Shirley (Pickett) Kaphingst

Coeur d’Alene

Memorial service for Shirley Fee (Pickett) Kaphingst, 79, will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Coeur d’Alene. English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kaphingst, who was born in Watertown, N.Y., died Wednesday.

She grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Watertown High School.

She met her future husband, Fred Kaphingst while he was stationed at Fort Drum prior to going overseas during World War II.

They were married when he returned home and were stationed at various locations around the country and overseas while he continued his military career.

They settled in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, in 1960, and she worked at Modern Drug Center in Coeur d’Alene for 26 years.

Mrs. Kaphingst was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Coeur d’Alene and was active with St. Luke’s and St. Margaret’s guilds and the choir.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a volunteer at LaCrosse Rehabilitation Center and Kootenai Medical Center.

Mrs. Kaphingst enjoyed bowling, softball and playing cards, Scrabble, crossword puzzles, Yahtzee and was a Seattle Mariners fan.

Her husband of 57 years preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Margie Peterson of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Tammy Bray of Dalton Gardens; two sisters, Evelyn Cooper of Zephyr Hills, Fla, and Mary Denney of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

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

Stella Poetter

Chewelah, Wash.

Funeral for Stella M. Poetter, 95, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Schanzenbach Funeral Home, Chewelah. Burial will be at Chewelah Memorial Park.

Mrs. Poetter, who was born in Los Angeles, died Thursday.

She was a member of St. Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Chewelah.

She enjoyed bowling, traveling by bus with senior citizens groups, making hooked rugs and pinochle.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel McNeilly, and her second husband, Francis Poetter.

Survivors include four daughters, Jackie Aebly of Colville, Irene Olson of Quincy, Wash., Ruth Pangle of Henderson, Nev., and Samuella Bolton of Midwest City, Okla.; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Edith Gilbert


Visitation for Edith Ellen Gilbert, 97, will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Mausoleum Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Gilbert, who was born in Wabash, Neb., died Wednesday. She was a resident of Spokane for 62 years and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Danish Sisterhood Lodge and a garden club.

Her husband of 58 years, Pat Gilbert, died in 1987.

Survivors include a son, Larry Gilbert; a daughter, Arlene Bunker; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Gerald Anderson


Funeral Mass for Gerald A. Anderson, 67, will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Anderson, who died Wednesday, was born and raised at Fort Bragg, Calif.

He worked briefly in forestry, then served 24 years in the Air Force.

He attended the State University of New York and Eastern Washington University on the GI Bill. He earned bachelors and masters degrees in psychology, minoring in the fine arts.

He worked for the Department of Social and Health Services as a psychologist for more than 23 years.

Mr. Anderson was active in his community, helping to find traffic solutions in his neighborhood.

He was a founding member of the Spokane Orchid Society. His interests also included plants in general, literature and the humanities, and he was a published poet.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Lorraine; four sons, Chad and Sean Anderson, both of Spokane, Kevin Anderson of Bellevue, Wash., and Don Anderson of Seattle; three sisters, Kathleen Dodd of Vanderpool, Texas, Marguerite Boerner of Orting, Wash., and Mary Anderson of Fort Bragg; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane or the Providence Cancer Center, 105 W. Eighth Ave., Suite 1010, Spokane, WA 99204.

Lennie (Laney) Masters


Memorial service for Lennie (Laney) Masters, 86, will be today at 10 a.m. at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Mrs. Masters, a resident of Spokane for more than 50 years, was born in Muskogee, Okla.

She married Ralph Masters in 1943 and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing and boating. She also liked sewing, quilting, crocheting and oil painting.

Her husband died in 2003.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne Masters of Ozan, Ark., and Louis Masters of Silver Creek, Wash.; three sisters, Sibyl Renfroe of Coweta, Okla., Dahlia Fischer of Tulsa, Okla., and Vivian Easom of Mansfield, Texas; five grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 601 W. Maxwell Ave., Suite 4, Spokane, WA 99201.

Edith (Noren) Rasmussen

Coeur d’Alene

Graveside service for Edith Lillian (Noren) Rasmussen, 93, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery on the Troy/Deary Highway near Troy, Idaho. Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rasmussen, who was born in Nora, Idaho, died Aug. 16.

She grew up in Troy and married Reginald Rasmussen in 1929.

The couple lived on the family farm in the Troy area until moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1997.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church and the Moscow Circle Club.

Mrs. Rasmussen enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and sewing.

Survivors include a son, John “Jack” Rasmussen of Coeur d’Alene; a sister, Ruth Smith of Pinehurst, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Leanne, Rick, Penny, John, Annette, Candace and Melissa; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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