MARCH 25, 2010

Obituaries for March 25, 2010

Charles T. Brown, 78, Kamiah

   Charles (Chuck or Charlie) T. Brown of Kamiah died in an automobile accident Sunday March 21, 2010 near Kamiah.

   Chuck was born April 29 1931 in Franklin, IL to Maude (Tribble) and Charles H. “Tom” Brown. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1950 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served for three years in Germany.

   He married Adele Waldemar in August of 1955. They were later divorced. He has two daughters, Cheryl and Jeri.

   Chuck resided mostly in the Kamiah Valley and worked for a number of years as maintenance man for Burkhart Homes, where he resided. He had also volunteered for several years in the AA Association.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom Brown and Maude and Hap Peterson, and two sisters, Martha Una and Betty Wolverton.

   He is survived by his daughters, Jeri Thompson and Cheryl Schmidt; his former wife, Adele Schmidt; his stepmother Adeline Brown; nieces, Gerri Ann and Sharon; nephews, Mike Una and Tom Commings; and four grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Kamiah Senior Center at 125 Maple in Kamiah. Military Honors will be by VFW Post #5407 and American Legion Post # 75. A potluck dinner will follow.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Frances V. Johnson, 84, Stites

    Frances V. Johnson of Stites died of heart failure Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville. She was 84.

    Frances was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Orofino to Oscar and Ruth (Pinson) Meador. Frances lived in Greer and Orofino before she moved with her family to Stites, attending school in each. Frances married Carl A. Johnson Aug. 20, 1941 and after 59 years of marriage, Carl passed away in 2001.

    Along with raising their children, Frances and Carl owned and operated Carl’s Chevron Station in Stites from 1950 to 1978. Frances then worked for the Clearwater Valley schools in the kitchen and custodial services. She was a census taker in 1990, covering much of Idaho County.

    Frances was a past member of Stites Baptist Church; 50 year member of Stites Rebekah Lodge, and a 20 year member of Stites City Council, completing her last term in 2009. Frances and Carl enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the Northwest. Frances especially enjoyed her home on Main Street in Stites, where she could observe the comings and goings in Stites and visiting with her many friends.

    Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Meador and Ruth Meador Mundell; her husband, Carl A. Johnson; her son, Gregory J. Johnson; her grandson, Ryan T. Johnson; her sister, Bonnie Clark, and her brothers, Oliver, David, and Alden Meador.

    Frances is survived by her sons, Carl A. (Biff) Johnson, Jr. of Stites and Douglas M. Johnson of Moscow; daughter, Sally Roy of Stites; brother, Harry Shelby Meador of Post Falls; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

    Funeral services for Frances were held March 20 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Burial took place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia, and afterwards a covered dish dinner was held at the Kooskia IOOF Hall.

    Donations in Frances’ name may be made to your charity of choice. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Jeffery Ray Bashaw, 48, Kooskia

   Jeffery Ray Bashaw of Kooskia died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 48.

   Jeff was born in Grangeville Oct. 6, 1961 to Wilford and Marge (McPherson) Bashaw. Jeff attended school in Kamiah and Kooskia. He was a wrestler in high school.

   He graduated high school in 1980, five months earlier than his classmates at Clearwater Valley High School, through the Upward Bound Program at the University of Idaho in Moscow. He attended some college in Reno, NV and received his CDL Certificate through Swift Transportation Driving Academy in Lewiston.

   Jeff’s jobs included fisheries in Troy, an auto frame shop in Baltimore, MD, dealing craps, blackjack and being a pit boss at Harrah’s-Clarion and Silver Legacy Casinos, delivering for dine-in food service in Reno, NV, and a warehouseman for Target and Coke in Florida.

   As a young man he enjoyed playing foosball, collecting football cards, and was a very talented skateboarder and unicyclist. He could do numerous tricks on them.

   Jeff loved the outdoors, gold panning, four wheeling, camping, snow skiing, football (live or televised), playing pool, and hanging out with friends and family. The time he loved the most was time he could spend with his kids.

   Jeff was preceded in death by his brother, Randy J. Bashaw, and his grandparents, Christina Hersey, Maudie Pattan and Alford Pattan.

   Jeff is survived by his daughters, Veronica and Richard Stephens and Jessica Bashaw, and son, Mitchell Bashaw, all of Reno; his mother and stepfather, Margie and Hal Smurthwaite of Grangeville; his father, Wilford (Junior) Bashaw of Kooskia; stepmother, Bertha and Kenny Bowen of Kooskia; his sisters, Leanna and Steve Ringle of Lewiston; Chris and Steve Hooper of Grangeville, Jean and Eric Unruh of Palmer, AK, and Brenda Bashaw of Kooskia; brother Roland Bashaw of Kooskia; and numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jeff will live in our hearts forever.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at Kooskia Community Center in Kooskia. Reverend Kelly Lineberry will officiate. A potluck dinner will follow.

   Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Robert Arnold Eby, 86, of Aberdeen

   Robert Arnold Eby of Aberdeen died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 86.

   Robert was born June 27, 1923 in Orofino to Jesse and Viola (Thornton) Eby. Robert was raised in Fraser and attended school in Weippe.

   On May 28, 1944, he married Berneil Annetta Barnes in Orofino. She survives him at the family home in Aberdeen.

   Robert was drafted into the Army in 1945 and was stationed at Camp Roberts in California. He worked for West Coast Grocery, which later was named State Distributing, and retired in 1985. He was a member of the Alder Grove Church and the Aberdeen Senior Center.

   Robert was an avid hunter for years and enjoyed a lifetime of playing Pinochle. After retiring he and Berneil traveled the 49 States in their travel trailer. He never missed watching a Mariners game.

   In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, Roberta Ellen (Mike) Myer, Kathy Renee (Larry) Carnine, Dana Earl (Linda Willis) Eby, and Mila J’Nine (Tim) Bernethy; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his niece that was like a daughter, Angela (Bob) Deatherage and their daughters, Tani and Tera; and sister, Lazetta (Leo) Cochrell and brother-in-law, Edward Higley.

   Robert’s sister, Helen Higley preceded him in death. His father Jesse passed away when Robert was 15. His mother Viola later married Jack Aggar. They also preceded him in death.

   A memorial service was held March 21 at the Alder Grove Church, 1800 Coolidge Road, in Aberdeen.

   If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the Aberdeen Senior Center and Alder Grove Church are suggested.

James E. Brewer, 61, Lewiston

   James Earl (Jim) Brewer, of Lewiston, passed away Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 61.

   He was born May 11, 1948, in Dayton, KY., to William Vernon Brewer and Jessie Creech.

   He grew up in Dayton and attended school there. He moved West at age 18, when he joined the Job Corps.

   He and Darcy Cornelia were married in 1967 and later divorced.

   Jim and Diana Harrington were married June 18, 1992, in Lewiston.

   Jim turned his hobby of tying Bucktail Jigs into a side business. He also loved the outdoors; his passion was fishing and he enjoyed spending time with family and gardening.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

   Surviving Jim are his wife, Diana Brewer of Lewiston; ex-wife, Darcy Brewer of Lewiston; his two sons, Eric and wife Christine Brewer of Clarkston, WA, and Scott and wife Charlene Brewer of Orofino; one daughter, Sarah and husband Neil Story of Lewiston; six brothers and two sisters, all of Kentucky; stepdaughter, Carolyn Quenneville of Grace and two stepsons, Vernie Perrigo of Berthod, CO and Tom Perrigo of Kendrick.

   A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Heights Park with a covered-dish lunch.

   In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Jim's name at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, to help with expenses.

Sister Winifred Lorentz, 94, Cottonwood

   Sister Winifred (Rosanna) Lorentz, OSB, died peacefully on Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. She was 94.

   Sr. Winifred was born in Cottonwood to Jacob and Susan (Lies) Lorentz on July 3, 1915. Sr. Winifred entered the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1931. She was professed there on Aug. 16, 1933, celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2003 and served God for seven more years.

   Her parents were committed to giving each of their six children the best music education possible. Sr. Winifred began piano lessons early in life and quickly displayed a gift for playing by ear. Shortly after her graduation from St. Gertrude’s Academy in Cottonwood, Sr. Winifred entered the monastery and began general domestic work.

   In 1939 she began teaching piano and accordion, directing the choir and playing the organ at Mass in Keuterville. For the next 50 years she shared her God-given gift of music with children and adults all over Idaho. For many years she was the community’s main chauffeur.  She also provided in-home care to elderly friends of the community. 

    In 1985-1999 she delighted in entertaining the residents at the Grangeville Care Center with her piano music. In 1997 she was honored by this facility for her distinguished service. Though confined to a wheelchair since 2002, Sr. Winfred continued to participate in Prayer and Mass in the monastery chapel daily.   

   Family and friends will remember Sister Winifred as a woman of deep dedication to her life’s calling and to her works of service, of profound faith and trust in God’s presence and protection, and of quick wit with a love for beauty.  She often expressed her gratitude for the health care required and provided in her later years.  Family and friends were precious to her and with some assistance she enjoyed keeping in touch with them via the internet. 

   Sister Winifred is survived by her brother Ray (Bernice) Lorentz of Lewiston and brother-in-law Clifton Smith (Loretta) of Grangeville, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Max (Marie) and William (Bud) (Martha), and her sisters Helen (Bill) Gentry, and Loretta Smith. 

   A vigil service was held March 23 at the Sisters in the Monastery Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial took place March 24.

   Memorials may be made to Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID 83522.  Arrangements are under the direction of Uhlorn Funeral Home, Cottonwood.

Donald (Don) Thomas, 53, Phoenix, AZ

   Donald (Don) Allen Thomas died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. He was 53.

   He is survived by his two children, Danielle Marie Thomas and Matthew Charles Thomas; his parents Robert Lee Thomas and Christine Thomas; brother Thomas Lee Thomas and wife Lucindia and son Thomas Nicholas; best friend of 32 years, Charlie Siddle; and many, many friends in business, golf, squash, racquetball and life.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Ann.

   Don graduated from Mesa High, AZ in 1975, where he starred in football, golf, and other sports. After he graduated, Don became a professional racquetball player. He ultimately achieved the rank of fourth in the world during the peak of the sport, competing against other top pros like Mary Hogan, Charlie Brumfield, David Bledsoe and many others in tournaments all over the world.

   He graced the cover of National Racquetball magazine (and was named racquetball’s “coverboy"); was sponsored by Nike, Catalina, Leach, and the clothier Hart, Schaffner & Marx; and he played in the Tournament of Champions against other racquet-sports stars, including Bjorn Borg.

   After retiring from sports, Don enjoyed a highly successful business career, founding an import/export company in his garage that ultimately grew into a worldwide business. He was most proud of his family. His children were the highlight of his life, and he experienced the most joy watching them succeed in the world and follow in his footsteps.

   Don was not only a father; he was a friend and mentor to his children, traveling all over the world with them to dive, water ski, and climb the world’s highest mountains.

   Don loved life and lived to the fullest, and everyone who met him could never forget him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Marjorie L. (Smith) Delaney, 74, Orofino

   Marjorie Louise (Smith) Delaney, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 after a courageous five and a half year battle with cancer. She was 74.

   Marjorie was born on June 17, 1935 in St. Maries to Elmer J. and Marjorie Caswell Smith. She grew up with five siblings in St. Maries and attended elementary and high school there. She was high school salutatorian and the apple of her father’s eye.

   The family moved to Bremerton, WA during World War II while her father worked at a munitions plant. Marjorie was awarded a scholarship and attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing affiliated with Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and graduated with a registered nursing degree in May 1956. She met the love of her life, Gary, in Spokane in 1956 when he pulled up in a 1949 Super Convertible Sherwood Green Buick while she was a student at Sacred Heart School of Nursing and Gary had just been discharged from the U.S. Army.

   That year Gary attended Montana State University (now known as the University of Montana) in Missoula, MT and Marjorie remained in Spokane until her graduation from Sacred Heart. They were married May 11, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Maries. Following their marriage, their “honeymoon” was spent manning White Mountain Lookout in the Lolo National Forest in Montana.

   Marjorie worked at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula and several nursing homes in the Auburn, Washington area before retiring in 1974 to remain home with their six children. She and the children followed Gary’s career to Washington, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and finally Orofino, where they have lived since 1984. Marjorie instilled in her children good character including a work ethic and sense of responsibility.

   Gary and Marjorie Delaney celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 10, 2007 at a party hosted by their six children at the home of their son in Yakima, WA. Since retirement Gary and Marjorie have spent much of their time traveling in their motorhome, touring the U.S., covering 47 states and Canada and Mexico. They cruised the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Alaska and the Canadian Maritime Provinces and driven to Alaska on two occasions.

   The rest of the time they spent visiting with their six wonderful children and spouses, 11 awesome grandchildren and four beautiful great grandchildren, with another on the way. Attending Montana “Griz” football games, especially Homecoming, had become a tradition since returning to the Northwest. They divided their time between Orofino in the summer months and “snowbirding” in the south during the winter.

   Marjorie was active in the Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls and was a leader of both organizations while her children were involved in these programs. She also offered her services as a camp nurse at numerous Girl Scout camps in the Auburn area. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary for over 24 years and served as president of the Orofino Unit from 1985 until very recently

    She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and Legion of Mary while living in Orofino. She also volunteered with the Hospice program in Orofino for several years. Her hobbies included traveling, making crafts including ceramics, crochet, and cross-stitch, playing bingo, watching sporting events, and spending time with her family.

   She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and fought valiantly and courageously to the end. She loved her family immensely and spent as much time with her children and grandchildren as possible.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Marjorie Smith; two siblings and spouses, Beulah and Ken Peters and Marilyn and Tom Henry, and daughter-in-law Jeni Delaney.

   She is survived by her husband, Gary Delaney of Orofino; her six children and spouses, Theresa and David Burke of Dallesport, WA and Longmont, CO, Cynthia and Jesse Palomares of Chriesman, TX, Gary Delaney and fiancé Trina Clem of Yakima, WA, Geralynn Delaney and Taimur Mustafa of Houston TX, John Delaney of Bryan, TX, and Julie and Jeff Tuning of Las Vegas, NV; three siblings, Noreen Haler and Jack of Grand Prairie, TX, Sister Joan Smith of Cottonwood and Jim Smith of Yuma, AZ. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, with another on the way.

   A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino on Tuesday, April 6 11 a.m. A rosary is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. and internment will take place immediately following the memorial mass. A luncheon will take place in the Little Flower Room at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church following the internment.

   If you wish to make a donation in Marjorie’s memory, her charity of choice is St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Cottonwood.