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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.

Patricia Hewankorn
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.

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