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CARLSON, Michael Lee - Spokane  
CARLSON, Michael Lee 5/16/1955 - 8/29/2015 Michael Carlson, 60, of Spokane, WA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on August 29, 2015. Born in Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota on May 16, 1955, Mike lived most of his life in Spokane. He spent six years in California where he met his wife of 24 years, Lianne Carlson (Edwards). Her Goldilocks hair first attracted him, but he quickly realized she was the one God put on the earth for him to love. As a special bonus to Mike, marrying Lianne gave him a ready-made family whom he embraced and raised as his own. Mike knew he wanted to be an auto mechanic since he was 10. This dream was cemented during his many cruises down Riverside Boulevard as a young man. After graduating from North Central High School in 1973, Mike made his dream a reality. Going on to earn the ASE and Honda Gold Level Master Technician and competing in the National Honda Top Tech Contest six years in a row. He owned Carlson Repair and Service for 19 years, where his desire to provide the best service won him many loyal customers. His passion for cars extended to several hotrod and motorcycle rebuilding projects. His all-time pride and joy was the 1950 Nash he restored. Mike spent many years traveling and attending car shows with the Nash--until he discovered golf. Afterwards, he could often be found walking his way through a round of golf at one of the local courses. However, Mike's greatest walk was as a servant of Christ, whom he loved above all things. He demonstrated this by sharing Jesus with all he met--in prayer and in helping hands. He was loyal and hardworking and could fix anything. Mike loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. They were often the recipients of his sarcastic wit and non-stop arsenal of corny jokes. This earned him the title of "The King of Corn." He created a lifetime of memories with family and friends. He will be deeply missed. Mike is preceded in death by his mother Eleanor Peterson; stepfather Allen Peterson; sister Linnea (Carlson) Reuthinger; and son Jeremy Groom. He is survived by the love of his life Lianne; daughters, Jaycee (Kirk) Killian, and Jenna (James) Carter; son Bryan Kleinschmidt; 13 grandchildren; and numerous extended family members. A Celebration of Mike's Life will be held 6:30 September 4th at Life Center Church on Government Way.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
CLINE, Nick B.  
CLINE, Nick B. Nick B. Cline, age 73, passed away peacefully in his home in Spokane, WA. Nick was adopted at an early age by Orlan and Bessie Cline of Spokane. In his younger years, Nick started showing a strong interest with anything on wheels. After high school, Nick entered the army and headed off to Louisiana. Upon finishing the army, Nick returned to Spokane and settled down, starting a family and having a son, Nick and a daughter, Angela. Nick was employed at Kaiser Mead, retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service. As a young adult, Nick could be found at the fairgrounds driving some old jalopy in a circle, or at the Deer Park drags. Nick married his wife Linda in 1988. The two of them shared many wonderful moments cruising in something, going nowhere, but maybe somewhere, always with a group of fellow hot rodders. Throughout Nick's life, he was on a quest to own as many cars as possible (wife begins intervention). He loved cars, all of them, whether it be a hot rod, custom, street rod, or muscle car. Nick was a proud member of the Duke's Auto Club, as well as others. Nick also enjoyed playing a mean game of racquet ball with friends. Nick did not want a memorial. In his final week, Nick asked that he simply be remembered as "Cruizin' on down the road, left arm hanging out of the window (top not necessarily down), Linda and Shelby by his side, a smile on his face, and knowing that all is right in the world." REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2015
DEMPSEY, Carmela G. (Scarcello) - Spokane  
DEMPSEY, Carmela G. (Scarcello) (Age 89) Carmela Gloria (Scarcello) Dempsey grew up in a large Italian American family on the Scarcello farm located near Twin Lakes and Rathdrum, Idaho, where she was born in the log cabin homestead. She was a wife, mother of seven, registered nurse, special education teacher, and psychiatric nurse with a master's degree in school psychology. She had a beautiful soprano singing voice, and was known for her spirited and sparkling personality. Carmela was born on October 28, 1925 to Italian immigrants Antonio and Josephine Scarcello. She was the last of nine siblings: Sam, Amelia, Sylvia, Flora, Arthur, Henry, Esther and Julia. She passed away on August 27, 2015, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Carmela met her future husband and love of her life, Curran D. Dempsey, along the shores of Twin Lakes when she was 11 and he was 13. Curran was the only child of Spokane hotelier Robert Dempsey and Helen (Curran) Dempsey. Carmela and Curran married in 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in Spokane, and had seven children. Curran was a professional electrical engineer for the Washington Water Power Company (now Avista Utilities), and passed away in 1999 after 61 years of marriage to Carmela. Carmela was valedictorian of Rathdrum High School. She left the farm at age 17 to work at Fort George Wright in Spokane. She enrolled in the uniformed U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during WW II as a student nurse at Sacred Heart School of Nursing, graduating in 1947. All cadet nurses took an oath ending with: "As a Cadet Nurse, I pledge to my country my service in essential nursing for the duration of the war." Carmela worked part-time in the nursery in Pullman, and later for a number of years in Spokane at Sacred Heart Hospital, while raising her children. Carmela followed her children to college and obtained a bachelor of science in special education from Eastern Washington University, where she graduated with high honors. She taught special education at the elementary level for five years. After earning a master's degree in school psychology from EWU, she returned to nursing, her first love. Carmela retired from the nursing profession at age 72, as a psychiatric nurse manager at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake. At her 40-year reunion for Sacred Heart School of Nursing, she stated that her proudest achievements were her seven children, and the fact they were all college graduates. She also took pride in her hard-earned academic and career accomplishments. Carmela participated in various church and public school activities, but nurturing her family was always her highest priority. She served as president of Spokane County Council of PTAs, and as vice-president of St. Paschal's Parish religious education program. She loved singing, and was a member of St. Mary's choir and Project Joy choir during her last years. Her Catholic faith was very important to her throughout her life. Carmela cherished her extended Italian family. She often visited the Scarcello ranch, which was located near the family lake property at Twin Lakes. A superb cook, she loved to prepare Italian specialties for her family, relatives, and friends. She was a rock of support for many family members, and looked after the affairs of her first cousins Effie and Virginia, whom she grew up near on the farm and considered as her sisters. In 1995, Carmela traveled to Italy with two of her daughters, Carmela and Candace. Carmela toured the country that her Italian-born parents talked about almost daily, fluently speaking the Italian dialect she had learned as a child, and staying with her relatives in the small town of Pedace in the province of Calabria. Last year she cruised to Alaska with her daughter, Carmela Marie. Carmela was preceded in death by her husband Curran, her parents, and by her daughter Carole Kathleen (Peppard), also a registered nurse, who passed away at age 43. Carmela is survived by her children Daniel (Susan Lange), Sherry (Zenen) Antoniak, Candace (Mark Rosenblum), Michael (Nancy DeFelice Dempsey), Curran (Becki Vogt Dempsey), and Carmela Marie Kelly. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jacob Rosenblum; Andrew, Matthew and Michael (Dempsey); Maria, Damian, Katherine and Stephen (Antoniak); Mark Peppard; McKenzie and Logan Dempsey; and numerous cousins. We rejoice in the remarkable life that Carmela led, the help and generosity she extended to others, and the great love that she gave to all of us. The family deeply appreciates the exceptional medical care given to Carmela, and the many kindnesses extended to family members, by the doctors, nurses and staff at Deaconess Hospital. Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, Spokane Valley, WA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's church on Friday, September 4 at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow in the church gym. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7200 N. Wall St., Spokane. Please visit www.HennesseyFuneralHomes.com to share your thoughts and memories with our family, and visit the Sympathy Store for gifts and flowers.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2015
EMERSON, Marjorie Eleanor - Cathedral City  
EMERSON, Marjorie Eleanor (Age 87) Marjorie Emerson went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2015 at Hospice of Spokane surrounded by her family. She was 87 years old. Marjorie was born November 21, 1927 to Ira Edgar Storey and Nolie Caroline Storey, and grew up on the family farm near Gifford, Idaho with one sister and six brothers. She attended Black School, Culdesac High School, and the Nurses Training Program at the Lewiston Normal School. She married Harry M. (Red) Emerson, Jr. in June 1947 and they resided in Clarkston, Washington; Cut Bank, Montana; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Lewiston, Idaho; Palm Springs, California; and Cathedral City, California. She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two brothers: son Harry M. Emerson III and spouse Jean of Rathdrum, Idaho, grandson Brian Emerson and great- granddaughter Sara, and granddaughter Emily Dufner; daughter Teresa Lowe and spouse Stuart of Spokane Valley, and grandson Mike Lowe; son Craig Emerson and spouse Anne-Marie of Lewiston, Idaho, granddaughter Marina Way Sampogna and great-granddaughters Mia Rose and Jaina Grey, and grandson Nicolas Way; and brothers Stan Storey of Lewiston, Idaho, and Ed Storey of Winchester, Virginia. The game of golf was one of her avocations and she was devoted to the sport, not only from a skill level but also ensured that the game was played according to the rules of golf. There was never a more goal oriented golfer than she was, and this was demonstrated during every match, round, or putting contest. She was the ladies club champion multiple times at the Clarkston County Club, Lewiston Country Club, Cut Bank Golf Club in Montana, Manito County Club in Spokane, Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs, and the Desert Princess Country Club in Cathedral City, California. She had more holes in one than the rest of her immediate family combined, and in a family of golfers was quite proud of that achievement. Marjorie spent her life supporting her husband professionally, socially, and on the golf course, and was devoted to the raising of her three children. She always stressed the importance of doing the best you can, working hard, not cutting corners, and doing more than the minimum required. These and many other life lessons too many to enumerate were very important to her so that her children would be prepared for any future endeavor they chose. She believed in God her entire life, but came to an understanding of the saving faith in Jesus Christ during the last year. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 12 at the Pines Cemetery, Mausoleum Room, 1402 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, Washington. The family suggests memorials to the Life Choices Clinic at 2020 12th Avenue in Lewiston, Idaho 83501, or the Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230, in lieu of flowers.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
GWYNNE, Joanne E. (Marte) - Spokane  
GWYNNE, Joanne E. (Marte) (Age 80) Joanne was born on August 2, 1935 in Salt Lake City, UT. She passed away on September 1, 2015 in Spokane. Joanne grew up in the Tri-Cities, graduating from Richland High School. After graduating she moved to Spokane and married her husband Theran Gwynne in 1965. She spent 20 years working with Dr. Damon and Dr. Ellingsen, a brief period with Gonzaga University and five years with Agrium prior to retirement. Joanne often traveled to Arizona for the winter; she loved working in the yard, to Snow Ski in her younger years, being around her family, and golfing with a group of friends in Spokane and Arizona. She was an animal lover, especially cats, and she especially loved her grandkids. Joanne is survived and loved by her sons, Mike (Pam) of Raymond, WA and Dan (Vicki) of Pasco, WA; grandchildren: Dan Jr. and Chad of Spokane, Jennifer of Round Rock, TX, Delene of Olympia, WA, and Whitney of Adna, WA; siblings Harold Cleaver of Santa Cruz, CA and Anita Heilling of Portland, OR; four great-grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Erna Cleaver; and her husband, Theran. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Sunset Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W Wellesley, Spokane. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice of Spokane.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
HERBERHOLZ, Patricia A. - Spokane  
HERBERHOLZ, Patricia A. Patricia was born in 1928, to Daniel and Joan Mangan of Spokane, WA. She was the 4th of six children. Pat grew up in Spokane and attended Marycliff High School. During her tenure at Marycliff she met lifelong friends and future sisters-in-law, Cathy and Caroline Herberholz. Through her close friendship with the twins, she met, and in 1949 married their brother, Bernard N. Herberholz. The couple lived in Spokane, and raised six children there. Her children fondly remember Sunday morning breakfasts with Strick's donuts, slightly overdone sausage, rhubarb sauce, family dinners and celebrating with her on holidays. Her rendition of "Old Shep" made us cry but we loved listening to her sing it and we can all recite every word. Friends of Pat remember her as "big hearted," friendly and kind. Pat passed into eternity on Saturday, August 29th where she is now joyfully reunited with her husband, Bernard Herberholz; daughter, Carol (Herberholz) Scherer; brothers, Daniel Mangan, Richard Mangan, John Mangan and her sister, Marion (Mangan) Blandy. She is survived by her sister, Rosemary (Mangan) Miller; her five children and their spouses, Larry (Sheri) Herberholz, Janice (Herb) Wilson, Kathy (Frank) Fitchner, Randy (Patrice) Herberholz, and Karen (Kirk) Westberg; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great- grandchildren. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 5-8pm at Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory, 2203 N. Division St., Spokane, WA. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane, WA. Please visit www.HennesseyFuneralHomes.com to share your thoughts and memories with our family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
HILL II, Solomon James "Jim" - Spokane  
HILL, Solomon James II "Jim" (Age 56) It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Solomon James "Jim" Hill II on Sunday, August 23, 2015 due to an aggressive form of colon cancer. He was born March 5, 1959 at Coulee Dam, WA and graduated from University High School in 1978. He is survived by his sister, Sarina (Dan) Harter; brother David; sons, Solomon and Vincent; nephews, Ryan, Justin, Derek and niece Christa, "Kitty Kitty". A Memorial Service will take place at Pines Mausoleum Chapel at 12116 E. 16th, Spokane Valley. Burial will immediately follow at South Pines Cemetery, 32nd and Highway 27.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
KEEFER, Morris Rae "Morrie" - Coeur D'Alene  
KEEFER, Morris Rae "Morrie" Went home to be with the Lord on August 31, 2015. He was born March 29, 1926, in Spokane, the youngest of three children. He was an adventurous lad who went on to play high school football and graduate from North Central High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in California. It was during this time he met his wife of 58 years, Dorothy. In 1945 the Navy led them to Farragut Naval Station in Idaho where Morrie attended electronics school. While Morrie was in school, Dorothy was busy too, as they gave birth to three sons in three consecutive years beginning in 1946. After their time in Idaho, the family moved to South Dakota where Morrie worked for his father-in-law in the hardware/electrical business. But in 1955, Morrie and family returned to Spokane where he continued using his knowledge of plumbing and electrical skills. In 1965 Morrie joined a business partner in the ownership of a very successful electrical wholesale business. Perhaps it was this business experience that sparked an interest for Morrie in finance. In 1975 he became a certified financial planner for Investment Diversified Service. For the next 17 years, Morrie developed many trusted friendships as he advised countless families on their finances and investments in Spokane. Throughout these busy years, Morrie and Dorothy filled many week-ends with the activities of Amaranth and were awarded a 50 year service award from the organization. Morrie was also a Shriner where the Shriner's Hospital was near and dear to his heart. In 2011 he was honored for 60 years of service as a Mason. Morrie truly understood the concept of giving back to his community! Life changed drastically when Dorothy passed in 2006, followed by the passing of his son, Morrie, in April 2008. He married Shirley Folland and enjoyed their time of companionship until her passing in November, 2008. Morrie is survived by his son Ron (Carolyn ) Keefer of Coeur d'Alene and son Glenn of Tacoma, Washington, and 10 grandchildren. The family wishes to express a great appreciation for the love, care, and compassion shown to Morrie in his final years of life by Renaissance Assisted Living and Hospice of North Idaho. The family will be gathering at a later date to celebrate Morrie's life. If you wish to give a memorial contribution in Morrie's name we suggest it be given to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way Hayden, ID 83835. Yates Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements. Please visit Morrie's online memorial and sign his guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com YATES FUNERAL HOME, Coeur d'Alene, ID.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
LENHART, Frances L.  
LENHART, Frances L. Lenhart, Frances L. (Fan) passed away on August 28, 2015 at the age of 97. Frances was born May 4, 1918 on a farm outside of Odessa, Washington, the fifth of six children born to Anna Mary and George Heimbigner. Frances grew up on farms in the Spangle, Odessa and Harrington areas and graduated from Harrington High School in 1935. She attended Cheney Normal School (EWU), graduating in 1938. Frances began her teaching career, first at Lakeland Village and then teaching junior high in Hay, Washington during the war years. After the war, Frances returned to Eastern Washington College of Education (EWU) to complete her bachelor degree. Frances moved to Ritzville and resumed teaching at the junior high school. She met Alven Lenhart and married him in 1948. They had two daughters: Mary Frances and Vicki Lee. Frances returned to teaching once her daughters were in school. She taught 3rd grade for the next 21 years, retiring in 1977. Frances continually demonstrated her love of children, treating them the same regardless of their economic back- ground or skin color. Frances was preceded in death by her husband Alven, her siblings and their spouses and her daughter Mary Frances. She is survived by her daughter Vicki and her husband Murray Stopherd, grandchildren: Kelly Braun, Molly Crawford (Ron), Alissa Simon (Wilby), Andrew Stopherd, Nick Stopherd (Jennifer), Daniel Race (Tina) and eight great-grandchildren. Frances was a lifelong learner and avid reader until the time of her death. She was interested in politics and was always conscious of the social issues of the time. She took delight in embroidery and needlepoint and created many works that hang in the homes of numerous family members. She played bridge weekly and was a bridge club member with a close group of friends for decades. Visitation will be held Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM at DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME-RITZVILLE. Funeral Services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church and followed by Interment at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. A Luncheon at Emanuel Lutheran Church will follow the interment. Memorials are suggested to the Ritzville Public Library.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
LYNCH, William P. - Spokane  
LYNCH, William P. (Age 86) Bill was born February 8, 1929 to James and Gladys Lynch at SHMC. He passed away August 27, 2015 at NC Care Center. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jack, Jimmy and Phil. He graduated from high school in Portland, OR and then from the U of WA Dental School. He served as a dental tech at McChord AFB during the Korean War. He married Patricia Waul and they raised their family in Spokane. When "Doc" wasn't taking care of teeth, he enjoyed golfing and skiing. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he shared his love for the outdoors with his family. Summer vacations at Priest Lake are still a much anticipated tradition. Bill spent the last 30 years in the Garden Springs area. He and his companion Jinni Groesbeck hosted many holidays and an annual salmon fishing trip. He is survived by his twin sister Patty (Jim) Darby and sister in law Jean Lynch all of Portland, Patricia Lynch, his children Mike (Stefani) Tonasket, WA, Dan (Jodi) Kimberly, OR, Kathy (Mark) Loe, Spokane, Chris, Sandpoint, ID; granddaughters, Theresa and Chrissy Loe, Spokane, Shylla Lynch, Sandpoint, Brynnan, and Kellie Lynch, great-granddaughters Penelope, Homer, AK, grandson Kenny McClain, Tonasket. He is also survived by Jinni's family the Ellerds, Sara (Tony) and their children Ashley, Emily, Hannah, Ian, Ben and Katie. We are saddened by his passing but are grateful for the memories that we hold in our hearts. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 11:00 am at St. Anthony Parish, 2320 N. Cedar St., Spokane, WA 99205. A reception will follow at Wilson Hall.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 2, 2015
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