For the Record...
Plains - Thomas V. Butcher, 74, passed away Dec. 22nd in Missoula.
A native of West Virginia, he moved to Three
Forks in the 80's and then to Sanders County, 1st in Thompson Falls and
later to Plains.
A member of the American Legion and the Thompson
Falls Senior Citizens, he was also very active in the Masonic Lodge,
Shrine and Scottish Rite.
Thomas was preceded in death by sons Robert
Vincent & William Lee and brothers John, Waitman and LeRoy
He leaves behind his wife Claire of Plains;
children Thomas Michael Butcher of Van Alstyne, TX, Deborah J Davies of
Belgrade, MT, Robert Butcher of WA, Bruce Butcher of VA and Tom Butcher
of Thompson Falls, MT.; sisters Alliedine Myers of Bridgeport, WV,
Alice Barker of WV and Louise Lauth of OH, several grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec 30th
at 2pm in the Falls Chapel at Thompson Falls.
POLSON - Dolores Jean Stanley, 69,of Polson, MT. went home to be in the
arms of Jesus on December 22, 2006.
Dolores was born on November 17, 1937 in
Kalispell, MT to Ben and Mabel Rohrer.
She married Ray Stanley in 1955 in Kalispell, MT.
She enjoyed collecting dolls, building dollhouses
and sewing. She was a member of the Polson Alliance Church and enjoyed
bible study in her home.
Dolores is preceded in death by her son- Russell ray Stanley and her
parents Ben and Mabel Rohrer.
Dolores is survived by her husband Ray of Polson;
Laurie Miller and her husband Don of Polson; sons Rory Stanley and his
wife Jeannie of Chicago, Ill. and Rocky Stanley of Polson; seven
grandchildren and four great grandchildren and a
brother Jim Rohrer and his wife Sheila of Lakeside, MT and ARIZONA,
also survive her.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Dec. 28,
2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Polson Alliance Church with Rev. Harvey Town
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction
Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
CHARLO - Charlyn M. Rogers, 72, of Charlo, MT. passed away from cancer
on the morning of December 21, 2006, with her family at her side and
the glory of her beloved Mission Mountains in full view.
Charlyn was born in Poplar, Montana on November
25, 1934 to Walter and Luvia Montgomery. She was raised on the family
wheat farm where she and her sister Betty Rae lived until the family
decided to move to Billings to allow the girls to attend High School.
The Poplar farm proudly remains in the family to this day.
Charlyn met Jim Rogers during the state track
meet of their senior year of high school. It was love at first sight
and Jim promptly ran home and announced to his Mom, "I've found the
girl I'm going to marry!"
Charlyn and Jim were married in 1954 while Jim
was on a 30-day leave from the Army. Charlyn stayed in Billings where
she attended Eastern Montana College. She was secretary of her class
and made the high honor roll. Upon Jim's return from the Army, the two
of them set off for Bozeman for Jim to play football and attend Montana
State University. Charlyn worked full time for the Fish and Game
department and helped Jim through school. It was also during this time
that Charlyn recognized one of her true callings, that of a devoted
mother, as she proudly welcomed the arrival of her first son, James
Michael into their lives.
Jim's graduation from MSU (and Char received her
"Honorary Degree"), the young family pulled up stakes and headed to
Missoula. Here they welcomed the arrival of their second son Randy, and
the family was complete. Side by side, Jim and Char ventured into the
business world and founded J&C All American Trophy. Char wore
many hats in getting the business going from bookkeeper to typesetter
to receptionist. Her efforts and hard work paid off, as the business is
still flourishing 45 years later under their son Randy's management.
Having worked so hard for most of their lives,
Jim and Char decided on early retirement and moved to their dream home
on Ninepipes in 1986. Surrounded by a beautiful pond with the Mission
Mountains as the backdrop, this picturesque setting would become the
masterpiece of their lives. It was a sanctuary to every type of bird
imaginable, from songs birds to waterfowl to raptors. Char loved them
all. This place truly became Char and Jim's heaven on earth. Grandma
Char imparted her love of this place onto her grandchildren who have
many wonderful memories of nature walks, fishing, boating in the pond
and anxiously awaiting the hatching of the goslings each spring.
Charlyn Rogers lived her life with the grace of a
true lady. She was an active member of her community. She was a proud
member of PEO and the Mission View Garden Club. She established many
friendships and touched countless peoples' lives through her work, as
was evident in the volumes of get well wishes and cards that were sent
her way during her illness. She and Jim were fortunate to have
celebrated their 50th Anniversary together in March of 2004 with a
gathering of their family and many friends at Leon Hall.
Char was preceded in death by her parents, and
her oldest son James Michael. She is survived by her husband Jim of
Ninepipes; son Randy and his wife Colleen and their children Jaclyn,
Tylor and Caitlyn of Missoula; Granddaughters Michele and Jenice; great
granddaughters Anastacia and Teonna, all of Washington; sister Betty
Rae Stewart; nephew Scott Stewart; special niece Shawn Hinz; and cousin
Hap Dudik of Ronan.
A celebration of Charlyn's life was held at Leon
Hall on Saturday December 30th at 1:00 p.m. (1 mile west of Highway 93
on Leon Road). The family suggests memorial contributions for a
scholarship in Charlyn's name be made to P.E.O., Chapter BS, in care of
Hope Stockstad, Ninepipe Road, Charlo, MT 59824.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you
to Dr. Speckart and the caring staff of nurses at St. Pat's Cancer
center, and also to Dr. Vizcarra and the staff at St. Luke's Hospital
in Ronan. The tender care all of you provided Charlyn with touched this
family's hearts deeply
Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home &
Crematory of Polson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
Mae Otto (Panchot)
POLSON - Erma Mae Otto (Panchot), 74, Pablo, died at home Saturday. She
was born May 14, 1932, at St. Ignatius and attended Dixon schools. Erma
traveled to the Philippines in 1949 when her father Harry Panchot was
sent to build Voice of America broadcast stations. She also traveled to
Greece and Europe and then returned to graduate from Ronan High School
Erma attended Spokane's Kenman Business University
and received a one-year business accounting degree. In May 1953, she
joined the Air Force and was assigned to San Antonio and to Scott AFB,
IL. She went to the Missoula Vocational Technical Center to become a
Licensed Practical Nurse on November 27, 1981. While nursing in
Portland, she met her Ronan High School sweetheart Kenneth Otto. They
wed in October 1990. After his retirement from Freightliner, they
purchased a Pablo home.
Erma Erma Otto was a member of the Tribal Warrior
Society and the Polson VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by Aunt
Winogene Cheery, brother Maurice Panchot, brother-in-law Alf Salway,
and numerous cousins, by three children, James Wilkinson, Salem, OR,
David Wilkinson, Sacramento, CA, and Diane Milligan, Denver, IA, and by
three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Harry and
Faye Panchot, sister Mary Alice Salway, and grandparents Maurice and
Hattie Hastings. She loved nursing, camping and fishing, gambling, and
Erma Private services will be held Thursday,
December 21 at Grogan's Funeral Home in Polson. She will be buried with
full military honors at the Polson Cemetery on March 13, 2007, at 10 am.
Erma Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
Polson - Mike A. Finley, 56, of Polson died peacefully in his sleep on
Born in St. Ignatius on June 29, 1950 to Antoine
& Susan (Hewankorn) Finley he was raised in Dayton Creek
Mike worked at the Dupuis Mill as the green chain
boss until the mill closed. He was also a skilled auto mechanic and
electrician. Most recently he worked at Tribal Maintenance.
He loved to hunt and was one of the best providers
to many people shooting 17 bucks in one fall with a 22 single shot. He
was known for his adaptability when needed during the hunt. An avid
stickgame player, he had most recently won the big tournament at
Kwataqnuk. He also enjoyed shooting pool with his nieces and nephews,
and spending time with his grandchildren Audrey, Mariam, Tobias, Aiden,
Tabitha, Ezekiel "EJ" and Francois's kids.
also loved his Harley and the Martial Arts as well
as playing video games with the grandchildren. He will be remembered as
a kind & generous man who would share anything he had with whom
ever needed it.
He is survived by his brothers Vernon (Elaine) of
Polson and Barney (Frances) of Ronan; sisters Myrna of great Falls
& Naida of Polson; his children Tricia, Jocelyn, Annie and
Francois, his mom Cecile as well as his grandchildren and many nieces,
nephews, cousins, uncles and aunties.
A wake began Saturday morning in the Elmo
Community Center with services followed by burial in the Dayton
Cemetery being held Sunday, Dec. 24 (today).
Pallbearers were Donny Prindel, Harlan Mathias,
Tom Duran, Jerry Hewankorn, Oskie Lefthand, Ray Finley, Jr.. Cross
Bearer was Harry Hewankorn and honorary bearers were Jerry McClure, Bud
Mathias, Virgil Mathias, Reuben Mathias & his many other
relatives and friends.
POLSON — Our beloved mother and grandmother, Louella Marie
Dover, passed away December 22, 2006 due to complications of colon
cancer. Louella was born November 17, 1932 in Casper, Wyoming to Lewis
and Thelma (Waring) Hansen and joined her elder sister, Geraldine in
the home. The family lived in Glenrock, WY and Redmond, Oregon before
moving to Billings, MT. Louella graduated from Billings High School.
While attending Eastern Montana College, Louella met the love of her
life, Edwin Leroy Dover, on a blind date. They were married on August
31, 1951. To this union was born four children - Lewin (Jan), Lorrie
(Donald), Leslie (Gerry), and Lance (Rose). Louella's grandchildren
were Thomas Maxwell, Garrett Dover, Anna Maxwell, Quinn Dover, and
Following his retirement from teaching, Louella
and Leroy moved to Polson, MT where they delighted in hosting people
from all over the country to the beauty and wonders of Flathead Lake.
Mom's wonderful meals and especially her cinnamon rolls were a delight
to many. Mom was also an accomplished leather crafter and she and Leroy
would travel to craft shows all over the state to share her talents
Louella's parents, sister, and beloved husband
passed before her, Leroy by 187 days.
A visitation was held on Friday December 29, 2006
at the Grogan Funeral Home Chapel from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
were held at Grogan's Funeral Home on Saturday,
December 30th at 11 a.m. The Reverend Russ Barber officiated. Burial
followed the services at Lakeview Cemetery. A reception followed the
services at Grogan Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank the nurses and
doctors at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson and St. Patrick Hospital in
Missoula for their loving and tender care of our mother.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your
ST. IGNATIUS - Frederick H. "Freddie" Decker, the only son of Fred B.
and Mary (McClure) Decker, was born Feb. 12, 1917, and passed away from
natural causes Saturday morning, Dec. 16, 2006, at the family home.
Freddie was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes and was the oldest living tribal war veteran.
He graduated from Thompson Falls High School in
1938. He lettered in athletics, was student body president and a
well-known baseball player, and participated in numerous high school
to joining the Army in 1942, Freddie worked for
the Civilian Conservation Corps in heavy equipment operations. During
World War II, Freddie was in the Army Aviation Engineers. He served in
Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno and southern France. He built
airstrips and dismantled land mines. Freddie was honorably discharged
on Aug. 28, 1945.
After the war, he married Alma Eileen Swaney in
1948. Freddie and Eileen had three children: Denise, Daniel and Mary
Jean. Freddie and Eileen also cared for Maureen (Kelly) Swaney, Colleen
(EO) Swaney, James (KittyKat) Swaney, Doug Swaney and Beverly Swaney.
Freddie had a variety of work experiences. He
worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads
Division and Kicking Horse Job Corps as a heavy equipment instructor.
Most of his work was with heavy equipment and road construction with
the BIA, from which he retired at Juneau, Alaska, in 1980.
Freddie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed
fishing as often as he could and the mountains of the Flathead Indian
Reservation, especially the Jocko where at age 17 he helped construct
the "Decker Cabin" at the Shovel Camp of the North Fork of the Jocko
River. He was complimented in 1980 in the Southeast Empire newspaper of
Juneau as an "expert equipment operator working in such exotic places
as Crooked Creek, the upper KusKoKwim River and Chignik on the Alaska
Peninsula, where he constructed suspension bridges and boardwalks."
Freddie was preceded in death by his parents;
three sisters, Dorothy Decker Dupuis, Ann Decker Dupuis and Zelda
Decker Morigeau; and James (KittyKat) Swaney.
is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen, at
the family home in St. Ignatius; his children, Denise and Gary
Morigeau, Mary Jean Decker, and Daniel and Cher Decker, all of St.
Ignatius; 15 grandchildren, James Steele Jr., Rick Steele, Matt Steele,
Bill Steele, Dan Decker, Shawn Decker, Josh Decker, Amber Walks Over
Ice, Amanda Decker, Wyatt Decker, Shaniya Decker, Victoria Decker,
Pauline Never Misses A Shot, Dustin Decker and Dylan Decker; and 17
A rosary service was held at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec.
18, at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday
at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Decker
Family Cemetery. A dinner was held at the St. Ignatius Long House after
POLSON - Carol Jane Schell, age 57 of Polson, passed away on Sunday
December 17, 2006 at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan, MT.
Carol was born on January 31, 1949 in Bozeman, MT
to Edwin and Ethel Ehresman. She grew up in Belgrade, MT. Carol married
Gary Schell in 1971 in Belgrade. Gary and Carol were in Germany while
Gary was stationed in the U.S. Armed Forces. They later moved to New
York, NY for four years. Carol and Gary divorced and she moved back to
Bozeman. She worked at the American Land & Title in Bozeman for
10 years. Carol then operated her own flower shop, "The Posie Patch",
in Belgrade for several years. She moved to Polson and began a new
career selling real estate for Century 21. Carol enjoyed sailing on
Flathead Lake and enjoyed her crafts and making her family feel
Carol is preceded in death by her father Edwin
Ehresman and a brother Don Ehresman. Surviving carol are her daughter
Kimberly Oliveira of New Jersey and her son Zachary Schell of Denver,
CO, her two grandchildren Ava Oliveira and Josephine Schell, her mother
Ethel Ehresman of Belgrade, and four brothers.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service
will be held at a later date. Arrangements and cremation are under the
direction of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory of Polson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Andrea Howell Brower
MT. PLEASANT, UTAH - Venetta Andrea Howell Brower passed away
peacefully in her 93rd year on December 9, 2006 at the Sanpete Valley
Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. She died of causes incident to age and
a recent heart attack.
She was born on Sept. 11, 1913 in Downey, Idaho to
William Leo Howell and Andrea Boletta Jensen. She was the second of
seven children. She attended beauty school in Washington. She fulfilled
an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints in North Western States Mission, and was a certified nurse's
She married Edgar Franklin Brower on Sept. 28,
1939 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were sealed for time and all eternity
in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1940. They were the parents of 2 sons
and 2 daughters, Fred, Beth, Charles, and Kathy.
They lived in Nevada, Montana, Washington and
Utah, but were the happiest in their home in Polson, Montana on the
shores of beautiful Flathead Lake.
Venetta loved fishing, genealogy, gardening,
cooking, canning, and spending time with friends and family. She was
well known for baking 12 loves of bread at a time and making wonderful
chicken noodle soup. She was a work-aholic and taught her children and
grandchildren the love of work. She was a life long member of the
Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and her testimony was an
important part of her life. She served as president in many different
auxiliaries and was an example for good to all who knew her.
After Ed passed away in 1997, Venetta spent
winters with her children in Washington and Utah, but continued to live
in the family home in Montana during the summer, taking care of her 2
acres of garden, fruit trees, lawn and home. She was able to stay in
Polson due to the loving care of her niece, Peggy Pick.
Her husband and her parents, 2 sisters, 3
brothers, and one daughter-in-law preceded her in death. She is
survived by her 4 children, Fred, Salt Lake City, Utah; Beth (Terrell)
Pack, Indianola, Utah; Charles (Pam), Newman Lake, Wash; Kathy (Jaime)
Adams, St. George, Utah; brother Dean (Virginia) Howell, Billing, Mt;
sisters-in-law, Marge Howell and Mary Howell, of Montana and many
nieces and nephews; 36 grandchildren and 85 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the Broomhead Funeral
Home in Riverton, Utah on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 10:00 am with
services following at 11:00 am. A viewing at the Grogan Funeral Home in
Polson will be held on Friday, December 15, 2006 at 10:00 am with a
graveside service at the Lakeview Cemetery at 11:00 am. A luncheon will
follow at the L.D.S. Church in Polson. Special thanks to Dr. Allan Day
and the nurses at the Sanpete Valley Hospital for their kind and loving
care, also to Candace and Steve Sanders and their staff.
MISSOULA - Lorraine Peterson Carter passed away Saturday, December 9,
2006 at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, Lorraine was born April 28, 1934 to her father Lyle Peterson and
her mother Bernice Bisson Peterson Sias. She was preceded in death by
her parents. She is survived by her husband Bob Carter and her three
children, Cherie (Daniel Smith) Austin, Debbie Troyan and Greg
(Elizabeth) Brown. Also surviving are her brothers Lorin (Lori)
Peterson and Corky (Cynthia) Sias and Corky's five children; her
stepfather Jim (Kelly) Sias and her sister Terry Sias Edmo and Terry's
three children. Lorraine had five grandchildren, Sean and Kyle Austin,
Larry and Tammy Troyan, Billy Brown and one great-grandson Ashton
Glatz. Additionally surviving are one nephew Wayne Peterson, his three
children, nieces Missy (Darwin) Hensley and her five children, Kathy
Peterson and numerous cousins.
Lorraine left Montana to attend college in
California and received her BA in Cultural Anthropology. She married,
raised her children, retired and returned home to Montana in 2000 with
her husband, Bob. She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to have
visited many places around the world. Some of her favorite pastimes
were hunting for huckleberries in any form, playing with all the
children and Margaritas.
A memorial dinner was held Tuesday December 12,
2006 at the Tribal Senior Center in Ronan. Graveside service was held
Thursday December 14, 2006 at the Ronan Cemetery. Lorraine will be
greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of her company, her
wit and her quick smile.
Geraldine Matt Hitchcock
MISSOULA - Fern Geraldine Matt Hitchcock, 82, passed away suddenly
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
Fern was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Ronan to Louis J.
and Hazel N. Pratt Matt. She was raised in the Arlee area. She was a
member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
She married Leonard Hitchcock on Sept. 10, 1945.
They raised four children and two granddaughters, Michelle and Tammy,
in their 45 years together. They lived in the Valley Creek and
Clearwater areas and finally settled in Missoula.
Fern was devoted to her family. In her early years, she and her family
would camp up the Jocko through the week of the Fourth of July. Fern
loved to garden. Her flowers and vegetables adorned her yard. She
canned and made jams and jellies yearly. She always made time to sit
down and visit over a cup of coffee. She will be truly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband
Leonard; a son, Lenny; a sister, Angela; and her bothers, Jerry, John,
Joe, Bud, Bob and Wendal.
Survivors include her daughter, Leona and her
husband Richard Larson of Frenchtown; two sons, Albert and his wife
Julie Hitchcock of Arlee and Ray and wife Jan of Arlee. Also surviving
are 10 grandkids, Michelle, Tammy, Kelly, Kyle, Lisa and husband Mark,
Brian, DeRae, William, Josh and Jeff; 12 great-grandchildren, Kail,
Jaren, Dylan, Cierra, Kaitlyn, Zach, Royce, Jake, Allison, Taylor,
Brittlynn, Aubrey and Caden; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Monday, Dec.
11, at Livingston, Malletta and Geraghty Funeral Home with a vigil
service to follow at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home with burial to follow at the Jocko Catholic
Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Arlee
Community Center following the burial.