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For the Record
December 2011

Punkin (Charlene Faye Roach) Parazoo
POLSON — Punkin Parazoo, legally known as Charlene Faye Roach, 61, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2011, at her home of natural causes.

Punkin was born on April 25, 1950, at the Klamath Falls Indian Agency in Oregon to Clarence “Booden” Silas Clinton and Beulah Cowen. Punkin was a proud Klamath/Modoc tribal member and grew up in the Klamath Falls area in Oregon. In 1965, she moved to Portland with her mother and soon to be husband, Santos Perez, Jr. They had two sons after moving to Portland, Santos Silas Perez and Juan Roberto Perez. They later divorced but Punkin and the boys stayed in Portland. In 1978, Punkin gave birth to her baby girl, Seri Faye Ferris. Punkin later eloped in Reno with Seri’s father, Vincent Dunner Parazoo. They were wed on February 28, 1981. Following their children, they relocated to Montana in 1994. Montana has been home ever since.

Punkin’s family was her pride and joy! She enjoyed babysitting the grandkids and spoiling them with love, juice, cookies, and cartoons. She proudly flaunted the title of the “Crazy Grandma”. Her delicious potato salad was always requested at family gatherings. And because she taught the women of the family her secrets, her potato salad will continue to be a special dish at family get-togethers.

Punkin also enjoyed camping at powwows and danced until her health would not permit. She was a meticulous organizer and kept all her things in a certain way. Her sense of humor was beyond funny! When asked if she needed anything she would always reply, “Yeah, a million bucks!” She liked to watch scary movies but her Monday nights were reserved for WWE.

Punkin was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Queenie and Louise; brothers, Freddy and Jerry; and granddaughter, Lela Clairmont-Perez.

Punkin is survived by her husband Dunner; sons: Silas (Tracy) Perez, Juan (Jody) Perez; daughter Seri (Chris) Veitz; nieces Hick-ups (Clark) Clark and Linda Ferris; sisters Fraklyn Mary (Glen) Herkshan and Bigeyes (Ernie) Coburn; special friend Kathy Sanseri; 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; Sadee and Jozee; her first husband, Santos Perez, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and per Punkin’s request, there will be no public services.

Sidion “Grandpa Sid” Gosselin
RONAN — Sidion “Grandpa Sid” Gosselin, 87, passed away on December 21, 2011 in Ronan.

Born in 1924 in Saskatchewan, he moved to the US when he was 24 years old.

Sid was a Renaissance man, who worked at many things and on many ranches before settling on the Flathead Reservation.

He was preceded in death by his wife Emma Gosselin, a son Frank Littleboy and a brother Louie Gosselin of Sask. Canada.

He is survived by children Sharon (Vernon Christopher) Littleboy of Polson, Robert “JJ” (Margaret Gardipe) Littleboy of Pablo, Jack Littleboy and George (Shelly) Littleboy both of St. Ignatius, AJ Littleboy of Minnesota and Debbie Littleboy of Libby; grandchildren Arnold Littleboy, Sid and Rosie Littleboy all of Ronan, William and Mary Hameline of Pablo, TumTum from MooseJaw and his hummingbird Alex Ground (Spotted Eagle); great-grandchildren Emma and KK Littleboy and William and Patrick Hameline, as well as numerous other grandchildren and a large extended family of friends and relatives.

A wake was held Monday and Tuesday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary recited Tuesday evening. Cremation followed after the wake.

A complete obituary can be found and condolences may be left at

Bernice Jane Ochs
ST. IGNATIUS — Bernice Jane Ochs, 73, of St. Ignatius, passed away on December 21, 2011 while driving home from town.

Jane was born in Flint, Michigan on November 26, 1938 to Louis McGlinchey and Frances Marie (Doherty) McGlinchey. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she lived in New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and Hamilton before moving to St. Ignatius in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her husband Steve and leaves behind her daughter Lynn Delecaris and many close friends.

A visitation was held on Wednesday at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were held on Thursday at the St. Ignatius First Christian Church where military honors were presented.

Condolences may be left and a full obituary may be found at

Richard A. Rasmussen
ARLEE – Richard A. Rasmussen, 60, passed away Dec. 22, 2011 at his home.

Born in Missoula to Anker and June (Love) Rasmussen on April 8, 1951, he was raised and educated in the Arlee area. Following his graduation he became a truck driver and heavy equipment operator who most recently was working in North Dakota.

He is survived by his brothers Anker of Hope, ID; Russell of Everett, WA; and Robert of Lolo; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

As per his request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

Condolences may be left at

Jay Bernard Asencio Peone
April 26, 1992 - December 10, 2011
DESMET, Id. — A Mass of Christian Burial for Jay Peone, age 19, was held Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Evangeline Abraham Longhouse at DeSmet, Idaho.

Father Jerry Graham and Father Thomas Connolly officiated at the services and burial followed at the DeSmet Mission Cemetery. Rosary was held Wednesday evening at the Evangeline Abraham Longhouse.

He was born April 26, 1992 at Spokane, Washington to Roberta J. Peone and Antonio Asencio. He attended the Coeur d’Alene Tribal
School at DeSmet, and some high school at Plummer, Idaho. He later completed his GED and worked for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Facilities Maintenance. He had lived in the DeSmet area all of his life.

He was a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Sacred Heart Catholic Church at DeSmet.

Survivors include his son, Asencio Lee Mitchell Matt; his mother Roberta Peone of Tensed, Idaho; his brother Mathew Peone of DeSmet, Idaho; four sisters, Kianna Peone of DeSmet, Idaho; Ali Asencio, Jordan Asencio, and Kianna Asencio, all of Ronan; his grandmother, Candi Abraham of DeSmet, Idaho; and grandmother Francine Antoine of Ronan.

Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, Washington handled the arrangements.

Diana M. Jones
ST. IGNATIUS — Diana M. Jones, 64, of St. Ignatius and a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at her home in St. Ignatius after a courageous battle with cancer.

Diana, daughter of Mary Pablo and Thomas Mitchell was born January 7, 1947 in St. Ignatius. She was raised by her foster parents the Sweeney’s in Houston, TX. She married Lawrence Jones in 1967 and after his passing in 1968 Diana chose to get reacquainted with her family in Montana. Shortly thereafter, she returned with her children Davetta Mitchell, Leslie Jones, and Tarrow Jones.

Diana became employed with the CSKT Housing Authority and after leaving the position she opened and operated Ribbon Stars and Wings Fabric Store.

Diana is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Raymond Santos, Floyd Nevarez, sister Janice Nevarez, and brother-in-law Aaron Jones.

Diana is survived by her children Davetta Mitchell of Las Vegas, NV; Leslie Jones of Houston, TX; Tarrow “Bubba” Jones of Norco, CA; mother-in-law Edna Payne of Houston, TX; brothers Joseph Santos Sr. of Ronan; Vincent Burrafato of Missoula; Louis Nevarez of Ronan; Curtis Ellis of Slydel, LA; sisters Ida Hambrick of Nashville, TN; Julia Barton of Bonita, CA; Guadalupe Jones of Ellensburgh, WA; sister-in-law Jennifer Jones of Houston, TX; grandchildren Paige Holley, Xavier Malik, Steven Scott all of Las Vegas, NV; Peyton Jones and Christopher Jones both of Houston, TX; and Tariq Jones of Pablo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and loving church community.

Visitation was held at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Monday, with funeral services held Tuesday at the Community Center in Ronan.

Condolences may be left at

Carla Mae (McBroom) Dewitt
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Carla Mae Dewitt, 55, passed away on December 12th at Hospice House in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Carla was born in Polson on May 16, 1956 to Richard McBroom and Elsie Gingras.

Carla grew up in Polson and eventually moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She lived in towns all across Oregon including Springfield, The Dalles, Umatilla, Corvallis, Gresham, and many others.

Carla eventually settled in Coeur d’Alene as she loved to take walks by the lake. Carla’s other hobbies included Motocross racing, reading, and watching her Oregon Ducks.

Carla is survived by her husband Jerry Dewitt, her sons James and Jeremy (Katie) and grandson Aaron. She had two brothers; Willie and Dean, and three sisters; Chuckie, Gail, and Linda.

Memorial Services were held Tuesday December 20, 2011 at Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d’Alene Chapel.