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September 2006 Obituaries

William Cheff
RONAN - William Cheff, age 42 of Ronan, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2006 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula from injuries sustained in an accidental fall. He was born September 14, 1963 in Hamilton, Montana. He graduated from high school in Ketchikan, Alaska. William served in the Army Reserves from 1986 to 2006 and served two tours of duty in Uzbekistan, before retiring with 20 years service. He worked as a guide, camp cook, and ranch hand for the Cheff Guest Ranch, and as a millwright at Plum Creek and Stimpson Lumber. He and Keely Larkin were married on November 30, 2001 at Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He was and avid thoroughbred horse owner and trainer, and enjoyed hunting. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Adelle Cheff, Dave and Dorothy Mahoney and a niece Amanda Cheff. William is survived by his wife Keely of Ronan, parents, Kenneth Cheff of Ronan and Carole Perry of Montana, daughters Britney Nicole Cheff and Cassidy Noel Cheff, a son Colton Cheff all of Ronan. Sisters Roxena McDermott of Polson, Wendy Cheff of Missoula, Stephanie Perry of Alaska and Spring and Kendra, brothers Kenny of Polson, Casey and Jimmy both of Florida, and his grandparents Vern "Bud" Cheff Senior (Grandpa). Visitation was held at the Grogan Funeral Home and a funeral was held at the Ronan Alliance Church. Interment with military honors will followed at Ronan Cemetery.

"F" "A" Langston
POLSON - "F" "A" Langston, age 78 of Elmo, passed away from natural causes on Sunday September 3, 2006 while archery hunting in Beaverhead County. He was born February 7, 1928 in Harrison, Arkansas to "F" "A" and Ardina Langston. "F" "A" grew up in Arkansas and moved to Los Angeles, CA as a young man. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, "F" "A" made his home in Covina, CA for 20 years. He was a self-employed contractor. He married Dolly in Los Angeles on April 12, 1946. He moved to Arlee, MT in 1965 and continued as a general contractor. He later moved to Polson in 1978 and continued contracting until retirement. "F" "A" loved hunting, fishing and flying. He was a pilot for 40+ years. He liked to travel and spent winters in the South. He married Silvia Gelinas in December 2004. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolly Jean and his 2nd wife Silvia Gelinas. He is survived by his children Larry Langston, Charles Langston, Paul Langston all of Southern CA. and Kenneth Langston of Northern CA, Pamela Burch, of WA, Tami Nelson of Missoula, MT, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Grogan Funeral HomeChapel with Pastor Lloyd Barrie officiating. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson, MT. Condolences may be sent to the family at Grogan Funeral Home.

Jerry James Nygaard
POLSON - Jerry James Nygaard, age 65 of Polson, was called home by our Lord on Thurs. Aug. 24, 2006 at St Patrick Hospital after many years of medical struggles. Jerry was born Jan. 16, 1941 to Elsie & Henry Nygaard in Port Angeles, Wash. His family later moved to North Dakota, where he graduated high school. In 1959 they moved to Pablo, & from there Jerry served in the U.S. Army in Japan. Jerry married Virginia Butt in Pablo on May 10, 1964. He worked 16 years for Evans Products in Msla, after which he owned & operated Jerry's Quik Stop in East Msla. Jerry & Virginia eventually moved to a family farm in Pablo. Jerry owned & operated Fleetwood Vending, which he continued to operate after moving to Polson. They eventually built their home in Polson. He enjoyed the outdoors, yard work, fishing, camping. Jerry loved spending time with his grandchildren & helping other people. Jerry was an active member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Virginia, daughter Lorri Kriskovich & her husband Scott of Big Fork & children Joshua, Zacharie, & Jennifer, daughter Shari Yoder & husband Chris and son Jeremy of Edmonds, Ok, & daughter Roxi McDermott & husband Neal of Ronan & children Kruz, Kylie, & Katie, his mother Elsie Nygaard of Pablo, sister Myrna Roseler & husband Gordon of Nevada, sister Dyane Lawrence & husband Bruce of Msla, brother Richard Nygaard & wife Twyla of Trout Creek & brother Jim Nygaard of Polson. Visitation was held on at the Grogan Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Tues, Aug. 29, 2006 in the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church at with Rev. Aaron Stinnett officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church following the graveside services.

Patrick John "PJ" Finley

PABLO - Patrick John "PJ" Finley passed away from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born June 16, 1981 in Ronan, Montana to Alex "Rick" Finley and Sarah Gardipe. A member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, he raised with his Granny in Pablo. He enjoyed fishin', huntin', cruisin', hikin', swimmin', volleyball and watchin' the UFC. He also enjoyed just hangin' with his family and liked to wrestle with his Bruths. He also enjoyed hangin' out at the dry meat rack with Vinnie.

PJ was preceded in death by his mother Sarah Gardipe Finley, a brother Eli Finley and Ta'a McKee, a cousin DJ Finley, grandmother Rose Gardipe and grandfather Pete Finley.

He leaves behind his son Dominique Finley and Dominique's mother Marsha Northrup. His brothers Alex Finley Jr., Jacob and Steven Finley, his father Alex "Rick" Finley Sr., his Granny Margaret Gardipe, grandpa Scotty Gardipe, gramps Robert Littleboy, his aunts Cheryl, Selena, Geraldine and Terry Gardipe, Trena and Tanya Finley; uncles Charlie, Dan, Mike, and Jon Gardipe, and Arnold Littleboy and Pete Finley and all his little sisters and bruths.

Wake began at the family home on Wednesday, with the rosary being recited at 8pm Thursday in St. Ignatius Community Center, followed by mass at noon Friday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetary.

Clair Leroy Dickson

POLSON - Clair Leroy Dickson, age 89, passed away from natural causes on Friday August 26, 2006, less than 2 months from his 90th birthday. Clair was born in Circle, Montana to Roy and Ethel Dickson. The family moved to the Polson area when Clair was nine years old and he resided there until his death. He married Erma Allsop in 1938 and the were together 68 years. After retirement in 1979, Clair and Erma spent their winter months at their second home in Mesa AZ. Clair was a master plumber and he owned the Polson Plumbing and Heating shop until his retirement in 1979. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and playing cards with family and friends. He was an excellent bowler and golfer. He won many bowling tournaments and once had a hole on the Polson Golf Course. Since retirement, he spent much of his summers fishing for Kokanee, brining, smoking and canning them and giving them to friends and family. Clair was preceded in death by his parents, sister Belva Hirst and brother Gail Dickson. He is survived by his wife Erma, sister Mary (Joe) Havlovick of Polson, MT; daughters Connie Brown of Seattle, WA; and Linda (John) DeYoung of Libby, MT; 5 grandsons, Rick Brown of Seattle, WA; Craig (Sabrina) Brown of North Bend, WA; John (Jodie) DeYoung of Clinton, MT; Robert (Diana) Brown of Snohomish, WA; and Sean DeYoung of Kirkland, WA; 7 great-grandchildren and several neices and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at Grogan Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday September 2, 2006 with burial following at the Lakeview Cemetary. Arrangements were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Grogan Funeral Home.Com

Donald Bill Buck

RONAN - Donald Bill Buck, 35, of Ronan died in a single automobile wreck early Sunday morning in Ravalli, Montana.

He was born at Fort Belknap, Montana on November 8, 1970 to Carol (Paul) and Leslie W. Buck. Sr.

He grew up and attended schools in Boulder, MT; Spokane, WA; Blackfoot & Pocatello, ID. He moved back with his parents and brothers to the Flathead Indian Reservation in 1983 where he attended school in Ronan and Two Eagle River School where he graduated.

He enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Persian Gulf. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked in Butte, Billings and most recently at Flathead Stickers in Pablo.

He is survived by his wife and his parents of Ronan; brothers and families Dee & Les of Spokane, WA, JoAnn & Mike of St. Ignatius, Richard of Ronan and Albert also of Ronan as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from Montana, Idaho & Washington.

A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on Monday evening with traditional prayers being recited on Tuesday evening. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning. Longhouse and burial followed in the Paul Cemetary near Post Creek. Military Honors were presented by the Veterans Warrior Society & the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Pallbearers were Steve Rodriguez, Moses Molton, Joe Parizeau, Woody Bigcrane, Antoine Paul and Brian Loberg.

Death Notice
RAVALLI - Rodrigo Salina-Diaz, 19, passed away Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an auto wreck in Ravalli.

Rodrigo was a college student from West Yellowstone who was attending his second year at the U of M.

He services will be handled by Dahl Funeral Home in Bozeman

James R. Sheddy

POLSON - James R. Sheddy, age 71 of Polson, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. James was born on March 4, 1935 at Llenbark, PA, to Clair and Vera (Willets) Sheddy. After he graduated from high school, James attended numerous Air Force schools pertaining to his vital job serving his country. James spent 21 years with the Air Force. James met and married Ingeborg Cremer in Wiesbaden, Germany. They have been married for 50 years. James also worked for the California Highway Patrol, Oxydental Petroleum Company, and Simplot. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, crafts and RV'ing. James was preceded in death by his father Clair, a sister Marlene, and a brother, Sonny (Clair Jr.). He is survived by his wife Ingeborg Sheddy, his mother Vera Wanda Willets, daughters Jackie of Colorado, Robyn & Joe Barcellos of California, sons Clair of Alaska, James R. Jr. and Kirsten of California, sisters Beverly of Florida, Carol and Joan of Pennsylvania, and 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Grogan Funeral Home Chapel with Military Honors. The family suggest memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at Grogan Funeral Home.Com

Jamie A. Guardipee
ARLEE - Jamie A. Guardipee, 43, passed away from injuries sustained in an auto accident near Polson on Tuesday morning, September 12, 2006.

Born to Dusty and Audrey Guardipee in St. Ignatius, Jamie lived in Idaho, Washington and throughout Montana but his home and heart was always Arlee. Jamie was a concrete finisher by trade but also worked as a Montana Indian Fire Fighter, woodsman and carpenter.

Jamie enjoyed camping, fishing, barbequing & hanging out with his family & friends. He also enjoyed listening to old rock, especially AC/DC. He loved children and was a great grandpa, dad and uncle to almost every child he met.

Always respectful, he stayed in close contact with his ex-wives.

He is survived by his wife Marsha Goben; ex wives MaryAnn Maestas & Tammie Guardipee; children Dustin (Brandie) of Marysville, WA, Brendan (Jamie) of Bozeman, MT, Angela (Yancy) & Gavin of Ronan, MT, Stormie of Big Arm, MT, Savannah, Cody & Gunner of Standing Rock Reservation, SD and daughter in-law Tina Morigeau of St. Ignatius; Siblings Mike (Patsy)Couture of Bellingham, WA, Angel (Jamie) McClure of Arlee and Aaron (Josie) Guardipee also of Arlee; 9 grandchildren and a large extended family of Aunties & Uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grand parents Gene & Jeanette Couture and Parents Dusty & Audrey Guardipee and siblings Martel McClure and Tammie Guardipee and most recently his son Travis who passed away from the same accident.

A wake began Wednesday September 13, at the Arlee Community Center with Rosary being recited Thursday 14, at the Center. Funeral services for both Jamie and his son Travis were held Friday September 15, at the Arlee Community Center with burial following in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

Travis Anthony Guardipee
RONAN - Travis Anthony Guardipee, born Sept. 11, 1984 in Mount Vernon, Washington, 22 years of life lived to the fullest until the Lord called his name on September 12th, 2006.

Travis received his GED, worked odd jobs and had dreams of continuing his education. With his charismatic loving personality he had the gift of making everybody laugh. Travis loved to camp, fish, hunt and eat, but he devoted most of his life to his beautiful girls. Determined and courageous he will live on in our hearts.

He parts for now with his one true love Tina Morigeau, his girls Ariyah, Lovaiya and his little Tahlanna Star. His loving mother MaryAnn Maestas of Ronan, his brothers Dustin (Brandie), Angela (Yancy McCrea) and Gavin; sister Tashiana Schlensker, Also Brendan (Jamie), Savannah, Cody, Gunner & Stormy Guardipee; nieces & nephews MiRayne, Jineeva, Austin & Elighjah. As well as his maternal grandparents Felemon & Elida Maestas of Mount Vernon, WA; Aunts and Uncles Henry (Veronica) Maestas of MT, Fel (Liz) Maestas of WA, Rachel (Jorge) of WA, Blanca (Miguel) Morales of WA, Es (Fabian) Garcia of WA, Diana (Armando) Zapata of TX, Maria (Alvado) Soliz of WA, Linda (Miguel) Morales of WA. And paternally Angel (Jamie) McClure of Evaro, Aaron (Josie) of Arlee and Mike (Patsy) Couture of WA. As well as special cousins Buddy, Monte, Isaac, Serene, Arianna and many other cousins and special friends.

Preceding him in death was his father Jamie Guardipee, paternal grandparents Dusty & Audrey Guardipee; Aunt Tami Guardipee and Uncle Martel McClure.

A wake began Wednesday in the Arlee Community Center with Rosary being recited on Thursday September 14th. Funeral services were held on Friday September 15 at the Arlee Community Center. Interment followed in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

Karen Cornelius Fenton
ST. IGNATIUS - Karen Cornelius Fenton passed away on Tuesday, September 12th, at Community Hospital in Missoula, Montana.

Although she left us at a young age, Karen lived a full and productive life, touching the lives of many. She was born August 28th, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois and was the first Indian baby born in Cook County Hospital. An enrolled member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was the first daughter of Ernestine Sine Cornelius (Salish) and Arthur P. Cornelius (Oneida). Karen was extremely proud of her Indian heritage and it was always instilled in her from her earliest years to "do good for her people."

And that she did! Throughout her career, she encouraged people of all ages to improve their lives through education. She held numerous positions during her career: Counselor with Upward Bound at Eastern Montana College; Counselor with Special Services at the University of Montana; Administrative Assistant with the Tri-States Tribes Incorporated in Billings; teacher at Two Eagle River School; Director of Tribal Education for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Director of Native American Graduate Fellowship Program at Montana State University; Special Assistant to the President at MSU, serving as Tribal Relations Liaison; Health Educator on the Spokane Reservation; and domestic violence work for Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Karen was also elected or appointed to various boards and commissions. She served on the first Board of Directors for Salish Kootenai College and during her tenure also served as Chair and was a strong advocate during those important early years that the college was established. Other boards included: Close Up Foundation, Chemawa Indian School, Montana Committee for the Humanities, and Montana Commission on the Status of Women. She also served as Delegate to the White House Conference on Families as well as the White House Conference on Indian Education. She served as President for the National Indian Education Association and the Montana Indian Education Association and was instrumental in the founding of the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education.

Karen graduated from Harlem, MT High School in 1961 and received her B.S. in Business Education in 1965 from Eastern Montana College. Her first teaching job was in Hysham, Montana, where she met her husband, Del Fenton, the father of her two sons, Eddie and Gene. They were later divorced. She received her M.E. in Education Administration from the University of Montana and later went to Penn State to work on her doctorate.

She was proceeded in death by her parents in 1991 and her uncle Eugene Sine in 1997. She is survived by her sons Eddie and Gene; sister Carmen Taylor; niece Kara Bell; grandchildren Garrett, Jenna, Alexa, Anneliesa, Edmond, Gene and Leniece; and aunt Peggy Savilla and cousins Phil, Chris, Ed and Tony and Paul Cornelius - all of Albuquerque, NM and aunt Dorothy Yealey and cousin Donna of Marion, KS. Karen loved her family and was proud of her sons and grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited Friday, September 15 in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Mass being celebrated on Saturday, September 16, in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with Fr. Andrew Maddock, SJ as Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Cornelius Scholarship Fund c/o Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT.

This fund was established in the name of her parents in 1991.

Joseph John "Joe Dog" Felsman
ST. IGNATIUS - Joseph John "Joe Dog" Felsman, 73, a former tribal chairman and war veteran died Sunday in Missoula after a long battle with cancer.

Born in St. Ignatius on Dec.11, 1932 to Oswald & Annie (Ashley) Felsman, he was raised in the St. Ignatius area and received his education from the Urslines and Chemawah Indian School. Following his graduation he joined the US Navy and served as a corpsman with a USMC detachment in the Korean Conflict. After dedicating sixteen years to the United States, he proudly received his honorable discharge.

JoeDog married Sally Ann Ross in the late 1950's and they made their home in Oakland, CA. & Seattle before settling Philadelphia, where he proudly became a lifelong member of Yearsley VFW Post and served as their commander.

However, as with many things in life things do not always work out and JoeDog & Sally Ann divorced while in Philadelphia. He then met Lois Chatburn and they made their home in Philadelphia before returning to the Flathead Reservation in 1974.

JoeDog was employed with Philadelphia Steel, the Tribes at Enviromental Health from 79 - 81, Kicking Horse Job Corps1983, Indian Health Services and served on the Council 82-92 as well as being the former Tribal chairman from January 84 to January 86. He also served on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe Housing Board for many years.

Joe Dog had an enthusiasm for the VFW and for the Mission Valley Honor Guard for which he served as the Chaplain until just recently.

He enjoyed jogging and walking, reading and sports especially the Eagles. He was an excellent cook and was known for his chili, stew and hot sauce. He raised his grandkids James Sorrell & Michaela Buck, setting a wonderful example because he enjoyed being his family. We know that he will be missed by all and that they will keep a special spot for him at the Silver.

Preceding him in death was his parents, brothers Ronald, Bill, Oswald Jr., Mark, Harold, Grub, Carl & sister Alberta.

He leaves behind his wife Lois, children Carol Ann, Linda Sue (Kevin) Marker, Troy (Trina), Joe Jr. and Joanne (Mike Buck); sisters Marge Michel & Floss (David) Cote; grandchildren Eddie, Kevin, Kerri, Kyle, Zach, TJ, James & Michaela; a special nephew and nieces Mike Snell and Bev & Jennifer Sons and god daughter Stephanie Trahan Gillin, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Flags will be lowered to half mast in honor of his passing. A traditional wake began Monday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the rosary being recited Tuesday in the Longhouse. Mass was held Wednesday at in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with Military Honors being presented at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Elizabeth "Betty" Gervais
POLSON - Elizabeth "Betty" Gervais, 86, of Polson, MT died on Sept. 8, 2006 at St. Joseph Retirement Community in Polson from natural causes.

Betty was born on April 16,1920 in Janesville, Wisc.

Betty grew up in Janesville. She attended the University of Wisconsin, University of Washington & received her master's degree in Library Science at Denver University.

She married Arthur Gervais in1939 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She and Arthur lived in several locations including Colorado and Alaska on two different occasions. They eventually moved to Sequim, WA and lived there for several years before moving to Polson, MT in 2003.

In the past year, Betty had been very active in the foster grandparent program at Cherry Valley Elementary School in Polson. She was looking forward to another year with the children. The children in Polson knew her as Grandma Betty.

Betty was also a member of the local NARFE.

She enjoyed curling, golfing, gardening, anthropology, reading and her dogs.

Betty was a true sports fan and was especially a "Griz" fan.

Betty was a very well read & intelligent woman that enjoyed life.

She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur, her parents and a son-in-law James Burton, 2 sisters and a brother.

She is survived by her daughter Toni Burton of Polson & a granddaughter, Andrea Burton of Arlee, MT. & numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are planned and cremation has taken place under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson. Memorials may be made to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter in Betty's name.

Robert Richard Mitchell
ST. IGNATIUS - Robert Richard Mitchell died Sept. 16, 2006, in an automobile accident.

Bob came into this world on May 12, 1980, and grew up in the Marion and Columbia Falls area. He graduated from Columbia Falls High School and later moved to Hot Springs, where he would meet his future wife, Jennifer, and make their home there.

Bob loved to hunt, fish, hike and camp. He loved the outdoors and being with friends. His friends were his extended family and made up for those he did not have. Bob's smile was infectious and made even brighter by his dimples. He was a true joy to be around.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents; father, Thomas Mitchell; and in-laws, Anne and Leroy Manning.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Mitchell in Hot Springs; adopted parents, Roy and Trudy Aycord of Paradise; adopted grandparents, Dale and Elda Greeno, and several close friends, David Swope, Vince and TJ Morker of Lonepine, Tootie and Punk Burgess of Camas Prairie, Corey Lindway of Plains and Kara and Kaniela Ilac of Hot Springs.

Even though Bob didn't have immediate family, he was loved and cared for by many. He may not have realized how much, but in the numbers of those sharing their condolences, it was many.

Bob will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, with Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home of St. Ignatius in charge of arrangements.

Gloria J. Blake
RONAN - Gloria J. Blake, age 63, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2006 at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan, MT. Gloria was born October 25, 1942 in Richmond, California to Kenneth and Ruby Christopher and she was raised in Arlee Montana. She graduated from Arlee High School in 1960 and then attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Gloria married Jerry Blake in 1962. Gloria supported her husband Jerry throughout his many relocations during his career at Chrysler Corporation. This took them from Montana to Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, and Michigan. She held various clerical positions including Missoula Blueprint, Texas-New Mexico Power Company, Two Eagle River School, and Salish-Kootenai Fire Management. Gloria loved the ocean, gardening and her family. She was a devoted Grandma, always the life of the party. She will be remembered for her unconditional love. Her mother, Ruby Christopher, and her only son, Kenneth F. Blake, preceded Gloria in death.

Surviving Gloria include her father Kenneth Christopher and stepmother Millie Christopher of Polson, sister Marjorie Sparks of Missoula, daughter Kimberly Blake of Kalispell, granddaughter Julia Hudson of Kalispell, grandson Dylan Hudson of Romeo, Michigan, grandson Kenneth Clare and her two nieces Judy and Heather and a nephew Richard.

A memorial service was held for Gloria on September 28, 2006 in the Grogan Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will follow the service at Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory.

Fr. Gustav H. Schmidt, S.J.
ST IGNATIUS - Fr. Gustav H. Schmidt, S.J., 71, passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 at Murray - Weigel Hall in Bronx, NY.

Fr. Schmidt was born on May 9, 1935 and in 1953 he entered the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Andrew on Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY on July 30th, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1966. He came to St. Ignatius Mission in 1982 as a Pastoral Assistant to Fr. Joseph Retzel, S.J. and became Pastor of the 3 missions from 1995 to 2000. Fr. Schmidt served the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission for over 18 years retiring in Nov. 2000 because of health reason and returned to the Bronx, NY where he passed away.

Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 28th in Murray Weigel Hall Chapel. Burial will follow on Friday Sept. 29th at the Jesuit Cemetery in Auriesville, NY.

Fr. Schmidt is survived by two sisters Annie Paxson and Lois Doremus.

Note of condolence maybe sent to his nephew Bradley Paxson, 4 Curtis Trail Martinsville, NJ 08836

Local memorial services will held on Sunday, October 1st at St. Ignatius Catholic Mission at the 9:15 am Mass, in Sacred Heart Mission in Arlee at 11:15 Mass and St. John Berchman Mission in the Jocko Valley at 5 pm. A potluck dinner is tenatively planned for after the 5 pm St. John Berchman Mass. It will be held in the Sacred Heart Mission at Arlee.

"C.W." Christopher Wagner Miller
BIGFORK -"C.W." Christopher Wagner Miller left this world on September 23, 2006 in a fatal car accident. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 2, 1985 to Steve & Suzie miller. He grew up in Minnesota attending Excelsior Elementary School through the fifth grade where he excelled in school and in all sports. During this period in Minnesota he was a national karate champion and a national BMX champion traveling around the nation with his family and team. He moved with his family to Bigfork, Montana in 1996 where he attended Bigfork Middle School and then transferred to Polson High School his sophomore year. He graduated from Polson High School in 2003.

C.W. spent the last 10 summers crewing with his brother Nick on his father's commercial fishing vessel in Kodiak, Alaska. After graduation, he traveled with his father to Amsterdam, the Dominicon Republic, and many times to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands with his family and friends. He and his brother had recently obtained their scuba diver's certifications in Cayman Brac.

C.W. loved life! He loved scuba diving, swimming, playing poker & bridge and folfing with his buds. He was always joyous, loving, compassionate, kind, giving, hard working and fun-loving throughout his 21 years. He brought so much joy and laughter into the world and will be sorely missed by everyone.

C.W. is preceded in death by his grandparents Cliff & Marge Wagner and Rowley & Susan Miller.

C.W. is survived by his father and mother - Steve & Suzie miller and brother Nick Miller all of Bigfork, Montana and his extended family and friends.

A gathering of family, friends and all who knew CW will be held at the Miller home located at 18649 E. Lakeshore, Bigfork, MT. on Sunday, October 8, 2006 from 3-5 p.m.

Memorials in CW's memory may be made to the Cayman's Brac branch of the Humane Society, Box 207 KY2-2101, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.

Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory, Polson, MT.

Gladys Marie Jeffery Schmauch
HAWAII - Gladys Marie Jeffery Schmauch, 95, formerly of St. Ignatius, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 20, 2006, of natural causes. Gladys was born January 11, 1911, in Stanton, Montana. She married John Thomas Schmauch in Fort Benton on October 12, 1932. The couple had one daughter, Maxine. The family came to St. Ignatius in 1946, where they owned and operated The Club Bar from 1946 to 1981, when it was sold to the builders of the Cold Creek Saloon.

In 1983 after John passed away, Gladys moved to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to her daughter and granddaughters. Gladys was the eldest of 10 under the care of Barbara Pruitt of the Ashley Manor Care Home in Boise.

Words cannot fully expressour gratitude to Barbara for her devotion, love and attention to our Grandmother, their bond was an inspiration to us all.

She derived the greatest joy spending time with her grandaughters and their families.

A wonderful cook, Gram always had homemade cookies for the kids. A fun day for her was to cook a big meal and head to the mountains or the lake for a picnic with her family. We will all miss her. At her request, cremation has taken place immediately. Internment at Pleasantview Cemetary, St. Ignatius, will take place at a later date.

Inquiries, please contact Darci Mead at or call 808-258-0125.