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The Press OBITUARIES - March 2012

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Phyllis Elizabeth Harris
Phyllis Elizabeth Harris, 79, of Chubbuck, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at a local care facility. She was born the youngest of four children of Ira Alonzo Neibaur and Bertha Cleo Jacobs Neibaur in Newdale, ID.
Phyllis attended schools in Newdale until 1948 when she married Merlin. They were married June 2, 1948 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan temple. Together they had six children, Dan, Nannette, Scott, Brian, Casey and Suzanne. She was a stay at home mom, but she also helped on the family farm keeping books.
Phyllis later earned her GED in 1987 and continued on to earn an associate’s degree in business administration in 1990 from Idaho State University. She was grateful and proud of the fact that she kept books for the family farm and later opened a family business “the Cookie Jar” and operated that as well.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a librarian and also camp director.
Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, quilting, crossword puzzles, reading, and sharing time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Merlin Harris, Chubbuck; six children, Dan (Glenda) Harris, Meridian, ID, Nanette (Mike) Spangler, American Falls, Scott (Charla) Harris, Weston, OR, Brian (Cindy) Harris, Inkom, ID, Casey Harris, Las Vegas, NV, Suzanne (Rhett) Freeman, Pocatello: siblings, Seth (Verba) Neibaur, Newel (Colleen) Neibaur, Hilda (Lynford) Murri; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., Pocatello. A viewing was held from 6 until 7:30 p.m., Tuesday evening at Colonial Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.

Nona June Rogers
Nona June (Browning) Rogers of American Falls, went home to our Lord and Savior Thursday, March 22, 2012. Nona was born July 19, 1923 to Harry Neal and Myrtle (Cahoon) Browning, the third of four children.
The family had a small homestead outside of Emmett, ID, close to Bissell Creek. Times were very hard for the family, but the love of God and love for each other kept them strong. Nona’s mother and father both became very ill and she became the caretaker of her parents and young brother at the age of eight. Nona was able to complete the eighth grade before she had to quit and find work to help support the family. She later completed her GED.
Nona met and married her life partner Troy Cleo Rogers while working in Ordnance, OR, at the bomb depot during World War II. They were married Jan. 5, 1945. Troy and Nona were blessed by the birth of their daughters Bonnie June and Linda Diane. The family lived in Pendleton, OR, until 1958, and then moved to American Falls where they made their home until their deaths.
Troy and Nona were very proud and loving foster parents to over 350 children, three of whom were adopted. William Troy and Kimberly Cleo were the first two in 1975 and then Gina Marie in 1978.
The family thrived with Troy and Nona’s love, hard work and gentle guidance for all. Nona will be dearly missed by so many. Her love touched all who came in contact with her.
Nona was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Troy and two brothers. She is survived by her brother Harry Neal Browning, Jr. of Carbonado, WA, her daughters Bonnie Clayton of Twin Falls, Linda Broadhead of American Falls, Kimberly (Casey) Mingo of Aberdeen, Gina (Jim) Wheeler of Pocatello, 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Thursday, March 29, at 1 p.m., at Hillcrest Elementary School, 1045 Bennett Avenue, American Falls. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. Interment is following at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Death Notice
Franklin Max Stalker Sr.
Franklin Max Stalker, Sr., 53, former resident of American Falls, died Saturday, March 24, 2012. At his request there will be no services. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Tina Isaak
Leontina (Tina) C. Isaak, 89, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, died peacefully following a short illness on Feb. 21, 2012. Her strong faith in God was her foundation and she looked forward to joining her Savior in heaven as well as her husband, John W. Isaak.
Tina was born April 15, 1922 in American Falls, ID, to Henry and Maria (Mary) Müeller Kranzler. She grew up on a farm and graduated from American Falls High School. She married the love of her life, John, on March 15, 1942 and they lived 33 years in Pocatello, ID, before moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1979. Through the years, Tina was active in her church, including serving as organist. Her interests included music, sewing, Bridge, entertaining guests and volunteering for charities, such as the Red Cross. She found her faith was strengthened daily through reading God’s word.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Hertha, and her brother, Alvin. Survivors include two sisters-in law, Ellen Kranzler of Boise and Annie Lehmann of Aberdeen; five nieces and nephews, Dayna (Bill) Feher, of Dagsboro, DE; Conrad Kranzler of Boise; Mark (Sherrie) Kranzler of Pocatello; Camille (John Newcomb) Kranzler of Boise; and Anne (Gary) McDannel of Rigby.
A celebration of Tina’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Coeur d’Alene, with a reception to follow. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. 5th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Helen Kittridge
Helen Kittridge, of American Falls, ID, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1938 in American Falls, the daughter of Herman and Alice Brown Schiewe.
Helen enjoyed working with the Power County Historical Society and Museum. Her other interests included cooking, playing golf and traveling.
Helen is survived by her two daughters and son, Colleen (Steve) Wadsworth, Carol Kittridge and Mike Kittridge; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is survived by one brother, Lawrence Schiewe of Nevada, two sisters, Laura Wilson of Nevada and Ruth “Midge” Ramsey of Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andy Kittridge, three brothers and two sisters.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, March 23, at the American Falls Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Chapel, 352 Roosevelt St. with Fr. Carlos Camargo as Celebrant. Inurnment will be in the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Alice Roy
Alice Zaring Roy passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 16, 2012.
Alice was born in American Falls on Aug. 13, 1932 to Don “Spec” and Leona Boyd Zaring. She grew up in American Falls, graduating from high school in 1950. She moved to Salt Lake City, UT, to attend business college where she married Ralph Rider on March 6, 1955. They had three daughters, Kathy, Kelly and Keri. They moved back to American Falls and later divorced. Alice went to work at Lamb Weston as a payroll clerk. She married Fielden Roy on April 3, 1971. Together they enjoyed traveling in their fifth wheel, but most of all spending time with their extended families and friends.
Mom was a wonderful cook and every Sunday you’d never know who would show up, and many were always welcomed.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fielden; her brother, Dick Zaring; and her daughter, Keri Dawn Rider. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Anderson; her daughters, Kathy (Irvan) McLean and Kelly (Jay) Nelson; five grandchildren, Alison Rider, Rachel Rider, Loni Nelson, Keith McLean, Erin McLean and one very special great-granddaughter, Kloe Dawn McLean; and by her dear friend Becky Anderson. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Regina Weatherbee, Delain (Rosalie) Roy and Peggy (Rick) Fehringer, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and too many friends to mention. You are loved and will be missed by all.
The memorial service was at 11 a.m., Monday, March 19, at United Methodist Church, 710 Fort Hall Avenue, American Falls. Interment followed at the Neeley Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Michael Eugene West
Michael Eugene West of Mackay, ID, died at Lost River Hospital in Arco, on Saturday, March 17, 2012, after a brief illness due to cancer.
Born Sept. 30, 1939 to David West and Ruth Brinkley West in Caldwell, ID, Mike was the oldest of two children and has a sister, Judy.
Mike married Roberta Smit in 1959. Mike lost his first wife, Roberta, to cancer in 1993. They had three children: Lon E. West (Erica), Mark L. West (Chris), and Cindy West, all of Pocatello, ID. From this family he has three grandsons, David J. West, Tyler L. West, and Bridger E. West. He also leaves behind one terrific ex-daughter-in-law Tracy Beaton.
Mike remarried in 2005 to LuAnn Simms giving him two stepdaughters, Laura Hall and Kelly (Nick) Bird, and six step-grandchildren, Nick and JD Hall, Hailey, Lexi, Ashton and Zoey Bird.
Mike loved to travel, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, guns, horses, and the whole outdoors. He served six years in the Air Guard Reserves and many positions for Lamb Weston for over 40 years. Mike was a licensed electrician, an EMT and instructor, and Power County Deputy for seven years.
The mountains were his church and we will miss him greatly.
There was a viewing at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. The graveside service followed at 12 noon at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Fred Morris
Fred Morris, 92, passed away at a nursing home in Stanwood, WA, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Rowene, and children, Durla Whittam, Stan Morris and Shelley Minick, and one sister, Ilene Benson of Blackfoot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
He was in the United States Army during WWII from 1942 to 1946.
After returning home from the Army, he took his family and went to Sitka, Alaska, and made a good living fishing. He later returned to Grants Pass, OR, and then to Washington state for retirement. He was a hard worker all of his life and his family was his highest priority.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Saturday, March 10, at the Church of Christ, Stanwood, WA.

Velma Maxine Whitnah
Velma Maxine Whitnah, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away Saturday morning, March 10, 2012 at Edgewood - Spring Creek Manor, in American Falls from natural causes.
Velma was born on June 20, 1919, to Heber George and Delilah Rogers Wood in Pocatello, ID. She joined six siblings followed by a sister Ann; she was predeceased by all her siblings. She was raised in Arbon Valley, ID. When her sister Ann was ready for high school, she and Velma both lived in American Falls and graduated from American Falls High School.
She married Lloyd William Whitnah on March 5, 1945, and moved to the dry farm at Roy, ID. Their son Douglas was born in 1945, followed by sister Edna in 1947, joining brother Roger at home. In the spring of 1949, they moved to American Falls, and purchased the Williams Dairy, west of American Falls on Borah Road. They farmed there until Lloyd’s passing in May of 1968, at which time her sons took over the farms. She lived there until moving to Spring Creek in May of 2011.
She was a member of the LDS Church. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting, especially when several women would get together, to finish a quilt. We’ve all received some of her fine handiwork in her quilts. She was always so proud of her quilts and enjoyed showing them to everyone.
She is survived by her son Douglas (Carol), daughter Edna and daughter-in-law Lydia, all of American Falls. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Shonda Whitnah, Linc Whitnah, Nora Sue Howell, and Kyle Whitnah, Kimera Badger, Traci Woodworth, and Kelli Long. She also has 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, her husband Lloyd and her son Roger.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls 1st Ward. The visitations will be at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday before the funeral service.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Adrienne Adamson
Adrienne Adamson, of Aberdeen, ID, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at Spring Creek, in American Falls, ID.
She was born in Blackfoot, ID, to Emma and Myron Dance on Jan. 7, 1934. She went to first grade in Fairview, ID, then the family moved and she attended schools in Groveland, ID, then in Aberdeen where she graduated from Aberdeen High School. Later she attended John F. Kennedy College in San Antonio, and San Antonio Junior College.
Adrienne married Leon Adamson on June 23, 1951. Together they moved several times with his military career, traveling and visiting 34 countries, and raising their boys and a few that stepped in for a visit along the way. When Leon retired from the Air Force the family returned to Idaho in 1972 and Adrienne spent 22 years employed at the Simplot Potato Food Group in Aberdeen. She made many lifelong friends while working at Simplot.
She is survived by her husband, Leon; her sons, Mark and LesLee, Spanish Fork UT, Mike and Tammy, Brigham City, UT, and Randy and Leslie, Aberdeen; cherished friend and chosen daughter, Rita Workman Darrah; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip and Don Dance; and one sister, Celia Buchanan. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Myron Cal Dance.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen 2nd Ward, 149 W. Central, Aberdeen. The visitation was from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral. The interment was at the Springfield-Sterling Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Monica Rose Corsini
Monica Rose Corsini, 24, was born in August of 1987 and passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
She is the daughter of Greg and Maria Kress Wilson and Joseph and Toni Corsini. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn and Gary Thomson of American Falls, Gale and Dennis Corsini of Sandpoint, and Stan Kress of Garden Valley, ID.
She was born in Moscow, ID, while her parents were students at the University of Idaho. She spent her first years in American Falls. Since 1993, when Maria married Greg, she has lived in Pocatello except when she attended the U of I. She was currently attending ISU, finishing her degree in history and French. She was working as a research assistant to her inspirational professor, Dr. Stephanie Christelow.
In May, when her school finished, Monica and her best friend, Christina Nelson of Boise, had plans to fly to France, travel throughout Europe and visit her father and brothers in Germany.
Monica camped, skied, climbed rocks, whitewater river rafted, hiked and lived a full life. She knitted and made up her own patterns to perfection. She enjoyed family games, loved her dog and made all of us happy.
She is survived by her parents and grandparents; a step-sister, Amy; step-brother, Eric; three half-brothers in Germany, Nicolas, Aaron and Daniel Corsini. She is also survived by her Corsini and Kress aunts and uncles and her two sister cousins, Jordyn Tanner and Whitney Kress, and all the other cousins who were part of her life.
Monica preferred theme parties and so everyone is invited to wear something knit, on your head, around your neck, or in your pocket, to her memorial service held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Snowflake in American Falls on Friday, March 9, at 1 p.m. A viewing will be held Thursday at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Ruth Richards
Ruth Richards, a long-time American Falls resident, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the age of 94 in Sandy, UT, where she had been living since 2004 to be near her son and daughter.
Ruth Esther Batt Richards was born in the family home on Jan. 7, 1918, the first of five children to be born to Elizabeth E. Karn Batt and John W. Batt, where the family homesteaded near Wilder, ID, in 1907.
Ruth attended schools in Wilder and graduated from Wilder High School. She attended the University of Idaho where she graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics in 1940. While attending the U of I she met Jack W. Richards whom she married on Sept. 8, 1940 in Wilder. After living in Nampa for a year they moved to Roy, ID, to run the Richards’ family dry farm. They had four children and expanded the farm into a successful business operation living on the farm during the growing season and in American Falls in the winter. They farmed until Jack retired in 1978 and began spending their time traveling to see their children, camping and fishing. They spent some time wintering in Meza, AZ, where Jack passed away in 1987. Ruth continued to live in American Falls where she maintained a beautiful home and yard of flowers including an extensive yearly display of petunias and pansies. She was an active member of the Bethany Baptist Church and PEO.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; son, Dr. Thomas Richards; son in-law, Leon Campbell; grandson, Nathan Schow; her siblings, Emma Batt Kurze, John Batt, Jr., and James Batt. She is survived by her brother, Phil Batt (Jacque) of Boise, ID, and children, Judy (Bob) Schow of Dallas, TX; Steve (Glenda) Richards of Sandy, UT; and Charlotte Campbell of Murray, UT; daughter in-law, Sharon Richards of Beaverton, OR; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Ruth loved her church, her family and her friends. She will be missed by all and we cherish our memories of her.
Funeral services will be held at the Willow Bay Baptist Church on Monday, March 12, at 2 p.m. The visitation will be at 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in her honor to the local PEO College Scholarship Fund, C/O Pat Chase, 635 Bennett Ave, American Falls, ID 83211.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
 
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