Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Madelyn M. Sanberg Wagner, 81



Madelyn M. Sanberg Wagner, 81, died at her home in Grangeville from Alzheimer’s Disease on Sunday, November 26, 2006.

She was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Jerome, Idaho. She lived in Jerome until 1942 when the family moved to Grangeville. She graduated from Grangeville High School in 1943. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and was president of the Alpha Chi Omega House. She graduated from the U of I in 1947. She received numerous honors as a student there.

After graduation she taught school and then married her high school sweetheart, John Wagner on Aug. 11, 1948. She taught school in Moscow until she and her husband moved back to Grangeville in 1950.

She sang and directed the Sts. Peter and Paul Church choir for more than 40 years. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, fishing, camping, golfing and skiing. She also loved to play bridge and was a member of two clubs. She was active in PEO, Busy Homemakers Society, Grangeville Country Club Women’s Golf Association and Camas Choristers. She and John traveled throughout the world and enjoyed RVing throughout the United States and Canada. They visited all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii as members of the Good Sam Club.

She was a devoted wife and mother of three as well as a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years at the family home in Grangeville; son, Jim Wagner, of Grangeville; and daughter Margaret Wagner of Portland, Ore. She is also survived by son-in-law, Terry Vanderwall, of Grangeville and brother Jim Sanberg of Moscow; four grandchildren: Jason Vanderwall of Lolo, Mont., Mark Vanderwall of Grangeville, Jill Wagner of Moscow and Samuel WagnerForster of Portland. In addition, she is survived by four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Vanderwall, in January 2003.

A rosary will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville and a Funeral Mass will follow on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m., also at the church. Burial will follow the mass at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville with a reception to follow at the Sts. Peter and Paul Gymnasium. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville is in charge of the arrangements. Send condolences to the family at www.blackmerfuneralhome.com.

The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Lorna Hitchcock, Alice Fergason and Sherry Jolliff for the past three years of excellent care. In addition, they thank all others who helped in the care of Madelyn.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Frank M. Halford, 83

GRANGEVILLE: Frank M. Halford, 83, of Grangeville passed away Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Frank was born October 4, 1923 in Grangeville a son of William and Mary T. Mattox Halford. He attended school in Grangeville. He then farmed in the area before marrying Olphelia Dazey on January 25, 1948 in Sandpoint. Mrs. Halford passed away in 1976. He worked as a lineman for Camas Prairie Railroad and retired in the 1980’s.

He is survived by his children, Lena Webb of Boise, Rose and Bob Younger of Springfield, OR, Helen Halford of Elsmere, Ky, Effie and Make Ayers of Grangeville, Barbara and Joe Swisher of Cottonwood and Frank and Deawn Halford of Lewiston. He is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 24, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Friends may call Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggest memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation or to Parkinson’s Research, c/o Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 No. Mill St, Grangeville, ID 83530. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Loren (Lonnie) H. Alfrey, 54



The son of Harold Alfrey and Irma Cummings was brought into this world on November 21, 1951, and taken from his loved ones on November 10, 2006, after outliving many doctor’s prognosis of time. His strength for life was incredible and his goal was to stay in the world long enough for his children to remember him.

Lonnie’s legacy was excelling in whatever he tried in life, including bugling in and bringing down trophy elk with either a bow or gun, usually on opening day of hunting season after a prosperous night of celebration; fishing and jet boating the local rivers landing prized steelhead and sturgeon, finally landing a Marlin in Cabo San Lucas; coaching, playing, and umpiring softball games, sometimes all at the same time; playing pool in the local taverns opening the eyes of the best opponents on the Prairie; bowling under the wisdom of his Grandfather and receiving a 300 league ring in 2002 after an 11-in-a-row game that same night; golfing to a 10 handicap after only 5 years of experience, placing top in every tournament entered; and finally doing what he did best…loving and honoring his family and friends.

His career was that as one of the best damn tree fallers this side of the Rocky Mtns. He could lay a dozen or so trees in the same spot and direction no matter what the circumstances were with mother nature.

It’s truly unfortunate when such talent must leave the world, and especially more unfortunate when one has to leave after finally finding true love and happiness, especially when that happiness is found in children. If Lonnie thought he was good at sport activities, he excelled 10-fold in raising his two children, Lauren and Travis. “Good Days” as we called them, when the pain wasn’t taking over, were spent fishing, swimming, golfing, wrestling, playing children’s games, even ring around the rosey, and his most favorite, 4-wheeling in the land he so loved and was familiar with. He finished his life building the family cabin with only his chain saw and family and friends.

Lonnie will be missed dearly by his wife, Pat, daughter, Lauren-8, and son, Travis-3; his parents Harold and Kay Alfrey, and Ben and Irma Cummings; grandmother, Thelma Alfrey, brother Larry and Jeannine, sisters Cally Meyer and John, Dixie Stephens and Steve, and Karlene Rakes, and many loved Uncles, Aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Lonnie’s wishes were to spread his remains on his family’s cabin property and that no services be held. His requests were that any memorials be made to his children in way of memories through written stories, pictures, or knowledge of his life. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Marion G. Rycraft, 94

GRANGEVILLE: Marion Grover Rycraft, 94, of Grangeville and formerly of Nampa, passed away Monday, November 6, 2006 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 18, 1912 at Fruitland, Idaho a daughter of Benjamin and Anna Kullander Grover. After graduating from Fruitland High School, Marion attended the College of Idaho for two years and then earned her Bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, from Oregon State University. Later she returned there to earn a Masters of Science degree.

In 1935, she married Lewis Rycraft and they lived in Portland, Oregon where she worked in the commercial advertising field. In 1939, the couple moved to Corvallis, Oregon where she was secretary to the head of Oregon State University Information and Public Relations Service. In 1951 they moved to Nampa, Idaho. Marion taught one year at Northwest Nazarene College, then contracted to teach secretarial subjects at Nampa High School until she retired in 1977.

Marion was always active in the Nampa Retired Teacher’s Association, AARP, the United Methodist Women’s Circle, League of Women Voters and the Saturday Review Club, as well as supporting Canyon County Pet Haven.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis in 1989 and sister, Iola Grover Denton in 2002.

She is survived by her sister, Maxine Grover Eimers and her husband Bill, also survived by her six nephews and her husband’s four nephews and three nieces.

At her request her ashes will be placed beside her husband at Riverside Cemetery, Payette, Idaho. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com

Friday, November 03, 2006

Leona Mae Koole, 88





LEWISTON: Leona Mae Koole passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Leona was born at the top of the
Kooskia Tram Way at Winona, Idaho on August 11, 1918 to William E. and Maggie A. (Hemphill) Schlieper. Her father ran the Tram Way Station where the Camas Prairie farmers hauled their crops. She grew up on Tahoe Ridge and Red Fir out of Kooskia.

Leona and Leendert (Len) Koole were married on March 9, 1944, in the farm house where Len’s parents farmed near Grangeville. They spent their early married life in Alberta, Canada where they farmed for four and a half years, after buying the Homestead farm of Len’s parents, at Monarch. After leasing out the Monarch farm, they moved back to the USA, arriving November 11th, 1948, and leased Len’s parents Grangeville farm. In the years of raising her family, Leona was active in her Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a Blue Bird leader, a Cub Scout leader and a Cancer Society volunteer. She loved to have family and friend gatherings where she served many meals for them. She loved to cook, sew, crocheting and embroidery. She loved gardening and her flowers.

She is survived by her husband Len of Lewiston, two children Deborah A.Carrell of Boise, and Arie L. Koole of Grangeville, five grand children and one great grandchild. She was proceeded in death by her parents and her brothers Melvin, Bill, and Kennith and a sister Syble.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Pastor Harold Gott of the Grangeville Christian Church will officiate. Private inurnment will be held at Prairie View Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Grangeville Christian Church Building Fund. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com