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Maria Gress

ST. IGNATIUS — Maria A. Gress, 84, passed away Thursday at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. Maria was born to Mike and Pepretua (Waliser) Gress on June 18, 1925 in Hysham, Montana. She was preceded in death by her siblings and parents as well as her oldest daughter, Patricia Sloan. She leaves behind her children and their families including Ly Traversie of Ronan, Clay (Ann) Sloan of Pablo, Sandy K. Castor of St. Ignatius, Lorma Sloan of Ronan, Liberty (Vern) Plouffe of Pablo, John Roy Sloan of Spokane, Victoria (Dale) DeLack of Helena, Caroline DeRosia of Kalispell and Crystal (Terry) McLure of Spokane numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A ser...


Baldomario Juan Sanchez

ARLEE — Baldomario Juan Sanchez, 73, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010. Baldomario was preceded in death by his parents, Donaciano and Juana Sanchez, a brother and sister, his eldest son, a great-grandson and numerous relatives and friends. He is survived by his children Margaret (Marty) of the f...


Michael Troy Pierce

RONAN — Michael (Mikey) Troy Pierce was granted his angel wings and went home to God on Saturday May 8th, 2010. He was the tender age of 22. He was born in Missoula to Donald and Kelly Pierce.  Mikey graduated from Billings West High School in 2006. He moved back to the Mission Valley to work w...


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Donald Dell Manning   COLUMBIA FALLS — Donald Dell Manning, 89, of Columbia Falls and formerly of Polson, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls.  Funeral services are pending and will be announced by Grogan Funeral Home and Cremator...


Vida Winkley

POLSON — A memorial service for Vida Winkley, 98, of Polson, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1 at the Polson Community Church. Winkley passed away on Feb. 7.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made as a donation to the Polson City Library, or to the charity of one&rsqu...


Matthew Roger Howlett

ST. IGNATIUS — Matthew Roger Howlett, 55, passed away April 21, 2010.  Matthew is survived by his brothers Jack of Helena, MT and Kevin (Ronda) of Arlee, MT., sisters, Jamie of LaConnor, WA, Linda of St. Marysville, WA, and Stephanie (Joe) Hawkins of Arlee, MT; son Ryan Smith (Morey Tellier) an...


Joshua Dean Ridgley

RONAN — Joshua Dean Ridgley, 21, became our guardian angel on April 22 in Ronan. He was preceded in death by his birth father, Scott Ridgley. Joshua leaves behind his wife Kayla (Keplin) Ridgley and their daughter JessaRae Michelle; his parents Randy and Ava Wright and Pamela Whalawitsa; siblings...


Thomas E. Orr

ST. IGNATIUS — Thomas E. Orr, 62, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 11, 2010 surrounded by his family. Thomas’s parents passed away before him and one brother, Ken, from Norfolk, Va. and two sisters Betty Van Dorn of Missoula and Donna Orr of St. Ignatius survive him. He also has numero...


Henry ‘Hank’ August Matter

POLSON — Henry “Hank” August Matter, 84, of Polson, Mont. passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Polson. Hank never met a stranger and was a wonderful husband and father. He will be missed by all of us. Besides his loving wife, Geneva, he is survived by a daughter, Kathy Clark; f...


Robert E. Dettwiler

RONAN — Robert E. Dettwiler, 80, of Ronan, formerly of Arlee, passed away April 22, 2010 at St. Luke’s Extended Care Center in Ronan. Born to Maude (Butler) and Rudolph Dettwiler on July 4, 1929 in Missoula, he married Charlotte “Lottie” Monyan and they farmed near Arlee. After Lot...


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