A memorial service will be held at Noxon School Sat., April 1 at 1 p.m. followed by a private family burial at Heron Cemetery.
Kathy Fitchett, 56, passed away at her home in Heron March 28, 2017.
A memorial service will be held at Noxon School Sat., April 1 at 1 p.m. followed by a private family burial at Heron Cemetery.
James Douglas Marquardt, 37, of Cheyenne, Wyo. passed away March 24, 2017.
James was born July 11, 1979 in Sterling, Colo., he was the son of the late James Daniel Marquardt and Janey Marquardt.
James loved to hunt and fish and to go camping. He enjoyed working on cars and trucks.
James is survived by his mom, Janey Marquardt; brothers, Dave (Teresa) Wilhite, Carl (Karen) Marquardt and Joseph Marquardt; several nephews and nieces and step-children, Becca and Cody Fletcher.
James is preceded in death by his father, James Marquardt; grandparents, Ernie and Georgia Gross and Donna and Carl Brasson.
Wilma Mae Wells burst the surly bonds of earth to join her Heavenly Father March 22, 2017. Known as “Billie” among her friends and family, she was born to Everett and Lillian Sheffer in Santa Cruz, Calif. July 17, 1937.
Billie enjoyed doing ceramics, sewing, antiques, ‘catch-and-release’ yard sales, caring for her children, Richie, Gloria, Mindy and Ehren; and of course cooking her many savory soups, stews and ethnic delights that made her famous and fed her loved ones. Each special creation was laced with her Love.
While living in California, Billie worked as a secretary stenographer; her stellar skills landed her in the Director’s Office at the University of California Radiation Laboratory, where she was granted the highest civilian security "Q" clearance; required because she worked with the AEC Prime Contract. When Billie and her family moved to Montana, it took little time for her to be recognized for those secretarial skills and she became the first secretary in the newly established Sanders County Mental Health Clinic; a position she held for 8 ½ years. Billie was well known as one of the most productive people throughout Montana mental-health circles.
Billie and her husband of 52 years, Dick, operated Lonesome Dove Fine Food restaurant on Main St. in Thompson Falls. Her cooking skills garnered a lengthy list of regulars from all over the nation, people who would come in and announce: “We read about you in our hometown newspaper!” Lonesome Dove was featured in Montana Magazine, Triple A tour guide and twice on the front page of the Missoulian.
Her parents and son, Richard Daniel Gonzalez, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Dick; daughters, Gloria (Gonzalez) Martinez and Mindy Wilson; son, Ehren Wells; her grandchildren, Rachael Turner, Jacqueline Russell, Jon Delmark, Chalis Wilson, Shasta Wilson and seven great-grandchildren, Christina, Anabelle, Gavin, Bella, Aurora, Jackson and Gabby, and her brother, Ron Sheffer. We will all miss her dearly. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Michael Williams was born in Tacoma, Wash. January 14, 1950 during the worst blizzard Washington State had seen in years. Mike passed away peacefully in his home March 15, 2017 with his daughter at his side after one of the hardest winters the Thompson Falls area had seen in years.
Mike was born to Alice and Gene Williams who preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Largent and grandson William of Thompson Falls and two sisters and two brothers who reside in Western Washington.
Mike attended All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup, Wash. through his ninth grade year and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1968.
Mike married Judy Norman in 1972 and they later divorced but stayed friends and together co-parented their only child, Rachel who meant the world to him.
Mike started his career of power and lineman work in 1973 working at the "flume" for Puget Power in Kapowsin, Wash. Later, he was able to transfer to lineman work in Puyallup and then Lacey, Wash. Finally, during the last few years before he retired in 2004, he did contract work for Potelco as a foreman before moving to Thompson Falls to be near his lifelong best friend and hunting partner Bob Hicks of Plains who preceded him in death and family.
Mike had an unending love of the outdoors. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing excursions in Canada, Alaska and many other areas. In Thompson Falls he made many friends and spent his days fishing, hunting, exploring and taking in the beauty of Sanders County.
Mike enjoyed a fulfilling life that many men could only dream of. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather and friend to many.
A celebration of life will be held this summer.
Rosalia Marie Torgrimson, 88, of St. Ignatius passed away at her home March 8, 2017. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held May 20.
A full obituary will be published soon. Arrangements are under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home of Ronan. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at shriderthompson.com.
Walter Hugo Borgmann began his life in Canova, S.D. May 29, 1926. The proud parents of this bundle of joy were Maria Wesenburg Borgmann and August Borgmann. For the first six years of his life he stayed in the town he was born in. At the age of six he and his family moved to a farm in Aitkin, Minn. Hi liked farm life, but farm life didn’t like him due to hay fever, asthma and being kicked in the head by a horse. At the age of 11 he became the man of the home when his father died. He did many odd jobs around the community to help support the family.
In 1948 Walter got a job working for Reither Construction. Reither Construction put up electrical lines for the REA. He helped in putting up the first power lines up the Blue Slide.
While still in Minnesota, before working construction, he owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It was left there when he started working construction. He always had a passion for the Harleys and old Model T vehicles.
Walter came to Thompson Falls in April of 1950 while working for Reither. He met his soon to be bride, Rose Mary Morkert June 4 of that year. They were married after a whirlwind courtship on July 1 of that same year. This marriage lasted 66 plus years; something to be admired and copied.
His job took them to Sandpoint, Idaho for only a week and a half. From there it would have been onto North Dakota for them. Not wanting to move there, they came back to Montana. They lived at Tuscor for four months, where they lived in a tent house while Walt worked for the logging company. The weather turned extremely bad so logging was done as was living in a tent house.
They then went to live with Rose Mary’s parents, Walter and Grace Morkert until they could buy property and build a house on it. Walt built the house they lived in and he died in. To this day hidden under some to the walls in the house are some of the logs used in the construction of the house.
Walt worked for Thompson Falls Lumber Co. for 30 years. The name of the mill changed many times but the mill stayed the same. During the first years of marriage he would get off work at the mill and then go to work for Macho’s farm on Dry Creek. This lasted for two years.
Walt was an expert carpenter. He liked to hunt and fish and go on rides just to see the great outdoors. Of everything, his family meant the most to him. He dearly loved his family and was very proud of them all.
Walt leaves behind a large legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ida Sunde. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary of Thompson Falls; a brother, Ervin (Jean) Borgmann; a sister, Ella O’Brien; a son, Happy (Valerie) Borgmann of Thompson Falls; a daughter, Lynn (Orville) Eaton of Trout Creek; six grandsons; five granddaughters; 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walter was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He helped in the building of the church.
He went home to be with our Lord peacefully March 7, 2017. He was and is loved and will be greatly missed.
Alice M. Nash, 95, of Thompson Falls went home to be with the Lord March 1, 2017. Alice was born to Peter and Hattie DeMoff Aug. 19, 1921 in Shasta, Calif. May 3, 1975, Alice married Robert (Bob) N. Nash in Rapid City, S.D. In 1981, they moved to the Whitepine area west of Thompson Falls where they resided until 2007, upon which time they moved into town.
Together they enjoyed fishing and bowling. In 2009, Alice and Bob were inducted into the bowling Hall of Fame by the Montana USBC Association for their bowling accomplishments.
Alice enjoyed interior decorating with a flair for Oriental furnishings in which she even made a solo trip to Hong Kong to satisfy that passion.
She loved her toy poodles and taking them on walks around their home on Little Bear road to pick wild Oregon grapes. Alice's favorite flower was the rose, which was evident by the beautiful rose garden she kept.
Alice is survived by her husband, Bob Nash, of 43 years; her three sons, Bill Miller of California, Tony Dexter of Alabama, and Bruce Barnes, retired USMC Colonel of Las Vegas, Nevada; two grandsons, Jeff Barnes, USMC Major of Yuma, Arizona and Michael Barnes of Salt Lake City, Utah; and four great-granddaughters; two stepdaughters, Paula (Chris) Brinker and their two daughters of Rapid City, S.D. and Lisa (Tom) Rysavy, two sons and one daughter of Sioux Falls, S.D.
There will be a private interment at the Whitepine Cemetery.
Stanley E. Eggleston, 63, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at his residence in Trout Creek.
Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Plains is assisting the family.
The Carley family celebrates the arrival of Shirley Berneice "Dusty" Carley to her Heavenly home February 16, 2017. She died at home, surrounded by her family, just as she wished. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her beloved husband, Kenneth Duane Carley, August 28, 2016. Dusty resided in Thompson Falls with her daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Michael Trull. She died of a heart condition that was non-operable.
Dusty was born to George and Berneice Bruce March 26, 1935 in Artesia, N.M. Her parents later divorced and she went to live with her "Daddy" when she was about 12 years old. She met Ken on a blind date March 1, 1953. They were engaged April 1 and married July 1, 1953. Ken gave her the nickname "Dusty" which she kept for life. They were married for 63 years when Ken went to be with his Lord and Savior last year. She invited Jesus Christ into her heart to be her personal Savior in 1977.
Dusty is also survived by son, Wayne Carley of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law Jonelle and Forest Graber and sister-in-law Sara Carley, both of Albuquerque, N.M. She had four grandchildren: Brad Williamson of Wichita, Kan., Wendy Bruce of Whitefish, Kim Carley of Gypsum, Colo. and Kiel Carley of Ft. Worth, Texas. She was known as "Gamy" to them. Six great-grandchildren were Nicholas, Annalise, Nathan, Bryce, Katherine and Briggs. Her seventh great-grandchild, Bennett, is due on her birthday, March 26, 2017.
Dusty was an Air Force wife and served her husband faithfully throughout all their years together. She lived in the Azores Islands; Denver, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tacoma, Wash.; Sacramento, Calif.; Panama; Topeka, Kan.; Kimberling City, Mo.; Corpus Christie, Texas and Thompson Falls, Mont. Her favorite place to live was Panama from 1967-1970.
When Ken pursued a second career as a National Park law enforcement officer, she became a remittance officer in Rocky Mountain National Park. She enjoyed this job very much. Her most prestigious role was that of executive secretary to Governor John Carlin of Kansas.
Dusty loved animals of all kinds and worked for a veterinarian at one point in her career. She was an avid quilter, and made about 35 quilts, by hand. Her quilts are wrapped with love as many family members and friends are fortunate to continue to enjoy them. Cake decorating was something she mastered in her younger years. She also loved God's creation, and was frequently known to marvel over God's handiwork. She was Ken's "right hand" with their many home improvement projects. She had a beautiful singing voice and was involved in music ministry for a number of years. She had an enthusiasm for life that made her special and led a very adventurous life.
We already miss our Gamy very much but look forward to being reunited with her for eternity.
David F. Schroeder passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
David F. Schroeder was born March 12, 1937 to Fred and Marjorie (McNeill) Schroeder in Bonila, S.D. He was raised on the family homestead with his two older brothers, James and Dean. After graduating High School in Huron, S.D., Dave joined the army. The memories from his years in the service would provide him with many fond memories of being a Frogman, and continuous KP duty that provided him with great stories that he shared throughout his lifetime.
In 1964, he married Connie King from the neighboring “city” of Wessington. Dave and Connie had two children, Lisa Louise and Julie Ann.
On February 3, 1986, Dave married Yvonne King. This marriage expanded his family to include William Michael (Mike), Brandi Ann and Bonny Kay.
Dave was so proud of his family that grew to include eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He would never hesitate to brag about each and every one of them.
Dave was an outstanding businessman. He was never afraid to start a new venture. His career started when he began working for his brother Dean, at Hub City Music and Vending in Aberdeen, S.D. After several years with his brother, he started his own business in Mitchell, S.D., D&D Music. After a third vending business venture in Sioux Falls, S.D., Dave decided to try something completely new. After a chance meeting of the founder of Taco Johns on a flight, Dave decided to purchase a Taco Johns franchise in Lewiston, Idaho. After a few years, it was on to a new adventure. Dave and his wife, Vonnie purchased a restaurant/casino in Thompson Falls. Dave worked endless hours renovating “the joint”, doing the majority of work himself. The Mother Lode Casino was born. Dave worked day and night, until his body just wouldn’t let him anymore.
Dave will be remembered for his kind and generous heart. He would help a total stranger in need, and was always there for everyone he loved. He will be remembered for his tall stories, his witty, dry sense of humor and brilliant sarcasm. He will be remembered for his cooking and BBQ skills, and feeding the town that he loved so much, Thompson Falls. He will be remembered for all of the wonderful trips and adventures that he took his children and grandchildren on.
Dave fought a long, hard, courageous battle. Even through the worst of it, nobody really believed it could bring him down. It seemed impossible. Everyone simply thought this was just another challenge to be overcome.
Left to mourn Dave are his devoted wife of 31 years, Yvonne; his children, Lisa Schroeder Jankowski (Phillip) of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Julie Rudd of Lewiston, Idaho; step-children, Mike Kessler (Tammy) of Thompson Falls and Bonny Kay Baldridge (Paul) of Puyallup, Wash.; his grandchildren, Ian Schroeder, Jessica Hawley, Jamie Barker, Tommy Orton, Brock Orton, Breann Turner, Tasha Griffis and Wade Copeland; six great-grandchildren and his first wife, Connie Schroeder.
Dave will be greeted by the loved ones who preceded him, his parents, Fred and Marjorie; brothers, James Schroeder and Dean Schroeder; and step-daughter Brandi Orton.
At Dave’s request, there will not be a memorial service.