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For the Record
September 2012

Victoria J. “Vicki” (Lumpry) Brown
ST. IGNATIUS — Victoria J. “Vicki” (Lumpry) Brown, 70, of Helena, passed away September 4, 2012, in Billings.

Born to Victor and Josephine (Moses) Lumpry on January 12, 1942, in Arlee, she was raised in Evaro by her parents Pete and Mary (Poker Jim) Lumpry. Educated locally, she married Gerald G. Brown on March 27, 1964, and they made their home in various towns on the reservation until 1976 when they moved to Helena.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she enjoyed beading when she wasn’t taking care of her home and family.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; daughter Robin Brown; and sister Yvonne Fyant.

Survivors include: her husband, Gerald, of Helena; children, Suesan Lumpry, of Helena, Gerald Brown Jr., of Helena, and Jacki (David) Brown, of Coram; sisters, Celina Nault, Laura Lumpry, and Jeanie (Fudd) Peak, all of Arlee; brothers, Vic Lumpry Jr., of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, and Dewey Lumpry, of Missoula; grandchildren, Brian (Jeni) Brown and Camas Fortin. As well as a large extended family and numerous friends, and ‘sisters’ Dolly Linsbigler and Sophie Haynes.

Henry H. Normandeau
RONAN — Henry H. Normandeau passed away on September 29, 2012, at home with his family by his side. He was born March 6, 1929, to Patrick Francis and Mary Irene Dubay Normandeau. He grew up on the family farm in Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School in 1947. He attended MSU in Bozeman before returning to Ronan to help with the family farm.

He married Susanna Klossner, of Switzerland, on May 14, 1960, and they and their four children farmed the Spring Creek Ranch until 1980. He fulfilled his desire for continuing his education by taking classes at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. In April 1991, Henry was hired by the Natural Resource Department for a Wildlife Project. In May, Henry was granted a leave of absence to complete work with the University of Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. He returned to the Wildlife Department as a Wildlife Technician seasonal employee until he retired in 2006. He truly enjoyed the relationships he had with his coworkers; they have remained good and loyal friends with his family.

Henry was also a respected member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. He was an invaluable part of the reintroduction of swans to the Mission Valley. Henry was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and had a love of reading and learning. He was a private licensed pilot and loved to fly. Another of his joys was music, playing the violin and accompanying Susanna at piano.

He is survived by: his wife Susanna of 52 years; sons, Paul and Tom; daughters, Mary (Jim) and Nancy (Ben); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Rupert, James, Louie and Harold; and sisters Berta, Ione and Rose.

He will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan, with Reverend Rand Drollman officiating.

Dean G. Spletstoser
HOT SPRINGS — Dean G. Spletstoser, 74, passed away September 24, 2012, at his home in Hot Springs.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Fisher) Spletstoser and step son Richard Fisher and family.

In accordance with his wishes no service is planned at this time.

Mark Francis Felsman
ARLEE — Mark Francis Felsman “Moose”, 41, passed away September 26, 2012, in an auto accident in Arlee.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Mark was born October 21, 1970, in Missoula, to Mary Ducy Matt-Parker and Mark M. Felsman. Mark grew up in Arlee and went to Arlee High School. Mark got his GED and went to 2 years of college. Mark worked for CSKT Forestry, he enjoyed fishing, playing pool, hunting, and was the loving father to all of his children.

Mark is preceded in death by; father Mark Marion Felsman, twin sister Twila Marie Felsman, sisters Carolyn Rose Brooks, Rhonda Parker, Anna Beth Felsman, brother Alan Parker, daughter Jordan Raleigh Felsman, and Tony Cutfinger.

Mark is survived by; his wife Chauntel Sorrell, children, Mark Felsman, Sayyddah Hannah Dupuis, Jocelyn Twila Dawn, Ozzy Joseph, mother Mary Lucy Parker Matt, Charlo Rahn Antoinete, brothers Darwin (Mona) Parker, Randal Parker, Timothy Parker, Gene Felsman, Terry Felsman, Dennis Felsman, Doug Felsman, sisters, Cheryl Parker and Melissa Felsman.

A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center last Thursday, with the Rosary on Friday, Mass on Saturday and burial followed Jocko Cemetery.

Ronald G. MacDonald
ST. IGNATIUS — Ronald G. MacDonald passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Community Hospital of Anaconda. He and some of his friends were four-wheeling near Georgetown Lake and early that morning his Lord and Maker called him home.

Ron was born December 15, 1949, in Kalispell to Ronald and Mary MacDonald. He was raised in Kalispell. He served in the U.S. Army Reservefor 22 years, including service in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ron worked for Mission Valley Power for 33 years, retiring in 2007.

Ron truly lived life to the fullest. Spending his free time four-wheeling, Jeeping, camping, boating and helping friends in need whenever he got the chance. He spent the winters of his retired life in Yuma, Ariz., and his summers going from one outdoor activity to the next. If you ever had the chance to meet Ron, you know he was the most caring, loving, considerate and ornery person alive. Anywhere he went, he met new friends, and every town he visited, he made sure to stop in and see them.

Survivors include his children, Angie Ripple (Brian), Michael MacDonald (Erin) and Rona MacDonald, and Alexis Fritz (Ryan); his mother, Mary MacDonald; his siblings, Marilyn Smith (Art) and Jeanette Wetzel; his grandchildren, Casen, Deakon and Josie Ripple; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Linda MacDonald; and father, Ronald MacDonald.

A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Thursday, Sept 27. A memorial service was held on Friday, September 28, at the St. Ignatius Christian Church.and was followed by a reception. Burial services took place at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius after the service.

Jessica L. Matt
ST. IGNATIUS — Jessica L. Matt, 30, passed away September 23, 2012, in Minneapolis, MN.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe she was born July 8, 1982 in Ronan to Patricia Matt and Robin Walking Eagle. As a child she moved to Minneapolis where she started her family.

Jessica liked to sing and make music videos as well as dressing up and going out on the town.

She is preceded in death by her father and grandmother Lucille OldHorn.

Survivors include her children Arianna Hernandez, Kristopher Hernandez, Moses Hernandez and Adrianna Matt; her grandfather Pat Matt Sr.; her siblings Natasha WalkingEagle, Regina Matt, Anton Miller, Jonah Matt, Joseph Matt and Jesse WalkingEagle and numerous aunties and uncles including Phillip Matt Sr., Earl “Pat” Matt Jr., Lori OldHorn, William John Matt, Marie “Smurf” Matt, Angel Howard and Fred Matt.

A wake was Wednesday at noon in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Wednesday evening. Closing will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Longhouse with Mass being celebrated at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will follow in the Camas Prairie. Condolences may be left at