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Obituaries for January 5, 2012

Adelle R. Christensen, 85, Orofino

   Adelle R. Christensen, Orofino, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at her Orofino residence. She was 85.  Arrangements are pending at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.

Barbara Jean Simmons, 76, Kamiah

   Barbara “Bobbi” Jean Simmons of Kamiah passed away Dec. 28, 2011 with her family by her side at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 76.

   Bobbi was born in Kamiah in 1935 to Ed and Billie Hronek. She attended Kamiah High School and graduated in 1953. She married Don Simmons in 1955.

   Bobbi was active in the community, serving 12 years as treasurer for the Friends of the Library and as a member of the board of directors at Burkhart Homes for 11 years. She served on the Elections Board, helping with elections since 1984, and in 2000 she became chief judge.

   Bobbi’s first job was at First Security Bank, where she worked until Don was called overseas by the military. Bobbi spent two years with Don in Germany, and in 1958 attended the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

   In 1958, Don and Bobbi started Simmons Sanitation and years later purchased NADL Enterprises. Bobbi and Don began their family after returning from Germany. She raised four children and was very active in Job’s Daughters, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed staying busy and opened a ceramics shop in her basement.

   She was a talented painter and ladies from Lewiston would come to her shop just to have her complete the eyes on a ceramic piece. Later Bobbi became involved with Avon, with whom she sold beauty supplies for 30-plus years.

   Bobbi enjoyed camping with her family, often spending the summer months with her sisters and their families on the Selway, Lochsa and Lolo. She treasured holidays with the family, spending time with her grandchildren, and Sunday drives with Don. She played bingo and bunko parties with her friends.

   Bobbi is survived by her husband Don; her children Edward (Kim) Simmons, Robert (Sheila) Simmons, Lori (Jim) Johnson, Dona Robbins-Simmons, and Mike (Jackie) Millage; nine grandchildren, Drew and Cassi Johnson, Chazz Johnson and Nicole Duran, Kalee Johnson, Nikka Johnson, Ricky Simmons, Kori Robbins, Trevor Robbins, Chad Simmons, and Santana Simmons, and one great-granddaughter, Hadley Johnson. She is also survived by her two sisters, Bev Wilsey and Betty Reed.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Hronek, Axel Kludt and Billie Kludt.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 followed by a dinner, at St. Catherine's Church in Kamiah.

   Donations in Bobbi’s name may be made to the Kamiah Community Library, P.O. Box 846, Kamiah, ID 83536. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

William Walker, 91, Orofino

   William R. Walker, Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 91.

   A memorial service will be held at Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Marion Henry, 92, Lenore

   Marion F. Henry, Lenore, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at her daughter’s home. She was 92. Arrangements are pending with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Beulah Riek Vrieling, 96, Grangeville

   Beulah Riek Vrieling, age 96, passed away in Grangeville on Jan. 2, 2012 from causes related to age. Our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was born in Jenkins, MN, in 1915, the youngest of eight children, later moving to Brainard, MN. 

   In 1930, after her father passed away, Beulah and her mother moved to Los Angeles, CA where she met and married our father, Howard (Lefty) Riek in 1935. They moved to Orofino, in 1944, along with first son, Robert (Bob). They lived in Orofino where they had two more children, Marilyn and Ron.

   When her husband and our father passed away in 1973, she met and married George Vrieling two years later. Her husband George passed away in 2009. He had been a long time resident of Grangeville and was a retired farmer.

   Beulah is survived by her son, Robert, wife Elsa and their family of Peck; her son Ron Riek, and his family in Pleasant Grove, Utah; Marilyn Krieger and her partner, Mark Lowry of Cottonwood, and stepdaughter Carol Colson of Salem, Oregon. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Doety Riek of Peck, Robert Riek, Jr. of Weippe, Ron Riek Jr. of Spokane, WA and stepson Thomas Lougee, as well as many nieces and nephews.

   Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, John and Melissa Gorst, four sisters, three brothers, and stepdaughter Jessamine.

   Beulah enjoyed camping, fishing and bowling, and playing pinochle in her younger years. Later in life, she enjoyed visiting with friends and family and reading her Bible. She was a devout Christian and attended the Nazarene Church in Grangeville for many years. She was a great mother and a wonderful person. She will be missed by her family, her extended family, and all who knew her.

  Services will be at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville on Friday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Weseman Cemetery near Orofino.

   Donations may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 371, Grangeville, ID, 83530. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.