Philip Leon Jensen, 61, Lenore
Philip Leon Jensen died in an automobile accident near his home in Lenore. He was pronounced dead on Dec. 20, 2013.
Phil was born Nov. 18, 1952, in Pasco, WA, to Leon T. Jensen and Rose M. (Kirk) Jensen.
He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1971. He worked for Poe Asphalt in road construction for 31 years, and retired in 2008.
After retirement, Phil traveled to Alaska on a fishing trip with his father, brothers and nephew. After retirement he was devoted to spending time and taking care of his father, Leon, and his dog, Billy.
Phil loved all things of nature, large and small, plants and animals alike. His home on the Clearwater River was his labor of love. Bird watching, gardening, fishing, woodworking and landscaping were just a few of his passions.
Phil also had many friendships that were spread far and wide. A common thread among these friends was the positive and loving effect that he had in all of their lives.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He is survived by his father, Leon (Swede) Jensen; and his brothers, David and wife, Lloydeen, of Spokane, and Daniel and wife, Carla, of Lewiston; aunt, Ella Mae Watson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Jensen; and his sister, Vivian Lee Kiele.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Leona B. Bridges, 83
Leona B. Bridges of Clarkston, WA, died after an extended battle with cancer Dec. 25, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family.
She was born June 8, 1930, in Enterprise, OR, to Thomas and Alice (Neiman) O'Malley. She attended school in Joseph, OR and Lewiston. Leona married Herbert D. Bridges on Aug. 7, 1949. They had 47 wonderful years together before he passed in 1996.
Leona's main love was spending time with her family. She loved gardening, playing cards, traveling and fishing.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Thompson and Sue Leonard, both of Clarkston, and Diana (David) Olson of Elk River; son, Jim (Mary) Bridges of Caldwell; granddaughters, Rhonda Taylor and Amanda (Tracey) Mulalley, and grandsons, Troy (Jennifer) Clark, Tim (Penny) Skinner, Scott Thompson and Kyle (Amy) Thompson. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Bridges; parents Thomas and Alice O'Malley; brother, Tom O'Malley; and sister, Alice Johnson.
Viewing will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, located at 920 21st Ave. in Lewiston. A memorial service will take place there at 11 a.m. Monday, with a covered-dish dinner following, at the Senior Center on Sixth Street in Clarkston. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
We love you, mom. You will always be our Christmas angel.
John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce
A memorial service for John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
He passed away Jan. 10, 2014 at Kindred Care in Lewiston.
Jeanne Ellen Wessels, 80
Jeanne Ellen Wessels, 80, of Lewiston, died Feb. 12, 2014, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Cottonwood to Fred and Helen Willenborg. She graduated from St. Gertrude's Academy in Cottonwood.
Shortly after graduation, she met and married Joe Wessels on Sept. 13, 1952. They lived on the family farm in Greencreek, where they raised six children.
Jeanne was a housewife and mother while on the farm, always raising a big garden to feed their six kids. They moved from the farm in the early '80s. Shortly after that they moved to Lewiston. She worked as a social worker for the state of Washington for a number of years until she retired. After retirement, she continued to work as an in-home caregiver for the elderly until health forced her to fully retire.
She was an avid reader of mystery books, sometimes reading two or three books a week.
Jeanne is survived by her six children, Miki (Ed) Wemhoff of Cottonwood, Cheryl Reed of Clarkston, WA, Gary (Verna) Wessels of Orofino, Jack Wessels of North Dakota, Ron (Rhonda) Wessels of Lewiston and Terri (Kirk) Williams of Clarkston; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Peggy (Vern) Uhlorn of Ferdinand.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents, Fred and Helen Willenborg; her grandparents, August and Elizabeth Seubert; two grandsons, Neil Allen and Phillip Wemhoff; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Robert J. Eisele, 75, helped with construction of Dworshak Dam
Robert John 'RJ' Eisele, 75, passed away Feb. 5, 2014. He was born April 23, 1938, in Madison, WI, to Don and Agnes Eisele. He was the third child of seven siblings.
His family moved to Lewiston in 1943. RJ attended grade school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School and Webster Elementary. A cute, smart girl in class named Lovetta caught his eye, and years later she would become his wife. They both graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957. RJ and Lovetta Rae Drevlow were married later that year on Sept. 21, 1957. They soon started their family, and over the next few years had four daughters; Margaret (Peggy), Lori, Karlene and Pam.
RJ began his career as a union electrician as an apprentice at John's Electric in 1957. He spent 10 years working on the construction of Dworshak Dam in Orofino, commuting back and forth each day during those years. He worked on many other projects throughout the years in Lewiston, Pullman and even North Dakota. He was a proud lifelong member of IBEW Union Local 73. He retired in 2000.
RJ was an avid sports fan. He faithfully attended the Lewis-Clark State College National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) baseball tournament each year. He was a loyal Washington State University Cougar Football season ticket holder and even traveled to California to watch them play in the 1998 Rose Bowl.
RJ was a regular on the local auction circuit and could be counted on to always find something interesting to purchase for himself or some lucky recipient.
RJ was a devoted family man and most comfortable when surrounded by his family. Many good times were spent together during annual family vacations that included his daughters and their families. He finally received some male companionship with the arrival of his eight grandsons, in addition to his three beautiful granddaughters. RJ had a unique relationship with each of his grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and other activities.
RJ and Lovetta created an open and inviting home where everyone always felt welcome. They hosted many family events and holiday parties for family and friends. His grandchildren and their friends were also frequent visitors, and he always enjoyed their company.
RJ had a quick wit and always enjoyed a good debate, which usually included some trademark RJ saying that would go on to become common lingo for the family. He liked to portray a tough exterior, but once you got to know him, you discovered he had a passion for wanting to help people and generously shared his time and money with those in need. He was a lifelong member of St. Stanislaus Church and a generous supporter of St. Stanislaus School.
RJ always had a twinkle in his eyes and a mischievous grin. He truly enjoyed life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Agnes Eisele; and sisters, Mary Ellen Ellenwood and Suzanne Foster.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lovetta Eisele; four daughters, and their spouses, Peggy and Dwight Hagihara of Pullman, WA, Lori and Mark Williams, Karlene and Rich Young, both of Lewiston and Pam Eisele and Tim Flippin of Tacoma, WA; and grandchildren, Phil, Scott and Allison Hagihara, Bo, Amy and Lane Williams, Tyler, Kayla and John Young, and Aaron and Nick Jones. He is also survived by brothers Jim Eisele of Spokane, WA; Bud (Marge) Eisele, Pat (Marcy) Eisele and Rick (Rita) Eisele; all of Lewiston. And was affectionately known as Uncle R to many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at St. Stanislaus Church, 633 Fifth Ave. in Lewiston. The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Contributions can be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic School.
Charles 'Charley' Andrew Linja, 78, formerly of Orofino
From lakes to rivers to mountains, Chuck lived a tremendous and adventurous life. Charles Andrew Linja, 78, passed away in Coeur d' Alene on Jan. 21, 2014. Born in copper country in Laurium, MI, to William (Eino) and Saima Linja on Feb. 8, 1935, he grew up speaking English and Finnish around Calumet in the UP of Michigan. He graduated from Doelle High School in Tapiola, MI, in 1954 and married the love of his life Jean Pohjola Oct. 5, 1957. He served our country in the Army in Germany. He spent time on ships on the Great Lakes and in deep underground copper mines. Four boys were soon born within five years in Laurium. Then making a major life decision, Chuck and Jean moved west with their very young four boys in tow, three still in diapers in 1964.
Stopping first in Butte, MT, Chuck moved the family throughout the northwest mining and dam building as he was a skilled diamond driller. Chuck was hard-working and eventually settled the family in Orofino in the 1970's while working on Dworshak Dam and finally added a cherished daughter to the gang in 1975. Thereafter and as opportunity arose, he worked on the Alaska pipeline while living in camps and on other major projects. After saving some money, he decided to shift gears and bought a restaurant (Topper) in Coeur d' Alene moving the family right along. As the kids grew, he and Jean eventually bought the Sunshine Inn bar, restaurant and motel in Kellogg in the Silver Valley in 1984. Chuck flourished as an entrepreneur and always provided a hand to a friend or anyone needing help. After operating the Sunshine Inn for over a couple decades, he retired in Coeur d' Alene and focused his life on family and grandkids who really supercharged him.
Chuck did a lot of things and made you smile, laugh and cry. He loved to sing silly songs, many in Finnish, play the harmonica and say outrageous things firing everyone up. When around, you always knew it. He certainly had a little bit of outlaw in him as his family can attest. Chuck was also an avid poet, writing hundreds of poems straight from the heart. He was a fervent hunter and had an amazing gun collection. Best times were always with family and friends on the river, at hunting camp, in the woods and up in the mountains. He loved his pets and his long-time friend Skye. Chuck was also a 'hugger', so if you knew him or met him, then you hugged him.
Chuck is survived by his wonderful wife of 56 years, Jean Linja of the family home of Coeur d' Alene; sons, Charles "Pat" (Jeanette) Linja of Pasco, WA, Greg (Teresa) Linja of Kellogg and Rod (Sue) Linja of Boise; daughter, Tiffany (Travis) Curtis of Coeur d'Alene; 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; his sister, Arlene Kela of Hancock, MI; several nieces and nephews and many, many relatives and friends whom he considered family. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his infant brother, Richard Linja; his son, Scott Linja; and his beloved dog, Skye.
Funeral Services were held in Kellogg with Rev. Art Fleming officiating. Interment was held at the Greenwood Cemetery of Kellogg next to Scott.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Shoshone Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 884, Kellogg, Idaho 83837.
Shoshone Funeral Chapel of Kellogg was entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Frank A. Klement, 75, formerly of Orofino
CORVALLIS, MT - Frank A. Klement, 75, of Corvallis died unexpectedly at home on Feb. 2, 2014, after six months of failing health. He was 75 years of age.
He was born April 9, 1938 in Hearne, TX. He graduated from Hearne High School in 1956. He graduated from Texas A&M; in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After college graduation, he began his career of over 32 years with the U. S. Forest Service, in the Engineering Department. During those years he worked on the Clearwater, Bitterroot, Lewis and Clark and Deer Lodge National Forests and Region 1 in Missoula. Shortly after beginning his Forest Service career in Orofino, his National Guard troop was called up for the Berlin Crisis.
He married Lois Mueller in Missoula, MT on Dec. 27, 1964. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. In 1966, they moved from Orofino, where Brenda was born, to Hamilton, MT, where Karen was born. After being transferred to Missoula, they raised the girls in the Florence area for 19 years before moving to Butte, MT, where Frank retired in 1993. They then moved to their present retirement home in the Corvallis area in 1996.
Frank was one of those persons who could do almost anything. Woodworking, drawing house plans, doing electrical wiring projects, fixing all sorts of things around the house, making and repairing clocks, putting in a lawn irrigation system, planting trees - to mention a few. He was a quiet-type person with a "quick wit". He loved music - particularly western and gospel. He liked the bagpipes and knew a lot about classical music. The Statler Brothers were favorites for years. He thought the reruns of "Hee-Haw" and the "Gaither Hour" were the best TV programs on today.
He didn't like to fly (and that started in the days before September 11th). So, he and Lois would take long driving trips. He would use state roads and back roads and go through the towns, driving on Interstates very seldom. He drove every mile himself. He thought Ford trucks were the best. He liked guns and bird hunting; squirrel and deer hunting in the younger Texas years. He was very knowledgeable about World War II. Omar N. Bradley was his hero. He did not like plumbing projects. He did not like being asked his "level of pain" at a medical center. He was always proud to be a Texan, but never wanted to move back.
He leaves behind: wife, Lois; daughter, Brenda (Sam, Keiandra, Keimarya) of Canton, GA; daughter, Karen (Kristopher) of Billings, MT; brother, Louis Klement of Troy, TX; several nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Alan Mueller of Missoula. Two brothers preceded him in death.
Memorials may be sent to the Daly Hospital Intensive Care Unit Fund at 1200 Westwood Drive in Hamilton.
A memorial service celebrating Frank's life will be held Saturday Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church, Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road, with Pastor Dusty Williams officiating.
Daly Leach Chapel is in charge of arrangements: dalyleachchapel.com.
Mimoza E. Sevostianova, 65, Lenore
Mimoza E. Sevostianova age 65 of Lenore passed Jan. 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce
John Maloney passed away at Kindred Care in Lewiston, Idaho from cardiac arrhythmia at 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2014.
John was born Feb. 25, 1933 to Lafte and Elizabeth Maloney on their farm on White River in Pine Log, AK. He came from a family of 10 siblings. He went to school at "Pine Log". He was an excellent basketball player in all his years of school. He graduated at Rogers High School.
There was always work to do on the farm, milking cows and farming, making cedar posts and white oak staves for staves on barrels. John did a lot of this. Hunting and fishing were fun things they did in their spare time.
He joined the Navy and graduated from medical school in St Albans, NY. He received an honorable discharge and went on to Oregon and worked in the logging industry. He worked at Martin Brothers Box in Oakland, OR where he met the love of his life, Betty Sistrunk. They were married and inseparable doing everything together, for over 60 years and raising three wonderful children.
They moved to Arcata, CA where he went to work for Arcata Plywood. There he loaded and unloaded trucks of veneer and plywood. John also had a poker room at Toby and Jacks as an extra job. They then moved to Cloverdale, CA for one year then onto New Waverly, TX and helped the plywood mill there get started. John and Betty moved to Idaho to work at Potlatch Jaype Mill until his retirement in January of 1997. Since then until 2007, he logged with Ed Randal.
Outdoor life was for John. He was the happiest on his bike riding the back roads, always with his wife or grand kids. There is not a road or trail John didn't go over. He loved the forest and being out in it whether for leisure or mushrooming, horn hunting, picking huckleberries or a winter's wood. He loved hunting on the Snake and Salmon rivers with his friends or kids and his dog Lucky.
John was lots of times giving of himself, helping others and was happy to do so. He walked in the Path of Righteousness proudly.
John belonged to the Orofino ATA Trap Club where he shot at most of the area trap shoots and had shot at Canada's Invitational shoots. He had a passion for trap shooting and won at least three trips to Ohio plus the times he went on his own. He had an average score of 95 to 100 most of the time. He passed on his love of trap shooting, teaching his daughter and two of his grandsons. Shooting was an enjoyable sport and he started at Fraser with the Randals and their group.
He is survived by his wife Betty Sistrunk Maloney of 60 years; two children: Gary Maloney Redding, CA; Joan Beebe, Missoula, MT; six grandchildren, Alison Beebe, Portland, OR; Mathew Beebe of Missoula, MT; David Beebe, Dallas, TX; Kevin and Jennifer Josephson, Rathburn, ID; Christopher and Trisha Josephson, Sandpoint; Jonathan and Kristen Rouleau, Rathburn, ID; two great-granddaughters Jade and Taylor Josephson Sandpoint, ID; siblings: William Maloney, Cassville, MO; Mike Maloney Tulsa, OK; Cleo and Dorothy Shephard, Cadet, MO; Mildred Hicks, Pea Ridge, AK; Mary and Mitchell Adkins, Mt. Home, AK and Hugh (Cisco) and Roberta Maloney, Seligman, MO and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Lafe and Elizabeth Maloney; daughter Amy Rouleau; three brothers: Floyd Maloney, Pat Maloney and Laurence Maloney.
John's Memorial Service will be held Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.