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The Press OBITUARIES - November 2010
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John Kelley
John Edwards Kelley, 82, of Shelley, ID, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, surrounded by family.
He was born Dec. 22, 1927 to John and Bessie Kelley. He grew up in Shelley and graduated from Shelley High School. He married Vernetta Ellis in 1947. Following her passing he married Shirley Hampton in 1950 in the Idaho Falls, LDS Temple. He has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many leadership positions, including Bishop of the Taylor Ward. He farmed and worked in the potato industry all his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family, riding horses and being in the outdoors.
He was very much respected and loved by everyone he associated with.
Survivors include his devoted companion, Shirley; his children, Kenneth (Vicki Corless), Richard (Mary Lyon), Jane (Richard) Marcum, and Jack (Debbie Blake) of Idaho Falls and Joan (Carl) Van Tassel of Rupert; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gene Kelley and one grandson.
There will be a viewing Friday, Nov. 26, at the Nalder Funeral Home, 110 West Oak, in Shelley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Taylor Ward Building, 1101 E. 1250 N., Shelley, with funeral services following at 11. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Shelley. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.

Kisten Marie Michaelson
Kisten Marie Michaelson, 28, of Ellensburg, WA, and formerly of American Falls, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010.
She had been attending college at Central Washington University pursuing a degree in both psychology and English in their Writing Specialization Program. Kisten had already received her associate’s degree in arts and sciences from Wenatchee Valley College. She graduated from American Falls High School in 2000.
Kisten was born on Aug. 6, 1982 in Blackfoot, and was raised in American Falls. While growing up, she thoroughly enjoyed the vacations her family took together, with Disney World in Florida being her favorite. She liked Florida so well, she lived there for a time employed as a nanny and went back often to visit friends.
Kisten was a gifted writer, with professors at universities using her work as examples of excellence. She was also a talented photographer. She had both passion and flair for capturing images in both the written word and on film.
Kisten was admired for her strength and kindness to others. She had the ability to help people feel welcomed, loved, and appreciated. Because of these gifts, she had many friends. She had big, bright, blue eyes that sparkle and a great smile that she generously shared with everybody. These will be remembered by many as her signature traits and sorely missed.
Kisten is survived by her parents, Lyle and Donna Michaelson; her siblings, Shandi (Don) Herbert, Travis (MiKelle) Michaelson, and Kirra (Aaron) Kelly; and her nieces and nephews, Taeg, Adria, Aubriel, Amberly, Annalene, Maycee, Jaidyn, Jarek, Emma, and Molly. She was deeply loved by them all and they look forward to the day when they will be reunited.
Her funeral was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tyhee Stake Center, 12146 W. Tyhee Road in Chubbuck, ID. Beginning at 12 p.m., prior to the service, family and friends were invited to meet and share condolences and memories. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any branch of Ireland Bank in Kisten’s name.
Raymond Walter Scherer
Raymond Walter Scherer, 82, of American Falls, passed away on Friday night, Nov. 19, 2010, following a brief illness.
Ray was born Sept. 6, 1928 in Mobridge, SD. His family moved to the American falls area when he was very young. Ray married the love of his life, Betty Joyce Schafer, on Feb. 1, 1949 and they had three boys, the late Tim Scherer, Lynn and Mark.
Ray loved being a rancher and was jokingly called “The Mayer of Sunbeam.” In 2007 Ray was the American Salers Association Commercial Producer of the Year. Ray was one of the founding fathers of the 4-H livestock program in American Falls and continued helping with the program until his health prevented him from weighing in the steers.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Emma; his sister, Shirley Williams; and his son, Tim Scherer. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Joyce; his boys, Lynn (Teresa) and Mark (Becky); seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren and his best little guy “Scooter.”
The graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 22, at Falls View Cemetery. There was a celebration of Ray’s life for friends and family at the home of Mark and Becky Scherer following the graveside service at 2919 Sunbeam Road. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Power County 4-H Program in Ray’s name.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose, Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
Davis Duane Stanger
(September 6, 1950 - November 14, 2010)
Davis Duane Stanger, our brother, uncle and friend, was killed in a car/bicycle accident in Draper, UT, Sunday evening, Nov. 14, 2010.
He was born Sept. 6, 1950 in American Falls, ID, to Edward Marion and Mary Ethel Adkins Stanger. He was the 14th of 15 children. He loved his family, and we loved him.
Davis graduated from American Falls High School in 1968 and in 1975 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University in political science. At the time he completed a course of study at the LDS Institute of Religion. He was awarded a scholarship to attend law school at the University of Idaho, and completed one semester. He also did some continuing education in gerontology at the Community College of Denver. He then received an associate degree in data processing at Salt Lake Community College.
Much of his professional career centered around the computer and information technology industry. At the time of his death, he was a highly respected employee of ACD Direct and O’Currance Telemarketing in Draper.
From 1969-1971, Davis served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He attended Murray First Ward in Murray, UT, where he resided.
Davis was a person that was happiest when he was serving others. His favorite pastime was ball room dancing and he extended his circle of friends through participating in numerous dance organizations. He made many life-long friends through these associations. He loved animals and was devoted to his cat, Little Kira-Kat, which he rescued as a new kitten, and his dog, Rascal, another rescued animal.
Davis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gail, Winnifred Bowers (Martin, deceased); and one brother, Richards (Billie). He is survived by four brothers, Lionel (Nancy), Boise; Kay (Bonnie), American Falls; Gordon (Vickie), Pocatello; and Merrill (Victoria) of Salt Lake City; seven sisters, Afton Grasmick (Jake, deceased), Idaho Falls; Elsie Kelly (Myrlen, deceased) of Bountiful; Ruth Bitton (Lloyd) of Pocatello; Ethel Ellsworth (Glenn) of Las Vegas; Ann Jenkins (Evan, deceased) of Tooele; Iola Kelly (Gary) of Layton; and Vivian Manning (Sheldon) of Syracuse. He is also survived by a large extended family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 20, at the American Falls First Ward Chapel. The family greeted friends and family Friday, Nov. 19, at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, and Saturday at the church in Idaho prior to services. Interment followed in the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, in the family plot.
The family would like to thank all who have helped Davis over the years, and for the outpouring of love and prayers we have felt.

Elizabeth Cobia
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and best friend, Elizabeth Lucretia Godfrey Cobia, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, Nov. 7, 2010 at the Gables Assisted Living Home.
She was born Nov. 28, 1921 to John Allen and Ona Mae Petty Godfrey in Cold Springs, OK.
In 1939 Elizabeth married Aubrey A. Pierce. Two precious daughters were born to the union, Barbara Ann and Betty Sue. They moved to Pocatello where she graduated from Grimms Business College. She worked for Culligan Water Softening and then for the Union Pacific Railroad. Beth and Aubrey were divorced in 1947.
Beth met Jim Cobia who also worked for the railroad in 1948. On July 2, 1949 she married Jim, “the love of her life.” They were blessed with five more precious children: Colleen, Brenda, Kathy, Jim and Carol.
Bowling soon became her favorite sport and in 1963, Jim and Beth built Melody Lanes Bowling Center in American Falls, which they operated for 28 years. Beth attended Brunswick Management School in Chicago. She traveled to many national tournaments with her “high five” teammates.
In 1990 Beth was awarded the “Meritonious Service Award” from the Idaho State Young American Bowling Alliance. She was inducted into the Power County Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. She served as president of the Snake River Bowling Proprietors Association. She also served on the Power County Health Board.
Over the years Beth and Jim enjoyed traveling to many places with their children. Among them were Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. One of the highlights of her later life was a trip to New York with her daughter.
Beth became a member of the LDS Church in 1954. Towards the end of her life she always talked about how much she loved Jesus, and was looking forward to going to heaven.
Spending time with her family was Beth’s greatest joy. Jimi and Erica Jennings, their grandchildren, were raised and loved by Beth and Jim as their own since their mother’s death in 1982.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughters Betty Sue Rasmussen of St. George, Colleen (Jamie) Mayer of Pocatello, Brenda (Breck) Rich of Hailey, Carol Cobia of Maui, Hawaii, Linda Sewell of Loomis, CA, sons, Noel (Jean) Cobia of Ogden, UT, and Dennis (Leslie) Cobia of Henderson, NV. She was preceded in death by husband James Anderson Cobia, daughter Barbara Shepherd, daughter Kathleen Jennings, and son James A. Cobia Jr., her parents, her brother and five sisters.
The family would like to especially thank “Angie” and the crew at the Gables Assisted Living. Mom loved you all!
The funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Third Ward Chapel, 650 Pocatello Avenue. The visitation was Friday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.

Wilma Ruth Kendall
Wilma Ruth Kendall, our beloved Mother and Grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Quincy, WA.
Wilma was born in Trilby, OH, on Dec. 2, 1927 to August and Helen Schultz. In 1943 she moved to Aberdeen, ID. She took care of the Dick and Betty Davis family while in high school, later going to work in their restaurant.
Wilma worked in potato harvest back in the days when you picked spuds “by hand”.
She attended Aberdeen High School where she met Glee Michaelson and they married in 1945. They had six children, Marie (Randy) Jimerson, Lyle (Donna) Michaelson, Dale Michaelson, Jerry Michaelson (deceased), Cheri Michaelson and Kevin Michaelson.
They moved to Pleasant Valley in 1958.
Glee and Wilma divorced in 1963. Wilma married Dean Kendall in 1976. Dean preceded her in death in 1994.
Wilma worked in American Falls where she managed Chadwick’s Department Store. She also worked at the Arctic Circle, Morgan’s Department Store and Fargo’s Department Store in Pocatello, ID.
Wilma always enjoyed working with the public.
Wilma held local and state offices in Business and Professional Women’s Association. Wilma was also very active in St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was active in making lots of quilts.
Wilma is survived by five children, two brothers, August and Freddy Schultz, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in the spring, when the flowers are blooming and we can all sing songs of praise.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls
Joan Prud’homme
Joan Geniene (Dahle) Prud’homme, age 72, of American Falls, ID, joined her husband in Heaven on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 after an extended illness.
She was born to Edna Marria (Gehring) and Bernell Dahle in Shultz Memorial Hospital in American Falls on January 19, 1938. Her mother later married Robert Tout who became the father figure in her life and a wonderful grandfather to her children.
Joan married the love of her life, Lester Fredrick (Pete) Prud’homme in the American Falls Lutheran Church, November 30, 1956. From this union were born Marria Cristine Ruff (Leonard), Suzette Jones (Tracy), Michelle Hardy (Brad), and Brian Fredrick Prud’homme. Her husband passed away in September 2004. She is survived by her sister Marlene Wagstaff, brother John Dahle, her three daughters, nine grandchildren, Nikki (Ruff) Cummins, Hailey (Ruff) Krumland, Holli Ruff, Heidi Ruff, Sean Jones, Challis Jones, Marria (Wilson) Gabriel, Kaley Wilson, John Medema, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Joan started her career at the Power County Sheriff’s office in 1974 as a dispatcher for Sheriff Rulon Neal. She later graduated from the Police Academy and was promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff serving under Sheriff Howard Sprague until her retirement in 1993. Also, during this time she developed a long lasting friendship with Sheriff Jim Jeffries.
Joan loved spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dog and companion, Kyla Roo. The highlight of her mornings was golfing with her friends Helen Kittridge, Lenora Bethke, and Lois Cluff or her sister Marlene and friend Jerry Evans. Other activities she enjoyed included gardening, art, fishing, camping, and especially wintering in Parker Dam, AZ.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete, and son Brian.
A memorial dinner for family and friends will be held at the American Falls St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m.

Catarina Aguirre
Catarina Aguirre passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 at the Power County Nursing Home. She was born April 30, 1918 in Matamoros, Tamp, Mexico to Maria Garza and Ignacio Ramirez.
On July 6, 1937 Catarina married Pedro Aguirre Sr. and together they had eight children in their hometown of Lozano, TX. The family migrated from Texas to American Falls for many years in search of agricultural work. Catarina enjoyed working in her flower beds, sewing, making menudo and tamales, playing bingo, and enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; but what she enjoyed the most was going to Jackpot and scratching lottery tickets. Catarina loved the color purple.
Sadly, on Oct. 20, 1965 tragedy struck the Aguirre family. Catarina’s husband was killed in a car accident on Homestead Road. On Oct. 2, 1967 another heart break when Catarina’s son Ray was killed in a car accident on Benton St. in Pocatello. Catarina continued migrating to Idaho with her seven children. Eventually all married and made their lives here in Idaho. Catarina’s last migration was in 1998. Her family decided that she was no longer able to live on her own and therefore made Idaho her permanent residence.
Catarina is survived by her daughter Lupe (Joe) Perez; her son Pete Aguirre; her daughter Frances (Joe) Castaneda; her daughter Dominga (Antonio) Tamez; her son Paul (Silvia) Aguirre; and her daughter Maria (Roy) Fernandez, all of American Falls; and her son Israel (Vicky) Aguirre of Pocatello; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Catarina was preceded in death by her husband Pedro and son Ray Aguirre.
We will miss her beautiful smile and her hugs and kisses. She was a very special person and had many good moments with her family. We are very happy that she has been reunited with her loved ones. We will miss you Abuelita.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rosary service will be Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m.

Funeral Notice
Steven Canfield
Steven Carl Canfield passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Twin Falls, ID.
The memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Stake Center, 111 Church Place in American Falls. The family greeted friends and neighbors at 9:30 a.m. before the service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Funeral Notice
Elizabeth Cobia
Elizabeth Cobia, former resident of American Falls, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 7, in Pocatello.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 650 Pocatello Ave. in American Falls. Interment will follow at the Falls View Cemetery.
The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, at Davis-Rose, Mortuary 170 Idaho St., American Falls, and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the church on Saturday. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Power County Press.

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