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Henry Waelti


Funeral for Henry Waelti, 75, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Washington Presbyterian Church in Davenport. Memorial service will be June 19 in the Pullman Presbyterian Church. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Waelti, who died Friday, was born in Aarau, Switzerland, and immigrated to the United States in 1951. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962.

He worked on dairy farms in North Carolina and Oregon before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering from Oregon State University in 1957.

In 1960, after working as an engineer for John Deere, he earned his master’s degree from Purdue University and worked for Western Farmers in Tacoma. He received a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1967.

His academic career included teaching and research positions at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.; California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo; and Washington State University.

Mr. Waelti retired from WSU Biological Systems Engineering following 23 years of service working throughout the state with Washington State Cooperative Extension.

He received the Washington State Excellence in Extension Award in 1996.

Foreign assignments included helping to solve engineering problems of agriculture in Thailand, Syria, Tunisia, Russia and Switzerland.

He was known in the United States for his analysis and research in controlled-atmosphere storage for apples and pears.

His hobbies included skiing, sailing and care of his backyard orchard.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Teel Waelti; three daughters, Sonja Trask of Boise, Suzette Waelti-Camm of Eureka, Mont., and Lenora Waelti of Pullman; a sister, Trudi Roth of Reinach, Switzerland; and two brothers, Ernst Waelti of Menziken of Switzerland, and Hans Waelti of Victoria, B.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Davenport Public Library or the Neill Public Library in Pullman

Heidi Smith


Memorial service for Heidi Smith, 34, will be today at 7 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Smith, a lifelong resident of the Spokane area, died May 17.

She graduated from University High School in 1986 and worked as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant.

She was a member of Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church.

Survivors include her companion of 12 years, Charlie Yelloweyes; her mother, Lynne Buford; a brother, Sean Smith; a sister, Alicia Buford; and her grandfather, Archie Haugen, all of Spokane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert ‘Bob’ Garringer


Funeral for Robert K. “Bob” Garringer, 85, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Colville United Methodist Church. Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville is in charge of arrangements

Mr. Garringer, a 58-year resident of Colville, died Friday. He was born in Farmland, Ind.

He graduated from high school in Phoenix, Ariz., and was working at the Boeing Aircraft plant in Seattle when he entered the Army. He spent three years in the Army as a radar operator and was discharged in 1945.

He married Mardell Humphrey in 1946.

Mr. Garringer joined his father in their real estate business in Colville and a year later added insurance sales to the business.

He and his wife operated Garringer Realty and Insurance on Main Street in Colville until 1984, when they retired, and sold the business to their son.

Mr. Garringer was a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion, the Colville Rotary Club and the Civil Air Patrol.

He was a Little League umpire in Colville for many years and was active in the American Legion Post’s support of the Colville Rodeo in its early days.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Diane Ferraro of Colbert; three sons, Dick and Dave Garringer, both of Colville, and Don Garringer of Coeur d’Alene; a sister, Virginia Scholdberg of Gladstone, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.

Effie (Funk) Scheibner

Davenport, Wash.

Funeral for Effie Virginia (Funk) Scheibner, 94, will be today at 2 p.m. at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.

Mrs. Scheibner, who died Saturday, was born in Wolfred, Wash.

She attended school in Usk and Newport, Wash., and in 1927 graduated from Newport High School.

She was a waitress in the Newport Café, and in 1928 moved to Davenport to work in the Lincoln Hotel and Café.

In 1929 she married Herman Scheibner, and the couple made their home in Davenport.

Mrs. Scheibner enjoyed crocheting, fishing and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include a son, James Scheibner of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Virginia Pierce of Chewelah, Wash.; two brothers, Robert and Thomas Funk; a sister, Myrtle Woodhead of Ellensburg; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Davenport Public Library.

Gwendolyn ‘Marie’ Williams


Funeral for Gwendolyn “Marie” Williams, 68, will be today at 1 p.m. at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North. Interment will be at Williamette National Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams, who was born in Denver, died May 20. She was a resident of Spokane for 20 years.

She was a homemaker, and her hobbies included collecting angels, seals, elephants and koala bears.

Her husband, Glennon, died in 1987.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Williams of Spokane and Richard Williams of Iowa; a sister, Arleen Johnson of Spokane; a brother, Vernon Holybee of Wyoming; and one granddaughter.

Alice Aamodt

Deer Park

Funeral for Alice Belle “Sue” Aamodt, 76, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Open Door Congregational Church in Deer Park. Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Aamodt, who died Friday, was born in Colville.

She attended high school in Chewelah, Wash., and was a longtime waitress and food demonstrator in many local grocery stores.

Her memberships included the Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries and the Women of the Moose in Loon Lake, Wash.

She enjoyed gardening and creek fishing.

Survivors include her husband, Alwood; five children, Charlene Knight of Spokane Valley, Tricia Roloff of Kennewick, Pamela Amell-New of Chattaroy, Chris Fry of Liberty Lake and Norman Merkel of Orient, Wash.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Judith ‘Judy’ Dvorak


Funeral for Judith Ann “Judy” Ball Dvorak, 59, will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Open Door Congregational Church. Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dvorak, who was born in Lewiston, died Thursday.

She graduated from Springdale (Wash.) High School in 1963.

In 1964 she married Delbert Dvorak, and the couple made their home in Deer Park for 40 years.

Her hobbies included making silk flowers, crocheting and sewing.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Doug Dvorak; her father, Howard Ball of Diamond Lake, Wash.; three sisters, Bonnie Tomsha of Spokane, Micki Leliefeld of Newport, Wash., and Ginger Shults of Oldtown, Idaho; and five grandchildren.

Victor Stende

Ritzville, Wash.

Funeral for Victor Allen Stende, 65, will be today at 11 a.m. at the Ritzville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with vault interment to follow at the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stende, who died Friday, was born and grew up in Minnesota and North Dakota before moving to Spokane, where he worked for the Burlington North Santa Fe Railroad as a machine operator.

He married Marsha Foster in 1996, and the couple made their home in Ritzville the past seven years.

Survivors include wife; four stepchildren Lisa Simonsen, George, Cindy and David Carelton; a brother, Ronald Larson of Anoka, Minn.; and four stepgrandchildren.

Pearl (Nearing) Wilson

Pinehurst, Idaho

Service for Pearl J. (Nearing) Wilson, 72, will be June 1 at 4 p.m. at the United Church of Kellogg. Shoshone Funeral Service in Kellogg is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wilson, who died May 15, was born in Page, Idaho.

She married Jack Wilson in 1948; he died in 1976.

She supported her family for many years by working as a bartender, cook and caregiver.

Mrs. Wilson enjoyed camping, knitting, crocheting, huckleberry picking, flowers and bingo.

Survivors include three sons, Jack Wilson of Pinehurst, Dennis Wilson of Kellogg and Rocky Wilson of Kingston, Idaho; eight daughters, Diana Oertli and Judy Vidal, both of Pinehurst, Edie Wilson, Jerri Sciuchetti and Tori Bailey, all of Kellogg, Gwen Earle of Boise, Jodi Hagaman of Hayden Lake and Candi Beeler of Kingston; four brothers, Bruce Nearing of Spokane, Bucko “Gene” Nearing of Kingston, and Richard Nearing and Jerry Nearing, both of Pinehurst; two sisters, Maxine Rantanan of Spokane and Elva “Toots” Meredith of Rexburg, Idaho; 36 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

John Marsh


Service for John M. Marsh, 71, will be today at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.

Mr. Marsh, a 32-year resident of Spokane, died May 20. He was born in Trenton, Tenn.

He served in the Army for 23 years, where he achieved the rank of master sergeant. He worked as an electronic technician for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel; eight children John M. Marsh and Patricia Marsh, both of Trenton, Tenn., John V. Marsh and William Marsh, both of Spokane, Neia Marsh Parker, Regina Vilarino and Reveil McNally, all of Dallas, and Kenny Marsh of Spokane; a sister, Ella Mae Anderson of Trenton, Tenn.; and many grandchildren.

Alfreda Johnson


Memorial service for Alfreda L. Johnson, 75, will be today at 2 p.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson, who was born in Fargo, N.D., died Saturday. She was a resident of Spokane for 62 years.

She graduated from North Central High School in 1946 and worked as a switchboard operator.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of Ladies of the Moose Auxiliary and Eagles Lodge Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her former husbands, Alfred Johnson in 1982 and Delbert Edwards in 2003.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Johnson of Spokane and Mark Edwards of Columbia, Mo.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Franklin Onstott

Post Falls

Visitation for Franklin Onstott, 87, will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon with service to follow at 1 p.m. at English Funeral Chapel in Post Falls. Burial will follow the service at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls.

Mr. Onstott, who was born in Golden Valley, N.D., died Saturday.

He married Alma Birkholtz in 1938 and moved to the Post Falls area in 1950.

Mr. Onstott was a retired logger and enjoyed horses, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Burt Onstott of Post Falls; two grandchildren, Matt Onstott of Salem, Ore., and Tammy Ratzlaff of Newman Lake; and five great-grandchildren Zach, Nichole, Brittney and Jacob

Nora Storms


Visitation for Nora M. Storms, 85, will be Wednesday at noon at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, with vigil service to begin at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with committal services to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Storms, who was born in Spokane, died Friday.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years John; a son, Peter Storms of Airway Heights; a daughter, JoAnne OHare of Spokane; a brother, Robert Davis of California.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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