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For the Record
October 2012

Mary Josephine Paul Inmee Hawk Quequesah
ST. IGNATIUS —Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Elder, Mary Josephine Paul Inmee Hawk Quequesah, passed away on October 24, 2012. Josephine enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great grandkids Jayden, Jasmine and Geniva. She liked visits from family and friends and will be truly missed by all those who loved her.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, John Peter Paul and Agnes Pokerjim Paul; her husbands, Eneas Inmee, James L. Hawk and Pierre “Pete” Quequesah; brother, Jr.; daughters, Elizabeth Jo, Sara C, Susan, Linda, and Billie Mae Inmee; and son, James A. Hawk.

Surviving her are daughters, Mary Jane (Dwight), Mary Ann (River), Janice, Rose Ann (Tino), and Lola Hawk; stepdaughter, Linda (Ken); sons, Richard (Val), and Eneas P. (Linda); siblings, Adele Meshell, Nancy (Lee) Grant, and Phillip (Debbie) Paul; grandchildren, Curstin, Justin, Lynsey, Amber (Lyle) Raymond, Katrina, Mary, Galen and Byron; great-grandchildren, Ayden and Lanato; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A wake began last Thursday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, while the Rosary was held on Friday at 8 p.m. Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Ronan Cemeteries. Condolences may be left at

Charlene Rose Hansen
ISSAQUAH, WA. — Charlene Rose Hansen, 89, passed away on October 19, 2012 at Providence Marianwood. Charlene was born on January 19, 1923, in St. Ignatius, the daughter of Charles and Agnes Madsen. Charlene was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe. Charlene married Glen Hansen on July 15, 1945, in Renton.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen, and her oldest son, Jerry Hansen. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Cecille Tellier McClure, Margaret Tilden, Laura McClure, Geneva Stevens, June Cordas, and Bernadette Barrett; and her brothers, Ed Madsen and Charles Madsen.

Survivors include four sons, Clifford (Lynn), of North Bend, Steven (Abbie), of Kennewick, Thomas, of Issaquah, and Edward (Rhonna), of Issaquah; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren, Elaine Hansen-Dahl (David), Gage Hansen; Brian Hansen (Elisha), Blake, Bailey, Kaleb and Emma; Shawn Hansen and Shawn Jr.; Jamie Hansen (Heather), Mackenzie, Sawyer and Easton; Scottie Hansen (Tonya), Avery, Preston and Evan; Stephanie Hansen-Roberts (Andy) Steven, Audrey and Sylvia; Chris Hansen; Jeff Hansen, Layne, Logan and Rainna; Danny Hansen (Brandi) Tatum and Madison; Calem and Colton Hansen. She is also survived by: several nieces and nephews in Montana, Idaho, Washington, South Dakota, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

A funeral service for Charlene Rose Hansen was held Friday, October 26, 2012, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, Wash. A celebration of life and potluck lunch followed at Brian and Elisha Hansen’s home in Issaquah.

Friends are invited to view her personalized obituary and sign the family’s online guest book at

Louis Baptiste “Sonny” Charlo, Jr.
BIG ARM — Louis Baptiste “Sonny” Charlo, Jr., 55, passed away from cancer on October 17 in Kalispell Regional Hospital. A member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai tribe, he was born in St. Ignatius on December 13, 1956, to Virginia Ascencio and Louis B. Charlo, Sr. Raised and educated locally, Sonny went on to become the Science Teacher at Two Eagle River. He was preceded in death by: his father, Louis; and a sister, Charlo Dick.

He is survived by: his wife, Cynthia E. Antiste Charlo; his children, Loushie (Marty) Charlo, Zale Nahquuaddy, and Marlene Antiste; his mother, Virgie Charlo; brothers & sisters, Wahneta (Ken) Logue, Francine (Joe) Dupuis, Sissy (Boge) Plante, Tiny Charlo, Mike (Janet) Charlo and Charlie (Zelda) Charlo, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center, with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. on Friday. Wake closing was on Saturday, October 20, 2012, with the Mass following at 10 a.m. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Marcia Jo Leishman
ST. IGNATIUS — Marcia Jo Leishman, known affectionately as Marci, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the age of 61.

Marci was born in Missoula on February 6, 1951. Her family then moved to California when she was 2 years old. As a young girl in California, she loved going to Disneyland with her family, learned to play the accordion and enjoyed tap dancing.

When she was a teenager, her family moved to Stevensville to help take care of the family farm. Marci finished her schooling at Stevensville High School and earned her Associate degree in Interior Design at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho.

Shortly after graduating from Ricks College, she met Aaron Leishman and they were married March 3, 1973, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Manti, Utah. They moved to St. Ignatius, where together they raised nine children, maintained a family farm, worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan, and she was also part of her local community and church.

Marci found great joy in serving others and spending time with her family. She loved being a grandmother and spoiling her many grandkids. She had 20 grandchildren and could easily remember each one’s birthday and special moments in their lives.

Marci is survived by: her husband, Aaron; parents, Garrick Wayne and Fern Fillmore; siblings, Paula, Toni, David and Natasha; nine children, Shaun, Craig, Ginger, Kevin, Chad, Damon, Timothy, Adam and Tiffany; their spouses; and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 27, at the St. Ignatius Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment followed in the Pleasantview Cemetery.

Albert Luke Caye
POLSON — Kootenai Elder, Albert Luke Caye, 77, passed away early Monday, October 29, at St. Josephs Hospital. He was born in Lonepine, Montana, on June 6, 1935.

His services are as follows: Wake: 3 p.m. October 30, Elmo Community Center.

Rosary: Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. in the Elmo Community Center. Funeral Mass: Thursday, November 1, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow Mass at Dayton Cemetery.

Grogan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Clark Martin Marquart
RONAN — Clark made his journey home to heaven Friday, October 19, 2012, at St. Luke Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born July 8, 1927, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Samuel and Elsie Marquart; Clark was one of five boys.

Clark enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and proudly served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. While serving in the South Pacific, Clark befriended a fellow shipmate, Andrew (Andy) Matt. It was through Andy that Clark met his present love, Betty (Matt) Marquart, in 1945, while on shore leave. However their story did not fully begin until 1978 and later married October 13, 1979.

Clark married his first wife Darlene (Osgood) November 30, 1948, in Littleton, Colorado. From this marriage Clark was blessed with two sons, Keith (Pam) Marquart and Rick (Paulette) Marquart. Though Clark and Darlene later divorced, he remained devoted to his boys and found great joy in their accomplishments.

In 1961 Clark married Joy (Parsons); from this marriage his daughter Christina (Wayne) Stalzer was born. Christina was the apple of her daddy’s eye and the two remained close despite the geographical miles between them.

During the summer of 1978, Clark made a trip to the Seattle area to visit his old Navy shipmate, Andy Matt. It was during this visit that Clark ran into the sweetheart from his youth, Andy’s younger sister, Betty. Over time, Clark and Betty rekindled their friendship and from this friendship sprung forth a loving partnership lasting 33 years. From this marriage Clark acquired more children; a blended family filled with love, laughter and shenanigans.

Of all of the joys in Clark’s life, there was no greater joy than that of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was grandpa,“guerpa,” and poppa to many, including all those he adopted throughout the years. Along with the joy of being a grandpa, Clark also had a love of socializing. He was well known throughout the Charlo and Ronan area as the “lunch delivery man.” He treasured the relationships he built through his delivery service and enjoyed swapping stories to any and all whom would listen.

Clark is preceded in death by both of his parents, his four brothers, and his shipmate and best friend, Andy Matt.

Clark is survived by his wife Betty, residing at the family home in Charlo; Keith (Pam) Marquart and family of Oklahoma; Rick (Paulette) Marquart, of St. Ignatius; Christina (Wayne) Stalzer, of Iowa; Denice (George) Goodale and family, of St. Ignatius; Cheryl Colacurcio, of St. Ignatius; John “Duffy” (Cora) McQuade and family, of Federal Way, Washington; Stacey Kiehn and family, of Ronan; Kim Colacurcio-Snyder and family, of Ronan; Carol Gerisch, of St. Ignatius; Paula Daquila, of St. Ignatius; Mae Daquila, of Ronan; Bernice (Matt) Tallant, of Seattle, Washington; Sandi (Matt) Stevens, of Monroe, Washington; and all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Clark’s life was held at the Mission Mountain Worship Center on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. All who knew Clark were invited to go and share their “Clark Experience.” Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Randall James Kipp
BROWNING — Randall James Kipp, 23, died of injuries sustained after being struck by a motor vehicle Thursday, October 4, 2012, south of Browning. He was a ranch hand for numerous families on the Blackfeet Reservation, as well as a security officer.

Randall is preceded in death by grandparents: Antoine and Mary Charlo; Jack and Genevieve Morigeau; James “Kippy” Kipp; and James and Nellie Kipp.

Survivors include: mother Judith Bull Calf, of Browning; father Brian C. Kipp (Bunnie), of Pablo; and sisters Madison, Charmeon, and Johnna Bull Calf, of Browning. He leaves behind many relations in the Morigeau, Charlo, Sorrell, Plant, Moran and McClure families.

His wake was at Glacier Homes Community Center, with services held each evening. Funeral services were Wednesday at the Browning Full Gospel Church, and the burial followed in Willow Creek Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled arrangements.