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SIEDENBURG, Jim R. - Spokane  
SIEDENBURG, Jim R. (Age 87) Jim was born February 28, 1928 to John and Mable Siedenburg in Holyoke, CO. He graduated in 1946 from Holyoke High School. Jim Joined the Army Air Corps in August of 1950 and was stationed at Fairchild AFB, after basic training and Tech School where he met his future wife Lila Laverne Morigeau. They were married at the Hitching Post in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho on January 29, 1953. He had a long career in the Air Force, starting as a Gunner in B36's and changing to B52's in 1956. After a long and decorated combat career, he served as the 1st Seargent of various squadrons, ending back at Fairchild AFB where he retired in September 1977. Jim's life was family focused, his generosity had no boundaries, his greatest joy in life was to be able to help and give to others. Jim is preceded in death by his parents John and Mabel Siedenburg of Holyoke, Colorado; his brothers Wesley Siedenburg of Holyoke and Theodore E. Siedenburg of Johnstown, Colorado. He is survived by his wife Lila L. Siedenburg; daughters Renee C. Siedenburg and Michele G. Siedenburg of Spokane Valley, and Janine M. Sears of Redmond, Washington; brother Harvey E. Siedenburg; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:30pm at The Washington State Veteran's Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA, 99022. It is important to arrive 15 minutes prior to the service. To view Jim's online memorial, please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2015
SOREBOE, Mary Ellen - Spokane  
SOREBOE, Mary Ellen (Age 95) Mary Ellen Soreboe was born April 29, 1920 and passed away in Spokane, WA on August 21, 2015. She was the eldest of six children born to Victor Wilfred Williams and Anna Lora (Young) Williams. Mary Ellen was born on her parent's farm at Barber, MT. She is survived by brothers, Richard (Dick) and wife Wilamet of Roseville, CA; Herbert (Keith) and wife Barbara of Ryeagate, MT; and Gerald (Jerry) and wife Carole of Spokane, WA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Sigurd Soreboe in 1986 as well as her parents and two brothers, Thomas and Victor, Jr. After graduating high school at Ryegate, MT, she attended Normal School in Billings, MT to prepare herself to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a teacher. However, illness forced her to discontinue her studies at that time. In 1942, Mary Ellen moved to Long Beach, CA where she had extended family and friends. There she joined the Colonial Tabernacle Church, was baptized and taught Children's Sunday School. It was there she met and married her husband Sigurd in 1948. Mary Ellen retired after 25 years of employment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyards achieving the position of payroll supervisor. In 1996, she moved to Northern California to be near her brother, Jerry and his wife. In 2000, they all moved to Spokane, WA. Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, CA. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2015
Stevens, Margaret A.  
July 1, 1931 - August 14, 2015 Margaret was born at her maternal grandmother's home near St. John, WA to parents Mary Belle (Freeman) Stelzer and Walter Stelzer. Margaret was known as "Cubby" within the family. Though growing up on farms, by her own admission, she was not a farm girl. She had an eye for style and was always well turned out. She graduated St. John High School in 1949. Margaret married Edwin Stevens in 1956 and they were together 49 years before his passing in 2006. She enjoyed oil painting and being involved in her children's school activities, often serving as "room mother". For many years she worked at the county polls during elections and she also taught Sunday School at Pasadena Park Church of the Nazarene. In addition to Edwin, Margaret was predeceased by her parents and a brother Benny. She is survived by daughter Nancy Stevens (Bob Goldberg), son Robert Stevens, grandson Tevan Goldberg, sisters Janie Floyd and Connie Ulrich, brother John (Mary Kaye) Stelzer, and aunt Zola Ross as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At her request there will be no memorial service. Her ashes will be interred at the cemetery in St. John, WA. Memorial gifts may be made to Heifer International ( http://www.heifer.org/ ).
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2015
STEVENS, Sara Electa - Spokane  
STEVENS, Sara Electa (Age 84) Passed away August 20, 2015 in Prescott, AZ. She was born March 2, 1931 in Spokane to Curtis and Marian Marten and lived most of her life in Spokane. Sara loved being a mother and homemaker. When her children were young she worked at Franklin Elementary as a teacher's aide. Later she worked as an Avon representative and especially enjoyed working as a church secretary. She was active in her church, serving as a youth group leader, a Sunday school teacher and a prayer chain chairman at Liberty Park United Methodist Church where she was a life member. Her special ministry was prayer. Sara was an avid reader of her bible and loved historical fiction and mysteries. She was a fun-loving person with many dear friends and had a special capacity for kindness and tolerance. In 2013 she moved to Arizona to be near her daughter. Sara is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William and Monette Stevens and a daughter Sherry Morton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard "Dale" Stevens; sisters Catherine Fried and Marjorie Jones. Graveside Service 1:00PM Saturday September 5, 2015 at Riverside Memorial Park followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Liberty Park United Methodist Church.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

SATTERLEE, Margaret May (Mullin) - Spokane  
SATTERLEE, Margaret M. (Mullin) Passed away on August 24, 2015. She was born August 12, 1931 in Buffalo, New York to John and Ruth Mullin. She was the second of four children. She moved in high school to Wellsville, New York to live with her two great- aunts. There she met our dad, Jack Satterlee. They graduated together in 1949 from Wellsville High School and married the next year. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before Dad's passing in 2012. Mom worked at the phone company after high school and again starting in the 1970s. She retired with 25 years of service. She stayed busy as a Sunday school teacher, scout leader and Beta Sigma Phi sorority member. Last year she was awarded for 50 years membership by her local sorority sisters. A lifelong hobby of sewing turned serious in retirement when she became a dedicated and accomplished quilter. She took great pride in her work. We all are blessed with the bounty! Family meant the world to her. She loved being a grandma and a great grandma. Margaret was a gentle soul who was silly and made us all laugh. We will miss her. Margaret is survived by her four children; Jack H. Satterlee, George H. Satterlee both of Spokane, Ann Warner (Patrick) and Jill Edens (Jerry) of Liberty Lake and six grandchildren; Ryan Satterlee, Graham Satterlee, Galen Satterlee, Amy Bjorn, Randy Edens and Josie Warner and nine great-grandchildren; Dane Satterlee, Paige Satterlee, Gwen Satterlee, Brad Bjorn, Maddie Bjorn, Preston Bjorn, Carter Edens, Ella Edens, and Kasey Edens. The family would like to thank the staff at Guardian Angel Assisted Living for their tender loving care as well as Hospice of Spokane. A memorial service will he be held Saturday August 29 at 11am at Heritage Funeral Home.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2015
SINNARD, Laura Rae - Spokane  
SINNARD, Laura Rae Born January 11, 1953 in Portland, OR passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Hospital in the arms of her husband and her five daughters on August 23, 2015 (62 years young). Laura went to be made whole again with her Lord and Savior after a 20 year brave battle with diabetes and it's affects. She loved being with her five precious daughters more than anything in the world. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed having all her daughters and their friends over to bake cookies along with many other fun treats when the girls were younger. She had many adventures including her two amazing giving trips to Hurricane Katrina victims in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, taking her daughters on a graduation trip to Europe, living in Hawaii and working for General Motors in Slovakia. She loved her home on the Christmas Tree Farm near Cheney were she could watch moose, deer, coyotes and red tail hawks looking for dinner. She loved animals and numerous times brought home strays to be cared for. She was a horsewoman and dreamed of the day she would once again drive her team of Percheron Draft Horses down the road. An avid art connoisseur and lover of everyone "else's" artistic talents. Her passion for her job of owning and managing her families' apartments with an iron-velvet touch was second to none. The family would like to thank the care she received over the last year from the numerous staff and nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Joseph's Care Center, as well as her amazing team of friends and doctors: Stephen Murray MD, Andrew Howlett MD and Robert Weigert MD. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 25 years, Mitch Swenson, her daughters: Breeannda Swenson, Amanda Swenson, Anna Swenson, Kendra Swenson and Olivia Swenson. She also leaves behind her father and mother, Thomas and Bonnie Sinnard and her brother Bradley Sinnnard. A huge extended family will miss her dearly: mother-in-law , Margy Swenson; father-in-law, Darrel Swenson; her second mom, Mildred Staley and her second dad, Florian Erhart; her brothers and sisters-in-law Marci and John Tanzer, Merrick and Rhonda Swenson , Nels and Kerry Swenson and scores of nieces and nephews. WE LOVE YOU! Funeral Services shall be at 2PM , Saturday, August 29th at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar, Spokane, WA, with graveside service following at the Spangle Cemetery, Spangle, WA. Donations gladly will be accepted in Laura's name by the Spokane Chapter of the National Diabetes Association. Online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com . CHENEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, Cheney, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2015
SWEET, Betty Jo (Powers) - Spokane  
SWEET, Betty Jo (Powers) (Age 72) Passed away August 18, 2015 in Spokane, WA. She was born July 14, 1943 in Spokane, the youngest daughter of Leon Paul and Elzora Maud Powers. Betty spent her early years on the family ranch on Peone Prairie. Betty graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1961. She graduated from Kinman Business University. In 1970 Betty married James Douglas Sweet. They enjoyed thirty-three years together. They opened their home to anyone who needed help. Betty was a gifted writer who worked at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake, WA. As the editor of the Lakeland Newsletter, she managed the print shop. Betty and her beloved husband Jim dedicated their lives to helping others. Their service was exemplified by decades of mentoring numerous foster children. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Jim (2003), her parents, Leon Paul and Elzora Maud Powers, two sisters, Margaret Nordhagen and Leona Keene and two brothers Robert Powers and Clifford Powers. She is survived by stepdaughters, Shelley (Sweet) Van Allen, Candi (Sweet) Van Allen; son Christopher Roulet, several grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial Service will be held at Fairmount Memorial Chapel, 5200 W. Wellesley, Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 1:00PM.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Aug. 23 to Aug. 26, 2015
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