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The Press OBITUARIES - November 2012

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Debbie Watters
Debbie Laureen Watters, 50, of Idaho Falls, went into her Heavenly Father’s arms on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Debbie passed away quietly in her sleep at the Rexburg Care Center where she resided.
Debbie was born Jan. 28, 1962, to JoAnn Bauer and Gary Marrit.
Debbie was a talented artist who frequently entered pieces into the Idaho State Fair and had won many prizes for her beautiful artwork. She was known for quick wit, sense of humor, and contagious laugh. Debbie had a caring heart and loved taking care of her family, friends and furry friends. She was a patient soul with a playful spirit. Her favorite thing was spending time with her family and friends. Debbie was quite good at playing games, whether it is Sorry the board game, Donkey Kong on Super Nintendo, or dueling out on a computer game.
Debbie has fought an uphill battle with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 30 years and joins many loved ones in Heaven including her grandparents, Emil and Martha Bauer, Uncle Larry Bauer, Cousin Terry Bauer, Great-Aunt Minnie Bauer and many more.
She is survived by her parents, JoAnn, Gary and stepmother Karen; half siblings, Kareena and Devin Maritt and her four children, including their spouses, Alisha and Joey Rodriguez, Mathew and Jennifer Watters, Brandy and Logan Furniss, and Kristopher and Veni Waters, as well as five grandchildren with one on the way.
Debbie will be forever missed by her family and friends.
The viewing will be held at 1 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Calvary Chapel, located at 4250 S. 25th E. in Idaho Falls. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.
The family prefers donations in Debbie’s Honor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Helen Weech
Helen LaVon (Stevens) Weech of American Falls, ID, passed away at the Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello, ID, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Jerome, Jerome County, Idaho, the 11th of 14 children, to parents, Hans Arnold and Rachel Johanna (Pearson) Stevens.
She was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Helen married Matthew Samuel Weech, Feb. 8, 1945, in Nipoma, San Louis Obispo County, CA. In 1999, their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, in Idaho Falls, ID. One son and three daughters were born to this marriage: Gary, Linda, Bonnie and Peggy. After marriage, the family lived in Hagerman, ID, until 1950, when the family moved to various towns in Oregon, Washington and California, before moving to American Falls, in 1961, where she has resided since.
Helen was well-known by family and friends for her beautiful quilting. She was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, raising flowers, reading, crocheting and doll collecting. Helen liked camping trips with her family and took an interest in collecting natural plant materials, and making things from those materials.
Helen loved to serve others, and served, diligently, as a visiting teacher, for many years. Other church callings included Sunday school teacher, Relief Society teacher and homemaking and quilt director, among others. She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She was, always, sharing baked or home-canned goods with her family, friends and neighbors, but her greatest love was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Helen is survived by her husband of 67 years, Matthew of American Falls; three daughters, Linda Jeruss, of Sacramento, CA, Bonnie (Kay) Stanger, of American Falls, and Peggy Jones, of Boise, ID; 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sibyl Stevens and Beth Pratt, both of Kennewick, WA, and Patty (Joe) Barker, of Boise, ID; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four sisters and six brothers, one grandson, and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Third & Fourth Ward Building, 650 Pocatello Avenue, with Bishop Dennis Cook officiating. A viewing was held Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, and prior to services today, at 10 a.m., at the church. Burial will be in Falls View Cemetery, following the service. Funeral arrangements were by Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls.
Helena Hofmeister
Helena Neufeld Hofmeister, 86, of American Falls, ID, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center with family by her side.
Mom was born July 18, 1926 to Heinrich and Paulina Starke Neufeld in Hussar, Alberta, Canada. She married the love of her life, Gottfried William Hofmeister, on Sept. 8, 1947 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To this union three children were born, Carl, Gilbert and Rhea. Dad and Mom settled in Pleasant Valley where the Hofmeister family had homesteaded in 1912. They farmed there for 27 years, 1947 to 1971. In 1971 they sold the farm in Pleasant Valley and bought the current family farm in lower Rockland Valley.
Mom was a farmwife and mother first. She was a Cub Scout leader when Carl was active and also a 4-H leader with the Pleasant Valley club for many years as a cooking leader. Mom’s and Dad’s grandchildren were everything to them. They enjoyed watching them participate in sports, school and church activities. Mom was an active member of St John’s Lutheran Church where she participated in many years of service to the church. Mom was a selfless person always thinking of everyone else. She was a people person and enjoyed being with family and friends.
Mom is survived by her children, Carl, American Falls, Gilbert (Jolene), American Falls and Rhea (Gary), Twin Falls. She is also survived by her grandchildren Seth, Jessina (Max), Chad (Adrianna), Aaron (Angie), James (Jackie), Mattie (Joey), Gilbie (Mariah) and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bill (Ruth), Red Deer, Alberta; Mary, Brooks, Alberta, and Jessie (Larry), Winnipeg, Manitoba; sisters-in-law, Martha, American Falls, and Elsie, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gottfried; grandson, Scott; sister, Anne; and brothers, David and Henry; and her parents.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee, American Falls, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s, with a viewing one hour prior. Internment is in the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.

Elva I. Anderson
Elva I. Anderson, 97, of Pocatello, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
She was born on June 22, 1915 to Floyd and Margaret Westover in Clementsville, ID. She was the fifth of 11 children. Elva grew up in the Rexburg area until she was 12. The family then moved to Aberdeen.
She married Kenneth LeRoy Anderson on Oct. 22, 1932 in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they raised three children: Kannetta, Myrna and Neil.
Elva worked in potatoes while in Aberdeen. She and her husband took a hotel management course and managed properties in Hollywood and Santa Barbara, CA, and also in Salt Lake City, UT.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the church.
Elva did a lot of hand-work including baby quilts, sweaters, afghans, Christmas stockings, and knitting (she was a fanatic). She loved to cook and was quite remarkable at it. She also loved baking because she had a sweet tooth. When the great-grandchildren came they always visited the cookie jar. She was known as the cookie grandma.
She is survived by her daughter Kannetta (Richard) Meadows of Carmichael, CA; daughter Myrna (Darwin) Gravatt of Pocatello; son G. Neil Anderson of Pocatello; sister Maxine (Bill) Wall of Chubbuck; 12 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
Elva was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one granddaughter, one grandson, and daughter-in-law Marcia Anderson.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Valleyview Ward LDS Chapel, 1433 Gwen Drive, Pocatello. A visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., and also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial followed services at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.

Ludeen Locy Kugler
Ludeen Locy Kugler passed away at the age of 75 in her home with her husband at her side, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 from a rare condition caused by ovarian cancer (Paraneoplastic Cellebar Degeneration).
She was born in American Falls on Sept. 10, 1937 under the name Erna Ludeen Locy. Ludeen as she was called from a small girl, was the only child of Ernest and Lodema Locy. She married the love of her life Richard Kenneth Kugler after high school. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in June.
After several years of marriage, they welcomed three children: Kenton Richard, Kraig Steven and Kristin Leiane. Ludeen had the pleasure of working from home here and there raising her young children. She then worked at a bank and in a finance company until her retirement with her husband in 1990. They spent the past 21 years enjoying their winters in Casa Grande, AZ, and summers in American Falls.
Ludeen loved to play golf, bridge and being with friends. Richard and Ludeen enjoyed to golf in Chapman formats for many years, traveling from one place to the other meeting many different people. She was a member of PEO, Chapters E in Jerome and U in American Falls, and enjoyed writing their newsletter for several years.
She was the proud and loved Nana of her five grandchildren, Jessica, Kelson, Brenley, Kourtney and Braden, and supported them in everything they did.
Ludeen was a 24-year breast cancer survivor and encouraged everyone she met to have their mammograms each and every year.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Kugler; sons Kenton Kugler (Vickie) of McMinnville, OR, and Kraig Kugler of Pocatello, and her daughter Kristin Box (Todd) of Twin Falls; five grandchildren, Jessica Roberts (Mike) of Las Vegas, NV, Kelson Kugler of Seattle, WA, Brenley Box of Boise, ID, Kourtney Kugler of McMinnville, OR, and Braden Box of Grand Junction, CO.
Proceeding Ludeen in death were her parents, Ernest and Lodema Locy, and three half bothers, Wayne Locy, Hank Locy and Jim Locy.
The family will receive friends at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. The graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Idaho Youth Ranch or a charity of your choice is requested.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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