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Garnet Stuerke Garnet Stuerke

POLSON — Garnet Crusch Stuerke was born on April 15, 1949, in Williston, North Dakota. She was the first child to Cecil and Geraldine (Egosque) Crusch. When she was young, she was often teased that she was mom and dad’s tax deduction because she was born on the day their taxes were due. She grew up in the Mission Valley with her younger sister, Beverly. Garnet attended school in Ronan and always made time for fun. She graduated, along with her many friends, in 1967. The following year she moved to Billings and attended beauty college. On her first Thanksgiving there, she rode the train home and shocked her dad with bleached blonde hair that she had tinted purple. Cecil said t...

Toby Kovarik Toby Kovarik

MISSOULA — Toby James Kovarik, 34, passed away on Jan. 24, 2024, at St. Patrick Hospital. Toby was born on Dec. 15, 1989, to Curtis and Sandee Kovarik. He was the youngest of seven children. He joined Melanie, Kelly, Jade, Cawin, Angela, and Ruby. Later he gained a step- mother, Christy, and three more...

Thomas H. Tingle

ST. IGNATIUS — Thomas H. Tingle passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 20. 2024. He was born in Challis, Idaho, on Oct. 14, 1933, to Howard and June Tingle. He spent his life as a rancher and a school administrator.  A celebration of his life will be held this summer. More information will be...

Kenneth Feiler Kenneth Feiler

POLSON — Kenneth Alan Feiler, age 69, passed away on Jan.14, 2024, at his residence. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 4, 1954, to mother and father, Erwin and Madelyn (Koch) Feiler. Ken graduated from Peter’s Township High School, McMurray, Pennsylvania, in 1972. He excelled in...

Albert Knutson

POLSON – Albert James Knutson, age 91, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan. Memorial services for Albert will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.  

Adam Jacob Downer

POLSON — Adam was born and raised in Southern California. He moved to Montana to attend SKC Nursing Program in the fall of 2021. He was full of life, joy and had a gentle heart. He always had the biggest smile and the best laugh. He leaves behind loyal friends and a loving family.  A memorial w...

Lila Larsen Fenske Lila Larsen Fenske

POLSON — Lila G. (Pajari) Larsen Fenske, age 102, fell asleep in death peacefully at her home on Jan. 6, 2024. Lila was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Becker County, Minnesota, to John and Alina Pajari. She was the sixth of 11 children. On Oct. 12, 1940, Lila married Jack Larsen. They had five children: Dwi...

Duane Snyder Duane Snyder

POLSON — Duane Snyder, a 25-year veteran of United States Marine Corp and longtime resident of Polson, passed away on Nov. 18, 2023, surrounded by family and friends. Duane, as he was known to many in the area, was born June 5, 1952, to Wayne and Melva Snyder and attended Ronan High School before enlis...

Marli Kay Harmon

TAMPA, FLORIDA — Marli was born  on Oct. 11, 1989, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and passed on Jan. 2, 2024, in Tampa, Florida. She moved with her family to Polson in the spring of 1993 and graduated from Polson High and the University of Montana. In high school, she enjoyed speech and debate, j...

Roland McKinley Roland McKinley

RONAN — Roland Brooks McKinley, 81, passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, at his home in Ronan, Montana after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born on Nov. 23, 1942, in Dodson, Montana, the son of Lawrence and Thelma (Hart) McKinley. Brooks lived his early years in Harlem and Savoy, Montana, wit...


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