For the Record
RONAN — Eddie Del Fenton, age 42, passed away on October 25, 2010.
He was born September 30, 1968 in Douglas, Wyoming, to Karen Cornelius
Fenton and Tyrone Vidal Fenton, both of who preceded him in death. Also
preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Art and
Ernestine Cornelius of St. Ignatius and paternal grandparents, Dode and
Art Fenton of Hysham.
Survivors include children Jenna, Garrett, Laniece
brother Gene Fenton (Sabrina), aunt Carmen Taylor; cousin Kara Bell
(Dave) of Great Falls; great aunt Peggy Savilla of Albuquerque; aunt
Alice and uncle Ward Fenton and family of Billings; his long-time
partner DariAnn Morigeau; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other
cousins. He also loved as his own Kyla, Ysena, and Devon.
Ed graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Salem,
1988, where he played football and begin learning the art of
woodworking. He served overseas in the U.S. Army, Combat Engineers,
honorably discharged from Fort Lewis. He worked for CS&KT Fire
Control and Kicking Horse Job Corps. He also spent time working in the
woods, doing carpentry and was a volunteer fireman for Ronan Fire
Department. Ed was an avid hunter and outdoors enthusiast.
were held at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Thursday, October 28,
with military honors. Cremation will take place with private family
services at a later date.
Ed was a proud member of the Confederated Salish
Tribes and was also proud of his Oneida heritage on his grandfather’s
side of the family. He loved his family and friends and will be missed
by all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salish
Kootenai College Cornelius/Fenton scholarship fund.
ARLEE — Linda M. Hirzel, 60, passed away on Monday, October 25, 2010,
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes, she was
born in St. Ignatius to Norman Schmautz and Marie Bell on Feb. 11,
A longtime resident of Palm Springs, Calif., she
returned to the Arlee area in 2005.
She is survived by her son Brian (Silvana) Hirzel;
Brian Hirzel Jr. and Ashley Hirzel; and great-grandson Mason Van
Houston, all of the Coeur d’ Alene area.
At her request, no local services are planned.
RONAN — Joseph “Susep” Senecal, 53 passed away at his home in Woodcock
on October 23, 2010.
He and his twin sister were born to Lucy Woodcock
Ignatius on Sept 27, 1957. He was raised in Ronan by his adoptive
parents Alfred and Bernice Senecal. He married Susan Pierre in 1990 but
they later divorced.
As woodsman throughout the Reservation doing
woodcutting, posting and fighting wildfires, he enjoyed hunting,
fishing or anything outdoors, especially with his children and family.
Moose hunting in Trego was a favorite.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his birth
sister Jeannie Senecal; nephews Max Andrew and TJ Sias; brothers Jerry
and Herb Sias; aunt and uncle Ken and Theresa Ness; and grandson Jadace
He is survived by his children Hope (Adrian) Long,
(Benjamin RunningRabbit) Senecal, Jodessa (JJ Morigeau) and Josiah
Senecal; stepchildren Gail (RJ Brown) and Michael Grant and Clayton
Duran; brothers Ronnie Martin (Annie Hammer), Ted Sias, Sr., Fred Sias,
grandchildren Nehemiah, Sadecia and Josiah Long, Benji RunningRabbit,
Jaydence Senecal, BoJai Grant-Schmidt, Luli Brown and Jaici Duran; aunt
Clara (Woodcock) Bourdon; nieces April, Amber, Alida Garfield and their
children Patrick and Iisha Hammer, Damion, Stoney, Syris and Ozzie
Aragon, Creedence and Austin Irvine, Amber Garfield, Maleana and
Jasmine Garfield; and numerous other family members in the Sias,
Incashola and Woodcock families.
Mass was celebrated on Wednesday in the St.
Ignatius Catholic Church and interment followed in the Ronan cemetery.
Pallbearers were Franny Burke, Bear Salois, Dave
Hammer, Pat Hammer and JJ Morigeau. Honorary Pallbearers were Michael
Grant, Clayton Duran, Dixon Curley, Joe Cahoon, John Weaselhead, Tony
Hammer, Dennis Hammer and Francis Cahoon.
Harold "Tarzan" Squeque Finley
ARLEE — Michael Harold "Tarzan" Squeque Finley, 60, passed away from a
heart attack while driving on Friday.
to Madeline Isaac and Michael John Squeque Finley on Dec 12, 1949 in
St. Ignatius, he was raised in Arlee and graduated from Arlee High
School before joining the Navy and serving on the USS Oriskany where he
sailed around the world in during his four years. After his service to
our country, he returned to the area and attended and graduated from
Salish Kootenai College.
Mike was a member of the Confederated Salish and
Tribes and worked for Shoreline Protection at Natural Resources for
many years before moving to Lands where he worked with the GIS. In his
spare time he was a major Lady Griz fan going to many of their games
and those of the Griz Football team. He also enjoyed watching his
nieces and nephews compete in sports. Mike knew how to make people
laugh and was well known for going to concerts.
He was preceded in death by his father Mike Sr.;
Kenny; uncle Ben Ascencio; and great Aunt Oshanee Cullooyah Kenmille.
He is survived by his mother Madeline Squeque
Finley of Arlee;
children Adam Nomee and Leila Finley; siblings Jim (Kay) Finley, Danny
Finley, Catherine Dupuis and Dorothy Finley; aunts and uncle Max
Ascencio, Dorothy Felsman, Virginia Charlo, Cathy Hamel and Josephine
Gonzalez; cousin Francis Cullooyah; many nieces, nephews and close
friends including Nicole Sheridan and Raylene Wall.
The wake began Sunday in the Community Center;
celebrated Monday with burial in the Jocko Cemetery where military
honors were presented.
Pallbearers were John Butler, Shawn Charlo, Mike
Plant, Mark McDonald, Charlie Charlo, Bobby Fyant, Josh Sheridan and
honorary bearers Sissie and Tiny Charlo, Leann Sheridan, Raylene Wall,
Randy Finley, Isaac Dupuis, Boge LaRance, Robert Wall, Louis "Sonny"
Charlo and Delbert Dupuis.
ST. IGNATIUS — Clarice M. Zepeda, 63, began her journey home on October
Clarice was born a member of the Confederated
Kootenai Tribes in St. Ignatius on August 21, 1947 to Margaret Barnaby
and George Matt. She was raised on the reservation and attended the
She married Frank J. Zepeda in Coeur D’Alene in
1968 and they
made their home in Montana before going to Oregon and Washington where
she worked as a CNA. They then moved to Alaska where she worked in the
fish canneries before returning home to St. Ignatius where she worked
for the Tribe and at the Tree Farm in Pablo.
A dedicated wife and mother, she enjoyed being
around her kids
and grandkids. She always had a hug and kind word for them. She also
enjoyed the outdoors going huckleberry picking, hunting and fishing
She was preceded in death by her son Casey; her
Matt and Margaret Finley Matt; stepfather Martin Finley; siblings
Donny, Carol Ann, Gordon, Daniel and George Jr.; and step brother Jody
She leaves behind her husband Frank of St,
children Charles (Gabe) Zepeda of St. Ignatius, Cecelia (Brent) Barlow
of New Mexico and Alice C. Zepeda of St. Ignatius; her brothers Gene of
St. Ignatius, Victor (Judy) of Dixon, Doug of St. Ignatius, Dwayne of
Deer Lodge, Jumbo of Wellpinit, WA and Larry (Verna) of Roseburg, OR;
sisters Judy Matt of Wellpinit, WA and George Ann (Henry) Owens of St.
Ignatius; six grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A wake began at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with
being recited Tuesday in the Longhouse. Wake closing was Wednesday at
the Longhouse with Mass being celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic
Mission. Interment followed in the Snyelmn Sntmtmne beside her son
Gaye Jones Wheeler
ST. IGNATIUS — Gloria Gaye Jones Wheeler, 60, crossed over on Sunday
October 3, 2010 surrounded by her loving family.
Gaye was born on October 2, 1950 in Wenatchee,
Washington, the only daughter of O.A. and Lilly (Courchane) Jones. She
was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes and
was proud of her Native American heritage. While growing up she
attended an array of schools throughout Washington and Montana. While
in high school she met the love of her life, Dennis. The two married
April 11, 1970 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Gaye was absolutely
devoted to her husband and supported, respected and loved him
unconditionally. She was a woman of strong, unshakable faith, believing
in a higher power.
Gaye was a very compassionate and caring person
and always put the needs of others before her own. She was a mother who
was passionately involved in her daughter’s lives and everything they
could ask for. A dedicated grandmother, her grandchildren were the
light of her life. Her love always cam freely, and no matter the
situation she would bend-over backwards for them. It is impossible to
put in words how her warm smiles, jokes and advice will be missed.
One would describe Gaye as a “jack of all trades.”
She worked as a dental technician, bookkeeper, a Campfire and Girl
Scout leader, florist and most recently she worked at St. Ignatius Head
Start where she was lovingly known as “Cooker Gaye.”
She had a love for adventure. Gaye enjoyed seeing
new places from Hawaii to Mexico to South Africa and the occasional
casino/gambling trips with her parents and friends. Gaye was an avid
bowler - local and nationally - and loved traveling with her bowling
girls. She also loved spending time with her family and would attend
the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, NV, where she would shout “Go Junior!”
Gaye also enjoyed reading a good book while eating a bowl of buttered
popcorn and having a glass of cold ice tea.
She was preceded in death by a son Dustin Michael
and grandchildren Devan Ryli and Micah Dustin.
Those left with cherished memories are her parents
O.A. and Lilly (Courchane) Jones; high school sweetheart of forty-five
years Dennis Wheeler; daughters Marcell Wheeler of St. Ignatius, Shelly
Wheeler-Burland (Brent) of Polson, Andrea Wheeler-McGough of Missoula
and Hayley Bingham (Rich) of Boise, ID; and younger brothers Doug Jones
(Jill) of Wenatchee, WA and Danny Jones (Julie) of Quincy, WA. Gaye
also leaves behind twelve grandchildren: Andrew, Marina, Lane, Rhett,
Austin, Autumn, Mylie, Rhese, Amber, Destanny, Josh, and Sarah; along
with many godchildren, honorary grandchildren and numerous other family
members and friends, all of whom loved her deeply and will miss her
A celebration of Gaye’s life will be held at 11
A.M. Saturday October 9 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in St.
Ignatius. A reception will follow at the church following the services.
Memorials can be made to the Gaye Wheeler Educational Scholarship Fund
at any Valley Bank of Ronan location. Arrangments under the direction
and care of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.
SPOKANE — Beloved Mother and Grandmother, went to be with our Heavenly
Father on Thursday, October 14, 2010.
Wanda was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on August
21, 1924. She
was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the
Flathead Reservation. She attended school in Polson and graduated from
Hot Springs High School in 1942. She attended nursing school at Montana
State University in Bozeman and furthered her education at St.
Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula. Wanda spent her career working
in numerous nursing facilities, most memorably at the Spokane Valley
Clinic of Family Medicine for nearly 20 years, with Dr.’s Rowe,
Velonis, Picken and Epton. The staff became a second family to her,
creating many beautiful memories and friends.
She was the matriarch of her family, and her life
with the love of her children and grandchildren. Wanda enjoyed family
gatherings, always encouraging her family to remain close throughout
their lives. She enjoyed gardening and working in her flowerbeds,
always having a beautiful yard that would attract the attention of
many. Wanda was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s parish in Otis
Orchards, Washington, and was involved with the Alter Society and many
of the enjoyable functions they would provide. One of her favorites was
Turkey Bingo, taking as many people with her as she could gather. She
enjoyed crafting, always creating new projects and interests, and for a
number of years was a member of the Sweet Adelines singing ensemble.
Wanda is preceded in death by her mother, Rosalie
(Morigeau) Shea; her father Patrick Henry Shea; her husband of 29
years, Edwin Akers; her grandson, Dailan Clark and her grandson-in-law,
She is survived by her children, Sharon Jones, Ron
Clark, Gary (Kathy) Clark, and Kathi Evaneski, all of Spokane, WA; nine
grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly;
her best friend of many years, Marvel Marrinan; special furry friend
Ozzy; and numerous cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held
on October 20 in Otis Orchards, WA. You are encouraged to participate
in her Everlasting Memorial at www.mem.com, Tribute.
Mom, we love you deeply, and will miss you dearly,
comforted knowing you are no longer in pain and suffering, and are with
those loved ones who are welcoming you home.