In Memoriam

Lind-Ritzville Alumni Association will Post Obituaries from the Last Two Calendar years.

Howard Teske, Class of 1945, passed away on October 5, 2019.  He is survived by his children Gail Teske Jacobson (1970) (Eric), Paulette Teske (1973), Randy Teske (1975) (Marsha Arlt Teske 1974), Russell Teske (1975) (Jackie), Carol Teske Peden (1982) (Kevin), his grandchildren Kevin Koch, Michelle Teske Hennings (1995), Missy Morton Kjack, Angela Gibler Hille (1998), David Morton, Jason Teske (2003), Mark Gilbler (2003), Kylene Peden Brenden and several great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lydia Teske, his wife, Barbara Woodside Teske (1950) his infant son Robert Teske and his sisters Betty Jean Teske Speck (1942) and Evelyn Teske Fode (1947).  

JoAnn Kiehn Sauer, Class of 1953, passed away on September 5, 2019.  She was the daughter of Henry Kiehn and Marie Becker Kiehn.  She was married to Walter (1943) Sauer.  She is survived by her children Brian (1978) (Teresa) Sauer and Connie (1982) (Jeff) Field.  He is also survived by her grandchildren Christina (2013) Field, Alan (2016) Field and Aaron Sauer.  She is also survived by her brothers Larry (1946) (Phyllis) and Vernon (1957) (Ellen) Kiehn.  She was preceded in death by her husband Walter and her sister Carol (1949) Kiehn Schuh.

Larry Anderson, class of 1966, passed away on September 9, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Alice and an older brother Ray class of 1953. He is survived by his daughter April Culbertson and 2 grandchildren Kason and Shaye. He is also survived by Don Anderson class of 1960, Marlene Huhtanen class of 1963 and Dale Anderson class of 1970.

Pearl Elizabeth Telecky Soularie, Class of 1937, passed away on August 27, 2019.  She was the fourth of seven children.  She is survived by her sons Jean (Margaret) and Russell (Carol) and daughters E. Suzanne Case and Nanette Soularie and several grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond and granddaughter Portia Case.  

Lois Schafer Cree, Class of 1942, passed away on August 6, 2019.  She is survived by her three sons Larry (Jane), Robert (Cheri) and Steve (Kathy), two granddaughters, her brother Harry (1957) (Kathryn) Schafer, aunt Susan Metcalf and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Cree (1942) and sister Virginia Schafer Metcalf (1947). 

Alma Leisle Ferderer, Class of 1942, passed away on August 6, 2019.  She is survived by her daughter Karen (1972) (Steve) Potts, Granddaughters Brynn (2000) Potts Thorne and Jesse (2002) Potts.  She was preceded in death by her brothers Henry, Arthur (1940) and Aaron (1943) and sisters Mary Lee, Lydia Greenwalt, Molly (1936) Cline, Esther (1938) Schneider and Gloria (1949) Gilliland.  

Judith Ann Thaut Emoto, Class of 1959, passed away on July 1, 2019.  She is survived by her husband Tom Takao Emoto and daughter Wendy Becker.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Shelly End.

Merle Elizabeth Trimble Newby, Class of 1950, passed away on June 13, 2019. Merle is survived by her husband Dale Newby, her 3 children David (Karen) Newby, Doug Newby, Jan (Mithya) Lewis Newby, sister Kathy Shilipetar, brothers Dale and Bruce Trimble, 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Marilyn Berney.

Robert "Bob" Oestreich, Class of 1949, passed away on June 3, 2019. He is survived by his wife Esther Wilhelm Oestreich (1951), his sons Jeff (1971) and his wife Lois Disparte Oestreich (1971) and Todd (1984) and his wife Michele Caldwell Oestreich (1986), his daughter Darci (1976) and her husband Pat Kennedy (1976) and his sister Phyllis Oestreich (1947). He was preceded in death by his sister Genevieve Oestreich Massie (1945), son Greg Oestreich (1973) and granddaughter April and grandson Derrick.

Nancy Artz Schafer, Class of 1959, passed away on April 19, 2019.  She is survived by her sister Joan Artz Kison (1956) and her husband Larry Kison (1954), her brother Gene Artz (1958) and his wife Patty.  She is also survived by her daughter Tammy Schafer Goens (1981) and son Jeffrey Schafer (1984) and his wife Rhonda Sanger Schafer (1985) along with her grandchildren Georgia Schafer-Medina (Adan), Audra, Wyatt and Wade.  She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Luella Artz.

Violet "Vi" Kirschenmann Huber, Class of 1947, passed away on March 30, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her husband Cal Huber and brother Calvin (1951) Kirschenmann and his wife Jan.  She is survived by her daughter, Tamara (David) Allen and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Robert, and brother Stan (Bobbi Kay) Kirschenmann along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Eldo "Roy" Klein, Class of 1948, passed away on March 18, 2019.  He is survived by his wife Shirley Benzel Klein (1952), sister Joyce (Jim) Preston (1965) and daughter Susan (Bob) Hebner.  He is also survived by several grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Hulda Klein, his daughter Kathy Nielson (1981) and sister Velda Miller (1950).

Tina Holstrom, Class of 1987, passed away March 7, 2019. She is survived by her parents Jim Holstrom and Linda Done, her daughters Kailey York (2012), Randi York (2014) and her brother Terry Holstrom (1990).

Frances "Fran" Reimers Rabaliati,  Class of 1971, passed away on March 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Winston "Blackie" and Louise Reimers and brothers Eddie and Paul "Pete" Reimers (1966). Fran is survived by her husband Chuck, sisters Marsha Smith (1960), Carrie Knight (1963), Pat Reimers (1967), Mary Reimers and Cecilia Dalzell and brothers Winston "Butch" (1959), Steve, (1969), Mike (1972), Bill (1973) and Fred (1975).

Donald "Don" Burghard, Class of 1949, passed away on August 31, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Lorrain and daughters, Judy (John) Rice and Michelle (Jeff) LaRoche, sons Barrett (Kristin) Burghard and Russell Burghard, two sisters Ramona Burghard Meise and Shirley Burgard Rhodes (1954) along with 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Vickie Sue, parents Fred and Lillie Burghard, brothers Virgil (1935), Herbert (1937), Jim (1943) and Ray (1956) and sisters Viola Burghard Arlt (1940) and Betty Burghard Hughes (1945).  

Walter Sielaff, Class of 1936, passed away on August 30, 2018.  He is survived by his daughter Jayne Jones and sister Amanda Niederkleine.  He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, sons David Sielaff and Kert Sielaff,  brothers Harold Sielaff, Lester (June 1937) Sielaff, Dale Sielaff (1947) and sister Lillian Sielaff Meske (1937).  He is survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Margaret Taylor Dube, Class of 1937, passed away on July 27, 2018. She is survived by her daughters Louise Wetzel (Ray), Marilyn Harkins (Dennis), Elaine Widman (Don), Marita Bothman (Mike), son Roy Dube (Carley) nine grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephews Greg Taylor 1966 (Laurel 1968), Steve Taylor (1963), and Mark Taylor (1971). He was preceded in death by her husband Ron and brother Dale Taylor (1935).

Alice Leona Harvey Munn, Class of 1943, passed away on July 22, 2018.  Alice is survived by her husband Bill, daughters Mary (Steve) Dorchak and Linda (Rendell)Walters, daughter-in-law, Valerie Munn, brother, Rich (Sheri) Harvey, sister-in-law, Vivian Harvey, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Bob, sister, Helen (Orval) Green and brother, Robert Harvey (1945).

Donald Arlt, Class of 1951, passed away on July 13, 2018. He is survived by his sons Brad 1972 (Debra 1974), Kevin 1979 (Josie Campbell), daughters Marsha Arlt Teske 1974 (Randy 1975), Donita Arlt Shelton 1976 (John), Suzanne Arlt Meek 1982 (Gary Schoesler) 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, father Arthur Arlt, mother and step-father Lucille and Leo Krehe and granddaughter Heather. He was also preceded in death by his sisters Lorraine Arlt Lyle (1945) and Frances Arlt Johnston (1943).

Douglas Kagele, Class of 1973, passed away on May 6, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Shannon and children Dustin (Betsy) Kagele and Shayla (Matt) Millen, his grandchildren Brinlee and Rhett Kagele and Aiden & Kinley Millen.  His is also survived by his sisters Madeline Kagele Erickson (1967) Alice Kagele Stoller (1968), Julie Kagele (1980) and Faye Kagele (1976).  He was preceded in death by his parents Norman (1944) and mother Ursula and brother Steve Kagele (1978). 

Gail Ann Sauer Smith, Class of 1957, passed away on April 14, 2018.  She is survived by her sister Joyce Sauer Wilson (1960); two sons, Steven and Scott Smith, 4 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grand children and 2 nephews Alan and John Sauer.  She was preceded in death by her husband Guy R. Smith, her parents, four brothers and one sister. 

Kent Smith, Class of 1962, passed away on March 30, 2018. Kent is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Jeff Smith (Diana), Chris Smith (Susan), Beth Tamblyn (Bret), and Matt Smith (Diane); grandchildren, Anna, Grace, Sarah, Dominic, Audrey, Mary, Katie, Andy and Jane. He is also survived by his sister Pat Smith Fode (1957) and Marcy Smith Dunlap (1970) and his aunt Joan Schwisow (1952). He was preceded in death by his parents Bernie and Lorraine Smith.

Alvin John “Guy” Nelson, Jr., Class of 1953, passed away February 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife, GaNene; daughter, Beryl Nelson; son, Alan (Lari) Nelson; daughter, Carla (Todd) Campbell; son, Evan (Marci) Nelson; sisters, Kay Hinckley, and Anise Whiteman; and a brother, Byron (Danae) Nelson. Also surviving him are 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; one great-great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Natalie Mitton; his son, Eric Nelson; and great-grandchild, Barbara Jean Alexander.

William Oliver Bauer, Class of 1954, passed away on February 25, 2018.  He is survived by is wife Pat, son Bill and daughter Amy.  He had 4 grandchildren:  Mikaela, Julia, Bill and Diego.  He was preceded in death by his parents Marie (Schafer) and William F. Bauer. 

Elizabeth Allen Hartford, Class of 1941, passed away on January 7, 2018.

Robert H. Hennings, Class of 1958, passed away on December 27, 2017.  He was preceded in death by sister Beverly Hennings Weber (1955) and brother Don Hennings (1962).  He is survived by his brother Harold Hennings (1966).

Elsie Zeller Shroll, Class of 1935, passed away on December 14, 2017. She is survived by her son Daniel "Tippy" Shroll (1959) and daughter-in-law Geneva Athey Shroll (1962), 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Alvera Zeller.  Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Daniel and her brothers and sisters; Annie, Pauline (1940), Helene, Richard "Dick", Otto and a nephew Bruce Selcho.

Phyllis Schwisow Ziemer, Class of 1932, passed away on December 5, 2017. At the time of her death she was the oldest living RHS Alumni. She is survived by her sons Daryl Ziemer and his wife Jan, Brian Ziemer and wife Bobbie, his sister Lois Schwisow Seaburg (1946), six grandchildren including granddaughter-in-law Vicki Stelzer Ziemer (1989), 10 great-grandchildren including Felicia Ziemer (2017). She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, brothers Fred Schwisow (1937), Donald Schwisow (1941) and sister Iris Schwisow Heider (1935).

Miles Athey, Class of 1960, passed away in Ritzville, WA on November 20, 2017. He is survived by his companion Ethel Rott, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Geneva Athey Shroll (1962) and brother-in-law Dan (Tip) Shroll (1959).

Steven "Sam" Knoll, Class of 1978, passed away on October 28, 2017. He is survived by his mother Loretta Knoll, his sister Donna Knoll Mendenhall (1981) and his nephews Matthew and Andrew Mendenhall. He was preceded in death by his father George "Sammy" Knoll.

JoLee German Duclos, Class of 1975, passed away on October 23, 2017 from bone cancer. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Lee) Ball, Stephanie (Tyson) Thivierge, Kayla (Mike) Johnson; and her grandchildren, Liam and Keira Ball, Orion and Marlee Thivierge, Victoria, Joslyn, and Bryce Johnson; her sister Kathy German Mason (1979) and husband Gerald; their children Jessica (Brock), and Ryan Mason; and her mother Sandy Kadlec Schafer (1955). She was preceded in death by her father Tom German (1955).