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SCHULTZ D.D.S., Peter James - Great Falls  
SCHULTZ, Peter James D.D.S. (Age 94) PETER JAMES SCHULTZ, D.D.S., died just as handsome as he had lived on January 26, 2015 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Montana. He was surrounded by and in the presence of his daughter and love. Born on December 15, 1920 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan to Mary Rose Halleran, of Chicago, IL and Peter Schultz, born in Hungary, Peter started life in Hatton, Saskatchewan, now a ghost town. His family moved to Vegreville, Alberta where he spent his early years and graduated from Vegreville High School. He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington for predental work, and sang in the men's choir. He then traveled east, and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1950 from the Loyola School of Dentistry in Chicago, IL. He returned to Montana to begin practicing dentistry in 1950 at Wolf Point, Montana, then returned to Loyola in Chicago for his post-graduate oral surgery degree. Dr. Schultz completed his residency at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 1953, where he met Lilyan Parma, the love of his life, and a registered nurse working across the hall. Born in New York, a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in New York City, where she received her post graduate nursing degree in 1949, and a nurse who had worked at hospitals as varied as the Cedars of Lebanon in Hollywood, California, Lilyan landed at Cook County Hospital across the hall from the most handsome man in the world, and remembered their first date as: "He came across the hall for lunch, took my hand, and said 'Let's go.' And that was that." Peter and Lilyan were inseparable, and married on April 24, 1954 at St. Justin's Church in Chicago. Peter went on to finish his second residency in oral/maxillofacial surgery at the University Hospital/Crippled Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, completed officer orientation for the United States Army in 1955 at Brook Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX, was promoted to Captain and sent to Ft. Lewis Washington, where he became the Chief of Oral Surgery. He was on the full time clinical faculty at the University of Washington's School of Dentistry in Seattle. After son Peter was born in 1957 in Olympia, Washington, and daughter Mary Elizabeth was born in 1958 in Seattle, Washington, the family moved to Great Falls, where, in 1958, Dr. Schultz created his oral/maxillofacial surgical practice, and flourished, working for patients throughout Montana and at and for the Columbus Hospital. He was a professionally skilled and devoted doctor, whose dedication to his craft and his patients was greatly admired. He and his family built their home at 4010 6th Avenue South, and Dr. Schultz devoted himself to his family, his work, his patients, and his staff. He served as the President of the Fourth District Dental Society and as an Oral Surgery Consultant to the VA Hospital at Ft. Harrison, MT. He was admitted into the American Society of Oral Surgeons in Las Vegas, NV in 1964. His wife's admiration was unfaltering. "Your father is a saint," she told her children. Wife Lilyan died in December of 1979 from cancer in their 25th wedded year. Peter had kept relentless vigil over her throughout mornings, noons, and nights, while continuing to care for his patients and ensure that his children, then in college, remained stable and supported. By the time his own father died in 1984, Peter's daughter Mary had obtained her law degree at Gonzaga University in 1983, and was on her way to following in his footsteps by establishing her own practice in Spokane. His son Peter was finishing college at Montana State University in Engineering. With his family stabilized, Peter remarried--Kathryn Demille, who died in 1989, Esther Shoquist, they later divorced, and, in September 2002, he married Lois Hamma, with whom he drove back and forth to Yuma, Arizona, purchasing his own home there and loving life "on the road" as a snowbird. His passion was travel, dancing, and jazz. His curiosity about, and joy for, life, places, people and things, led him to the road throughout his life both professionally and personally. In his early family years, he took his family on expeditions throughout the Northwest and Canada to favorite places-- Flathead Lake, Banff, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, Yellowstone, the World's Fair and Ice Capades in Spokane, various Hot Springs, Glacier Park, Waterton Peace Park, Big Mountain, Disneyland and Seaworld. He traveled every Thursday night after his work to Conrad, MT, where his father owned and operated the Schultz Lumber Company. After his mother died in 1963, he remained a constant presence with his father, continuing his Thursday visits, and repeatedly road tripping the Alaska Highway with his father to see British Columbia and the Yukon--the latter where Dr. Schultz had worked as a teenager. He traveled to Hong Kong, Montreal, the Panama Canal, and experienced sea cruises. In his later years, he and wife Lois jazz danced and participated in events throughout the Northwest; they traveled, danced, and cruised until he made his 90's. His son remembers boating on Flathead Lake each summer, his father attending his motocross races, using his car to tow motorcycles down the street to get ignition, snowmobiling in the early days, and the long hike/camping trip they took together through Glacier Park in the early 70's. His daughter Mary, who had early on caught his same travel passion, traveled with him from the early 80's through his death, meeting in places like Austin, Texas, where she attended the University of Texas, Yuma, Scottsdale, Schweitzer Mountain, and Spokane, and they began their annual pilgrimage together each late fall to Glacier Park to hike and tour the Park and Waterton. In his last years, at ages 91 and 92, he and she road tripped together from Great Falls to Canada to explore his birthplace. Dr. Schultz was an indomitably happy, welcoming, tolerant, curious, and unerringly supportive spirit who was never too busy for anyone to pull up a chair. He adored his family, reveled in his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments, and tenaciously enjoyed and talked about just being alive every single day. His greatest pleasure was seeing his children grow self-reliant and successful under his wing, exploring, experiencing and finding joy in the world, its challenges and its offerings. He spent his life providing for them, and ensuring they had the tools to make it on their own. He was greatly admired by anyone who had the fortune to meet him. And for years, he has waited to be reunited in peace and in God with his beloved wife Lilyan, with whom he will now be joined forever. Dr. Schultz is survived by his wife Lois Hamma of Billings, son Peter T. Schultz (Cynthia) of Great Falls, daughter Mary Schultz of Spokane, Washington, and grandchildren Molly Ann Hillig of Chicago, Illinois, and Peter Matthew, Mikaela, and Samuel Schultz, all of Great Falls. "I can never lose one whom I have loved unto the end. One to whom my soul cleaves so firmly that it can never be separated, does not go away, but only goes before..." St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Dr. Schultz's graveside commitment service and his internment with his wife Lilyan's ashes will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Thursday January 29th, 2015. Memorials, if any, should be given in his name to the Peace Hospice of Montana, and/or a favorite project at the Benefis Healthcare System, www.benefisfoundation.org .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 28, 2015
SHELDON, Marian K. (Kane) - Spokane  
SHELDON, Marian K. (Kane) (Age 76) Marian fought MS courageously for 41 years before passing to her Lord in Heaven, January 19, 2015. She was the daughter of Albert and Ruth Kane of Wenatchee, WA; born December 1, 1938 and raised on their orchard. She graduated from Wenatchee High and attended one year at Wenatchee Jr. College before transferring to WSU. There she met and married her loving husband, David "Dave" of 55 plus years. She helped Dave through his Sr. year and then started their family of three sons. Marian continued her education at EWU and obtained her teaching degree, June 1966. She taught elementary grades in Spokane and Tacoma; and was possibly the first "Special Ed" teacher in Washington. Her career was cut short in 1973, when diagnosed with MS. Marian was never despondent or complaining and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was noted for her warmth, humor and enchanting smile. Marian loved all aspects of life; raising her son's and supporting all of their activities (sports, etc). She was talented in many aspects of arts and crafts; but especially painting and doll making; many paintings were made for friends and relatives. She loved the outdoors, traveling, camping, boating and wintering in Sun Lakes, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Edward Kane. Surviving her are, husband Dave; son's, Gregory (Barbara) and grandchildren: Kelsey, Nicole and Nathan of Tacoma, WA., Bradley of Harrison Township, MI., Brian (Shannan) Spokane, WA; sister, Ruth Whitman of Ephrata, WA and brother David (Sally) of Lake Wenatchee, WA. The following letter from a son just prior to death best describes Marian as a mother and a person: "Dear Mom, I am writing this letter because you are the best mom ever. I have so many wonderful memories: - The many camping trips clamming, crabbing, boating - Teaching me to ski on the Spokane river - Helping me read when I was falling behind and the extra credit work I did to get my grades up - The Levis caps and coats you made that everyone wanted - The brass statue of me and the dog you made and the dogs we had growing up - The chocolate chip cookies that I loved - The black onyx ring you made for me for high school graduation - The wonderful paintings you made us all - Spending time visiting with you in Arizona, Spokane and the trips to Chelan. Although these are memories that will last forever, it has been your kindness to others that I hold closest to my heart. You have the ability to always put a smile on everyone's face by being happy and kind despite the difficult challenges you faced. You never let your body limit the strength of your mind, creativity and heart. I know our time together here on earth is limited and God wants you to come home to Him. I thank you for your love and will love you always. Love". She will be missed greatly by her husband, family and many friends. Special thanks to ICU nurses, Brian and Janet at Deaconess Hospital, her caregivers, LeAnne and Beth Ann, and the staff at Alderwood Manor, during her various stays there. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Contributions should be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 28, 2015

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SCHMUNK, James - La Jolla  
SCHMUNK, James (Age 74) James Schmunk, died December 23, 2014, at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, CA of heart failure. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Shiloh Hills Fellowship Church on Lincoln Ave in Spokane. James was born March 16, 1940, in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Schmunk; son David Schmunk; daughter Kristine Schmunk; and sister, JoAnn Dugwyler.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 23, 2015
SHAW, Bettie Mae - Spokane  
SHAW, Bettie Mae Peacefully left this life behind on January 16th, also the 61st anniversary of her marriage to her dear husband Alvin. She was born Bettie Mae Sharp, to Roy and Mary Ellen Sharp on October 31, 1927 in Wenatchee, WA. She was the youngest of five children and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1945. After high school she attended Kinman Business University in Spokane. She met Alvin William Shaw in 1953 and they married on January 16, 1954. Together they raised four children. Bettie retired from Cowles Publishing after 38 years with that company. She was a kind and creative person, always the first to offer help when needed. She loved music and was a fabulous piano and accordion player. She was an avid reader and incredible cook, her specialty being her pies. Bettie loved to travel, adored hummingbirds, and could be heard whistling a tune wherever she went. Bettie experienced significant tragedies in her life, both physical and emotional, but she never gave up and kept a smile on her face that could warm anyone's heart. Her spirit, hope and determination were truly remarkable and they are instilled in those whose lives she touched. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Dawnelle Shaw, Pat Shaw, and Nancy (Mike) Calkins; her beloved grandchildren Melanie Sjolund, Marissa Shaw, Ian Carroll and grandson in-law Timothy Sjolund; as well as her great-granddaughter Isabella. Also she leaves three grandchildren in Florida. She is preceded in death by her son, Alvin William Shaw Jr., her parents and siblings Paul Sharp, Dell Sharp, Irma Carmichael and Fern Clay. Graveside Services will be held at Fairmont Memorial Gardens at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 26, 2015. A celebration of Bettie's life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 East 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 23, 2015
SLAGLE-HOFFMANN, Linda Susan - Spokane  
SLAGLE- HOFFMANN, Linda Susan (Age 64) Passed away Monday, January 19, 2015. Linda was born June 22, 1950, in Williston, ND. She is predeceased by her father Gordon Slagle. Linda is survived by her mother June Slagle, sons Paul and LeMan Hoffmann, daughter Mary Melby, granddaughters Lilly, Kaitlin, Olivia, and Zoe, and nine brothers and sisters. She was married to Gary Hoffmann of Watford City, ND November 22, 1969. Linda was an Administrative Assistant at Mercy Medical in Williston, ND and Sykes in Minot, ND. She was entrepreneurial in painting and carpentry, often working with her brothers and sisters. She was an involved church member, a spiritual guide and source of love. She served on the Board of ND Right to Life and was active in her community. She enjoyed making cards and sharing the love they expressed with family and friends. To her three children she was always generous and could relate to us with her own life experiences. She was mother, homemaker, doctor, coach, defender, the fire department, police captain, and our biggest fan. She taught the greatest of life's lessons, seek the truth, be accountable for yourself and responsible to others. We are grateful to God in His loving guidance to lead us to the person He wants us to be through the interactions we've had with our mother. Services will be held at the Valley Real Life Church 1831 S. Barker Rd., Greenacres, WA. On Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00am. Linda's final resting place will be in North Dakota where her life will be celebrated during a summer family gathering.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2015
SPROUL, Deborah (Synstad) - Spokane  
SPROUL, Deborah (Synstad) Died at Deaconess Hospital on January 22, 2015 in Spokane, WA at the age of 52. Debbie was born on April 9, 1962 in Seattle, WA to Sandra and Robert Synstad. She graduated from Mount Lake Terrace High School in 1980. She married and divorced her high school sweetheart Dennis Sproul. They had two children, Sean and Valerie. After moving to Spokane she began working at Rosauers Supermarket and also provided home health care to individuals with disabilities. Debbie was a warm, loving and caring individual. She knew how to make you laugh and loved life. She had a passion for helping people and wanted to help everyone she could. She also had a great love for animals, often taking care of stray cats in the neighborhood. Debbie is survived by her parents, Sandy and Robert Synstad; her brother, Keith (Karen) Synstad; her two children, Sean Sproul and Valerie (Scott) Amack; her aunts, Marlene Speidel, Pam Porter and Yvonne Porter; her uncle, Steve Schramer; her grandmother, Emma Synstad; her niece and nephew, many cousins and her cat Molly. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cheney Funeral Chapel located at 1632 West 1st Street, Cheney, WA 99004. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Debbie's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Spokanimal at 710 North Napa Street, Spokane, WA 99202. Online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com . CHENEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, Cheney, WA
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 25, 2015
STENSON, Patricia Louise - Spokane  
STENSON, Patricia Louise (Age 63) Patricia L. Stenson passed from this earth into the arms of her Heavenly Father on January 16, 2015 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. She spent her final days at home surrounded by family and friends. Pat was born April 21, 1951 in Coulee Dam, WA. the daughter of Henry William Henke and Marie Elizabeth (Meyer) Henke. Pat attended school in Coulee Dam, WA., and when she was just 16 she met her husband to be, Stephen C. Stenson, at a dance at the Coulee Dam City Hall. It was love at first sight and they were married August 30th, 1969 in Coulee Dam. After the wedding Steve moved Pat to the "big" city of Spokane. Life in Spokane started in an apartment but shortly Pat discovered she was pregnant with their first daughter (Jennifer born September 8, 1971) and Steve was offered a free brittany puppy if he had a place to keep it. A house was found in north Spokane that would accommodate a family as well as a puppy and the marriage survived the trials of those learning times. Shortly before the birth of their second daughter (Erin born March 23, 1975) Pat and Steve moved to a larger home in the Newman Lake district. After several years it was time to move one more time to West Valley where they completed raising their daughters and resided ever since. In 1977, Pat went to work for the Spokane Regional Heath District where she worked in a variety of positions over the span of a 30 year career. Pat was a loyal and dedicated employee. She made many lasting friends during her years at the health district some of whom remained her best friends to the end. Pat retired from the Health District in 2007 and her new "job" after retirement was flying to Portland every week for the first year to babysit her first grandchild. We were subsequently blessed with two more grandchildren and she was so proud to be a grandmother and teach them everything she could. In addition to being a kind, gentle and loving wife, mother and grandmother Pat was an extraordinary quilter. There are many family and friends who are recipients of her outstanding creations. Even in her final days, with the help of her sister DeeAnn, she insisted on giving away more quilts to friends she might have forgotten. Pat also loved to travel and camp with her children and grandchildren whether it be to Pend Oreille Lake or our place in Wyoming. Throughout her life, Pat was always thinking of others first. Everyone that met Pat liked her and she went out of her way to try to make life better for all those around her. She will be so greatly missed by those she leaves behind. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jim Henke, her sister Maryann McNeilly and her niece Jeanne Alfano. Pat is survived by her husband of 45 years, Stephen Stenson; daughter Jennifer Stenson; daughter Erin (Matt) Billings, grandson Hugo Knight; grandson Isaac Billings; grandson Eli Billings; brother Jerry Henke; brother Larry (Sue) Henke; sister DeeAnn (Tom) Fuchs and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to sincerely thank Hospice of Spokane for their caring services. Donations in Pat's memory may be made to Hospice of Spokane, P. O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 or the American Cancer Society. A celebration of Pat's life will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA. at 1:00 P.M. Friday, April 10th, 2015.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 25, 2015
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