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HODGSON, Connie R. - Spokane  
HODGSON, Connie R. Constance "Connie" Roberts was born in Selfridge, ND on June 4, 1931, to Basil and Cidne Roberts. She was taken to her new heavenly home on December 13, 2014. The Roberts family moved from Thunder Hawk, SD to Missoula, MT in 1934, and later to Spokane, WA in 1942. Connie graduated from North Central High School in Spokane and married Paul Hodgson in 1956. In Spokane, she joined the Gospel Temple church. The church relocated to north Spokane under a new name "The Church of the Rock of Ages." There she served our Lord faithfully in music, songs and nursing home visits. She had four children and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She also enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii and was often seen at Starbucks. Connie was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her husband and all four children, Marlin Virg-In of Anchorage, AK, Steve (Sarah) Virg-In of Haines, AK, David Hodgson (Melissa) of Spokane, Connie Kay Wright (David) of Lakewood, WA, three brothers, four sisters, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division in Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Connie's name may be made to the Union Gospel Mission, Spokane. Guestbook: www.riplingerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
Horlacher, Josephine E.  
January 14, 1929 - December 10, 2014 Josephine E. Horlacher, Born January 14, 1929 in Kotzebue, AK. Joined the angels December 10, 2014 in Spokane, WA. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother . Survived by her husband of 68 years Stanley C. Horlacher, son Joe (Johnna), daughter Carrie, son Bob (Cathy), daughter Pat (Frank), and Tom (Sherri). As well as 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her grandson Ethan. A celebration of life will be held in early summer 2015. Donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice House of Spokane, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Week

HALL, Nina - Fruitland  
HALL, Nina (Age 59) Passed away December 8th, 2014. Rosary Service Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:00 pm and a Funeral Service on December 15, 2014 at 11:00am both at the Fruitland Bible Camp in Fruitland, WA. Please sign or on-line guestbook at www.stratefuneralhome.com . Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 13, 2014
HEIN, M. James "Jim" - Reardan  
HEIN, M. James "Jim" (Age 86) A retired educator and wheat farmer from Reardan, passed to his eternal home with Christ on December 7. He leaves his many family, neighbors, and friends a legacy of the importance of honesty, family values, and faith. In 1998 he suffered a debilitating stroke that left him without the ability to speak, yet through that quietly demonstrated to all just how much a positive attitude can overcome. Hein was preceded in death by his parents George J. and Florence Hein, his wife of 60 years, Doris; his son, Douglas (Kathie) Hein; and his grandson Marcus Baye; and his sister Rita Rooks. He is survived by his sister Carol Dahl, Spokane; brothers, Bill Hein, Reardan; Nick Hein, Traverse City, MI; by his daughter Jane'e Wells (Steve), Twin Cities, MN; son Darrell (Sherri) Hein, San Antonio, TX; and his daughter Diane Baye (Jim), Reardan; nine grandchildren: Tiffany (Ryan) Clouse, Natalie (Joe) McGrath, Bryan Wells, Kevin Wells, Andrew Hein (Amanda), Joseph Hein (Becky), Noah Hein, Ryan Baye, and Mandee Baye; five great-grandchildren: A.J. Hein, Connor Clouse, Parker Clouse, Lindy McGrath, and Autumn Hein. Hein was born in Spokane January 14, 1928. He lived near Gravelle, lettered in baseball, football, and basketball for Reardan Schools, and was a 1946 grad. He was the Reardan High School Reiking award winner for best athlete at Reardan High School that year. He received a B.S. in General Agriculture with an Education Certificate from Washington State College, Pullman. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He taught Vo-Ag for Oaksdale High School 1953-1959. He served as Farm Manager of the Morning Star Boys Ranch near Gravelle in 1960-66, using the setting of crop and animal production to develop good character qualities in troubled male youth. He farmed land in the Reardan and Davenport areas from 1966 until his retirement in 1993. He serviced insurance needs of farmers for crop hail protection. He raised three of his four children to love farming and they become FFA presidents at Davenport High School. He was an active member and officer of both the Reardan and Davenport Lions Clubs, with perfect attendance for decades (40+ years). He was a member of St. Michaels and Immaculate Conception Catholic Churches. He was honored as Lincoln County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1973. Later he served on the City of Davenport Planning Commission, he was instrumental in the conception and development of the Davenport Village Retirement Home when it opened in the late 80s. He served on the Lincoln Mutual Board of Directors. The Gonzaga Bulldogs, the WSU Cougars, and the Seattle Mariners have all lost a spectacularly loyal fan. Rosary Vigil will be held Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Reardan. Funeral Mass is planned for Friday, December 12, 11:00 a.m., also at St. Michael's, and burial will be in Reardan. Memorials are appreciated to his favorite causes: St Michael's Catholic Church, Reardan, WA, America Cancer Society or Farmers for the Cure. Please sign the on-line guest book at www.stratefuneralhome.com . Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2014
HENDREN, Con  
HENDREN, Con 1950 - 2014 Con Hendren passed away November 21, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family following his courageous battle with cancer. Con was born June 15, 1950, in Gallup, New Mexico to Jean and Harold Hendren. His family moved to Spokane, WA early in his life where he grew up with his three brothers. He received his Business Degree and began his career in manufacturing in 1972. He always had an admirable, disciplined work ethic that was valued by his employers throughout the years. Con was also a proud member of the US Army Reserve. Con leaves his beloved wife, Joan, married for 43 years; and his treasured children, Todd (Rhonda) Hendren, and Traci (Geoff) Bottoms to carry his light forward. Con is also survived by his three brothers, Kyle, Mark, and Kim; and his four grandchildren, Christine, Hayden, Chase, and Elijah who brought him such joy. Con also had a passion for golf that he shared with many friends at Berry Creek CC and throughout the country. He loved to have fun and was always the consummate gentleman everywhere he went. The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Crossroad Systems for their understanding and love through his three year battle with cancer. They never wavered in their support. We also give special thanks to Dr. Kocs and his staff at Texas Oncology for their outstanding care. Con always considered them a true blessing. In lieu of flowers, memorials or remembrances may be sent to Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Pkwy, Leander, Texas honoring Con's love for animals. A Memorial Service will be held on November 29, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620 in Round Rock/Austin, TX. 512-244-3772. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=con-hendren&pid=173286577&fhid=10570#sthash.GrboVtYP.dpuf
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
HOEFER, Sheila (Brennan) - Spokane  
HOEFER, Sheila (Brennan) January 19, 1940 - December 5, 2014 After a courageous battle with cancer, Sheila passed peacefully from the arms of her husband to the arms of our lord on December 5, 2014. Sheila was born January 19, 1940 in Longmont, Colorado the oldest child of four to Thomas and Virginia Brennan. She attended school in Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduating from St. Mary's High School in 1958. After a year of "Finishing", at Mt. St. Mary's College in Santa Monica, California, she returned to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a degree in Art and French in 1962. During her last year, she served as President of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Sheila and her husband were married at the Cathedral in Cheyenne on June 23, 1962. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Rufus Hoefer of Spokane, WA; their son, Dr. Scott Hoefer and Jen Clifford, and six grandchildren, Aiden, William, John, Joel, Andie and Ella of Spokane, WA; son,Steven Hoefer (Eileen) and five grandchildren, Connor, Sam, Dylan, McKenzie, and Emma of Silver Spring, MD and daughter Meredith Choquette (Joe) and two grandchildren, Elise and Naomi of Omaha, NE. Sheila is also survived by her brother, Emmett C. Brennan (Susan) of Denver C0; her sister, Rogene Peak (Jim) of Laramie, WY; her sister Patricia Edwards (Charles) of Evergreen, CO.; a cousin, Carolyn Crowe of Santa Monica, CA. Sheila was known for her wit, her watercolors, her fondness of gardening and her love for her community. She always remembered her group of "Seven" at St. Mary's High School, where she was a cheerleader. She devoted herself to her family and seeing that they had a stable home life during the 22 moves they experienced during her husband's military career. After being somewhat settled in San Antonio, she began working for San Pedro Presbyterian Church where she was accepted as family. She also lent her talents for several years to the Arch Diocese of San Antonio. Her love for watercolor painting led her to becoming a life member of the River Art Gallery in San Antonio where she displayed and sold her artwork. Sheila's faith continued to grow especially through her participation as an ACTS retreatant and retreat team member at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton parish. She loved her team members as sisters. Her "last" move to Spokane took place in September, 2006. Sheila quickly made a number of very close friends including Mercedes and Cynthia Tate, the fabulous ladies at the Curves on 37th, and the fellow artists in Sue Rohrback's classes at the South Side Senior Center. Her foundation in her faith remained strong and she was a devoted member of Our Lady of Fatima parish on the South Hill. A special thanks to all who participated in Sheila's final days, including Dr. Ward Chow and staff, Dr. Peter Schlegel and the wonderful and compassionate staff of Cancer Care Northwest, Dr. McKay and great nurses at Gamma Knife of Spokane, and of course the marvelous and family like staff and atmosphere of Hospice of Spokane. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on December 17th, 2014 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 3327 S. Perry Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sheila's name may be made to Our Lady of Fatima. Interment at Queen of Peace Cemetery will be a private family affair. Please visit Sheila's online tribute at www.cfcsspokane.org . Arrangements have been entrusted to:
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HUARTSON, Keith C.  
HUARTSON, Keith C. Born December 30, 1940. Passed away peacefully on December 4, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Keith is finally reunited with his wife, Ann, of 50 years. Keith's passion was his 1940 Ford Sedan and his car shows. He was a proud member of the Dukes Club. Keith is survived by two sons: Mark Simon and wife Tawnya, Chuck Huartson, wife Julie; two daughters, Shelly Anderson and Koni Brown, husband Chris; several grandkids and great-grand- kids. Please join us in Celebration on Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:00pm at Family of Faith Church, 1504 W. Grace, Spokane, WA 99205. And as Keith would say...GO ZAGS!
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
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