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For the Record
September 2013

Carmela LaMere
HELENA — Carmela (Carmie) LaMere passed away on October 12, 2013. She was born on September 14, 1964, in Helena, to James LaMere and Nancy TwoTeeth LaMere. She was then adopted by Chuck and Sarah TwoTeeth, of Arlee.

She graduated from Arlee High School and then from Salish Kootenai College. She returned to Helena to raise her daughter and worked to make a life there.

She worked for the Helena Indian Alliance for many years until her battle with breast cancer. She shared her life with her significant other, Robert Williams, for many years until he fell ill. She took care of him until he moved to be with family. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her grandchildren, who were the absolute lights of her life, Iziak, Zara, and James. She is also survived by: her father, James LaMere; parents, Chuck and Sarah TwoTeeth; sisters, Violet (Mike) Norris, Sara (Charles) LaFountaine, Gloria Tanner, Kathy McClure, Stacey TwoTeeth, and Terry TwoTeeth; brothers, William Weasleboy and Troy TwoTeeth; many well-loved nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved puppy, Chico.

She is preceded in death by: her daughter, Shyla Rae LaMere; her mother, Nancy LaMere TwoTeeth; sister, Alvina Ameline; and brothers, Curtis Alexander and Bam TwoTeeth.

A traditional wake was held at the Helena Indian Alliance gymnasium on Monday, October 14, 2013, and she was buried on Wednesday, October 16, at Resurrection Cemetery in Helena. Pallbearers were Iziak LaMere, Phillip LaMere, Darrin Ameline, Charles LaFountaine, Troy TwoTeeth and Calvin TwoTeeth. Honorary pallbearers were William Weasleboy, Kenny Norris, Brian Tanner, Duffy TwoTeeth and Mike Norris.

David Francis Old Person
ARLEE — David Francis Old Person (Tapit Plasi), 54, was born on September 16, 1959, in St. Ignatius, to Jack Bird and Eleanor Old Person, and passed away on October 9, in Arlee, due to natural causes.

David graduated from Browning High School in 1977. He was raised in the Starr School area by grandparents, George and Angeline Old Person. David worked for the public school system, both in Browning and the Arlee, as a custodian for many years.

David loved to bead clocks and other items for family and friends, and loved to share his skill with others. David also loved to be around horses. He was raised working and caring for them.

David enjoyed and loved both his Blackfeet and Salish family. He took time to visit and make every one laugh. People enjoyed having David around because he was so easy going and just loved to smile. Yes, he may have come-off as a shy cowboy, but once you got to know him, you were almost, if not guaranteed, a best friend forever. David will be, without a doubt, greatly missed. The friendship he provided was rare and precious.

David is preceded in death by: mother, Eleanor Old Person; and sisters, Laura and Annett Old Person.

David is survived by: brothers, Alfred, Carl, Wayne Bird, and Daylin Tomly; sisters, Melinda Old Person, Murlel Dusty Bull, Deanna Rutherford, Betty Ann Matt, Georgie DeRoche, and Debbie Home Gun; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Yvonne Josephine “Lorraine” Bucher
BOZEMAN — Yvonne Josephine “Lorraine” Bucher was born on March 24, 1930, to Sidney and Edna Clairmont Shourds. She was a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Lorraine graduated from Ronan High School in 1948, and later attended nursing training at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Lewistown, where she met Paul Bucher and was married on Halloween in 1949. She never knew if she tricked him or treated him. They started their lives together in the Lewistown area and later moved to Geraldine, where Paul bought a butcher and locker plant. They lived there for 16 years before they left to the Seattle area for better opportunities for their three boys. She started working in a convalescent home and realized she should get her Registered Nurse License, so she when back to school. When she retired they moved back to Montana they picked Bozeman to live, as two of her sons were already there, as well as Paul’s brother and sister-in-law. She and Paul went on many trips with the Senior Center, she volunteered along with her sister-in-law at Bozeman Deaconess for many years before her COPD caught up will her. In 2012 they moved into Highgate Senior Living, as homeownership was becoming too hard to deal with. She played card games, which she had enjoyed all of her life, even until the last night she was asked if she wanted to play, and she responded "Yes." In her last year, there was talk of who was going to go first, Lorraine or Paul. As in cards, she got the last trick. Paul and Lorraine would have been married 63 years on Halloween. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her siblings: Theresa Morigeau, Cheryl (Buck) Cheff, Nathan (Wanda) Shourds, Karen (Mick) Cheff, Rhonda Jean, Lori (Alan) Grenier, Phil (Kendra) Shourds and Alvina (Cliff) Teigen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sons, Michael (Jeanne), Patrick and Fred (Marge); as well as eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss the quiet, caring, fun woman she was with all of us.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; step-mom, Rose Shourds; and brothers, Chester Shourds and Sid Shourds, Jr.

Thomas Joseph Parizeau
ANACONDA — Thomas Joseph Parizeau was born in St. Ignatius on June 10, 1954 to Fredrick Parizeau and Delma Bourdon Parizeau. He joined his Lord and family on Sept. 12, 2013.

Tom resided most of his life in Anaconda with his family and later with his step father, Charles Britten. He worked on the smelter for a short time, but the joy of his days was being a swamper and worker at Thompson’s Bar. He spent many hours with his close friends having pop or coffee for 27 years. He really enjoyed working very close friends Duane and MaryAnn Brugman, and all his workers. He really enjoyed his walks around town stopping and visiting with people. He loved being out in the air.

Thomas was survived by sisters, Virginia Rogers and Angela (May) Anderson; nephew. Steven Sandstrom;and great-nephew, Iolaus Sandstrom; niece, Ursula Parizeau Otonicar (Ken), 1 great nephew and 3 great nieces, Sadie Sandstrom, with four great nephews, and Rose Sandstrom.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-dad, sister, Rose Roman, brother, Fred Parizeau and numerous family he spent time with from where was born. Everywhere he went he brought smiles to his friends.

A visitation was at the Foster Funeral Chapel in St. Ignatius, and continued on Thursday at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Anaconda, with a vigil service held Thursday evening. A family service was held Saturday, September 21 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest by his mother. Condolences may be left at

James Lee Last Star
BROWNING — James Lee Last Star, 57, “Jim Guy,” went to be with the Creator on September 10, 2013 in Missoula.

A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, he was born in Browning on March 6, 1956 to Calvin and Mary (Many Hides – Blood) LastStar. Following his graduation from high school in Conrad, he attended the College of Great Falls and worked in the construction industry. But Jim Guy was a traveler at heart and made his home throughout the state and had many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Mary; grandparents, Theodore and Emma Last Star, and Francis Many Hides and Emma Blood, and sister, Melinda.

Survivors include brothers and sisters, Lolita, Marshalene, Calvin, Jr., Gerald, Brian and Virgil; and a large extended family.

A wake began on Thursday, September 12 at the Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning, with the rosary being recited on Friday evening at 7 pm. Funeral services were at Little Flower Catholic Church on Saturday, with burial following in the Last Star – Old Methodist Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Wilma Jean “Beana” Burke
PABLO — On September 2, 2013 Wilma Jean “Beana” Burke passed away at her home in Pablo. Beana died on the day of her older sister Glenda’s funeral. Some say she died from a broken heart, as her big sister was everything to her…hero, mentor and protector. It was usual for Beana to follow Glenda’s lead. We affectionately called them the "Baldwin Sisters." Even though we are so sad to see Beana go, we are comforted to know that our two sisters are together again.

Beana was born on June 6, 1962 in Hot Springs to Dennis Burke and Louise Caye. She was the youngest sister born into a large family. Maybe that is why taking care of people was Beana’s calling. She was most happy when she was helping family or friends in need. These were the times she felt pride in herself and when she seemed the most confident in herself.

At one time, Beana was employed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a caregiver, then as a cook for the Elmo Senior Citizens. Like her sister Glenda, she moved to Akutan, Alaska, where she found work as a cook at a local café. She loved her time on the Aleutian Islands where she made life-time friends. She returned home to the Flathead Reservation, but Alaska called her again and she was happy to explore Juneau where she was employed as a processor at a fish cannery.

On June 7, 1981 Beana gave birth to a daughter who she gave to the child’s paternal aunt and husband to adopt. Beana simply wanted the best for her baby and she was confident that Leslie Kallowat and Orsino Walker would provide for the baby’s every need. She was able to enjoy a lasting relationship with her daughter and then with her two grandchildren. She was so proud of them all.

Beana was preceded in death by her parents, her brother William, and her sister Glenda. She is survived by her daughter, Shavonne Walker; grandchildren, Ana Michel and Uriah Michel, Jr., of Elmo; brothers, Clifford (Shannon), of Ronan, Francis (Bonnie), of Pablo, Mike (Geraldine), of Polson, Marlin (Tracy), of Big Arm, Tyrone (Gail), of Ronan, Reuben (Nyia), of Dayton, and Leonard “Whiskey Joe,” of Omak, Washington; sisters, Clarissa, of Elmo, Clarinda, of Big Arm, and Marcella, of Polson; uncle, William “Butch” Burke, of Nespelem, Washington; aunties, Carol and Cookie, of Omak, Washington, Lucy Caye, of Elmo, and Aggie Caye, of Polson; as well as several cousins from Montana and Washington.

Rosary was recited Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Community Center. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Elmo. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at