For the Record...
October 2006 Obituaries
Marj Knaus departed Polson on October 27, 2006 enroute to a far better
place. Marj was born in Buffalo, MT on June 17, 1920 to Clarence D. and
Dollie D. Rung.
Marj graduated from Stanford High School in 1936
and moved with her family to Polson (Valley View) after graduation. She
met and married Carl L. Knaus in November of 1938.
Her husband Carl, her parents Clarence and Dollie
Rung, sister Maxine Proctor, daughter Carla J. (Knaus) Hahn, and son
Gary Lee Knaus preceded Marj in death. Her two sons and
daughters-in-law, Jim and Andie Knaus of Polson and Kevin and Luisa
Knaus of Menomonie, Wisconsin, a sister Mayme Mullis of Kalispell,
numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces', nephews and
cousins survive her.
Marj served many years as the Lake County
Treasurer. She lived a full rich life and was loved by all who had the
good fortune to be called her friend. We will all miss her wit, humor,
and infectious laugh.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be made in the name of Marj Knaus to the Polson Community
Church, 1814 1st Street East, Polson, Montana. A memorial service is
pending and will be announced when the date and time have been
confirmed. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Grogan
Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family
William J. "Bill" Mai
St. Ignatius - William J. "Bill" Mai, 67, passed
away on October 22 at Community Hospital in Missoula, the result of
complications of surgery.
Bill was born to Herbert & Marion (Gerber)
Mai in Eau Claire, WIS on Dec. 9, 1938. Raised and educated in Eau
Claire, he moved to Kenosha early in his career where he worked for
AMC; he then moved to Racine where he owned the local corner gas
station before moving to Kalispell in 1974 to work for an auto parts
store. In the early eighties, Bill opened C& C Auto Parts in
St. Ignatius ran it for the next 25 years, eventually selling to NAPA
where he worked for a year.
He continued working part time for an auto parts
store in Polson, but his true love was fishing and he spent many a day
off Blue Bay catching what he could. A loveable guy, Bill was known to
have a "Lively Debate' as he would have put it.
Bill will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother
Allen and sister Mary.
Survivors include his brothers Lauren (Ellen) Mai
of Appleton, WIS, John (Mary) Mai of Racine, WIS; sister-in-law
Gretchen Mai of Eau Claire, WIS; brother-in-law Ed Wahlen of Kenosha,
WIS; a step-grandaughter Delena Jackson of Texas and his brother by
choice Gordon Hunter of St. Ignatius, MT.
A memorial gathering will be held at11 am Saturday
in the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius.
George Roy Morigeau, Jr.
Our beloved brother and uncle died October 25, 2006 at St. Joseph
Hospital in Polson. George was born to George Roy, Sr. and Ruby Archey
Morigeau April 24, 1945 at St. Ignatius. George was one of the original
"Dam Kids" growing up at Kerr Dam where his father
was employed from the time of construction and became one of the first
He attended Polson Public Schools until joining
the U.S. Navy in 1965 thru 1971, serving aboard the USS Widgeon MSC-208
in Viet Nam. He was trained as an electrical technician.
He worked in the electrical field in Wyoming, on
oil and gas projects and also in Nevada and Montana with the Salish
& Kootenai Tribes.
George loved gardening, fruit trees and yard work.
He was an excellent cook and cooked a mean pot roast, plus gravy, and
was known for being a mean pie maker. He also loved his cats and
tinkering around with old cars.
He was a very private person but had many special
people in his life: Denise Morigeau, Russell Dupuis, Sandra Pierre who
thought of him as a kind, loving thoughtful brother and friend and many
others who knew they were included.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister
Janet Marie Barce, brothers Joseph Leroy and infant Roy, nephew Edward
Sturm, niece Janet Marie Funke, great nephew Lance Cpl. Kane M. Funke.
Surviving are his sisters Pat (Tom) Funke of
Polson, Helen (Bud) Meek, Aunt Stella Jamison, Nephew Jim (Debbie),
David (Patti) Lawrence of Kalispell, Tom & Todd Funke Big Arm,
Gregg (Kathy) Funke of Polson, Matt (Teresa) Funke of Ronan, Eric
(Juli) Funke of Spokane, WA. Kenneth Brickzin of Dillon, and Denis
Brickzin of Phoenix, AZ. Nieces Francine (Tony) Smith, Heidi (Jim)
Currier and Stephanie Funke of Kalispell and many loving grandnephews
and grand nieces and cousins.
Visitation will held on Sunday October 29, 2006
from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm in the Grogan Funeral Home. A vigil services
will be held on Sunday at 7:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church with Steve Lozar officiating. Mass of the Christian Burial will
be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the church with Father Jim Connor
officiating. Military honors will follow services at the church.
Private family interment will take place at a later date.
Pallbearers will be Rene' Pierre, Jim Lawrence,
David Lawrence, Todd Funke, Gregg Funke, Tom Funke. Memorials may be
made in George's name to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, the
Veterans Warrior Society or to the donor's choice. Condolences to the
family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
Mary G. "Jennie" (Keenan) Riekena
St. Ignatius - Mary G. "Jennie" (Keenan) Riekena,
90, passed away October 23rd at St. Luke's Extended Care Center in
Born in Arlee on February 9, 1916 to Patrick and
Mary (PokerJim) Keenan, she lived in the Jocko Valley most of her life.
She raised her family and ranched on Finley Creek until 1991 when she
moved to St. Ignatius. In 2003, because of health reasons, she moved to
A prim and proper lady, she enjoyed beading,
embroidery, gardening, dancing and eating out. Jennie looked forward to
the Arlee Pow-wow and was a fluent Salish speaker. She enjoyed spending
time with granddaughter Jennifer and time in the mountains when she was
with the boys.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son
Bosco in 1989; her brothers Harry, Art & Chuck Keenan and her
sisters Rose Bacon, Clara DuMontier and Annie Espinoza.
She is survived by her children Dolly Hirsch of
Missoula, Vi DuMontier of East Missoula, Pete LaRance of Hot Springs,
Nick LaRance of Charlo, Thelma "Lee" LaRance of
Missoula, Bodge Whitworth of Arlee and Myrna Graham of St. Ignatius; a
sister Regina Veitenheimer of East Missoula as well numerous
grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces
A rosary will be held Thursday evening at 7 pm in
the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with Mass
being celebrated at 11 am Friday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.
Burial will follow in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Dave Love, Dave Pierre, Dean
Brockway, Floyd Nicola, Bob White & Bernard Hakes. Honorary
bearers are her grandchildren, great grandchildren, Karen LaRance,
Glenda Whitworth & Mike Graham.
Patricia A. Sloan
St. Ignatius - Patricia A. Sloan, 60, passed away October 24 at St.
Luke's Community Hospital in Ronan.
A member of the Confederated Salish &
Kootenai Tribe, she was bornJ anuary 15, 1946 to Maria Gress &
Alvin Sloan in Walla Walla, WA. She made her home with her mother in
the St. Ignatius most of her life.
Patricia acquired Parkinson Disease, but still
managed to work for the Folkshop for ten years. She enjoyed walks,
riding her bike and taking her dogs for rides on her bike.
Survivors include her father Alvin Sloan of Pablo;
mother Maria Gress of St. Ignatius; brothers and sisters Ruth Ly Sloan
of Timberlake, SD, Clay Sloan of Pablo, Sandy Castor of St. Ignatius,
Lorma Sloan of Ronan, Liberty Plouffe of Ronan, John Roy Sloan of
Spokane, WA, Vicki Delack of Helena, Caroline Derosia of Kalispell and
Crystal McClure of Spokane as well as many nieces nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place, and a graveside service
will be held at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that
memorials be made in her name to Lake County Bank in St. Ignatius.
Aloysius Raymond Hewankorn
The last grandchild of Chief Koostahtah was laid to rest by his family
and friends at Dayton Indian Cemetery on Thursday, October 26, 2006. Al
died on Monday October 23rd.
Al was born at Jette on January 10, 1936 to Jerome
and Mary Hewankorn. He grew up on Dayton Creek with his parents and
grandparents, Koostahtah and Suzette Big Knife. Like other traditional
Kootenai homes, a large extended family lived together. This often
included parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Often
during his years of employment Al would be the main provider for the
He worked at the Plywood Mill in Polson for a few
years but his main lifetime occupation was working in the woods. He cut
wood, Christmas trees, and hauled logs for different companies
throughout his career. Al also has the distinction of serving the
longest term on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Housing
Board, from 1966 to 1999, a span of 33 years. He also served many years
on the Shoreline Protection Board. Al was Sergeant-at-arms for the CSKT
Tribal Council prior to being elected as the Elmo/Dayton Council
Representative for the years 1982 to 1989. He was a founding member of
the Elmo Road Corporation, which served to train and employ many
community members during a period of high unemployment.
Throughout his life, Al taught many skills to his
nieces, nephews, and other family members from cutting wood and
Christmas trees to driving a tractor or stick shift pickup. He will
always be remembered as a man who dedicated his life to working hard
for his people from behind the scenes. Many benefited and continue to
benefit from his influence on programs/Boards, policies, and as a role
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia
of the family home on Dayton Creek; daughters Geraldine of Elmo,
Josephine of Big Arm, and Darlene of Elmo; sons Al, Jr. of Dayton, and
Michael of Elmo; his uncle Tony Anderson of Cle Elum, Washington; and
numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Traditional Kootenai wake services began on
Tuesday, October 24 at Elmo Community Center. Rosary was recited on
Wednesday the 25th and funeral services were held on Thursday, October
26th with burial at Dayton Indian Cemetery. Cross bearer was Adrian
Hewankorn; pallbearers were Mike Finley, Gary Mathias, Vernon Finley,
Jerry Hewankorn, Barney Finley, and Bud Mathias.
Ward Patrick Devlin
POLSON - Ward Devlin peacefully died of natural causes surrounded by
his family at his home in on Monday afternoon, October 16, 2006.
On February 21, 1920, Ward was
the second-born of four boys to Neil and Jenny (Oxton) Devlin in Steele
County, North Dakota.
His parents, brothers Neil,
Jack and Jim preceded him in passing, as did his sisters-in-law
Dorothy, Beverly, El Dora and El Dora's husband (and Ward's great pal)
Vernon. His beloved wife of 54 years, LaVere passed on December 28,
Ward and LaVere met when they
were students at MSTC (Mayville State Teachers College), Mayville,
Ward graduated in the spring
of '42. He was stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling in St.
Paul, Minnesota. After the service, Ward taught school at Hunter, ND;
then at Bagley, MN.
Ward and LaVere were married
August 12, 1946 in Fargo, North Dakota. They had accepted teaching
positions - along with brother Neil - in Tulelake, California. Ward and
Neil taught high school and LaVere taught first grade. Following the
two-year stint in California, Ward and Neil accepted the positions in
Polson, Montana that would complete their respective teaching careers.
They established the Commerce and Art curricula at Polson High School
Ward is survived by cousin
Molly Sampson of Rialto, California; sisters-in-law Dolly Devlin,
Michigan, North Dakota; Gina Devlin, Polson and children Greg, Charles,
Thomas, JeNeil (Greg Grace), Patrick, Kathy (Pat Collicott), Karen, and
Jeff (Grace). Additionally, 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews will remember "Papa" Ward.
Dad was a popular individual.
His commanding personal presence, spirituality, intellectual curiosity
and insight, substantive wisdom, and playful humor combined to make him
an enormously well respected educator. He was a paragon as a dad --
raising kids - like his students -- with gentle sincerity and with firm
'logic' (oh, yes... sometimes a reminder of his Golden Gloves title!)
when necessary. A life-long competitor and outdoorsman, he was equally
comfortable matching wits, trading stories, wrangling over faith and
philosophy or arm wrestling... he was not one to back down from a
He generously shared his many
traits among us, his eight children. The leader of our band has given
us the opportunity to manifest his unique goodness and to make it
reverberate. We love you and thank you for sharing your life
A prayer vigil was held
Sunday, October 22 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
Mass for the Celebration of
Ward's Life was offered on Monday, October 23, 2006.
Arrangements were under the
care of Grogan Funeral Home of Polson. The Family requests that
memorials be directed to the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead
Reservation, 107 US Hwy 93, Ronan, Montana, 59864.
SPOKANE - Nancy Myers, 81, of Spokane, died Monday, Sept 25, 2006 in
Post Falls. She was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Helena, MT, to Gus and
Nancy moved to Spokane in 1985
from Wallace where she had been a long time resident. She was a menber
of the American Legion Post in St. Ignatius, Mt. Nancy enjoyed spending
time with family, walking and bingo.
She is survived by ons Celic
Maybers of Coeur d'Alene, Robert & Lola Myers of Smelterville
and John Myers of San Diego, daughters Judy and Michael Shelly of
Osburn and Waunita Myers & fiance Jim Rambo of Spokane; sister
Mary Mills of St. Ignatius, MT; three grandchildren, Sean Shelley,
Jarir Mallah and Sabrina Mallah. She is preceded in death by her
husband Edward in 1971; seven brothers and seven sisters.
Services were held at St.
Ignatius Cemetary on Sunday, October 8 with dinner following at
Michelle Ranch in St. Ignatius.
Carol Marie (Paul) Buck
RONAN - Carol Marie (Paul) Buck, 60, was lovingly received into the
arms of our Creator on Sunday, Oct. 22 at her home near Ronan.
Born on Dec. 23, 1945 to Agnes
(PokerJim) and John Peter Paul in St. Ignatius she was raised in a
traditional Salish / Pend Oreille family on the Flathead Reservation.
Her education started at Ronan and later MSU in Bozeman before she
received her BA in Healthcare Admin. from Idaho State Univ. in 1983.
Carol & her husband
Dusty just celebrated their 41st Anniversary. She married Leslie
"Dusty" Buck on Oct. 17, 1965 in Harlem, Montana and they made their
home in many places over the next few years while she and her husband
finished their education. They started in Texas (Welding School) and
went to Oakland, CA (shipyards), returned to St. Ignatius briefly
before going to Spokane (barber school) and living in Idaho from 1974
to 1983. They returned home to the Ronan area in 1983, where Carol was
hired by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Carol held
various positions in the Tribe for 22 years. The most recent position
was with Tribal Credit until her health forced an early retirement.
Carol's favorite things were
to play Keno and Bingo, and go shopping and yardsaling. Many of her
most memorable times were spent attending cultural gatherings with the
Elders where she would participate in the annual journey to the
Medicine Tree, digging bitterroot, gathering berries and attending
pow-wows. Huckleberry season was also special for her as she always
enjoyed a good meal with frybread and huckleberry cheesecake.
Carol was preceded in death by
her son Donald who passed away this summer, her parents John &
Agnes Paul, sisters and brother Katie, Susie, Cecile and Antoine and a
Survivors include her husband
Dusty; her children Leslie (Dorinda) of Spokane, WA, Michael of Ronan,
Richard of Ronan and Al Bert Buck of Ronan; 8 grandchildren; Brothers
Phillip (Debbie) Paul of Post Creek and John Paul, Jr. of Washington;
sisters Adele Meshell of Worley, ID, Josephine Quequesah of St.
Ignatius and Nancy (Leon)Grant of Post Creek as well as many nieces,
nephews and cousins.
A traditional wake began
Monday evening in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Rosary being
recited at 8 pm Tuesday in the Longhouse. Wake closing will begin at 10
am Wednesday in the Longhouse with Mass following at 11 am in the St.
Ignatius Catholic Church.
Burial will be in the Paul
Family Cemetery at Post Creek.
Karen Ann Sorrell
ST. IGNATIUS - On May 15, 1952 Karen Ann Sorrell started her journey of
life in St. Ignatius, MT as the daughter of Ernest and Annie Sorrell.
Her journey on Earth ended on October 11, 2006 when her Mother took her
hand and led her on her next journey to the Creator.
The Sorrell family was a close
knowing and loving family that were raised in a one-bedroom home. While
her brothers went hunting and chopping wood with their father, the
sisters stayed at home with their Mother when Karen's everlasting bond
to her Mother was forged. This bond remained strong even after Annie
died on October 11, 1992.
During the summers of her
childhood the family would pack up their belongings and head for the
Arlee Pow-Wow to celebrate in a traditional way for 10 days. This is
where Karen's life long love of handgame was born. Following the
Pow-Wow, the family would move camp to the mountains where picking
huckleberries was the first order of business, but playing and laughing
was just as important. Karen's sense of humor and laugh is something
everyone will always remember.
Karen's skill and love of
bingo was legendary. She could play 48 cards at one time while keeping
track of the numbers on the cards of the person sitting next to her and
telling stories, smoking and enjoying a cup of coffee.
Karen was a member of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She worked in many different
positions throughout her career including jobs at Tribal Fish and Game,
Tribal Administration and Tribal Health and Human Services. Her work
also took her to Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho where she was the Tribal
Council assistant secretary. She served as secretary of the Affiliated
Tribes of Northwest Indians.
Most important to Karen were
her children and grandchildren. She would gather her grandchildren and
them about the ways things were when she was growing up. Yaya Karen
would encourage the grandchildren, sometimes through teasing, to
continue in school and stay involved in sports. She loved to watch them
play any sport but especially baseball. Her grandchildren will always
remember Yaya's cooking brown macaroni, potato salad and watching CSI
and the SciFi channel on TV. The family will miss her extremely large
bowls of fruit salad at holiday dinners.
Karen is preceded in death by
her parents Ernest and Annie (Finley) Sorrell, two sisters Genevieve
and Judy Ann and one brother Wesley Sorrell; three nephews Jay Ryan,
Antoine "Stoney" Curley and James "Jimbo" Sorrell as well as several
aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her son,
Arnold and his wife Dawnelle and their children Davin, Alyssa and
Caitlyn; her daughter Tina Decker and her children Kathyrn, Tamera,
Robert and Kenneshia and her son Wesley Adams and his partner Celia
Bravo and their son Tobias. Karen's siblings Alice and Bob (deceased)
Ryan, Ida and Dominic "Sonny" Curley, Ernest and Mary Lou Sorrell, Jr.,
Joe and Carroll (deceased) Sorrell, Gene and Anna Sorrell, James "Bo"
and Chris Sorrell, Eva and Reed Anderson, Dan and Dorsey Sorrell, Judy
Harlow and Gigi and Curtis Yazzie. Karen's godchildren Wayne Anderson
and Julian Sorrell and her beloved companion Tiny Man and several
nieces, nephews and cousins.
A traditional wake began on
Thursday in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with rosary being recited at
8 pm Saturday in the Longhouse. Funeral services will be held at 11 am
Sunday. Pallbearers Reed Anderson, Sr., Curtis Yazzie, Jon Wrede,
Harold McClure, Fred Gariepy and Charlie Gariepy. Honorary pallbearers
are Lorie and Danielle Lefthand, Iris Caye, Shirley Glover, Kathy
Felsman, Sonya Chippewa, and the many people with whom Karen played
Cecile Patricia (Plante) Williams
ST. MARIES, ID - Cecile Patricia (Plante) Williams was born on
September 10, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington and she died on September
21, 2006 in St. Maries, Idaho at the age of 62 following a prolonged
Mrs. Williams was a member of
the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian
Reservation in Montana, and she was a member of the St. Michael's
Catholic Church in Worley.
Her biological mother was
Ernestine Matt but she was adopted and raised by her
great-grandparents, Isaac and Sophie Plante, at a very young age. Her
grandparents were Cecile Plante and Peter Matt.
She attended the school run by
the Ursuline Sisters in St. Ignatius, Montana, at the school run by the
Sisters of Providence at DeSmet's Sacred Heart Mission, and at the
Indian boarding school run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in
Flandreau, South Dakota.
At the age of 15 Mrs. Williams
moved to the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation to be with her
grandmother Cecile Plante who, after the death of her husband Peter
Matt, was remarried to Baptiste "Bill" Meshell. Her great-grandmother
Sophie Plante, and her brother and two sisters had also come to live at
their family's new home at Worley.
In 1961, at the age of 17, she
married Coeur d'Alene Tribal member Francis Williams, the son of Ignace
and Mary (Whatkan Daniels) Herbineaux Williams in Seattle. The couple
later returned to have their marriage union blessed in the church at
DeSmet by Father Ferretti.
The couple had six children
together. Only the last three survived.
In 1967 Mrs. Williams moved to Medera, California with her husband as
participants in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' relocation program.
There, they each completed vocational education programs. Mrs. Williams
graduated and became certified in office and clerical work.
Mrs. Williams' first
post-graduation job was doing office work, with her cousin Marian
Staten, in a Los Angeles office. After about six months she and her
husband decided they disliked city life and moved back home. Without
any employment opportunities available on the reservation at the time
they returned to Los Angeles for a short while but came home again.
She eventually obtained a job
and flourished as a teacher's aide at the elementary school in Worley.
She worked there for 25 years before retiring.
She enjoyed taking trips to Montana to visit her relatives, attending
yearly powwows at Arlee, Montana, attending family reunions,
barbecuing, playing bingo at Coeur d'Alene Casino, and watching Gonzaga
University basketball games on television.
Eventually the pain of her
arthritis slowed her down and she began to stay home more frequently.
In her final days she was hospitalized from a severe and prolonged bout
with pneumonia until she was released to the rest home in St. Maries.
A son, Francis Michael "Mick"
Williams, Jr., preceded her in death in 2004.
She is survived by her husband
of 45 years Francis Williams of the family home in Worley; two sons
Lane Williams and Tim Williams of Worley; one brother, Marvin Sonder of
Worley; two sisters, Francine Pierre of Plummer and Elaine Pierre of
Spokane; six grandchildren; two great-children; nieces; nephews; and
other extended family and friends.
Rosary was recited on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Ha qa'lqhelpkwe'
E tso'mlkhw (the Rose Creek Longhouse) in Worley, Idaho. The Mass of
Christian Burial was celebrated upon Monday, September 25, 2006, also
at Ha qa'lqhelpkwe' E tso'mlkhw. The Reverend Thomas E. Connolly, S.J.
officiated. Burial was at St. Michael's Cemetery in Worley.
The pallbearers were Clemo Friedlander, Eddie Matt, Robert Curley,
Frankie SiJohn, Peter Matt, Kenneth Pierce, Joel Pierce, and David
The honorary pallbearers were
Aaron Williams, Mickey Williams, Brandon Williams, Michael Williams,
David SiJohn, Tim Wolf, Allora Williams, Cheyanna Williams, Christopher
Wren, Stacey Sonder, Luke Sonder, Colten Curley, Ryan Curley, Tylor
SiJohn, Kyle SiJohn, Austin SiJohn, Adrian Sonder, Andrew Sonder, and
Marguerite Marie Campbell Chitwood
MISSOULA - Our sweetheart Marguerite passed away early Monday morning,
Oct. 16, 2006 at St. Pat's Hospital, the same hospital that she was
born in July 2, 1940. Marguerite was a dam kid growing up at Kerr Dam
where her father worked for Mt. Power Co. She graduated from Polson
High School in 1959. While in high school she was the drum major that
led the band for football and basketball games.
After high school she went to
Denver and it was there she met and married Jerry Chitwood. They
returned to Kansas and were wheat farmers, Marguerite also worked in
the banking business while raising three children, Danny, Jeri Lynn and
Marguerite returned to the
Mission Valley in 1990 and worked for the tribe in several capacities.
During this time she met her life partner Ken Ross. Marguerite and Ken
were meant for each other and enjoyed each other's company to the
fullest. One thing they both looked forward to was going to Overton,
Nevada in the winter months. When Marguerite's health failed, Ken was
at her side every minute.
Marguerite was a fabulous
seamstress, cook and quilter. Her quilts will be held to those who
received them as a precious heirloom. Marguerite never complained about
her health situation and was always positive. She was a great example
to all of us.
She was preceded in death by
her former husband Jerry, parents Glen and Kathleen Campbell and her
three lost babies. She is survived by her life partner, Ken Ross, her
sister and brother-in-law Cheryl and Lawrence Cote of Ronan, her
children, Danny Chitwood of Conway Springs, Kansas, Jeri Lynn and her
partner David Duft of Great Bend, Kansas, and Jimmy and Jane Chitwood
of Conway Springs, Kansas. She also leaves her grandchildren, Brittany,
Morgan, Jennifer, Julia and Jed. Her life long friends in Polson,
Ronan, and Kansas also will miss her.
A memorial mass will be held
on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in Polson with Father Jim Conner officiating. Memorials
may be made in her name to Camp Make A Dream. Arrangements and
cremation are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory,
Alice Blackbear Ignace
USK, Wash.- Alice Blackbear Ignace (84) lifetime resident of Usk,
Washington and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians passed away at her home on
October 5, 2006.
Alice was born March 26, 1922
in Usk, Washington, the daughter of Joseph Blackbear and Josephine
(Bigsmoke) Ignace. Alice grew up in Usk on the Kalispel Indian
She was instrumental in the
building of the original Community Center, the claim on the land
settlement, as well as being a founding member of the Casino. Alice
loved to gamble; she had her own chair at the blackjack table. She also
enjoyed yard sales, stick game, and pow wow's.
Survivors include her two
daughters Shirley (& David) Sandoval of Spokane, WA and Allie
(& Sherman) Chaddlesone of Andarko, OK; and one sister Susan
Finley of Usk, WA.
Survivors also include four
grandchildren Michelle Treetop, Angela Spottedwolf, Shawn-Dae
Chaddlesone and Alison Chaddlesone; seven great grandchildren Byron
Treetop, Kevin & William Bowman, Sythia Chaddlesone, Tahli
Spottedwolf, Summer Spottedwolf and Melvin Harragarrah; one great great
granddaughter Sicily Treetop. Alice was a Grandma and Auntie to many.
Besides her parents she was
preceded in death by one son Kevin White, a sister Adeline Nomee-Burns,
a brother Thomas Ignace and a niece Bernice Wilson.
A Funeral Mass was held on
Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the Community Center on the Kalispel
Indian Reservation with burial in the Kalispel Cemetery # 2. A dinner
followed at the Tule House.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in
Newport, Washington was in charge of arrangements.
Leonard Raymond Joseph
ELMO - Leonard Raymond Joseph, 80, went home to the Creator on October
3, 2006. Leonard was born in Desmet, ID to Agatha and Louis Joseph on
January 22, 1926. He was the youngest of twelve children. Leonard grew
up in Desmet. He attended school in Desmet and nearby schools as a
young man. At age 17, he met and fell in love with Nancy Lefthand, who
was fond of telling the story of their meeting at Airway Heights, near
Spokane, WA. They married on April 25, 1944, with Father Burns
officiating in Desmet.Once his tour of duty was completed, they nestled
into family life, living in many places quite happily. This was during
the Indian Relocation Act.
With their family growing and
their lives full, Leonard was left permanently disabled from an
accident in 1959. This did not stop Lenny from being the big hearted,
humorous, and gentle man he would remain. Stories of his generosity and
spirited nature, whether involving baseball or pancakes, both things he
greatly enjoyed, will be passed down with much love and laughter for
generations to come.
Lenny was preceded in death by
his mother and father, Agatha and Louis, his siblings Ernest, Margaret,
Ignace, Bertha, Evangeline, Francis, Pauline, Matthew and Norbert, his
wife Nancy, his sons Dennis and Dale, and his daughters DeeAnne and
Debra, and his grandson Leonard Joseph.
Survivors include his sisters
Lavinia Joseph Felsman and Evangeline Joseph Abraham, both of Desmet,
ID, his daughters Donna Joseph of Elmo, Dorsette Joseph and Dovita and
Delinda Finley of Pablo, his sons Darryl Joseph and Delbert Joseph of
Elmo, and Desmond Joseph of Pablo, and many nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The rosary was held on October
5, 2006 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was held on Friday
October 6, 2006 at the Elmo Hall.
Interment followed the
services at the Dayton Cemetery.
The Crossbearer was Desmond
Joseph and the pallbearers were Ron Matus, Levi "Jerry" Hewankorn,
Eugene Seyler, Richard Seyler, Dane Kenmille and Dale Joseph.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.
Catherine 'Babe' Bogard
RONAN - Catherine "Babe" Bogard, 84, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 3,
2006, with her family by her side at Saint Luke's Extended Care in
Babe was born in Missoula on
March 6, 1922, to Ernest and Catherine Martin. Third of 11 children,
she grew up and spent her life in Missoula.
She worked and made many
friends at Bug's Barb-B-Que for more than 20 years. Babe was famous for
her wonderful pies that she made. Mike Bessette has taken on her
well-known legacy of pies. She was written up in the Readers Digest as
the "Queen of Pie."Babe quoted, "The best thing that ever happened to
me was my family."
Babe had touched many peoples'
lives who knew and loved her very well. She will be missed greatly.
Babe had three children, Kenny
(deceased), Karen of Florida and Susan Rogers of Turah. She also had
three grandchildren, Annette McGreevey of St. Ignatius, Kevin of
Florida and Rusty of Florida; and she was blessed with five
great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Wayne Martin of Sunburst, Roger
Martin of Seatac, Wash., and Lloyd Martin of San Bernardino, Calif.;
and sisters Vera Helgeson of Hamilton and Rose Bomar of Helena also
Funeral services were held
Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
She will be cremated with a
later private burial service.
Arrangements were under the
direction of Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home of St. Ignatius.
RONAN - Marian DeSaussure, long time Pablo resident, passed away
quietly at St. Luke Community Nursing Home on October 7, 2006, just two
months from her 100th birthday. Marian was born December 2, 1906 in
Fonda, Iowa to Alexander and Myrtle Kennedy. Marian moved to the
Mission Valley in 1910 with her family. In 1911 the Kennedy family
purchased 80 acres near Pablo from Mary Duplissis. This property is
where Silver Fox Golf course is now located.
Marian attended school in
Pablo. She was the last to graduate from Pablo High School in 1925. At
the conclusion of the 1925 school year, the high school was closed and
Marian was the only one in her graduating class. After graduation,
Marian attended Kinnman School on Business in Spokane, Washington. She
returned to Polson and worked at the Lake County Courthouse.
Marian married Veldon
DeSaussure, June 1, 1935 in Libby. It was a surprise to all when it was
revealed a year later that they had been married the previous year.
During the depression a husband and wife were not allowed to both work.
In early 1940's Marian became
part owner in Lake County Abstract. She sold her interest in the
company in 1978 and continued to work until 1979. In 2000 Marian moved
to St. Joseph Assisted Living where she made many friends.
Marian enjoyed many things in
life, music, sports, flower gardening, cooking and animals. She was and
avid bowler and had many trophies to show for her enthusiasm. She loved
music and played the piano beautifully by ear. Animals were always
welcome at Marian's and especially dogs. "Dukie" was one of her
favorite visitors. Marian was an enthusiastic sports fan. She looked
forward to attending games and later listened to the local football and
basketball games on the radio.
Marian is preceded in death by
her husband of 55 years, Veldon DeSaussure; son Gary DeSaussure;
sister, Gladys Kennedy; brother, Kingdon Kennedy and grandson in-law
Paul Homuth. Survivors include grandson Rick DeSaussure, granddaughter,
Paula Homuth; great grandsons Kevin and Christopher Gardipe and Andrew
Homuth, great granddaughter, Ali DeSaussure; daughter-in-law Maxine
DeSaussure and great great granddaughter, McKenzie, and step
granddaughter Traci Vaile.
Cremation has taken place and
services are planned at a later date.
Arrangements and cremation
were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.
Marion A. Feucht
ST IGNATIUS - Marion A. Feucht, 77, passed away peacefully at her home
near St. Ignatius on Saturday night.
A longtime resident of the St.
Ignatius area, she is survived by her husband George; children Steve
(Ronda) Feucht of Condon and Layne (Robin) Scheel of Texas; a sister
Kate Gross of Missoula; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and
At her request no services are
planned. Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home assisted the family
Patricia Marie "Pat" BigSam
ARLEE - Patricia Marie "Pat" BigSam, 55, passed away at her home near
Arlee on Sept. 30, 2006.
She was born in Browning, MT
on March 23, 1951 to Julian Guzman and Rosalie Sarceeman. She moved to
the Arlee Valley in 1963 where she spent the rest of her life. Yaya
enjoyed being around all her family and friends for every occasion. She
enjoyed spending time with the love of her life, Nelson, watching her
children - grandchildren participate in all the sports. Yaya had a
heart of gold and anyone that knew her would get the biggest smile and
knew she cared. Yaya enjoyed working on her big beautiful lawn, going
for rides in the mountains be it cutting wood, huckleberry picking or
just spending time with her family.
Our family was always
together, just as she wished and liked.
Yaya is survived by the love
of her life and soulmate of 36 years Nelson and children Debbie, Brad
(Rachel), Brian, Ellen (Chad), Gwen, Mitchell, Michael, Latoya, Trina
(Troy) and Wendy (Damian); her grandchildren Patrick, Nelson, Bradee,
Derrick, Dale, Molly, Anna, Kyle, Zachary (Boo), TJ, Dallas, Maria and
Autumn; brothers Alvin Guzman, Joe Big Beaver, Tony Cutfinger, Rudy
Cutfinger, JR Cutfinger, Raymond Big Beaver and Peter Big Beaver;
sister Mary BigSam, Rosemary Bautista and Roseanna Fisher. Yaya also
had a special place in heart for her "special" brother in law Uncle
A traditional wake began
Saturday in the Arlee Community Center with the Rosary being recited at
8 pm Monday in the Arlee Community Center. Wake closing began at noon
Tuesday in the Community Center with Mass being celebrated at 1 pm
Tuesday in the Arlee Community Center. Interment will follow in the
BigSam Cemetery near Arlee. Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home of
St. Ignatius is assisting the family with arrangements.
Sydney Pauline Harris
BUTTE - Sydney Pauline Harris was born on December 23, 1915 in Butte,
MT and peacefully passed away this Tuesday, September 26, 2006 in St.
Pauline was the third child of
Herbert Edgerton Rolfe and Evie May Cunningham Rolfe. She enjoyed
family, friends, cooking, church, flowers, her garden, camping, hiking,
skating, dancing, singing and the Columbia Gardens in Butte.
She had been a professional cook. She was a member
of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers. She was named Sydney
after great grandfather, Sidney Edgerton, the first territorial
governor of Montana.
Her paternal grandmother,
Martha Amelia Edgerton Rolfe (Plassman), was the first woman editor and
owner of a major newspaper, the Great Falls Leader. Her maternal
grandparents, Gilbert and Martha Jane Cunningham were early pioneers of
Sun River, MT.
Pauline raised nine children.
She is predeceased by her husband, Albert k. Harris, his son Albert
Jr., her four sisters and her two oldest children, Barbara and
Pauline is survived by her
only brother, Gilbert Edgerton Rolfe, her sons Gilbert, Donald and
John; her daughters Mylene, Marlene, Joyce, and Kathy; her
step-children William, Sarah, Mary Ellen Jessie and Martha. She has
numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great
She will be missed by all
whose lives she touched. Services were held in St. Ignatius Saturday
September 30, 2006 at 12:15 in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ
Latter Day Saints where Pauline was a devoted member.
A viewing will be held at the
Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Friday
evening from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday in the Primary Room at the
church prior to the funeral.
Ralph F. Stockstad
CHARLO - Ralph F. Stockstad, 69, passed away on to eternity after a
long illness on Sept. 26, 2006 at his home near Charlo, MT.
Ralph was born June 2, 1937 in
Gettysburg, S.D. to Senor & Elizabeth Stockstad. Ralph left
Gettysburg in 1956 and joined his brother Stocky and his wife Hope in
Missoula, MT. where he received his degree in wildlife biology. While
is Missoula he also worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
In 1958 he joined the U.S.
Navy and served his country for 23 years and retired as Aviator at the
rank of Commander.
Ralph failed retirement "101"
and worked for Lockheed Martin in Denver as System Engineer designing
future Space systems for 12 years. He loved to play in the future but
Montana called. He returned to the Mission Valley he so loved in 1993.
He married Edeltraud Graesslin
in 1978 in Norfolk, Virginia.
He and Traudle moved to
Charlo, Mt. and lived for 13 happy years in their home, which he
designed and built.
He enjoyed hunting &
observing the abundant wildlife.
He is preceded in death by his
parents & a brother Dwight (Stocky) Stockstad.
He is survived by his wife
Edeltraud "Traudle" of Charlo. His children- Megan Stockstad of Israel,
Mitchell Stockstad of Virginia, Mathew Stockstad of North Carolina
& Erik Stockstad of Utah. Sisters- Avis Iversen of Gettysburg,
S.D. & Norma Harer of Hoven, S.D. Grandchildren- Corey, Taylor,
Marissa & Toren Stockstad.
Funeral services were held on
Sat., Sept. 30, 2006 at Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan, Rev. Rand
Drollman officiated. Graveside services with military honors followed
at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.
Arrangements were by Grogan
Funeral Home of Polson.
Phyllis Ann Kohnle Castor
ST. IGNATIUS - That's all, folks!
I've had a wonderful, happy
life. My family and dear friends have given me so very much. I've been
so lucky. I've loved my family with all my heart.
Bless you all.
Phyllis Ann Kohnle Castor died
on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at her home.
Phyllis is survived by
children David and Holly, Mark and Carol, Matthew, Bud and Sandy;
grandchildren Bridget, Josh, Andy, Logan, Katie, Meaghan, Piper and
Tim; great-grandchildren Skyla, Shaylee, Sydney, Warren, Emily, Ethan,
Lucie; and many dear friends.
A celebration of Phyl's life
was held at the Ninepipes Restaurant.