For the Record...
February 2008 Obituaries
Albert "Prune" Thompson
YUMA, Ariz. - Glen Albert "Prune" Thompson passed away on February
13, 2008 at his daughter's home in Yuma, Arizona. Millie, Cathy, Sharon
and his sister-in-law Maxine were at his side when he entered the
Kingdom of God. Prune and Millie had been living in Yuma with their
daughter Cathy and son-in-law Jim Gardner and in California with their
daughter Sharon and son-in-law Jay Brouillette since March 2006. He
endured many medical problems the last few years and loved spending
each day with family by his side.
Prune was born on October 1,
1922 in St. Ignatius to Albert and Caroline Thompson. He was raised in
the Mission Valley and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. On
April 6, 1947 he married Millie Dudley Trachsel from Ronan. They lived
and raised their family in Kalispell.
December 12, 1942 he
enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served his
country in the Pacific Theater during World War II until being
Honorably Discharged on November 15, 1945.
Prune worked for the
Montana State Highway Department for 38 years until his retirement in
1983. He also served the Lord by working at the Central Christian
Church in Kalispell as custodian for many years. His devotion, loyalty,
kind heart and spirit touched all around him.
Prune loved the
outdoors, fishing at the North Fork, hiking with the church group,
working in his beautifully landscaped home on Meridian Road for 45
years and even learning to down hill ski at 50 years old. Prune was a
gentle, quiet man, who loved his family and greatly enjoyed spending
time with his daughters and their families. In his later years he got
greatly enjoyed reading and solving puzzle books. One of his biggest
delights was seeing his grandchildren become successful hard-working
Prune is survived by his wife Millie; his
daughters Cathy (Jim)
Gardner and Sharon (Jay) Brouillette; his granddaughters Jacy (Matt)
Rothschiller, Sara Gardner and Carrie (Mark) McCulloch; grandsons
Zachary (Misty) Brouillette and Eric Gardner; great-grandchildren
Zachary Rothschiller and Faith and Isabel McCulloch; and, his nephews
Bill Thompson, Tom (Donna) Delaney, Jerry (Connie) Delaney and Wayne
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert
Thompson, his brother Ignatius Thompson and his sister Anna Delaney.
He is and will be greatly missed by his family but
he has left us all with many good memories.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on
October 25, 2008 at
Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius with Military Honors being
presented by the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Following the service you
are invited to attend a luncheon in Prune's honor at the St. Ignatius
ST. IGNATIUS - George "Cap" Cordis passed away peacefully Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 2008, with his family by his side.
Cap was born April 27, 1914, in Rushville, Neb.,
to Fred H. and Dory Luebbs Cordis, and was the fifth of eight children.
He attended school in Kimball, Neb. and was the
only one of his family to graduate from high school in 1932.
The family moved to Montana in 1934, where he had
a variety of occupations.
He married his wife and soul mate, Jean Spooner,
on June 20,
1940. They were blessed with three children, Sharon, Bill, and Gary.
They owned and operated the Post Creek Store from
1953 to 1976, when they retired and moved to Jean's family homestead.
After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary
in June 1990, Jean passed away later the same year.
In 1995, Cap sold the family home and moved into
Apartments in St. Ignatius and spent many happy hours at the Senior
Citizens Center visiting and playing bingo. He never turned down the
opportunity to play pinochle or cribbage and always had a story about
the "good ol' days."
He is survived by his children, Sharon (David)
(Shirley) Cordis and Gary (Kristy) Cordis; nine grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and per his request no
be held. A celebration of his life will be held from noon to 4 p.m.,
Monday, March 3, at the St. lgnatius Senior Citizen Center. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the St. lgnatius Senior Citizens
Sunset Memorial Funeral Home assisted the family
arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at
- James F. Antoine, 68, "Jimmy A.,," aka "Skinny Jimmy," our loving
dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, left us quietly and
peacefully in his sleep early Friday morning. He was well prepared and
made sure that he picked his own pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Jimmy was known throughout the Rez for his
generosity and his
hospitality. You could say he had an open door policy as friends and
strangers came and went, even when he wasn't home.
During his last few years of pain and suffering,
managed to make you smile and laugh, and usually the latter. His sense
of humor was unsurpassed. You had to always be on guard when you were
around Jimmy A. or he'd be pulling a trick on you.
His favorite response to callers checking on him
same-ol'." He was grateful for every year the Creator gave him and his
comment every New Year's Day was "Well, I made it another year." He was
always there to listen to anyone's problems, any day, anytime, and
anywhere. Whether you're happy, sad or angry, he always knew how to
cheer you up with his favorite words: "So...life goes on!"
Known for his hard work ethic, he made many
friends through his
work as a firefighter, tree planter, and harvester of Christmas trees
and post and pole. A jack-of-all-trades, he was always there with a
helping hand. In his own words, he would tell you how he could run a
"d*** good chainsaw". He loved to gamble and would often spend a night
of gambling and still go straight to work from there.
He was a kid at heart, but as a father he loved
and grandchildren unconditionally. The times spent with them were his
Preceding Jimmy in death were his parents Frank
Antoine; brothers Billy, David, Paul and Richard; sisters, Rosie, "Dee"
and Helen; and daughter Teri Lynn.
Surviving him are his daughters Jami Frances
(Butch); Jeanne Delores Irvine Antoine II (Charlie Gardipe);
stepchildren Michael Jon Irvine (Angie) and Edmund "Ed" Irvine;
grandchildren Kyro, Tiana, Elizabeth (Jami/Ott), Mary (Jeanne/Tweet),
Mitch, Bo and Cyrus (Teri Lynn); sisters Alice Goodman, Marian Andrew,
Cecille Antoine and Francine Antoine; nieces, nephews too numerous to
mention; and step-grandchildren include Erin, Tailyr and Michael (MJ),
Clint, Tyson, and Philicia (Ed). He was anxiously awaiting his first
great grandchild and another grandchild, both due in May.
leave you with Jimmy A.'s final words of his prepared poem, The Great
Spirit: "So we are off to the Arlee Cemetery, where everyone can say a
little prayer and farewell for now...try to forget your heartaches as
you turn and leave me there."
Marie "Kitty" Barnaby Conko
RONAN - Kathleen Marie "Kitty" Barnaby Conko, 59, started her journey
home while surrounded by family on Friday, February 22, 2008.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
she was born in St. Ignatius at what is now Tallman Park to John "Bud"
Barnaby and Martha Curley on October 4, 1948. She was raised on the
Flathead and Coeur d'Alene reservations.
A kind and loving mother and wife, she married
started her family. She first married Peter Omingo and they had a son
DJ, she then re-married to Eneas Conko, Sr. and they had two children
Nicolette and Eneas, Jr. Eneas Conko, Sr. passed away in January.
Kathleen lived numerous places throughout her
life, most recently residing in Ronan. She was sober for 29 years.
She graduated with high honors at SKC where she
her BA degree in human services. She was employed by the CS&K
Tribes as a drug and alcohol counselor and helped lots of teenagers and
was a BABES coordinator.
She enjoyed playing stickgame, bingo, babysitting
grandkids and spoiling her nieces and nephews. She lived a traditional
lifestyle doing sweats, medicine dances, taught her kids to dry meat
and was Miss United Nations 1st runner-up.
Preceding her in death are her sisters, Valdena
LittleCrow, Mary Barnaby and Allison "Ponce" Meshell.
Kathleen is survived by her mother Martha Curley
and her father John "Bud" (Hazel) Barnaby. She is survived by her three
children; Eneas, Jr. (Vanessa), Nicolette (Patrick) and DJ (Monica);
her loving grandchildren: Ravyn, Kathleen, Shane, Delicia, Trevor,
Trentin, Josiah, Tashina, Kristina, Mariah, Larrs, and Dominque; her
siblings Philip (Jackie), Leo, Martin (Sharon), Tony (Sandra), Victor
(Delores), Louie, Larry, Joe Butterfly, Sam (Aide), Tonto (Edie)
Barnaby and Sonny Boy (Drenda) Lozeau. Kathleen also cared for her
nephew Charlie LittleCrow and his children Chrystal and Dakota. She
also leaves behind her nunu's: Domnick (Ida) Curley, Milton Nomee and
John "Bear" Malatare and an aunt Sophie Tellier, as well as a large
extended family from the Flathead and Coeur d'Alene reservations.
POLSON - Jesse Leo McDanal, 97, passed away on Thursday, February 21,
2008, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born October 22,
1910, in Hurley, Missouri, to Marie Woosley.
Jesse served in the armed forces in his younger
He was also a golden gloves boxer and a master of all trades. He
retired after working 30 years as an electrician.
He enjoyment was his family and was also a master
pool and loved a good game of crib. He was an inventor of great things
that were and are important to humanity and the environment. Jesse, as
everyone that knew him, had a heart of gold, and loved to listen to any
problem his kids or grandkids had. He was a problem solver. He loved to
be with his family, and loved to share his stories and thoughts.
Jesse married his wife Lucy Pluffe in 1958 and
they made their family. He is survived by his wife Lucy; children,
Junior Pluffe; Zella Fisher; Charles James; Marie McDanal; Marlene
McDanal; Marilyn McDanal; Mike McDanal; Maxi Tenas; and many many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wake services began on Saturday, February 23.
Interment followed at the Ronan Cemetery.
Rose Pichette (Cline)
EVERSON, Wash. - Crystal Rose Pichette (Cline) was born on May 24, 1983
and passed away on the evening of February 3, 2008.
Crystal was a member of the flathead Nation and a
descendant of Lummi Nation. Chrystal was well known in Lummi and
Nooksack communities. She graduated from Lummi High School in 2002. She
worled for Abercrombie & Fitch at the Bellis Mall while going
college and she had a number of different jobs working for the Lummi
Indian Business Council.
Crystal was a great athlete and she loved to play
soccer, basketball, fast pitch and softball. She loved spending time
with her daughter, other family members and friends. She was able to
brighten anybody's day with her loving smile and hugs. She is going to
be missed by all very much.
Crystal is proceded in death by her grandpas:
Scarborough Sr., and Baptiste James Pichette; uncles Harold
Scarborough, Sr., Baptiste James Pichette Jr. and auntie Carol Ann
Crystal is survived by her loving daughter
Marie Cline, husband Ryawn Cline, father Steve Scarborough, Sr., mother
Carolyn Pichette; brother Jason Pichette; in-laws Ross and Dawn Cline
and family; grandmothers Annette (Sanchez) Soloman and Marian Pichette;
uncles Jim Scarborough, Frank Solomon, Ike Scarborough, Dennis
Pichette; aunties, Celeste Jefferson, Rhonda Scarborough, Kim
Scarborough, Shawneen Smith, Laurlinda Scarborough, Angel Scarborough,
Gloria Scarborough, Cierra Montoya, Sherry Pichette and Debbie Pichette
and numerous cousins and relatives.
WOLF POINT - Charles Glynn Plante, age 47, of Wolf Point passed away
Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Billings Clinic in. (GF Tribune-cause
of death: injuries sustained.)
Charles was born November 24, 1960 in St. Ignatius
to Charles Plante and Norma Belle (Fourstar). He grew up and attended
schools in St. Ignatius. Charles received his GED and attended college
at Bethel, Alaska.
Charles was a firefighter/sawyer, a security guard
in Alaska, worked at the IGA meat department, was a mechanic for
Wal-Mart, did maintenance for Silver Wolf and held various other jobs.
He loved motorcycling with his brothers, PowWows, barbeques, fishing,
hunting, camping, traveling, jogging, cribbage and horseshoes.
Charles lived in various communities: Moses Lake,
Washington; Ronan; Bethel, Alaska; Billings; Oroville, Washington;
Missoula and had lived in Wolf Point as a child and currently for the
last three years.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents,
Charles and Norma Plante; brothers and sisters, Mitchell Plante, Andrea
Plante, Angela Plante, Gail Plante, Gayla Plante and Melvin Firemoon.
Charles is survived by his first wife, Connie
Sutherland of Poplar; girlfriend, Karol Fisher of Polson; second wife
Emmeline Brown of Crow Agency; friend, Jackie IronCloud of Wolf Point;
his children, Charles G.(Celestine) Plante, Jr. of Havre, Jisah Plante
of Polson, Bruce (Audrey) Eagleman of Crow Agency, Tyrell Plante ,
Colssun Plante, Adoralenn Plante and Nakota Plante, all of Hardin;
three sisters, Veronica (Julian) Shields of Wolf Point, Judy (Kenneth)
Shields of Poplar, and Juanita Plante of Ronan; two brothers, Kevin
Small and Jerry (Arlene) Small, both of Wolf Point; three uncles,
Dallas Fourstar of Wolf Point and Andrew Fourstar of Frazer and Joe
(Elaine) Plante of Arlee; five aunties, Arlene Jackson of Wolf Point,
Shirleen (Harold) Gleed, Ruby (Mason) RunsThrough and Irene (Mason)
RunsThrough, all of Frazer, Val Plante of Arlee; special niece, Thelma
(J.R.) Gray of Wolf Point; eight grandchildren; and numersou nieces and
A Mormon Prayer Service was held on Thursday,
February 14, 2008 at the Wolf Point Community Hall with interment
following at King Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
email@example.com or www.stevensonandsons.com. Clayton Stevenson
Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
E. Couture Smith
ELMO - Dorothy E. Couture Smith, 58, passed away surrounded by her
family on February 12, 2008 in Elmo. Dorothy was an active member of
her Elmo community and loved being with her grand kids. She loved the
outdoors, picking huckleberries and playing stickgame. She was raised
in Elmo by her father Pete Couture and Elizabeth Buckskin. At the young
age of nine years-old, Dorothy's father passed on and her step-father
Camille Kenmille raised her.
Dorothy was educated at the Urselines in St.
Ignatius, Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota and at SIPI in
Dorothy was a CAN and a devoted mother.
Dorothy married Emery Sr. and they raised their
children together: daughters, Lorena (Mike), Sheila (Mike "Mook"), Gina
and sons; and sons, Emery Jr., Russell (Tara), Jon (Bernina) and
Casper. Dorothy continued her devotion to her children and those she
claimed as her own: Yevette Makes Cold Weather and Ken Lozeau, as well
as her loving babies, Derek, Jordi, Caitlin, Carnell, Brittany, Ceara,
Dallas, Jayden, Jax, Cloe', Matt, Lee, Eli, Justina, Cheyanna, Jaydon,
Dakota and Jonah.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, a
brother Danny Tenas and sister Caroline Lefthand.
She is also survived by her aunt Helen Charlo of Elmo and uncle Matt
Michel of Elmo; her sisters Lovina Big Beaver of Elmo and Jackie Mathis
of Pablo, a brother Mike Kenmille of Nirada and step-brothers Wilfred,
Eneas, and Laurence Kenmille of Elmo and Donald Kenmille of Worley, ID.
PALMER, Alaska - Palmer resident Jason Andrew Morigeau, 34, died Feb.
4, 2008, at his home.
Jason was born Jan. 4, 1974, in Polson. Jason
moved with his family to Alaska in 1974.
He was raised in Palmer, where he played football,
state champion discus thrower and runner-up in shot put. He graduated
from Palmer High School, class of 1992.
He worked for the Department of Transportation as
highway construction-engineering technician. He had worked for the
state for nine years.
Jason, or "Mojo" as his friends called him, loved
outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed snowmachining
and spending time at the cabin in Copper Center. He enjoyed berry
picking and hunting for morel mushrooms to garnish the gourmet meals he
created. On a frigid February day, he could often be found ice fishing
on Lake Louise.
"He had an unbelievable memory for minute
family recalled. "His quick wit and clever comebacks were amusing and
enduring. Although a man of great stature, he was tenderhearted,
thoughtful and generous. He had a special place in his heart for
animals, even the scraggly cat he fed on his deck.
"(He was) always clad in Carhartts. Jason was a
trendsetter. He was wearing out Carhartts before they became popular."
Jason is survived by his parents, Bob and Donna
of Palmer, Alaska; brothers and sister-in-law, Joshua and Jeanne
Morigeau of Helena, and Justin Morigeau of Palmer, Alaska; niece,
Hannah; grandmothers, Jo An Lynn of Polson and Diane "Grandma Turkey"
Morigeau of Yakima, Wash.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a
multitude of friends close enough to be family.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers,
Robert E. Lynn and Ben Morigeau; and grandmother, Harriet Higbie Lynn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
ST. IGNATIUS - Dave moved camp for the last time early on the morning
of Thursday, February 7, 2008. He has begun his eternal journey of
fishing and hunting. No more hoping for good days over the tough ones
in his 10-year battle with cancer. Now, all his days will be, as we
often heard him exclaim, "Today has been the best day of my life!"
David was born September 18, 1937, in St. Ignatius
William and Christine Cote. He attended the Ursuline School in St.
Ignatius through the 8th grade.
He married Francie Marie Cordier on August 23,
1954. They had three children: Gary, Dellie and Tina.
Dave worked at Gamble's Store in St. Ignatius from
to 1959, when he went to work at Plum Creek. This became his lifetime
career, from which he retired in 1999.
His marriage ended in 1990. He married Florence
Felsman in 1996. His marriage to Florence ended in September 2007.
Dave's greatest pleasures were taking his children
grandchildren hunting and fishing in the Bob Marshall, as well as
Alaska and Canada.
Along with a lifetime of wisdom and life skills
he leaves his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a legacy
of profound love and respect for nature.
David is preceded in death by his mother,
"Susie" Marie Cote, brothers Francis Noel and Daniel Edward; paternal
grandparents Baptiste and Annie Cote; maternal grandparents Michael and
Pauline Washula; granddaughter Christine Maria Glover; and nephew
Daniel Cote, Jr.
He is survived by his father, William Cote;
Pat, Lawrence (Cheri), Jesse (Connie); sister Bonnie (Ralph) Scheffler;
son Gary (Chris) Cote; granddaughter Jessie (Frank) Cote; grandson Will
(Charlie) Cote; great-grandchildren Carter, Decker and Timber; daughter
Dellie (Steve) Ashley; granddaughter Alina (Warren) Graves;
great-grandchildren Pathe and Lily; grandson Ben Barbre; daughter Tina
Cote; granddaughters Jennifer Alverez and Whitney Glover; and the rest
of his beloved family and friends.
A memormial mass will be held at the St. Ignatius
Catholic Church on Saturday, February 16, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will
follow downstairs in the church reception area.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested all
donations be made to Dave's 2 1/2 year-old grandson Decker Cote, who
has recently been diagnosed with autism. An account named "A Dream for
Decker" has been established at any branch of Valley Banks.