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Louis “Alvin” McClure
RONAN — Louis “Alvin” McClure age 67, long time St. Ignatius resident was called home to the Creator on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at St. Lukes Extended Care.
Alvin was the son of Janie Bourdon-McClure, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme. Throughout his younger years he attended school in St. Ignatius before making the decision to trek across many miles to Chilocco Indian Boarding school in Newkirk Oklahoma. During his time in Chilocco, Alvin was instilled with a pristine sense of upkeep and time schedule, he made many lifelong friends, and engaged in many extra-curricular activities. His eyes lit up when he talked about his accomplishments in sports during the years he attended, especially in Football and Basketball. Alvin graduated from Chilocco in 1964 before returning home to St. Ignatius MT to also walk at graduation with his buddies from St. Ignatius High School.
Alvin was a great athlete and still holds records at MHS. His passion was to be on the field playing, coaching, or umpiring softball. He was on many teams throughout his lifetime and there was not a weekend that went by that tournaments were not played. It was safe to say that his glove and bat would never collect dust. Softball was always his passion but in later years his attention turned to his kids and grandkids and watching them play and coaching them. He coached many teams, touched many lives and always pushed everyone to do their best. He was an avid coin collector and also a keeper of “shiny things”. Not only was Alvin physically engaged in many activities his mind was sharp and he often loved to play strategic games such as chess and checkers. He loved being outdoors and the majority of his career was spent working for the CS&KT Forestry Department as a Forester Technician.
In 1968, he married Lois Lafromboise (Slater) and together they had four children. They later divorced and while umpiring on the softball field he met the love of his life Kathy Ann Krantz. It was not love at first sight but it was a love story for the books. Kathy brought out the life hidden in Alvin and together they built their lives around their greatest passion, family. On August 1st 1987 Kathy and Alvin tied the knot in Coeur d’alene ID with two of their best friends David and Sherry Scheeler. They made their home in St. Ignatius MT where they welcomed their first and only child together in May of 1988.
Throughout the years Alvin and Kathy worked very hard to provide them the life they wanted. Both putting in long hours so that they could enjoy their time off doing the things they loved. Many memories were created on the road traveling to softball tournaments, off the map destinations and out of state. Alvin and Kathy always were sure to include their children in these memory-making ventures whether it be at their home or on the roads. In 2006 when Kathy passed the light in Alvin’s eyes seemed to dim. In 2012 when Alvin suffered a stroke many could see a change in him, but his mind was still sharp and his passion for life seemed to re-spark. He didn’t take one minute for granted after that and enjoyed passing much of the time watching his black and white westerns, spending time with his grandchildren and passing on the memories he had through stories. Alvin has touched the lives of many teaching through stories, actions and even in silence. He suffered through many great loses over the years but always kept his composure as he was a real honest to God definition of a Man. He was a man who had been through so much in his life and always seemed to find a way to keep on pushing through the obstacles that were set before him.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother Wasi, his mother, Janie, his fathers, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme; his wife Kathy, and grandson Lindy Louis Junior Quequesah and his very best friends Jerry Asay and David Scheeler.
He is survived by his daughters Kimberly, Nichole (David), Cori (Carlos), Jamie (Charlie) and his son David. His grandchildren Mariah, Madison, Jeffrey, Justin, Carli, Christopher, Austin, Jerimiah, Jett, Joanie, Keithetta, and Michael. Great grandchildren Cayliana, Brooklyn, Eastyn, Cayani, Sophie and Christopher and his many sisters, brothers, and cousins.
Wake services will start Friday at noon. Rosary will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. all to be held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.
Darcy Mary Malatare
ARLEE — Darcy Mary Malatare went home to the Creator on August 19, 2015, where she was greeted with open arms by her loving sister, Lynnette.
Darcy was born in St. Ignatius on November 5, 1966, to John (Bear) and Flora (Irma) Malatare. She attended school in Arlee and graduated in 1985. After high school, Darcy attended the Big Sky College of Barber Styling, Inc., in Missoula, and earned her barbers license on July 20, 1986. Darcy opened her own barber shop in Arlee shortly after and also worked various jobs in the community. For the last 12 years, Darcy worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Lands Department.
Darcy married Bradley Wieder on April 13, 1987, and they were married for 21 years. Together they welcomed to the world their daughter, Jonnell, on December 9, 1987, and their son, Leon, on May 16, 1991. Darcy met Joe Vanderburg in 2009, and they were together until her death. She was a very devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Her last best memories were as a Yaya taking her grannies to the fair.
All throughout her life, Darcy enjoyed being involved in many family activities including huckleberry picking, holiday parties, playing cards, camping, and any activity that involved being in the woods. She was well known for her excellent landscaping talents, always having a camera in her hands trying to catch the next America’s Funniest Home Video, her outstanding skills as a barber, and having a very contagious laugh. But most of all, Darcy was known for her big heart that cared for everyone around her.
Darcy frequently went out of her way for others; she made sure everyone was well fed and happy by preparing multiple dishes for family gatherings. She made sure those around her had more than they needed and she was always there when times got tough. When her sister, Lynn, was diagnosed with cancer and had to move to Seattle for treatment, Darcy packed up her things and moved there, as well, and she did the cooking and cleaning and took care of the family for the four months they lived there. She truly put the needs of her family, as well as those of others, before her own.
Darcy is preceded in death by her sister, Lynnette; her grandparents, Phillip Malatare, Katherine Barnaby, Alec Lumpry, and William Linsebigler; her aunt, Sophie Tellier; and her uncle, Bud Barnaby.
She is survived in death by her daughter, Jonnell (Nakota, and their children - her Yayas - Macklen and Raileigh); her son, Leon; her parents, Bear and Irma; her friend, Joe Vanderburg; her brother, John (Becky); her sisters, Cheryl (Darrin) and Jen (Ron); her brother-in-law, Ernie; various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and loved ones.
Marsha McDonald Rubino
BIG ARM — Marsha McDonald Rubino, age 70, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a long battle with Type I Diabetes and cancer with her loving family and friends at her side. She was born on July 9, 1945 in Spokane, WA the daughter of Thomas R. McDonald and Lois Geraldine (Dahl) Cochran.
She attended and graduated from Polson High School with the class of 1963. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Following high school, she attended the University of Montana where she met Vince Rubino. They were married in Polson in 1966.
In 1967, Vince was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, then they began serving on active duty, taking them to Heidelberg, Germany; Seoul, S. Korea as well as several posts across the U.S. including 5+ years at the Presidio in San Francisco, which was Marsha’s favorite post. She enjoyed entertaining and numerous parties and social events that she planned. She and Vince retired from active duty in 1987 from Ft. Monroe, VA. They eventually came back to Montana where they purchased their home on Flathead Lake and continue to reside there to this day.
She began a manicurist business that developed into a wonderful social business that gave her national contacts and recognition. She was also very active in 4-H, horsemanship and shooting sports.
She loved spending time with her family and friends and cherished those times spent together. She also cherished her two children and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father Thomas McDonald, her mother Geri Cochran, infant brother Angus Patrick McDonald and brother Ranald McDonald.
She is survived by her husband Vince of Big Arm; her son Vince Jr. and wife Young Joo Kim of Inchon, Korea; her daughter Gillian (Rubino) Moss and husband Shane of Whitefish; five grandchildren, Devan, Colt, Coy, Eugene and Rowan; her siblings, Gail Graves, Lorrie Meeks, Jackie Rader, Jan Cochran and Malcolm McDonald as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life for Marsha was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Polson. Urn burial will be at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
David Joseph Martinez
ELMO — David Joseph Martinez, 22, passed away in Pablo on August 12, 2015.
He was born to Delinda Finley and Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez on June 5, 1993 in Polson, MT. Raised and educated on the Reservation, he was a master of “Chillin” with his brother, Dom, family and friends. Like his father and uncles, he enjoyed all sports, he played all positions in baseball; enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family. He enjoyed all music and enjoyed attending concerts. David was known for having a big heart, was very caring and would give you the shirt off of his back. In 2012, David and his partner, Ciera, were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Annalia, and from then on he focused on being a good father and he enjoyed playing with her and watching her grow. She is their pride and joy.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leonard and grandma, Nancy Joseph; sister, Tina Wynne and brother, Frankie Nicolai III.
He is survived by his parents Delinda Finley of Elmo; father Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez of Pablo; grandma Janice Michel of Pablo and grandpas Joseph Finley of Wellpinit and Wilcoxson Martinez of New Mexico; his partner Ciera Lozeau Steele and daughter Annalia Martinez of Pablo; siblings Shantel Martinez of Omak, WA, Ramona Wynne of Elmo, Crimson Cox of Pablo, Athena Martinez of Pablo, Dominic Martinez of Elmo, Chimeco Martinez and Matthew Nicolai of Ronan, Bowdrea Nicolai of Pablo, Shawn Bigby, of Elmo, Wilcoxson Martinez Jr of Pablo and John Cox of Pablo; as well as large family of aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Hall in Elmo. Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com
Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler
Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler died unexpectedly in her sleep on August 14, 2015 at the age of 77. She was born the youngest of 7 in St. Ignatius on December 4, 1937 to Fredrick J. Houle and Hellen E. (Winslow) Houle.
She was raised as a young girl in the Pablo area and later attended high school in Ronan where she was a huge part of the class of 1956. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
She married Cecil Jackson and together they had 6 children in the Round Butte area. They later divorced and she married Ward Kugler and became stepmother to two more. Over her lifetime she proudly wore many professional and personal hats. Some of which included mother, grandmother, and successful business owner and entrepreneur. After “retirement” she began her new winter life in Yuma, Arizona. Rose was a woman that was looked up to and admired by many. She led a life full of adventure and was always looking for her next road trip.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband Ward Kugler, brothers Fred Houle, Jr. and Bob Houle, her sisters June Dullaghan and Lois Dupuis, infant son Ronnie, and grandson Chistopher Weivoda.
She is survived by her sisters Allene Cole of Dixon and Lora (Jim) Cole of Finley Point; children Ramona (Bud) Lynch of Round Butte, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn (Chuck) Weivoda of Pablo, Curtis Jackson of Pablo, and Keith Jackson of Ronan; step children Brian (Patti) Kugler of Polson, and Suzette Kugler of Alaska. She also had 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, not to mention numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Services will be held at the Ronan Community Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A private family burial will follow at the family ranch.
Ranald Luke McDonald
POLSON — Ranald Luke McDonald, 48, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was born Aug. 21, 1966, in Ronan, the son of Thomas Ranald and Ann May (Christman) McDonald.
He was raised on the family ranch in Niarada, attended schools in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1984. He attended and graduated from Montana State University and continued at the University of Montana Law School, where he received his juris doctorate in law.
Following law school, he worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was their managing attorney for many years. He was married and to this union his daughter, Ave’, was born.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was also a competitive shooter. He was also able to enjoy a hunting trip to Africa. He was very close to his fraternity brothers from MSU's Delta Sigma Phi. He was a longtime member of the Montana Bar Association and Ducks Unlimited.
Ranald enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and was very proud of his daughter Ave’s competitive freestyle skiing. He enjoyed fine foods and sharing with friends. He was a master fencer and had a very easygoing personality.
He was also a great-grandson of the Hudson Bay fur trader Angus McDonald, and his great-grandmother was a first cousin of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe.
“May the work I have done speak for me."
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an infant brother, Angus Patrick McDonald.
He is survived by his daughter, Ave' of Columbia Falls; his sister, Lorrie Meeks (Tom) of Dixon; his brother, Malcolm McDonald (Patty) of Niarada; sisters, Gail Graves of Ronan and Marsha Rubino (Vince) of Elmo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
As per Ranald’s wishes, services will be private.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier
ARLEE — Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier, passed away at his home on his ranch in Arlee at the age of 76. While his body was failing, his mind, spirit, loving nature, and dignity remained through the time of his passing on Wednesday July 8, 2015.
Cub was born to Albert and Clara (Keenan) Dumontier at the old St. Ignatius hospital, the youngest of four siblings on June 23, 1939. He was raised in Arlee and attended the Arlee schools.
Cub fulfilled his call to duty and served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. He earned recognition as an accomplished marksman (carbine) and sharpshooter (rifle).
He married Glenda Rae Park on February 8, 1962 in Wallace, Idaho. They had two children, Debra Lee and Timothy Albert. They settled in the Jocko Valley, where they established a ranch on DuMontier Road. They purchased DuMontier Oil in Ravalli and ran a successful business for many years until they retired back to the ranch full time.
He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He worked with the Tribes in different aspects over the years and remained committed to tribal interests throughout his life.
Cub was a hard worker and did not believe in putting any job off for later. He always said that “anything worth doing was worth doing right.” His work ethic was well known and respected. He also had a unique humor and quick wit that left a lasting impression on those who knew him.
He had a great love of the outdoors and when there was a break in the work, it was time to head for the hills. He enjoyed packing, camping, and especially hunting. He rode untold miles on backcountry trails and traveled the country chasing the racehorses. He was an accomplished and expert horseman. He enjoyed all aspects of the horse life.
He was a loving father and was very involved in the lives of his children and later with his grandchildren. He loved to support them in their educations and at sporting events.
Cub is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Glenda and his children, Debbie (Tom McClure) and Tim (Becca), grandchildren Desiree (Ryan) Fox, Cubby Pierre, Isabelle, Analise and Albert Charles DuMontier, and great-grandson Ryland Cub Fox; siblings Leona Dunham, Dorothy (Jerry) Ford, Leroy “Sonny” (Virginia) Dumontier. Cub was very personable, very well liked and had innumerable friends, acquaintances, and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private celebration of his life and graveside service was held on the DuMontier Ranch on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have provided food, flowers, prayers, and solace.
Elizabeth Marie MadPlume
Pablo — Elizabeth Marie MadPlume, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on November 4, 1943, in Browning, the daughter of Francis X. Bull Calf and Mary Yellow Wolf.
She graduated from high school and finished cosmetology school, and also received a degree from Salish Kootenai College. She was happily married to Robert John MadPlume since February 17, 1975.
Her most treasured thing to do was to study the bible. She loved to be with her family and spend time with her grandbabies. She also loved to go fishing. Enjoying her most valued talent as a homemaker and artist, she did a lot of crafts and bead work. Her curtain making was the best beyond all belief. She had an eye for beautiful things.
She was a beautiful, loving mother, grandmother and wife and she had a great love for the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Francis X. Bull Calf, and mom, Mary Yellow Wolf.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. MadPlume; her children, Sonya New Breast, Greg “Moe” MadPLume, Paul Hendren, Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway and Francine Norton.
Visitation for Elizabeth was held July 6 through July 8 at the family home in Pablo. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan, with Debbie Williams officiating. There was a dinner at the family home that followed the graveside service.
Pall bearers were Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway, Kay Old Chief, Cherlene Old Chief, Cheryl Old Chief and Velma Old Wolf. thethelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle
ARLEE — Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle, 86, was born May 18, 1929, in Paradise, and left this world to return to paradise on June 28, 2015. The fourth child of Robert Stewart Lafley and Nina Gariepy Lafley, she grew up in Spokane and Missoula.
Vernabelle later moved to Arlee, where she met and married Maurice “Mort” Lytle. That was the beginning of a lifelong career as a mother, ranch hand, partner, you name it. What a hard working lady she was! The only things she didn’t learn (on purpose), were to ride a horse and milk a cow. She lived on the ranch for 62 years, and it is the end of an era, as she was the last surviving member of that generation of Lytles.
Five children were born to this union: Punky Ruhkala (Mike), of St. Ignatius, Tim, of Arlee, Zim (Zana), of Ronan, Melissa Oswald (Brandon), of Rigby, Idaho, and Thomas, who passed as an infant. Grandma B-Belle, as her 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren knew her, was always a soft touch when it came to ice cream or treats and they knew she would come through with something!
In recent years, she preferred to stay close to home, but looked so forward to her Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arlee Indian Senior dinners and “running around” with her special senior girlfriends.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Mort; and siblings, Jack, Roberta “Sis” Greenlief, Fred, Janet Yant, Robert “Junebug”, Beatrice Taylor, and infant sister, Jeri.
She is survived by: two of ten siblings, Pat Haugen (Ken), of Missoula, and Charles “Buzzy” Lafley, of Helena; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who have special memories of spending summers on the ranch and vacations helping Mort and Vernabelle.
A celebration of Vernabelle’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Arlee Community Center on Pow Wow road, with dinner following a short memorial service.
Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com.
Judith M. Burland Lehto
KALISPELL — Judith M. “Judy” Burland Lehto 73, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Hubert and Wanda Burland; joining her brother, Hubert “Herb” Burland. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic school in Butte, and high school at all-girl Central and Butte High School.
She married Leonard “LeRoy” Long and moved to Idaho. Together they had three children, Cyndy, Steven and Lisa. In the late 1960’s, Judy attended cosmetology school in Idaho. LeRoy and her later divorced, she said she was never really happy, moving back to the Mission Valley, to her mountains as she would call them, that’s what made her truly happy. Judy met her life companion Jake. Judy and Jake did so much together. Their biggest joy was going to bingo and the casino. Jake died in 1998 of cancer and Judy took care of him to the end.
Working for S&K Electronics, Inc. was the best time of her working carrier, working 25 years there before retiring.
She was a proud member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, camping, fishing, taking the bus to Coeur’ d’ Alene Casino to play bingo and gamble. Judy really enjoyed her retirement. She loved her animals Lily (dog), Suzie (cat) and her fish.
Judy’s biggest joy was having a good BBQ with her family. Judy is survived by her best friend Lily (dog), daughters Cyndy Long of Pablo, Lisa (Guy) Stinger of Pablo, son Steven Long of Seattle, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Judy is preceded in death by her father Hubert, her brother Herb, step-father Ralph Strong, Jake Packard, mother Wanda and sadly her cat just days before she died.
Services will be held in Ronan at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with grave side services to follow.
A family potluck BBQ to follow and will be announced at the services.
Zaneta Rae Kenmille Keplin
ELMO — On June 1, 2015, Zaneta Rae "Sissy" Kenmille Keplin joined her ancestors after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1968 in Hawthorn, California, to Laurence and Marie Kenmille. She was baptized in the Catholic Church. Her godparents are Norman and Alberta Peratrovich. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later in Belcourt, North Dakota.
In 1988 she met Richard Keplin and they had a daughter, Kayla LaRae Keplin Ridgley. Richard and Zaneta were married December 31, 1999. Together they were foster parents to many children. They adopted their niece, Gabrielle Houle, as their daughter. Family was of utmost importance to Sissy.
Everything she planned always revolved around the children in her family. She spent countless hours with her daughters, nieces and nephews. Zaneta loved to sing and dance. She especially enjoyed telling stories of her adventures with Lenny and Tommy and her Papa John. Her house was always filled with laughter and joy.
Zaneta moved to Montana in 2003 to spend time with her grandmother and family. She planned numerous family get-togethers, surrounded by music, food, games, and laughter. Sissy tanned hides in the traditional way she learned from her grandmother. She also enjoyed playing stick-game and card games with her family and friends.
She received her bachelor's in Social Work from Salish Kootenai College in 2007. In 2008, she and Richard graduated with their masters in Social Work from Walla Walla through an accelerated program.
On August 23, 2008, her greatest birthday gift was received in the form of her granddaughter, JessaRae Ridgley. JessaRae kept her going for so many years. They had a special bond that JessaRae will carry in her heart for many years.
Zaneta was preceded in death by her grandmother, Agnes Oshanee Kenmille; her maternal grandparents, Barney and Anna Houle; her nephew, Laurence B. "LaLa" Kenmille; uncle, Donald Kenmille; son-in-law, Josh Ridgley; and her best friend, Lenny Joseph.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Keplin; her daughters, Kayla and Gabrielle; brothers, Allan and Amak; step- daughter, Richelle Keplin Poitra; stepson, K.K. Keplin; granddaughter, JessaRae; mother, Marie Houle Kenmille; sisters, Selina Kenmille and Mary Hewankorn; and father, Laurence Kenmille. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and grand-children.
Sissy's pallbearers are Stan Kenmille, Ray Nichols, Mayuk Caye, Daniel Stiffarm, Kelvon Kallowat, and Freeman Nelson. Honorary pallbearers are her husband, Richard Keplin, step- daughter, Richelle Keplin; her partners in crime, Danielle Tenas, Cissy Johnson, and Tom Johnson; her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and especially her Titi, JessaRae.
The wake for Sissy started Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the Elmo Hall. Rosary took place Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall, followed by a funeral mass on Friday at 10 a.m., June 5. Burial took place after the service at Dayton Cemetery.
Alois N. Burland Faulkner
RONAN — Alois N. "Curley" Burland Falkner, 91, passed away on June 12, 2015, at St. Luke Community Nursing Home in Ronan from lung cancer. She was born on December 2, 1923, to Gilbert Burland and Mary Antoinette Clairmont Peone. "Curley" was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She worked as a bartender in many of the local establishments. She enjoyed visiting with her good friends, Lloyd and Sally Jackson. She also enjoyed playing bingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Faulkner; son, Arthur R. Trahan (Gloria); and brother, Lloyd "Sonny" Burland.
Curley is survived by her children, Jim Skelton (Karen), of Cut Bank, Kaye Canvari, of Vancouver, Washington, Michael Dennis Trahan (Caro), of Ronan, and Ron Trahan (Vi), of St. Ignatius; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Babe Burland; nephew, Gary Burland, of St. Ignatius; and step daughter, Judy.
Cremation is under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services. Services were held Monday, July 29, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Homer, as per her request.
Agnes Mae Caye
POLSON — Our beloved Agnes Mae Caye has begun her journey back to the Creator on Sunday June 14, 2015. Agnes was the first born to Madeline Phillips Couture and Alexander Couture in a tee-pee just after midnight in Big Arm, Montana.
Agnes was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where Agnes worked for over 30 years. Her last position was as THHS-CHS Program Manager. Agnes received her elementary education in Polson, Big Arm, Dixon and the Ursuline in St. Ignatius, Mt., and attended high school at Pierre South Dakota, Thompson Falls Montana and Chemawa in Oregon. Agnes’ Higher Education included many extended classes in the field of Human Services at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Agnes was married to Abraham Caye from 1945 to 1962. They moved to Washington and Idaho for a number of years. Returning to the Flathead Reservation around 1954, they made their home in Elmo where Agnes enjoyed raising their children.
Agnes loved visiting the elders in the community and communicating in her native tongue. She loved participating in cultural activities and religious ceremonies. She enjoyed interpreting for the elders, as well as taking them to Kalispell and Polson for shopping. Agnes loved the outdoors and outdoor activities. She absolutely loved to travel and it wasn’t shocking for Agnes to jump up and head to Worley to play bingo at the drop of a dobber. Agnes loved to gather berries and dig bitterroot during their seasons with her best friend and loving companion of many years, August Lefthand.
Agnes is survived by her companion and best friend August Lefthand; siblings Wayne (Barbara) Couture, Dog Lake, Eddie (Erlene) Couture, and Elmo Ignace Couture, Elmo; children Barbara Caye, Pablo, Delores (Grayson) Sam, Omak WA., Iris (Wayne) Creston B.C. and Abraham Caye Jr. Seattle, WA.
Agnes is preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Madeline Couture, her sons, Arnold Caye and Alvin Caye and daughter June Caye, sister Mary Lefthand and an infant sister.
Agnes Caye was a wonderful person, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Agnes was always ready to help friends and family in need. John 3:16; For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Funeral Mass for Agnes was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall. The Wake began at noon on Tuesday and the Rosary was held at Elmo Hall. Burial followed services at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
DAYTON — Patricia Hewankorn, 75, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at her home in Dayton Creek. She was born on October 1, 1939, in Lonepine, Montana, to Alexander and Josephine (Caye) Lefthand. Like other traditional Kootenai homes, a large extended family lived together. This often included parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered as a lady who dedicated her life to working hard for her people from behind the scenes. Many benefited, and continue to benefit, from her influences to keep culture and traditions alive.
She started working at Headstart, then moved to Kootenai Culture Committee, later becoming the director. She received an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College.
She enjoyed Sunday family dinners, and also having all family birthdays at the home. Her free time was spent with crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right with Roman. She also enjoyed bowling for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; three children, Maxine, Rachel and Tuggy; brothers, Richard and Pat; and sisters, Marie and Edna.
She is survived by her children, Al, Jr., Ceara and Roman, of the family home on Dayton Creek; daughters, Geraldine, of Big Arm, Josephine, of Big Arm; and Dolly (Sylvesta), of Elmo; son, Michael, of Pablo; 17 grandchildren; numerous “greats” that she loved dearly; sister, Susie (Tom) Antiste, of Big Arm; brothers, Joey Squeque, of Big Arm, Kenny Lefthand, of Elmo, and Wain (Cheryl) Lefthand, of Elmo.
Traditional wake services began on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Elmo Hall. A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with burial at Dayton Indian Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Antiste, Adrian Hewankorn, Oskie Lefthand, Wes Lefthand, Dana Tenas and Frank Old Horn.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com. Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.