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March 2004 Obituaries

RONAN -- Deloris Ann Angermeyr died on March 31, 2004, at the St. Luke Nursing Home here. Deloris was born Nov. 23, 1915, to Rudolph and Marie Wentura in St. Paul, MN. She graduated from the Univ. of Minnesota at Morris. She spent her college summers working as a waitress in the hotel lodges of Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. She and George "Bud" Angermeyr were married on June 11, 1941. She spent many years teaching in elementary schools, while also being a farm wife and mother. She retired in 1978 and moved to Montana. In 1980, at the age of 64, she joined the Peace Corps and traveled to the Philippines to spend two years teaching English Filipino children. Returning to Montana in 1982, she volunteered with the reading program at the Cherry Valley School in Polson. She loved acquiring knowledge and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed fiber crafts. Deloris was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Dorothy Gray. Survivors include two daughters, Alice Robb (Liberty, MO) and Anne Angermeyr (Bozeman); and one sister, Lois Anderson (Burnsville, MN). A community memorial service will be held at a later time. Her ashes will be scattered over Flathead Lake. Memorials may be sent to the Deloris Angermeyr Scholarship Fund, in care of Polson Dollars for Scholars, Attn: Emily Peck, Polson High School, 111 Fourth Ave. E., Polson, MT 59860.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Christopher 'Kit' Billingsley died at his home here on March 17, 2004.He was born on Aug. 4, 1950, in Santa Monica, CA.He had been a resident of St. Ignatius for the last 15 years.He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris Shaw and Glen Billingsley. He is survived by his wife, Kristen (St. Ignatius); a son Christophor (La Habra, CA); and a daughter, Noelani (Port Townsend, WA).He will also be sorely missed by his canine "kids," Lucy, Rocky and Lulu.A private memorial will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Lake County Hospice.

POLSON -- Leo J. Bowlden, 76, died on March 19, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here. He was born on Dec. 14, 1927, to Thomas and Emma Bowlden in Gannett, ID. Leo had lived in Polson the past few years. No services are planned.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Elsie Bristol, 92, of St. Ignatius, died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Elsie was born on Oct. 31, 1911, in Lewistown, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Axel and Elsie (Johnson) Anderson. After graduating from Fergus County High School, she married William Wilson Bristol in Livingston on June 21, 1931. In 1933, they moved to the Mission Valley, where they raised their family. She resided there until her death. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, Harold and George Anderson; an infant son, Allen; and became a Gold Star mother with the loss of a son, Clarence, in the Vietnam War. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Maurice and Eva Bristol (Pullman, WA), William and Rose Bristol (St. Ignatius), and Bob and Pat Bristol (Ronan); two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Tom Delaney (Missoula) and Karen and Ron Krantz (Ronan); 15 grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Robert and Jean Anderson (Helena) and Charles and Lois Anderson (Brunswick, ME); a special friend, Patricia Bristol (Missoula); 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins in Sweden. Funeral services were held on March 27 in St. Ignatius.

POLSON -- Louise Marie Caye Burke died in her home in Dayton on March 11, 2004. She was born on March 5, 1932, in Elmo, to Lucy Auld Caye and Francois Mayuk Caye. Her mother died in 1935 and her father died in 1937, so she was raised by her grandparents, Ann Mary Auld Abraham and Peter Paul Abraham in Elmo. Louise had nine brothers and sisters. She married Dennis Burke in 1948; they divorced in 1965. She had her two youngest children with Tyrone Edwin Gopher. She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; three brothers, Abraham, Edward, Louis; three sisters, Josephine, Felicite, and Sarah; and her son, William Keith Burke. She is survived by a brother, Albert Caye; her children and their spouses: Clifford Burke (Shannon) of Ronan, Clarissa Nichols of Elmo, Clarinda Burke of Big Arm, Francis Burke (Lois) of Ronan, Marcella Roth of Elmo, Glenda Burke of Elmo, Michael Burke (Michelle) of Polson, Marlin Burke (Tracy) of Big Arm, Wilma Burke of Elmo, Tyrone Burke (Weemus) of Dayton and Rueben Burke (Karesa) of Dayton. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, beading, needle crafts, visiting and holidays. She loved to visit the lands of her ancestors in West Fisher, Buck Horn and Bonners Ferry, where she camped, picked huckleberries and played stickgame. She attended school at Ursulines Indian Boarding School in St. Ignatius through the eighth grade. After school, she did seasonal work until she began working for the Salish-Kootenai Tribes at various capacities, beginning in 1964. She started for the SETA Program and then worked for the Northwest Labs and the Culture Program. She was an associate tribal judge for 21 years and Chief Judge for the last nine years. She was an alumni of the National Judicial College, and a member of the Montana-Wyoming Judges Assoc., National Indian Court Judges Assoc., Northwest Tribal Judges Assoc. and the National Justice Indian Center. She also served on several boards and committees. She holds an honorary bachelor's degree from Salish Kootenai College. Services began on March 12 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on March 13. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

Dr. P. Keith Gregg, 77, of Oak Park, IL (formally of Ronan), died on March 31, 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenore Von Segan Gregg and Oliver P. (Nip) Gregg. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois (nee Darlington); his children and their spouses, Sharon and Charles Gregg (Detroit, MI), Gail Gregg (Cleveland, OH), and Jim and Joan Gregg (Cut Bank); a brother, Robin Gregg (Redwood City, CA); a sister and her husband, Vonnie and Dennis Webster (Ronan); and six grandchildren. Keith was a teacher, coach and administrator during the '50s and '60s. He retired from Chicago State Univ., where he was an instructor in the early 1990s. He and Lois spent May to October at the family's home near Dayton for the past several years. Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held in Montana later this summer.

RONAN -- LaVerne Charles Hewankorn Sr., 53, of Pablo, died of heart disease on March 8, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital here. He was born on July 24, 1950, at Walla Walla, WA, to Charles and Alice Finley Hewankorn. He grew up in Hot Springs and attended schools in Hot Springs and Polson and at the Ursulines' in St. Ignatius. He graduated from high school in Pullman, WA, and attended Washington State Univ. and Missoula Vo-Tech Building Trades. He married Judy Gray; they later divorced. He worked as a plumber, welder, woods worker and carpenter and had been employed by the Tribal Maintenance Program. LaVerne liked stickgames, bingo and the outdoors. He was in line as descendant chief for the Kootenai Tribe. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and his sister, Linda Rae. He is survived by his children, Wenonah Neuman (Evaro), LaVerne Jr. (Polson), Judy (Polson), Maggie(Polson) and Matthew Peone (Desmet, ID); three grandchildren; his mother (Niarada); brothers Leland (Polson) and Levi (Pablo); sisters Charlotte (Polson) and Rosalee Roberson (Florida); aunts and uncles; long-time partner and friend, Candy Abraham; and numerous other relatives. Wake services began on March 9 in the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on March 11. Burial followed at Dayton Cemetery.

RONAN -- Katherine Huntley, 94, formerly of Polson, died at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility here on March 21, 2004. She was born in Philipsburg to Nellie Maude Hanna and John Hector "Jim" Grant. The family later homesteaded northwest of Elmo, where she was schooled. She completed the eighth grade in Butte, then worked as a milker. She returned to Elmo, where she worked in a hotel. She married Harry Bruce Huntley Sr. on Jan. 22, 1929. They lived in Butte, Big Arm and Elmo. She was a school clerk, a cook and a waitress. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and hike. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a granddaughter, brother Jim, and a baby brother and sister. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Dorla Jean Scott (Ronan), Dorothy Irene and Harry Fishel (Washougal, WA), Jasper (Victoria, TX), Harry Bruce Jr. and Sharon (Columbia Falls), John Jay and Caroline (Nevada), Nathan Lee (Polson), Howard Ray and Rosie (Falling Waters, WV), and George William and Sandy (Polson); 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; five stepchildren; one nephew; and four nieces. A memorial service was held on March 27 in Polson.

ST. IGNATIUS --Lise' James died of a rare, incurable cancer on March 30, 2004. She was born June 9, 1963; received her B.A. of fine arts from the Univ. of Montana in 1991; and married Rande Hall on Sept. 27, 1997. She was a partner and PR representative for her family's publishing business. At her request there will be no funeral and cremation has taken place. She is survived by her husband; her parents, Charlie and Katie James; her brother Mark James; a sister of the heart, Jennifer Davis; a niece, Kayla Lynch; aunts and uncles Jim and Connie James, Harriet Christiansen, Dorothy Brown, Charlene Sullivan, Doris and Herb Hollenbeck, Darrold and Darlene Morrison, and Delmar and Concha Morrison; and numerous cousins. Her family requests that any memorials in her honor be directed in her name to Wings (a cancer support program that helped with her travel expenses) at Wings/Jennifer Schaeffer, 310 Sunny View Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901; Lake County Home Health/Hospice, 406/676-7300; or At Home Solutions, 406/752-4545. On June 12, there will be a public exhibition of her art and a celebration of her life and talent at the Wild Plum Station in Dixon.

MISSOULA -- Helen Bernice Johnston, 91, died of natural causes on March 10, 2004, in Missoula. She was born Jan. 30, 1913, in Demersville to Oscar and Harriett Engle. She attended Ridgeway and Charlo schools. On May 4, 1932, she married Gene Johnston in Missoula. They had been married for 67 years before Gene's death in 2000. Gene and Helen ranched in the Valley Creek area at Arlee until moving to Dixon in 1975. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and her husband. She is survived by her six daughters and their spouses: Faye and Dale Howell (Polson), Betty and Jerry Ebel and Joanne and Eugene Hertz (all of Missoula), Beverly Baertsch (Reno, NV), Alice and Jim Coates (Spokane) and Ila Jean Crunkelton (Kennewick, WA); 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. Cremation has taken place. Graveside memorial services were conducted on March 20 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.

RONAN -- Janis A. Lancaster, 77, of St. Ignatius, died on March 6, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital here after a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in West Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur B. Harper; her husband, Arthur Lancaster; and her brother, Nelson Moehle. She is survived by her mother, Mary L. Crow (Ronan); sister Judith Moehle (St. Ignatius); brothers Terry Moehle (Gold Hill, OR) and Mark Moehle (Eugene, OR); stepdaughters Virginia Dubas (Northeast, MD) and Karen Sexton (Panama City, FL); four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She was a member of the St. Ignatius United Methodist Church. No services are planned, at her request. Cremation has taken place. Memorials are requested to the St. Ignatius Methodist Church or the Ronan City Library.

RONAN -- Colleen Ann Lira, 53, died on March 25, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital here following a long illness. Graveside services were held on March 30 at the Calvary Cemetery in Ronan.

POLSON -- Harry Lloyd Miller, 94, died of natural causes on March 6, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here. He was born on Nov. 9, 1909, to Don L. and Julia Wood Miller in Perry, KS. He graduated from Stevensville High School. At age 16 he received a two-year scholarship to the Univ. of Montana, where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He worked in Washington, D.C., as a laboratory assistant and was one of the original students in the U.S. Air Force cadet flight training program. He was also an electrical engineer. Lloyd was also affiliated with Bell Telephone Laboratories as a designing engineer and has several electronic patents to his credit. Lloyd and his wife, Josephine, arrived in Polson from Maryland on July 4, 1981. Several years ago at the age of 90, he acquired his first computer. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Earl L. Miller and brothers Lewis, Junius and John. He is survived by his wife Josephine "Jo" Miller and several nephews. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Private inurnment of his cremains will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Stevensville.

MISSOULA -- June R. Moncure, 85, died on March 24, 2004, at Community Medical Center here of a heart attack. She was born June 7, 1918, in Polson to David E. and Oliva (Jette) Pronovost. She married W. Peyton Moncure in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1987. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Moncure, Dee Peterson and husband Pete, and Victoria Abrams (all of Missoula), and Joan Moncure (Idaho); her sister, Theresa Ferrell (Seabrook, TX); her brother, Joe Provonost (Billings); seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were conducted on March 30 at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society. Cremation has taken place.

ARLEE -- Carl Lloyd Morigeau lost his battle to cancer on March 30, 2004. He was Bitterroot Salish and an enrolled member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was born on Aug. 22, 1927, to Octave and Collette (LaMoose) Morigeau. His maternal grandparents were Pierre and Lucy LaMoose and his paternal grandparents were Alex and Rosalie Morigeau. He had six brothers and six sisters: Paul, Joe "Uncle Bud," Alex, Evelyn Grenier, Josephine Steele, Alice Gardipe, Dorothy Shelby, Olive Burland and Sis "Zelda." Raised as a brother with Carl was his nephew, Francis "Frenchy" Burland. Carl was raised in Arlee on the Morigeau Ranch. He finished the eighth grade in Arlee and then went to work on a ranch in the Bitterroot. Sonny, as he was known back then by his family, joined the Navy at the age of 17. He later returned home and worked at the smelters in Anaconda and Kellogg, Idaho. He married Irene Dumont in 1953; they later moved to Missoula, where he became a union worker and carried hod. The couple later moved to Arlee, where they wanted to raise their five children. The couple later divorced. He later married Leila "Lee" Munyan and went to work for the BIA Forestry. After retirement, he spent a good deal of his time checking on his friends who didn't get around as well as he did. He also loved to travel, especially in his motor home with his little dogs; going up the Jocko to camp; reading western books; and going to Hot Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lee. He is survived by his children; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Alice "Abby" Gardipe; a special nephew, "Frenchy" Burland; and numerous nieces and other nephews. As per Carl's wishes, he was cremated and a brief memorial service with the Mission Valley Honor Guard was held at the Jocko Church on April 3. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, or made by planting a tree.

RONAN -- Charles Jason Neidt, 65, of Ronan, died on March 2, 2004, in Moses Lake, WA, of natural causes. He was born Dec. 11, 1938, in Dillon to John and Jessie Neidt. He is survived by his wife, Doris (Ronan); his children, Cindy Buckolz (Belgrade), Jackie Callatine (Sandpoint, ID), Lloyd Geary (Reno, NV), and Theresa Hartung (Pablo); a brother, John Neidt (Missoula); and sisters Nancy Young (Plains) and Rosa Tougas (Ronan). Funeral services were March 6 at the United Methodist Church. Interment was at Ronan Cemetery.

POLSON -- Elnora L. Shupe Pomajevich, 86, died on March 20, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was born in Carstairs, Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 5, 1917. She lived in Canada for awhile and then moved to the Missoula area with her parents, Harry K. and Elizabeth Shupe. She graduated from Missoula County High School in 1937. She worked as a nurse's aide before marrying Crist R. Pomajevich. The couple farmed in Missoula before moving to Superior in 1951. They lived for a brief time in southern California before moving to Polson. Elnora will be remembered for her love of gardening, cooking and sewing, for supporting her children and grandchildren in school. She also loved playing pinochle, going bowling, and being outdoors. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Ken, her parents, and brothers Merle, Mel, Harry, Dale and Jimmy Shupe. She is survived by her son Crist Pomajevich (Haiti) daughters Pat Jasper (St. Regis) and Roberta DiFranco (Sandpoint); eight grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Funeral services were conducted on March 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Polson. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula. Memorials may be made to Camp Mak-A-Dream or the Mission Valley Animal Shelter.

POLSON -- Aida Laura Soward, 88, of Polson, died on March 16, 2004, in Kalispell. She was born on May 12, 1915, in Boston. She was the oldest of five children born to Signorina and Galileo DiFonzo. She moved to New York in 1921. After graduating from eighth grade she dropped out of school to work in her family's candy store and take care of her younger siblings while both parents worked. When her father died in 1931 Aida began work in the garment industry. Aida married Kenneth Soward on Dec. 6, 1942, in New York City. When Kenneth was detailed to the South Pacific, Aida lived and worked in San Francisco. They relocated to Denver where Aida attended college. The family moved to Great Falls in 1952 and Aida started a nursery school in her home. She also taught elementary school. She continued to take part-time classes while being a full-time teacher and mother. Aida and Kenneth were transferred to Casper, Wyo., in 1970 and upon Kenneth's retirement in 1977 they relocated to Polson. She loved languages and was fluent in Italian. She was an excellent cook who loved to travel. Preceding her in death were an infant son; her mother and father; a sister, Dora Aiello; and a brother, Renato DiFonzo. Surviving are her husband; two daughters and their husbands, Katherine and Art Gayvert (Florence) and Patricia and Frank diStefano (Kalispell); seven grandchildren; brothers Valentino DiFonzo (Sparks, NV) and Roberto DiFonzo (New York); and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted on March 26 in Polson. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

POLSON -- Neva Janet Tollefson died on March 18, 2004, at the age of 78. She was born in Lander, WY, on Sept. 25, 1925, to Calvin and Esther Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jeannie F. Jones and brother Raymond C. Livingston. She grew up on the family farm east of Pablo, attending schools in Polson and Ronan and graduating from Ronan High School. For many years she worked for the Lake County Soil Conservation Service and later for the Lake County Planning Board. She was a founding member of the Sandpiper Gallery, and an active artist and woodcarver. On Dec. 21,1958, she married Ronald E. Tollefson in Missoula. Neva is survived by Ron at the family home; two children and their spouses, Greg and Susan Tollefson and Toni and Keith Wock; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two nephews; five nieces; and five feline companions. Cremation has taken place with a private family gathering to be held at a later date. The family requests that donations and memorials be sent to the Sandpiper Gallery Scholarship Fund.

MISSOULA -- J.L. "Joe" Waylett was born in Camas on July 17, 1911. He died at his home in Missoula on March 26, 2004. He grew up on a homestead on the Little Blackfoot River. He was a sawmill worker in Somers, a brakeman for the Northern Pacific Railroad, a barber, a journeyman carpenter and an avid prospector. He fought in World War II as a Navy recruit, serving in the South Pacific Theater from 1943-1945. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Frances Lozeau Waylett. He is survived by his son, Lillis, and wife Leisa (Decatur, TX); two daughters, Marlene Waylett (Missoula) and Audrey Hayes (Irvine, CA); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and no funeral services are planned. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Flathead Reservation's Veterans Warrior Society, 178 Glacier Lily Lane, Ronan, MT 59864.


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