Vivian Pearl Hester (Age 82) passed away May 29 at her home in Chewelah. A Memorial Service will be held for her on Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chewelah Kingdom Hall. A full obituary will follow next week.
Howard W. Pitts passed away peacefully May 3, 2016 at Providence Hospital with family by his side.
Howard was born in Livingston, Montana to Roy and Lillian Pitts, the eldest of four children. His family moved to Chewelah, WA in 1933. He attended school in Chewelah graduating from Jenkins High School in 1941. He attended WSU for one year before enlisting in the Navy. He served two years in the Pacific flying search missions on PBY’s earning him a Navy Air Medal.
After discharge from the service, he returned to WSU to finish his undergraduate schooling and renew his friendship with Chewelah friend Shirley Snook. They were married in 1947 and moved to Seattle where Howard attended the U of W School of Dentistry. In 1953, they settled in Marysville, WA where he practiced dentistry for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley, his daughter Diana Borrud (Tom), son Wesley Pitts (Elaine), grandchildren Andrea Pitts, Allison and Andrew Borrud, great grandson Kaden Castano and sister Judy Deegan (Marv).
Howard was an avid fisherman, the family spent many summer vacations fishing at Hi Hium Lake in British Columbia and many summer road trips exploring the back roads through Montana. He was an expert vegetable gardener and loved a good adventure novel. Most of all Howard loved his family and enjoyed seeing his grandchildren grow up.
A private celebration of life is planned for family members.
Douglas Allan Farmer died April 17, 2016 in Enumclaw, Washington due to heart complications. Doug was born in St. Maries, Idaho on April 20, 1961. He attended school in Hines/Burns, Oregon and Chewelah, Washington. Doug was an excellent athlete and excelled in all sports. He later went on to earn a B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Washington University.
After working over 30 years for EFCO Corporation, Doug went on to teach at many local schools around his home in Chewelah, Washington. It was here that he was an active volunteer at St. Joseph’s Long-Term Care unit and was sometimes found acting in local drama productions. He was an active hiker and traveler, but his favorite pastimes were skiing and spending time with his three granddaughters.
Doug is survived by his Father, Robert Farmer, stepmother, Shirley; his mother, Nancy Jo Frye, stepfather Raymond. His three siblings, Robert Farmer (Maggie), Patrick Farmer (Peggy) and Jill Damiano (David). He is further survived by his children, Jessica Patton (Dave) and Ernest Farmer (Jennifer), his three granddaughters Evelyn, Danica, and Marcelene. Doug was also survived by many other relatives and countless friends.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held on July 9, 2016 at the 49 Degrees North Ski Lodge starting at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers or cards please make gifts in Doug’s name to 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol Foundation, 2742 Quarry-Browns Lake Rd., Chewelah, WA 99109-9633.
Our loving father Curtis David “Dave” Hardee made his final journey home on May 18, 2016.
Dave (Dad) was born May 10, 1955 to Curtis C. Hardee and Neeta M. Hardee in the city of Spokane, WA. He spent most of his childhood years growing up in Spokane. Throughout most of his early life dad enjoyed doing many fun and exciting things such as bull riding and racing funny cars just to name a few. Dad also enjoyed fishing, camping, and BBQ’s. It’s no secret dad had a good time doing the things he loved.
In the late summer of 1989 our dad finally settled down and had a family. Dad worked as a car salesman for the longest time, including a long stint at Booth and LaDuke Motors now known as Country Chevrolet.
Dad took a real interest in our veterans and would always support them. One of the last things he was doing was security enforcement at the stand downs.
Our dad was so full of life, laughter, and love. It truly goes without saying that such a huge personality and such a huge presence has left us and though it has broken our hearts dad would simply say good bye is not forever.
Dad was proceeded in death by his parents, Curtis C. Hardee and Neeta M. Fritz Hardee and one nephew, Ron Hardee.
He is survived by his two daughters; Deserea Hardee McCulla, of Elk, WA and Loressa Hardee of Addy, WA, three grandchildren; Amara Golden (7), Misty McLean (7) and Maddison McLean (3 months), his brother: Clif Hardee, sisters; Charlene Walt, Margret Hardee Wright, all of Spokane, WA, Neeta Hardee Bunting of Springdale, WA, his Aunt Georgia Strebeck also of Spokane and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date.
Mary Isabell “Izzy” (Jack) Kimball, passed away very peacefully on May 17, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Chewelah, Washington at the age of 85. She was born on July 10, 1930 in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Mervin and Helen (Hartzell) Jack.
As a young girl, Izzy’s family lived in Texas for a time and later moved to Western Washington. Izzy graduated from Central Kitsap High School in 1948. She studied book-keeping, short-hand and typing, knowing she wasn’t going to college. She married Robert E. Kimball on Christmas Day 1948 at her parents’ farm at Claire’s Marsh. They made their first home in Tracyton. Izzy worked at Kerr Motors in Bremerton for four years as a bookkeeper. Her next job was having three children in five years and being a bookkeeper for their own masonry business that they started. When her kids were teenagers, she worked as a legal secretary for a lawyer in Bremerton for two years. In the late 60s they purchased the old Mobile Oil property at Hostmark St. and Hwy 305 in Poulsbo, WA. They built “Ye Olde Fireplace Shoppe” which she managed and operated for almost 10 years.
Together, Izzy and Bob lived on their sixty-three foot boat “Ursa Major” for ten years with numerous trips and stays in Alaska. They lived in Ketchikan for two of those years. They had a life full of people and adventure.
Izzy was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and also loved jewelry and “bling”. She learned to make glass beads with her son, Bob. She called her son, Bill her “Buddy”. They would take off on excursions across the state or across town on errands and find all kinds of adventures.
Izzy moved to Chewelah, WA to live with her daughter, Chris in 2012. She lived there for the remainder of her life. She asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior in 1948 and is now with Him and her husband, Bob. Izzy was a very caring and loving wife and mother. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Kimball Sr.; her parents; brothers, George Bollerslev and Dan Bollerslev.
Izzy is survived by her daughter, Chris Nash and husband, Earl of Chewelah, WA; sons, Bill Kimball and wife, Anne of Poulsbo, WA and Bob Kimball and wife, Sandy of Poulsbo, WA; brothers, Brian Jack of Ft. Worth, TX and John Bollerslev of Edmonds, WA; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Kimball will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Gateway Fellowship, Poulsbo, WA. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Charles W. Allan, 91, passed away April 23, 2016 at Spokane. He was born in Chewelah on November 10, 1924 and attended Jenkins High School.
Charles lived in Chewelah his entire life and worked as a project manager building tunnels and hydroelectric dams for Sterling Crane for 30 years before retiring in 1990.
Charles served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Medal of Honor.
Charles enjoyed gardening and woodworking and was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and Masons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, in 2015.
Charles is survived by a daughter, Cathy Lilly; sons Eddie Allan, Terry Allan, Barry Allan, and Kim Allan; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The Neptune Society was in charge of arrangements.
Born 13th of 14 children to hardworking Polish Immigrant homesteaders Stephan and Victoria Trojanowski, Florence spent her childhood on the family farm north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the 1950s she went to Toronto where she met her husband Bernard (Bert) Foster. She and Bert moved to the US in the 1960s; first to California then moving north to Washington State in the Puget Sound area. They gradually moved east arriving in Chewelah in the early 1990s. An avid gardener, Florence also enjoyed photography, painting, poetry, bowling and of course her pets. She and Bert loved their family of dogs & cats, often having several at a time. Florence was predeceased by her husband Bert, her parents and all her brothers and sisters. She was indeed the last of her generation. She leaves behind her special friend John Ross and numerous nieces and nephews and their families in Canada and the US.
She often said she had a good life–that God had taken care of her. It was fitting that she died while a Chaplain was saying prayers with her.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday May 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Children’s Pavilion in the park in Chewelah, Washington. Come join us for dessert.
Donald Harold Leliefeld 1936-2016
Donald Harold Leliefeld, 79 years young, passed away peacefully May 3, 2016 at his home in Loon Lake, Washington. He was born to Harold Bernard and Virginia L. (Dellenger) Leliefeld July 30, 1936 in Chewelah, Washington and was raised in the Springdale and Clayton area.
Don met Jewell Rail in 1953 and they married June 1, 1957 in the Catholic Church in Valley, Washington. He entered the armed forces in 1960 and served seventeen months in Korea. He graduated with Honors from the Army Medic unit in San Antonio, TX. Don retired as a truck driver for Nabisco.
Don was a loving Husband, Dad, Granddad, and Great Grandad adored by his family more than words could ever express. He enjoyed going on long drives with his wife and loved building anything with his hands. Don’s love of hunting and outdoors was passed on to his sons and all his grandkids. Don’s sense of humor helped his family get through the toughest of times and this will be carried with us throughout our lives.
Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jewell Leliefeld; his children Dan Leliefeld, Jody Darrick, and Dave Leliefeld (Kerri) all of Loon Lake, WA; Grandkids, Scotty (Angela), Sean, Jamie (Anthony), Kandace (Josh), Patrick, and JoHanna. Great Grandkids, Maddison, Quinton, Ayana, and Hunter, Brother Jack Leliefeld (Betty), numerous sister & brother in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Virginia Leliefeld, his sister Lila and his bother Paul.
Don will be missed every day, but remembered in everything we do.
A Rosary vigil service began at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016 with a Funeral Mass following at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 both at the Springdale Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Springdale, WA. Memorial contributions may be given to the Sacred Heart Alter Society of Springdale in Don’s memory. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 155 W. First Ave., Colville, WA 99114 is entrusted with the arrangements.
Marie Wissink went to be with the Lord peacefully on May 3, 2016. She was born in Cold Springs, Minnesota on March 7, 1922 to Mathias Hansen and Katherine (Menden) Hansen. Since her mother passed shortly after her birth and her father moved to Nez Perce, Idaho, Marie was raised in Minnesota by her paternal Grandmother and Grandfather, William and Magdalena Hansen, who surrounded her with love.
She moved to Washington State on July 9, 1940 after she graduated high school because she was anxious to meet her step brothers and sisters and her step mother. She met Bob (Sylvester) Wissink when coming to Chewelah and they were married on May 29, 1945 after he returned from for years in the Army in WWII and lived in Chewelah, Washington until 1989 when Bob passed away.
Mom continued to live in Chewelah until 2008. Marie enjoyed singing with the choir in Chewelah, dancing, playing cards, her faith and all her friends and family. As a young girl, she had decided to have six children. After she married she accomplished that and enjoyed her children and grandchildren throughout her life.
All her friends also held a very special place in her heart. Marie’s family would like to give a heart-felt thank you to Carol and her staff at Candlelight Homes Adult Family Home for the loving and dedicated care you all provided to Mom over the last few years. And a big thank you to Hospice for helping her be comfortable throughout.
Within the past year her sister-in-law Margaret Fischer and brothers-in-law Jack Sobotta, Jim Owens and Tom Hendrix passed.
Marie is survived by her children JoAnn (Steve) Baker, Mary Kay (Mike) Bryan, Tom (Carolyn) Wissink, Bill (Ann) Wissink, Sylvia (Brad) Loosveldt, Nick Wissink and 13 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her as a giving, faith filled, and loving woman.
A visitation will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N Division, Spokane, WA. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Spokane on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with interment following in Chewelah, WA at 2:30 p.m. at the Catholic Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Condolence messages may be placed at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
Our Sweet Mama Maupin, Adeline Mae, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Monday April 25, at the age of 92. She was married 62 years, to the love of her life, James W. Maupin, who preceded her in death, July of 2002. Together, they raised 3 children.
Addy’s fun, kind, sweet, loving heart, contagious laugh and constant smiles, will be missed by all who knew her. When anyone asked, “How are you?” Her giggle filled answer was always the same, “Fat and Sassy!”
Her constant kind, fun loving nature and positive attitude will be missed. She loved life, family, grandchildren and friends, but above all, she loved the Lord.
Adeline had many talents and gifts. She enjoyed working in her garden and tending to all her beautiful flowers.
She had a rare, special connection with all animals, and was a sight to see… She took gentle care of her birds and hummingbirds and when she fed her “Babies” in the early mornings, her gentle voice called out, “Come on babies, c’mon”…and they would land on her head, shoulders, hands and fingers.
We will truly miss our Mom and friend and will celebrate the many, many cherished moments and memories, we each shared with her.