard, Raymond, Douglas, Darrel, Beverly, Joyce and Sharlene as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation began Wednesday morning at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with a Vigil/Rosary being recited Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Foster Funeral Home with burial following in the Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

Sherry LaMoine Couture Malatare
ARLEE — Sherry LaMoine Couture Malatare, 61, longtime resident of Arlee passed away at home with family by her side, on January 23, ending a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the fourth of six children born to Gene and Jeanette Couture in St. Ignatius on December 5, 1948. She was raised and attended school in Arlee and Seattle, WA area. She graduated from Arlee High School. Sherry also attended and graduated from Griffen Business College in Seattle with a degree in business.

Sherry used her education to work in various jobs including Seattle Indian Health and many facets of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where she retired.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, going on picnics and joyrides through the mountains. She was a huge supporter and staple on the sidelines of her grandkid's sporting events and watching her grandkids dance at powwows. She loved to garden and decorate her lawn.

Sherry met the love of her life in Arlee at the age of 18. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart Jim Malatare at the age of 20 in January 1968. They enjoyed many things and places together over the last 42 years and Jim will carry her memory on to many more adventures.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Gene and Jeanette Couture, daughter Shelly Malatare, sister Audrey Guardipee, brother Kenny Couture and son in law Trace Mesteth.

Sherry is survived by her husband Jim Malatare; daughter Kelly (Allen) Pierre; son Clayton (Terri) Malatare; grandkids William (Ashley) Mesteth, Sean (Miranda) Mesteth, Tashina Malatare, Clayton Malatare, Trey Malatare and Theresa Malatare all of Arlee and Alyssa Malatare of Seattle, WA; her great-grandkids William Mesteth Jr., Leah Mesteth and Trace Mesteth II all of Arlee; brothers Carl Couture and Ron Couture; sister Sandy Shocker; and great aunt Penny Jolly.

A wake began Sunday at the Arlee Community Center with the Rosary being held Monday January 25 in the Arlee Community Center. Wake closing was on Tuesday, January 26, at the Arlee Community Center and Mass was celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission in St. Ignatius. Burial followed at Snyelmn Sntmtmne in St. Ignatius.

The family would ask all who knew Sherry in any way to join the family in celebrating her life, at the services as well as dinner.

Stark O. Cherry
RONAN — Stark O. "David" Cherry, 84, of Ronan, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at St. Luke Community Hospital.

David was born on June 26, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA, and named after his father, Stark O. Cherry, Sr. His mother, however wanted him named David, and it stuck. He attended the Oakwood Academy in Huntsville, AL and the University of Pittsburgh.

He served in the US Army from 1944 until 1946 where he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal with a Bronze Star. He also received a Good Conduct and Victory medal, the WWII Army Occupation medal, the WWII Japanese Clasp and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

David went on to work for the railroad as a purchasing agent and in retirement, became a bartender in Las Vegas. He has enjoyed trips to Nova Scotia, Florida, California, and Old Mexico. His favorite car was his Cadillac. David loved Italian food and Russian classical music. He was a very optimistic person and truly believed in never giving up hope no matter what the situation may be.

Those left with cherished memories are; three sisters, Fannie Cherry, Louise Cherry, and Gladdys Cherry; stepsons David Clairmont of Polson and Corky Clairmont of Pablo; niece, Genne Umstead of Washington, DC; nephew, James Lyons of Lexington, KY and David's best friend, Alf Salway of Ronan and Winogene of Pablo.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to all the staff of St. Luke Extended Care Facility where David resided for the last several years.

A memorial service was conducted on Friday, January 22 at Grogan Funeral Home with Rev. Dick Widerholdt officiating. Graveside services with military honors were held at the Ronan Cemetery following the memorial service on Friday.

Messages of condolence may be sent tot the family online at The staff at Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Mr. Cherry's family.

Joan L. Hawkins
POLSON — Joan L. Hawkins, 74, of Polson passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Joan was born on May 29, 1935 on the Flathead Indian Reservation and was a daughter of the late Clifford and Alice Lozeau Courville.

Joan was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She married Charles E. Hawkins and became a military wife. After moving to several different locations, they returned to Montana in 1978. Joan strongly believed in education and served the CS&KT as the JOM Coordinator for several years. She received an award from the CS&KT for her efforts in the education system.

Anyone who truly knew Joan knew of her kindness and generosity and the way she challenged to become a better person. She is known as a dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, but most of all, friend.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Hawkins, who passed away in 2007; brother George Mitchell; her adoptive parents Joe and Bess Felsman; granddaughter Shelby Lynn Hawkins; and a great grandson, Brayden Damon.

Those left with cherished memories are her children Lori (Joe) Sebestin of Polson, Regina Ely of Pablo, Tammi Jo (Francis) Plante of Dayton, Kevin Aldrich of Great Falls, Cindi McPhearson of Utah, Dawn Scott of Las Vegas, NV, Keith Hawkins of Polson, and Corey Hawkins also of Polson; sister, Nadine Alison of St. Ignatius; grandchildren, Mike, Toby, Jeremy, Uriah, Candace, Charity, Dani Lee, Hope, Adam, Justin, Stormy, Amy, Timothy, Ryan, Skye, Zach, Alexis, Zane, Kenna, Kendall, Bailey, Jana, and Cassie; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius Mission Church, St. Ignatius with Father Drew Maddock officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, Joan’s family suggests a donation to the charity of one’s choice or to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 9480 North Demazenod Drive, Belleville, IL 62223-1160. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at The staff at Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Mrs. Hawkins’ family.

Eileen Swaney Decker
ST. IGNATIUS — Eileen Swaney Decker, 86, of St. Ignatius, passed away at her home on Monday, January 4, 2010, of natural causes.

She was the third of seven children born to James and Mary McDonald Swaney on November 21, 1923 at St. Ignatius. She attended school at Dixon, Montana and the Ursuline Boarding School at St. Ignatius, graduating from Dixon High School.

On April 17, 1948 she and Fred H. Decker were joined in marriage and raised three children.

She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and an active member of this country's greatest generation; she contributed to the World War II effort by working at Farragut Naval Base. She started a long career in Indian affairs working for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Tribal Council by taking Tribal Council meeting minutes in the late 1930's and providing secretarial services to the tribal government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

She was promoted and worked in the Flathead Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs Realty Division until 1975 transferring to the Juneau Area Office to work in the BIA's Trust Rights Protection Office. She was promoted within the Trust Rights Division and received a transfer to the BIA's Trust Protection Office in Washington, DC. Later she transferred back to Alaska working in the BIA's Juneau Area Office, retiring in 1984.

She was well known for her love of history and her knowledge of the families of the Flathead Indian Reservation. She had been consulted with by many historians regarding family histories during the allotment era and of the McDonald family. She enjoyed traveling and learning the history of all the areas she visited. She grew to love Alaska making many friends there and loved the great expanse of the land and its wildlife.

She lived life as she wanted and was well known for generosity many times bringing those in need into her life and home. She encouraged those in her family to further their educations and careers. She was a staunch supporter of Tribal Government and its quest to protect the land and water of the reservation. She was an avid supporter of President O'Bama's campaign predicting years ahead of his announcement of running for office that he would one day become this nation's President.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Fred; her parents James and Mary McDonald Swaney; her brothers, Jay, Doogie, Bill and Bearhead; and one sister Doris.

She is survived by her three children, Denise (Gary) Morigeau; Daniel F. Decker and Mary Jean Decker. Her grandchildren, James Steele, Jr.; Rick Steele; Matt Steele; Bill Steele; Daniel J. Decker; Shawn Decker; Joshua Decker; Amber Walks Over Ice; Amanda Decker; Dylan Decker; Dustin Decker; Wyatt Decker; Shaniya Decker; Frederick Decker; Victoria Decker; and Pauline Never Miss A Shot; her sister Opal Cajune, and twenty great grandchildren.

She was returned to her home in St. Ignatius for visitation and prayer last Wednesday evening with a Catholic Service held at the Catholic Church in St. Ignatius on Thursday. Burial services were held at the family cemetery.

Loretta Roseanne McDougall
HOT SPRINGS — Loretta Roseanne "Sister" McDougall, 45, passed away January 3, 2010 in Missoula.

She was born July 11, 1964 in Denver, CO to Dan and Harriett (Stanislaw) McDougall. She was raised in Denver and at age three moved with family to Renton, WA and then Yakima, WA. It was there that she received her CNA training through the local college and went to work for the local nursing home. While in Yakima she started her family with Roberto Cuevas and to this union their daughter Crystal was born.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, In the 1990’s she moved to Hot Springs, where she enjoyed being with her family and friends. True to her Indian name "Dancing Butterfly she was a traveler going wherever the winds might blow her.

Sister had many interest and had most recently learned to bead. She enjoyed playing pool, dancing, and watching movies, CSI and Charmed. An avid Bronco fan she also was ready to go fishing, camping or outdoors even if it was working in the woods. A lucky person, she was good at poker and even when she had her winnings she was a giving person who cared for others and was one of the happiest people to be around.

Her favorite place though was to be with her family and friends, she had three brothers and three grandchildren she enjoyed being with and held very dear. Lexius, Kashton and Laynie held a special place in her heart and she would spend as much time as she could with them playing and helping with them.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Samuel McDougall, Loretta Bad Road; Joseph and Annie Stanislaw; great-grandmother Mary Louise Parker and brother Samuel Joseph McDougall.

Survivors include her daughter Crystal (Rocky Olson) McDougall of Polson, her parents Harriett McDougall of Camas Prairie and Dan McDougall, Sr. of Hot Springs: brothers Daniel "Mooch" McDougall, Billy (Amber) McDougall and Henry "Bear" (Crystal) McDougall; three grandchildren Lexius, Kashton and Laynie; her special aunts Rose (LeRoy) O’Bennick, Angie (Butch) Andrew, Hazel (John "Bud") Barnaby and uncle John Stanislaw as well as a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom are too numerous to mention.

A wake began Tuesday at Rose’s Plunge in Hot Springs with a Rosary being recited Wednesday at the bowling alley. Services will be held at 11 am Thursday, January 7 at the old Bowling Alley in Hot Springs and cremation will follow. A memorial will be announced for a later date.