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OBITUARIES - June 2007
Christopher Anthony Gallegos, Jr.
Christopher Anthony Gallegos, Jr. was silently born Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was the son of Ana Marie Palacios and Christopher Anthony Gallegos, Sr. of American Falls.
In addition to his loving mommy, his daddy, Aunt Linda and Grandma Angie were present for his birth. Baby Chris looked exactly like his daddy. He weighed one pound 3.4 ounces and was 12 inches long. He was a beautiful baby boy.
We were very blessed to have had Christopher, Jr. for the short time that we did. He will live on forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his parents Chris and Ana; grandparents Gonzalo and Angie Gallegos and Maria Palacios; and numerous aunts and uncles.
No public services will be held. Christopher’s family said goodbye to him privately.
God bless you, little angel.
We will always love you.
The next time we hold you in
Our arms we won’t have to
Let you go.
Howard J. Nelson

Howard J. Nelson of Rockland died Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at home. Howard was born March 12, 1918, in Rockland, the son of Scott J. and Lucy Christine Taysom Nelson. Howard was their only child. He passed away peacefully at his home May 30, 2007.
Howard was just learning to talk when he contracted spinal meningitis, which left him deaf. He attended the Gooding School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding, ID, from the Fall of 1925 until the Spring of 1936.
Howard worked for George Garrard who owned a gas station in Rockland. Mr. Garrard taught Howard how to work on cars when he wasn’t fueling them up. He became a very good mechanic. He worked two years for the Harris Pine Mill in Pendleton, OR. Upon returning to Rockland, Howard worked for a short time for the Meadows Brothers.
Alvin Haskell befriended Howard during their teen years and continued this friendship throughout their lives. Whether riding on Howard’s motorcycle or Alvin’s airplane the two of them had many, many good times around the Rockland area.
Elmer Perry and Bert Nelson taught Howard to drive a car and truck. Howard worked 38 years for Ralph Wheeler driving a D-4 Cat (1936-45 then 1951-1979). He became an excellent mechanic for all types of machinery, lawn mowers, and clocks. Howard worked for Harold Permann one and a half years where he became acquainted with Harold’s son Merrill.
Howard enjoyed working with his hands: building weather vanes and toolboxes. He wired his home with lights to signal help for his mother and later for himself. He invented a unique skunk trap. He was very self-sufficient throughout most of his life. He and Ada gathered their own firewood.
Howard married his wife Ada Adkins on April 9, 1949. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He loved Ada and has missed her every day since her demise. Ada had one son, Gary L. Thornton, by a previous marriage, who preceded her in death.
Howard’s loving wife Ada Alice Adkins and his parents, Scott and Lucy, preceded Howard in death. He is survived by several cousins including: Elona Tubbs and Julia Batterton; and sisters-in-laws, Ellen Hawkley, Linnie Stevens, Laura Peterson, Lillian Funk, and Laurel George; one brother-in law, Wesley Adkins; and numerous nieces and nephews; and by his best friends, Alvin Haskell and Merrill Permann.
The funeral service was held at 12 noon, Saturday, June 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rockland Ward chapel with Bishop Alan Permann conducting. The visitation was Saturday from 10:45 to 11:55 a.m. at the church. Interment was in the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls.

Earl Phillips

Earl James Phillips, 81 of American Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2007 of natural causes.
Earl was born on Aug. 1, 1925 in Aberdeen, to Ross and Karna Phillips. He was the fourth child of nine children. Earl attended school in Aberdeen and Hagerman, ID, and joined the Navy in 1943. Earl and his brother, Dean, both attended boot camp at Camp Farragut on Lake Pend Oreille in Northern Idaho. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married the love of his life, Sarah Mae Bedwell, in Pocatello on Oct. 15, 1951. They were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Together, Earl and Sarah bought a small farm and dairy north of Springfield, on Liberty Road. They sold the farm and dairy in 1960 and leased farm land from several different locations in Southeast Idaho before settling in American Falls in 1976. Earl worked for Bob Knudsen and Knudsen Poor Farms for many years until his retirement in 1984. He really enjoyed working with Bob, Chuck, and the gang. He still enjoyed going to the farm and visiting with them until his death. After Earl retired, he and Sarah started traveling to Arizona for the winters. While in Arizona they met a lot of very nice people from all over the United States and Canada. Earl would always take a couple of sacks of potatoes with them to share with their new friends to give them a real taste of Idaho. He would always have to get back home in the spring so he could help Bob and Chuck plant the next crop, and would stay until harvest was complete.
Earl enjoyed many things, the most important was his family. He loved horses, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. His greatest joy was having a grandchild or a great-grandchild on his lap.
Earl is survived by his wife, Sarah; two daughters and three sons, Debra Phillips, American Falls, Jim and Jalene Phillips, Pocatello, Allen and Susan Phillips, Kathy and Harry Smith and Robert Phillips, all of American Falls; two sisters and three brothers, Glen and Margene Phillips, Arco, Jay and Betty Phillips, American Falls, Merlon and Elaine Phillips, Chubbuck, Maxine McCune, Downey, and Darlene Grimm, Blackfoot, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Karna; one son, David; two brothers, Roy and Dean; and one sister, Vera.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lakeview Ward, 800 S. 2120 W., Springfield. The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church prior to services. Interment will be at the Springfield Sterling Cemetery with military honors presented by the American Legion.

Martha Pratt

Aberdeen — Martha Ann Nelson Pratt, 84, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following a short illness.
She was born in Spanish Fork, UT, Dec. 2, 1922, the daughter of Isaac and Eleanor Phillips Nelson. Martha was the youngest of five children who grew up on a farm two miles southwest of Aberdeen. She attended Aberdeen Public Schools where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Leslie Jones Pratt, on July 8, 1940. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
This union was blessed with four children, Leslie Alan (Rita) Pratt, Eleanor (Larry) Elliott, Aberdeen, Dee (Jim) Crockett, Nampa, Melanie (Kent) Reynolds, Pocatello.
Martha was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served as Relief Society President, choir director, chorister, and teacher. Martha’s hobbies included sewing, quilting, ceramics, gardening, cooking, and her grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was music, which came from her mother and was passed on to her family.
She is survived by one brother, Thomas Nelson, four children, 17 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Thelma Rebecca Harrop and Lila Eleanor Nelson, one brother, John Isaac, and great-granddaughter Heather Durrant.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Aberdeen LDS Chapel with Bishop Garn Lovell officiating. The family received friends on Tuesday, June 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen LDS Church and Wednesday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Interment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Carlota Ayala Flores

Carlota Ayala Flores, 84, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007 at her home.
She was born June 9, 1922 in Brownsville, TX, to Ramon Ayala and Miquela Rodriquez. She lived half of her life in Texas and half in Idaho.
In 1937 she married Santiago Flores, in Texas. He preceded in her in death.
She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Carlota was a homemaker, devoting her time and talents to her family and home. She enjoyed dancing, music, plants and gardening.
She is survived by five sons, Santiago (Aurora) Flores, Jr. of Rio Hondo, TX; Hilario (Irma) Flores of Pocatello; Daniel (Socorro) Flores; Leonel (Rebecca) Flores, both of American Falls; Leonardo (Fabiola) Flores of New Brown Falls, TX; four daughters, Josefina (Federico) Garza of Lozano, TX; Maria (Alfonzo) Garza of Pingree; Yolanda (Jose Luis) Garza of Poteet, TX; Sarita (Cruz) Garza of Pingree; one daughter-in-law, Maria Flores of American Falls; two sisters, Virginia Ramos of Las Yecas, TX; Olivia Juarez of Lozano, TX; 37 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Santiago; a son, Jose Flores; her parents; two brothers, Ramon, Jr. and Domingo; and three sisters, Reyes, Margarita, and Otila.
A funeral mass was held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 584 West Sexton, Blackfoot. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, with a viewing following until 9 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. Blackfoot.
Interment was in the Springfield Cemetery.

Dema Maisch Wonderly

Dema Maisch Wonderly, 87, of Nampa, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, June 7, 2007. Graveside services were held Monday, June 11, at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Nampa.
Dema was born to Annie J. Gatzki Maisch and Christian Maisch on April 1, 1920, in Aberdeen. She grew up on the farm her parents homesteaded in Aberdeen. Dema graduated from Aberdeen High School, earned a lifetime teaching degree from the University of Idaho Southern Branch, and received her B.A. from Idaho State in 1971. For 21 years, she taught elementary school. The first two of those years were in a one-room schoolhouse in Lower Presto (Firth), and the following years were in Aberdeen School District. She was passionate about teaching second graders to read well.
In October 1944 Dema married the love of her life, John H. Wonderly, at Camp Campbell, KY. Following John’s discharge from the army in 1946, they lived in Washington State for three years. In 1949 they moved to Aberdeen. In 1993 she and John moved to Nampa to be near family.
Dema enjoyed playing bridge, ice skating, and walking briskly. Spending time with family was especially important to her. She took pleasure traveling in the motor home, fishing, and watching her grandkids’ activities. Dema loved the Lord and was an active member of the United Methodist Church her entire life.
Dema is survived by her loving husband of 62 years; brother, E. Earl (Barbara) Maisch of Yakima, WA; daughter, Kristine (Barry) Hopkins of Caldwell; son, John D. Wonderly of Nampa; granddaughters, Sara (Kevin) Murphy of Nampa, Megan Hopkins of Caldwell; grandson, John Christian Wonderly of Cape Hatteras; and great-grandchildren, Karen and Sean Murphy of Nampa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arnold “Buster” Maisch and Fred Maisch; and sister, Odella Cornforth Wehrli.

Mary Clevon Braithwaite Haskell
Mary Clevon Braithwaite Haskell, 79, of Rockland, returned to her Heavenly Father Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2007.
Clevon was born on April 22, 1928, in Arco, ID, to Francis and Emeline Braithwaite. She was the fifth child of six children. She attended college in San Diego, CA, and Albion, ID, graduating in the field of education. She began her teaching career in Rockland where she met the love of her life Raymond Alvin Haskell, a farmer. They were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 27, 1948. They made their home in Rockland and were blessed with seven children. Later in life, Clevon returned to Idaho State University receiving her Bachelors Degree in Education in August of 1986.
Clevon was loved and admired by everyone who knew her; she was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she faithfully served in numerous ward and stake positions. She served the community as a schoolteacher and EMT. Clevon’s hobbies included reading, gardening, swimming, genealogy, crocheting, and being a grandmother.
Clevon was preceded in death by her parents, a brother (Garth Braithwaite), and a sister (Melva Dean English). She is survived by her husband Alvin; seven children, Darrel (Janaan) Haskell of Pocatello; Ronald (Lynn) Haskell of Highland, UT; Gordon (Debra) Haskell of American Falls; Teresa (Peter) Dietz of Sandy, UT; Shirley Edwards of Pocatello; Byron (Janell) Haskell of Spanish Fork, UT; and Annette (Robert) Ramos of Reno, NV; one brother, Jack Braithwaite of Vancouver, WA; two sisters, Cleo (Richard) Braegger of Willard, UT and Valois (Leonard) Hartley of Boise, ID; 32 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted wife and mother and will be missed very much by everyone who loved her and whose lives she touched with her warm heart and beautiful smile.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rockland Ward Chapel with Bishop Alan Permann conducting. The visitation was from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. American Falls, and from 9:45 to 10:45 Tuesday at the church prior to services. Interment was at the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland.
Joseph Colburn Lasley

Joseph Colburn Lasley, 82 of Pocatello, and former resident of Rockland, died Monday, June 4, 2007 at his daughter’s home surrounded by family.
Colburn was born Jan. 1, 1925 in American Falls to Charlie and Jessie Lasley. He was the third child of nine, born one-half hour after his twin sister Clarrissia.
He married Clara Lurene Taysom on Jan. 13, 1947 and was sealed on Jan. 13, 1961 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Lurene passed away in 2004.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various church callings.
Colburn served his country during WWII in the United States Navy aboard the ship LST493. They made 40 deliveries of men and supplies between France and England. Colburn was a member of the Rockland Lions Club. He worked at the J.R. Simplot Company for 27 years. He was the Handy Man in Rockland for many years. Grandpa loved working on any kind of project with his grandchildren and the last 10 years with his great-grandchildren. One of his grandchildren said he could build anything with nothing.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, son, Dennis (Susan) Lasley of Pocatello, grandchildren Craig (Wendy) Lasley, Christina (Robert) Fawcett, Cindy Allen; daughter Sylvia Hayball of Pocatello, grandchildren Jodie and (Eric), Sheila (Matthew) Jensen, Bryon (Celeste) Hayball; daughter Lavena (Don) Hazekamp of Inkom, grandchildren Cole (Jeph), Annette (Jon) Baumeister, Kristen Hazekamp; 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters.
He will be greatly missed as a brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
A very special thanks to all of those who helped care for him. Creekside Home Health & Hospice, and Quality Home Care, but especially his loving and caring FAMILY.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rockland Ward, Rockland. The visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to services. Interment was at the Valley View Cemetery, Rockland.

Helen June Uruburu

Helen June Uruburu, 75, of American Falls, died Thursday, June 7, 2007 at Harms Memorial Hospital. Helen was born June 28, 1931 to Francisco and Deonisa Aguirre in American Falls and lived there most of her life.
She went to school in American Falls and after she graduated, moved down to Salt Lake City, UT, were she went to nursing school and graduated with a LPN degree.
During her time in Salt Lake City she met the love of her life Julian Uruburu. They were married in Elko, NV, on Nov. 5, 1956. Helen and Julian moved back to American Falls and Helen worked as a nurse. She retired from Harms Memorial Hospital after 40 years of nursing in American Falls.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Ann (Ron) Jeppsen; three grandchildren, Matthew Jarid Brucks, Melissa Kathryn Brucks and Ryan William Jeppsen; one brother, Phil (Arlene) Aguirre; and two sisters, Irene Ytuarte and Julie Zacharias. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Julian.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at Fallsview Cemetery, American Falls.

Dean Howard Fernau
Dean Howard Fernau, 81, of American Falls, slipped quietly away to join Mom Thursday, June 14, 2007.
Dean was born May 15, 1926 to Dave and Ella May Fernau of Ainsworth, NB. He grew up in Ainsworth and after returning from WWII Dean married Viva Deane Finley on June 21, 1947.
Dean was preceded in death by his loving wife, Viva Deane; his parents; three brothers, Cal, Dale and Charles; and two sisters, Vera and Lottie May; grandson Mike Fernau and granddaughter RaLee Ann McCaslin. He is survived by sons Larry (Chris) Fernau, Doug (Karen) Fernau, Dave (Jolene) Fernau; daughters Mona (Steve) Baldwin, Lorri Fernau and DeeLayna McCaslin, and his grandchildren DeAnna (Rob) Heller, LaDonna (Charlie) Costello, Mark Fernau, TreNae Fernau, Shayla Fernau, Derek (Lisa) Fernau, Alisa Fernau, Marisa (Chad) Queen, Delia Baldwin and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Power House Christian Fellowship, 2905 Sunbeam Road in American Falls with Pastor Steve Isaak officiating. The visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Johnstown Cemetery in Johnstown, NB.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Shaun Michael Wallace
Shaun Michael Wallace, 27, passed away Friday, June 15, 2007 in Pocatello, after a five year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
He was born on May 27, 1980 in Lovell, WY, the third son of Debra Norton George and Earl M. Wallace. He attended schools in Lovell and Cody, WY, and in American Falls.
He loved sports, starting early with T-ball and little league, then continuing with baseball and football teams in school. He liked to go fishing and hunting. He liked spending time and doing things with his friends and family.
He became a new father to son Michael prior to enlisting in the Navy. During enlistment he was diagnosed with M.S. at age 22. He loved the time he spent with Michael.
He lived the last five years in Pocatello with help and daily care from many, but especially from Teresa and Robert Gomez, Pamela Smith, Marla Cheezem and Cade Ackley.
He is survived by: son, Michael; brothers Chad (Lupita) of Idaho Falls, Christopher (Krista) of Cody, WY, Colten of Pocatello; sister Jillian George of Cody, WY; stepsister, Brittni Wetzel of American Falls; parents Debra and Scott H. George of Cody, WY, Earl M. and Debbie Wallace of Pocatello; grandparents, G. Earl Norton of Lovell, WY, Earl D. and NaWana Wallace of Thermopolis, WY, Evaleen George of Cody, WY; good friend, Cade Ackley and numerous other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Norton of Lovell, WY.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Avenue, Pocatello, with a viewing one hour prior to services. Services were also held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 18, at Haskell Funeral Home, 605 E. Main, Lovell, WY with a viewing one hour prior. Interment followed services on Monday at the Lovell Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to a hospice organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.
Sarah “Sally” Wardell Bowman

Sarah “Sally” Wardell Bowman, 89, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in Layton.
Sally was born April 13, 1918 at Hazelton, ID to Joshua Martin Wardell and Maude Ivah Roice. She graduated from Eden High School and from Albion State Normal School in Albion, ID.
She was married to Charles LeRoy Bowman on March 21, 1940. She also attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. She taught at Grandview and Aberdeen, ID for over 30 years. She played and coached basketball and softball. She and Roy lived on a farm north of Aberdeen for 52 years. In 1992, she moved to South Weber, UT. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in the Mutual Presidency, Ward and Stake Sports Director and Stake Name Extraction program in Idaho. From 1992 to 2004, she served in the Extraction program in South Weber, UT.
She is survived by two sons, Lee (Jean) Bowman of Kennewick, WA; Martin Bowman of American Falls, ID; and one daughter JoAnn (Warren) Reynolds of South Weber/Ogden, UT. She has 10 grandchildren; Jolie Reynolds (Lance) Moyes, Lane (Kim) Reynolds, Brandi Reynolds Kelley, Brenda Bowman (Roger) Daley, Eric (Bonnie) Bowman, Brent (Chhantha) Bowman, Scott (Tammy) Bowman, Ashlee Bowman, Nick Bowman, and Shannon Bowman. She has 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Bowman; a brother, Paul Wardell; and sister Esther Cowles.
Funeral services were held at the graveside in the Ogden City Cemetery, Monday, June 18, 2007 at 2 p.m. Friends called the Larkin & Sons Mortuary, 496 24th St, Ogden, Monday, from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
E-mail condolences to the family can be sent to larkin@csolutions.net.

Caleb Charles Leland
Aberdeen – Caleb Charles Leland, the precious son of Stephen and Kimberly Klassen Leland, and the brother of Clark Leland, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 11, 2007. He entered into the presence of his Lord and maker at the young age of ten. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at a young age and spoke often of going to be with Him.
He was born on Nov. 27, 1996 in Seattle, WA. He spent the first four years of his life in Seattle and then moved to Aberdeen where he lived at the time of his death. He had just completed the fourth grade in Aberdeen where he was always a joy to his teachers and classmates. His smile and happy countenance will always be remembered by those that knew and loved him.
Caleb is survived by his loving parents, Stephen and Kimberly; brother, Clark; his grandparents, Phil and Mary Leland of Seattle, and Charles and Sallye Klassen of Aberdeen. Also surviving him are many uncles and aunts, and cousins who always enjoyed his company.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Aberdeen Middle School gym. There was a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Aberdeen Meeting Room, 301 N. 4th W., and one hour prior to service at the school. Burial was at the Homestead Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Anna Berreth Kurtz
Anna Berreth Kurtz, 97, passed away in Gooding, ID on Thursday, June 14, 2007.
Chris and Anna farmed at Roy for eight years, then moving to Wendell, ID. Chris passed away in 1980.
Three sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by two brothers, one sister, sister-in-law Lydia Berreth of American Falls, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, at Domaray Funeral Chapel in Gooding. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Gooding.
Catherine Ann Garner
In remembrance of our beloved mother, Catherine, we celebrate her life and the love she showed to all of us. She passed away at home with family by her bedside on Friday, June 22, 2007.
Catherine was born July 7, 1932 on the family homestead near Weiser, ID to Ernest and Anna (Derig) Lewis. She was raised in Weiser with her six brothers and sisters. She graduated from Weiser High School in 1950. On Oct. 29, 1950 she married her high school sweetheart, Ken. They moved to Pocatello in 1951 and raised their family. Catherine was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 55 years. When her children were young, she was a Camp Fire leader, Cub Scout den mother and active in the St. Joseph’s School PTA. She was a member of the Red Hat Mamas’ and several bridge groups. She organized the St. Joseph’s bridge marathon for over 40 years.
Mom’s greatest joy was her family whom she cherished dearly. Her favorite pastime was bridge. She loved to sew dresses for her girls and made quilts for family members. Beautiful flower baskets decorated her front steps and deck and we always looked forward to garden tomatoes and homemade apricot jam. She enjoyed camping and spent many family vacations at Redfish Lake. Over the years she made numerous rafting trips on the Middle Fork, Main Salmon, and Hells Canyon. In 1986 she floated the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River with her family. On Oct. 29, 1973, Ken and Cathy opened Ken’s Food Market in American Falls. In 1991, when Ken passed away, Cathy took over the family business and continued to work along side her son and daughter.
Cathy is survived by her six children and their spouses: Valerie (Mark) Sonderen of Spokane, WA, LaVonne (Bob) Mills, Sherrie (Mark) Kranzler and Jacqueline (Rick) Freudenthal, all of Pocatello, Rod (Donita) Garner of American Falls, and Robert (Laurie) Garner of Placitis, NM. She has eight wonderful grandchildren that she loved to spend time with: Matthew (Shelli) Sonderen and Keva (Jason) Sonderen-Humbert, Ryan, Scott and Kiersten Garner, Kate Mills, Whitney and McKenzie Garner. Her sisters Pauline Maddox and Florence Clements, brother-in-law Bill Hammett, and sister-in-law Mary Lewis Irvine also survive her, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cathy was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Kenneth A. Garner, her parents, brothers Bill Lewis and Bob Lewis and sisters Jean Flynn and Helen Hammett.
We will gather to celebrate her life on Sunday, July 1, with a rosary and remembrance vigil service at St. Mary’s Chapel, 352 Roosevelt, American Falls, at 5 p.m. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, at St. Joseph’s Chapel, 439 Hayes Ave. in Pocatello. Graveside services will be at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
The family suggests memorial gifts be made in Cathy’s name to Holy Spirit Catholic Community School, 540 N. 7th Ave., Pocatello, or the American Falls Public Library, 308 Roosevelt, American Falls, ID 83211 as part of their remodeling efforts.
She will be remembered for her friendships, love of reading, strong work ethic that she passed on to her children, enjoyment of rafting and camping with family and a strong faith in God.
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