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Obituaries for July 17, 2014

Margaret E. “Maggie” Williams, 84, longtime Pierce resident

   On Thursday, July 3, 2014, as loved ones gathered around her hospital bed and gave her a tender farewell, Margaret E. (Maggie) Williams, 84, a longtime resident of Pierce, took her last earthly and belabored breath.

   We know in our broken hearts that she fought the good fight but as her respiratory health became further diminished, it was evident that she could hold on no longer.

   Maggie was born on June 8, 1930, in Port Orchard, WA, the second of four children born to Alfred and Bertha Mae Cann.

   She grew up and attended school in Clarkston before the family moved to their Kendrick farm in 1943. In February of 1948, at the age of 17, she moved with friends to Pierce, where she met her first husband, Melvin Dahl. They were married at Cardiff's Spur in July of that year and lived at the Musselshell until moving in to Pierce in 1954

   They raised four daughters together there, and throughout this time she was a homemaker, restaurant worker, bartender, and business owner. Mel died in February of 1982.

   In May of 1992, Maggie married the second great love of her life, Wally Williams, in Lewiston. She and Wally enjoyed their life in Pierce and loved supporting the community, the school, Timberline High School sports, and watching baseball together, even though it was often on separate TVs!

   They moved to Lewiston in the fall of last year; however, Maggie was a Pierce girl to her core and her heart never left her cherished hometown.

   A strong woman, she was dedicated to her family and friends. If she loved you, you knew it and she would defend you to the end.

   Maggie had many opinions that she often shared and a sweet side that was appreciated by anyone who knew her. She was Wally's biggest cheerleader in any endeavor he undertook, and they had a lot of fun together. They doted on their animals - Miss Kitty and their special little dog, Ali.

   She enjoyed "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," and rarely missed a Mariners game on TV. She recently attended LCSC World Series games with Wally, even though it was somewhat of a struggle for her.

   Special memories included attending a Mariners game in Seattle and seeing their anniversary wish on the reader board at Safeco Field; and of she and Wally being honored as the 2001 grand marshals of the Pierce 1860 Days parade.

   We are so happy that just days before her death she enjoyed another Cann/Osborn family reunion and was able to visit with family members from afar.

   Maggie is survived by her husband, Wally; and daughters Nancy and Lonnie Cowger of Pierce, Linda Smith and Randy McKinnon of Weippe, Debbi and Mike Duffy of Lenore, and Traci Tolle and Tony Kast of Clarkston. Her older brother, Don Cann, of College Place, WA, also survives her.

   Her grandchildren include Tami LaDoux of West Richland, WA, Kelly Cowger of Pierce, Brandi Smith, Sunny Haynes and Michael Tolle, all of Lewiston, Jakki Smith of Loon Lake, WA, and Kylee Tolle of Clarkston.

   Left behind are nine great-grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews. Her bonus family includes five stepdaughters: Sheila Struck of Vancouver, Wash., Rona Hall and Barb Robertson of Bonners Ferry, and Tiny Bowling and Verna Soyk of Lewiston, along with numerous step-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Dorothy Rider and Alice Mehl, and her son-in-law, Jack Smith.

   We invite all family and friends to join us as we celebrate the life of our feisty, resilient, beloved wife, mom and grandmother, at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Pierce Community Center. We will gather in her honor to pay tribute to this special lady with laughter, music and the sharing of memories.

   We are so happy she is no longer suffering and is now taking big, deep, easy breaths in heaven!

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Theodore Roosevelt (Ted) Crabb, 92 Bonners Ferry

   Theodore Roosevelt Crabb was born May 28, 1922 in Orofino, Idaho to Jarrett and Stella (Kight) Crabb. He attended schools there, graduating from Orofino High School in 1940 and the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1942.

   Ted was a Staff Sargent in the Army during WWII, from Dec. 18, 1942 to Jan. 5, 1946 in the Signal Corps, maintaining the Army trucks. He spent 57 days on the Island of Okinawa during WWII.

   After his discharge, he worked for two years as a mechanic at the Chevy garage in Orofino. From 1946-1967, he farmed 200 acres of a 400 acre farm in Orofino, raising cattle, clover, wheat, and barley. After he moved to Sandpoint, he worked for the state employment service from 1968-1984 when he was forced to take a disability due to a heart attack.

   Ted was a past commander of the Orofino VFW, and was Mr. VFW Man of the Year in 1961-1962. He was also past exalted ruler of the Elks and past president of the Eagles. He and his late wife, Nancy, were members of the North Idaho Rainbow Chasers.

   He played drums at dances with a group of friends for years and was a master card player, loving the thrill of the game. Relatives remember being skunked by him many times over the years. He also restored old cars, finishing one for each of his children and step-children before his death.

   Ted was first married to Lola Albers and had two children: Carla (Steve) Laws of Lenore and John Crabb of Anchorage, AK. They divorced and he married Anne Christina Hoiseth, who was the mother of his son Jarrett Crabb of Sandpoint. Their marriage also ended in divorce.

   He met his soul mate, Nancy (Perry) Chapin, in 1980, while he was playing at an Eagles dance. They dated for two years before they married on June 16, 1982 in Coeur d‘Alene. They both loved music and fraternal organizations, and both had a great sense of humor.

   He gained the respect of his three step-children: Dean (Terri) Chapin of Woodland, CA, Darrell (Christell) Chapin of Twin Lakes, and Russell Chapin.

   Ted died early the morning of Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his home in Bonners Ferry, after a short bout with cancer.

   Besides his children and step-children, he is also survived by: grandchildren Heather Sparano and Ryan Laws, Cory Crabb, Christopher Chapin, Cody Whitman, Bryce Chapin, Ryan (Breanne) Chapin and Courtney Chapin; and great-grandchildren Nicole Sparano, Joe Sparano, Owen Chapin, and Madison Chapin.

   Funeral services were held July 14, at Coffelt’s Funeral Home in Sandpoint. A reception will be announced at a later date.

Myrtle A. Matson, 98, Lewiston

   Myrtle A. Matson passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her residence in Lewiston, ID. She was 98.

   Myrtle Matson was born April 18, 1916 in Orofino to her parents, Albert and Ida (Swenson) Stamper. At a year old, Myrtle went with her family to Weiser; they then moved to Tamarack, but eventually returned to Orofino, when Myrtle was eight years old.

   Myrtle attended the Orofino area schools.

She worked in the cookhouse at the Cow Creek Mill and in the bakery in Orofino.

   She married the love of her life, Ed R. Matson, in 1937.

   After her marriage, she became a homemaker, devoting herself to raising her children. After her children were grown, she worked in several clothing stores as a clerk.

   She attended Orofino Community Church on Riverside until she moved to Lewiston in 2006. She helped in 4-H with her three children and was a Cub Scout leader for her youngest.

   Myrtle enjoyed gardening, sewing, camping, fishing, hunting and huckleberry picking.

   She is survived by her daughter, Geralden (Matson) Russell of Orofino; her son, Don Matson of Lewiston; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, some great-great grandchildren, and a few great-great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ida (Swenson) Stamper; her husband, Ed Matson, in 1981; her son, Gerald Matson, in 1986; and her brother and sisters.

   A funeral service for Myrtle Matson will be held Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, with burial to follow at Wells Bench (Sanders) Cemetery.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Leroy “Joe” Barden, 91, Kooskia

   LeRoy “Joe” Barden, 91, of Kooskia passed away Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Obituaries for July 10, 2014

Margaret Williams, 84, formerly of Pierce

   Margaret E. “Maggie” Williams, 84, recently of Lewiston and a longtime resident of Pierce, died Thursday, July 3, 2014.

   Services are planned for Saturday, July 19 at the Pierce Community Center.

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Virginia Ann “Ginny” Trapp, 77, Meridian

   Virginia Ann “Ginny” Trapp, 77, of Meridian, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Valley View Care Center in Meridian after a tragically short battle with cancer.

   Ginny, the daughter of Jim and Florence (Woodward) Palmer, was born in Boise on Dec. 8, 1936.

   Ginny grew up in Boise and graduated from Boise High School in 1955. She loved dance and music. After school she started her own beauty salon, before marrying the love of her life, Ronald Trapp of Boise, on May 27, 1960. Four children were born to this union.

   Ginny traveled all over the state of Idaho, raising a family and supporting her husband Ron as he worked for the State of Idaho from 1960 to 1980. She and Ron lived in Lewiston, Bonners Ferry, Emmett, Pocatello, Moscow, and Coeur d’Alene.

   In 1980, Ginny and her husband purchased a Coast-to-Coast hardware store in Orofino. They were a large part of the community of Orofino during this time. They operated it until Ron was forced to retire due to his illness.

   In 1997, they moved to Boise to be near friends and family. Ginny loved life and her friends and family most. She also enjoyed playing the organ at Wright Congregational Church of Boise, knitting, sewing, and crafts of all kinds.

   She was a true friend to all that got to meet her. Ginny will be greatly missed by all who know and loved her.

   Survivors include: a son, Cory, and his wife Juanita of Coeur d’Alene, a son, Kurt of Meridian, a daughter, Vonda of Moscow, and a son, Eric of Eagle; two grandsons, Jordon and Callen of Coeur d'Alene; a brother, Dick Palmer and wife Maxine of Meridian; a sister-in-law, Marleta French and husband Jack of Nampa; a brother-in-law, Eldon (Cork) Trapp and wife Sally of Columbus, SC.; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

   Her sister Shirley and parents Florence and Jim preceded her in death.

   Memorial services were held July 5 at the Wright Community Congregational Church in Boise, with Rev. Drew Terry officiating. The Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise is in charge of arrangements, with interment at the Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens.

   In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wright Congregational Church of Boise in Ginny’s name.

Jean (Mac) McCarter, 85, Peck

   F. Jean McCarter (Mac), of Peck, born March 11, 1929, went to her final rest July 5, 2014. She was born to Hiney and Pearl Anderson in Tiger, WA. She spent her entire adult life caring, comforting and helping to heal many, as an RN, which she greatly enjoyed. Jean’s hobbies were many, basket weaving, sewing, quilting, crocheting, painting, gold panning, and mostly cooking and canning.

   She is survived by her baby sister, Helen Haney; daughters Brenda Capps and her husband Steve, Jackie Cram and her husband Terry Anderson; grandkids Mike Cram, Tom and Amanda Boyd, David Strom, Jesse, Tanya and Cassie Anderson; great grandchildren Maia and Ryder Cram, many nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones, all were her entire world.

   She lived and loved to make all happy. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her youngest daughter Leigh Boyd, her sister Elsie Hitzel and brothers Harold, John and Milton Anderson. She requested no service but we will celebrate at a later date that we were blessed to have her in our lives.

Obituaries for July 3, 2014

Kelly Zink, 86, Weippe

   Fountain Keller Zink was born July 9, 1927, in Cheney, WA, to Clarence and Willa Zink. He died Friday, June 13, 2014, due to infirmities of age, at his home in Weippe, surrounded by his family. He was 86.

   On June 3, 1952, he and Ronnie Jo Pollan were married. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary 10 days before his death.

   While living in Oregon, they came into contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and both dedicated their lives to Jehovah in 1955. They spent their first two years of married life in Oregon, following dam construction.

   In 1954 they moved to Mount Idaho, where he built a comfortable home for his family. In 1968, they moved to Weippe, where Ronnie still resides.

   Kelly had a deep love for God all of his life, and his faith sustained him during his last days. For many years, Kelly was a faithful elder in Grangeville and Weippe.

   Kelly was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Joyce, Clara and Delphia; and a brother, Fred.

   He is survived by his wife, Ronnie; daughters Denise Cole and Erin Laughlin; son-in-law Mike Kern; brother Orval; and Vance Curtis, his brother-in-law and lifelong friend. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Rebekah Cole Schafer, Lucas Laughlin, Matthew Cole, Amber Laughlin Collins, Anna Cole Bennett and Mary Cole Perkes; and 17 great-grandchildren.

   He fought the fine fight, and he kept a firm hold on the hope for everlasting life. A memorial service was held June 16 at the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Weippe.

Robert John Stolberg “Bob,” 79, Boise


   Bob Stolberg, age 79, was born in Brockport, PA on Jan. 30, 1935. He was a beloved husband and grandfather of 10.

   He served in the U.S. Army as a Senior Recovery Mechanic from 1953-1956. He helped ‘mop-up’ after the Korean War. He worked in the construction industry for over 50 years building bridges, infrastructures and roads and traveled throughout the Northwest including; Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

   Bob was a quiet, friendly, loving, loyal and courageous person. He died June 24, 2014 in Boise.

   A celebration of his life was held June 30 at True North Church, 5137 N. Glenwood St., in Garden City.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Bob's memorial webpage at