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The Times OBITUARIES - January 2010
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Lowell George Thornley
Ninety six years and two months was the length of life of Lowell Thornley. But his integrity, work ethic, sense of humor and love of family will live forever as his legacy.
Lowell was born in Layton, UT, on Nov. 11, 1913. He was married 65 years to his beautiful wife Eleanor, who passed away in August 2009. Lowell and Eleanor began their life together in Preston, then moved to Aberdeen to farm and raise their four children; Scott (Jane), Jan (Cliff) Wheeler, Kyle (Leni), and Eric. He was devoted to his children and grandchildren, and loved sports, especially those that his sons and grandchildren were involved in, and the Chicago Cubs.
He served in his youth with the Civilian Conservation Corp during World War II. He lived through the depression and learned new trades and the invaluable traits of hard work, dedication and perseverance.
He was a faithful member of the LDS Church, and loved his life-long friendships with the wonderful people of Aberdeen. He was a horseman, a farmer, a carpenter, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. His family will be forever grateful for his tutelage, his quick wit and unconditional love and patience.
Thank you to the Gables Assisted Living facility of Pocatello for the exceptional and loving care for the past year, and to the Creekside Hospice for their care these past months.
We will dearly miss you, but we are at comfort knowing you are with mom. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
A visitation was held at the LDS Aberdeen 2nd Ward Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Private family graveside services followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.
Donna Behrend
ABERDEEN -- Donna Jean Behrend, “our Dancing Queen” 79, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, in Pocatello, surrounded by her loving daughters.
Donna was born in Thomas, ID, May 17, 1930 to Elmer and Charlotta Cobbley. She grew up in Thomas, the youngest of 11 children. In July of 1949, dressed in her best pink skirt and jacket, she married the love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Behrend at the Catholic Church in Idaho Falls. They made their home in Aberdeen, where they farmed and raised their family of six children. They had been married for 39 years when Chuck passed away suddenly in 1989. She later married Adam Robison.
Donna was an active member of the Catholic Church where she enjoyed serving with the Altar Society and Bible Study group. She was a Cub Scout leader for years, and enjoyed square dancing, golfing, crocheting, sewing, and traveling with family and friends. She was a member of the Jaycees and the Boots and Saddle Auxiliary Club. She loved to spend time and share her pool and cookies with her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all their friends who all called her Grandma Behrend. She loved summer tea parties with her granddaughter and great-granddaughters. Island Park was one of her favorite places where she enjoyed their cabin, fishing, and snowmobiling. She and Chuck retired to Sun Lakes, AZ, to enjoy the great weather and special friendships.
She is survived by one son, Paul (Debbie); three daughters, Bonnie (Ernie) Medellin, Janis (Brian) Homas, Carla (Brett) Gonzales; one daughter-in-law, Kay Behrend; and one brother, James “Jim” Cobbley. Donna was blessed with 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chuck Behrend, her sons Daniel and Steven, her grandson Chris Medellin, Adam Robison and her nine siblings.
A viewing was held Sunday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m., at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Aberdeen. The Rosary Service was held at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass was Monday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. The family visited with friends one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. Interment was at the Aberdeen Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Donna’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL 17, Chicago IL 60601 or
The family sends a special thanks to the staff at Rosetta Assisted Living (Pocatello) for their compassion and kind hearts in the care of our Mother. Also to Creekside Hospice for their kind and gentle care in Mom’s final days.
Darlene Miller
Relinquished of God’s plan for her life, Darlene Christine Kopp Miller completed her earthly journey and entered her eternal life with Jesus the Christ, her Lord and Savior Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Charlie; daughter, Tracy (Doug) Taki from Pocatello; son, Troy (Susan) Miller from Astoria, OR; and son, Tim Miller from Pocatello; mother, Martha Kopp from American Falls; brother, Richard (Edith) Kopp from American Falls; sister, Marian (Lee) Pena from Atlanta, GA; and sister, Shawna (Blaine) Winberg from Aberdeen. She is also survived by seven beautiful grandchildren, Racheal (Brad) Reavy, Ethan (Macey) Taki, Kirsten Taki, Justin Miller, Ashley Miller, Heather (Chris) Pickard and Ty Miller. Four great-grandchildren made beautiful additions that were the joy of her life.
Darlene is preceded in death by her father, George Kopp, and grandparents, Ben and Alvina Kopp and Gottfried and Katherine Hofmeister.
A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee, American Falls. There was a viewing Monday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral at the church. Donations can be sent to Luther Heights Bible Camp and also Hope House in Nampa through the church office at PO Box 55, American Falls, ID 83211.

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