Nelda Alene Platz
May 28, 1929 - Jan. 6, 2009
New Plymouth - Nelda Alene Platz, born May 28, 1929, passed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.
Nelda was the oldest of five children and is survived by her mother, Evelyn Wright Jones; sister, Rita Hickey; and brothers, Vernon, James and Keneth Wright; two sons, Jerry and Terry; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Nelda was born near Saffordville, Kan., and moved to Idaho with her family in 1948. She married Howard Platz in 1949, sharing 52 wonderful years. Nelda enjoyed ranch life, the outdoors and her family.
She is preceded in death by her father, William McKinley Wright, and husband, Howard Joseph Platz.
A public viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette, Idaho. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at the New Plymouth Congregational Church.
George A. Fetter
March 3, 1940 - Jan. 4, 2009
Federal Way, Wash. - George A. Fetter, age 68, of Federal Way, Wash., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed. George was born in Payette, Idaho, March 3, 1940, to Mary Langford Fetter and Lawrence C. Fetter. He lived in Grand Coulee, Wash., until August 1941, when his family returned to Payette. In 1948, his family moved to the Oregon Slope where George attended school and graduated from Ontario High School in 1957. After high school, George joined the Army and attended electronics school in Ft. Monmouth, N.J., for one year. Then, he was stationed in Panama for two years. George left the military and spent two years in Ontario where he met and married Dora Ortega. He re-enlisted and was stationed in Korea and served two tours in Vietnam. He was also stationed in Yuma, Ariz., Ft. Lewis, Wash., various parts of Oregon and Germany during three separate tours. He was a recruiter for the Portland, Ore., district for three years. George retired to Milwaukie, Ore., after 26 years of service, having earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm, four overseas service bars, United States Army Recruiting Badge with first Gold Star and numerous Good Conduct Medals.
He attended ITT Tech school and was then employed by Boeing in 1985, moving to Fed Way, which became his new home. He retired from Boeing in 1995. Both he and Dora were active members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and George was a fourth-degree knight in Bishop Thomas E. Gill Assembly, where he held the offices of recorder and Color Corp. commander. He was also in Council 7528, St. Joseph of Fed Way. George is survived by his wife, Dora; mother, Mary Fetter; sons, Larry (Lynda) and Casey (Robin); daughter, Rhonda (Steve); grandchildren, Kyran, Jacob, Damon, LaCara, Natalya, Serena and Sierra; and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Fetter, and twin sisters, Jo Anne and Sally Anne.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at St. Vincent's Parish, 30525 Eighth Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98023. A memorial Mass and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at St. Vincent's. A military internment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Gethsemane Cemetery, 37600 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way.
Memorials can be made to St. Vincent's for the Stained Glass Fund.
Shauna Karen Carson McCurdy
Nov. 24, 1953 - July 23, 2008
Weiser - Shauna Karen Carson McCurdy, 54, Weiser, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, after a courageous battle with a rare disorder. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 2008, at the Weiser Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a reception immediately following.
Shauna was born Nov. 24, 1953, at Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, and grew up on a large farm outside Homedale. She loved the land and had great reverence for the art and science of farming, becoming a prolific gardener in her adult life.
Shauna also loved all of the animals who lived on the farm — some more than others. She adored the barnyard cats and farm dogs and made sure each had a name that suited its personality. Her relationship with the hundreds of calves she woke to feed every morning, however, was somewhat more strained.
In high school, she was a member of the yearbook staff, co-wrote a gossip column for the school newspaper and sang in the school choir.
She also wrote and read a great deal and dreamed of becoming a writer.
Though she loved the farm life, as a senior in high school Shauna decided to move to the big city, and in 1971, she went to live with her sister, DyAnne, in Boise.
She graduated from Borah High School in 1972 and lived in Boise for the next 18 years — relocating to Weiser in 1989. She attended Boise State University and obtained a bachelor of arts in English and communication in 1978.
In 1979, she met Patrick McCurdy, whom she married Nov. 2 of that year. She adored Pat's wit and intellect — and, in her later years, spoke gratefully of his strength and patience as a caregiver.
Shortly after their marriage, Pat and Shauna went into business together, publishing newsletters and creating other graphic arts projects for clients around the Treasure Valley. Working out of the home together enabled them to spend more time with each other as well as their children, Jacob and Christen.
When her daughter entered high school, however, Shauna decided she wanted to try a different career path and began commuting to Boise State University to obtain a teaching license — but her desire for higher education did not stop there. In 2002, Shauna earned a master's degree in education from Boise State University; in 2008, she earned a second master's degree, this time in bilingual education, from Boise State University. In June 2008, Shauna was thrilled to learn she had been admitted to the University of Idaho's doctoral program in education.
As she pursued her teaching certificate and first master's degree, Shauna substitute taught at schools around the Treasure Valley. Later, she held regular positions teaching English at Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario High School and Cambridge High School, which awarded her a teacher of the year award at the end of the 2007-08 school year for her dedicated service in the face of mounting illness.
At the time of her death, her family was fielding phone calls from other Treasure Valley school districts seeking her for positions open in the coming school year. She had also accepted a flexible position with the Idaho Virtual Academy.
Shauna loved opening students' eyes to the joys of reading and writing. She tried to teach every student and, in particular, reached out to those students who struggled socially or academically, making sure they knew that everyone was welcome in her classroom.
While teaching full-time and furthering her own education, Shauna found time to dedicate to her family, pets and garden. She spent hours each week on the phone with her grown children, was a devoted caretaker of her cats, Simon and Schuster, and her golden retriever, Gabby.
Prior to her final hospitalization, Shauna spent hours per day in her garden, the place where she was happiest — one of the proudest of her many achievements was the year (April 1996) when her garden was named garden of the month by the Weiser Gardening Club.
Shauna is preceded in death by her father, John R. “Ted” Carson, and her grandparents.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick McCurdy, Weiser; her son, Jacob McCurdy, Seattle; her daughter, Christen McCurdy, Portland; her mother, Delna Carson, Nampa; her brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Linda Carson, Nampa; her sister and brother-in-law, DyAnne and Jerry Bermensolo, Boise; her sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Norman Hogg, Caldwell; her sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Matthew Bright, Coeur d'Alene; her sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Blake Isaacson, Tucson, Ariz.; and dozens of nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vasculitis Foundation, PO Box 28660, Kansas City MO 64188 (https://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/).
George Robertson King
Jan. 17, 1935 - April 9, 2008
New Plymouth - George Robertson King - loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, mule trainer, athlete, dog musher, educator, entrepreneur, nature lover.
George left this life surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.
George was born in Lakeport, Calif., on Jan. 17, 1935, the son of Jesse and Genevieve King. George went through the Middletown and Lakeport schools, graduating from Clear Lake Union High School in 1952. George was a star athlete, especially excelling in basketball. He entered San Jose State College, where he continued playing basketball with an all-star team.
In 1956, he married Margie Lee Neese. He also graduated and completed his master's degree.
George taught and coached in various schools, including Ukiah, Willits and Lakeport, in California, and Juneau and Noatak, Alaska. (While in Noatak, he put up the first basketball hoop in the Arctic Circle.)
It wasn't all just teaching for George. One year, George and Margie took their Alaskan sled dogs to Squaw Valley and offered rides on a genuine Eskimo dog sled. Another year, they bought a commercial fishing boat and gill netted for salmon in southeast Alaska.
In the 1970s, he was selected as supervisor of career education for the Boise city schools. He remained in that position for many years. George received numerous accolades and awards for his work in vocational education. Later, he and Margie started their own school in Boise, New Careers. They provided vocational training in computers, cosmetology, restaurant work and other useful areas. Upon selling New Careers, George worked as the executive director of the Alzheimer's Foundation in the Boise area. Alaska called to him again, and he started work through the University in Fairbanks as director of the Alaska Technical Center in Kotzebue. He was also a principal in New Stuyahok and the director of business education in Dillingham. George always returned to the Boise area, where he was a successful land developer.
George's first priority and primary focus was always his family. He was very proud of his children, and he was a wonderful role model to them. He was loving, caring and giving. He always put others' needs above his own.
Being a grandfather was a highlight in life for George. He was the world's best “Grandad” to Jess, Ryan, Gena, Josh, Olivia, Georgia and Lars. He and Margie made their home a veritable children's paradise: horses, mules, goats, chickens, bunnies, dogs, cats, a playhouse, toys and 20 acres to explore. He didn't just provide this for them, he gave them his time and love and attention, always.
George is being mourned deeply by his family: Margie; sons, Brent (Linda) and Gregg (Pam); daughter Cheryl Hoff Beck (Bert); all of his grandchildren listed above; his sister, Joan Cox (Ray); brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ernie and Connie Neese, Bill and Lucille Neese, Richard and Bea Neese, Ethel and Don Schoenberger and Betty and Bob Landau; his uncle Jack Robertson; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was loved by all.
A family memoriam will be held in the summer.
Emma Geanne ‘Swan' Major
Nov. 16, 1926 - March 18, 2008
New Plymouth - Emma Geanne “Swan” Major, 81, of New Plymouth, went to her rest Sunday, March 16, 2008, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at Rosedale Memorial Gardens in Payette, Idaho. Pastor George Harsha will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
Emma was born on Nov. 16, 1926, in Boise, Idaho, to Martha (Lindsay) and Kenneth Swan. In her childhood, the family traveled extensively for Morrison-Knutson but always considered the Treasure Valley their home. Emma was a graduate of Auburn Adventist Academy. In July of 1945, she married Alton Major in Boise, Idaho. They made their home on a farm in New Plymouth until 1957. Then they moved to Pendleton, Ore., working there for Harris Pine Mills. In 1974, Emma graduated from the Walla Walla Community College with an Associate's Degree as a registered nurse. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., until retiring in 1991. Then she and Alton moved to New Plymouth. There they enjoyed their retirement and were active in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed camping, reading, singing and visiting with family and friends.
Emma is survived by her husband, Alton, New Plymouth, Idaho; two daughters, Jeanne (Jerry) Gorham, Pendleton, Ore., and Nelwynn (Roy) Holland, New Plymouth, Idaho; three granddaughters, Dora (David) DePugh, Bronxville, N.Y., Rebecca (Brian) Huxel, Walla Walla, Wash., and Elizabeth (Bill) Bingman, Umapine, Ore.; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Morgan, Kalispell, Mont., and Hazel (Joe) Madarieta, Casa Grande, Ariz.; two step-grandchildren, Doris (Gary) Robinson, Nampa, Idaho, and Royce (Gloria) Holland, Parma, Idaho; five step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ferne Raycraft, San Jose, Calif; one grandson, Ken Holland, Nampa, Idaho; and one great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 3 Angles Broadcasting Network Television, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho, 83661.
Mary Counsil ‘Mollie'
Jan. 25, 1923 - March 1, 2008
Payette - Mary “Mollie” Counsil, 85, of New Plymouth, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fruitland. Inurnment will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth. A visitation for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth, with a friendship and prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Mary Christine Maddison was born in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 25, 1923, the fourth of five children. Mary attended convent schools, went on to secretarial school and became a legal secretary. When the war broke out around Australia, she worked for the U.S. Military as a secretary.
After the war, her best friend was a war bride who moved to Caldwell, Idaho. Mollie was able to come to the U.S. in 1947 to see her friend and met Chet Counsil while dancing at the Gayway dance hall in Fruitland. He asked her, “How long have you spoken English?” They were married July 24, 1948.
As her husband was building his business, she was building their home and their family. Mary was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in New Plymouth, the Emoh Club, V.F.W. Auxiliary and helped the Kiwanis Club baking pies and working at their fair booth. Mary was also very involved in their business and worked as bookkeeper and “Girl Friday” whenever needed.
Mary's greatest pride was her children. She shared their passions and did everything to make them happy — from guitar lessons, a horse and then horses, managing a “rock and roll” band that played in the garage and drove the neighbors crazy until they listened and said, “It's not bad.”
Mollie loved to travel, and she and Chet toured much of the U.S., Canada and Europe. She was able to return home to Australia in 1974 to see her father before he passed.
Her husband, Chet; her son, Casey; her parents; brothers; and sisters preceded her in death.
Mollie is survived by her son, Noel Counsil, his wife, Sharon, and their sons, Zachary, Joshua and Gabriel, Ottawa, Canada; her daughter, Chris Joyce, and husband, Greg, and their sons, John and Joseph, New Plymouth, Idaho; and four nieces and one nephew and their families in Australia.
The family wishes to thank SunBridge of Payette for the care of our mother.
Memorials may be made to Chet Counsil Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, New Plymouth High School Students or a charity of your choice, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Earl Marion Moore
March 22, 1933 - Dec. 18, 2008
Fruitland - Earl Marion Moore, 75, Fruitland, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Boise from a long illness. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette.
Earl was born on March 22, 1933, in New Castle, Colo., one of ten children of John and Lelia Moore. He attended schools in Colorado. He joined the Army and served in Germany and the Korean War. He married Doris Patton on June 19, 1955, at Paonia, Colo. They moved to the Oregon coast where their son, Bruce, was born. They later moved to eastern Oregon where their son, Steve, was born. He attended Walla Walla Community College, learning to be a office machine repairman. Earl worked for the Powell's Office Supply store for 21 years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris, of Fruitland; two sons, Bruce, of Boise and Steve, of River Oaks, Texas; three sisters, Oberta, Wilma and Vivian. He was a loving grandpa to Faith, Kiersten and Connor.
His parents; brothers, Dayton, Tom and Edward; and sisters, Fern, Marie and Jane all preceded him in death.