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August 2003 Obituaries

ELMO -- Theola Mae Bachman died from natural causes on Aug. 18, 2003, at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan. She was born on May 8, 1923, in Elmo, and attended the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius. Theola grew up in Browning and moved to the Flathead Reservation in 1945. She married Martin Papin; they were later divorced. She later married Wayne Bachman; they were later divorced. She was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and worked as a nurse's aide. She was an artist who painted and played piano. She also loved to gamble and crochet, grow roses and attend powwows. She was preceded in death by her daughter Dee Dee; former husband Martin; her parents; a brother, Jason Devereaux; and a sister, Helen Devereaux. She is survived by her children, Martin "Bud" Papin (Finley Point), Darrell Papin (Kicking Horse), and Tana Bachman (Polson;) four grandchildren, Kenclena, Elliott, Harley and Molly; and two great grandchildren, Savahanna and Marilyn. Wake services started on Aug. 19 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Aug. 20 in the Elmo Hall.. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

RONAN -- Helen A. Burget, 73, died at her home here of natural causes on Aug. 8, 2003. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.

RONAN -- LeRoy Thomas "Sonny" Burland died on Aug. 7, 2003, in a car crash on Highway 93 near Polson. Sonny was born on Oct. 17, 1941, in St. Ignatius, to Francis T. and Olivine (McLeod) Burland. He grew up and attended schools in Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School in 1960. He married Judy Lang; they were later divorced. Sonny lived in Kalispell and San Francisco before returning to the Mission Valley in 1979. He enjoyed playing pool, camping and fishing in his younger years. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis, and his son, Steven. He is survived by his mother, Olivine Burland (Ronan); six children, Sheila, Michelle, Will, Wade, Wayne and Jolene; and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Frenchy Burland (Arlee), Barbara Mann and Florence Gehring (both of Ronan), Dick Burland, Betty Hernandez, Janice Durant, Sharon Whiting and Marilyn Howell (all of Polson), and Tracy Burland (Ronan). Cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service was conducted on Aug. 11 at Lakeview Cemetery.

CHARLO -- Paul Christiansen died at his home here on Aug. 1, 2003. Paul was born in Fort Benton on Feb. 28, 1933, to Henry and Anna (Matteson) Christiansen. They moved from Geraldine to the Mission Valley in 1941 and then bought a farm south of Charlo. Paul graduated from Charlo High School in 1952 and then joined the U.S. Army; he was discharged in 1962. After his tour of duty, he returned to the Mission Valley and drove the dairy route, worked at Polson Plywood and eventually took over the family farm. He married Shirley Broderick on July 23, 1960. Paul drove bus for Charlo and later Ronan. He retired in 1990 after 25 years of transporting students. He had a passion for cars. He also enjoyed meeting for morning coffee at the local cafe and visiting with the surrounding ranchers. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Ann Herbert and Nancy Kosanke, and one child, Shawn. He is survived by his wife (Charlo); four children, Scott (Charlo), Shannon (Columbia Falls), Shane and wife Jamie (Havre) and Steve (Federal Way, WA); and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Aug. 6 in Charlo, with military honors being presented. In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's name may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the Institute of the Blind.

ARLEE -- Duran L. Courchene, 70, died on Aug. 7, 2003, at his home near Arlee. Cremation has taken place at his request and private family services will be held at a later date.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Nancy Lynn Hansborough Estevez died of natural causes at her home in Butte on Aug 18, 2003. She was born on June 3, 1959, in Wenatchee, WA, to George and Darlene (Courchene) Hansborough. She attended schools in Polson, St. Ignatius and Arkansas. She also attended Salish Kootenai College, earning certificates in entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing and finance, and was a a certified nursing assistant with a medication certificate. Her favorite job was working for the Butte Sheltered Workshop. She was preceded in death by two sons, James Monroe Pickering Jr. and Jonathan Charles Pickering; a grandson; and her father. She is survived by two daughters, Marcela Angel Estevez and Natasha Maria Gallegos; her mother, Darlene Matt (St. Ignatius); siblings and their spouses, Sharon Hansborough (St. Ignatius), Sheryl and Allen Clement (Texarkana, TX), George Hansborough, and Robert and Sharlena Matt (all of St. Ignatius), and Rhonda Brasel (Dierks, AR); and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. A wake was held in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Aug. 25 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with interment following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Raymond Louis Fiddler Jr. died on Aug. 22, 2003. He was born in Anaconda, MT, on Nov. 26, 1948, to Raymond Louis Fiddler Sr. and Donna Mae McClure Martin. He spent many years working on the Vanderburg ranch with his grandfather, Alex Vanderburg, and grandmother, Cecile. He attended Chiloco Indian School. When he turned 18, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was a wounded combat veteran and was extremely proud of serving his country and earning a Purple Heart. He returned home and soon met and married Cheryl Sheridan (Clairmont). He went to school and graduated from several training courses and later became one of the first Native American U.S. Marshalls. Some of his fondest memories were of camping with Grandpa and Grandma up Jocko and South Fork. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking. He was married a second time to Betty Lou Umphrey of Missoula and took her daughter, Tambi Lynn, as his own. He had a very special relationship with his first granddaughter, Emily Lynn. Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents; brother Bobby and brother-at-heart, Jimmy Fyant. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Lisa, Louis (Bridget) and Lakota; three grandchildren; siblings and their spouses, Deeda and Neil Adams (Arlee), Connie Stevens (Deer Lodge), Bonnie Winninghoff (Phillipsburg); Cindy Glidewell (Lewistown) and Lynn and Stella (Arlee), Kirby Fiddler (Deer Lodge), Charlie "PeeWee" Fiddler (OR); Bruce and Velda Shelby and Gary Dean Shelby; his step-mother, Kitty Fiddler (Deer Lodge); aunts Mable (John) Rivera (Anaconda) and Laura Fiddler (Spokane, WA); nephews Joe Don (Kim) Charlo (Arlee) and Shane (Jessica) Fiddler (Salt Lake City, UT); nieces Marcie Stevens (Missoula) and Sam Shelby (Arlee); and numerous cousins and friends. Wake services were held at the Arlee Indian Senior Center. Mass and burial with honors from the Veteran Warrior Society were held at the Jocko Cemetery on Aug. 26.

ARLEE -- Evelyn Morigeau Grenier died on Aug. 25, 2003, at her daughter's home, next to the family home where she was born on July 22, 1911. She was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was born to Octave Morigeau and Collette LaMoose. Her maternal grandparents were Pierre and Lucy LaMoose. Her paternal grandparents were Alex and Rosalie Morigeau. Evelyn was the oldest girl in the family of 13 -- seven brothers and five sisters. Up until the eighth grade, she went to school in Arlee. After she graduated from eighth grade, she stayed out of school for two years, then she and her sisters went to school in Rapid City, SD, and then Chemawa, OR. When she was 26, she married Hugh "Jumbo" Grenier. For a wedding present, they received a cow and a calf. From that start, she built up a herd and raised cattle until her death. Evelyn loved to travel. She and Jumbo traveled the western states. After his death, she traveled to Italy to see the Pope, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Alaska, New York City, Canada and Mexico. She was an active member of the Arlee Salish Senior Center and one of its founders. She delivered meals to many seniors younger than she. She had served on the Tribal Credit Committee, was one of the first members of the American Legion Auxiliary from the George Ducharme Post in Arlee, and was an active member of the Arlee Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Grenier (at the family home); sister Alice Gardipe (Arlee); brother Carl Morigeau (Arlee); a cousin, Louise Combs (Arlee); a special nephew who was raised as her brother, Frenchy Burland (Arlee); numerous nieces and nephews who all called her "Auntie Babe"; and her little dog "Lady." Mass was celebrated on Aug. 28 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Arlee. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery.

MISSOULA -- Ruth A. Hendrickson died on Aug. 29, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital here of natural causes. She was born April 3, 1915, in Moiese, the daughter of George and Cora Miller Coleman. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and 10 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband, Orval Hendrickson (Missoula), and four daughters, Marcia Kelley (Missoula), M. Judy Piper (Fremont, NE), Wilma Large (San Diego, CA), and Corrine Vaux (Philipsburg, PA); seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Wesley Coleman (Charlo); and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 3 in Missoula. Graveside services were conducted on Sept. 5 in Spokane.

CHARLO -- Ruth K. Johnson, formerly of Big Timber, died here on Aug. 15, 2003, from natural causes. She was born on May 22, 1917, to Levi A. and Bess Ogle Keithly at Hesper. She was educated at Elder Grove School, Billings High School and Montana State College. In 1939, she married Newton W. Pierson. They ranched at Melville and Shepherd. She served as a home economist-extension agent in Yellowstone County from 1955 to 1972. Her first husband died in 1970 and in 1972 she married Arnold O. Johnson of Big Timber. She was a member of American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Billings Professional Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Montana State Alumni Association, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Overland Recreation Association and Stillwater/Sweet Grass Mental Health Association. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Anne; her sister, Margaret Stewart; her brother, Joe Keithly; and her husband, Arnold. She is survived by her daughter Caroline Myhre (Charlo); son Jim Pierson and wife Barbara (McMinnville, OR); stepson Steve Johnson and wife Linda (Big Timber); stepdaughter Kay Ross (Black Diamond, WA); 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held as a memorial service in Big Timber at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. Ruth's ashes will be buried on her daughter Anne's grave in Billings.

ELMO -- Dolly Jean Langston died of cancer on Aug. 9, 2003, at her home here. She was born on April 11, 1928, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Merle and Ruth Lowe. She moved to California as a teenager and attended high school in El Cerrito, Calif. On April 12, 1946, she married F.A. Langston in Los Angeles. They lived in southern California until 1963, when they moved to Montana. They lived in Arlee until 1978 and then they moved to Rocky Point near Polson. For the past seven years, they have lived in Elmo. Dolly enjoyed sewing, quilting and traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband; children Larry Langston, Charles Langston and Paul Langston (all of Calif.), Pamela Burch and husband Stephen (Selah, WA), Tami Nelson and husband Kenneth (Missoula) and Kenneth Langston and wife Kathleen (Calif.); sister Grace Post (Calif.); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Aug. 13 in Polson.

PABLO -- Donna "Ida" Matt McClure, 49, died on Aug. 29, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was preceded in death by her birth parents, Pete Matt and Theresa SmallSalmon; her adoptive mother, Gertrude (Matt) McClure; sons Chris LaMere and Marshall McClure; grandmother Mary SmallSalmon; brother Kevin Matt; and nephew Richard L. Matt. She is survived by a daughter, Opal; sisters and their spouses Donata Healy, Jody and Arnold Irvine, Bev and Wilbert Michel, Arlene and Frank Powell, Shirley Matt and April McClure; brothers and their spouses, Eugene "Sammy" and Thelma Matt and Jerry and Selena Matt; her father, Harold McClure; four grandchildren, Kirsten and Samantha McClure and Loran and Christopher Bacon; boyfriend Francis "Fuss" McDonald; Richard LaMere, longtime love and father of her boys; aunts and uncles Steve SmallSalmon, Stan Healy, Joe and Sophie Matt, Margaret Matt and Alice SmallSalmon; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other aunts and uncles too numerous to mention. Traditional wake services were held in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Aug. 30 in the Longhouse in Mission. Interment followed at the Jocko Cemetery near Arlee.

ARLEE -- Ellen Morin died at her home here on Aug. 24, 2003, after a long illness. She was born on Dec. 10, 1921. She is survived by her brother, Wayne Lynch (Seattle); son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Lisa, and her grandchildren, Kee-Yazzie, Carole, Alan and Jade (all of Arlee). She also had the joy of seeing her first great-grandchild, Lisa Isabelle, also of Arlee. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes will be buried beside her husband of 50 years, Alvin, on the family property with no services.

FAIRFIELD, Idaho -- R.H. 'Dick' Mutterer, 66, died on Aug. 21, 2003, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. He was an educator and was superintendent of schools at St. Ignatius from 1991 through 1994. He is survived by his wife, June, and extended family. Cremation was in Boise. No services are being held at Dick's request.

RONAN -- Terje Jonaven Ellis Pablo, infant son of Craig and Shirley Pablo, was stillborn on Aug. 7, 2003, at St. Luke's Community Hospital in Ronan. He was preceded in death by his uncle, William John "B.J." Ellis Gardipe. Terje is survived by his parents, Craig and Shirley, and brother, Marshall (Ronan); maternal great-grandmother Clara Robison (Polson); maternal grandparents Ron and Maxine Kimmel (Ronan); paternal great-grandparents Thomas M. Pablo (Ronan) and Vida Jane Pablo (Ronan); paternal grandparents Marvin Gardipe (Charlo) and Alma Pablo (Pablo); and numerous other relatives. Terje would have been a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. A traditional wake was held Aug. 9 in Charlo. Burial followed at the family lot on Mud Creek Lane.

LIBBY -- Kenneth D. Sagen died on Aug. 24, 2003, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital here. Born on May 15, 1935, in Kalispell, to Knute and Mary Brekke Sagen, he grew up and attended school in Pablo and Ronan. He entered the U.S. Army in 1955 and served in Germany. On June 14, 1958, he married Nancy Elverud in Idaho, and they made their home in Libby. He worked for the St. Regis Paper Co. and Champion International. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, camping, talking and his grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Arnold, Orphie and Arley; and four sisters, Ann Marchant, Eleanor Day, Evelyn Smart and Myrtle Shepard. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Sagen (Libby); three children and their spouses, Kenneth and Donna Sagen (Bucyrus, KS), Julia and Jeff Rothstein (Tempe, AZ) and Tyrena and Charles Drury (Libby); nine grandchildren; one sister, Helen Lutton (Ronan); and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held on Aug. 30 at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.

TACOMA, Wash. -- Grace Marie Sousley Skaflestad died here on Aug. 28, 2003. She was born to John Thurmond Sousley and Mary S. Gibeau on Feb. 8, 1916 in Dixon. She is survived by her three children, Joyce Coffel (Tacoma), Lynn Webber and wife Eileen (Puyallup), Doug Webber and wife Sharon (Tacoma); brother James Sousley and wife Vera; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Ragnar Skaflestad, brother Henry (Hank) Sousley and sister Helen Cowin. A member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she had a passion for family and tradition. Her life's calling was spent caring for others, whether it be her family or the patients at Western State Hospital in Tacoma. She loved painting, sewing, crocheting, gardening and traveling, especially back to Montana. Her funeral was held Sept. 4 at Lynn Funeral Home in Tacoma. Memorials may be made to the People's Center in Pablo.

PLAINS -- Lois J. Shields died on Aug. 18, 2003, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital here. She was born on Sept. 20, 1926, at the family home in Hot Springs, the daughter of Carl and Grace Keirn. Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jack Shields; her parents; and two brothers, Clarence and Keith Keirn. She is survived by her two sons and daughters in-law, Gary and Virginia Shields (Priest Lake, ID) and Rocky and Colleen Shields (Chattaroy, WA); daughter and son-in-law, Lyla and Don Sears (Plains); her twin sister, Betty Shultz (Hot Springs); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 22 in Plains. Burial followed at Plains Cemetery.

PABLO -- Dustin James Spang, 16, died of injuries sustained in an automobile crash near Ronan on Aug. 4, 2003. Dusty was born to Arlene and Gary Spang on Oct. 15, 1986, in Ronan. Some of his favorite pastimes were fishing, motorcycles and snowmobiling. He learned to ride his first bicycle when he was but two years old. Dusty leaves behind his parents; sister Nikki; brother Casey; nephews, Kain, Raven and Gage; niece Rogue; and his grandmothers, Dorothy Spang and Esther Clay. Dusty was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Edwin Spang and Melvin Wickey. Funeral services were held on Aug. 8 in Pablo. Burial was in Ronan.


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