For the Record
RONAN — Grace Patterson McComas of Ronan passed away peacefully in
her sleep June 24, 2009. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, July 11
at 2 p.m. at the Ronan Alliance Church located at 519 Terrace Lake Road
Grace was born on the West shore of Flathead Lake
1916 to David and Mary Patterson. Later, the family moved to Jetty
Lake, her childhood home. She married George Slater in 1934 and gave
birth to a daughter, Jacqueline Dale in 1935. Seven years later, she
gave birth to Gerald David Slater. Grace later remarried to Meryl
McComas. They had a son, Michael Clare McComas, and a daughter, Lisa
She worked as a cash clerk for the Flathead
Irrigation in Ronan for many years. She was a member of the
Confederated Flathead Salish & Kootenai Tribe. She was a past
president of the American Legion and the Eagles.
She is survived by son, Mike McComas of Paradise;
Lisa (Brett) Dillmann of Spokane, WA; a daughter-in-law, Lois Slater of
Pablo; several grand children and great-grand children.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Meryl
Gerald Slater; daughter Jackie (Slater) Scottolini; asister, three
brothers and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial
gifts to the
St. Luke Nursing Home at 109 6th Avenue SW, Ronan, MT 59864-2634. Grace
had expressed many times the need for transport for the nursing home.
The gifts would go towards a van equipped to transport the residents.
ELMO — Richard Dennis Couture, 76, passed away Saturday morning at St.
Joseph Hospital in Polson.
Born in St. Ignatius on March 2, 1933 to Joseph
(Andrews) Couture, he was raised locally before joining the US Marine
Corps and proudly serving from 1952 to 1955.
He married Annette Reed in 1953 and they made
their home in
California before returning to the Crow Agency area where he worked for
the BIA, St. Labre Indian School and at Pretty Eagle Catholic Church,
and then retiring in 2002 and returning to his home in Elmo where
enjoyed asking his councilman many things.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sisters
and Mary Lefthand; brothers Roy and Tommy Couture and grandson Darius
He leaves behind his wife Annette of Elmo;
(Elsie) Couture and Richard (Ann) Couture both of Crow Agency, George
(Annie) Couture of Pablo, Debbie (Martin) Passes of Garry Owen, Susie
Crooked Arm of Elmo, Coleen Couture of Ronan, Ramona (Dean) Bearclaw of
Pryor, Rhoda Couture of Pablo, Kateri Couture of Ronan, and Joshua
Couture of Crow Agency; brother Albert (Barbara) Couture of Parshall,
ND; sisters Rita Cannon of Big Arm, Judy Phillips of Pablo, Rhoda
Whithorse of Pablo and Aggie Lefthand of Polson; aunt Helen Charlo of
Elmo; grandchildren Ashley Couture, Jaime Fredericks, Cindy White Clay,
Garrell, Rochelle and Lloyd Passes, Sharmyne, Roni LaForge;
great-grandchildren Robbie, Richard and Sharisa who he helped raise;
and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews
and cousins who he also held dear to his heart.
A traditional wake began Saturday at the Elmo Hall
Rosary being held on Sunday. A mass was held Monday with Fr. Charles
Robinson, Celebrant. Interment followed in the Dayton Cemetery where
military honors were presented.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Josie M. Messing passed away June 4, 2009 after a
three-year battle with cancer at the Sacred Heart Hospital.
She is survived by her parents John and Becky
Messing and sister
Kylee Messing all of Spokane Valley; grandparents Jean and the late Joe
Ducharme and Wes and Maxine Messing; and aunts JoAnn Ducharme and
Josie loved her friends and was a very generous,
She will be missed by all and always remain in our hearts. A funeral
service was held at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home on Wednesday, June
IGNATIUS - Anthony Joseph "Ten Bears" Cutfinger, Sr., 52, of St.
Ignatius passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Hospital
from complications of pneumonia.
Born November 10, 1956 in Browning to Rosalie
Gilbert Cutfinger, Sr., he was raised in Montana and throughout
Washington and the Northwest.
He worked road construction and had made St.
Ignatius and the Flathead Reservation his home for most of his adult
Tony has had many obstacles he went through. He
his wife on road trips, especially through the mountains where they
spent all their time camping, swimming, fishing and hunting, and
picking huckleberries. He always picked wildflowers of all sorts and
bought roses of all colors for her. Playing bingo was our time to meet
new friends - with Angela and Michael. He always enjoyed eating
frybread, steaks, French toast and ice cream when the opportunity
Our dog Casper he took on long walks, he loved
doing yard work
for anybody that needed help and also loved the holidays to decorate
our home and yard, and everything had to be perfect. He enjoyed cutting
and drying meat. Der and Hays tried to teach him a little Salish. He
loved going to basketball games and baseball, but went to the NBA
Basketball or the Griz in Missoula when it came or watched them
faithfully on TV. His favorite pastime was spending time with his wife,
kids, grandkids, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends. He will be
missed by his wife, Casper, his-in-laws, kids, brothers, grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter
brothers Gabriel Cutfinger, Julian Guzman and Christopher Cutfinger;
sisters Patsy BigSam, Jeanie Belcourt, Rosalyn Cutfinger and Anna Marie
Cutfinger; aunts and uncles Marianne and Ed Costilla, Theresa Sarceeman
DaBrea, Sally BigBeaver and Edwin "Redman" LittlePlume; niece Chloe
Cutfinger and nephew Anthony "Tone’" Cutfinger.
He leaves behind his wife Karen (Adams) Cutfinger
Ignatius; children Melvin "Champ" (Tamesha) Fisher of Helena, Gabriel
Timentwa Cutfinger of Omak, WA and Tonya (Irving) Timentwa Cutfinger of
Coulee Dam, WA, Nathan (Brianna) Cutfinger of Polson, Tiffany (Peter
Aimsback, Jr.) Cutfinger and Anthony "TJ" Cutfinger, Jr. all of St.
Ignatius, Brayden Cutfinger of Arlee, Angela and Michael Matt, Antoine
and Kirby LaChance and Joshua (Stacey) Pepion all of St. Ignatius;
brothers and sisters Alvin (Deana Wilson) Guzman of Lapwai, ID, Gilbert
(Aleen Vesta) Cutfinger, Jr. of Lapwai, ID, Reuben (Tracy) Cutfinger of
Polson, Rosanna Big Beaver Fisher, Rosemary Bautista and Keela (Joe)
Smith - Cutfinger; aunts and uncles Kenneth Old Person, Earl Old
Person, Earl Blackweasel, Maynard (Linda) Kickingwoman, Ruby Hall,
Thomas Wall, Edith Old Person, Jessie Cutfinger, Ernie Cutfinger, Lulu
Old Chief, Fred Old Chief, Joseph Old Chief, Jr., Windy Old Chief,
Thomas Old Chief, Marlene Old Chief, Geraldine Old Chief, Roseanne Old
Chief, Joanne Old Chief, and Deborah Old Chief; father-in-law Eneas
(Julia) Adams; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Evelyn (Mike) Moran,
Dale (Maxine) Adams, Delbert (Cherylann) Adams, David Adams, Derwin
(Wendy) Adams, Darrell Adams, Debbie Adams and Nelson BigSam;
grandchildren Cedrick, Mekya, Jayceon, Isimya, Gabriel, Alahna,
Michael, Jesse, Isaiah, Isabella, Lauraya Zeyle Cutfinger, Uriah and
Bryanna Steele, Isaiah, Josiah and Jordan Matt, Helen, Emmanuel and
Alexis LaChance, Laney LaChance and Jurnie Pepion; close nieces and
nephews Stacy Auld, Tara Cutfinger, Michelle Cutfinger, Jessica
Cutfinger, Reuben Cutfinger,II., Paige Korodi, Brittiany Cutfinger,
Carter Cutfinger, Brad BigSam, Debbie BigSam, Brian BigSam, Gwen
BigSam, Ellen BigSam, LaToya BigSam, Meggan Fisher, Michael and
Mitchell Guzman, Becky and Danny Belcourt; close friends Chad Russell,
Bruce BigSam and Paul BigSam as well as his loyal sidekick Ronnie
"Hays" Lumpry and many other relatives from the Blood Reserve,
Blackfeet and Flathead Nations.
A wake began Thursday evening at the Longhouse in
with Rosary being recited on Friday in the Longhouse. Wake closing was
Saturday in the Longhouse with Mass following in the St. Ignatius
Catholic Mission. As per his request cremation will follow the Mass.
RONAN — Juanita M. Jacobson, 68, born Feb. 2, 1941 in Arlee, passed
away at her home on Monday, June 1, 2009.
Raised in Arlee, she went on to become a nurse and
places in Montana before returning to the Ronan area about 20 years
Juanita had a great love for her family and
Juanita no one was considered a stranger. Everyone was always greeted
with a warm welcome. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, visiting friends
and family. She enjoyed sitting around her kitchen table drinking a
cool one. She was truly loved by us all and will be greatly missed by
A proud member of the Confederated Salish and
she was preceded in death by her sister Jeannie Irvine and parents
Henry Matt and Mary Christine Gingras.
She is survived by her children Yvonne Hanic and
both of Belle Fourche, SD.; Diana Taylor of Ronan; Donna Adams of
Butte; Jimmy Pierce of Ronan; Dennis Pierce of Ronan and Mary Rudd of
Ronan; 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and her siblings
Carol Finley of Ronan; Jim Finley Wonder of Ronan; Jan Michel of Pablo;
Patty Grandchamp of Hayes; Linda Vandiver of Salt Lake City; Barb
French of Lincoln; Karen Little of Pablo; Willow Diaz of Hot Springs;
Christine Wingender of Hot Springs; Pete and Randy Windgender both of
Waldo, Ohio; and Richard and Carol Matt both of Sacramento as well as
numerous nieces and nephews.
A traditional wake began Tuesday at the Longhouse
Ignatius in the Longhouse. Wake closing began Thursday in the Longhouse
and Mass followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.