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  • Leita Elaine Anderson April 17, 1932 - May 23, 2024

    Jul 4, 2024

    Leita Elaine Anderson passed away on May 23, 2024 of natural causes in Enterprise, Oregon. Leita was born on April 17, 1932 to William (Babe) and Dorothy Moore Clothier in a log cabin outside of Pablo, Montana, weighing in at less than three pounds. Her mom kept her on an oven door inside a cigar box as there was no such thing as an incubator. She was an only child until she was seven when she was joined with little sister, Dixie, and two years later by little sister, Karen. Since Babe had no...

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    Pathfinder staff|Jun 27, 2024

    This is a lightly edited and condensed version of Eddie Coyle's July Fourth story from 1964 provided by the Seeley Lake Historical Society and Visitors Center. By Eddie Coyle I was promoting one of our bigger celebrations for that year, and started preparing for it back in May. The plans included a water carnival, slalom races, ski jumps, a Miss Seeley Lake bathing beauty contest, a Boat and Motor raffle and three nights of dancing with live music. Two local carpenters with helpers built a...

  • Edward "Jack" E. Hooker November 19, 1930 - May 14, 2024

    Jun 13, 2024

    Edward E. "Jack" Hooker, at age 93 of Ovando Montana, passed away at home on Montana Mountain View Ranch. A celebration of life will be held on August 24, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Bill and Dena Hooker's residence in Ovando, Montana. Jack was born in Hermiston, Oregon on November 19, 1930. At age six he worked with his uncle, LaVern, learning to ride and break horses for surrounding ranchers. This started his passion for working with horses, which lasted his entire life. He would take a "troubled"...

  • Lesley Jungers

    Apr 11, 2024

    Lesley Jungers was born Lesley Carol Jochim on Jan. 23, 1970, in Bozeman, Montana. Lesley graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Elementary Education and with a minor in K-8 art. In the summer before her college journey, Lesley met Ed Jungers which eventually - after seven years Lesley would say - led to their marriage on Aug. 6, 1994. Lesley and Ed were blessed with the joy of raising three boys: Cole, born on May 6, 1996; Bo, on June 24, 1998; and Aaron,...

  • Catherine Evalynin Rapp (Oct. 15, 1942 - Feb. 2, 2024)

    Feb 15, 2024

    Preceded in death by parents John Almand and Clara (Autrey) Almand, older brothers Steve Almand and Cleo Almand, and younger brother, Roy Almand. Survivors are husband Marvin Rapp of 47 and a half years of marriage, son Matthew George, daughter Jerilyn Kelly and one granddaughter, Michaela Kelly. Cathy had the first quilt and fabric store in Seeley Lake and also had one in Butte, Montana. She has pieced together over 100 quilts. She was an avid quilter and prayer warrior. Graveside was last...

  • In memory of LuciAnn Manz, age 85, of Seeley Lake

    Feb 8, 2024

    Aug. 17, 1938 - Jan. 21, 2024 LuciAnn C. Manz of Seeley Lake, Montana passed away on Jan. 21, 2024, at Continental Care and Rehabilitation, Butte, Montana of natural causes. She was born on Aug. 17,1938 in Missoula, Montana; the first born of three children to Lucien Joseph and Mary Lucille (Smith) Croonenberghs. LuciAnn, in her early years of life, grew up between Missoula and Seeley Lake where the extended family had a cabin on the lake, a place she truly enjoyed in any season. After beginning elementary school in Missoula, her eighth grade...

  • Ted Eugene Lockwood (1952 - 2024)

    Jan 25, 2024

    Ted Eugene Lockwood – age 71, died peacefully at home on Jan. 6, 2024, surrounded by his family and loving and devoted wife. Born the youngest of three on Jan. 28, 1952, to Marvin and Florence (McCollum) Lockwood, Ted grew up in Pablo, Montana. In 1970, Ted graduated from Ronan High School, marking the beginning of a journey dedicated to service. On Sept. 29, 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he exhibited dedication and valor. He was stationed in Hawaii and South Korea. Ted's c...

  • Joel Robert Roesner (1979 - 2024)

    Jan 25, 2024

    Joel Robert Roesner, of Seeley Lake, Montana, joined eternity with our Lord on Jan. 12, 2024, after an admirable four-year struggle with colon cancer. He died at home, with his wife constantly by his side and immediate family surrounding him. He was 44. Joel was born in Whitefish, Montana, on Nov. 23, 1979, to Quentin and Kristi Roesner, joining his sister, Shani. He spent his youth in Missoula and Seeley Lake. A cute, fat, round-eyed baby, and a busy little boy, Joel kept his parents on their...

  • Elden LeRoy Rammell (1936 - 2023)

    Jan 18, 2024
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    Elden LeRoy Rammell, best known as "Papa Smurf," passed away on Dec. 6, 2023. He was 87. Elden was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was raised on a farm in Fort Shaw. He married his wife, Dorine Mable Dorr, on June 16, 1957 in Vaughn, Montana. They made their home in Seeley Lake. Elden's passion was working in the woods as a sawyer. Later in his life, he loved helping others in the Seeley Lake area by making sure they had plenty of firewood for the long winter ahead, including his firestarters...

  • Elizabeth M. Moody 1918 - 2023

    Jan 11, 2024

    Elizabeth M. Moody passed on July 25, 2023 at 105 years of age. She was born on May 21, 1918, in Marshall, Missouri, to John H. and Ruth J. Marschall. Her family relocated to Miami, Arizona where her father was a high school science teacher for many years. She graduated from Miami High School at the age of 16. She attended the American University in Washington D.C. on a scholarship for two years earning a Liberal Arts Degree. She then stayed out of college for a year to earn money to attend the...

  • Joy Marie Jedrzejek-Clemens 1955 - 2023

    Jan 4, 2024

    Joy Marie Jedrzejek - Clemens, 68, of Indian River, Michigan, passed away on Oct. 11, 2023. She was born on Aug. 20, 1955, in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Joy, a beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt and wife will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Joy was a beautiful, loving, and creative soul with a great sense of humor. She was known for her artistic talents and her passion for painting and drawing. Joy owned and operated a sign business and was a skilled sign painter. She also worked in...

  • Patricia Mae DeSmidt (1932 - 2023)

    Nov 9, 2023

    Patricia Mae DeSmidt, of Seeley Lake, peacefully joined her beloved husband Roland DeSmidt in heaven on Friday, Oct. 20,2023 at the beautiful age of 91. Patricia is survived by her five children and their families, Deborah and Larry Krieger of Turah, MT, Donna and Terry Buss of Missoula, MT, Randy and Donna DeSmidt of Oak View, CA, Bob and Bonnie DeSmidt of Abita Springs, LA and Diane and Rick Sutton of Huffman, TX. She is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren. Patricia...

  • Delmar Houston Lemons

    Oct 19, 2023

    Delmar Houston Lemons, son of Houston and Genevieve (Miller) Lemons, was born July 25, 1935 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The family moved to the Missoula area where he attended school. He left Missoula County High School after two years and joined the United States Army, where he obtained his GED and was honorably discharged. Delmar moved to Potomac. One day he saw a young woman, Johanna, outside playing with some children at Bible study group. He said, "There's the girl I am going to marry!" Delmar...

  • Death notice

    Oct 19, 2023

    Allen Richard Miller, 97, of Missoula, Montana, passed away on October 7, 2023. Arrangements are under the care of Just Cremation Montana....

  • Matthew Eric Raimondi (1967-2023)

    Oct 12, 2023

    Matthew Eric Raimondi, 56 of Seeley Lake, Montana, was fatally injured on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Pyramid Mountain Lumber while working as a millwright. His death was pronounced in the early morning hours Sept. 13. Matthew was born in Dayton, Ohio, at Miami Valley Hospital on Feb. 23, 1967 to Ennio Joseph Raimondi and Joan Therese Erickson. He was also joined by his big brother David. He was a chubby baby with a double chin and was cheerful and fun loving from the start. Little did David know how...

  • Roland "Ronnie" Hendrix (1940 - 2023)

    Sep 14, 2023

    Roland "Ronnie" Hendrix passed away on Tuesday Aug. 29, 2023 surrounded by his family in Missoula, Montana. Ronnie was born on Oct. 27, 1940 in Johnston, South Carolina to Willard and Cathlee (Sizemore) Hendrix. He lived with his great aunt and uncle in South Carolina until his teen years when he joined his mother in Maryland. A few years after graduating from high school Ronnie would pursue his true life passion, horse training and ranching, by moving west to Nevada. While in Nevada, he met...

  • Peggy Watts Sisco (1952 - 2023)

    Sep 7, 2023

    Peggy Watts Sisco, 70, of Seeley Lake went to her heavenly home on August 26, 2023. She was a beloved wife, sister, and friend. Peggy was a faithful woman who loved the Lord, her family, her friends, church, and community. Peggy was born on November 29, 1952. She grew up in Dallas, Oregon, and graduated from Dallas High School in 1971. She married her love, Ron Sisco, on September 20, 1980. They built a life together in California and eventually moved to Montana where they enjoyed taking trips...

  • Betty Mae Johnson (1928-2023)

    Aug 31, 2023

    Betty Mae (Smestad) Johnson entered into eternal life Friday, Aug. 18, 2023. Betty was born May 23, 1928, in Bainville, Montana to Hans and Delia (Grindland) Smestad. She was the sixth of seven children and third of three daughters. Her father homesteaded in Bainville in 1915 where she was raised. She graduated from Bainville High School in 1946 and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota hoping to be a business teacher. Prior to graduating from Concordia, Betty married Dale LaVerne...

  • Carol Ann Jacobsen (1946-2023)

    Aug 24, 2023

    Carol Ann Jacobsen, 77, of Helena, passed away Aug. 11, 2023 of natural causes. She was born May 9, 1946, in Missoula, to Harold and Hazel Jacobsen of Ovando. She lived with her family on the Ovando family ranch. She worked for her dad in the hayfield summers in between high school and university school years. Her dad used to proudly say that she was a better worker than any hired man he'd ever had. Carol Ann attended the one-room Warren Creek Grade School until the school consolidated with...

  • Margaret "Margo" Jane Reeve (1930 - 2023)

    Aug 24, 2023

    Margaret "Margo" Jane Reeve was born on Aug. 3rd, 1930, the long-awaited only-child, of David and Imogene Stutzman. Margo peacefully passed into her new life with Christ on March 31, 2023. She was 92. Graduating from Cal Berkeley with a major in history, she loved her life as an Alpha Chi and maintained those relationships throughout her life. She earned her teaching credential and started her career in elementary education; working hard in those early years to gain tenure. Margo taught in the...

  • Walter Erwin Madinger (1947 - 2023)

    Aug 17, 2023

    Walter Erwin Madinger, set sail for his heavenly home on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, MT after an extended bout with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. He was 75. Walter was born July 30, 1947 and was the youngest of three children born to William and Phyllis Madinger who raised their three children (Phyllis Jr., William Jr. and Walter) in Lakewood, California. As a child, Walt, or better known then as Wally, was always searching for and charging toward his next...

  • William Gehrke (1926-2023)

    Jul 20, 2023

    William Gehrke passed away in the rest home, with family members by his side. Please join us for a celebration of life at the Lutheran Church in Seeley Lake on July 21 at 3 p.m. William was born Jan. 26, 1926, to William F. Gehrke and Elsie Stone Gehrke in Centuria, Wisconsin. He attended Balsam Lake High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and football. He was offered a contract to play with the Vikings, but turned it down to enlist in the navy during WWII. He was sent to the South...

  • William (Willy / Bill) Gehrke

    Jul 13, 2023

    William Gehrke passed away in the rest home, with family members by his side. Please join us for a celebration of life at the Lutheran Church in Seeley Lake on July 21 at 3 p.m. William was born Jan. 26, 1926, to William F. Gehrke and Elsie Stone Gehrke in Centuria, Wisconsin. He attended Balsam Lake High School where he enjoyed playing basketball and football. He was offered a contract to play with the Vikings, but turned it down to enlist in the navy during WWII. He was sent to the South...

  • Death Notice

    Jul 13, 2023

    Walter (Walt) Madinger passed away peacefully with family by his side, June 24, 2023. Celebration of life to be held Saturday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. at Faith Chapel, Seeley Lake....

  • Jace Tyler Layman

    Jul 6, 2023

    Jace Tyler Layman, age 20, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023, due to an undetermined medical emergency while working for the Padlock Ranch in Sheridan County, Wyoming. Jace was born Jan. 2, 2003, in Missoula, Montana to his parents Heather and Justin, joining his older sister, Kiley. Jace was raised in Seeley Lake, Montana, until age 11, when the family moved to Havre, Montana. In 2017, the family moved back to Seeley Lake where Jace graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in June of 2020. At...

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