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Dennis Sitch Dennis Sitch

POLSON – Dennis Sitch passed away March 21, 2015, from natural causes in Polson. He was born in Minot, North Dakota, on July 22, 1944, to Peter and Rene Sitch.  Dennis spent his younger years in North Dakota and in his teens he moved to Sandpoint, Idaho. He graduated from Sandpoint High school in 1962. After graduation he worked in local sawmills until he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War for two years.  After his honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Lincoln, Montana, to work as a post cutter with his brother Pete Sitch. He helped out with odd jobs and created relationships with the townsfolk of Lincoln throughout his lifetim...


Roberta (Bobbi) Luke

POLSON — Roberta (Bobbi) Luke, 77, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Viewing will take place on Friday, March 27, from 1-5 p.m. at Lake View Funeral Home in Polson. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Polson Presbyterian Church, 301 Fourth Ave. E. A full ob...


Nadine Sharlene Clairmont

PABLO – Nadine Sharlene Clairmont, 65, passed away Sunday, March 22, with her family at her side. A wake began Monday, March 23, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. A rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.Closing ceremony for the wake will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25.  Funeral s...


Russell Gene “Russ” Redekop Russell Gene “Russ” Redekop

RONAN — Russell Gene “Russ” Redekop, 54, of Ronan, passed away unexpectedly, of natural causes, on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at his residence in Ronan.  Russ was born Oct. 19, 1960, in Polson to Dean and Norma Redekop. In 1971 Russ’ father was tragically lost in an auto accide...


Betty Lou Samsel Betty Lou Samsel

POLSON — Betty Lou Samsel, 82, of Polson, passed away on March 18, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital, of natural causes. She was born on Nov. 18, 1932, in St. Ignatius to Lawrence and Edith Decker. She attended school in St. Ignatius and was Salutatorian of her Class of 1950. Betty was married 63 years t...


Maxine Hankins Garcia Maxine Hankins Garcia

PABLO – Maxine Hankins Garcia of Pablo, passed away Tuesday morning March 17, 2015, of natural causes. Maxine grew up in Fort Benton and was the eldest of seven children. She received her teaching degree in art and physical education from Western Montana College in Dillon. She later earned her master&r...


Pansy Achenbaugh Pansy Achenbaugh

Polson — Pansy Pauline Achenbaugh, age 100, passed away in her sleep on March 5, 2015, at St Luke’s Extended Care Facility in Ronan, Montana. Pansy was born on Feb. 6, 1915, in Corning, California, to Charles James Owens and Hazel Mable (Wink) Grundy. She was raised with her brother, Jesse (Bud) ...


Lyla Smyth Lyla Smyth

ST. IGNATIUS – Lyla Smyth “Sis,” 86, lifetime resident of St. Ignatius, passed away March 10. She was the youngest of ten children born to Baptiste and Annie Cote in St. Ignatius. She attended the Ursuline School, finishing her education at St. Ignatius High School. A gift that she proba...


Donald G. Zimmerman Donald G. Zimmerman

Kalispell — Donald G. Zimmerman, 75, of Somers, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, surrounded by his three children, at Brendan House, after a short battle with cancer. He was born on July 12, 1939, in Saskatchewan, Canada, to Henry and Ethel “Peggy” Zimmerman. As a young boy he gre...


Jay “Red” Stevens, Jr. Jay “Red” Stevens, Jr.

RONAN — Jay “Red” Stevens, Jr., age 78 of Ronan, passed away March 1, 2015, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, on March 16, 1936. He was the only boy in a family of eight. Jay moved to Eureka, Montana, at age 18, where he met...


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