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Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Chronic


Graveside service for Dorothy “Dottie” L. Chronic, 65, will be today at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. Danekas Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chronic, a 21-year resident of Colville, died Friday. She was born in Chewelah, Wash.

She attended several grade schools in Washington before the family settled near Elk, and she attended Riverside High School. Following high school she traveled and spent a couple of years in Montana, where she worked as an aide in a nursing home.

In 1965 she married Ryder Chronic in Coeur d’Alene. They resided in several communities throughout Washington including Ellensburg from 1972 to 1975.

Mrs. Chronic worked as a waitress for a short time, but was primarily a homemaker.

The family moved to Colville in 1983.

She enjoyed playing cards, pinochle, growing plants, especially cactus, sewing, crocheting and arts and crafts.

She started the Star program through the Colville Eagles Lodge, which provided Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to struggling families.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Rick Williams of Ellensburg; four daughters, Debbie Clapper and Tanya Gigstead, both of Ellensburg, Kathy Jolley of Kettle Falls, Wash., and Rhonda Chronic of Colville; three sisters, Dixie Roberts of Deer Park, Donna Smith of Arizona and Joyce Anderson of Elk; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Sudden Infant Death Foundation.

Ethel Lynn


Funeral for Ethel Lynn, 95, will be today at 1 p.m. at Danekas Funeral Chapel, with graveside and vault interment to follow at Mountain View Park Cemetery. Danekas Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lynn, a 57-year resident of Colville, died Friday. She was born in Tekoa, Wash.

She received her early education in Valley, Wash, and in 1927 graduated from Davenport (Wash.) High School. She went on to Cheney Normal College and earned a teaching certificate. She taught briefly in the Colville area before marrying Clark Lynn in 1932 in Colville. They farmed in the Greenwood area near Colville for 13 years and later operated several businesses in Colville, including Lynn’s Grocery Store, the Firestone Store and Lynn’s Farm Supply.

In 1959 the couple moved to Spokane and operated motels there and in Coeur d’Alene until her husband’s death in 1973. In 1975 she retired to Colville.

Mrs. Lynn was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Eastern Star, Greenwood Grange and the Soroptomist Club of Colville.

Her hobbies included china painting, cross stitching and upholstering furniture.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Hansen of Colville and Joyce Morrison of Spokane; four sons, Roger Lynn of Colville, Clark Lynn of Liberty Lake, Wayne Lynn of Spokane and Ed Lynn of Royal City, Wash.; a sister, Margaret Guhlke of Davenport; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Logan ‘Bud’ Urice


Memorial service for Logan “Bud” Urice, 83, will be today at 1 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Urice, who was born and raised in Vinton, Iowa, died Wednesday.

He attended Iowa State College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was qualified to fly a number of different planes and flew a glider to place troops across the Rhine. He was in 20 countries and was a private pilot to the European Chief of Supply. He also flew wounded from the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946 he was retired as a flight officer of the 323rd Troop Carrier Squadron.

He returned to Coe College where he met his wife, Kathleen. They were married in 1949, and after a year at graduate school the couple moved to Spokane in 1951.

Mr. Urice worked for Minneapolis Honeywell for 12 years and for Black’s Industrial until his retirement in 1983.

He was a member of First Free Methodist Church, Spokane Rifle Club and the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council.

He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife; a son, David KaDel Urice of Spokane; a daughter, Shelley Moore-Lux of Kent, Wash.; and a brother, Dean KaDel Urice of Vinton.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Free Methodist Church,

Sister Sarah Donnelly, SNJM


Funeral Mass for Sister Sarah Donnelly (Mary Berenice), SNJM, will be today at 11 a.m. at the Convent of the Holy Names. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Sarah died Thursday. She was 81.

Born Sarah Donnelly in Seattle, she attended St. John’s Elementary School and Holy Names Academy in Seattle.

She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1942, and made her vows in 1944 as Sister Mary Berenice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Marylhurst College.

She began her work in schools as a boarding school prefect, then worked in child care at Blessed Martin Nursery in Portland. From there she moved into primary teaching in Richland, Seattle and Spokane.

In 1969 she was asked to be maintenance coordinator at Holy Names Academy in Spokane and in 1972 was named director of financial aid at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names.

She later was bookkeeper within her community and was director of the care center at the Convent of the Holy Names until 1993.

For the next seven years, Sister Sarah worked with the Sisters at Marian Hall, also in Spokane. By 2000, following cardiac surgery, Sister Sarah moved to the Convent of the Holy Names.

She loved and cared for animals, domestic and wild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund for Sisters of the Holy Names.

Merna Nielsen Condie

Coeur d’Alene

Visitation for Merna Lillian Neilsen Condie, 80, will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at English Funeral Service in Coeur d’Alene. Service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Coeur d’Alene Stake Center, with burial at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Condie, who was born in Mink Creek, Idaho, died Wednesday.

She married Joseph Reed Condie in 1942 in the Salt Lake Mormon Temple.

She taught first and second grades at Borah Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene for 22 years, and her husband volunteered in her classroom during the last few years before her retirement.

Her husband died in 1993.

She served her church in various capacities, including in the Primary and Relief Society organizations.

Survivors include four children, Sheryl Kempton of Orem, Utah, Patsy Bak of Coeur d’Alene, Bruce Condie of Moab, Utah, and Brent Condie of Athol, Idaho; two brothers, Mardell Neilsen of Wales, Utah, and Kenneth Nielsen of Layton, Utah; a sister, Geraldine Hendricks of St. George, Utah; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Roy ‘Red’ McDuffee

Deer Park

Memorial service for Roy L. “Red” McDuffee, 72, will be today at 1 p.m. at Open Door Congregational Church. Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McDuffee, who died Thursday, was born in Amarillo, Texas. He served with the Army, seeing combat action during the Korean War.

He worked for many years as a heavy-equipment operator for the Department of Energy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland before retiring in 1991.

Mr. McDuffee was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Union Local 370 in Spokane, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge and a longtime member and past worshipful master of Lewis and Clark Masonic Lodge in Pasco. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite and a recent member of the El Katif Shrine in Spokane and the “Dirty Dozen Club” in the Tri-Cities.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; two children, Michael McDuffee of Novato, Calif., and Janice Passage of Vancouver, Wash.; two siblings, Angus McDuffee and Mary Lou Lyon, both of Hermiston, Ore.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Marvin Schultz


Visitation for Marvin E. “Ike” Schultz, 95, will be today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Funeral will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Schultz, who was born in Esmond, N.D., died Thursday.

He worked for the Great Northern Railroad as a brakeman, retiring after more than 25 years.

His wife of 60 years, Florence, died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Boone; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Horizon Hospice.

Lloyd Soderstrom

Ponderay, Idaho

Service for Lloyd Merlin Soderstrom, 81, will be held later in Kalispell, Mont. Coffelt Funeral Service in Sandpoint is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Soderstrom, who was born in Kalispell, died Feb. 8.

At the age of 2 his family moved from their homestead in Perma, Mont., to Kalispell. He was a member of the Boy Scouts Troop 44.

Mr. Soderstrom worked for Kalispell Lumber before enlisting with the Navy in 1942. He attended basic training at the Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho, and served as a Seaman 1st Class and Gunners Mate in the Asiatic Pacific and European African Middle East Theaters World War II.

Mr. Soderstrom returned to Kalispell and worked as a journeyman lineman for Pacific Power and Light. He also was an electrical subcontractor for Bonneville Power Co.

He later went into a partnership with a nephew and friend to form Flathead Line Builders.

He married Iola Sykes in 1949. They later divorced.

He married Lucille Byers in 1958.

Mr. Soderstrom enjoyed fishing, traveling and camping.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kalispell.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Rhonda Bell of Aumsville, Ore., and Karen Byers of Sagle, Idaho; a sister, Gladys Koford of Kalispell; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Union Gospel Mission in Spokane.

Sherrill Stephens

Onaway, Idaho

Memorial service for Sherrill L. Stephens, 57, was Monday at the Princeton (Idaho) Church of the Nazarene. Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stephens, who died Thursday, was born in Council, Idaho. She attended school in Indian Valley, Idaho, and high school in Cambridge, Idaho, for three years. She graduated from Meridian (Idaho) High School in 1966.

She attended beauty college in Boise for about a year and worked in a salon in the Boise area for about three years.

She married Galen Stephens in 1970 in Boise and the couple moved to many locations while her husband worked in construction. They lived in Deadwood, Idaho, and Athena and Milton-Freewater, Ore., and moved to Onaway in 1977.

Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Potlatch Pine Needlers quilting club and the Lady Elks Lodge in Weiser, Idaho. She enjoyed arts and crafts, rubber-stamping and her flower garden.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Travis and Tyler Stephens, both of Seattle, and Justin Stephens of Carrollton, Ga.; three brothers, Mike Frasier of Nampa, Idaho, Jay Frasier of Kuna, Idaho, and Jerry Frasier of Meridian; and two sisters, Gay Land of Midvale, Idaho, and Jo Stephens of Weiser.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Claud Christenson

Spokane Valley

Graveside service for Claud R. Christenson, 78, will be today at 3:30 p.m. at Pines Cemetery. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Christenson, who died Wednesday, was born in Clairmount, Wyo.

He worked as a custodian for the Central Valley School District for 27 years. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, raising pigeons and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Michael Christenson; five sisters; Loretta Stevenson and Lisa Bowman, both of Hermiston, Ore., and Helen Brady, Caroline Brotzman and Margaret Meyers, all of Missoula; two brothers, Walt of Missoula and Rhenhart of Stockton, Calif.; and two grandsons.

Mitchel O’Meara


Wake for Mitchel “Mike” O’Meara, 74, was Sunday at the Hillyard Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1474.

Mr. O’Meara, who died Thursday, was born in Caldonia, Minn.

He graduated in 1948 from Bonners Ferry (Idaho) High School.

In 1951 he married Theresa Hartman in Bonners Ferry, and in 1955 they moved to Spokane.

Mr. O’Meara served in Germany with a tank division in the Army. He worked for 32 years as a heavy-equipment mechanic for Fruehauf Trailer Co., retiring in 1992.

In his retirement he enjoyed spending time at his second home in Santa, Idaho.

He was a longtime member of the Hillyard Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Machinist Union.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Kathryn Shaw of Hermiston, Ore.; a brother, Alan O’Meara of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Edward Shaw


No service will be held for Edward E. Shaw, 81. Neptune Society handled the arrangements.

Mr. Shaw, who was born in Ione, Wash., died Feb. 7. He was a resident of Spokane for 57 years.

He graduated from Metaline Falls (Wash.) High School in 1941. He served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1945 in World War II, achieving the rank of second lieutenant. He was a bombardier.

In 1947 Mr. Shaw graduated from the University of Washington. In 1953 he graduated from Gonazaga Law School. He was a private attorney for 50 years, retiring in 2004.

He was a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Spokane County Bar Association and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two daughters, Laurie Elberson of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Ellen Kirschbaum of Spokane; and a son, John Shaw of Enterprise, Ala.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

Margaret Smith


Viewing and visitation for Margaret Louise Smith, 71, will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.

Service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Smith, who died Friday, was a resident of Spokane for 37 years.

Born in Missoula, she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy there in 1951 and attended the University of Minnesota on a scholarship.

In 1953 she married Richard Thomley.

Mrs. Smith worked for 22 years as a financial service specialist for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Her hobbies included doing crafts and playing cards. She was a member of Moose Lodge and Cops Northeast.

Her husband died in 1968.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Poole, Susan Eyre and Sandra Nelson, all of Spokane, and Theresa Andre of Grandville, Mich.; a son, James Thomley of Spokane; 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pete Krueger


Graveside service for Pete Krueger, 73, will be today at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Krueger, who died Friday, was born in Sioux City, Neb.

He attended Central Valley High School, joined the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He married Faye Rudebeck in 1956.

Mr. Krueger worked as a laborer in the construction industry. He was a boxing coach in the early 1970s and a Boy Scout leader. He served in the Labor Union Office for a number of years and was a board member of Irvin Water District No. 6 for six years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and working on cars.

His wife died in 2001.

Survivors include three daughters, Mona Norwick and Tina Iten, both of Spokane, and Lisa Schultz of Dallas; a son, Pete Krueger of Chewelah, Wash.; two brothers, Otto and Rodney Krueger; a sister, Anne Manny of Phoenix; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bill McDonald

St. John, Wash.

Graveside service for Bill McDonald, 84, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pine City (Wash.) Cemetery. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McDonald, who died Thursday, was born near Sunset, Wash. He graduated from St. John High School in 1938 and began working with his parents on the farm.

In 1941 he enlisted in the Navy and in 1946 was honorably discharged as an aviation machinist 1st class.

He returned to Thornton, Wash., where he farmed and raised cattle all of his life. He never married.

Mr. McDonald joined the Thornton Masonic Lodge in 1957 and later moved to Coin Lodge in St. John.

Survivors include a nephew, Michael McCane of Thornton; a niece, Virginia Seiber of Sweet Home Ore.; a great-niece, Christine Pulver; and a great-nephew, Stephen Pulver.

Edward Crosby


Visitation for Edward T. Crosby, 93, will be Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Committal service will be Thursday at noon at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Mausoleum Chapel.

Mr. Crosby, who was born in Grand Forks, B.C., died Friday. He was a resident of Spokane for 69 years.

He served in the Army during World War II and worked for Kaiser Aluminum and the U.S. Postal Service.

He loved to read and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Caroline Ann; a son, Edward Crosby of Spokane; and two grandsons.

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