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SAMIS, Phyllis P. - Spokane  
SAMIS, Phyllis P. (Age 94) Passed away February 1, 2015 and is eternally dancing with her beloved husband, Clint in the presence of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born in Waitsburg, Washington on May 24, 1922 to Frank Proffer and Abigail Carothers Proffer, she was raised by her grandparents, Phoebe Carothers and W.O. Price, whom she called Momma and Daddy. The family moved throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California as they followed the crops. Phyllis graduated from West Valley High School in 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, she was the second woman hired to work at the Seattle Boeing plant, cutting and fitting sheet metal skins on the planes, also attaching guns and ammunition containers inside the B-17 and B-19 planes. Phyllis was Miss Boeing in 1942. When the war ended, she returned to Spokane, where she met the love of her life, Clinton Samis, at a Grange dance, she commenting that "she wanted the tall one" and he telling his brother "Will you look at that tomato!" They were married in September 1946, raising their family on their small Moran Prairie farm. Phyllis dedicated her life to raising her family and worked for 13 years at Sprouse Reitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clint. Phyllis is and will be greatly missed by her children, Norma Samis, Bette Samis Munroe, Jim and Joyce Samis and Bruce Stillwell; her sisters, Lorain Proffer and Sarah Brady; and Clint's sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Mac McNeilly, and the generations that followed. A Celebration of her life will be HELD AT THE QUALITY INN at 8923 E. Mission on Saturday, February 28th at 3 pm. She will be laid to rest at Fairmount Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to Meals on Wheels, 12101 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99206.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 25, 2015
SAMPSON Sr., Robert Lewis - Spokane  
SAMPSON SR., Robert Lewis "Bob" passed away peacefully in his sleep February 12th, 2015. He was born June 1st, 1935 in Wakefield, MA to Thesda and Fredrick Sampson. He was one of 17 children. He proudly served in the USAF bringing him to the west coast. He worked in construction and enjoyed 22 years of driving the STA bus for Spokane. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, identical twin Richard, and oldest son Robert Jr. He is survived by his son Donald; daughters: Wanda (Ken), Sharon (Jeff); 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; many wonderful siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed! Celebration of his life will be held later this spring.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 22, 2015
SCARPELLI, Therese Ann - Spokane  
SCARPELLI, Therese Ann (Age 89) Scarpelli, Therese Ann, of Spokane, WA, passed away February 15,2015. Therese was born in Ronan, Montana November 27, 1925 to Albert and Julia Sipes. She was one of eight children. She married Joseph Scarpelli June 14, 1947, and together raised eight children; Paul Scarpelli, Susan Wentz, David Scarpelli, Juliann Riggs, Mark Scarpelli, Jeffrey Scarpelli, Leonard Scarpelli and Lisa Scarpelli. She is survived by her sisters; Monica Schoen, Claire McCollum and Rita Cameron (Gene). She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and her daughter Juliann. Therese was an accomplished seamstress in many areas including wedding dresses, career clothing, alterations and upholstery. She was a dedicated volunteer for Assumption Parish for over 50 years. At the age of 70 she became a skilled watercolor painter and gifted much of her beautiful work to her family and friends. In addition to being an avid golfer until the age of 85, she was part of a pinochle group, liked to practice yoga and loved to read. Therese was a devoted wife, mother, and mother in law, grandmother to 15, and great-grandmother to 10 who loved and adored her. The Funeral Service will be held 10:00 A.M. February 28, 2015 at Assumption Parish, 3624 West Indian Trail Road, Spokane, WA 99208.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2015
SCHLOSSER, Albert L.  
SCHLOSSER, Albert L. (Age 84) Al lost his battle with Alzheimer's on February 26, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born in Yakima, WA on November 10, 1931 to Harold and Eva Schlosser. He attended St. Al's Elementary and grad- uated from Gonzaga Prep. He married Gerrie Boyd in 1952. She preceded him in death on May 5th 2011. Al served in the Army at Ft. Gordon, Georgia from 1954-1957. He is survived by his children Kathy Stippel, Diane Smith (Cy), Dave Schlosser (Kara), Karen Silcox (Andrew) and Jim Schlosser (Karen). He is survived by 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grand- children. He was an avid golfer and loved to play cards. Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00am at St Joseph Catholic Church, 4521 N Arden Rd. Otis Orchards. Graveside service to follow at St.Joseph Cemetery, 17825 E. Trent. Charitable donations can be made in Al's honor to the Alzheimer's foundation or Meals On Wheels. Please visit Al's online memorial at Hennesseyfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 1, 2015
SHAFFER, Clarence Chester "Sonny" - Spokane  
SHAFFER, Clarence Chester "Sonny" 1922 - 2015 Sonny Shaffer passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Spokane, WA. He had just celebrated his 93rd birthday. He was born February 17, 1922 in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, the oldest son of John Ray Shaffer and Cleo Marcella Fisher. Nicknamed "Sonny" early in life, he grew up in Schellsburg, and graduated from nearby Bedford High School in 1939. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sonny was drafted into the army. In October 1942, he started basic training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. While on a weekend pass to Tulsa with some buddies, he met a red-haired, blue-eyed Tennessee girl named Lois Hinson at the bus station. It was love at first sight. After serving in the 350th Infantry, Co. L, 88th Division of the 5th Army Corp and being wounded in Italy, he returned to the US in 1944. He married Lois on February 27, 1945 in Hagerstown, MD where he worked for Seiberling Rubber Company. In 1947, Sonny and Lois moved to Richland, WA to be near her parents. Sonny started work as an electrician for General Electric at Hanford and, in 1950, they started their family. In 1956, they moved to Pasco and bought the house where their four children grew up. In August 2012, Lois passed away but Sonny continued to live there until January of 2014, when he moved to Spokane and the family home for 58 years was sold. He resided in Rockwood at Hawthorne for the last year of his life. Sonny is survived by his four children: daughter Vicki (Monty) Scott and grandkids Aaron (Sloane) Scott and Amber (Andrew) Weiseth; son Tim (Debbie) Shaffer and grandsons Derek and Chris Shaffer; son John (Sandy) Shaffer and grandson Tim (Shae) Shaffer; son Jeff (Lisa) Shaffer and grandkids Emerson, Griffin, and Marcella Shaffer; brother: Glenn (Dot) Shaffer of Schellsburg, PA; sister-in-law: Madelyn (Dick) Epler. Also six great-grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Lois, Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his sister Pauline and brothers, J. Robert and Ben Shaffer, all of Pennsylvania. Sonny was raised with a very strong work ethic and instilled that in his own children. He also had strong opinions that occasionally ruffled a feather or two. Sonny was the nicest man you could ever meet. He never met a stranger. He liked nothing better than to sit and chat with you, find out where you were from, and ask you a million questions to learn more about you. Plus, he loved to eat. Long after taking a trip, he could remember not only what he had eaten, but also where he had eaten it. And he could fix anything; plumbing, electrical, painting, mechanical. He had three shops; one in the basement and one in his little and big garage. They were filled with nuts and bolts and straightened nails and scraps of everything you could think of, all carefully labeled. He never threw anything away that might be useful to him down the road. And, every summer his garden overflowed with vegetables. The family invites you to come and celebrate his life at the memorial service that will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 1pm at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pasco where he and Lois were long-time members. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Union Gospel Mission or a charity of your choice. You may sign the online guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.einansfuneralhome.com . Sonny will be interred beside Lois in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. The world is a sadder place without Sonny Shaffer but he lives on in the hearts of all who knew him. EINAN'S FUNERAL HOME, Richland, WA
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 1, 2015
SINCLAIR, Elizabeth A. - Tum Tum  
SINCLAIR, Elizabeth A. (Age 54) Elizabeth took her final walk on December 26th, 2014, at the beautiful sanctuary she created and called home, surrounded by her loving family. Liz was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2014. In recent years, Elizabeth and life partner, Steve Bruce, lived near Tum Tum, Washington. Elizabeth was born in Hillsboro, Oregon April 5, 1960, the daughter of Maria and Peter "Michael" Bishop. She graduated high school and attended North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in the late 1970s. Liz made her escape from Idaho when she was 18 and headed straight to Alaska which she would claim was her state - a place that always deeply held her heart. After working for travel agencies her first years in Anchorage, she worked as a counter agent for Alaska Airlines from the early 80s until 1990. In addition, Liz worked part time at Bell's Nursery in Anchorage while completing the Master Gardener Program through the University of Alaska, and at A&D Kayak Store to supplement her passion for sea kayaking. Liz also developed a love with the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, eventually being certified as a Tai Chi Instructor, Yang style, in Spokane, Washington. While on a sea kayak trip to New Zealand in the late 1980s, Liz became acquainted with folks associated with the United States Antarctic Research Program. As a result, she applied for and was offered a position in Cargo Support at the National Science Foundation's South Pole Station in 1990. It was during her time there, that she met Steve Bruce (her personal carpenter) beginning their journey together by sharing Thanksgiving Dinner beneath the geodesic dome at South Pole. Liz moved from Alaska to Driggs, Idaho in 1991 to be with Steve. Their daughter Natalie was born April 27, 1992 and they relocated to Spokane that same year. They celebrated 24 magical years together this past November. Elizabeth became an AMI Certified Montessori Teacher in 1996 and taught for a number of years at Woodland Montessori School in Spokane. Between school seasons, Liz also worked as an office receptionist for Community Frameworks of Spokane from 2004-2006. Over the past 12 years, Liz operated and refined her greatest creation (outside of her child), Steven Stars Naturalists Summer Camp for Children. This was an outgrowth of the initial experience she and daughter Nat had in 2001 with Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School, which taught Outdoor Primitive Skills. Her continuing education in this area included studies with Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington in the Art of Mentoring classes for young people, studies with Frank and Karen Sherwood's Primitive Skills program in Issaquah, Washington "Earthwalk Northwest", and the Natural Resources Program through Spokane Community College. Liz beautifully wove together the Montessori Method of teaching with Outdoor Awareness and primitive skills including stewarding, caretaking, respecting and appreciating the natural world to combat NDD - Nature Deficit Disorder - in our young people, ages from 4-12. With the loving support of former students and dear friends, it is intended that these teachings remain available and will continue on for the "Little People", as Liz affectionately called her students. In addition to Steve and Natalie, Liz is survived by her sister, Michaela Markusson of Seattle; mother, Marla and husband Gary Bohne of Post Falls, Idaho; father, Peter (Michael) and wife Donna Bishop of Malo, Washington; and a brother, Sean McNeil in Seattle. Other surviving family members are Sam Sinclair, of Anchorage, Alaska - the truest of friends; Steve's son and family, Sonny and Kim Bruce and granddaughters Raylee and Jentry of Leadore, Idaho; Steve's daughter Shannon Bruce of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Steve's parents, Marilyn and Clair Bruce, and Steve's brothers Doug and Jim Bruce all of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Liz is also survived by the countless souls who she pulled into her amazing orbit in the time she shared with us all. An open celebration of Elizabeth's incredible life journey, a life highlighted with laughter, passion, rawness, nurturing, a love of bare feet on the earth and above all else, service to others, will be observed on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (noonish). This is an Irish Ceili (Kay-Lee) with live music by Floating Crowbar and a potluck, so bring a chair and dish of your choice; main course provided. You will be invited to share your stories of Liz. For directions, please call and leave a message at (509)263-2572. Our family looks forward to sharing the day with you!
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 1, 2015
Stumphf, Jarrell D. (Jerry)  
August 12, 1932 - February 12, 2015 Jarrell (Jerry) Douglas Stumphf August 12, 1932-February 12, 2015 Jerry was born August 12, 1932 in Thomaston, Georgia where he grew up until he joined the Air Force in 1949. He was transferred to Spokane and was a Stockade Sergeant at Fort George Wright. He met and married his beloved wife of 58 years Leeanne Gilbert who preceded him in death in 2009. After he got out of the Air Force he worked for General Cigar as a salesman. Sales was in his blood and he was very good at it. He sold cars for a while then got a job with Sportsman Surplus, then All Sports Supply, Inc. He worked for All Sports Supply in their warehouse and did sales for the company and eventually became general manager. He was loved by his employees. He taught and groomed many of the employees that became successful with their own local businesses in the sporting goods industry. In 1982 he went to work for Max Morton Company as a manufacturers rep. He sold top of the line hunting and fishing equipment. Outdoor sports was a huge part of his life. From the time he was a small child he spent his time fishing and hunting. He also played baseball for the local cotton mills where his mother worked in Georgia. As an adult he spent his free time fishing and hunting. If he passed a stream or river in his travels he would stop and get a line wet. He lived for the thrill of catching the big one. And golf of course. In 2011 he played his 2000th round at Wandermere Golf Course , of which over the years he accomplished 4 holes in one on the 2nd hole. He has played most every course in the area. He played 178 golf courses in 20 states. He especially enjoyed his annual trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for a week of golf with his buddies. Jerry was a loving husband and father to 6 children, 6 grandchildren & 11 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Leeanne, his two sons, Russell and Scott and his daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughters Sharell Horwath (loving son in law Chuck), Tina Stumphf-Arendt, Patty Stumphf and Kathy Stumphf. Grandchildren Bill, Clint, and Dan Horwath (Nikki), Briana Walker (Jon), Sean Stumphf (Monica), and Brandon Stumphf as well as 11 great grandchildren. Jerry was known by his friends and neighbors as "a great guy". He was very generous with those he cared for and had an awesome wicked sense of humor. His favorite spots to spend time with his many friends was Fizzy Mulligun's, and Wandermere Golf Course. Jerry made this world a better place and he will be sincerely missed and fondly remembered by many. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. Please send any memorial gifts or donations in his name to CASA Partners. PO Box 8158, Spokane,Wa. 99203-9158
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 22, 2015
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