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For the Record
November 2014

Ignace Eneas Adams
On September 4, 2014 surrounded by his children and grandchildren, Eneas joined his wife, Helen McDonald Adams, his parents, grandson, and other family members that he continued to hold in his heart and loved so dearly. He was a respected tribal elder of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was proud of his heritage history, as he always spoke Salish, telling his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids stories.

When he grew up, he had lots of great stories to share, as he served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He married his wife, Helen, on September 2, 1954 and they had 9 kids; Evelyn (Mike) Moran, Karen, Dean, Dale, Darrell (Debbie), David (Michelle), Delbert (Cherylaron), Derwin (Wendy), and Irma.

He enjoyed going in the mountains picking huckleberries and indian ice cream for his wife, Helen. They traveled to Buckhorn and Thompson Falls for berries and traveled all over for pow wows just to play stick-game with family and friends. He worked road construction and then for the tribes as he was tribal maintenance at Tribal Health. He later retired and enjoyed staying home with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He has 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Eneas is proceeded in death with his wife, Helen McDonald Adams; his parents; his brother, Gene Adams; children, Dean and Irma; grandson, Joshua Pepion (Pep); son-in-law, Tony Cutfinger; and daughter-in-law, Sandy.

A wake began at his home and then moved to the long house on Friday, September 6, with the Rosary on Sunday, September 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Snyelmn Sntmtme, where Military Honors was honored for him.

RaeLynn Marie Charlo
CHARLO RaeLynn Marie Charlo, 29, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 18, in Charlo, where she made her home for the past two years. Rae Rae was born on June 15, 1985, in Missoula. She attended school in St. Ignatius, graduating in 2003.

Rae found the job she loved at Kicking Horse Job Corps, although she put off getting her CDL until she absolutely had to. She loved driving the "big blue bus." We all looked for Rae Rae when we saw the bus coming down the road. Rae Rae, or "Tweeties" as she was also affectionately known, also worked at a part-time second job at Grey Wolf Casino. She also worked at the Malt Shop in her younger years and made a mean breakfast burrito.

RaeLynn was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, learning her cultural ways and learning all she could in her young years. She loved singing with the drum with her beautiful voice with her family. Rae traveled to Washington D.C. with the Yamncut Drum Group and danced in her jingle dress in the rotunda room at the Capital. She enjoyed traveling to pow wows and her trips to Oahu.

Rae always tried to help people and always tried to make things work. She had such a beautiful smile and a silly giggle. Although Rae never had children of her own, she loved her nephew and nieces next door, helping to take care of them and babysit, and she loved to tease them.

RaeLynn is survived by her mom, Clara; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Jen; nephew, Riley; nieces, Courtney, Emilie and Ran’Dee; mom/sister, Lisa Nomee; sisters, Nikita, Elaina and Amy Roze; Tupye, Felicite (Jim) McDonald; and all of her aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by Rod Morigeau and the Morigeau Family.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Neil Charlo; great grandfathers, Louie McDonald, Clarence Charlo, and grandfather Jacque Morigeau.

Traditional wake services began at the family home in St. Ignatius on Thursday, and she was moved to the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on Friday afternoon. Rosary was at 8:00 p.m. Friday; wake closing services began at 10:00 a.m.; Mass of Resurrection was at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church, with Interment next to her dad in St. Ignatius.

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Stan Ray Gies
RONAN — Stan Ray Gies, 46, passed away in Ronan on November 22.

As per his request, no services are planned. He was born March 21, 1968 in Ronan to Stanley G. Gies and Joyce Mitchell. Raised and educated in St. Ignatius, he proudly served in the U.S. Army for eight years.

Survivors include his parents; his children, Amber and Kade, both of Billings; brothers, Guy Gies, of St. Ignatius, and Wade Gies, of Alaska.

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Janice Gail McClure
CHARLO — Janice Gail McClure, 69, of Ronan, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

She was born on July 5, 1945, in St. Ignatius, to George Walter McClure and Laura Helen McClure. From birth to the age of five she lived in Polson with her parents and two older sisters. They then moved to a ranch east of Pablo. She attended school in Pablo from grades 1 to 5, and then attended grades 6 to high school in Ronan. She graduated from Ronan High School in 1963. She then went to Missoula and attended the Modern Business College for three years.

In 1966 Janice moved back home and took a job in the Billing Department for the Flathead Irrigation Project. She ran the business machine that printed the power bills. In July 1967, she started working for the Confedrated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Dixon. There, she worked in the print shop until the early 1970's when she started taking the Tribal Council Minutes at their meetings. In 1972, Janice moved to the Enrollment Office, where she happily worked until she retired in July 2006.

She was blessed with two children, daughter, Raquel, and son, Scott. She was also a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.

Some of her favorite hobbies included knitting, ceramics, drawing, and crafting. She was also the family historian and organized and recorded many family memories.

Janice had the kindest soul and loved everyone she met. She was the most generous person. She had the best smile, was genuine, and full of love. Jan was slow to judgment and loved people for what they were. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Walter McClure and Laura Helen McClure; her sister, Georgina Beverly Pettit; her son, Scott Michael McClure; and nephew, Ryan Scott Berens.

She is survived by her daughter, Raquel (Penrod) Davis; her grandchildren, Justin Davis, Elizabeth (Ryan) Price, Jade (Ray “Irish”) Mitchell-Stanford, and Morgan Davis; her grandchildren, Anthony, Joseph, Tyler, Jack, Randy Price, and Sage Mitchell-Stanford; her sister, Charlene (John) Schaub; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation was held Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Grogan Funeral Home with Services on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Reception followed services. Rosary was on Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Catholic Church. Burial took place at Lake View Cemetery, in Polson.

Pallbearers were Jay Bick, Dave Bick, Dan Tromp, Daniel Tromp, Jason Tromp, and Clayton Matt. Honorary pallbarers: were Ron Bick, Walt Tromp, and Tucker Tromp.

Seraphine Lefthand Bufton
BIG ARM – Seraphine “Sarah” Lefthand Bufton, 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes at her home on November 26, 2014. Sarah was born on October 9, 1923 at the family home in the Niarada/Lone Pine area. She was the third child born to Basil and Suzette Coomsah (Morigeau) Lefthand.

During World War II, Sarah was taught to weld, and as many women did to aid in the war effort, she moved to Texas to work in the shipyards. A short time after the end of the war, she returned to Montana and was a lifelong resident in the Elmo/Big Arm area.

Sarah met Peter W. Bufton in 1951. They married in March of 1952. Together they operated a successful hide tanning business until Pete’s death in 1978. Sarah was widely known for her beautiful quillwork and beadwork.

Sarah was a highly fluent speaker of her native Kootenai language. She was employed by the Kootenai Culture Committee as a language specialist from 1975 until she retired in 2002, and was an invaluable language resource for the program.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Basil and Coomsah Lefthand; husband, Peter Bufton; daughter, Rachel; son, Lawrence; grandsons, Kenneth and Christian Mahler; sisters, Theresa, Harriett, and Amelia Lefthand; and brothers, Samuel and Victor Lefthand.

Sarah is survived by her daughters, Gloria Mahler, of Arlee, Roberta Bufton, of Big Arm, daughter-in-law, Dianne Bufton, of Kalispell, and Dorothy Berney, whom she considered a daughter. She is also survived by her four sisters, Anastasia “Ruby” Finley, of Welpinet, Washington, Susan Lefthand Dowdall, Mary K. Lefthand, of Polson, and Dianna Andrews, of St. Ignatius; her three brothers, Adrian Nick Lefthand, Basil Lefthand Jr., both of Niarada, and Narcisse “August” Lefthand, of Polson; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family.

Services began Friday, November 28. A Rosary began at 8:00 p.m. on Friday. The Funeral service was conducted on Saturday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. Burial followed at the Elmo Cemetery. Pall bearers were Dustin Gatch, Randon Lefthand, Basil Kenmille, Wes Lefthand, Elijah Lefthand and Wain Lefthand.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Donald J. Kenmille
DESMET, IDAHO — Donald J. Kenmille, 66, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Plummer, Idaho. He was born July 24, 1948 in St. Ignatius, to Camille and Agnes (Oshanee) Kenmille. He attended Urseline Grade School in the St. Ignatius Mission, Flandreau Indian School, in South Dakota, and Polson High School.

Donald enlisted in the United States Army and served for four years during the Vietnam War. He was discharged and returned to Montana.

Donald married Evangeline P. Abraham on May 18, 1985 in DeSmet, Idaho. The couple made their home there. Donald worked as a construction laborer building Tribal housing at DeSmet. He later worked at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino, in Worley, as a janitor/maintenance worker. He retired for health reasons.

He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, in Montana. His hobbies included working crossword puzzles, card games, and watching television game shows. He was an avid Seattle Seahawk fan.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Antiste.

Donald's survivors include his wife, Evangeline P. Kenmille, at the DeSmet home; sons, Joseph Evan ‘Wakai’ Pluff, of Worley, Idaho, and Donevan Kenmille, of DeSmet, Idaho; one sister, Catherine Hamel, of Pablo; brothers, Camille Mathias, of Pablo, Wilfred Kenmille, of Elmo, Eneas Kenmille, of Polson, Laurence Kenmille, of Elmo, Michel Kenmille, of Elmo, Carl Dupuis, of Arlee, and Kenneth Dupuis, of Polson; and three grandchildren, Darnell Pluff, Brianna Pluff, and Jasmine Kenmille. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Montana.

A mass of Christian burial for Donald J. Kenmille, was held Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Evan Abraham Longhouse at DeSmet, Idaho. Rosary was held Sunday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Longhouse. Father Robert Erickson officiated the services, and burial followed at the DeSmet Mission Cemetery.

Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, Washington, is handling the arrangements.