For the Record
CHARLO — David Edward Chenette, 74, passed away September 25, 2011,
at his home in Charlo. He was born in St. Ignatius to David A. Chenette
and Margaret Houle.
Dave attended schools in Ronan and Hot
Springs. He retired in 2001 as a maintenance supervisor for the
University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dave
returned to Montana where he continued his lifelong interest in
hunting, fishing and dog handling. He enjoyed serving as a Habitat
Manager for Pheasants Forever and landscaping his acreage in Charlo.
is survived by his wife Betty; Washington relatives: former wife Lynn
Rodgers; son Brian Chenette; daughter Michelle Hughes; and
grandchildren Orion and Aurora Hughes; niece Tori Young-Scott; sister
Leona (Dec.); brother Jerry Chenette (Janice); niece Diana Keller;
nephew Robert Young, Jr.; sister Leona (Dec.) of Nashville, TN; Dec.
sister Phyllis’ children residing in Lewiston, ID. Annette Russell,
Steve and Jeff Johnson; uncle Donald Chenette of Pahrump, NV; Oregon
relatives: niece Traci Chenette and stepdaughters Rebecca Duffy
(Robert); and granddaughter Allena Salas, Kristin Emminger (Bill); and
grandson Jaden Emminger; stepson/helper Michael Schroedel of Dixon.
was a proud CS&K Tribal elder and blessed with many close
from the Houle, Crawford, and Doney families of the Flathead
Reservation. He is missed by his Labrador, best-friends Montana Maggie
and Big Jake of the Ninepipes.
Cremation has taken place. A family celebration of
Dave’s life is being planned.
ELMO — Taressa Rae Burke-WolfTail was born early September 15, 2011 and
passed away shortly after at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Polson due to
Parents are Kimberly Burke (of Elmo) and Gordon
WolfTail-Wells Jr. (of Heart-Butte).
She is survived by her mother, Kimmie; her father,
older brother Isaiah WolfTail-Wells; her “papa” Willie Burke; “ya-ya”
Michelle Mitchell; and her “amas” Sheila Mitchell (Michael Hewankorn);
her great-grandparents: Anastasia Burke (Joe Finley), Nina Swimmer
(Ford Swimmer) William Burke Sr. (Dorothy Burke) and George Mitchell
(Lynette Mitchell); aunts: Brittany Hewankorn, Stephanie Thomas, Alisha
Thomas, Kaila Snell, Karli Burke, Marcela Matt (Artie Matt), Miranda
Wells, Vanetta Wells (Ram Wells) Darcy Enick, Odessa WolfTail-Wells,
Bobbie Pepion; uncles: Kurtis Snell (Shavonne Whitworth), Eneas Hammer
Jr. (Noelle Deneault), Brandon James, Leonard Burke, Michael Burke,
Charles Jackson (Yolanda Jackson), Jordan Jackson, William WolfTail
(Crystal WolfTail), and Lonnie Enick, Deshane Greene; her
sister-of-the-heart SunRose Hewankorn; great-aunts: Cecille Burke,
Darlene Burke, Rosie Burke, Shelley Parker, Tammy James Pino (Ryan
Pino), Dovita Finley, Delinda Nickoli (Frank Nickoli); great-Uncles:
Arnie Burke, Clayton Burke (Rene’ Kenille), Ron Mitchell (Toni
Mitchell), Denny Parker, Kevin James (LoLita Crespin), Jima James
(BreAnne James); and her many, many cousins.
She is preceded in death by her grandfather Gordon
great-grandparents Art and Gloria Trahan, Joseph Jackson, Clara Old
Chief, and William Wells.
A graveside service was held Saturday, September
17, 2011 in Dayton.
ST. IGNATIUS —
Josephine “Josie” Mae Hernandez, 59, passed away September 11, 2011 at
St. Patrick’s Hospital.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, she was
born in St. Ignatius to Eli and Agnes (Hewankorn) Alexander on November
21, 1952. Raised in St. Ignatius, she went to Great Falls to become a
dental hygienist and later returned to work for Tribal Health Dental in
St. Ignatius. Josie also worked as a teacher for Headstart and was
currently employed at Two Eagle River School as a cook for the past few
Josie enjoyed picking huckleberries and mushrooms,
her grandkids; cleaning, visiting and hanging with her girls (Amber,
Gabe and Misty) and chasing all the kids out of her house.
She was preceded in death by both parents;
Levi, “Porky” William and Francis Alexander; sisters Rose Morigeau,
Cecilia Alexander and Christine Gates; her nephew Elijah Alexander and
a daughter Jolene Plouffe.
Survivors include her daughter Amber (Ray)
Galarneau; sons Levi
Alexander and Thomas Gates; brothers Louie Alexander and Richard
(Bernie) Alexander and “the boys” and Andy (Florence) Alexander; sister
“Lulu” Alexander; her nieces Gabrielle (Charles) Alexander, Jessica
Morigeau, Tina Morigeau, Monique (Adrian) AfterBuffalo, Jennifer
(McLuvin) Amaya and Wilhelmina Adams; her nephews Richard Morigeau,
Jarvis Ashley, Isaiah Ashley, Anthony and Eli Alexander; her four
spoiled brats Katrina Stevens, Misty Rain, Isaac and Levi, 30
grandchildren, as well as numerous aunts uncles and cousins.
A special thanks to her aunties Helen, Millie and
Kathy and cousin Dorothy for all their help.
A traditional wake was held in the Longhouse and
the Rosary was
recited on Tuesday evening. Wake closing was Wednesday in the Longhouse
with Mass celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment
followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.
— Albert Gerard Ackermann passed away Sunday September 4, 2011 at 8:23
am at his home in Ronan. He left behind his wife Kathy of ten years and
three children from another marriage, Arlene and Dennis of Ronan and
Gary of Pablo. He had twelve grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother Joe
Ackermann of Tehachapi, CA and sister Virginia Clements of Clinton.
Al was born March 29, 1946 in Burbank, CA and
from high school in Lakeport, CA. He had married and went on to
discover that his love for airplanes would be a big part of jis life.
He was an aircraft pilot and flew Cessna 172. He later worked for
Lockeed L-10-11, then Rockwell International B1-B, then McDonald
He decided to move to Ronan where he lived and
Al never stopped loving planes. He made model
hang throughout the house. He had a great sense of humor and loved his
family till his death. Fly the skies Al, you’ll be missed.
A special “Thank you” goes out to his
father-in-law ray LeBrun of Ronan for his love and support for the
Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart
Church, 35933 Round Butte Rd in Ronan on Thursday, September 8 at 10:30
am. The church doors will be open after 9 a.m. for flowers.