In Passing


LaVonne Boggs

August 5, 1934 - January 2, 2018

LaVonne M. Boggs, a lifetime resident of Spokane area, escaped her earthly bonds to enter the Lord's house and again walk hand-in-hand with the love of her life. She was born in Spokane on August 5th, 1934 and passed quietly in her sleep on the morning of January 2, 2018. 
LaVonne was the youngest child of three born to Stanley and Bertha Mertes.

LaVonne met David Boggs and was married on October 15th, 1954 and remained his adored wife until his death in 2012. The couple settled in north Spokane and started their family. LaVonne worked for a number of years but chose the life of a full-time mother shortly after they had their fourth child.

LaVonne enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything. She was deeply involved with the raising of her four children and anybody else that chose to call her mom. She was the 'room mother' and 'field trip lady' at Browne elementary for over a decade. She supported her children in many activities including Cub Scouts, Brownies, Rainbow Girls, square dancing and many other activities. She especially enjoyed the many family adventures and travels with the RV; including the 4 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, 4 bikes, a sail boat, a fishing boat in a station wagon pulling the 23-foot trailer all around the northwest and British Columbia.

Together they retired to their dream spot in Blanchard, ID where she learned to love the game of golf and fishing trips. She was a big fan of all the local college and pro teams; she particularly enjoyed Mariners baseball and Gonzaga basketball, rarely missing games.

LaVonne believed solidly in the promise of eternal life provided by the Lord Jesus Christ. She prayed for all of her family by name just hours prior to her departure. She knew she would be reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death: her parents, her older brother Jack and older sister Genevieve, and her grandson, Timothy. Most valuable to her was knowing she would once again be with the man she loved and was married to for over 57 years, her husband Dave.

She is survived by her children; Vern (Kathy) Boggs of Spokane, Laura (Jim) Hammond of Deer Park, Deanna (Tim) Bren of Potlatch, Idaho, and David (Sharon) Boggs of Moses Lake, a cherished niece, Terry Jean Wood, of Prineville, Oregon, 11 grandchildren, Mindy, Olivia, Richard, Leon, LaVonne, Emily, Colton, Lily, Spencer, Sarah, and Isaiah, five great-grandchildren, and many other nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 12:30 pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St. in Spokane. Private interment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

On behalf of the family, I am sad to say that the wonderful woman Vera Ottoson; mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt has went to be with Jesus and her husband Carl.

Vera Selma Augusta Ottoson           (Age 93)

Vera slipped peacefully into rest December 23, 2017 in Spokane, WA surrounded by her family after a brief stay at Holy Family Hospital battling pneumonia.  She was born October 5, 1924 in Hector, MN to Hugo and Bernice (Willhite) Apitz.  Survived by her three children Beverly (Scott) Wood, Bruce (Judy) Ottoson, Joyce (Earl) Strickler; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carl Edward Ottoson of 62 years; sister, Margaret (Apitz) Ottoson, brothers, Delmer Apitz, Merle Apitz; three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, a niece and a nephew.

She grew up with her parents and siblings on a farm in Hector, MN.  Most of her family moved to the Spokane area in fall of 1946 to an adjacent farm. After a brief courtship, Vera married the love of her life on May 25, 1947.

Vera was an active member of the Wayside Community Center (Montfort School) and the Half Moon Women’s Club.  She volunteered in the Support Services of Spokane County Fire District 4 for 20 years in addition to supporting her husband while he served. Vera was an active member of the Spokane Area square dance clubs for almost 50 years where she helped Carl serve in many club, counsel, and state offices.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling, cruising, gardening, sewing, needlecrafts, card & board games, and puzzles.

Viewing will be at Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday from 10-5.  Following a private burial, a Celebration of Life service will be held at Northview Bible Church 13521 N. Mill Road, Spokane, WA 99208 on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heritage Center, Montfort School or a charity of your choice.

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John Perley Dicus
(Age 78)

John passed away quietly in his Spokane Valley home on July 21, 2017 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.     He was born in Omak, WA on October 15, 1938 and was the oldest of three children born to Mark and Marian Dicus.

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John grew up in Bonner's Ferry, ID and graduated from Bonner's Ferry High School in 1957. He worked at various jobs before joining the Air Force in 1961. He married Raellen Reed and they had two children; Don and Christine. 

The family lived in the Spokane Valley, where they were active in their church and scouting. John enjoyed bowling and square dancing and was an avid gardener. He won many awards for his prize vegetables at the fair.

John and Raellen divorced after 27 years. He later married Verna (Krogh) who had a daughter, Carrie and a son, Grover from a previous marriage. He worked for Central Valley School District before retiring in 2006. In retirement, he continued his gardening, but also enjoyed bicycling, walking his dogs, camping and caring for his grandchildren. He loved to watch old westerns and football, as well as any sport in which his grandchildren participated. He also pitched a mean game of horseshoes. 

John collected belt buckles, caps, hats, movies and anything John Wayne. He collected many loyal friends as well, who supported him throughout his illness. He will be greatly missed by all. 

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Verna; his son, Don (Kim) Dicus; daughter, Christine (Bob) Springsteen; stepdaughter, Carrie (Morgan) Koudelka; stepson, Grover (Hallie) Krogh; grandchildren: Christopher, Benjamin, Emily Joy, Emily Grace, Noah, Leilah; and new great-grandson, Mason. He is also survived by his brother, Everett Dicus; sister, Eva Bell; aunt, Ina Hanford; aunt, Lucille (Bill) Alexander; mother-in-law, Evelyn Thompson; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

At his request, no services will be held at this time. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. The family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Spokane for keeping John comfortable; physically as well as spiritually in his final days. The battle was long and hard, but John is finally at peace.


Shirley Anne Warner 

Shirley Anne Warner died peacefully in her sleep on April 1, 2017, in Everett. Shirley was born to Charles E. McCoy and Ruth E. McCoy on March 10, 1922, in Spokane, WA. She grew up in Spokane along with her two brothers, Edward McCoy and Charles McCoy. She graduated from North Central High School. On April 23, 1943, Shirley married the love of her life, Richard E. Warner, and together they had four children: Kristina "Tina", Chris, Wanda and Anita "Gay". She enjoyed a rich, full life with many interests which over the years included square dancing, bowling, golf, flower gardening, writing poetry and short stories, vacationing at Newman Lake, WA, and traveling the world. She loved reading and music, passing those loves on to all of her children.
She had a head for business and loved a challenge. She worked in the accounting and inventory end of several retail businesses in both Spokane and Everett, WA.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 43 years, Richard E. Warner, brothers Eddie and Chuck (Doris) McCoy, and son-in-law Randy Benn. She is survived by her children: Kristina Uffelman (husband Keith), Chris Warner, Wanda Cafaro (husband Darrell), Anita Gay Benn; grandchildren: Brandon (Cheryl) Uffelman, Wendy (Jim) Winn, Bridget (Scott) Skaleski, Tony (Cristie) Warner, Traci (John) Lowenthal, Anthony Lehde, Brenda Lehde, Troy Benn, and Shelby (Doug) Morrill; 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Joyce McCoy.

ALLEN, Richard Louis
December 5, 1932 - June 29, 2017

Richard Louis Allen, age 84, passed away on June 29, 2017.
The second youngest of five children, he was born in
Spokane on December 5, 1932 to Emily and Raymond Allen.
Richard attended Lindberg High School and Central Valley
High School. He served in the
Army during the occupation of
Germany. Richard was a lifelong farmer in Valleyford, WA.
He and the love of his life, Dorothee, were married on November 12, 1960 and enjoyed over 50 years together. He enjoyed square dancing, tinkering with equipment and cars, and wintering in Arizona. He was a member of Lilac City Sam's R.V. Club, and Star Shooter Dance Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothee. Richard is survived by his brother, Raymond Allen; son, Jerry (Terrie); daughter, Penny (John); son, James (Karen); four grandchildren, Jason (Rachel), Justin, Hailey and Harrison; and numerous nieces and nephews.  


Luceille "Lucy" Renz

Luceille Virginia Renz was born in Havre, MT in 1920. She died at age 97 on May 8 in Federal Way, WA. She was married to Hugo Renz at age 19 in Billings, MT and lived in Butte, MT and Vallejo, CA before moving to the Spokane Valley in 1946. Due to health problems, she moved to Federal Way in 2007.

Lucy worked for decades as a waitress at the Noodle Grill in downtown Spokane. She and Hugh loved square dancing and going out together. They spent a lot of time at Renz family functions. After retirement, she became involved with the Spokane Valley Senior Center. Lucy loved her friends and family, gardening, baking, painting plates and ceramics, tatting, crocheting, and her cats. She made the best sweet pickles!

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander Bunton and Lottie Fish Metcalf; her siblings: Ray, Doris, Danford, Dollie, and Harry (Bud); step-son Ray Renz; grandsons Thomas Renz and Daniel Renz; infant great grandsons Jacob and Lane; and Hugo, the love of her life and husband of 57 years, who passed in 1996.

Viola Marie "Vi" Kensok


Viola "Vi" Marie Kensok was born on June 5, 1924 in
Lewiston, Idaho to George and Lena Hasenoehrl. She
passed away on June 18, 2017. Vi was the third of eleven
children and was raised on a farm in Culdesac, Idaho.
She graduated from Marycliff High School and attended
Northwest Business College. She married Bruno Kensok
on September 7, 1946. Vi worked as a secretary for a
year for an insurance company, 18 years for Silver-loaf
Bakery and three years at Safeway's bakery. Later, while
in her 50s, she and Bruno worked at the Immaculate
Heart Retreat House in Spokane. Vi helped her husband
teach square and round dancing for many years.
enjoyed making rosaries and bracelets and loved to spend summer with her family and friends. She retired from
 work at 62 years, then volunteered, with her husband and her friend Jo Lee, for 20 more years, making boxes for the poor at St. Vincent De Paul.  She is survived by her children: Steve (Kim) Kensok of Elk, WA, Gloria (Larry) Peterson of Spokane, Joan (John) Milano of Portland, OR. and Debby (Wynn) Stallcop of Pomeroy, WA.; 14 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruno, and her brothers Frances, Leo, and Kenneth. 


Bernice Elizabeth (Hill) "Betty" Marx

Of Eugene, Oregon passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 of natural causes at age 85.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM. Fr. David Brown of St. Paul's Catholic Church (1201 Satre St., Eugene, OR 97401) will be officiating.

Betty was born in Cut Bank, Montana on November 1, 1931. She graduated from Marycliff High School in Spokane, Washington. Betty was married to Donald G. Marx on July 5, 1952.

Betty worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Samuel Shikany in Spokane for 20 years. Betty spent her life joyfully caring for her extended family. She delighted in gardening, square dancing, researching genealogy and loving her husband, Don. Betty was actively involved in St. Paul's Catholic Church and The Oregon Genealogy Society, where she volunteered as editor of their periodic review and librarian.

Betty is survived by her children, Marianne Marx Pizzitola, Susan Marx Nakaba, Donald Gregory Marx; son-in-law Mark Pizzitola, daughter-in-law Debbi Medin Marx; grandchildren Nicholas Pizzitola, Katherine Nakaba, Rebecca Nakaba, Patricia Marx, Marie Marx; numerous godchildren, nieces, nephews; her brothers-in-law John and Jim Marx, sisters-in-law Lois and Vivian Marx and countless friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Don and granddaughter, Megan Pizzitola.

The family of Betty Marx wishes to thank the amazing caregivers at New Horizons, Sacred Heart Riverbend Hospital and Fresenius Kidney Care Center 


 Alvina Louise Clemm

March 19, 1929 - June 4, 2017

Mom was 88 years old when the good Lord decided to take her to be with Him. In His wisdom, he knew that she could not be made well here and that it was time to go to where there is no suffering. She went peacefully in her sleep. Thank you, Lord.

Mom was born to William Teske and Ida Reiter in Tekoa, WA. She was raised on a farm between Tekoa and Oaksdale. She would attend school in both towns and graduated from Tekoa High School. She attended Kinman Business University in Spokane and got her Secretarial Degree. She went to work for the Great NW Life Insurance Company and later for Keystone Frame and Mfg. Company. Mom and Dad met in a boarding house (girls on one floor and guys on the other) on 7th Avenue. Dad and his brother had just moved there from another boarding house and at the time dad was working for Safeway. They were married on January 11, 1948. Dad went on to work for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company and for a while he and Mom lived in Moses Lake. Later, they would transfer back to Spokane. They had two sons, Wayne born in 1951 and Dale in 1954.

As far back as we can remember, Mom and Dad have always danced. According to a letter we found, they took their first square dance lessons in 1949/50 at Lewis and Clark High School. They quit dancing when we kids came along, but started back ten years later in 1960. They took lessons again and, through the years, belonged to various clubs (Flying Squares, Kountry Kuzzins, Boots and Slippers). In 1963, an opportunity came along to take a caller's class. Mom and Dad both attended and began teaching square and round dancing. The first club they called for was the Miss n' Links in Colville. After a few years of driving back and forth to Colville, they decided to was time to stay in Spokane where they called first for Boots and Slippers and then a new club called Buttons n' Bows. They danced and called for over 17 years. 

When dad retired, they became snowbirds going between Mesa, AZ and Spokane. Somewhere along the line they took up Polka dancing and danced as long as Mom was able. Mom and dad enjoyed traveling. They drove the Al/Can Highway, went across the country to the Florida Keys and later went on vacations with their kids to the Oregon Coast and on several ocean cruises including Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and the Mexican Riviera. We even got them zip lining in Costa Rica. Mom and Dad also loved to fish.
Alvina is survived by her husband of 69 years, Clifford Clemm; son, Wayne (Anita) Clemm; 
three grandchildren: Anna (Chris) Cheathem, Steven (Tara) Clemm and Kathy (Hector) Santiago; and five great-grandkids: Megan, Jackson, Morgan, Hayden and Ryker. She was preceded in death by her son, Dale (Marlene) Clemm.

We will miss you, Mom, and your infamous one-liners. We look forward to seeing you and Dale again. 


MAXFIELD, Madge Counts (Age 96)

On a hot August night, on August 5, 1920, in a big log house located at Herald, VA, I was born, the fourth child of William Letcher and Coosie Rasnick Counts. The moon shone bright on the flowers my motherhad planted around the house. Herald is located on a mountain top, between Coeburn and St. Paul, VA. Dr. Tompkins, of Tom's Creek, rode up the mountain, seven miles on horseback to be with my mother. When I was seven years old, I started to school. Greenwood Elementary School was located two miles from our home. My dad, W. L. Counts, was head teacher there. I walked with him to school. He walked so fast that I had to run to keep up with him. I finished seven grades at Greenwood. A school bus took me to Ervinton School located in Nora, VA for eighth and ninth grades. Then my family moved to Honaker, VA. I finished high school at Honaker in the spring of 1940. In the fall of 1940, I entered Appalachian State University located in Boone, NC and finished my first undergraduate degree in two years. Our country was at war. I decided to do something for the war effort instead of going back to school. I got a job as a draftsman at Western Electric Company located on the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, MD. There I met Darel Lockwood Maxfield, a sergeant in the Army, from the state of Washington. We were married on April 13, 1943. Darel was shipped to California before being shipped overseas. While he was there, our darling Margaret Lockwood Maxfield was born on April 9, 1944. Darel Lockwood was shipped overseas and I left little Margaret with my mother and went back to Appalachian State and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in teaching, which was what I believe God called me to do.

In 1946, after the war was over, Darel L. was discharged from the U.S. Army and we brought our daughter to my husband's home, Forks, WA, by train. He had been gone six years. It rained every day in Forks. So after two years in Forks, we moved to Spokane, WA to live in a little more sunshine. Darel found work on the railroads and eventually worked as a grain inspector for the state of Washington. He inspected all types of grain: oats, barley, corn, wheat, and lentils. I taught school 31 years, teaching grades four through eight, also girl's physical education.

My greatest joy was teaching both Square and Round dancing to boys and girls every Friday at school. Red Henderson and I founded a dance group for the District and we called it "The Silver Spurs."

In 1956, we had a son, Darel Counts Maxfield, which was one of the happiest days of our lives. When Darel C. was in the fifth grade, I asked to have him in my classroom. I was teaching at our neighborhood school and the principal said, "yes." It was the highest point of my teaching experience. Margaret finished high school at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, WA. 

In 1953 my husband, Darel Lockwood, purchased some lakefront property on a sleepy little Hayden Lake. We took up permanent residence there once the house was finished in 1987. My husband, Darel Lockwood, passed away March 25, 2005. I remained in the cabin until I had to come home to live with my son's family in Spokane for a while and the last years of my life I lived in the loving hands of the folks at Clarebridge (Brookdale Nine Mile).

My life was full of many joys. I loved ceramics, painting and calligraphy and spending time in my Art room overlooking the lake. I played guitar and sang and loved to square dance. My husband and I enjoyed gardening, harvesting lots of tomatoes and raspberries. I loved watching the hummingbirds and butterflies. The greatest days of my life were spent with my grandchildren, eating Mickey Mouse waffles, biscuits and gravy and watching them jump off the dock at our home in Hayden Lake.
For 96 years I loved the Lord, I loved my family and I loved the little ones God placed in my care to teach.
~ Madge Counts Maxfield 


Madeline Rose (Maguire) Dellwo

Madeline Dellwo passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 at the age of 98. She was born on November 29, 1918 to Rose (McEneaney) and James Maguire in Spokane and grew up on the family farm with her eight  siblings on White Bluff Prairie west of Spokane.

Madeline attended Great Northern Elementary School and Marycliff High School, graduating in 1937. She received her teaching certificate from Holy Names College, where she was the Senior Class President, in 1940. Always very active in sports, Madeline organized her high school and college basketball and volleyball teams, and was captain of her teams for most of those years. She taught grade school at Great Northern for two years, from 1940 to 1942, during which time she married Robert Dellwo at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on June 7, 1941. Madeline and Robert had eight children, but Madeline continued to be active in sports, playing golf until she was in her 80's for the Spokane Area Women's Golf Association (SAWGA), primarily with the Indian Canyon and Esmeralda 18 Hole Ladies Golf Clubs. She enjoyed dancing with the Western Dance Association and the Chasse Dance Club for nearly 50 years. Madeline walked Bloomsday at age 92, winning the gold medal for her age group. Giving back to the community was very important to Madeline. She volunteered for many years at the Spokane VA Medical Center and at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center until she was 95 years old. It was obvious, though, that Madeline's priority was raising her family, sewing clothes and cooking meals, toting everybody to school events, athletic competitions, and music recitals. Madeline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her eight siblings. She is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Rosemary (Dick) Toft, Kathy Dellwo, Dennis Dellwo (Lynnette), Jerry Dellwo, Joanie (Steve) Davis, Madeline (Jim) Houghton, Bob Dellwo, and Joe Dellwo (Erica), and many grand- children and great- grandchildren. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish at 11:00 am, followed immediately by a reception at Rockwood Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations in Madeline's name can be made to Catholic Charities or to The Sisters of the Holy Names. The family would like to thank the staff at Moran Vista and Horizon Hospice for loving care they provided for our mother. 


Doris Pauline Goehner

 Age 96

Doris Pauline Goehner, peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday March 21, 2017. Doris was born October 16, 1920 in Marine, IL moving as a young child and growing up in St. Louis MO. In 1943, she joined the Army. She was honorably discharged in 1945 serving as Sgt. Photograph Lab Technician. She was very proud to be a WWII Veteran and to have served her country. Doris met Arthur "Art" Goehner in 1946 while on a train from Ogden, UT to St. Louis, MO. Romance blossomed and they were married in 1947. They would have celebrated their 70th Anniversary this coming September. Doris and Art made their home in St. Louis, MO, then Spokane, WA and finally Yakima, WA the last 11 years. Doris loved to dance and, with help from friends, convinced Art to learn square dancing and then round dancing, which they did for more than 30 years. They loved to travel; taking many trips to Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone. They danced and made friends along the way. Her grandchildren were a big part of her life from their babyhood to adulthood. She enjoyed going to their school functions and sports games, watching each with pride. Doris is survived by her husband, Arthur (Art) Goehner, daughter Kris (Alan) McMahan, grandson Jason McMahan, granddaughter Michelle (Josh) Hellstrom, three great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her step-brother John (Darlene) Lampe. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Lillian Lampe, step-mother Margaret Lampe, brother Vernon Lampe and sisters Marjorie Veninga and Shirley Lampe.


Gay A. Noon 

1934 - 2017

Gay passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2017 in Spokane Valley. He was born in Bismarck North Dakota on August 14th, 1934. He lived in the Spokane Valley area for 40 years, prior to moving to Spokane, he was a member of the Airforce for 20 years where he attained the rank of Tech Sergeant. After retiring from military service, he attended college at North Seattle Community College getting an AA in electronics. In his off time, he enjoyed square dancing, a hobby he pursued for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his son Tom Noon (2016), and his parents Oliver and Elvira Noon. Mr. Noon is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 61 years, two sons, Ted Noon, and Tim Noon, his siblings, Pat and Coleen of Renton WA, his grandchildren Tim Noon Jr. and Susie Bush, Niece Kim Avilla and Matthew Johnston of Renton WA, along with various other nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone at Pineridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center and Horizon Hospice for their care. No service, gathering will be held in the Spring. 


 Kenneth H. Pinkham

Age 89

Ken passed away peacefully in his home February 1, 2017 with his loving wife, Celene and his step- daughter, Karen by his side.

Born in Omak, WA., August 5, 1927, moved to Canim Lake,
BC., at age 1. Moved to Vancouver, BC at age 14, then to
Seattle, WA., in 1948. He served 4 years in the
US Navy as an Electronics Tech 2nd Class, 15 years with Pacific Electro Dynamics, in Seattle. He moved to Montana in 1972 and worked for the State of MT., then moved to Spokane and worked for MOR Mfg., in Post Falls, for 16 years as a lineman and later as a Processing Technician till June of 2016. He was a detailed man who loved his job and they loved him.
He was active in Sunday school, small groups and ushering at church. He became a very kind man who loved fishing, square dancing, playing pinochle and Pegs and Jokers.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Celene Merenz; one daughter, Julie Kosue (George); six stepchildren: Catherine Robinson, Virginia (Richard) Gunderson, Karen (Bob) Strawn, James (Elaine) Merenz and Paula Rudd, Naomi (Rich) Barndt; 12 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren.



Square Dance Caller 

James David West (Age 95)

Click here to sign his guest book

James David West called his last tip on Friday, December 16, 2016. Born in Port Orchard, Washington, the son of Claude West and Alvira Huson, the man who proved "You create your own luck" .

The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jim decided the Navy was for him and became a submariner that returned from WWII in the USS Pintado. During his time of service, he married the love of his life Donna Lee Wren, on July 9, 1946. After five years, nine months and 26 days in the Navy and some time in Montana then moved to Hunters, WA where they ran their 760 acre dairy farm and raised their three children. 

In June 1968, Jim and Donna moved to Colbert, WA. Jim worked 20 years as an engineer's aid for the City of Spokane and together he and Donna built a successful square dance hall "West's North Hall" where they could live their passion together teaching and dancing with friends. Donna preceded Jim in death by over 16 years, but he is now with her, dancing again.

Jim is survived by his son David (Karen) West, and twin daughters Jodie (Merlin) Buchanan and Susan Hirschel, one sister Shirley (Jim) Beebe, one brother-in-law Ward Wren (Sharon), seven grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held. Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements. 


Margaret Piva Bomben

May 30, 1030 to February 19, 2017

With great sadness we announce the passing of Margaret Piva Bomben on February 19, 2017, in Spokane Washington. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with extended family in Canada and Italy.

Margaret was born at home in Pinantan Canada on May 5, 1930 to Joe and Kitty Piva. She spent her happy childhood and teenage years riding fast as the wind across her parents' ranch on a huge horse named Blaze. She was the first born child in the family of five and worked on the ranch like one of the guys.

After graduating from St. Anne's Academy, Margaret moved to Trail and worked for the phone company where one day she was greeted by a handsome Italian named Angelo Bomben who wanted to walk her home from work. She resisted for a while but, eventually, he won her over and they fell in love and in 1950 they were married. They spent some time in Vancouver while he completed his engineering degree.

The young couple started their family with the arrival of Maureen in 1953. After moving to Spokane in 1955, the family grew to include Karen, John and Craig. As the children got older, Margaret went to work at Seafirst Bank where she enjoyed her work as a proof machine operator.

Margaret and Angelo had a full life and traveled the world when they weren't enjoying their lake place. Margaret, normally an extremely cautious driver, turned into a daredevil when she got on a snow- mobile and raced from their place at Spirit Lake all the way to the top of Mt. Spokane. Another hobby that consumed much of their time was square dancing which she did with her usual vigor, traveling with the Rambling Rovers to festivals all over the country.

Margaret had a soft spot in her heart for dogs and cats and for stray friends of her kids who needed a place to stay or a hot meal. Everyone was welcome. In spite of her busy schedule, she still had time to make her legendary spaghetti sauce which was much loved by her family and anyone lucky enough to sit at their table. No one ever went hungry in the Bomben house!

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Maureen Kerber (Dennis) and Karen Wright (Tom); her sons, John Bomben (Linda) and Craig Bomben (Aissa); her brothers, Victor Piva (Janet) and Albert Piva (Marie); her sister, Albina Wipp (Harvey); 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband, Angelo; her brother, Gordon Piva and her brothers-in-law, Joe and Ray Bomben.

The family would like to thank all of the health care professionals who took care of Margaret during her long illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202 or to the Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Association ,

A funeral service will be held on March 25 at 11:00 at St. John Vianney Church, 503 North Walnut Road. 


Lila Lee Lilienthal Howard 

(Age 90)

November 24, 1926 to
               February 3, 2017

Lila Howard, born on November 24, 1926, passed away peacefully with family at her side on February 3, 2017. Born in the town of Lincoln, WA, the Lilienthal family later moved to Davenport where Ed and Lena raised their three kids Robert, Lorraine and Lila on a country farm still known as Lilienthal Mountain. Lila loved sharing stories of riding their horses to school in six feet of snow, milking cows, canning food from the garden and Saturday night dances at the Grange and she cherished those memories forever. Lila moved to Spokane and later met Sam Cassel. They married and moved to Republic where they bought the old Bailey Hotel and Tavern. Lila could do it all; Chariot racing at the rodeo, cook, bartend, hunt, fish and through all the hard work and play she was the best mom you could ever ask for. Lila moved the family to Spokane and as a single mom, raised five kids, supporting them working as the finest bartender in Hillyard. Never missing her girls' square dancing or her boys' wrestling matches, Lila was always the feisty, fun redhead that family and friends loved to be around.

After raising her kids, she married the love of her life, railroad engineer, Don Howard. In retirement, they traveled, golfed, played slots at the local casino and were active members of the Eagles Lodge. They truly enjoyed life together until Don's passing in 2001.
Lila is reunited in Heaven with Don; her daughter, Kelly Millard; son, Scott Olsen; her parents, Lena and Ed Lilienthal; her brother, Robert (Josephine) Lilienthal and their kids, Jack and Debbie; and Lila's sister Lorraine (Fred) Bley.
She is survived by her children, Robin (Phil) Cunningham, Sam (Ann) Cassel, and Tracy (Carol) Cassel; granddaughters, Brook, Meko, Karlee, Shyla, Perry, and Reese; grandsons, Casey, Sammy, and Trace; great-grandkids, Austin and Zach; and her beloved nieces and nephews, Bobbie, Dixie, Carol, Colleen, Laurie, and Mike.

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