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Margaret (Strobel) Connaway

Coeur d’Alene

Memorial service for Margaret S. “Maggie” (Strobel) Connaway, 86, will be Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Connaway, who was born in Helena, died Monday.

She moved to Salt Lake City in 1924 and graduated from high school there and then graduated from the University of Utah.

She married Dean Connaway in 1947, and they moved to Portland and started a family.

The couple moved to Menlo Park, Calif., in 1959, and her husband died in 1971.

Mrs. Connaway moved to Sedona, Ariz., in 1980 and lived in Council, Idaho, prior to settling in Coeur d’Alene in 1988.

She was a medical lab technician and a homemaker.

The highlights of her life were in October 2003, when she and her son, Kelly, met President George W. Bush at the Oval Office of the White House, and in June 2004, when she was one of three citizens allowed on the tarmac to speak with the president when he visited Fairchild Air Force Base.

Mrs. Connaway was a member of the Worthwhile Club in Council and attended the Episcopal Church.

She enjoyed ceramics, knitting, reading, traveling, music and painting.

Survivors include four children, Jeff and Kelly Connaway, both of Coeur d’Alene, Chris Connaway of Astoria, Ore., and Suzanne Nuanez, of Missoula; two sisters, Suzanne Tufts of Atlanta, Ga., and Marian Petersen of Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

William Kreider


Graveside service for William L. Kreider, 74, will be today at 10 a.m. at Fairmount Memorial Park, with a memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kreider, who died Thursday, was born in West Willow, Pa. He was a resident of Spokane 33 years.

He joined the Air Force in 1951 and served overseas in Newfoundland, Germany, the Philippines and Vietnam. He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base and was a crew member of the 567th TMS Missile Squadron from 1960 to 1966. He retired from the military in 1971 as a line chief on the C-133 aircraft as it was being phased out to make room for the new C-5A Aircraft in Dover, Dela.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Kreider went to work for Bower Machinery.

Mr. Kreider was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Air Force Sergeants Association, AARP, DAV Honor Guard and St. Luke Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, golfing, darts and going to casinos.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Lavonne; a daughter, Pamela Kreider; a son, Jerry Kreider of Spokane; a stepson, Douglas Siegel of Gresham, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Nancy Pemberton of Spokane; a brother, Gerald Kreider of Daytona Beach, Fla., a sister, Shelva Jean Thomas of West Willow, Pa.; six grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillyard VFW No. 1474, 3004 E. Queen Ave, Spokane, WA 99217 or St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Leonard ‘Bud’ Decker


Visitation for Leonard “Bud” Calvin Decker, 80, will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be Thursday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Decker, who was born in Tensed, Idaho, died Thursday.

He graduated from Rogers High School in 1943 and joined the Navy, serving in the Admiralty Islands in the Pacific.

He met his future wife, Mary Rose Rocca, at Washington Trust Bank in Spokane, where they worked. They married at St. Aloysius Church in 1948.

During his career at Washington Trust Bank, Mr. Decker rose from a bank teller in 1946 to retire in 1989 as a vice president.

He was involved in many civic organizations. He was a past president of the American Institute of Banking, Spokane Chapter; past member of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs; and a charter member of the Valley Chamber of Commerce. An active member of St. Aloysius Parish, he served as past president of the St. Aloysius School Board and was also a past member of the St. Aloysius Parish finance committee. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was an avid golfer but especially enjoyed spending time at his cabin on the Spokane River, which he built with his father-in-law many years ago.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Steven Decker; a daughter, Cara Murfin; a sister, Elaine Morgan; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius School.

Margaret Molitor


Funeral Mass for Margaret Elizabeth Molitor, 79, was Monday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Molitor, who was born in Lancaster, Pa., died Wednesday.

She graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School and was a certified beautician.

She met her husband, Robert Molitor, while he was stationed in the Navy at Bainbridge, Md. After a two-year romance the couple married and moved to Spokane, where they lived for the past 59 years.

Mrs. Molitor was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She was involved in the parish through volunteer work, choir and Bible study.

Mrs. Molitor also loved music and enjoyed attending symphony concerts.

Survivors include her husband; two children, Carol Molitor Mundy and Rob Molitor; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Pauline Behl


Memorial service for Pauline R. Behl, 84, will be today at 7 p.m. at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Behl, who was born in Pierre, S.D., died Saturday.

She and her husband, William, moved to Spokane during World War II.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Cruz; a son, Paul Behl; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Bible Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o Valley Fourth Memorial Church.

David Warehime


Funeral for David J. Warehime, 64, will be today at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Evergreen Chapel. Burial with military honors will be at Pines Cemetery. Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Warehime, who died Saturday, was born in Coeur d’Alene.

He graduated from West Valley High School, attended Long Beach State University and served in the Navy.

He married June Berry in Las Vegas in 1975 and returned to Spokane in 1978.

Mr. Warehime had a watch-repair business for several years in Newberry’s at University City mall.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and camping. He also did woodworking, leatherwork and ceramics.

He volunteered at the Veterans Administration Medical Center as a disc jockey for three years and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, David Warehime of Spokane and Chris Warehime of Spokane Valley; three daughters, Denise D’Amico of Hilton Head, S.C., Cari Loskamp of Santa Maria, Calif., and Rosa Warehime of Spokane Valley; his mother, Byrdie Warehime of Spokane Valley; three sisters, Verna Morris of Spokane Valley, Melody Trejbal of Liberty Lake and Sheryl Brandt of Gaithersburg, Va.; and nine grandchildren.

Clarence ‘Bob’ Robeson


Graveside inurnment with full military honors for Clarence Lewis “Bob” Robeson, 81, will be at a later date at the Newport Cemetery in Newport, Wash. Coffelt Funeral Service in Sandpoint is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Robeson, who was born in Colville, died last Tuesday.

He grew up in Cusick, Wash., and later moved to Newport, where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Robeson logged in the Newport area before serving with the Navy during World War II. He was one of seven survivors after his ship was sunk by enemy attack. He continued to serve aboard various other naval ships until the war ended.

Mr. Robeson then returned to Newport and logging. He later moved to Canada and continued logging and also delivered supplies to logging camps.

He then moved to Spokane and worked briefly on a potline for Kaiser Aluminum.

Mr. Robeson moved to Seattle and learned the tiling craft and operated his own tile business.

He lived in Bellevue, Wash., with his first wife, Jean, until her death and moved to Sandpoint in 2001. There he reconnected with his childhood sweetheart, Eva, and they were married in 2002.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Jewel Robeson of Bellevue, Jay Robeson of Lake Alice, Wash., and Chad Robeson of Renton, Wash.; a brother, Pat Robeson of Spokane; and a sister, Mabel Lenon of Priest River.

Judy Zielinski


Private service for Judy Lynn (Bailey) Zielinski, 58. Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Zielinski, who was born in Phoenix, died Jan. 17. She was a 28-year resident of the Spokane area.

Survivors include five daughters, Tammy Austin, Deborah Lovett, Carman Hartzog and Kimberly Zielinski, all of Spokane, and Rhonda Johnson of Post Falls; two sons, Wayne Hartzog of Spokane and Paul Zielinski of Cheney; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ernest Howland

Post Falls

Service for Ernest W. Howland, 83, will be today at 11 a.m. at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls.

Mr. Howland, who was born in Cambridge, Idaho, died Thursday.

As a young man he worked with his father as a farmer and did carpentry work and married his wife, Evonne “Bonnie” in 1940.

Mr. Howland served with the military during World War II and trained at Farragut Naval Station.

He moved his family to Post Falls in 1951 and built his own home there.

Mr. Howland worked as a carpenter while working at Ohio Match Co., and eventually became a construction carpenter and pile driver until retiring.

He was active in woodworking, fishing, hunting and camping.

Mr. Howland was a member of the Rambling Rovers in Coeur d’Alene and a past member of the Rathdrum Masonic Lodge and the Shriners Calam of Lewiston.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 63 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Anita Wright and Linda Smith; four grandchildren, Rebecca Felch, Matthew Wright, and Noah Wright, all of the Washington coast, and Adam Wright of Arkansas; and one great-granddaughter.

Mary (Novelli) Peirone


Funeral Mass for Mary E. (Novelli) Peirone, 86, will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Peirone, who died Friday, was a lifelong resident of Spokane.

She graduated from Marycliff High School in 1937 and married Henry Peirone in 1940.

She worked in the business office at Sacred Heart Medical Center, then was insurance manager at Rockwood Clinic. In 1966 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which ended her working career.

Mrs. Peirone enjoyed crocheting, doing volunteer work with the Sacred Heart Service League and spending weekends at the family cabin at Priest Lake.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Linda Dixon; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monastery of St. Clare, 4419 N. Hawthorne, Spokane, WA 99205.

Elsie (Wahl) Sackmann

Lind, Wash.

Funeral for Elsie (Wahl) Sackmann, 89, will be today at 11 a.m. at the Lind Community Church, with vault interment at Lind Cemetery.

Mrs. Sackmann, a lifelong resident of Lind, died Friday.

She was born in Lind, where she attended school. She married Albert Sackmann in 1940, and they farmed west of Lind for 46 years before moving into Lind in 1986.

Mrs. Sackmann was a member of the Lind Congregational Church and Women’s Fellowship Group.

Survivors include her husband; and a son, Warren of Lind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lind Community Church or Alzheimer’s Association, 5125 N. Market St., Spokane, WA 99207.

Kathryn Shelley

Spokane Valley

Funeral Mass for Kathryn I. Shelley, 86, will be today at St. Paschal Roman Catholic Church. Hennessey Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Shelley, who was born in Yoder, Wyo., died Thursday. She was a resident of the Spokane area for 80 years.

She served as director of the Eastside Community Center and of the Central Lutheran Senior Center.

She was a member of the Edgecliff Women’s Club and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, gourmet cooking and genealogy.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Marcus; three sons, Charles, Jim and Tony Olbricht; two daughters, Iris Doherty and Patty Sulpizio; two sisters, Evelyn Graig and Pat McGough; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Ila Curtis

St. John, Wash.

Funeral for Ila Mae Bailey Curtis, 90, will be today at 11 a.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, with vault interment at St. John Cemetery. Bruning Funeral Home, Colfax, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Curtis, a lifelong resident of St. John, died Jan. 18.

She graduated from St. John High School in 1932. In 1935 she married Fred Bailey, and they farmed west of St. John in the Ewan area. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Curtis was a charter member of the Ewan Church of the Nazarene. She played piano every Sunday for church for many years until two years ago. She enjoyed spending time at their cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene and had an extensive rock garden.

Her husband died in 1972, and she worked for many years as a cook for the St. John School. She married Lynn Curtis in 1977.

Survivors include her husband; three children, Alfred Bailey of Oklahoma City, Irvin Bailey of St. John and Patricia Reed of Houston; a brother, Ronald Schuster of Omak, Wash.; a sister, Elizabeth Burns of Spokane; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John/Endicott School Scholarship Program.

Herbert Howell

Spokane Valley

Funeral for Herbert D. Howell, 88, will be today at 2 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Post Falls.

Mr. Howell, who died Friday, was born in Kansas City, Kan.

In 1921 his family moved to Spotted Horse, Wyo., where he attended school. In 1935 they moved to Post Falls.

Mr. Howell served in the Navy Seabees in 1945, stationed in Okinawa.

He retired from Murphy Bros. Construction after 30 years as a heavy-equipment operator.

He was a member of Operating Engineers Union 370, Post Falls Good Sams Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Civilian Conservation Corps.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Irene; three daughters, Yvonne Denton and Dolores Weber, both of Spokane Valley, and Diane Walker of Clarkston; a brother, Orus Howell of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Robert Tryon of Spokane Valley; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

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