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February 2005 Obituaries

RONAN -- Thomas J. Bennett, 59, died on Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility here after an extended illness.Tom was born in Butte on Dec. 31, 1945, to Paul J. and Catherine Bennett.Memorial services were Feb. 22 at the Mission Mountain Enterprises Work Center in Ronan. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte at a later date.

POLSON -- Camille D.D. Bisson, 67, died on Feb. 6, 2005, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula of natural causes. Dick was born on Jan. 17, 1938, at Mountain View to Camille and Mary Bisson. He attended school at the Ursuline Catholic School in St. Ignatius, then finished at Polson Public School. Dick married Norma Stewart on Jan. 27, 1973. Their lives resolved around working and playing in the outdoors. From 1991 to 1995, the couple owned and operated the Elmo Bay Grocery in Elmo. Dick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Norma (Polson); sons John (Tammy) Stewart (Browning) and Daniel Wheeler (Minot, ND); daughter Dawn (Chris) Ott and their child, due in September (Billings); step-daughter Tana (Ron) Erickson (Pablo); grandson Lonnie (LeeAnn) Erickson (Polson); granddaughter Velnetta Erickson (Pablo); three great-grandchildren; a brother, Rayfield (Polson); sisters Alice (Leroy) Schoonover (NV), Juanita Marquartd (Pablo), and Mary Ann Cavazos (Grandview, WA); and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan with burial following at Mountain View Cemetery on Feb. 9.

POLSON -- Andy Cannon died of cancer on Feb. 19, 2005, in Missoula. As a young man, Andy spent time on a ranch in Texas and developed a love for hunting, fishing and tinkering on guns. Andy's love of the outdoors evolved into a career with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Most recently, Andy had a distinguished career as a detective for the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Andrew was preceded in death by his mother Mabel, father Andrew Sr., and brother Hugh. He is survived by his wife Marty; daughters Kathy Hobza (Billings), Bonny Moore (Red Lodge) and Jennifer Cannon (Kalispell); three grandchildren Nicholas Maanum, and Austin and Abby Hobza; as well as sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother-in law and nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Feb. 26 in Polson following cremation.

BIG TIMBER -- Funeral services for former Ronan resident August R. Christensen were held on Feb. 12 at the Pablo Christian Church. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery. Christensen, 66, died on Feb. 6, 2005, in Big Timber of natural causes.

POLSON -- Rob Cookingham, 47, died on Feb. 2, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital here. Rob was born on May 26, 1957, in Oregon City, OR, to Warren and LaRona "Bobbie" (Powell) Cookingham. He grew up and attended schools in Polson and Oregon City, OR. He joined the U.S. Marines at the age of 17. He served in the Marines as a radio operator. After his military service he attended Clackamas Community College in Oregon City and studied telecommunications. He worked for Gerber Legendary Blades for 9 1/2 years and met his wife Pam while working there. Rob moved to Polson in 1987 and started working at the Dupuis Lumber Mill. He worked as an electrical apprentice and eventually started his schooling in Great Falls to become an electrician. He received his journeyman's license and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was currently working with the union and worked in several locations in western Montana. Rob was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2986 and a life member of the Military Order of the Cooties and IBEW. He loved riding horses and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father Warren Cookingham and stepfather Mitchell James. He is survived by his wife, Pam Stotts, his daughter Robyn Cookingham, a grandson; his mother, LaRona "Bobbie" McLeod'; four brothers, Mitchell and Thurston James and Justin and Jason Pulse (all of Polson); two sisters, Rhonda Lewis and Tamie Pulse (both of Polson); and several other relatives. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Feb. 7 in Polson. Military rites and inurnment followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

POLSON -- Charles E. Gibbs Sr., 81, died on Feb. 13, 2005, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his former wives, Eunice and Catherine; parents; son Charles E. Gibbs Jr.; and stepdaughter, Sharren Graham. He is survived by his wife, Irma Gibbs (Polson); daughter-in-law, Cristy Gibbs and stepsons Lawrence Graham and Terry Graham (all of Polson); stepdaughter, Sandra L. (Bud) O'Connor (Lyons, CO); 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

POLSON -- Christine Oie Johnson, 80, died at her home here on Feb. 14, 2005. She was born on Dec. 22, 1924, in Polson, to Margaret and Ole Oie. In 1947, she married Eugene Johnson, and they owned and operated the Shoreline Court in Polson for many years. Gene died on Feb. 20, 1959. Christine was also preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Slack and Thelma Fite; and brothers John, George, Thurston, Jerry and Leo. She is survived by her children, Christie Babb and husband, David (Olympia, WA), and Randy Johnson and wife, Marcia (Kalispell); a granddaughter; a grandson; sisters Carrie Anderson (Columbia Falls) and Virginia Peek (Polson); her brother, Robert Oie (Polson); and many nieces and nephews. At her request, no services will be held. The family suggests memorials to the Lake County Home Health and Hospice, 711 Main St. SW, Ronan, MT 59864. Private family inurnment took place at Lakeview Cemetery.

CHARLO -- Genevieve Gallagher Low died on Feb. 1, 2005. She was born on Sept. 28, 1940, in Charlo, to Frank and Mabel Gallagher. She was reared and schooled in Charlo through grade 12. She was raised on the family farm, the 11th of 13 children, and attended the Catholic Church and catechism in the D'Aste area. After high school graduation, Genie (as she was known) worked in Idaho in child care and as a clerk in the Sterling's dry goods department in Ronan, and clerking jobs in Polson and in Great Falls. She then moved to Washington, where she married Merle Hogsett. They lived in several areas in Washington, buying, remodeling and selling houses. The marriage ended in divorce. Genie enjoyed decorating, sewing and animals. She owned the Farmers Bar in Endicott, WA, and also worked in elder care. She later married Ray Low, who preceded her in death. Genie continued to do elder care until she became ill. Following surgery in May she moved to Missoula and later resided at Hillside Manor Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Betty Ann; a nephew/godson; a niece; and stepson Gary Hogsett. She is survived by siblings Mabel (Edward) Felton, Seumas, Fran (Harry) Keith, John (Carol), Pat (Ken) Ague, Colleen, Rita, Ed, Ethel, George and Dan; two stepchildren, Terry and Barbara Hogsett; and 66 nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charlo or to the donor's choice. Funeral services were conducted on Feb. 5 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charlo. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Ronan.

POLSON -- Camilla Josephine Fox McCormick, 84, died here on Feb. 7, 2005. Born on Nov. 22, 1920, in Missoula, Camilla was the youngest daughter of Edna Fox McCormick Phillips and Washington Jay McCormick. Camilla attended Catholic school in Missoula and after graduating from Hellgate High School, she attended William and Mary College. She returned to the Univ. of Montana to obtain her master's degree in early childhood psychology and worked on her doctorate. She married John Thomas Vance and for 21 years they enjoyed a full life. Camilla was a founding member of the League of Women Voters in Montana, an early student and supporter at the Archie Bray Foundation, president of the Helena Symphony Board for eight years, a founding member of the first women's investment group in Montana, and long-time early childhood educator in New York, Washington, D.C., and Montana. She was involved in numerous civic and charitable activities, including the Retired Senior Companion program and the Missoula Hospice program. In her retirement she tutored special-needs students in the Missoula County Public Schools and assisted with the debate team program in Polson, and volunteered with the Montana State Fiddlers. Her last years were spent in Polson, where she was treated to music, stories, baseball games, great food, tender loving care, surrounded by cherished friends and family, and lively political discussions. Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Margaret B. Vance (Missoula), Katherine McC. Vance and Bruce Sewell (Coweta, OK), Angela F. Vance and Paul Pendery (Polson), Mary Camilla D. Vance and Jeff Strange (Portland, OR); former husband John T. Vance (Missoula and Washington D.C.); eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter; her sister's family, George F. Weisel Sr., niece Thula V. Weisel, nephew George F. Weisel; and many extended family, friends and admirers. Graveside services were held at the Missoula City Cemetery on Aug. 3, 2005. The family asks that the life of Camilla be remembered in contributions to the Sussex School Scholarship Fund, Missoula; The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena; or the Missoula or Polson Hospice.

RONAN -- Catherine Madplume, 20, died on Feb. 3, 2005, as a result of a homicide. She was born on Jan. 11, 1985, to Wilbur and Carolyn (Malatare) Madplume in Kalispell. Catherine loved to play basketball, hanging out with her cousins, and her friends and family. She loved going to powwows, playing stickgame. In her spare time she enjoyed beading, sewing, listening to music, and writing poetry. She attended schools in Browning, Heart Butte, and Ronan, and her greatest dream was to graduate. She would have graduated this year in May with the class of 2005 from Two Eagle River School. Throughout her school years she was an honor roll student. She was preceded in death by her father; brothers Albert and Edward Madplume; grandparents Fred Madplume, Catherine Old Rock, Tom and Louise (Andrew) Malatare; an auntie, Violet Madplume; and an uncle, Thomas Malatare. She was survived by her mother, Carolyn, and stepfather Harold Calf Robe (Spotted Eagle); brothers Brian, Dean, and Fredrick Madplume, and Harold Calf Robe Jr.; sisters Violet Madplume, Shelly and Starla Calf Robe; aunties Wilma Aimsback, Rose Villa, Diane Andrew, and Harriet Malatare; uncles Pierre, Paul, Douglas and Louie Malatare, and Barney Finley; grandparents Susan Dowdall, Mary (Pooyah) Lefthand, Frank Andrew, Fred and Beatrice Marceau, Melvin and Robert Madplume; great-grandmother Louise Finley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and all of her friends. A wake began on Feb. 5 at the family home Ronan and continued in the Marvin Camel Building. Mass was celebrated on Feb. 7 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial followed in the Jocko Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Sam Morigeau, 57, died at home on Jan. 30, 2005. Born April 12, 1947, in St. Ignatius, to Walter and Helen Morigeau, he attended high school in Arlee. After graduation, he served from 1965 to 1969 with the U.S. Navy. During his enlistment, he worked as an engineer for subtenders on submarines. In 1969, Sam married Edith R. Matt in Charleston, SC, while stationed with the Navy. They returned to Montana, where he attended Northern Montana College and later Montana State University, graduating with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, he worked as a production engineer for Proctor and Gamble in Green Bay, WI. Eventually, he returned to Montana and to the U.S. Forest Service. His Forest Service career of 23 years included two tours of duty in the Washington office with the USDA and a congressional assignment on the Hill in Washington, D.C., including stops in Oregon, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and once again, Montana. In addition to the USDA, he worked for the Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a department head for the Natural Resources Dept. He loved the outdoors -- running, hunting, fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, and scuba diving with his wife in many warm and exotic places. In 2004, he proudly earned his PADI Master Dive Instructor License and enjoyed sharing his love of diving with others. Survivors include his wife, Edith Morigeau, sons and daughters-in-law, Stuart Morigeau and Eden Shullenberger (Lafayette, CO), and Ryan Morigeau and Kirsten Sayson (Seattle, WA); sisters and brothers-in-law, Moria and Mike Robinson (Cortez, CO), Grace and Mac Hamilton (Reno, NV), Yvonne Jean Ciraulo (San Jose, CA), and Barbara Sand Robert Schliep Ronan); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Natalie Rassmussen, and brother Walter H. Morigeau. A wake was conducted at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment was in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where military honors were presented.

Amos Z. Moss, 84, of St. Helens, OR, died at St. Helens Care Center on Feb. 26, 2005. Amos was born on Aug. 22, 1920, in Polson to Phillip and Ida (Nelson) Moss. He graduated from Polson High School in 1938. Amos served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1946, in the 82nd Airborne and was in D-Day at Normandy and Holland. He received a purple heart. He moved to St. Helens in 1946. He married Phyllis on Jan. 18, 1947, at the St. Helens First United Methodist Church. He worked at the Boise Paper Mill as a rewinder for 30-plus years and retired in 1984. He was a member of the Methodist Church, American Rifleman, N.R.A. and American Legion. He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and his family. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Moss (St. Helens); children Phillip Moss (Las Vegas, NV), Joe Moss (Portland, OR), Cindy Stansbury (St. Helens), and April Johnson (Gulfport, MS); sister Vi Burton (Ronan) and seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held on March 3 in St. Helens. Private interment took place at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

POLSON -- Gladys Owen, 91, died on Feb. 11, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Malta on Feb. 9, 1914, to Carrie and Lillian Main. Funeral services were held on Feb. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Polson, followed by graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.

DEER LODGE -- Alva Roylance died of a massive heart attack on Feb. 11, 2005. She was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Gold Creek, graduated from Charlo High School and lived in various places in Montana. She lived her last 33 years in Deer Lodge. She loved her dogs, Benji, Sam, Missy, Gracie and Hyper, to name a few. She was preceded in death by her mother Dora Taylor, father Alfred E. Hole and stepfather Joseph Mufich. Alva is survived by her brother, Donald Hole and his wife Christine; sisters JoAnn Sagmiller, Dorene and husband Allen Woodward and Barbara and husband Keith Knox; and two people who have been like daughters, Linda Frankforter and Laura Smith. She was also blessed with numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on March 4 in Deer Lodge. Donations can be sent to Health Care Ministries, 521 W. Lynn, Springfield, MO 65802.

POLSON -- James R. Sandretzky, 56, died on Feb. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital here. He was born on Aug. 17, 1948, in Renton, WA, to H.A. and Ida Sandretzky. James graduated from Auburn (WA) High School and attended two years at Green River College, studying mechanics and auto body work. He then entered the U.S. Army for three years and served in the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from the Army, James worked at Boeing and was a self-employed mechanic. He married Becky Richards on March 26, 1973, in Auburn. James was a member of the VFW and Military Order of the Cooties. He enjoyed building street rods, hunting and racing. James is survived by his wife, Becky (Polson); two sons, Damon (Polson) and Don and wife, Theresa (Bonney Lake, WA); two grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother. A memorial service was held on Feb. 19 at the New Life Christian Center. A military honor guard presented honors.

POLSON -- Gerald Joseph Sirucek was killed on Feb. 3, 2005, near Ronan. He was born on Feb. 26, 1984, in Polson, to Lisa F. King. Gerald was reared in Ronan. He was a graduate of Two Eagle River School, and was pursuing a bachelor's degree in forestry at Salish Kootenai College. Gerald loved to hike and was an avid outdoorsman and a sports enthusiast. He loved to write poetry and spending time with his family and friends. He was looking forward to being a father to his children. He is survived by his parents, Lisa F. King and Alfred Bauer; sisters Daina Sirucek and her husband John Foust and Lisa L. King Jr. (all of Ronan); brother Josh King (Polson); grandparents Louise Andrew (Nirada), Armeda and Gerald Hoover (Ronan), Arnold and Eve Bauer (Charlo), and Carl and Norma Sirucek (St. Ignatius); aunts and uncles: Aunt Tessie Curley and family (Pablo), Brenda and Virgil Brave Rock and family (Ronan), Sandra and Mike Kenmille and family (Big Draw), Michaleane Stasso and Steve Arca and family (St. Ignatius), Annaliesa and Glen Parker and family (Pablo), Carol and Fred McLeod and family (St. Ignatius), Lori Sirucek and Mary Jo Sirucek (Ronan); Lou Andrew (Missoula), Mark Noyes (Belgrade), Lyle Andrew (Creston, B.C.), Brian Stasso (Spokane), and Roger J. Hoover (Missoula). He was also blessed with many cousins and nieces and nephews and friends from all walks of Life. A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Feb. 7 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission, followed by burial at the Ronan Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Orval LaMar Umphrey died on Feb. 16, 2005. LaMar was born on May 12, 1925, in Rexburg, ID, to Joseph F. Umphrey and Bessie Marie Ard. LaMar was raised on a dryland farm in Canyon Creek, Idaho, near Rexburg. He drove truck all his life. He bought his first truck when he was 15 years old, a 1935 Chevy. For the next three years he hauled coal and grain out of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. He ran this business until he was drafted into World War II. After boot camp he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in England where he was a tail gunner on B-17s, flying missions over Germany. In 1949, he married Elda Westover and for the next five years they lived different places along the Montana Hi-Line as LaMar followed highway construction jobs. In 1955, he came to the Mission Valley to build Highway 93 over Ravalli Hill. They remained in the valley for the next five decades. LaMar worked in the logging business until his retirement. He drove for Lyman Claridge for eight years, and then also worked for Leonard Pierce, Luke Trahan, Tom Wheeler, Ray Cooper and Richard Burtch. After he retired, LaMar dedicated his time to yard work and gardening at his home along Mission Creek. LaMar was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters and by his sons Eddie and Eldon. He is survived by his sister, Nita Bainbridge, and his children and their spouses, Faye and Larry Garlock, and Laura Hauck (all of Bountiful, UT), Michael and Valerie (St. Ignatius), John and Coreen Umphrey (Polson), Kenneth Umphrey (Reno, NV), and Jim and Jessica (St. Ignatius). He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Feb. 22 at the St. Ignatius Latter-day Saints Church.

ARLEE -- Aaliah Stashaw Upshaw-Wall, the daughter of Andrea Upshaw of Missoula and Robert Wall of Arlee, died on Feb. 24, 2005, at Community Hospital in Missoula. She leaves behind her parents, her sisters Alexis Santos and Elaina Upshaw-Wall; her grandparents Sheila and Albert Upshaw of Missoula and Dorothy Finley of Arlee and the late William Wall; great grandparents Carl and Elaine Plant of Arlee and Madeline and the late Mike Finley of Arlee; her uncle and aunts Randy (Vanessa) Finley, Marlene Finley and Ady Upshaw; cousins Kianna Ascencio and Randy Finley Jr.; as well as many other relatives too numerous to mention. Graveside services were held on Feb. 28 at the Jocko Cemetery near Arlee. Pallbearers were Roy Combs and Wesley Pierre.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Archie R. Wright, 95, of St. Ignatius, died on Feb. 25, 2005, at Mission View Care Center in Ronan. A viewing took place Monday and Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the church, followed by interment at the Pleasant View Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Ruth Augusta (Norman) Werner, 95, died on Feb. 3, 2005, at Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula. She was born in Minneapolis, the sixth of seven children, to Robert C. and Hannah (Wold) Norman, Norwegian immigrants. She came to Montana with her parents and five older siblings in 1910. The family settled in the Webster country, south of Baker. For the next 26 years, Ruth grew up in a farm family. Ruth delighted in children, especially babies. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, David, Sr.; her parents; and her siblings. Survivors include her children, David Jr. (Missoula), Lemoin and her husband, Larry Weidman (Cascade), and Kenneth and his wife, Barbara (Browning). She is also survived by five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Services were conducted on Feb. 8 at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Ignatius. She was buried beside her husband at Pleasant View Cemetery.

POLSON -- Evalyn Claire "Trudy" Webb Zook, 86, died on Feb. 19, 2005. She was born in Beaumont, TX, on Nov. 29, 1918, to Joseph and Belle Boardman Webb. Trudy met her future husband, Walter William Zook, on a train in Dalhart, TX. They were married on April 19, 1945. Walt and Trudy traveled the Northwest working in construction. Trudy enjoyed playing and teaching bridge, doing handicrafts, reading, bowling and working crossword puzzles. She was an excellent cook. Trudy was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Yellow Bay Club House on the East Lake Shore. As her children were growing up she was very involved in their lives, being a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter and a great-grandson. Trudy is survived by her husband, Walt; her daughters, Glenda Gay, Lynn and husband Jack Siple and Trudy Faris; sons, George and wife Linda and Gary; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandkids; and her sister, Ruth Bush. Trudy will be cremated with private family services held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the Yellow Bay Club House or Bigfork East Shore Lions.


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