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For the Record
November 2013

Ezmaye Tempest Sherwood
ST. IGNATIUS — Ezmaye Tempest Sherwood, 5 months, was made a sweet and precious angel on November 30, 2013, and was met with open arms and loving heart by her great-grandmothers, Mary Jane Woodcock and Mary Andrews Sherwood, and great great-grandparents Theo and Percy DeWolfd.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was born to Daniel R. Sherwood and Tiffany T. Old Person on July 3, in Ronan.

She leaves behind her parents, Little Dan and Tiffany; her brother, Benjamin; sisters, Aleah Mali Rose and Aizjah; grandparents, Jr. Sherwood, Millie and Jim Schmidt, Toni Matt and Kenneth Old Person Jr.; and great grandparents, Alice Finley Old Person, Kenneth Old Person Sr., Geri Monroe, and Michael Matt; and a large loving family of aunties, nunu’s, selahs, yayas, and many cousins who will miss her with all their hearts.

A wake began Tuesday in the Longhouse with a rosary being held Wednesday. Funeral services are planned for Thursday at 11a.m. in the Longhouse with burial following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Duane Fettig
ST. IGNATIUS — Duane Fettig, 67, passed away November 24, 2013, at his home in St. Ignatius. Born August 26, 1946, to Sebastian and Ann Fettig, in Dickinson, North Dakota, and was raised in Richardton, North Dakota. After graduating high school in 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Upon discharge in 1970, Duane attended college and received a BA in Business Management. Following his college graduation, he started a business of his own as a drywall finisher and painter. Duane was extremely skillful with his work and traveled all over to complete jobs. He continued in this career until 2010, at which time he retired.

In 1994, Duane moved to Seattle, Washington, where he met the love of his life, and business partner, Mari Ulmer. Following this they relocated to Montana, and in 1997 settled into St. Ignatius to raise their daughter, Nicole.

During his years in Montana, Duane made many great friends. He loved to cook his famous ribs for them.

Duane and Mari spent many days driving in the mountains and enjoying the great outdoors. His family was very important to him, at home he loved to relax to music, or quietly enjoy a good book.

His father, Sebastian, and his mother, Ann, preceded Duane in death. He is survived by his loving partner of 20 years, Mari Ulmer; and her daughter, Nicole Callahan; his eldest sons, Sean (Carol) and Paul (Louise); all of Aberdeen, Scotland; his sons, Dolph and David, of South Dakota; his siblings, Ray (Virginia), of Richardton, North Dakota, Patricia (George), of St. Paul, Minnesota, Darlene (Don) Portschellar,

of Jonesboro, Georgia, Marianne (Tom) Voegele, of Richardton, North Dakota, Melinda (Dave) Andrews, of Seattle, Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013, 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius, where the Mission Valley Honor Guard, friends, and family will celebrate Duane’s life. In lieu of flowers, condolences and contributions to the Duane Fettig Memorial Fund can be mailed to: P.O. Box 661, St. Ignatius, MT, 59855, or brought to Silver Dollar Bar in St. Ignatius.

Rachel Caroline LaFrinire
ARLEE — Rachel Caroline LaFrinire went home to be with her family on November 16, 2013. "Caroline", as everyone knew her, was born on November 16, 1928, here in Arlee, to James Matt and Ellen LaMoose. Caroline attended school at the Ursilines when she was at a young age. Caroline then married Raymond "Freddie" Fiddler, and they made their home in Anaconda, and after a divorce, she married Leroy LaFrinire.

Caroline and Leroy lived in Arlee and then moved to San Francisco, California, where they resided for a number of years. During their stay in San Francisco, they helped raise two of her nieces, Melissa and the late Anna Beth Felsman. She loved small children and would never forget them on their birthdays or at Christmas. They later returned back home to Arlee where they resided until LeRoy's passing and until Caroline became ill.

She is preceeded in death by siblings, Issac Matt, Lloyd Matt, Clarence Matt, Victor James Matt, Roberta Grace Matt Antelope and Gladys Matt Felsman.

She is survived by her sister, Winona Matt Arlee, of Ronan, and a sister-in-law, Delma Bodine Matt, of Arlee. Caroline is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Caroline always had a smile and was always a happy lady. She worked as a waitress in many cafes and also worked in many other establishments as well. Caroline will be missed by the many who knew her. She has gone home now to be with our creator, all of her family and the many friends that she had. Good Bye Auntie.

A wake began last Wednesday at the Arlee Community Center, with Mass being recited Thursday, November 21, in the Arlee Community Center. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Theodore “Ted” Robert Ising
PABLO — Theodore “Ted” Robert Ising, 61, passed away at his home on November 9, 2013.

Born September 16, 1952, in Louisville, Kentucky, to John W. and Beverly (Knoop) Ising, he was raised in Kentucky and lived in the Louisville area until he moved to Polson, then to Pablo over ten years ago.

A kind and caring man, he worked at Wilderness Pine Cone, in Pablo, helping his close friend, Don Drowatzky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and dear friend, Faye Drowatzky. Survivors include; his brother, John W. Ising, Jr., and sister, Susan Ising DeWitt, both of Kentucky.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Kentucky’s Bluegrass Knob Cemetery, in Pablo. Foster Funeral Home and Crematory, of St. Ignatius, is assisting with arrangements.