For the Record
Gary Mathias, III
ELMO — Paul Gary Mathias, III, 18, of Elmo, went to be with the Lord on
August 29, 2009 in Auburn, WA.
Paul was born on Nov. 5, 1990 in Mount Vernon, WA
to Paul Gary
Mathias, Jr. and Darlene Sam. He attended schools in Mount Vernon until
2007. He moved to the Flathead Reservation in 2007 and attended school
at Two Eagle River High School in Pablo. He played football and
basketball at Two Eagle River.
Paul loved to hunt, fish, attend powwows and play
in stick game tournaments throughout the Northwest.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Paul
Mathias, Sr. and Bessie H. Williams.
He is survived by his father Paul Gary Mathias,
Jr. of Elmo; and
mother Darlene Sam of Sedro Wooley, WA.; sisters Mariya Mathias of
Elmo, Sara Charles and Maggie Edwards; brother Mikie Edwards all of
Sedro Wooley, WA.; great-great-grandmother Helen Charlo of Elmo; and
several other relatives.
Funeral services were held in Sedro Wooley, WA and
burial was held in Hamilton, WA.
ARLEE — Jerolyn Schiele LaFromboise, 52, of Arlee passed away on
Thursday, August 27, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jeri was born on July 27, 1957 in Polson, daughter
Schiele of Pablo and Lois Ashley of Pablo. Jeri was a special woman
with a huge heart. She always put everyone else before herself. She was
the glue that held everyone together and the voice of reason when you
needed good advice.
Jeri worked hard her whole life. She held many
from nurse’s assistant to restaurant manager. In 1992 she started
working for the US Postal Service, and was the rural carrier in Charlo
until 2000 when she and her husband moved to Arlee, where she was the
rural carrier there until the cancer forced her to quit in March of
Jeri had a soft spot for animals and loved to be
the field with her horses, Little Boy, Maggie, and Cimmeron. They were
a very special part of her life. She also had a rescue dog she named
Orphan Annie that she found on her mail route and nursed back to health
with no help at all from her jealous cat, Catrine. Jeri also loved to
ride her Harley Davidson motorcycle alongside her husband Jeff. When
she wasn’t on her horses or her motorcycle she enjoyed baking, spending
time with her family, and going to the Griz games and concerts.
is survived by the love of her life, Jeff LaFromboise of Arlee; her
daughter Codi (Rod) VanNess of Polson; her mother and stepfather, Bill
and Lois Ashley of Pablo; father and stepmother, Harold and Eda Schiele
of Pablo; brothers Dale (Pam) Schiele of Phoenix, Arizona, Billy Ashley
of Pablo; sisters Rhonda Hogan of Chandler, Arizona, Barb (Dwayne) Hill
of Sweetwater, TX; her brother-in-law Conrad (Maryellen) Lafromboise of
Browning; Don (Elyse) LaFromboise of Butte; sister-in-law Lois Slater
of Pablo; Lorna Morgan of Spokane, WA; Vicki LaFromboise of Bozeman;
Lori (Dan) Harris of Tacoma, WA; and Lori LaFromboise. She is also
survived by her "other two kids" Angela (Chad) Cole, and Iain Hogan and
many more nieces and nephews who were all very special to her, each in
their own way.
She is preceded in death by a sister Deborah
beloved grandparents George and Elva Doney and Martin and Elsie
Schiele; her special aunt and uncle Bernice and Woody Ridnour ; and her
father-in-law Robert LaFromboise; mother-in-law Rose LaFromboise; her
brother-in-laws, T.J., Steve, Roy and Robert LaFromboise; and her
sister-in-law Maryellen Matt.
Our lives were all blessed to have Jeri in them.
She made our
lives rich with her kindness and love. WE WILL MISS YOU JERI. Rest well
"Holy Horse Woman" - Natoyi-Ponoka-mitaa-ki.
was held on Monday, August 31 at the Jocko Valley Baptist Church in
Arlee with Rev. Kenny Prewett officiating. Pallbearers were Dale
Schiele, Billy Ashley, Rod VanNess, Chad Cole, Jason Matt and Don
LaFromboise. Cremation took place after the funeral services. Messages
of condolence may be sent to the family online at
www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, is assisted the
PERMA – On August 16, 2009, Rita Knerr, 96, found peace and the
beginning of a new Journey, one of no pain and where eyesight is at
least 20/20 and the pastures are always green. She is reunited with the
love of her life and even though they physically separated for many
years, spiritually they were always connected. Rita waited patiently
for the time they would be together again.
She was born on February 28, 1913 at the family
Colorado Springs, CO by the Black Forest with Pikes Peak in the
background, to Harry and Euretta White Cummings and was the youngest of
four girls. Her early years were spent on the ranch. She spent the next
several years traveling through Calif., Oregon, Washington and Idaho,
living a year or two at different places so she could attend school.
She moved to Montana and lived in Moiese and Ronan and graduated from
high school in Ronan. She finally moved to Perma where she would spend
the rest of her life.
Rita met her future husband on a blind
date. When they were introduced, he made his horse rear up while he
took his hat off and bowed to her.
Rita was a Civil War enthusiast. Her grandfather
was from the
North and spent 18 months in Andersonville Prison, while her
grandmother was a niece to Southern General Sterling Price who later
became the Governor of Missouri. Her grandparents were next-door
neighbors to Frank and Jesse James.
Except for her stays in the hospital followed by
home stays for therapy, she was able to spend her final years at home ,
made possible by Jim Curtiss, who has been there for her for the last
seven years to make sure she got to where ever she needed to go and be
there for whatever was needed. The last several months were personal
care that wouldn’t have been possible with out him.
Rita is survived for the most part by her most
admirer, friend and companion, her daughter Joyce. They shared love
that was rarely ever spoke of but was surpassed by none!
unselfish and limitless commitment to her mother deserves the utmost
respect. This became obvious and apparent to those who were closest to
them in the later years. And to Mona, who was always just a phone call
away and whose voice would always brighten Rita’s day no matter how
sick she might have been, a very heartfelt thank you. We would like to
also express our gratitude to the People at Evergreen for their care
and concern for Rita. It was truly a blessing to see so many caring
people. Rita is also survived by sons Archie and Bruce and daughter
Edna and a large extended family of grandchildren and great
grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Rita was a very honest person and
would always look for the good in people and forgive those where none
could be found.
Extended family besides Jim also includes Mona
Allen of Perma and her husband Buster.
She was preceded in death by her husband Archie in
1991, three sisters and four infant babies.
Graveside services were Friday at the Lakeview
Cemetery in Polson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Montana Talking Book Library in Helena or a charity of one’s choice.
POLSON — Harvey J. Hackman, 83, of Polson died peacefully from kidney
failure at his home on Friday, August 21, 2009.
Harvey was proud to have been born on April Fool’s
Day in 1926
in Missoula and the family always enjoyed the fact that his surviving
wife of 59 years, MaryLou (Tootsie) was born on Friday the 13th.
In his early years, Harvey enjoyed logging with
and later worked as a carpenter with his brother Warren, all in the
Missoula area. In 1980, Harvey and his wife relocated to property
overlooking Flathead Lake where he took great pride in his golf-course
lawn and vegetable garden. The view of the lake from his Polson home
perfectly matched a picture postcard Harvey had saved for many years
prior to their moving.
Everyone who knew Harvey enjoyed his sense of
humor, his witty
sayings and jingles, and his whistling. Most of all, he always enjoyed
his own jokes and was quick witted to the end. He will be missed more
than he would have ever guessed.
He is survived by his wife
MaryLou, his children are Carol and husband Paul O’Bagy of
Stevensville; twin sisters Charlene (Dan) Crevar, and Cheryl (Bryan)
Sedita all of Polson; sons Hardee of Missoula and Brett (Kim) of
Clinton; granddaughter Carrie; great grandsons Kohl Tracy and Josh Duff
of Potomac; grandson Brandon Hackman, who attends Montana Tech in
Butte; and Brandon’s mother Liz Hackman who lives in West Glacier.
Brother Conrad of Frenchtown and several nieces and nephews, also
survives Harvey. Mention must also be made of the special relationship
between Harvey and his best friend since the first grade, Donald Rummel
and his wife Marie of Astoria, Oregon. The family dog Zeke, another
best friend will surely miss sleeping with Harvey.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother,
Hazel Hackman; stepmother Edith Kroust; sister Helen Ogg; and brothers
Harold, Chuck and Warren.
The family is deeply grateful for the friendship
provided from Harvey and MaryLou’s neighbors, Dave and Bee Cottington.
They would also like to thank Linda Edwards and Carol Sturm of Hospice
for their support.
Cremation has taken place and in accordance with
Harvey’s wishes, formal services will not be held.
Arrangements were by Grogan Funeral Home and
Crematory of Polson.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Lee Christopher Sparks
MISSOULA — Marjorie Lee Christopher Sparks, 63, died of a brain
aneurysm at Kalispell Regional Medical Center on Friday August 14,
Marjorie was born May 1, 1946 in St. Ignatius to
Ruby Christopher; she graduated from High School in Arlee. She married
Larry Frey and they later divorced. Marjorie met Weldon Sparks in 1979
and they spent the next 30 years together.
She spent almost all of her entire working career
at Great Western Petroleum.
Margie was the most wonderful mother and greatest
grandmother ever. She spent her life giving to, caring for and enjoying
her family. They were her life.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents
Kenneth and Ruby and her sister Gloria.
include her husband and companion of thirty years Weldon Sparks;
daughters Judy of Phoenix, AZ and Heather of Missoula; sons Richard of
Altus, OK, and Dale and Glen both of Missoula; grandchildren Allie and
Talon Smith, Colton Sparks, Moira and Owen Sparks, Charly Hudek, Sarah
Pinedo and Riley Ferguson; and brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Rose
Services were held on Wednesday, August 19. A
gathering of family and friends followed the services at Sunset
Memorial Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Frank Tabish, Rick Stiles, Ron
Briggs, Dale Sparks, Glen Sparks and Neal Riley.
The family suggests memorials to sent the American
ARLEE — Carmel Devon Tanner was born on June 21, 1932 in Columbus,
North Dakota. He died at his home in Arlee on August 17, 2009.
Carmel attended schools in Arlee and Missoula. He
served in the U.S. Army.
He married Shirley A. Gebeau on December 31, 1955
and they spent
the next 53 years together. Carmel spent his life in the Jocko Valley
working as a rancher and farmer on the ranch he built with his family.
He was a loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his family: wife Shirley, son
daughter Carla, grandchildren Tom (Jennifer), Cody (Kathleen), Craig
(Lindsay); and great-grandchildren, Megan, Tyler, Ashley, Cody, Thomas
and Brooke; brother Harold (Viola); sisters Geneva (Victor), and Ruby
(Bud, deceased), and sister-in-law Bodine (Vic) Matt and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Carmel has joined his parents, Edi and Julia
Tanner, and siblings Geraldine, Asher, Harry and Basil.
Carmel will be laid to rest on Thursday, August
20, 2009 at the
family ranch at 11 a.m. in Arlee with military honors. A reception will
follow at the Arlee Community Center. In lieu of flowers the family
asks that memorials be made to the Cancer Center at St. Patrick’s
Hospital in Missoula.
ST. IGNATIUS — John P. Chittenden, 46, passed away Saturday, August 15,
2009 at his home.
Born in Martinez, CA on April, 24, 1963, he was
California and Colorado and had lived in the Colorado Springs area
where he had trained to be an electrician until five years ago when a
disability caused him to move Montana to be closer to family.
He is survived by his mother Phyllis Forget of St.
his brother Patrick Forget of St. Ignatius; sisters Sharon Wright of
Colorado Springs, Aletha Benoit of San Jose, CA and Roxanne Schlafli of
Colorado Springs; nieces and nephews Sean, Corky, Tanner, Michelle,
Jessica, Samantha and Christina; as well as an extended family that
loved him dearly.
Cremation has taken place and services are
scheduled for Tuesday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Ronan and
for later in October.