Hot Potatoes has learned that ex-Rep. Jerry Stoicheff of Sandpoint died Friday. We have some obit info:
Jerry Stoicheff, 69, died Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif. Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sandpoint United Methodist Church. She was born Jerry Louise Dickson in Indianapolis in 1934. When she was a child, her family moved to Texas where she attended a “fresh air school” to treat a lung problem. In high school she worked on the yearbook, twirled baton, and played bassoon. Jerry was Halloween Queen her senior year. She studied English at Sul Ross State College on twirling and bassoon scholarships, and there met Jim Stoicheff. After marrying in 1954, she and Jim taught at a series of one- and two-room schools in Washington and Idaho before settling in Sandpoint. There they adopted four children. Jerry taught grades K through 5 at various Sandpoint schools for 25 years. Jim was an Idaho state legislator for most of the period from 1968 until his death in 1999, and Jerry finished his final term in 2000. Survivors include four children, James Jr. of Santa Barbara, California, Cynthia Gossett of Ely, Nevada, Robert of Coeur d’Alene, and Deborah Stoicheff-Welker of Seattle.