Obituaries

December 3, 1996 - Updated: July 16, 9:37 p.m.

Roberta ‘Bert’ Riley Mead

Visitation for Roberta M. “Bert” Riley, 62, is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial at Peone Prairie Cemetery.

Mrs. Riley, who was born in Greenacres, died Saturday.

She graduated from Central Valley High School.

She retired from Spokane County District Court, where she worked as a clerk for 18 years.

Mrs. Riley had lived in Greenbluff for 21 years and was a member of the Green Bluff Grange No. 300, where she was the chaplain, and a member of Green Bluff United Methodist Church.

Her first husband, Philip Filer, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Roy Riley; her mother, Lyda Livingstone of Veradale; three sons, David, Philip and John Filer, all of Spokane; two daughters, Pamala Filer of Kent, Wash., and Darlene Hooppaw of Covington, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Christine Spiker of Missoula and Jeanette Riley of Silver Lake, Wash.; three brothers, James Livingstone of Spokane, Don Livingstone of Connell, Wash., and Steven Livingstone of Greenacres; a sister, Jean Lehmbecker of Colbert; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Green Bluff United Methodist Church.

Anna Styer Palouse, Wash.

Funeral Mass for Anna Marie Styer, 76, will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, Idaho. Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Styer, who was born in Atlantic City, N.J., died last Tuesday.

She grew up and attended schools in New Jersey and Philadelphia, later working at a soda fountain.

Mrs. Styer moved to Moscow in 1942 and worked at the Singer sewing machine factory and as a waitress at the Moscow Hotel. She also worked at the Hodgins Drug Store before moving to Palouse. She later worked in food service at Washington State University before retiring in 1975.

Mrs. Styer was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow and was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Eagles Lodge, holding various offices and serving as senior regent of the Moose.

She was a member of various bowling leagues and the Palouse Rolling Hills Good Sam Campers. She spent her winters in Arizona.

Survivors include her husband, Stan; two sons, Richard Reynolds of California and Steve Reynolds of Moscow; a daughter, Patricia Lindquist of Moscow; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Palouse Emergency Medical Technicians.

Velda ‘Connie’ Casey Fairburn Spokane

Graveside service for Velda “Connie” Casey Fairburn, 70, is planned for 2 p.m. today at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Fairburn, who was born in Spokane, died Friday.

She attended North Central High School. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge 2 and the Sons of Norway. She volunteered for the Solo Organization and was secretary for the No Name Support Group.

Two husbands preceded her in death. Robert Casey died in 1982 and Burt Fairburn died in 1988.

She is survived by two daughters, Roxana Casey of Ford, Wash., and Kathryn Casey of Spokane; a son, David Casey of Spokane; a sister, Margaret Jayne of Bellevue, Wash.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Ann Baker Spokane

Memorial service for Ann F. Baker, 78, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home.

Mrs. Baker, a longtime Spokane resident, died Saturday.

She was born in Canada and worked as a department store clerk.

She is survived by a daughter, Billie Hauge of Helena; a stepdaughter, Carole Urquhart; a sister, Sophie Iff of Spokane; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

Hilda ‘Nan’ Aktepy Spokane

Service for Hilda “Nan” Aktepy, 80, will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in St. Maries. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries. Yates-Hodge Funeral Home in St. Maries is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Aktepy, who was born in Missoula, died Friday.

She graduated from Missoula County High School in 1934 and went on to work at the Anderson Phosphate Mine Co. in Montana as a bookkeeper before moving to St. Maries in 1945.

Mrs. Aktepy was co-operator of Cabin City-St. Maries Oil Co. and also worked as a bookkeeper at St. Maries Lumber Co. before retiring in 1981.

She moved to Spokane in 1992.

Mrs. Aktepy was a member of the Episcopal Church, the Rebekah Lodge of St. Maries, the daughters of the Nile, St. Maries Country Club, Ladies of the Elks and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She also served as an adviser for Theta Rho sorority.

Her husband, John, died in 1995.

Survivors include a son, John Aktepy of Spokane; a brother, Thomas Bennett of Missoula; two sisters, Lily Koble of Maryland and Florence Collins of Missoula; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to BetterCare, c/o Benewah Community Hospital, 229 Seventh St., St. Maries, ID 83861.

Beverly Springer Spokane

Graveside service for Beverly A. Springer, retired Valley Fire battalion chief, was Monday at Riverside Memorial Park.

Mr. Springer, 84, died Wednesday.

He was born in Washington.

He graduated from Otis Orchards High School and he attended Spokane University. Mr. Springer retired in 1972 after 27 years with the Valley Fire Department.

He was a member of the Spokane Valley Camera Club, Toastmasters and Otis Orchards Community Church.

He was a Red Cross Instructor for 51 years.

His first wife, Margaret, died in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Gertie; two sons, Fred Springer of Reardan, Wash., and Walter Lindstrom of the Spokane Valley; two daughters, Carolyn Scott of Otis Orchards and Karen Lindstrom of Portland; a brother, Jay Springer of Seattle; three sisters, Phyllis Nothnagel, Velma Reed and Betty Spear, all of Spokane; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 5125 N. Market, Spokane, WA 99207.

Gerry Jackman Spokane

Visitation for Gerry Jackman, 61, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens.

Born in Rockford, Mr. Jackman died Saturday.

He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 32 years, before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Valley Eagles Lodge, the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Communications Workers of America.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Cleola Jackman; two sons, Jay and Kurt Jackman, both of Spokane; a daughter, Lisa Jackman of Portland; four sisters, Marilyn Clouse and Beverly Felker, both of Spokane, Virginia Jackman of The Dalles, Ore., and Shirley Locklear of Red Springs, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Elsie Schell Spokane

Private service was held for Elsie A. Schell, 76. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Schell died Nov. 19. She was a lifetime Spokane resident and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Schell; two daughters, Gloria Stone of Walla Walla and Roberta Soran of Tacoma; a son, Joe Schell of Spokane; two brothers, Bill and John Baldasty, both of Spokane; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Daisy Melior Spokane

Service for Daisy (Achziger) Melior, 85, was Monday at Heritage Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Born in Spokane and raised in Ritzville, Wash., Mrs. Melior died Friday.

She was a homemaker and owned Kershaw’s Office Supplies with her husband, Wesley Melior.

Her husband died in 1981.

She is survived by a son, Robert Melior, and two daughters, Robin Patterson and Susan Downes, all of Spokane; a sister, Elma Gould of Spokane; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Merle Hardland Spokane

Memorial service for Merle E. Hardland, 74, was Monday at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South.

Mr. Hardland, who died Wednesday, was born in Larimore, N.D.

He grew up in North Dakota and graduated from the North Dakota School of Science.

He owned American Sheet Metal in Helena, Ritzville Sheetmetal, the Silver Sands Motel in Florence, Ore., and the Caboose Motel in Libby, Mont. He moved to Spokane in 1971.

Mr. Hardland served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Margaret Hardland; a son, Rocky Hardland, and a daughter, Danna Silver, both of Spokane; three sisters, Helen Ranstrom of Princeton, Minn., Irene Nickerson of Seattle and Beatrice Benz of Gresham, Ore.; two brothers, Clarence Hardland of Gladstone, Ore., and Leonard Hardland of Frederick, Md.; and three grandchildren.

Robert Smith Post Falls

Visitation for Robert L. Smith, 75, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Smith, who died Wednesday, was born in Spokane.

He attended Rogers High School and joined the Navy in 1941.

He returned to Spokane in 1945, after his military service.

He went to Salt Lake City for neon tube bending school and returned to Spokane, where he worked for various sign companies as a neon tube bender. He started his own business, R.L. Smith Wholesale Neon, in Post Falls in 1965.

His wife, Marjory (LaChapelle) Smith, died in 1995.

He is survived by three daughters, Carol Rinkenberger of Puyallup, Wash., Marjory Jensen of Spokane and Vickie Lewis of Post Falls; two sons, Robert and Mark Smith, both of Spokane; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kootenai Memorial Hospital, 2003 Lincoln Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Betty (Port) Rawson Spokane

Service for Betty (Port) Rawson, 71, is planned for 10 a.m. today at Riplinger Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Rawson, who was born in Poulson, Mont., died Friday.

She had lived in Spokane since 1941 and worked for Columbia Lighting for 16 years.

She was a member of Calvary Chapel and volunteered at the COPS Northwest police substation.

She is survived by eight sons, Jim Driggers, Rick McIsaac, Ron, Ken, Don and Larry Rawson, all of Spokane, Bob Rawson of Edgewood, Wash., and Garry Rawson of Port Angeles, Wash.; a daughter, Laurie Slaney of Federal Way, Wash.; a brother, Lester Port of Oldtown, Idaho; a sister, Ethel Cutler of Spokane; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Helen Parzybok Spokane

Service for Helen S. Parzybok, 81, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home Born in Spokane, Mrs. Parzybok died Sunday.

She graduated from North Central High School and worked as a clerk for the city of Spokane.

Her husband, Horace Parzybok, died in 1968.

Survivors include two sons, Tim Parzybok of Tigard, Ore., and Jan Parzybok of Montrose, Colo.; a sister, Irene Brockman of Sequim, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Louis Dubois Colville, Wash.

Service for Louis Dubois, 89, will be at 1 p.m. today at Danekas Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Colville.

Mr. Dubois died Friday.

He was born in Switzerland and moved to Colville with his family in 1909.

Mr. DuBois attended schools in Colville and later farmed with his brother.

He was a member of the Fort Colville Grange.

Mr. Dubois is survived by eight nephews, Dave Dubois of Chewelah, Wash., Phil and Bob Dubois, both of Colville, Don Dubois of Aurora, Colo., Jack Rice of Seattle, Rodney Dubois of Bellevue, Wash., Tim Dubois of Northridge, Calif., and Duane Dubois of Nine Mile Falls; and seven nieces, Susan Adolphson of Engelwood, Colo., Madeline Wasson of Seattle, Rachel Motteler of Portland, Phyllis Shrauger of Hoquiam, Wash., Yvonne Curtis of Pateros, Wash., Jean Matthews of Spokane and Rosemarie Waltner of Des Moines, Wash.

Eleanor Hughes Spokane

Funeral Mass for Eleanor A. Hughes, 81, was Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cheney. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Hughes, who was born in Cloquet, Minn., died Thursday.

She married Clarence Hughes in 1941, and they moved to Spokane in 1946. In Spokane she worked as a legal secretary.

In 1960 they moved to Cheney, where she worked as an office manager for Martin Grain and Milling. She then worked at Eastern Washington University for 20 years as an administrative secretary. She retired in 1983.

Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Sandy Sues Gardening Club and the Tilicum Club in Cheney.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Linda Allison of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Bernice Karsky of Rockford, Ill.; and six grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or the Tilicum Book Scholarship Fund in care of Lena Lackey, 14707 W. Cameron, Cheney, WA 99004.

Olive ‘Gi Gi’ Mahaffey Spokane

Service for Olive “Gi Gi” Mahaffey, 73, was Monday at Pines Mausoleum. Burial was at Pines Cemetery.

Mrs. Mahaffey, who died Friday, was born in Madison, Wis.

She had lived in Spokane for 15 years.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Mike; two daughters, Patricia Quinlivan of Veradale and Marilyn Hollenbeck of New York; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Reuben Lust Spokane

Private cremation will be held for Reuben Carl Lust. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born in Endicott, Wash., Mr. Lust died Wednesday.

He was a 40-year Spokane resident and was a self-employed painter and carpenter.

He is survived by a son, Gary Lust of Spokane; his companion, Glorene Utley of Spokane; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eve Sterett Spokane

Graveside service for Eve Sterett, 74, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Sterett died Saturday.

She was born in Hungary.

She graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois and worked for 18 years as an office manager for Sears Automotive in Oakbrook, Ill. She retired in 1986 and moved to Spokane.

Her husband, Clifford Sterett, died in 1978.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Korkowski and Pat Bobysud, both of Spangle; a brother, Dennis Balla of Lowell, Ind.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Alice ‘Big Al’ Schofield Spokane

Memorial service for Alice (Russell) “Big Al” Schofield, 64, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. There will be private inurnment.

Mrs. Schofield, who died Friday, was born in Spokane and graduated from high school here.

She was a musician and played with many Spokane bands.

She was the opening performer at the Spokane Coliseum for Liberace and other well-known entertainers.

Survivors include two sons, Lawrence Larson of Veradale and Philip Jacques of Longview, Wash.; three daughters, Christine Merriman of Greenacres, Nancy Cowles of Reardan, Wash., and Judy Sorenson of Spokane; a brother, Ray Russell of Spokane; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Beatrice Bigham Spokane

Memorial service for Beatrice B. Bigham, 94, was Monday at Sunset Mausoleum Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bigham, who died Nov. 19, was born in Spokane.

She worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 37 years.

She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 163.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Kaufman of Nine Mile Falls and Donna Severn of Central Point, Ore.; two sisters, Agnes Perrin of Spokane and Josephine Burroughs of Rathdrum, Idaho; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

, DataTimes


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