Wednesday, March 10, 2004



Armand Gendreau


Mass of Christian Burial for Armand W. Gendreau, 83, will be today at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Sandpoint with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Mr. Gendreau, who was born in Scobey, Mont., died Saturday.

He attended school in Scobey and also lived in Canada and North Dakota before serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Gendreau married Theresa Gamache in 1947; she preceded him in death.

He received training in the dry-cleaning and laundry trade and later owned a laundry and dry-cleaning business in Kalispell, Mont., and Orofino, Idaho.

Mr. Gendreau moved to Sandpoint in 1953 and established Modern Cleaners which he operated until his retirement in 1991.

He was a former member of the Eagles and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Gendreau enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and had built his own pickup camper.

Survivors include two children, Ronnie Gendreau of Centerville, wash., and Dianna Gilbert of Bothell, Wash.; a brother, Gilbert Gendreau of Kalispell; a sister, Edna Burke of Anderson, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Theresa (Provost) Beaudoin

Athol, Idaho

Funeral Mass for Theresa Mary (Provost) Beaudoin, 83, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Coeur d'Alene. Yates Funeral Home, Hayden (Idaho) Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Beaudoin, who was born in Pomfret, Conn., died Friday.

She grew up and attended school in Pomfret and married Gerard Beaudoin in 1940.

The couple moved to California in 1955 and raised four children.

Mrs. Beaudoin had worked as a wardrobe mistress for numerous major television studios for more than 20 years.

She retired in 1983, and they moved to Rexburg, Idaho, and in 1989 moved to Hayden to be near family.

She was a volunteer with the Kootenai Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed outdoor activities, knitting, fishing, gardening, crocheting and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Gerard; four children, Paul Beaudoin of Orange, Calif., Leo Beaudoin of Hayden, Paulette Williams of Athol and Elaine Bower of Boyne City, Mich.; five sisters, Lillian, Lorraine, Claire, Aurore, and Jeanne; two brothers, Larry and Lucien; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.

Dorothy (Haugh) Husek

Ione, Wash.

Funeral for Dorothy May (Haugh) Husek, 87, will be today at 10 a.m. at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport, Wash., with burial to follow at 2 p.m. at the City of Libby (Montana) Cemetery.

Mrs. Husek, who died last Wednesday, was born in Clute, Texas.

In 1935 she moved from Arkansas with her parents and siblings to a small farm in Tiger, Wash. In 1942 she married Frank Husek of Ural, Mont., where she lived most of her life in a log cabin near a creek.

She enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening, trapping beaver, picking wild berries and raising milk goats. She also enjoyed cooking and writing letters.

When she was 81 she moved to Ione to be near her two sisters.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary Koontz and Grace Chafee; and a brother, Eugene Haugh of Los Osos, Calif.

Denise McCormick


Memorial service for Denise Marie McCormick, 40, will be today at 2 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, with a reception at 4 p.m. at Hillyard VFW, 3004 E. Queen Ave.

Ms. McCormick died Feb. 28, the victim of a homicide. She was born in Long Beach, Calif.

She attended high school in Spokane and had attended Spokane Community College, enrolled in the Esthetician program. She had one more week before her graduation. She enjoyed home decorating and cooking.

Survivors include her mother, Sherrie Powell of Spokane; her father, Leland Butts of Bend, Ore.; her stepfather, Jack Powell of Spokane; two sisters, Moneeca Dreher of Elko, Nev., and Sonja Vanson of Jeneseo, N.Y.; and her grandmother, Bonnie Placentia of Spokane.

Donald Murray


Memorial service for Donald Howard Murray, 84, and Dorothy Elliott Murray, 83, will be June 9 at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray, who were married 59 years, died March 2 of a double suicide.

Mrs. Murray was born and raised in Colfax, and began her musical training at the age of eight.

She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in music. She was classically trained as a concert pianist and later received her credentials to teach.

She married Donald Murray in l944 and taught music appreciation in the middle school in Wapato, Wash., while her husband was away during the war.

Mrs. Murray taught many years at North Central High School, where she taught English and headed the drama department.

She was an avid reader and was active with Rainbow, the Beta Beta Chapter of Chi Omega and in Mu Phi Epsilon, an honorary music society.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her daughter, Marilynn Murray Jensen of

Portland; a son, Donald Murray of Seattle; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Murray was born in Walla Walla. He grew up in Spokane and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in architecture.

He married Dorothy Elliott just before hi deployment to the South

Pacific. He was a lieutenant in the Navy, and received a silver star for action as a frogman.

Mr. Murray was an architect and designed many buildings in the region, including buildings for the Catholic Church, Washington State University, Gonzaga, IBM and the federal government.

He was a member of the Riverfront Development master planning committee and a longtime member of Manito Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed sailing and photography, and was active in the Spokane Sailing Club, Cougar Bay Sailing and Chowder Society and the Spokane Camera Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Toastmaster's International and active in the Lions Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Marilynn Murray Jensen of Portland; his son, Donald Murray of Seattle; his sister, Jean Carmichael of Spokane; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Manito Presbyterian Youth Programs.

Blanche (Rothrock) Steele

Fruitland, Wash.

Funeral for Blanche Loree (Rothrock) Steele, 71, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hunters (Wash.) Presbyterian Church, with graveside service to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Hunters. Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Steele, who was born in Pendleton, Ore., died Friday.

In 1935 she married Jack Steele and the couple made their home on the family farm near Fruitland.

Mrs. Steele helped operate the farm and was active in the community. She was a 50-year member of the Rebekah Lodge, a 50-year member of the Enterprise Ladies Club, a 47-year member of the Enterprise Grange, a longtime leader of the Jolly Workers 4-H Club and a member of the Hunters Presbyterian Church.

Her hobbies included bowling, gardening, snowmobiling, horseback riding, traveling, playing pinochle and fishing.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Kathy Hahn of Lake Stevens, Wash.; a son, John Steele of Hunters; a sister, Shirley Payne of Liberty Lake; a brother, Don Kruse of Tempe, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise Ladies Club, c/o Murial Smith, 5968 Enterprise Road, Fruitland, WA 99129.

Onnie (Boon) McLain

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Memorial service for Onnie (Boon) McLain, 74, will be March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.

Mrs. McLain, who was born in Omak, Wash., died Feb. 25.

She married her high school sweetheart, Marion McLain in 1949 in Dayton, Wash.

The couple lived in Kellogg for 30 years before moving to Sunburst, Mont., in 1982. They settled in Moyie Springs, Idaho, in 1989.

She enjoyed fishing and camping and was active with square-dancing for 40 years.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Juanita McKeen of Spokane; a son, Charles McLain of Las Vegas; a sister, Alta Burton of Pasco; five grandchildren, Lynette, Sean, Erin, Lisa, and Tony; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rafael `Ralph' Caballero Sr.


Funeral for Rafael "Ralph” Caballero Sr., 90, will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Mr. Caballero, who died Sunday, was a resident of the Spokane area for more than 60 years. He was born in Temple, Texas.

He served in the Army in World War II and enjoyed a career in professional and semiprofessional baseball. He played for the Texas League, in Monterey, Mexico, and for the Havana Cubans in Vera Cruz, Mexico, beginning in 1937. In 1940 he batted .400 against Satchel Paige.

Mr. Caballero played briefly with the St. Louis Browns before being drafted into the Army. During his Army career he played baseball as a left fielder for the Spokane Army Air Field at Galena and also played in1944 with the Air Service Command Training Center in San Joaquin and Fresno, Calif.

In 1945 he played for the Hawaiian Baseball League Braves and was the No. 4 batter in the league.

In 1948 he also played baseball in the Spokane area for the Oscar Levitch Twilight League.

Mr. Caballero was a 2 handicap golfer and won the Mexican amateur championships two times and was runner-up three times.

He was divorced from Arline Blair, who died in 1977.

Survivors include five children, Ralph Caballero Jr. of Deer Park, Jacinta Connall and Lorenzo Caballero, both of Spokane, Victor Caballero of Show Low, Ariz., and R. Miguel Caballero of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Florencio Caballero of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Betty (Bement) Pence


Memorial service for Betty (Bement) Pence, 94, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. Thornhill Valley Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pence, who died on March 5, was born in Spokane, and after living in Noocksack Valley moved back to Spokane in 1945.

She was valedictorian of her class at North Central High School and received a bachelor's degree in foreign languages in 1932 from Washington State University, where she graduated with honors.

She married Clarence Pence in November of 1933 and began teaching in the Milan School District and also taught in the Noocksack Valley school district.

Upon her return to Spokane she taught at Rogers High School. She retired as head of the foreign language department in 1974.

Soon after that, she volunteered at the Barton School as a tutor in English as a second language.

Mrs. Pence enjoyed traveling and had visited all seven continents.

Her husband who died in 1995.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy McBride of Mesa, Ariz., and Patricia Sharpe of Issaquah, Wash.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, Horizon Hospice at 123 W. Cascade Way, Suite E, Spokane, WA, 99208, or to the Mabel E. Bement Scholarship Fund, WSU College of Pharmacy, Pullman, WA 99164.

Elmer Peralta

Newport, Wash.

Funeral Mass for Elmer Francis Peralta, 74, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with interment to follow at the Newport Cemetery. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Peralta, who died Saturday was born in New Orleans.

He married Gloria Schick in 1950 and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Mr. Peralta worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and in 1978 moved from California to Newport.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Janice Johanansen of Pine Valley, Calif., and Norine Powlak of Boulder Creek, Calif.; a son, Ken Peralta of Newport; a brother, Elliott Peralta of Chalmette, La.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Raymond A. Riddle

Davenport, Wash.

No service will be held for Raymond Riddle, 74, who died Feb. 29 in Davenport. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A lifetime resident of Davenport, Mr. Riddle worked for Avista Utilities as an inspector.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by a daughter, Susan Alspach of Ritzville, Wash., and four grandchildren.

Violet (Clark) Rohn

Moscow, Idaho

Funeral for Violet M. (Clark) Rohn, 92, will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Freeze Church north of Potlatch, Idaho. Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rohn died Saturday.

She was born north of Potlatch and attended the Freeze Country School and Potlatch High School.

She married Fred Rohn in 1934, and the couple made their home north of Potlatch, where they farmed and ranched. Her husband died in 1978.

Mrs. Rohn worked as a school bus driver for the Potlatch School District for 34 years, retiring in 1966.

She also decorated more than 1,000 cakes for weddings and special occasions and had served as a cake-decorating judge at fairs in Moscow, Lewiston, Coeur d'Alene, St. Maries and Spokane.

She moved to the care center in Moscow in 1998.

Mrs. Rohn was a member of the Mountain Home 3 and 1 Club, Gritman Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, the Potlatch Senior Citizens, the Will-Do Club, the Working Women's Club and the Latah County Cowbelles.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting and oil painting.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry and Joe Rohn, both of Potlatch; two brothers, Charles Clark of Walla Walla and Ronnie Clark of Las Vegas; a sister, Hazel Wallace of Prescott, Wash.; six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Palouse.

Don (Funderburk) Roberts


Visitation for Don Ethel "Donnie” (Funderburk) Roberts, 81, will be Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., with vigil to follow at 7 p.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Parish.

Mrs. Roberts, who was born in Beaumont, Texas, died Friday. She was a resident of Spokane for 58 years.

She grew up in Baytown, Texas, and was a yo-yo champion at Robert E Lee High School. She later graduated from Gonzaga University.

She joined the Army Nurse Corp during World War II, and was stationed at the Army Navy General Hospital in Hot Springs Ark. While there she met John Roberts, and the couple later married.

Mrs. Roberts was a nurse at Deaconess Medical Center for 18 years.

She volunteered for Hospice of Spokane and served on the boards of Cancer Patient Care and the Institutional Review Board (medical).

She was president of St Annes Childrens Auxiliary and volunteered at the House of Charitys medical clinic for 17 years.

She enjoyed entertaing.

Survivors include her husband; four children, Nancy Westbrook, Katherine Dunegan, Stephen Roberts and Thomas Roberts; a sister, Grace Fisher of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to House of Charity, Medical Clinic.

Robert Byers

Spokane, WA

Memorial service for Robert G. Byers, 73, will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 9622 N. Stevens St., followed by graveside service at Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Byers, who died on March 4 was born in Troy, Idaho.

He graduated from Moscow (Idaho) High School in 1949 and moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he lived for 10 years before moving to Spokane. He owned a campground for 14 years.

He married Ann Byers in 1976.

In 1992 retired and became a Jehovah's Witness.

Survivors include his wife; son Robert Byers; daughter Katherine Lord; three sisters, Dorothy Haluzick, Pauline McDonald and Myrna Bergman; and one grandchild.

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