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April 2006 Obituaries

PABLO -- Roman Don Bell, 22, of Pablo, died from injuries suffered from a vehicle accident on April 3, 2006, near Pablo. Roman was born on March 20, 1984, in Polson to James Allen and Dawn Bell. Roman attended schools at Pablo Elementary School, Ronan High School and Two Eagle River High School in Pablo. Roman's hobbies and interests include hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycles, and hanging with family and his friends. His uncle Doug; grandfathers Orson, Mel, George and Bud; and his great grandparents preceded Roman in death. His parents, Dawn and Ron DeLay (Pablo), and Jim and Vicky Allen (Ronan) survive Roman. Also surviving Roman are his sisters Jordan Allen (Ronan) and Brittany Jaccaud and her husband Justin and son Brenden of Germany; brothers Trevor Delay (Pablo) and Ryan Lane (Ronan); grandparents Virginia Ness (Pablo), Gene Bell (Ronan), Alice DeLay (Polson), Jane Johnston (Polson), and Jack and Shirley Allen (Proctor, MT). A memorial service was held April 7, 2006, at the Pablo Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Prewett officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson.

HOT SPRINGS -- Doris Briemo Carr, 79, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2006, at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs. Doris loved to do crossword puzzles, listen to music and the radio (especially Paul Harvey); she loved to chat on the telephone and listen to the news on television. Throughout her life she loved to garden, shop at thrift stores and be a big part of her family's life. Doris was born on Nov. 25, 1926, in Somers to Harold "Harry" and Lillian Alfreda (Bondenson) Briemo. Doris' father Harry contracted the Herman brothers to build what is now known as the Larson Apartments and ran them for many years. She attended school in Hot Springs and graduated in the Class of 1944. She later attended Montana State University and graduated with a B.S. in accounting, and due to her persistence, Donald graduated with a B.S. in engineering. She and Donald became lifetime alumni of MSU. While she was attending MSU she became an avid Bobcat fan and has remained one until her passing. She married Donald L. Carr on Dec. 31, 1947; they moved to Vashon Island in Washington and began to raise their children. They loved the island but could not get the love of Montana out of their hearts; many visits were made by driving the family car or flying in Donald's airplane. Due to Donald's illness, he retired from Boeing, and Doris retired from Water District 19 after many years of service. Doris, Donald and family lived for many years on Quartermaster Drive, and many happy times around friends and neighbors were had by all. Doris was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star on Vashon Island, where she played her beloved piano for many years. Music was a big part of the Carr family. After retirement Doris decided to move back to Hot Springs so that she could be closer to family and friends, and she has remained there ever since. Doris and Donald taught their children that friends and family are worth more than money in the bank. Doris' love of music included collecting old sheet music and encouraging her children to enjoy music, also. She liked everything from swing jazz to reggae to rock and roll to classical and enjoyed seeing her children live through the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s enjoying their music. Her last music purchase was Eric Clapton and B.B. King. She used to like to say that when swing jazz came out during World War II that the older generation thought the young kids had lost their minds. Doris and Donald's generation ('40s) invented the jitterbug, a type of music and dancing that the older generation at that time thought was inappropriate. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Donald; a brother, Donald Briemo; both of her parents; two of her four children; and, of course, her beloved Auntie Q (Mrs. Quilligan). Doris is survived by her daughter Marta Barbeau and Adrian (Kauai, HI); son D. Andrew "Drew" Carr and Jennifer (Hot Springs); two granddaughters, Jennifer Quig (Wilmington, DE), and Samantha Sue Carr (Hot Springs); and two grandsons, Cody Scott and Earl Cook (both of Hot Springs). There will be a memorial service at a later date for family and friends. Doris has been laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the music program at Hot Springs School or Evergreen Nursing Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Bunch-Toews Funeral Chapels.

PABLO -- Lester (Two Feathers) Jean Couture, 26, of Pablo, passed away from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident near Pablo on April 3, 2006. He was born on July 29, 1979, in Polson, to Wesley Jean Couture and Debbie Lee Bell. Lester grew up in Pablo and attended schools in Pablo, Ronan and Two Eagle River. He won the Montana Golden Gloves Boxing at age 16, and was proud of winning the rollover contest at Mission Valley Speedway. He married Alice Moran at Coeur d'Alene on Nov. 21, 1998. He liked to hunt and fish and spend time with his children, family and friends. Lester also liked to take long drives in the mountains and back roads, and loved karaoke. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Nadine Couture; niece Deanna Whitworth; and cousin Roman Bell. He is survived by his wife, Alice Couture (Pablo); five children, Daylan, Kelan, Julian, and twins Shaylin and Donovan (all of Pablo); brothers Chaney Bell (Turtle Lake, MT), Michael Tenas (Ronan), Jeremey Couture (Billings), Casey Couture (Billings), and Jalen Bell (Pablo); four sisters, Amy Collicott (Turtle Lake), Kyndra Collicott (Phoenix, AZ), Chrystal Couture (Billings), and Amber Couture (Billings); grandparents Roy and Janice Couture of Ronan (Roy passed away April 4, 2006), Gene Bell (Ronan), Virginia Ness (Pablo), Peggy Collicott-Morigeau (Turtle Lake); and numerous other relatives. Funeral services were held on April 6 in the Elmo Hall. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

RONAN -- Ronald "Roy" J. Couture, 71, of Ronan, passed away on April 4, 2006, after an 18-month battle with lung cancer at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. Roy was born on July 30, 1934, in St. Ignatius, to Joseph and Susie (Andrews) Couture. He mostly grew up in Dayton and Elmo but had lived in several places throughout the west. He attended schools at the Ursulines, Flandreau in South Dakota and graduated from Polson High School. Roy served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. After his discharge from the military he returned to the Flathead Reservation. Roy married Nadine Ducharme and four children were born to this union. He and Nadine later divorced. He married Janice Cotton on May 23, 1962, in Coeur d'Alene. Roy worked in the woods his whole life. He logged for Bud Clark, Jack Long and Dick Grile for most of his career. He also cut Christmas trees, firewood, post and poles and railroad ties. Roy also worked at the Lake County Sheriff's Department as a jailer. Roy fought forest fires until he was 56 years old. Roy was still working until a week before his death. He enjoyed hunting, working on cars, attending powwows and spending time with and raising his grandchildren. Roy really enjoyed working in the family concession stand at powwows. He spent his last 18 years working on his biggest dream, which was to see that all of his grandchildren be enrolled members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathleen Sue Couture; granddaughter Cameron Hendrickson; grandson Lester Couture; sister Regina Matt; and brother John Thomas Couture. He is survived by his wife Janice (Ronan); his children and their spouses: Wes Couture and wife Linda (Billings), Tammy Couture (Reno, NV), Ronnie Couture (Pablo), and Herbie Couture and wife Betty (Great Falls, MT), Ronnie (Carmel) Couture (Ronan), Joe Couture (Ronan), Shannon (Scott) Maxwell (Lewistown, MT), Todd (Gwen) Couture (Charlo), and Shelly (Shane) Hendrickson (Valley Creek); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Rita Cannon (Polson), Rhoda (Joe) Whitehorse (Rocky Boy, MT), Judy Phillips (Pablo), Richard (Annette) Couture (Elmo), Butch (Barb) Couture (Parshell); and Aunt Helen Charlo of Elmo. Wake services began on April 6 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on April 8 at the Elmo Hall with Father Val Zdilla officiating. Burial with military honors followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

PABLO -- Joseph Ducharme passed away peacefully on April 23, 2006, at home. Known as Joe, Jody or Su-Sep, he was born on Feb. 6, 1925, in St. Ignatius. He was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He attended the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius as well as Pierre Indian School in South Dakota. His life was filled with a deep commitment to the Catholic faith and years of hard work. He was employed for 35 years by Champion Lumber Company in Missoula and retired in 1987. Joe was a proud WWII Native Veteran who served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in England and France for two years. Joe's love of the outdoors was known to everyone. He was happiest when he was fishing, hunting or camping in the Mission and Jocko mountains. His true passion was bowling, a sport that he participated in for over 50 years. He attributes his lasting physical condition with his weekly bowling. A sense of humor was his greatest gift to others as well as his attitude "to just let people be." He was a quiet man who could express his emotions when necessary. His seven children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always in his thoughts and prayers. His sole-surviving brother, Pete Ducharme, also held a special place in his heart and prayers. In his later years, bowling, lunches at the Indian Senior Center, Sunday Mass and yard work were the pleasures in his life. Joe is survived by his wife, Jean, of 53 years; daughter Jo Ann Ducharme and her son Ben Coffroth; daughter Becky Messing and her two daughters Kylee and Josey; his oldest son, Alvin McClure, from a former marriage; Penny Erickson, Candy Palmer, Sandy Drake and Keith Ducharme, many grandchildren and several great grandchildren and his brother, Pete Ducharme and his wife Ann. Many nieces, nephews and cousins will share the loss of "Uncle Jody." The family would like to thank the medical and professional staff of St. Luke¹s Hospital, Ronan, and Community Medical Center, Missoula. A special thank you to the CS&K Tribal Health staff and the Lake County Home Health Agency, especially Marget Gloessler, the home health nurse who made all the difference. Thank you to the many, many friends and relatives and to Father Bernard Koenig of Ronan who visited Joe during his final days and helped make them brighter. His kindness will always be remembered. Mass was celebrated on April 23 at the Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery, where military honors were presented. Pallbearers were Leonard Cordier, Fred Cordier, Danny Ducharme, Terry McDonald, Gene Sorrell and Phillip Paul. The family asks that memorials be made to the Lucky Strike Bowling Center in Ronan.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Edna Mae Finley passed away on April 12, 2006, from complications following surgery at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Edna was born to Christine and Earl Jacobs on Oct. 1, 1932, in Wyoming. Edna was very close to her oldest sister, Gladys Esponda of Buffalo, Wyo. Her parents, younger sister Betty and two brothers, Jimmy and David, preceded her in death. Edna married Ray Stuart Finley on Aug. 2, 1951, in Broadus. They had three sons, Thomas, Larry and Monty. Ray worked for the Bails family ranch while Edna took the neighbor ranch kids to school in her jeep pickup. In May 1962 Ray and Edna moved to the Mission Valley to help with the family dairy. The coffee pot was always on in Edna's kitchen and there was always a place for another plate at the table. She was among the very best of hostesses. Edna started working at Mission Drug in St. Ignatius in 1963 where she made many friends and enjoyed working in the pharmacy. After 41 years of service, she retired in 2004. Some of her other jobs were cooking for her family (and whomever might happen by at meal time), keeping the Finley ranch finances and feeding the milk pen calves when she got home from work. Edna enjoyed spending time with grandkids (and great-grandkids), swimming and taking care of the swimming pool, reading and crocheting. Edna is survived by her husband, Ray, and a special granddaughter, Joni, at the family home; three sons, Tom (Iris) Finley of Casper, Wyo., Larry Finley of Hanna, Wyo., and Monty (Barbara) Finley of Lance Creek, Wyo.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many other "adopted" children. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Graveside services were on April 14 at Pleasant View Cemetery.

POLSON -- Mae Rose Lyden died at her daughter's Polson residence on April 9, 2006. She was born in Butte on May 21, 1912. Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis Joseph Murphy and Kate Harrington Murphy; an infant son, Joseph Michael; her sisters Margaret Murphy Dunphy and Frances Murphy Pool; and her husband of 51 years, Joseph M. Lyden, who died in 1982. Mae lived in Butte with her husband and two children until 1956, when they moved to Las Vegas, Nev. She returned to Montana in 1986 to be near her daughter. Mae was a bright, independent Irishwoman with a great sense of humor and positive attitude. She accepted life's challenges and joys with equanimity. She had no time for maudlin sentimentality; her interests were current events and the future, as well as baseball and pro football. Mae was a proud American with a deep sense of gratitude to war veterans. She was loyal without hesitation to her family, friends and beliefs. There were no trophies, plaques or awards for her life's work as wife, mother and homemaker, but she had the reward of providing strength, love and inspiration to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mae is survived by her brother Dennis Joseph Murphy (Lorrain) of Elko, Nev.; son Harry Lyden (Nancy) of Bullhead City, Ariz.; daughter Alice Lyden Chumrau (Paul) of Missoula; grandsons Tim Lyden of San Diego, Joseph Lyden Oechsli (Leah) of New York City, and George William Oechsli (Delia) of Eden, Texas; granddaughter Amy Lyden (Mark Lorenzetto) of Sydney, Australia; great-granddaughters Megan Mae Oechsli (Texas) and Symantha Mae Lyden (California); and great-grandsons George William Oechsli (Texas), William Joseph Oechsli (New York), and Austin and Jacob Lyden (California). Mae loved young people and believed education should be available to all. She was deeply thankful for the Radio Reading Service that allowed her to continue reading after her eyesight failed. In lieu of flowers, please honor Mae by making a contribution to the Salish Kootenai College Scholarship Fund (Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855); Radio Reading Service (337 Stephens Ave., Missoula, MT 59801); or a charity of your choice. At Mae's request, cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held this summer.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Kathleen Ann Krantz McClure, 54, from St. Ignatius, passed away on April 5, 2006, from a battle with cancer. Kathy was born on July 30, 1951, to Alexander Harvey "Soup" and Verna Krantz in St. Ignatius. Kathy graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1969 and then attended the Missoula Business School. She worked for the Holy Family Hospital in St. Ignatius, the high school office in Charlo, the Medicine Tree Clinic in Arlee and St. Ignatius, Dr. Coon in Ronan and Dr. Mikesell in Missoula. Kathy was an avid softball player. She attended many tournaments across Montana, Idaho, Washington and California, almost always being the most valuable player. She loved to read and always encouraged others to do the same. Kathy is survived by her husband of 20 years, Louis Alvin McClure; her daughters, Jamie Lee McClure, Kimberly Barber (Scott), Nichole McClure-Krahn (David), Cori Matthew (Carlos) and Jodi Wrede; and one son, David McClure. She had eight grandchildren whom she adored and loved: Mariah, Madison, Jeffrey, Justin, Carli Raye, Christopher, Austin and Jeremiah. She is also survived by her mother Verna Krantz; two brothers, Bill Krantz (Myrna) and Kenny Krantz (Kay); and two sisters, Linda Bowers (Kirk) and Patty Krantz. Services started on April 7 at the St. Ignatius Community Center. The funeral followed on April 8, also at the St. Ignatius Community Center, with burial at the Krantz Memorial Cemetery in St. Ignatius. Pallbearers are Scott Barber, David Krahn, Carlos Matthew, Kenny Krantz, Bill Krantz and Joe Hawkaluk. For anyone wishing to make any donations, the family requests they be made to the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius.

POLSON -- Mary Jo (Pease) Plummer, 84, died of natural causes on April 8, 2006, at her apartment in Polson's St. Joseph Retirement Community. Born on Aug. 25, 1921 in Butte, she was the fifth of seven children born to Helen (Vlymen) and attorney Harlow Pease. Mary Jo grew up in Butte during the 1920s and 30s and had fond memories of riding the trolley car to the legendary Columbia Gardens Amusement Park. She attended high school proms at the Gardens dance pavilion and even rode the roller coaster there in her prom dress. As a kid, she and her brothers and sisters loved playing hide and seek in their big house in uptown Butte, and Mary Jo often camped with her sisters on the Continental Divide near Butte. Through the years, she enjoyed dancing, ice skating, sledding on the Butte hills and playing tennis; she was also a gifted piano student, Campfire Girl, and camp counselor on Georgetown Lake. Mary Jo went to the University of Montana in Missoula, where she met Bob Plummer. She became a war bride in Butte in April of 1943. After the war they moved to Detroit, Michigan for Bob's work. There, they raised seven children and were married for 57 years until Bob's death in July of 2000. In 1982, when Bob retired from Uniroyal Tires, they moved back to Montana -- this time to Thompson Falls. There, Mary Jo was an active member of the St. William's Catholic Parish and a historian for the Thompson Falls Senior Citizen Center. The couple enjoyed 18 retirement years there, until Mary Jo moved to Polson after Bob's death. Her seven children remember her teaching them how to do the jitterbug dance and the "boogie woogie" in their living room. They also fondly recall her delicious home-cooking, especially her Butte pasties. Her family will miss her unsinkable sense of humor. Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; brother, Paul Pease; and sister Joan Jasmin. She is survived by all seven of her children: Bill Plummer and wife, Carol (Colorado Springs, CO); Sister Mary Ellen Plummer, O.P. (Adrian, MI); Kathy Gatto (Polson); John Plummer (McLennan, Alberta, Canada); Maggie Plummer (Polson); Virginia Plummer (Tuscon, AZ); and Liz Presley, and husband, Darrell (Gilpin County, CO); three sisters: Fil Schoenfeld (Seattle, WA); Ruth Keys (Chelan, WA); and Harriet Goetsch (Rochester, MN); a brother, Richmond Pease (Trout Creek); a cousin, Pat Gilbert Russell (Thousand Oaks, CA); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Plummer family is grateful to the dedicated staff at St. Joseph Retirement Community for taking such good care of Mary Jo, and for providing a cozy, secure home all these years. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake County Hospice: 711 Main St., Ronan, MT 59864; St. Joseph Retirement Community of Polson; and/or St. William Catholic Church: Box 186, Thompson Falls, MT 59873. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 12 at St. William Catholic Church in Thompson Falls.Burial was at Thompson Falls Cemetery.

POLSON - Shirley L. Carpenter Thompson, 81, of Polson, passed away on April 7, 2006, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. She was born May 18, 1924, in Vang, N.D., to Edgar and Ida Mostad, the oldest of 13 children. She remembered as a youngster rolling coins in the cracks of her grandparents' mercantile store watching them disappear. She also helped her mother raise her siblings. As she got older, she took a cook car following the harvesters from farm to farm with a friend. Shirley married Leonard Carpenter on Jan. 7, 1944, in Colorado, and to this union six children were born: Gary, Norm, Steve, Leona, Kevin and Darla. She and Leonard divorced in 1963. Shirley held various jobs including in 1950 working at Ben Franklin in Polson and in 1958 she worked for her brother Chub at Valley Furniture. She moved to Missoula in 1963 for two years then back to Polson in 1965, where she worked for a small cafe. In 1967 she was a bookkeeper for a construction company, and in 1979 she started work at 4B's in Polson, retiring from there in 1984. On Nov. 17, 1984, she married Carroll Thompson at her home in Polson. They spent a few winters in Mesa, Ariz. Her husband, parents, four brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Shirley is survived by her four sons, Gary Carpenter of Be'Kec'saba, Hungary, Norman (Joanne) Carpenter of Butler, Pa., Steve (Linda) Carpenter of Soldotna, Alaska, and Kevin (Warni) Carpenter of Soldotna; two daughters, Leona (Vern) Frisk of Pablo and Darla (Gary) Hand of Bonner; brothers Leland (Arlene) Mostad of Mandan, N.D., Warner (Carol) Mostad of Brookings, S.D., Arvid (Shirley) Mostad of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Elroy (Liz) Mostad of Spokane; sisters Helga Martin of Plains and Darlene (Raymond) Tarin of Los Angeles; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was able to live in her own home with the help of caregivers and family until December 2005. Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Grogan Funeral Home with the Rev. Rand Drollman officiating. Interment was held at Lakeview Cemetery.

PABLO -- Deanna Marie "Mouse" Whitworth, 17, went to be with the Creator on April 3, 2006, from injuries sustained in a car accident along with two others who were also killed in the same accident. Deanna Mouse was born on Nov. 22, 1988, to Jennifer Fischer and Kelly Whitworth in Blackfoot, ID. She was a member of the CSKT and attending GED classes in Pablo and had plans to start college this spring in Blackfoot. Mouse loved her music and hanging out with her friends. She enjoyed beading, crocheting, writing, reading, swimming, talking on the phone and learning to cook. Her passion in life, though, was babysitting. She loved children and always referred to them as nieces and nephews. They always called her "Auntie Mouse." She received the nickname "Mouse" because she would always do this little dance and make a mouse noise with her tongue and teeth. Deanna loved leaving little notes everywhere in the house telling you she loved you bunches. She loved to make you a cup of coffee and was learning to cook big meals. She was so thrilled when she oven-baked her first chicken and so proud when everyone ate it all up. Mouse always had funny jokes and happy smiles. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to have Mouse in our lives and our home for the past four years. She was so good to us and always willing and eager to lend a hand or an ear, always there with open arms to pass out hugs or wipe a tear. Mouse leaves behind her extended-adopted family: "Papa and Mama Bear," Dale and Sandy Alford; her sisters, Melissa Kay, Kayla Marie, Kaetie Brown, Corinna Morigeau, and Jessica DeWolf; her brothers, Fred Howard, Matt and Andy Wickman, Brett "Lee" Reum, and Mitchie Joslin; her grandpa, Carlie; and her very special auntie, Alice. She also leaves behind her animal family -- three dogs, Precious, Champion and Jojo, and one cat, Bootsy -- along with numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. Services were held in Blackfoot, ID, on April 8.

POLSON -- William Isaac Zens, of Polson, passed away on April 15, 2006, from cancer with Dorothy Reum, his long-time companion, and Doug Reum at his side. Bill was born in a tepee at Evaro to Tony and Agatha (Pellew Guardipe) Zens with Lucy Pellew as midwife. Bill was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He is survived by his companion Dorothy Reum, Francis Amaya, Steve Reum, Velva (Honey) Reum, Ronnie Reum, Fred Reum, Doug Reum and all their children and families. Bill has loved ones among the Guardipe, Dumonts and Tricky families. Anyone who came in contact with Bill loved and cherished him for his wit and sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Delores Diane, and Sarge Reum, as well as many of his family and ancestors. Bill was an avid hunter and loved fishing. He enjoyed the mountains and spent a great deal of his time working in the woods. He joined the United States Marine Corps, along with many family members and fought for our country during the Korean War Conflict from 1953 to 1955 when he was honorably discharged. He was a member of the Marine Corps League (Hell Roaring Detachment). Graveside services were conducted on April 21 in the Jocko Catholic Cemetery, where he was laid to rest by his uncle, Ted Pellew, with full military honors from the VFW, Marine Corps League and the Warrior Society.