Shirley M. Connick
MISSOULA - Shirley M. Connick, 83, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2001, while sleeping, after spending Mother's Day with her family at their cabin at Seeley Lake.
She was born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Missoula, to Anna Christina Olson Lee and James Roy Lee. As a young girl she lived with her family in Missoula and in Polson. She attended high school at Missoula County High School. She graduated from Eastern Montana Normal School (now Montana State University-Billings) in June of 1937 with an elementary teaching certificate. Shirl later graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in education in 1968.
Shirl returned to Missoula and met husband Donald T. Connick of Garrison in 1939. They were married on March 28, 1941, in Missoula. The couple lived in Missoula until 1944, when Don enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Shirl moved to different air bases in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico with her husband throughout the war, and the couple returned to Missoula in 1946.
Shirl taught third grade at Hellgate Elementary School and is remembered by all as a natural teacher who loved encouraging others. Even after she retired in 1978, she spent many hours tutoring neighborhood children and friends. She was a lifelong learner and avid reader. Shirl enjoyed golfing and meeting "the girls" for a game when she could, and for lunch weekly. She also enjoyed spending time at Seeley Lake, where she and Don summered for more than 50 years. She and Don were co-owners of Tom and Don's Drive-In in Seeley Lake with their partners and friends, Tom and Lois O'Neil. Shirl's quick wit and spunky sense of humor delighted all of those around her.
Survivors include daughters Cristin S. Volinkaty and husband, Dick, of Missoula and Debra L. Thomas and husband, Bob, of Hamilton; grandchildren Patrik Donald Thomas of Hamilton and Anna Christina Volinkaty of New York, N.Y.; brother-in-law Clay Connick and wife Caryl; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, at Garden City Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Van Gilder officiating. Her ashes will be buried at Seeley Lake, next to her husband's.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Building 322, Fort Missoula, Missoula 59805.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
VICTOR - Harley Lee Williamson, 93, of Victor, died at his home on Monday, May 14, 2001.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1908, in Stevensville, to Ernest and Nora (Kates) Williamson. He received his education at the Etna School, and on Dec. 3, 1932, married Irene Zeiler in Hamilton. Harley resided at his home in Victor from 1944. He was a member of the Rifle Club and the Victor Heritage Museum.
Harley was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, in 1998; son Harley; four brothers, Percy, Tracey, Carl and Bud; and four sisters, Audrey, Erma, Else and Virgie.
Survivors include daughter Phyllis Clevidence of Stevensville and son Marvin Williamson of Victor; two brothers, Jack Williamson of Valley, Wash., and Short Williamson of Missoula; three sisters Grace Nash of Helena, Lucille Nicley of Missoula, and Beth Raza of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville on Thursday, May 17. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the funeral home, with Rae Hensman officiating. Burial will follow at the Victor cemetery.
KALISPELL - Selma Hanberg, 107, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, in Kalispell.
She was born May 31, 1893, in Paulina, Iowa, to Anton and Anna (Johnson) Torbergson.
Selma was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and children Gladys, Hazel, Robert and John.
She is survived by daughter Mabel Loy of Kalispell; son Kenneth Hanberg of Cosmopolis, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel, Kalispell, with the Rev. Jerry Buchanan of the First Baptist Church in Columbia Falls officiating. Burial will be next to her husband at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene, Ore.
The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Home Options Hospice, 175 Commons Loop, Suite 100, Kalispell 59901.
Richard Charles 'Dick' Wall
POLSON - Richard Charles "Dick" Wall, 70, of Polson, passed away surrounded by his daughters at his home in Polson on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, after a lengthy illness.
Dick was born on March 30, 1931, in Polson to Samuel H. and Juanita A.(Dupuis) Wall.
He attended schools in Polson and Tacoma, Wash., and graduated from Polson High School in 1950. He worked in the woods as a young man and at Hungry Horse Dam and Kerr Dam. He started working as a technician in telephone communications throughout the western U.S. He retired from that profession in the mid-1980s and moved back home to Polson.
Dick had a lot of loves in his life. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed fast cars, guns, playing pool, traveling to gun shows and hunting. He was a serious gun collector. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the Salish-Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille tribes and was fiercely proud of that. He was a longtime supporter of Indian boarding schools in Montana and the west.
He is survived by his four children Jeanne Wall-Christopher of Ronan, Teresa Wall-McDonald and her husband Thomas of Ronan, Virginia Kelly Brookbank and her husband Jake of Seattle, Charles Timothy Wieder and his wife Corinne of Auburn, Wash.; numerous grandchildren and four great-grandsons; three brothers Dean Wall and wife Kay of Polson, Terrence Wall and wife Susan of Polson, David Well of Polson; and sister Barbara Hulsey and husband Virgil of Puyallup, Wash.
The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, May 18, at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson with the Rev. Gary Reller officiating. Burial will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Polson VFW Hall following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Polson VFW.
COLUMBIA FALLS - Vincent J. Lawson, 37, of Columbia Falls, died on Monday, May 14, 2001, in a single car roll over on Middle Road in Columbia Falls.
He was born Nov. 4, 1963, to Roger and Sally Lawson in Pasadena, Calif.
Survivors are his children Kaiylyn, Jake and Riley Lawson; brother Roger Lawson and family, all of Columbia Falls; sister Pamela Testi; mother Sally Lawson; and grandmother Gladys Lawson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Columbia Falls.
STEVENSVILLE - Keisha Oatman, 6, of Stevensville, died after a lifelong illness.
She was born on Oct. 27, 1994, in Helena.
Keisha brought much joy to all who loved her for her six short years on this earth. She is now a healthy little girl in heaven.
Survivors include parents, Michelle Houghton of Stevensville, Todd Oatman of Deer Lodge, and stepfather Tony Witt of Stevensville; brother Aaron and sister Misty, both of Stevensville; uncle Bryan Hougton of Seattle; and grandparents Steve and Liz Houghton of Helena and Carol Rawlins and Dell and Mary Witt of Missoula. Also surviving are great-grandparents Marjorie Houghton of Cameron Park, Calif., Bill and Nadine Kallusky of Ojai, Calif., and Lorna Drysdale of Tunas, Mo.; great-great grandmother Hazel Arnett of Ventura, Calif; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
A private memorial service will be held for Keisha.
If friends should desire, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 5000 40th Ave. N.E., Seattle, Wash. 98105.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Jessie Perro Dombey
MISSOULA - Jessie Perro Dombey, 93, of Missoula, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Bee Hive Homes, with her family by her side.
She was born in Glendive on Sept. 12, 1907, and was raised on a ranch nearby.
Jessie was a very accomplished woman with many talents, including writing and painting. It was a great source of pride for Jessie to have several of her short stories and poems published. Many of her works are in the John Toole Archives in the Mansfield Library.
She was preceded in death by son Leo Perro and daughter Kyla Jeppesen. According to Jessie's wishes, there will be no services.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff and personnel of Bee Hive Homes for their loving care of Mom. We would also like to thank Hospice of Missoula for its care and gentle help in making a difficult time more bearable.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Danny R. Bonebright
SPOKANE - Sgt. First Class Danny R. Bonebright, 49, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 13, 2001, in Spokane.
Danny was born on May 14, 1951, in Missoula.
He proudly served his country during the Vietnam conflict, after which he went on to receive his associate's degree from Eastern Washington University. He made his career as a full-time member of the Washington Army National Guard, serving in both Spokane and Ephrata, Wash. Danny became a member of the Catholic faith in 2000, and was an active member of St. Rose of Lima and also of the Knights of Columbus.
He was a devoted father, brother and friend. Danny will be greatly missed and was loved by all.
He is survived by daughters Danielle Kautzman and Rebecca Bonebright, both of Spokane; son Joshua Bonebright of Spokane; mother Octavia Bonebright of Portland, Ore.; sisters Shirley Fein of Sandy, Ore., Lynn Brown of Moorhead, Minn., Nancy Lyons of Spokane; brother Elmer Bonebright of Spokane; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation is from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe, Spokane, Wash. Funeral Mass is 9 a.m., Friday, May 18, at St. Paschal Catholic Church, Spokane.
Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, 8251 Road 8 N.W., Ephrata, Wash. 98823.
Richard L. Allenberg
TROY - Richard L. Allenberg, 60, longtime Troy resident, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, from natural causes.
He was born April 8, 1941, at Moyie Springs, Idaho, and attended grade school there. He graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1959.
Survivors include wife Rose Allenberg of Troy; son Terry Mieley of Boise, Idaho; daughters Tina Jantz and husband Tim of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Lila Knoepke and husband Jon of Livingston; mother Lila Allenberg of Moyie Springs; sisters Virginia Cowley and husband Tom Roy of Bonners Ferry and Luana McUne of Moyie Springs; and five grandchildren, April, Moriah, Spencer, Hunter and Sarah.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Church of God in Troy. Interment will be at Boyd Cemetery in the Yaak Valley.