For the Record
RONAN — Ramone Jarren Yazzie, newborn, was made an Angel on Wednesday,
February 24, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his great grandfather
Yazzie; great great grandparents Ernie and Annie Sorrell and great
grandparents Johnny and Amelia Jones who welcomed him into Heaven.
Survivors include his parents Anthony J. Yazzie
and Raena L.
Jones; paternal grandparents Curtis and Gigi Yazzie of St. Ignatius;
great-grandparents Emma Yazzie of New Mexico and Ernest "Rawhide" and
"Mama" Lou Sorrell of St. Ignatius; uncles Julian L. Sorrell; aunt
Antoinette "Sister" Yazzie and Frank Stanger, Jr.; cousins Audrey
Felsman-Sorrell and Jackson Felsman-Sorrell; maternal grandparents
Lubert and Norma Jones of Ronan, and Jim and Terry Moses of Lakeside;
great grandmother Dorothy "Dot" Meyers of Roundup; uncles Kendall
Jones, Brandon Jones of Columbia Falls and Brennan Jones of Polson;
aunts Carol and Phillip Bartell of Arlee, Carla Walhood and Clancy
Walhood, Patricia Jones, both of St. Ignatius and Andrea Corpron of
Kalispell; and numerous other family members.
Graveside services were held Friday, February 26.
Josephine Morigeau Luedtke
RONAN — Alma was born March 19, 1910, to Matilda Gebeau Morigeau
and John Morigeau. She was the seventh of 12 children born and raised
at the family home in Valley Creek. On Friday morning, Feb. 19, 2010,
with her loving son at her side, Alma shed her tired, broken body and
passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This
day was just one month prior to her 100th birthday. At the time of her
passing, she was the oldest living member of the Confederated Salish
and Kootenai Tribes.
Alma’s childhood was filled with wonderful
memories of a large
family working on the ranch raising cattle, horses and tending to their
large gardens and orchard. The family had a huge cellar, which was
always well stocked as they were all avid hunters and fishermen. They
welcomed weary travelers on horse and buggy, along with hosting
community barn dances, as the ranch was located on an old stage stop.
Her father had an icehouse and sold ice, fruit and smoked fish.
Alma began her formal schooling at the Ursuline
schools in St.
Ignatius, where she remembered waking up to flames and rescuing her
siblings. She continued her boarding school experience in Chemawa,
Ore., and Rapid City, S.D. When she was 14 years old, she was called
home to care for her ailing father.
At age 21, Alma met and married Elmer Luedtke.
working at her brother John’s garage in Arlee. Their union was blessed
with two children, Ed and Shirley. The family resided in Arlee, Dixon,
Great Falls and Anaconda before moving to Trentwood, Wash., where they
were employed at Kaiser Aluminum during the war. The couple eventually
divorced and Alma returned home to the reservation.
Alma cooked at the Blue Bay Resort in the early
eventually made her home at the Kicking Horse Job Corps cooking for the
students. Upon her retirement she moved into a lovely home on Clairmont
Road in Pablo, where her grandchildren and great-grandchildren spent
many hours and gained wonderful memories. Alma was a fabulous cook and
passed her legacy onto her children, grandchildren and their spouses.
The entire family has special recipes of Alma’s that are their
Alma had a fabulous sense of humor and delighted
nieces and nephews with jokes, toasts, funny sayings and her mathematic
skills. She even brought her prankster skills into the kitchen, adding
rubber bands or wool to pancakes for her husband and grandchildren on
April Fool’s Day. She made everything fun, even burnt eggs. If they
were lacey around the edges she would serve them proclaiming, "These
are the fancy kind."
Alma was a very beautiful, well-dressed woman. She
and turquoise jewelry. She took great pride in her appearance and
caught the eye of those who saw her.
Alma loved to go camping and spent many summers in
camper trailer at her sister Laura’s home on Flathead Lake. She was an
avid gardener and loved to play games. She spent hours playing cards,
dice and Rummy Cube with her family. She had a passion for gambling and
never missed a chance to play bingo or go gambling in Reno with her
lady friends. Just a month ago at her son Ed’s 75th birthday party, she
beat the family at a game of dice.
Alma loved to fish and spent some of her happiest
times with a
rod and reel in her hands. She was very excited to travel to Alaska and
fish with three of her grandsons and their families. Many summer days
were spent with loved ones fishing on area streams, Flathead Lake or
the Flathead River.
Alma was a pet lover and had several faithful
Grandchildren fondly remember her dogs Putsie, Jock, Collette and
For the past 14 years Alma resided at the St. Luke
Care facility, where she was greatly loved and cared for by the staff.
They will surely miss her smile and sharp tongue. During these years,
Alma’s beloved grandson Danny was her closest friend and companion.
Danny made sure his Granny did not want for anything. He would take her
out for visits, holidays, family parties and even a couple of fishing
trips. They even attended one of Alma’s favorite events, the Arlee
Powwow, two years ago. Every adventure Alma and Danny shared produced a
fond memory for him and his wife, children and grandchildren. They were
all very blessed to have these special years with Alma. It was also a
very special time for Alma as she so loved to be around the children
and was fortunate to share time with her great- and great-great-
grandchildren. She would always tell them just exactly "what she knew
Alma was preceded in death by her parents;
John, Walter, Elmer, Carl and Jack; sisters: Grace, Letha, Laura,
Lorena and Dehlia; son-in-law Gene Young; grandson Norman Young; and
great-great-grandson Tyler Luedtke.
She is survived by her son Ed Luedtke of Hayden,
daughter Shirley Young of Rathdrum, Idaho; grandchildren Valarie (Mike)
Dunlap, Scott (Vicki) Luedtke, Danny (Bev) Luedtke, Kent (Brenda)
Luedtke, Andrea (Pat) Malone, Erica (Brad) Bell, Erron Luedtke, Dale
(Victoria) Young, Bill Young, Diane Young and Brian (Kelly) Young; 33
great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces,
nephews and friends who loved her.
A wake began Tuesday at the Longhouse in St.
Ignatius, a rosary
service Wednesday, and the wake closing today at 10 a.m. at the
Longhouse with Mass at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
A family private burial service will be held March
20 when Alma
will be cremated and laid to rest with her mother at the St. lgnatius
Catholic Cemetery. A celebration of her life will also be held that day
at 1 p.m. at the Indian Senior Citizen Center in Ronan.
Arrangements were provided by the Foster Funeral
Home of St. Ignatius and Mission Valley Crematory of Ronan.
HOT SPRINGS — Vance D. "Putts" Stapleton, 55, passed away Tuesday
February 16, 2010 at his home in Hot Springs.
Born to Loren and Vera Koistinen on Sept. 18, 1954
Cartwright, Manitoba, he was raised in Hansboro, North Dakota. Vance
was the oldest of eleven children. Vance loved his family and all his
He is in our hearts and memories.
Vance moved to Sandpoint, ID in 1982 and worked in
moving to Hot Springs in 1999. He worked at Symes Hotel and Hot Springs
in Hot Springs, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time
Vance married his wife LaRita on Sept 22, 1984 and
as well as his parents: Loren and Vera Ann Koistinen; children: Andrew,
Casey, LaRita Kamp, Judy Mason and Steven (Becky) Mason; siblings:
Pamela Bradley (Tom Duran), Kenny (Shelley) Koistinen, Anne (Bob)
White, Laurre (Bryan) Azure, Leah (Pete) Klingbeil, Cindy (Rick)
Laverdure, Mary Jo (Scott) Delvo, Blake (Carla) Koistinen and Blaine
Koistenin (Kathy Kendall); sisters in-laws and brother in-laws Rocky
(Nita) Eveland, Nancy (Don) Metcalf, Carlotta (Jim) Martin, Clayton
(Penny) Eveland, Rinnie Eveland, Clinton Eveland, Laura (Dave) Eveland;
13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his Grandma Ethel
brother Michael Koistinen; grandson David Kamp and mother in-law Sharon
Services were held Saturday, February 20 at the
Church in Hot Springs. He was laid to rest by his grandson at the Pack
River Cemetery in Idaho.
POLSON — Lisa Marie Ellis, 40, passed away peacefully of natural causes
on Saturday, February 6, 2010. She was born May 1, 1969 to Fred and
Cheryl Ellis in Spokane, Washington.
Her family moved to Polson in 1976 where she was
raised. At the age of thirteen she had incredible talent for singing
and a love for music and for her birthday that year she wanted to join
her family band; yes she got her wish. She played guitar, drums and
sang with her family band off and on through her life, as well as many
other local bands in Montana, she had her own band in LasVegas, Nevada
and played the Nevada circuit.
She loved doing a solo introducing her own style
of music with the songs that she wrote. Lisa loved people and loved to
entertain them, she gave it her all.
Lisa attended the University of Montana and Salish
and Kootenai College in Pablo. One of her dreams was to become a news
Lisa was an enrolled member of the Salish and
Kootenai Tribes and was a proud of her heritage.
She is survived by her parents Fred and Cheryl
Ellis of Polson; brothers Darin Ellis of Austin, Texas, Tahoe Ellis and
Mark Ellis of Santa Anna, Ca.; and sister Gwen Barker of Santa Anna,
CA.; her aunts Billy Ellis of Polson and Debra Earling of Missoula; her
uncles David Ellis of Seattle, Dennis Earling of Spokane and Rob
Earling of Evaro; grandmother Florence Earling of Spokane; her
boyfriend Dan Lampe of Anaconda; and many nieces and nephews. Lisa
shared a special bond with Melody Mergenthaler.
Private family services to follow at a later date.
A special thank you to the Polson Health and Rehab Center and to the
Hospice Team, and all of you that gave great support and comfort to us
and our Singing Angel. Thank You
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Lynn McDonald Matt
ST. IGNATIUS — Judy Lynn Matt, 43, passed away Tuesday, February 10,
2010 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, she was born in St. Ignatius along with her twin Julie on Dec.
15, 1966 to Francis and Julia (Hernandez) McDonald.
Raised in the Mission area, she attended schools
in St. Ignatius, Chemawah Indian School and Dixon, and graduated from
Two Eagle River School in 1985. After high school she worked as a
firefighter for a short while before starting her family and eventually
becoming Gene’s #1.
Judy enjoyed fishing with Gene and going in the
mountains but most of all she enjoyed visiting with her children,
grandchildren, family and friends. She also enjoyed playing dice and
making us smile and laugh.
She is preceded in death by her father Francis
"Popsucker" McDonald and sister Donna "Bell" McDonald as well as
several uncles and aunts.
Judy is survived by her husband Gene Matt;
children and step
children Bridget Samuels, Paulette Samuels (Jim CrossGuns), Elizabeth
Matt, Michael Matt (Angela), Mary Jo Matt (Frank), Abbey Matt (Cavey),
Carol Ann Matt and Mary Matt and their childrenM; mother Julia
Hernandez of Ronan; sisters Julie Colon (Willie) of Charlo and Carol
Fay McDonald of Pablo; brothers Francis "Fuss" McDonald, James McDonald
of Dixon, Allen McDonald of Pablo, Rusty Fristo of Missoula, and
Raymond McDonald (Lisa) of Pablo; godmother Clara Charlo of
St.Ignatius; maternal aunts Carol Licht, Evelyn Hernandez, Agnes
GunHammer, Mary Hernandez of St. Ignatius, Diana Hernandez of Missoula,
Delores Martinez of Chimayo, New Mexico and Patty Betz of Billings;
paternal aunts Felecite "jim" McDonald, Dolly Linsebigler (Willie),
Shirley Trahan of St Ignatius and Theresa Fristo of Missoula; her god
child Sonia Flammond and her children Tynneal Flammond-Onesalt and
Daylin Johnson (Byron Johnson); and the children she helped Julie
raise: Jamie Flammond and her children Myranda, Sean and Jason Trahan
(Wayne Trahan); Clifford "JR" Flammond; and Mikaela Flammond.
A traditional wake began Friday in the Longhouse
in St. Ignatius with the rosary being recited on Sunday at the
Longhouse. Funeral services were held Monday in the Longhouse with
burial following in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.
RONAN — Lashaundra Aimsback, three-month-old daughter of Tiffany
Cutfinger and Peter Aimsback, was made an angel on February 13, 2010 in
A wake began in Browning this week under the
direction of Spotted Eagle Tribal Wake Center (338-2099) before
returning to St. Ignatius where final services will be held and she was
laid to rest in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
Ann (Nick) Rossbach
ST. IGNATIUS — Clara Ann (Nick) Rossbach, 59, began her journey on
February 1, 2010.
She was born July 24, 1950 to Hy Nick and Mary
Andrew Sherwood in St. Ignatius. She attended the Urselines in
Wellpinit, Washington and St. Ignatius Schools. Growing up she spent
most of her time with her Yaya Mary "Stousee" Finley learning the
traditional ways that helped her with her job as a teacher. She taught
Salish at Two Eagle, Mission schools, Blue Bay Cultural Camp and the
Agnes Vanderburg Camp. Clara had also worked as a nurse working in
Minneapolis and St. Ignatius.
If you knew Clara she was an upbeat girl full of
life. She was an eighteen year old in a 50-year-old body. Clara was
always cheery and full of laughs, humming her songs, indulging in her
sweet tooth with chocolate, Pepsi and Hershey chocolate bars. Clara
also enjoyed telling stories, gambling, camping, stickgames, attending
powwow with Ste'me and scary movies. It was hilarious to see her
scream. A fan of JaRule and Tupac she enjoyed rap music and most
recently became a fan of "Twilight". She collected her little Homies,
dolphins and knick-knacks.
As a young woman, she met Robert Peltier who she
later married. She remarried William Delmer George Rossbach and they
had four children together
Clara was preceded in death by both husbands and
her parents; a stepfather Lil' Dan Sherwood and John Ignace; brothers
Mose Nick, Arnold Sherwood, Thomas Sherwood and Donald Sherwood;
sisters Mary Ann Williams and Rose Ellen Sherwood; and infant daughter
Yavonne Rossbach; grandmothers Mary Stousee Finley and Oshanee
Kenmille; nephew Eli Francis Sherwood; and grandchildren Moses
Whitegrass and Dancing Bear Rossbach; also her dog Joy Bell and her
cats Casper and Tina.
Survivors include the love of her life Tazzy and
sons Cavey (Abilene) Rossbach of Dixon and William "Dunie" Rossbach of
St. Ignatius; daughters Waleya Lynn Rossbach of Arlee and
daughter-at-heart Jessica (Julius "Bubba" Whitegrass) Conko of St.
Ignatius; sisters Susan Sherwood, Nancy "Bear" Sherwood, Julie "Twerp"
Sherwood (Dave Ashley) all of St. Ignatius, Agnes "Any'e" Sherwood
(Jeff "Huck" McDonald) of Arlee, Denise "Nee/Nee" Sherwood of St.
Ignatius and Joanne Nick Augustine; brothers Warren Teasley, Eneas Nick
of Usk WA, Francis Sherwood (Dorthy), Daniel "Jr" Sherwood all of St.
Ignatius; aunts Helen Sherwood and Margaret Gardipe; grandchildren
Ontequa, Cavey, Naziah, Kelly, Aarron, Rory, Susette, Preston,
Nateesha, Donald, Snc'le, Skylar, Donilyn, Carlee and Deon; and
great-grandson Robert.; nieces Mary Jo (Frank), Carol Ann, Mary
(Brian), Anast'a (Carl), MichaelAnn, Glenda (John), April (John),
Lyssia (Emery), Geraldine, Kaona, Rita, Lavonne, Lonnie, Rose, Natisha
and Deidra (Bo); nephews Michael (Angela), Arnie, Tony, Jerome, Levi,
Alex, Duran (Candy), Daniel (Chanel) and those who in her kind heart
she adopted as her own.
A traditional wake began Thursday, Feb. 4 at the
Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Friday, Feb. 5
in the Longhouse. Mass was celebrated on Feb. 6 in the St. Ignatius
Catholic Mission. Interment was in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.
PRINEVILLE, OR —
Albert Nathan Decker, a long time Prineville resident passed away on
Thursday, February 4, 2010. He was 85 years of age.
Albert was born in Pablo on January 30, 1925 to
Albert C. and Nora (Pablo) Decker. During WW II, he served in the U.S.
Army infantry. He was involved in the South Pacific theatre and served
in the Philippines at the Battle of Lehtye. He moved to Oregon in 1950
and worked in the lumber industry working for most of the sawmill’s in
Prineville. He married Elnora L. Bolton in Goldendale, Washington on
November 30, 1951.
Albert loved to hunt and fish and was a rockhound
with his wife. He enjoyed going to the Senior Center in Prineville and
playing cribbage. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife Elnora Decker of
Prineville; daughter Martha and her husband David Rasmussen of
Prineville; and two son’s Nathan Decker of Prineville and David Decker
of Prineville; two grandchildren Jacob Decker of Portland, and Lakota
Rasmussen of Prineville.
One brother and his parents preceded him in death.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Our Saviors
Lutheran Church 695 NW Third St Prineville, OR 97754 or the American
Cancer Society 2350 Oakmount Way, Suite 200 Eugene, Or 97202.
Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville
Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held later.
RONAN — Henry C. Padilla died of natural causes on Saturday, Feb. 6,
2010, at his home in Ronan. He was born July 24, 1919, in Julesburg,
Colo., to Patricio and Lorenza Padilla.
His family moved to Montana in the 1930s, where
Henry attended a variety of schools in the Bitterroot and in Missoula,
finally settling in the Moiese area, where he graduated as
valedictorian of his class from Charlo High School.
After graduation, Henry moved to Seattle to work
in the shipyards during World War II. He saved enough money to buy 80
acres in Ronan for him and his parents to raise sugar beets and dairy
Henry and his wife, Lenore, married July 30, 1949
and lived on the farm for the next 24 years, where they raised four
sons and two daughters. He retired from the farm in 1973, where he had
milked 100 cows and farmed 400 acres. After retirement from the farm,
Henry worked for Bilile Irrigation into his mid-70s.
This past July, his family celebrated Henry’s 90
birthday and Henry and Lenore’s 60th wedding anniversary with friends
and family. Henry’s grandkids will always remember him fondly as a very
kind, gentle and patient man. He must’ve been because he taught almost
all of them how to drive on the backroads of Ronan. As for the
great-grandkids, it took Henry a while to warm up to them and their
abundant energy. His affection was generally reserved, but with a
little coaxing and persistence the little ones won his heart.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents,
Patricio and Lorenza; two brothers, Pat and Sham; two sisters, Aurora
Eiseman (Missoula) and Albira Sloan (Ronan).
He is survived by his wife, Lenore; two sisters,
Betty Hopkins (Ronan) and Anita Stevenson (Great Falls); and one
brother, Socorro (Tony) Padilla (Polson); his six children, Stan
(Carol), Lee, Terri (Dennis) Johnson, Mark (Margaret), Craig (Merrie)
and Jeannine; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today,
Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. A
reception will follow at the parish hall.
Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services
assisted with arrangements.
Irene Washula Miller
ST. IGNATIUS — Katherine Irene Washula Miller, 95, a longtime resident
of St. Ignatius, passed away February 5, 2010 at St. Luke’s in Ronan.
Katherine was the fourth of eight children born to Mike and Pauline
Washula. She was born in Canada on December 7, 1914, shortly after the
family arrived there from the Ukraine. She was raised on Frenchman
Creek north of Malta.
Katherine came to the Mission Valley in 1933. She
lived with her sister here and graduated from Mission High School in
On November 16, 1935 she married Merle Miller in
Missoula and they made their home in St. Ignatius. Katherine and Merle
had four children, Wayne, Barbara, Thelma and Mike. Katherine worked at
Dubay’s Grocery store for years, and was best known for her upholstery
business, and her crocheted bailing twine rugs.
She played Basketball for Mission High and was a
loyal Bulldog fan for 76 years rarely missing a home game until this
last year. She walked up to the school and would sit through several
games, sitting on the top bleachers and helping her friends up and down
the bleachers. She spent many hours doing volunteer work at the Senior
Center and playing cards with her friends there.
Katherine was preceded in death by her husband
Merle in 1990; brother John Ivanovitch; sisters Ann Hirschman, Susie
Cote, MaryAnn Buffington, Pauline Toczek, and Rosine Davis; her son
Wayne Miller; grandson Ray Stonehocker; and a son-in-law Dean Brown.
Katherine is survived by her daughters Barbara
(Larry) Griffiths, Thelma Brown, and son Mike (Amy) Miller;
grandchildren Kim Archambeault, Kelly Larson, Kasey Miller, Kandi
Clausen, Dell Griffiths, Robin Griffiths, Randy Griffiths, Shane
Griffiths, David Stonehocker, Shelly Stonehocker, Tina Stonehocker,
Toby Bartel, Theresa Bryant and Chloe, and Amy (AJ) Miller; 37
great-grandchildren and 24 great-great Grandchildren; her Sister Nell
Buffington, daughter-in-law Joy Morigeau; and numerous nieces, nephews,
step-grandchildren and many many friends.
A memorial Service will be held during the summer
when all of her family and friends can gather to celebrate her life.