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September 2004 Obituaries

POLSON -- Alice Margaret Berthelote of Polson died on Sept. 8, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. Sje was born on Nov. 1, 1913, in Butte to Henry and Alice (Moore) Miller. She graduated from Butte High School in 1932. She married Jack Currie on Sept. 17, 1933, and became a rancher's wife, spending a great portion of her life on the Flathead Reservation. She was an avid gardener and was active in the Mission Foothills Club, 4-H, Willing Workers, Mission Valley Saddle Club, cancer drives and March of Dimes. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a supporter of the MSU-Northern football and Polson High School sports programs. She worked at Dubay's Ranch Market, Papenfuss Hardware, Gambles and the Mission school lunch program, all in St. Ignatius. She was preceded in death by Jack in 1975 and her son, Jack "Bud" Currie in 1970. In 1978, she married Ted Berthelote and moved to Polson. The couple spent their summers in Polson and their winters in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Ted died in 1986. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Walt and Trudy Currie (Great Falls), Mary Alice and Bruce Thomas (Polson) and Margaret and Mike Corcoran (Polson); ten grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Sept. 11 at the Foster-Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Burial of the cremains took place at Pleasantview Cemetery.

MERCEDES, Texas -- Addison Stewart Farrell, a member of the Conf. Salish-Kootenai Tribes, died at his home here on Aug. 29, 2004. He was born on July 30, 1919, in Polson, to George Thomas and Delia Rouillier Farrell. He graduated from Montana State University - Bozeman. He served with the 3rd Infantry of the U.S. Army as a major during World War II in campaigns throughout Europe and in North Africa. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war, Addison joined Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane, working as a facility and efficiency expert in manufacturing. During the 1950s, he joined the Olin-Matheson Co. in Ohio. He eventually retired from Consolidated Aluminum in Missouri. He then started a consulting firm and had clients in North, Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doryce; son Randy (Mercedes); daughter Cheryl (Charleston, SC); a sister and brother in-law, Myrna and Jim Holley; sister-in-law Lorene Farrell (Polson); a grandson, Christopher (Pottstown, PA); and many nieces, nephews and other relatives in Polson and Spokane. Interment of the cremains will take place in Polson.

CHARLO -- Dale Roger Felte of Charlo died on Sept. 10, 2004, near Ronan. He was born on Sept. 21, 1958, in Greeley, CO, to Harold and Joleita (Weber) Felte. He grew up on the family farm in Colorado and graduated from high school in 1976. He attended Colorado State Univ. and the Univ. of Western Ontario, majoring in business. He was a classroom consultant at Windsor Middle School and taught vocational agriculture at Windsor High School. He also worked in cattle processing, construction, produced and marketed grass hay, managed a large cow/calf operation, sold real estate and was a day trader. On Aug. 27, 1988, he married Pamela Fogle Webb in New South Wales, Australia. They later divorced. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Fred and Helen Felte, Frances Weber and Ben Weber; and brother Lane Douglas. Survivors include his parents; sister and brother-in-law Janice and Frank Sherwin (El Cajon, CA); three nieces and one nephew. A memorial service was held on Sept. 17 at Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan. A second memorial service was held on Sept. 23 in Fort Collins, CO.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Karen Nadine Howlett Hale died at her home on Sept. 2, 2004. She was born on Feb. 21, 1943, in Seattle, to Stephen Howlett and Nadine Felsman. She spent her earliest years with her grandparents, Bess and Joe Felsman. She attended Dixon Elementary School and graduated from Haskell Indian Institute in 1961. She married Raymond Lee Hale and settled in Dixon. She was employed with the Salish-Kootenai Tribes in various capacities for more than 25 years. In June 2004 she retired early due to health problems. She was an artist and was proud that she designed the CSKT flag. She loved camping, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, playing keno, spending time with old friends and making new ones. Karen was preceded in death by her husband, father and grandparents; niece Wendy Roullier; and nephew Anthony Howlett. She is survived by her mother, Nadine Allison (St. Ignatius); her children and their spouses, Kelly and Richard Burland (Arlee), Tracy and Marlin (Big Arm), Cheyenne and John (St. Ignatius), and Cary (Missoula); siblings and their spouses, Stephanie and Joe Hawkins (Arlee), Jackie Dempsey (St. Ignatius), Kevin and Ronda Howlett (Arlee), Matthew Howlett (Pablo) and Jack Howlett (St. Ignatius); her grandchildren: Trae Burland, Gabriel Hale, Jalyn Burke, Martin Burke Jr., Artie Matt, Kaylee Hale, Joseph Kipp and Raymond Hale; great-grandchild Cailin Burke; nephews Joe Hawkins, Casey Hawkins, Lance Roullier, Ryan Smith and Dan Howlett; nieces Shelly Vandervelden and Sierra Howlett; and special friends Penny, Mary, Edna, Kathy, Marge, Babe, Ernie and Irene. A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Sept. 4 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

RONAN -- Leo P. "Sam: Hammer Jr. died on Sept. 2, 2004, at St. Luke Hospital here. A member of the Conf. Salish-Kootenai Tribes, Sam was born on April 20, 1942, in St. Ignatius to Angelis Finley and Leo Hammer Sr. He was orphaned at a young age and raised in Ronan by Elizabeth Yatelamee Hammer. Sam enlisted at 17 with the U.S. Marine Corps and served two terms in the Vietnam/Indochina Theater. Upon his return he settled into raising his family with wife Joanne Weaselhead whom he had met in 1967. They made their home in Ronan; Fresno, CA; Missoula; and Evaro before returning to Ronan. Sam had been trained in heavy equipment operation while in Fresno and auto mechanics while in Missoula. He worked for the Missoula Housing Authority and later for the Tribes before becoming disabled from a motorcycle accident. His hobbies included working on cars, huckleberry picking, building things, hunting and fishing and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was preceded in death by his son, David, who died as a toddler; his parents; brothers Lloyd Hammer, Roger Vanderburg and Bobby Hammer; sister Victoria Hammer; and a niece, Roberta Fairbanks. Survivors include his wife, Joanne (Ronan); his children, Michael, Brenda and Renae; his grandchildren, Shawn, David, Roberta and Erik Hammer; his siblings, Dennis Hammer, Tony Hammer, Pascal Hammer, John Hammer, Eneas Hammer, Katherine (Hubert) Fairbanks, Helen Hammer and Annie Hammer; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Funeral services with military honors were conducted on Sept. 6 in the Longhouse.

MISSOULA -- LaVonne Helvey died here on Sept. 23, 2004. She was born on Aug. 3, 1928, in York, ND, to Harold and Lilian Simon. She was raised on a farm and educated in St. Ignatius, graduating in 1946. On Nov. 15, 1946, she married Albert "Bubs" Sloan. They lived in Plains, Florence, and Missoula, where they belonged to First Lutheran Church. They enjoyed league bowling and spending summers at their cabin on Flathead Lake. Albert died in February of 1977. LaVonne worked for St. Patrick Hospital as a surgical technician until her retirement in 1996. She loved knitting, crocheting, and her flowers. She also loved to dance. She married Clete Helvey on Aug. 16, 1996. Unfortunately, illness caught up with LaVonne shortly after their marriage. After moving to Sequim, WA, for two years, they returned to Montana. They belonged to Grace Methodist Church. LaVonne is survived by her husband; sister, Betty, and her husband, Reuben (Missoula); a brother, Dale, and his wife, Dotty (Tekoa, WA); two sons and their wives, Larry and Fay, and Mike and Debbie (all of Missoula); nephew Phillip (Libby), who was like a third son to LaVonne; three nieces; four great-grandchildren; and many step grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Services were conducted on Sept. 27 in Missoula. Private interment took place at Missoula City Cemetery.

POLSON -- Walter Kenneth Jackson, 91, of Niarada, died on Sept. 3, 2004, at the Evergreen Health Center here. He grew up in Niarada and received his elementary education in the Antelope and Hog Heaven schools. He also attended high school in Lonepine and Kalispell. He married Effie Wishart on April 15, 1940, in Polson. They ranched for the next 50 years, raising Hereford cattle and flowers. They also reared seven children, who would eventually give them 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The couple's favorite pastimes were going to county fairs, playing cards, and attending dances in Niarada. Walter was a director with the Western Montana Stockgrowers Assoc. for more than 30 years and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Lonepine. He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, Richard and Jimmy; a grandson, Edd; two brothers, Ed and Orville; and sister Gleneva Proefrock. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Dan and Cheryl Jackson (Ronan), Jolene and Ronnie Jacobson (Big Arm), Doug Jackson (Niarada), Jeanne and John Bras (Lonepine), and Nancy and Don Gaynor (Whitefish); along with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson on Sept. 7. Interment followed at the Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lonepine Community Hall, c/o Jeanne Bras, 366 Far West Road, Lonepine, MT 59848.

POLSON -- Geda Jacobson died here on Sept. 13, 2004, after a short illness. Geda was born on April 22, 1921, to Norwegian immigrant parents Gustave and Josephine Jacobson in Velva, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister, Linda Barnett. She is survived by her three sisters, Ina Sandland (Grygla, MN), Audrey Reim (Holyoke, CO), and Ruth Njaa (Wannaska, MN); and 21 nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. Geda's remains were sent to Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Roseau, Minn., for services and burial.

ARLEE -- Charles Keenan died on Sept. 26, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Ronan of natural causes. Charles was born in Arlee in 1918. He met his wife, Betty Dorn, in later years and they settled in Arlee. Charles was a "'cat skinner" for many years. He also worked on the railroad. He served in the Army during WWII. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He went to the Arlee Powwow every year. He enjoyed having a glass of wine every night with his dog, "Charley Chicken." He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Pat Keenan; his brothers Harry and Art Keenan; and a sister, Annie Espinoza; and numerous nephews and nieces. He is survived by his wife, Betty; their daughters, Sherry Scheeler and Pam Allensworth (both of Arlee); three grandchildren; four sisters Clara DuMontier, Mary Riekena, Rose Bacon and Regina Vietenheimer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial graveside services with military honors were held on Sept. 29 at the Jocko Cemetery near Arlee.

PLAINS -- Theresa Ruth Lefthand, of Hot Springs, died on Sept. 6, 2004, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital here after a short illness. She was born on Nov. 9, 1919, in Lonepine, to Coomsah (Morigeau) and Basil Lefthand Sr. She grew up and attended schools in Lonepine and Hot Springs. Theresa married Frank Nicolai Sr.; they later divorced. She was known throughout Indian Country for her excellent beading skills and hide tanning. She loved camping, huckleberry picking, crocheting and telling stories. She was an excellent seamstress. Theresa was a member of the Conf. Salish Kootenai Tribes. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Harriett Lefthand; a brother, Sam Lefthand; a grandson, Jimmy Nicholai; a granddaughter, Andrea Brown; and a step-son, Francis Ray Nicolai. She is survived by her son, Peter Sam "Jerry" Nicolai (Hot Springs); an adopted daughter, Natalie Kenmille (Ronan); step-daughters Vienna Nicolai and Geri Nicolai; sisters Sarah Buffton (Big Arm), Amelia Clairmont (Ronan), Ruby Burke and Joe Finley (Wellpinit), SuSan and her husband, Joe Dowdall (Polson), Mary "Pooyah" Lefthand (Pablo), and Dianna Andrews (Ronan); and brothers and their wives, Vic and Mary Lefthand (Elmo), August and Aggie Lefthand (Polson), Basil and Este Lefthand Jr. (Niarada) and Nick Lefthand (Niarada); four grandchildren, Zac Nicolai (Georgia), Brandee Nicolai (Hawaii), Nick Nicholai (Plummer, ID) and Lida Nicholai (Spokane); six great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. Wake services were conducted at the family home and at the Elmo Hall. Mass was celebrated on Sept. 10 the Elmo Hall. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

HOT SPRINGS -- LeRoy W. Manning Jr. died on Sept. 3, 2004. He was born on June 24, 1944, in Missoula, to LeRoy Sr. and Anne (Sorrell) Manning. He attended the Villa Ursuline School in Mission and Hot Springs High School, where he graduated in 1964. After high school graduation, he married Anne Sandvig. He worked in the forest, working for the Tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a scaler until his retirement. He was also an avid hunter and exceptional cribbage player. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Rita, Louise, Betty and Judy; brothers Bernard and Ernie Pluff; and great-grandson Pharroh McGraw. LeRoy is survived by his wife of four decades, Anne; his children and their spouses, LeAnn "Bubbles" Manning, Bill (Jean) Manning, Jennifer (Bob) Mitchell and David (Shirley) Manning; sisters Lillian Brown and Leona Harries; brothers Ed Pluff, Cecil Pluff and Dale Manning; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A wake was conducted at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Sept. 7 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

POLSON -- Louis Walter Marshall died from emphysema on Sept. 16, 2004, at Evergreen Health & Rehabilitation Center here. He was born on Feb. 9, 1923, in Caraway, Ark., to Earl Lee and Estella (Vest) Marshall. When he was four years old he and his siblings went to live with their grandparents, Roger and Claudia Marshall. Lou went to school in Lake City, Ark., until the fifth grade. He then worked on farms picking cotton, corn and soybeans. Later he got into logging and cutting timber. He was drafted into the Army and served for three years. He then worked in a glass factory in Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served six years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. After the service, he moved with his family to Missoula, where he owned a barber shop. He retired from barbering in November 1988. He married Claudia Duncan on Feb. 14, 1990, in Las Vegas. In August 1990 they moved to Polson. Lou and Claudia loved traveling and camping. They were members of the Flathead Lake Good Sams. Lou is survived by his wife; his children, Linda Lou (Chimacum, WA), Ron Duncan and wife Julie, and Doug Duncan and wife Kelly (all of Polson), and Clifford Duncan and wife Debbie (Missoula); 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Henry D. (Belton, SC.) Oma Simpson (Newark, OH), James D. (Coldwater, MI), and Ruby Brinar (Albany, OR). Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 20 at the Polson Community Church. Burial with military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

HOT SPRINGS -- Mona Meyer died on Sept. 8, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula of natural causes. She was born in Kellogg, ID, on July 9, 1931, to Ed and Lorna Meyer. She loved to crochet and sold the baby dresses, doilies, angels, potholders and crafts she made. She also enjoyed camping, picking huckleberries, canning and spending time at her Hot Springs home with her husband, Bob. While living in Missoula, Mona was employed at Sprouse Reitz from the day the store opened until the day it closed. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eddie. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her children from her marriage to Gerald Holley, Steven Holley (Parshall, CO), Dale and Patty Holley (Klawock, AK), and Louise and Joe Rock (Frenchtown); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Sept. 12 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula.

RONAN -- Wyatt D. Partida, 10, died of cancer at his home here on Sept. 20, 2004. He was born on Sept. 18, 1994, in Ronan, to Daniel J. Partida and Mary J. Burland. He attended school in Ronan, and had been in the fifth grade. He had great expectations of being a boxer and a football player. Wyatt's greatest love was the go-cart that he received on his last birthday. He had started to gift his belongings to friends and family but the one he couldn't give away was the key to his go-cart. Wyatt was also a great Sponge Bob fan. He is survived by his parents; siblings Wes Miljies (Ronan), Wayne Burland, Jolene Burland, Will Burland and Wade Burland (all of Ronan) and Marliza Sanchez (Wash.). Memorials may be made to the Montana Hope Project or the Ronald McDonald charities. A memorial service was held on Sept. 24 in Polson. Cremation has taken place.

MISSOULA -- Thelma M. Pierce died on Sept. 2, 2004, at Hillside Manor Nursing Home here of natural causes. She was born on July 4, 1913, in Ronan to Andrew and Caroline (Lazott) Petticrew. She was raised and educated in Ronan. On Nov. 16, 1932, she married Raymond Pierce in Kalispell. Thelma enjoyed spending time with her family, and did beautiful stitching and crocheting. Survivors include her daughters, Jackie Krahn and Thelma "Babe" Stuart (both of Missoula), Sylvia Rowan (Carson City, NV); a son, Raymond "Bud" Pierce (Reno, NV); 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson, two great granddaughters and three brothers. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and her cremains will be interred with her parents' in the Ronan Cemetery.

POLSON -- Arthur Duane "Sarge" Reum, 59, died on Sept. 20, 2004, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan from natural causes. He was born on Jan. 11, 1945, in Hayes, Kansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Reum (Polson); children Scott and Colleen; two grandsons; brothers Steve Reum (Ronan), Ronnie Reum (Polson), Fred Reum (Calif.) and Doug Reum (Polson); and sisters Frances Amaya (Polson) and Velva "Honey" Hall (Missoula). Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 24 in Polson, with burial and military honors following at Lakeview Cemetery.

POLSON -- Wilmer Howard Silvis, 90, died on Sept. 12, 2004, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Troy Goldston; parents; four sisters; and one brother. Survivors include his wife, Ann (Polson); three children and their spouses, David and Carolyn (Fort Wayne, IN), Miriam and Arlen Wisseman (Polson) and Cathy Goldston (Polson and Bluffton, IN); nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A funeral service was held on Sept. 16 at the First Baptist Church, followed by private interment at Lakeview Cemetery.

CAMAS PRAIRIE -- Shana Mikayla Tempero, 6, drowned on Sept. 5, 2004. She was born on Oct. 2, 1997, in Polson, the daughter of Mike Tempero and Julie Heath. She was diagnosed at four days of age with a rare condition known as galactosemia, which affected her diet and contributed to her small size. She also had speech difficulties and spent many hours working with therapists. Shana was a quick-witted and friendly girl, who always loved to be around people. She especially took an interest in visiting with the elderly at care centers. She enjoyed creating works of art, and playing with Barbie dolls and computers. She also liked to spend time with her special friends, Lex Baker and Faith Larson, and her pets. She is survived by her parents, Julie Heath (Evan Melton) of Camas Prairie and Mike Tempero (Earnie Gabhart) of Hot Springs; her grandparents, Lee and Vicky Heath (Camas Prairie) and Manford and Marvel Tempero (Hot Springs); two brothers, Tom and Bob Magera (Hot Springs); two sisters, Pam Magera and Shawna Tempero; aunts and uncles, Pam and John Reynolds, Patti and Casey Austin (Butte), Paula Tempero (Polson), Jennie and Glenn Jorgensen (Valley View), and Casey and Carol Heath (Camas Prairie). Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 10 at the Lonepine Community Hall. Burial followed at Lonepine Cemetery.


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