For the Record
(Kay) Helen Schweitzer
HELENA — Kathleen (Kay) Helen Schweitzer of Helena died from an
accident on August 21, 2011 at the age of 83. Ms. Schweitzer was born
on September 24, 1927 on a farm near Box Elder, the fourth of five
children to Michael and Hannah McKernan. Michael and Hannah moved to
America from Ireland in the early 1900’s. In addition to Kay, their
children were Michael McKernan, deceased; Mary Brady, deceased; Nora
Nelson and Patricia Warhank.
In 1946, Kay married Adam
Schweitzer in a double wedding with her sister Patricia, who married
Adam’s good friend Raymond Warhank. Patty and Kay met the young men at
post-World War II dance on the Hi-Line. After their marriage, Kay and
Adam managed the Schweitzer family farm near Gildford before moving to
Geyser in 1954. Kay played an active part in managing the family farm,
especially since the 1970’s when the family built the internationally
renowned Schweitzer Simmentals. Schweitzer Simmentals produced the
first Simmental calf in the United States in 1968, and held the first
production Simmental Sale. Schweitzer Simmentals produced award winning
Polled Fullboods. The Schweitzer Simmental cattle won numerous awards,
including: Grand Champion with a bull named Montana in Argentina, and
Grand Champions in Europe, Australia, and Mexico. Her final show was in
Fort Worth, TX where she won the title of World Championship Bull. Kay
was the driving force behind Schweitzer Simmentals; everyone knew that
Kay was the one who marketed, groomed, and trained the cattle.
also became passionate over world and political events. She organized a
group of women to protest the low price of wheat in Great Falls. Later,
many of these same women became the founding members of Women Involved
in Farm Economics (WIFE). She organized a protest to the boycotting of
eating meat movement, also held in Great Falls. During the early 70’s,
she wrote countless letters to Montana’s legislators regarding her
political beliefs. She even tried acting when she played Eleanor
Roosevelt for a play about First Ladies produced by the Flathead
Women’s Democratic organization. She became active with the Hibernian
Women’s organization in Helena. Kay was a devout Catholic. She was the
coordinator for mass at Waterford Retirement facility for the past
several years. In her later years, she enjoyed world travel to
countries such as Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Mexico,
Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia. Kay was proud that all
six of her children attended college and pursued successful careers as
doctors, real-estate agents, farmer, rancher, consultants, and
Kay is survived by her sisters Nora Nelson from
and Pat Warhank from Rudyard; her children Darwin (Sharon), OR; Warren
(Ingela), CA; Mike (Jolyn), Billings; Brian (Nancy) Helena; Walter
(Cindy), Helena; and Mary, OH; 12 Grandchildren and three Great
Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Adam, two
siblings and one grandchild.
A rosary is planned for 6 p.m. on
August 31, 2011 at the Retz Funeral Home in Helena. A funeral will be
at 10 a.m. on September 1st at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena.
She will be buried next to her husband at 5 p.m. on September 1 in
Highland Cemetery, Havre.
Donations may be made to her grandson’s Beau’s
the Society of our Lady of Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) at PO Box 149
Robstown, TX 78380. To offer condolences to Kay’s family or to share a
memory of Kay, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.
ST. IGNATIUS —
Doreena Dee Plant, 45, passed away at 9:17 am Thursday, August 11, 2011
at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.
Doreena was born July 25, 1966 in Brewster, WA to
Delphine Plant. As a child the family moved living in Washington, North
Dakota and South Dakota before moving back to Montana where she
graduated from Arlee High School. Doreena studied at the University of
Montana. She joined the US Navy in 1988 serving boot camp in Orlando,
FL then received her training to be a machinist mate at G L Akes before
becoming an East Coast Sailor. Her first ship was the Lady Lexington.
Following the time in the Navy, Doreena lived in
for a short time before returning to the reservation where she worked
for the Tribe. She enjoyed berry picking, fishing and hunting moose
with her dad & Clark. She loved the South Fork, Hot Springs,
dancing, gun rights and especially her dog Moose.
Doreena is survived by her parents Albert and
Delphine Plant of
Arlee; siblings Vernita Charlie of St. Ignatius, Albert (Aileen) Plant,
Jr. of Schley, Gary Plant of Blue Bay, and Louie Plant, Sr. of St.
Ignatius; aunts and uncles Glenrose Bird of St. Ignatius, Johnny and
Darlene Flores of Okanogan, WA, Joe and Elaine Plant of Arlee; and
numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Tony
Plant; uncles Jack and Chuck; aunties Marie and Victoria; and her
sister-in-law Mackenzie Plant.
A Wake began Saturday in the Longhouse in St.
Ignatius. Mass of
the Resurrection was celebrated Monday in the St. Ignatius Catholic
Mission with Fr. Michael Smith, celebrant. Interment followed in the
Jocko Cemetery. Military honors will be presented. Pallbearers are
Phillip Haynes, John Matt, Simon Cisco, Duane Plant, Louie Plant and
Thanks go out to the Ronan EMT's, St. Pat's Life
friends Louise Mitchell, Sharon Haynes and April Charlo. A special
thanks to Bruce Dragonfly, Carol Lankford and Bud and Audie Moran and
to everyone for their prayers and kindness. Also a special thanks to
the CS&K Tribe and SK Housing Authority for their support and
Thank you from the Plant family.
ST. IGNATIUS — Nadine E. “Gramma Gunny” (Felsman) Allison, 89,
passed away peacefully on August 8, 2011 at her home in St. Ignatius.
Born to Joseph and Flora “Bess” (MacDonald)
Felsman on July 14,
1922 in Missoula, she was a direct descendant of Angus MacDonald. She
was raised in the Dixon area and was educated at Flandreau Indian
School, and then graduated from high school in Dixon.
At a young age she married Steven Howlett, who
her death. She also met and married the love of her life Gunny Allison
and they made their home in St. Ignatius.
As a young adult during the time of “Rosie the
worked as a tank painter and welder and moved to the shipyards in
Seattle during the WWII. When she returned to Dixon she became a
secretary first for the Tribe and later for the Bureau of Indian
Nadine was very proud that she was a member of the
Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was a descendant of the MacDonald Clan.
An accomplished wildlife artist, she and Gunny enjoyed picking
mushrooms and fishing when given the chance.
She also enjoyed playing keno and watching western
She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and
husband Gunny Allison; daughter Karen Hale; granddaughter Wendy
Roullier; and grandson Casey Hawkins.
Gramma Gunny is survived by her daughters Stevie
of Arlee and Jackie Dempsey of Hot Springs; grandchildren Kelly
(Richard) Burland of Arlee, Joe (Darleen) Howlett of Missoula, Shelly
Howlett of Dixon, Lance Hawkins of Arlee, Tracy (Marlon Burke) Hale of
Big Arm, Casey (Shannon) Hale of Dixon and Cheyenne Hale of St.
Ignatius; and many grandchildren and friends.
A wake began on Wednesday evening at the Longhouse
Ignatius with a prayer services held the same evening. Funeral services
will be held Thursday, August 11 at 11 am in the Longhouse in St.
Ignatius with Pastor Lynn Lapka officiating. Burial will follow in the
St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside
her husband Gunny.
Condolences for the family may be left at
Arthur R. Trahan Sr., 66, father, “papa”, great-grandfather, uncle,
friend and teacher passed away Friday, August 26, 2011 in Kalispell
after a lengthy illness. He was born on March 10, 1945, to Alois
Burland and Luke Trahan in St. Ignatius.
As a child and young man Art attended various
schools including Ursulines in Mission. In September 1962, he married
Shirley McDonald with whom he had four children: three sons and a
daughter. They parted ways and Art continued to work and live in the
Mission Valley. He had two more children, a daughter and a son. He then
met Gloria Phillips in 1970 and they married in April 1978; he became
stepfather to her two children and they had one daughter together.
Art lived and traveled throughout the Northwest
He attended Bellingham Community College where he received his
Certificate in Auto and Diesel Mechanics. He moved his family back to
Montana. In 1983 they settled in Elmo, where he continued to live and
work until his passing. He was well known as a Heavy Equipment /Truck
Driving Instructor for Salish Kootenai College. He valued his
relationships with all his employers.
Art was a kind, generous and forgiving man, who
willing to help the “boys” work on their rigs. Working on cars was his
passion, he enjoyed the challenges of being a mechanic. He could build
or fix any appliance or anything that had an engine. He encouraged the
people he helped to learn how to do it themselves and enjoyed teaching
them. Many people who knew Art didn’t know it, but he was also very
talented artist. He enjoyed drawing, painting, carving, leatherwork and
woodworking. He enjoyed all kinds of music, but especially enjoyed a
good “beer drinking song” and cruising “around the horn” with friends
and family. But he would always outlast his partners. He loved to dance
and with his wife Gloria by his side and they were often seen dancing
the night away. After her passing in 2010 Art found the strength to
continue in his new “dance partner”. He spent the last couple of years
sharing his love of life, dance and music with his “Babes”, Josey.
He is survived by his mother Alois Burland;
Skelton, Mike (Caro) Trahan, and Ron (Vi) Trahan; sisters Kay Trahan
and Dixie (Bill) Brabender; sons Les (Jen)Trahan, Art Trahan Jr., Dan
Trahan, Luke Trahan; daughters Nicki (Mark) Peasley, Chelsea Gardipe,
Crystal (Jess) Houle and Michelle (Joe) Usher; grandchildren Karissa
and Lenise Trahan, Elizabeth and Daniel Durglo, Luetta Conko-Camel,
Thomas and Jaidyn Trahan, Taylor Durglo, Levi and Gracie Trahan, Annie,
Lenae, Devin and Payton Peasley, Jess, Tonya, Stephanie, Melanie and
Danny Houle. Jenny, Jami and Josey Usher; and 13 great-grandchildren;
and his best friend and companion Fritzee AKA Fritzheimer.
He is preceded in death by his father Luke Trahan,
wife Gloria Trahan, daughter Wendy Roullier, stepson Darrin Couture,
and grandson Kyle Trahan.
Art has left us all with many wonderful memories
stories to share. He will be missed by many. He wouldn’t want our
hearts to be sad, he always said “don’t worry about it, it’ll be
Wake services began on Sunday evening in Elmo and
Mass was held
Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Elmo Community Center. Burial followed
in Dayton Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
www.groganfuneralhome.com. The staff of Grogan Funeral Home and
Crematory, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Mr. Trahan’s
MISSOULA — On Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, Anthony Gardiner, a longtime
Missoula resident, died peacefully in his sleep at his home.
Anthony was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 10,
graduated from high school in Butte and the University of Montana in
Missoula and continued taking classes in many disciplines over the
He was one of six children. He is survived by
three brothers; two sisters and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Anthony was a man of honor, integrity and
compassion for all living things. He was proud to be a Montanan from
At his request, no services will be held and his
ashes will be
scattered by his family. A potluck gathering was held at Northside Park
in Missoula, Saturday, Sept. 17.
Memorials are suggested to your local Humane
Society, Missoula Art Museum or Sussex School.