In Passing

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Madeline Rose (Maguire) Dellwo

Madeline Dellwo passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 at the age of 98. She was born on November 29, 1918 to Rose (McEneaney) and James Maguire in Spokane and grew up on the family farm with her eight  siblings on White Bluff Prairie west of Spokane.

Madeline attended Great Northern Elementary School and Marycliff High School, graduating in 1937. She received her teaching certificate from Holy Names College, where she was the Senior Class President, in 1940. Always very active in sports, Madeline organized her high school and college basketball and volleyball teams, and was captain of her teams for most of those years. She taught grade school at Great Northern for two years, from 1940 to 1942, during which time she married Robert Dellwo at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on June 7, 1941. Madeline and Robert had eight children, but Madeline continued to be active in sports, playing golf until she was in her 80's for the Spokane Area Women's Golf Association (SAWGA), primarily with the Indian Canyon and Esmeralda 18 Hole Ladies Golf Clubs. She enjoyed dancing with the Western Dance Association and the Chasse Dance Club for nearly 50 years. Madeline walked Bloomsday at age 92, winning the gold medal for her age group. Giving back to the community was very important to Madeline. She volunteered for many years at the Spokane VA Medical Center and at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center until she was 95 years old. It was obvious, though, that Madeline's priority was raising her family, sewing clothes and cooking meals, toting everybody to school events, athletic competitions, and music recitals. Madeline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her eight siblings. She is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Rosemary (Dick) Toft, Kathy Dellwo, Dennis Dellwo (Lynnette), Jerry Dellwo, Joanie (Steve) Davis, Madeline (Jim) Houghton, Bob Dellwo, and Joe Dellwo (Erica), and many grand- children and great- grandchildren. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish at 11:00 am, followed immediately by a reception at Rockwood Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations in Madeline's name can be made to Catholic Charities or to The Sisters of the Holy Names. The family would like to thank the staff at Moran Vista and Horizon Hospice for loving care they provided for our mother. 

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Doris Pauline Goehner

 Age 96

Doris Pauline Goehner, peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday March 21, 2017. Doris was born October 16, 1920 in Marine, IL moving as a young child and growing up in St. Louis MO. In 1943, she joined the Army. She was honorably discharged in 1945 serving as Sgt. Photograph Lab Technician. She was very proud to be a WWII Veteran and to have served her country. Doris met Arthur "Art" Goehner in 1946 while on a train from Ogden, UT to St. Louis, MO. Romance blossomed and they were married in 1947. They would have celebrated their 70th Anniversary this coming September. Doris and Art made their home in St. Louis, MO, then Spokane, WA and finally Yakima, WA the last 11 years. Doris loved to dance and, with help from friends, convinced Art to learn square dancing and then round dancing, which they did for more than 30 years. They loved to travel; taking many trips to Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone. They danced and made friends along the way. Her grandchildren were a big part of her life from their babyhood to adulthood. She enjoyed going to their school functions and sports games, watching each with pride. Doris is survived by her husband, Arthur (Art) Goehner, daughter Kris (Alan) McMahan, grandson Jason McMahan, granddaughter Michelle (Josh) Hellstrom, three great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her step-brother John (Darlene) Lampe. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Lillian Lampe, step-mother Margaret Lampe, brother Vernon Lampe and sisters Marjorie Veninga and Shirley Lampe.

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Gay A. Noon 

1934 - 2017

Gay passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2017 in Spokane Valley. He was born in Bismarck North Dakota on August 14th, 1934. He lived in the Spokane Valley area for 40 years, prior to moving to Spokane, he was a member of the Airforce for 20 years where he attained the rank of Tech Sergeant. After retiring from military service, he attended college at North Seattle Community College getting an AA in electronics. In his off time, he enjoyed square dancing, a hobby he pursued for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his son Tom Noon (2016), and his parents Oliver and Elvira Noon. Mr. Noon is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 61 years, two sons, Ted Noon, and Tim Noon, his siblings, Pat and Coleen of Renton WA, his grandchildren Tim Noon Jr. and Susie Bush, Niece Kim Avilla and Matthew Johnston of Renton WA, along with various other nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone at Pineridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center and Horizon Hospice for their care. No service, gathering will be held in the Spring. 

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 Kenneth H. Pinkham

Age 89

Ken passed away peacefully in his home February 1, 2017 with his loving wife, Celene and his step- daughter, Karen by his side.

Born in Omak, WA., August 5, 1927, moved to Canim Lake,
BC., at age 1. Moved to Vancouver, BC at age 14, then to
Seattle, WA., in 1948. He served 4 years in the
US Navy as an Electronics Tech 2nd Class, 15 years with Pacific Electro Dynamics, in Seattle. He moved to Montana in 1972 and worked for the State of MT., then moved to Spokane and worked for MOR Mfg., in Post Falls, for 16 years as a lineman and later as a Processing Technician till June of 2016. He was a detailed man who loved his job and they loved him.
He was active in Sunday school, small groups and ushering at church. He became a very kind man who loved fishing, square dancing, playing pinochle and Pegs and Jokers.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Celene Merenz; one daughter, Julie Kosue (George); six stepchildren: Catherine Robinson, Virginia (Richard) Gunderson, Karen (Bob) Strawn, James (Elaine) Merenz and Paula Rudd, Naomi (Rich) Barndt; 12 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren.


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JIM WEST - 

Square Dance Caller 

James David West (Age 95)

Click here to sign his guest book


James David West called his last tip on Friday, December 16, 2016. Born in Port Orchard, Washington, the son of Claude West and Alvira Huson, the man who proved "You create your own luck" .

The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jim decided the Navy was for him and became a submariner that returned from WWII in the USS Pintado. During his time of service, he married the love of his life Donna Lee Wren, on July 9, 1946. After five years, nine months and 26 days in the Navy and some time in Montana then moved to Hunters, WA where they ran their 760 acre dairy farm and raised their three children. 

In June 1968, Jim and Donna moved to Colbert, WA. Jim worked 20 years as an engineer's aid for the City of Spokane and together he and Donna built a successful square dance hall "West's North Hall" where they could live their passion together teaching and dancing with friends. Donna preceded Jim in death by over 16 years, but he is now with her, dancing again.

Jim is survived by his son David (Karen) West, and twin daughters Jodie (Merlin) Buchanan and Susan Hirschel, one sister Shirley (Jim) Beebe, one brother-in-law Ward Wren (Sharon), seven grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held. Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements. 


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Margaret Piva Bomben

May 30, 1030 to February 19, 2017

With great sadness we announce the passing of Margaret Piva Bomben on February 19, 2017, in Spokane Washington. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with extended family in Canada and Italy.

Margaret was born at home in Pinantan Canada on May 5, 1930 to Joe and Kitty Piva. She spent her happy childhood and teenage years riding fast as the wind across her parents' ranch on a huge horse named Blaze. She was the first born child in the family of five and worked on the ranch like one of the guys.

After graduating from St. Anne's Academy, Margaret moved to Trail and worked for the phone company where one day she was greeted by a handsome Italian named Angelo Bomben who wanted to walk her home from work. She resisted for a while but, eventually, he won her over and they fell in love and in 1950 they were married. They spent some time in Vancouver while he completed his engineering degree.

The young couple started their family with the arrival of Maureen in 1953. After moving to Spokane in 1955, the family grew to include Karen, John and Craig. As the children got older, Margaret went to work at Seafirst Bank where she enjoyed her work as a proof machine operator.

Margaret and Angelo had a full life and traveled the world when they weren't enjoying their lake place. Margaret, normally an extremely cautious driver, turned into a daredevil when she got on a snow- mobile and raced from their place at Spirit Lake all the way to the top of Mt. Spokane. Another hobby that consumed much of their time was square dancing which she did with her usual vigor, traveling with the Rambling Rovers to festivals all over the country.

Margaret had a soft spot in her heart for dogs and cats and for stray friends of her kids who needed a place to stay or a hot meal. Everyone was welcome. In spite of her busy schedule, she still had time to make her legendary spaghetti sauce which was much loved by her family and anyone lucky enough to sit at their table. No one ever went hungry in the Bomben house!

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Maureen Kerber (Dennis) and Karen Wright (Tom); her sons, John Bomben (Linda) and Craig Bomben (Aissa); her brothers, Victor Piva (Janet) and Albert Piva (Marie); her sister, Albina Wipp (Harvey); 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband, Angelo; her brother, Gordon Piva and her brothers-in-law, Joe and Ray Bomben.

The family would like to thank all of the health care professionals who took care of Margaret during her long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202 or to the Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Association , http://www.alz.org

A funeral service will be held on March 25 at 11:00 at St. John Vianney Church, 503 North Walnut Road. 


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Lila Lee Lilienthal Howard 

(Age 90)

November 24, 1926 to
               February 3, 2017

Lila Howard, born on November 24, 1926, passed away peacefully with family at her side on February 3, 2017. Born in the town of Lincoln, WA, the Lilienthal family later moved to Davenport where Ed and Lena raised their three kids Robert, Lorraine and Lila on a country farm still known as Lilienthal Mountain. Lila loved sharing stories of riding their horses to school in six feet of snow, milking cows, canning food from the garden and Saturday night dances at the Grange and she cherished those memories forever. Lila moved to Spokane and later met Sam Cassel. They married and moved to Republic where they bought the old Bailey Hotel and Tavern. Lila could do it all; Chariot racing at the rodeo, cook, bartend, hunt, fish and through all the hard work and play she was the best mom you could ever ask for. Lila moved the family to Spokane and as a single mom, raised five kids, supporting them working as the finest bartender in Hillyard. Never missing her girls' square dancing or her boys' wrestling matches, Lila was always the feisty, fun redhead that family and friends loved to be around.

After raising her kids, she married the love of her life, railroad engineer, Don Howard. In retirement, they traveled, golfed, played slots at the local casino and were active members of the Eagles Lodge. They truly enjoyed life together until Don's passing in 2001.
Lila is reunited in Heaven with Don; her daughter, Kelly Millard; son, Scott Olsen; her parents, Lena and Ed Lilienthal; her brother, Robert (Josephine) Lilienthal and their kids, Jack and Debbie; and Lila's sister Lorraine (Fred) Bley.
She is survived by her children, Robin (Phil) Cunningham, Sam (Ann) Cassel, and Tracy (Carol) Cassel; granddaughters, Brook, Meko, Karlee, Shyla, Perry, and Reese; grandsons, Casey, Sammy, and Trace; great-grandkids, Austin and Zach; and her beloved nieces and nephews, Bobbie, Dixie, Carol, Colleen, Laurie, and Mike.

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Albert Alma Bair

December 11, 1923 to
               February 1, 2017

Of Gig Harbor, Washington passed away on February 1, 2017. He was 93 years old. He was born on December 11, 1923 in St. Anthony, Idaho. He grew up on his family's farm. After graduation from High School he enrolled at the University of Idaho. At the outbreak of World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Europe in the 529th Engineers Light Pontoon Company which was part of in General George S. Patton's Third Army. He held the rank of Sargent. His outfit built bridges ahead of the U.S. troops as they advanced through France into Germany. He received a Purple Heart and the French Legion d'Honneur award. After his retirement, he was active in locating members and helping to organize reunions of the 529th Engineers.

He married Mary Jane Pinney also from St. Anthony, ID. They were happily married for 73 years. They lived in St. Anthony, ID where their two children were born and moved to Spokane, WA in 1959 and to Gig Harbor, WA in 2011. Mary Jane and Albert enjoyed square dancing in the early days of their marriage and later traveling with their friends.
Albert started work in St. Anthony at Boise Payette Lumber Co. which became part of Boise Cascade. In 1959, he was transferred to Boise Cascade's retail store, Bestway Building Center in Spokane, WA as the manager. After Boise Cascade closed their retail stores he worked for Plywood Distributors in Spokane and then became a partner in Valley Bestway, a large lumber yard and hardware store in Opportunity, WA. He loved his work and his customers and they loved him. He retired in 1992.
Albert is survived by his spouse, Mary Jane Bair, sister Eva Phillips of Idaho Falls, ID, daughter Kathie Wheeler (Arthur) of Gig Harbor, WA, son Richard Bair (Colleen) of Austin, TX. He has three grandchildren: Michael Wheeler (Francy), Heather Bair (Laura) and Wendy Gisclair (Gary) and four great-grandchildren: Ashlei and Mason Wheeler and Emma and Virginia Gisclair. 

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 Edward P. Brandstoettner
Major, USAF (Ret.)

July 8, 1930 to January 26, 2017 

Edward P. Brandstoettner passed away peacefully on January 26, 2017 after a prolonged struggle with diabetes and dementia. He was born on July 8, 1930 on Long Island, New Your and raised in Canarsie (Brooklyn). After excelling in track and field at Xavier High School, he attended Fordham University on a track scholarship, graduating in 1953 with a degree in History. During his 24 year Air Force career, Ed fell in love with Spokane while stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing as a navigator (primarily in KC-135s).  He was a Vietnam Veteran and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross long with many other citations. After retiring from the Air Force, he received a Master’s Degree in Education form Eastern Washington State University and taught for several years at St. Aloysius Parochial School. Continuing his life of service after retirement, Ed was a proud member of the Lions club, Moose Lodge, Rock Rollerm Brooklyn Club, Hix and Chix Square Dancing Club and he also volunteered at the Fairchild pharmacy. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine in 1997, his younger brother Walter and recently by his son-in-law Bryan Campbell. He is survived by his children: Lisa (Arno), Edward, Larisa (Andy) and Nichole; as well as three grand children; Valerie (Rick). Elyssa and Scotty. Ed enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, of whom he was extremely proud. He will be remembered for his positive outlook and Brooklyn accent. Ed was a very devoted man and we loved him dearly. 

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Donna L. (Boyles) Whitman

August 14, 1923 to
                 January 28, 2017

Passed peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord on January 28, 2017 at the age of 93 Donna was born in Monitor, WA on August 14, 1923. She was the 6th of 10 children born to Raymond and Grace (Shotwell) Boyles. Donna spent her youth growing up in the Monitor -Wenatchee Valley area. She met and married Gilbert (Gib) Whitman in June 1941. In 1954 the couple moved to Ephrata, WA and returned to Wenatchee in 1967 where they started an apple orchard. Donna was one of many women who packed apples for the Columbia Fruit Packers in Monitor, WA every fall. In 1959 Donna joined the J.C. Penney Co. as an office manager, retiring in 1980.

Once retired, Gib and Donna traveled every winter to Arizona returning in the spring to their summer retreat at Lake Chelan. They enjoyed their retired years traveling in the R.V. making new friends until 1992 when Gib fell ill. Donna was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Donna enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, gardening, canning, and mastering large jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. She also enjoyed square dancing and making special jams for all her family.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, sisters Wilma Crage, Catherine Cusworth, Barbara Holmes, Nancy Hoffman, Margaret Bryant; brothers Lyman Boyles, Robert Boyles, Raymond Boyles Jr., and Richard Boyles.
Donna is survived by her daughters; Dorothy (Dottie) Gallaway, Spokane, WA, Joyce (Dick) Matthews, Casa Grande AZ, Pamela (Randy Pitts, Cheney WA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Donna was the heart and strength of our family and will be solely missed. 

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Virginia Evans

Nov 23, 1927 to Jan 8, 2017

The Lord called Virginia home to be with her loving
husband and daughter on January 8, 2017. Virginia was
born Nov. 23, 1927 in Oakland, CA to Ragnar and Lucille DeBourg. She grew up in Red Lodge, Anaconda and Deer Lodge, MT. She graduated from Deer Lodge High School in 1945. Always the prankster, Virginia once stole the Sheriff's horse so she could ride in the Deer Lodge annual parade. 

On June 14, 1946 Virginia married the love of her life, Art. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Virginia was a wonderful and understanding mother to her five children. In 1989 she retired from North Central High School as the "Bookroom Grandma". Art and Virginia enjoyed many years of square dancing. They cut an awesome rug on any dance floor. After retirement they enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, eventually becoming snowbirds in Stanfield, AZ. Virginia loved playing slot machines at the casino and Monday night Bingo at the Eagles with her friend Rose. She hosted Saturday night card parties for her wonderful lady friends at Contempo Mobile Home Park. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Art and daughter Terrie Gregerson. She is survived by daughters, Sharon Minton (Bob), Sue Bailey, Melanie Triplett (Tom) and Becky Bicandi. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Virginia's wonderful, supportive friends at Contempo for their unconditional love and the 6th floor staff and physicians at Sacred Heart for the compassion and care they showed to their Mom.

Pastor Happy Watkins will officiate her memorial service at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division on Saturday, January 21st at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at Hennessey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Spokane. 


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Dr. Douglas Dean Jones

Feb 16, 1933 to Dec 15, 2016

Doug Jones a longtime resident of Spokane, dies on December 15th in Vancouver, Washington at the home of his grandson, Anthony "Tony" Jones. Doug and his wife Elizabeth "Betty" left Spokane for Vancouver to be near family in 2011.

Doug, the son of John Marion Jones and Coit Bennet Jones, was born on a farm outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from high school in Canon City, Colorado in 1940 and earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1944. He practiced veterinary medicine in Wheatland, Wyoming for several years. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force and was stationed in Spokane. After his discharge, he joined a large animal veterinary practice in Spokane.

He met and married Betty while they were in college. They began square dancing there and continued dancing for almost 70 years. He and Betty enjoyed both square dancing and round dancing and were members of Diamond Squares and the Western Dance Association. Doug played tennis in the Spokane area for more than 50 years and enjoyed playing at public tennis courts in the Valley, at senior tournaments all over the west, and at the Spokane Racquet Club.

Doug is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Celia Campbell (Larry) of Sedro Woolley, Sandy Fryer (Gary) of Orinda, CA and Gene Jones (Jane) of Yacolt; six grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.  

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George Aldwin Jenkins

1938 - 2016

Passed away December 28, 2016, in Spokane, WA. He was born in Flemington, Missouri, to William and Bert Jenkins. As a young child his family moved to Richland, WA. After high school George worked at the Goodie Good Bakery in Richland. In 1958 he moved to Spokane to work as a baker with Rosauers. In over 42 years of employment with Rosauers George never missed a day of work. Also in 1958, George married Carole Novotny. George enjoyed traveling, camping, square dancing, motorcycle riding, and playing golf. He had been a part of the Esmeralda Men's Club.

George was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Al and Loretta Novotny; and brothers-in-law, George Elkins and Larry Novotny. He is survived by his wife, Carole; children: Michael (Cindy) Jenkins, Diana (Kelly) Burns, and Alan (Barbara) Jenkins; sisters, Peggy Elkins and Sandy (Thom) McVeigh; grandchildren: Robert, Jeremy, Bill, Anastasia (Chris), Ed, and Joey; and great-grandchildren: Evan, Emma, Tristan, and Nova.
 

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Sonja Caroline Hahn

July 28, 1937 to Dec 13, 2016

Returned to her heavenly home Tuesday Dec. 13 at the age of 79. Sonja was born to parents; Johnnie and Thora Fagre on July 28, 1937 in Wahnomen County, Minnesota. She later moved to Omak, Washington with her mother, and attended Omak High School, where she was a cheerleader and enjoyed singing in the choir. In 1953 she married Leonard Hahn and the couple had four children. Sonja was a highly successful homemaker; she created a loving, caring and nurturing environment for her family! And, her door was always opened to friends and family. She loved dressing up in her beautiful dresses and square dancing with the Model T's. Sonja will be remembered as a loving, caring and compassionate Lady!

Sonja is survived by her daughters, Jewel Shamara, Cindy LaMotte and Thora Monroe; her son, Leonard Hahn ll; twelve grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren and two great- great-children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Fagre and Thora Cotter, her only sibling; Stanley Fagre, her grandsons Jared and Nathan Peterson and Joshua Mistretta.
A funeral service will be postponed until the Spring of 2017, at that time another announcement will be placed in the Spokesman-Review with the date and time of Sonja's funeral service, that will be held at Fairmount Memorial Cemetery. 

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Patricia (Pat) Gimlen Gander

Jan 12, 1925 to Dec 2, 2016

She was born January 12, 1925 in Sandpoint, ID. She passed away on December 21st, 2016 in the Spokane Valley. After moving from Sandpoint her senior year, she graduated high school from North Central. She married Lee Gimlen in 1946. They moved to Spangle in 1959. Together they enjoyed rodeos, gardening, painting,crafts, and fishing until his passing October 1982. She was involved in square dancing with the Diamond Squares for ten years. She later married Wayne Gander in 1992 and together they enjoyed traveling and were part of Spokane Rock Rollers Club until his passing in December 2009.

She is survived by her three children, sons Gary L. Gimlen (Jerri) and Robert R. Gimlen (Ronda), daughter Patti L. Kim (Frank); brother-in-law, Ray Gimlen; five grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and step children.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Marion and Josephine Ewing and her brother Dick Ewing and his wife Doris.

We wish to thank the staff at Evergreen Fountains for her wonderful care for the past 8+ years. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday December 28th at 11am at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home at 1306 N. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley. Interment will be afterwards at Spangle Cemetery. 

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Dale E. Simon

July 18, 1930 to Dec 18, 2016

The Simon family is holding a celebration of life service for Dale Simon on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Farmington, Washington. Pastors Vern Larson and Jonathon Fletcher will officiate, and the United States Army will conduct Military Honors. Mr. Simon went to Jesus on Friday evening, December 9, 2016, at his home in Tekoa, Washington.

Dale Eugene Simon was born on July 18, 1930, in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, to Harold B. and Lillian (Broe) Simon. He attended school in St. Ignatius, Montana, and graduated from high school in 1950.
On September 9, 1951, Dale married Dorothy M. Rider. He served in the United States Army in Germany for 18 months during the
Korean War, and attended Montana State University, graduating in 1957, with a teaching degree in Ag Education.
The family moved to Tekoa, Washington in 1959, where he taught Vocational Agriculture, FFA and Driver's Education. Dale spent the next 54 years teaching, selling crop insurance, crop adjusting,
square dancing with Dorothy, gardening, woodworking and loving and supporting his children and grandchildren, attending hundreds of ball games and sporting events. He was a member of Tekoa Mountain Chapel, and dedicated his life to God, his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Dale's family will miss him greatly for his humorous, yet gentle, soft-spoken ways. His loving example demonstrated patience, kindness and love to so many. He was an inspiration for his faith and dedication to God and family, was a friend to all, and taught not only in the classroom, but also in life. He taught us to enjoy life by his fun-loving ways, and he found joy in hard work and the fruits of his labor. He also found joy in giving. He loved to dance with his wife, and was nicknamed "Fred" by his students, after Fred Astaire. He provided for his family until the very end with homegrown fruits and vegetables. He showed his children how to be a husband and a father and how to thoroughly enjoy life. We delight in knowing we will live with him again, one day.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy of Tekoa; four sons- Duane (Sharron) Simon of Rathdrum, ID, Jerry (Cathy) Simon of Ephrata, WA, Gene (Lanaia) Simon of Spokane, WA, and Ray (Regina) Simon of St. John, WA; three daughters- Janet (Garry) Now of Valleyford, WA, Susan (Scott) Huntley of La Crescenta, CA, and Julie (Bruce Widman) Cook of Tekoa, WA; nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

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Lester B. "Les" White

(Age 84)

Of Spokane Valley, Washington, passed away November 29, 2016 at Hospice House Spokane. Les was born July 12, 1932 in Wallace, Idaho; the son of Lester and Catherine (Goggin) White Sr. Les grew up in Gem, ID, attending schools in Burke and Wallace, ID. He also proudly served in the US Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Les was a mechanic for many years in Wallace at the Chevrolet Garage, Keller Buick, Hecla-Star Mine, and Rick's Auto Repair in Osburn until his retirement in 1994. Les was a member of the Wallace Elks, Spokane Valley Eagles, VFW, American Legion, Star Shooters and Thunderbirds Square Dance Clubs, River City Cloggers, Project Joy and Bonnie's Line Dancers. Les is survived by his beloved companion Marge Austin of Spokane Valley, WA; daughters Julie Dire (John Posnick) and Barbara Gust (Randy); grandchildren Brad Harris, Dominic Dire, Mackenzie Dire and Hunter Gust; Marge's children: Shirley Darby and family, Bill Austin, Jr and family, Marge's special niece Terrie Austin; sisters, Janet Scuichetti, Myrna Flood (Jim); nieces, nephews and cousins. Les was also fortunate to have many, many Square and Line Dance Friends that were very special to him. Les was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Catherine White Sr, sister Shirley Achord, Marge's daughters Sheryl Figueroa and Delores Kula. A Memorial Service was be held December 10, 2016 at the Western Dance Center.

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Harold A. "Hal" Moffit

(Age 73)

Our loving, husband, father, and grandfather was called home to God on November 12, 2016. He is missed by his wife Gae Ann, his family Roy; Jim (Dani) Gabriel, Alec;Shannon (Scott) Blake, Aspen, Michael, Moriah and many extended family members. He had many friends in all of his activities; the family wishes everyone to know how much he enjoyed his time with each of you. The square dancing and rebuilding his 1917 model T were always something he looked forward to doing. His 31 years of teaching brought him great joy. The extended summers, spent with farmers as a crop adjuster were always full of stories. To those at Enterprise we say Thank You for the fun he had with you.

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Raymond Henry Thiemens
(Age 94)

November 23, 1921 to
            October 3, 2016

Born to Reinhard and Emma (Weyen) Thiemens on November 23, 1921, in Reardan, Washington, he died peacefully on October 3, 2016. He was raised in Espanola, WA and graduated from Reardan High School in 1938. He proudly served with the Army Railroad Battalion in WW II. After the war he married Alma Hoefner in April of 1946, and worked as a mechanic for International Harvester in San Francisco, CA. They moved back Washington and lived in Spokane, Pullman, Spokane, Moses Lake and finally settled in Omak, WA, after buying into an International Harvester dealership in Okanogan. He joined the Masonic Lodge and served a term as President of the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce. He and Alma joined the local Presbyterian Church wherever they lived, and spent many happy evenings square and round dancing. After retiring in 1987, he and Alma enjoyed traveling around the US and wintering in Arizona.

Ray was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by Alma, his wife of 70 years; sons: Bruce (Patsy), Doug (Jane), and David (Linda); daughter, Carol; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

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Luella May Lundberg

October 7, 1928 to
              September 18, 2016.

Luella was born at home in Diamond, Washington, on October 7, 1928, to Archie McFarland and Rosa Lundstrum McFarland, the youngest of their four children. She spent a happy childhood playing with her brother Arlo, sisters Betty and Bonnie, and numerous cousins with whom she remained close throughout her life. She loved her doll Emily and enjoyed children so much she babysat for free. The family later moved to Spokane where Luella was active at Lidgerwood Evangelical Church. She graduated from North Central High School in 1946 and then worked at Jenson-Byrd, where she met Wayne Lundberg who would become her husband on June 12, 1949. They lived in Spokane for several years, enjoying the births of their children there. They belonged to Opportunity Presbyterian Church and cherished friendships made in Merry Mates. They learned to square dance and went camping and fishing for holidays away. In 1963, they moved to Valleyford, and Luella worked as a cook at Freeman High School and at an art factory in Mica, but her true calling was as a homemaker and mother, creating a happy home for her children to grow up in. We will always treasure memories of her Thanksgiving stuffing, potato salad, popovers, and, most of all, the dozens of cinnamon rolls she baked as Christmas treats through the years. She sewed doll clothes and school clothes, she knitted, she bought us piano lessons because she hadn't had them, and she showed us how to play pinochle. She supported anything we wanted to do, no matter how crazy, and she loved us as we were. Retirement opened up new interests for Luella and Wayne. They danced with friends at parties and celebrated friendships old and new. They traveled more in the U.S. and especially enjoyed vacations to the Oregon coast and to Minnesota with Luella's sister Betty. In 2000, they took a memorable trip to Hawaii with children and grandchildren. In 2003, Wayne and Luella moved to Holman Gardens Retirement Community. Luella loved both the other residents and the staff there, referring to them as her "other family." She especially enjoyed the knitting group, playing cards, wine and cheese, Ladies in May, Octoberfest, and all the other social events that make Holman Gardens so special. There is no other retirement community like it. Luella and Wayne enjoyed 61 years together before he passed away in 2010. As a teenager, Luella taught a Sunday school class at Lidgerwood. She loved the children in her class so much that she prayed that God would someday give her children of her own. God answered her prayers. Luella was blessed with four children: Janet (Craig) Newton of Spokane Valley, Jack (Seelie) Lundberg of Cheney, Lori (Dan) Veloski of Spokane Valley, and Paula (Bill) Starr of Spokane Valley. She was also blessed with beloved grandchildren Nick, James, Dave, Josh, Christian, Ben, Autumn, Kramer, and Whitney; and great- grandchildren James, Aleia, Isaiah, Asher, Pyper, Micah, Levi, Zeke, Arabella, and Judah. Luella delighted in them all, and they all knew they were her treasures. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you honor who Luella was by embracing your own families. Spend time with each other often, forgive and give grace when necessary, look at life with joy, and remember to treasure every single day you have together. This is the gift Luella gave us, and we will be forever grateful.

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Olga "Midge" Johnson



Olga Marlene Gibbs "Midge" Johnson was born on her mother's birthday October 28, 1931 in Troy, Montana to Irene and Richard Gibbs. She passed away on October 16, 2016 surrounded by family, just twelve daysshy of her 85th birthday.

She spent her early years in Troy and Libby Montana where her father was sheriff. She was small and petite so her dad called her "Midget" and that's how she got the nickname "Midge". Then she moved to Newport, Washington where she met and married Aaron Abbott in 1948 and graduated from Priest River High School in 1949 when her first daughter, Marlene Abbott, was born. Midge married Harley "Bud" Johnson in December 1952 at the jailhouse in Missoula, Montana. His family thought Bud was a confirmed bachelor but Midge always enjoyed a challenge! In 1954 they had a daughter, Charlotte, moved to Spokane, WA and into the little house on East Central where she remained for the rest of her life. Midge worked alongside Bud as they built onto the house in three directions as the family grew.

Two more daughters; Donna and Janet were born in the early 60's.
She was happiest being a full time mother and homemaker and could do it all; cooking, sewing, knitting, crochet, gardening, canning food and even brewed her own beer. After her children were grown she started working outside the home at retail stores and had jobs at Sears, Emporium and Wal-Mart. She became a young widow in 1983 and never remarried.
She was an member of the Eagles and Washington Old Time Fiddlers and was a "fiddle mom" to many fiddlers. Midge loved to fish, square dance, listen to country western music, dance, play games like "Skipbo" and "Yatzee" and worked on puzzles daily to keep her mind sharp. She enjoyed spending time with her family at the cabin on Diamond Lake and one of her favorite activities was meeting her friends at Moon's every Friday afternoon for a "beverage" as she called it, which was BEER! She was a character with a lot of spunk and determination but very down to earth and easy to be around. She lived a very full life then passed peacefully in her sleep from complications of C.O.P.D.

Our loving mother and grandmother is survived by her only sister, Cecelia, Doezale in Libby, MT, her daughters: Marlene Abbott, Charlotte Reynoso, Donna Reuter and Janet Enos. Three grandsons: Glenn Johnson, Nathan and Cole Reynoso. Six great-grandchildren: Justin Klaus, Whitney Johnson, Kanata, Bayleigh, Driven and Felix Reynoso. Two great-great-grandchildren: Keagan and Callibur. Her little dog "Honey" and cat "Scratch".

Annice Marie (Hattoon) Edmundson

January16, 1919 - December 4, 2016

Annice Marie (Hattoon) Edmundson was born January 16, 1919, in Harrisburg, IL., to Emil and Effie (Walbridge) Hattoon. She was welcomed into a warm extended family and spent her growing up years in Illinois and Missouri. She graduated from high school in Cape Girardeau, MO., in 1936 and started college that year, majoring in music. She married Eldon Hartzel Edmundson, who lived in her mother's boarding house, in 1937. They shared an adventurous life as educators in Fisk and Puxico, MO.; Bill, WY.; Wessington and Blunt, S.D.; and Harrington and Palouse, WA. Along the way, they had four children, Cynthia, Eldon Jr. "Butch", Susan and John.

She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1953 and her master's degree from Washington State University in 1962. As a teacher, Mrs. Edmundson set high standards for her students and helped them achieve success. Along with teaching, she helped with many extracurricular activities including music, drama, debate and speech, and cheerleading.

Wherever they lived, the family took an active role in the community. Music was always an important part of her life and she played piano and organ for churches, played in dance bands and for community square dancing. She retired from teaching in 1975 and settled in Clarkston. Recently she was honored to have scholarships established in her name at Lewis-Clark College and at Boise State University.

Annice was a woman of strong opinions, high standards and a deep and abiding faith. She followed current affairs and took her responsibilities as a citizen seriously. An avid reader with wide-ranging interests, she truly was a life-long learner. She took an active leadership role in the First Presbyterian Church in Clarkston, supporting social justice and service initiatives and participating in Bible study and prayer groups.

Children and young people were drawn to Annice. She listened and offered help and appreciation and throughout her life worked to increase their opportunities. After her husband Eldon died in 1981, she went to Chicago and volunteered for two-and-a-half years as a teacher in an alternative high school serving inner-city students.

When she learned about the need for after-school programs for children in Clarkston schools, she proposed to her church that they cooperate with the schools to offer students whose  parents had limited incomes an after-school place to get extra help with learning, to have a nutritious snack and to be safe. The Learning Club (TLC) program serves as a model for other organizations and has been in operation for 13 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Cindy Stewart, Eldon Jr. "Butch" (Phyllis), Susan (Lee) Broemmeling, John (Karen); her sisters, Bettie Hattoon Coffey, and Kay Hattoon (Al) Hoffman; her grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Annice was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years, Eldon; her brother, E.J. Hattoon; her brother-in-law Bert Coffey; her parents, Effie and Emil Hattoon; a grandson and a great-grandson.

 Spokane Area Council, Spokane, Washington