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2, Section GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE WWW.GREATFALLSTRIBUNE.COM Tuesday, February 18, 2003 Marie Katherine Austin Tracy native and former Great Falls resident Marie Katherine (Sirola) Austin, 86, of Rathdrum, Idaho, who worked in management for the Navy Supply Center and lived most of her life in San Lorenzo, died Feb. 10 in Rathdrum of complications of a stroke. Graveside services are 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol, her husband Phil Apple and their children Jeffrey and Leslie of Fremont, a son, Danny Austin and his wife, Karin, and children Terrance, Luke and Merinda of Post Falls, Idaho; a sister, Audrey Wolf of Great Falls; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Daniel Austin, three sisters and one brother. She was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Tracy. She was one of five daughters and one son of immigrant parents.

Upon completion of high school, Marie attended business college in Portland, then moved to California to start her business career. A former San Lorenzo, resident, Marie worked in private industry for 20 years before starting a 25-year career in management with the Navy Supply Center in Oakland. She retired and traveled the world twice. She married Daniel E. Austin in March of 1943.

He died in 1982. Marie will be remembered as a loving, wonderful mother and grandmother. Memorials are suggested to breast cancer research. Isabelle M. Simmons Isabelle M.

(Nicoll) Simmons, 74, of 1500 32nd St. a homemaker, died Sunday at a local nursing home of natural causes. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.

to noon Wednesday at O'Connor Funeral Home, and 1 to 2 p.m. at the First Simmons Baptist Church. Her funeral is 2 p.m. at the church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Mitchell and her husband, Greg, of Portland, sons David A.

Simmons and his wife, Dawn, of Great Falls and Scott D. Simmons, also of Great Falls; grandchildren Christine Cherry of Bozeman, and Alexandria and Cameron Simmons of Great Falls; and extended grandchildren Tyson, Josh, Karisa and Devin Brown of Great Falls and Kimber and Carly Suek of Bozematabelle was born July 2, 1928, in Great Falls where she was raised and educated. She married Sidney D. Simmons in 1958 in Great Falls. He died in 1987.

She worked for the Equitable Insurance Co. as a secretary until she and Sidney started their family in 1962. She was the kindest, most loving person and will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched. She was a lifelong member and deaconess at First Baptist Church and involved in many charities and church organizations, including the Mission Board and the American Baptist Women. She also was a den mother for Boy Scouts of America.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, the Great Falls Rescue Mission or the donor's choice. E.R. 'Tuffy' Shamley SCOBEY World War II veteran and former Wolf Point resident E. R.

"Tuffy" Shamley, 83, a former postmaster in Wolf Point for almost 20 years, died Thursday at his home in Scobey of natural causes. Shamley Visitation is 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Clayton Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. His funeral is 2 p.m.

Wednesday at the funeral home, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors. Survivors include daughters Darla Simmons of Milton, and Dixie Hansen of Lewistown; sons Jack Shamley of East Helena and Andy Shamley of Loveland, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews, stepdaughters Shonny Korich of Las Vegas, Teri Willard of Belgrade, and Callie Omdahl of Glasgow, and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Delphia Shamley; his second wife, Amber; his third wife, Phyllis; grandson, Robbie; a son, Brian Shamley; and one grandson. Dale Arthur Johnson Johnson World War II veteran Dale Arthur Johnson, 74, of 1012 Carlos, a retired teacher, died Sunday at Peace Hospice of cancer. Private family service will be Johnson held.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Johnson of Great Falls; daughters Cynthia Johnson of Tacoma, and Jodie Johnson and her husband, Scott Wurster of Whitefish; a sister, Marilyn Mooney of Minneapolis and three nieces. Dale was born May 1, 1928, in Minneapolis. He married Joyce E. Nicholson there in 1956 He served his country with the 27th Infantry in Osaka, Japan, during WWII.

He attended St. Clouding Teacher's College from 1950 to 1953, graduating in 1953. He received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1955, he taught science at West Jr. High School in Great Falls.

In 1966, he transferred to C.M. Russell High School. He taught American History and World Geography until he retired in 1985. He was head of the driver's education program and continued to teach driver's education after retiring. He was a member of the Elks Club, an elder of Sunrise Presbyterian Church, an organizer of the Montana Traffic Education Association, and an officer of Montana Retired Teacher's Association.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Peace Hospice. Elmer D. Wilburn D. Wilburn War II Army veteran D. Wilburn, 91, of 1500 a retired management analyst, died Friday at a local nursing home of natural causes.

Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and before the service at Christ United Methodist Church. His funeral with military honors is 3 p.m. Thursday at the church, with cremation to follow.

Croxford and Sons Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Helen Wilburn of Great Falls; a daughter, Sherry Tuss of Las Vegas; a son, Thomas Duval Wilburn of Spring Branch, Texas; five grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Elmer was born Feb. 6, 1912, in Missoula where he was raised and educated, graduating from high school there and the University of Montana in 1937 with a BA in business administration. He married Helen Lindquist in May of 1941 in Great Falls.

They would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year. In July of 1942, he went into the Army and served four years in the Philippines and was commissioned as a captain. In October of 1938, he went to work for the state of Montana in the employment service. In 1950, he went into the electrical business, leaving that in 1955. After that, he went to work for Malmstrom Air Force Base under the civil service and was a management analyst until retiring in 1974.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Elks Club, Eagles, and D.A.V. He liked spending time at and working on the cabin in Monarch, dancing, drawing and painting he was a pastel portrait artist and won many awards at the Montana State Fair. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and was a member of the Skunk Wagon chapter. John Wipf John Wipf World Elmer 32nd St. Wilburn HAVRE World War II Army veteran and former Conrad resident John Wipf, 86, of Havre, a retired meat cutter, died Saturday at Northern Montana Hospital of natural causes.

Cremation has Wipf taken place. His memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday at the Holland Bonine Funeral Chapel, with burial of ashes with military honors in Highland Cemetery, followed by a fellowship at the V.F.W. Survivors include his wife, Chris Wipf, and sons Jim Wipf and Bruce Wipf, all of Havre. Arnold C.

Stoverud Arnold C. Stoverud, 91, 2621 15th Ave. a former fuel truck driver and engineer for Prescott School in Missoula, died Sunday at a local nursing home of natural causes. His funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with burial later Wednesday in Missoula City Cemetery.

If you are unable to attend the service, you may sign his register book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Schnider Funeral Home. Arnold was born July 29, 1911, to Anton and Borgney (Udstuen) Stoverud. He was especially proud of his Norwegian heritage.

Of his siblings, Alice, Osbord, Edward and Jennie, only his older brother Oz survives. His wife of 62 years died April 16, 2000. Of his immediate family, his son and wife, Dale and Linda Stoverud and their sons, Brandon, Eric, and Tyler survive. His youngest son Bruce died in 1981. Arnold attended schools in Missoula and spent his life workthere.

After marrying Grace Cramer on Aug. 13, 1938, he worked at various jobs, and we especially remember the red Texaco fuel truck he drove. For many years, he was a custodian and engineer for Prescott School, retiring in 1976. He was a handyman at so many things. During many of his years, he involved his family in camping, fishing, and ghost town exploration; he and Grace presented slide shows to various groups.

He was a past member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Great Falls, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Missoula, Boy Scouts of America, United Commercial Travelers, and various Ghost Town Preservation Societies. He is now a current member of those special souls held in the arms of our Lord. Donations are preferred either to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or any historical society of the donor's choice. William Ronald 'Ronnie' Baker Army veteran William Ronald "Ronnie" Baker, 62, of 527 15th St.

who worked as a logger in the lumber industry, died Saturday at a Great Falls hospital of heart failure. His funeral is 1 Baker p.m. Wednesday at the Calvary Indian Baptist Church. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Frost of Albequerque, N.M.; sons Troy Baker of Great Falls and Ronald Vince Baker of Montana; a stepson, Shawn Leonard, of Montana; sisters Ethel Schultz of Arnegard, N.D., Delores Stevenson of Las Vegas, Shirley Campbell of Chinook Bonnie Ray of Great Falls; and a Arthur Campbell of Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins and special friends Buffy and Tiffany of Great Falls.

Donations may be given to a trust in his name to his son, Troy Baker. Ronnie was born Aug. 2, 1940, in Zortman, the son of James and Grace (Kester) Baker, and was raised and educated in Montana. He married Jolene Thompson in 1962 in Chinook, and they later divorced. He later married Connie McVey in 1967 in Coeur d'Alene, and they later divorced.

He entered the Army on Jan. 11, 1962, and was stationed in Germany as a military policeman until being discharged in December of 1964. He served in the Army reserves until 1968. He worked various jobs but mostly worked in ranching, as a smelter man, and in logging. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, breaking horses and had a great love for children.

His parents; a son, Vern Baker; a brother, James Baker; and his step father, Art Campbell, preceded him in death. Maura Winterrowd CUT BANK Maura (Leitch) Winterrowd, 84, of Cut Bank, a homemaker, died Sunday at the Northern Rockies Medical Center of natural causes. Visitation is 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Day Funeral Home. Her funeral is 11 a.m.

Thursday at the funeral home, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Glenn Winterrowd of Cut Bank; sons Butch Winterrowd of Cut Bank and Pat Winterrowd of Missoula; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Walter Joseph Elliott Montana National Guard veteran Walter Joseph Elliott, 92, of 405 Park Drive N. No. 3-C, a retired lineman for Mountain Bell, died Monday at his home of natural causes.

His memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Cremation will take place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, P. Lucille Elliott of Great Falls, two grandchildren, Force Frank Baney of Portland, and Trina Tolar of Belgrade; six great-grandchildren and numerous Elliott nieces and nephews.

He was born Aug. 6, 1910, in Towner, N.D., where he was raised and educated. He attended the State Agriculture College in Fargo, N.D. He married P. Lucille Clark in 1946.

Walter worked on his family's ranches until he joined the Mon- tana National Guard in September of 1940. He spent four years in the southwest Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines with the 163rd Infantry of Montana. He spent most of his years working line construction, first for Montana Power and retired from Mountain Bell after 25 years in August of 1975. He was a life member of the Elk's Lodge B.P.O.E. No.

214 and a member of the D.A.V., F.V.W., the International Electrical Workers No. 122 for 49 years, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and the Great Falls Senior Citizens. Memorials are suggested to the Memorial Foundation of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Great Falls Rescue Mission or the donor's choice. Funeral Services TUESDAY THOMPSON- Funeral Service for Elliott in 1975 THOMPSON- Funeral Service for Laurie A. Thompson, 42, 632 Central Fairfield, MT, will be WEDNESDAY, P.M.

at Hillcrest Lawn Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Waag officiating. Cremation will follow services. Friends may sign Laurie's book on TUESDAY from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

at Schnider Funeral Home, 1510 13th St. So. Schnider Funeral Home. AUSTIN-Graveside Service PM WEDNESDAY at Mount Olivet Cemetery for Marie Katherine Austin, 86, Rathdrum, Idaho, formerly of Great Falls with Rev. Michael Guinan presiding.

Memorials are suggested to Breast Cancer Society. Chapel of Chimes. REMSH- Funeral Service 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY at the O'Connor Memorial Chapel for Leo J. Remsh, 88, 1500 32nd St. S.

with Rev. Eugene Hruska presiding. Rite of Committal Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials to St. Joseph's Church are suggested.

The O'Connor Funeral Home. SULLIVAN- Memorial Service 2:00 PM WEDNESDAY at the Malmstrom A.FB. Chapel for Ryan Charles Sullivan, Infant son of A1C Shawn and Catherine Sullivan, 409 Cedar Street with Chaplain Paul Cannon officiating. Memorials to the Cascade Humane Society are suggested. The O'Connor Funeral Home.

SIMMONS- Funeral Service 2:00 PM WEDNESDAY at the First Baptist Church for Isabelle M. Simmons, 74, 1500 32nd St. South with Pastor John Duckworth officiating. Burial at Highland Cemetery. Visitation TUESDAY from 9:00 Am until 8:00 PM and WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM until 12:00 NOON at the O'Connor Memorial Chapel and 1:00 until 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church.

Memorials to the First Baptist Church of to the Great Falls Rescue Mission or the donor's choice are suggested. The O'Connor Funeral Home. OBITUARY POLICY The Tribune publishes news obituaries of residents from Great Falls and northcentral Montana. There is no charge for the news item, which is written by Tribune news staff and includes: name, age, address, occupation, a photo, cause of death, funeral arrangements, visitation times and other services, as well as surviving spouse, parents, siblings, children and the number of grandchildren. Additional details about an individual's life, interests and family may be added for a fee to the news obituary.

Obituary forms and paid information guidelines are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Tribune, 205 River Drive S. To pick up a form on weekends or after business hours, or to have a form mailed to you, call 791- 1460 or (800) 438-6600. The e-mail address to send obituary information or to request a form is the fax number is 791-1431.

Teenager injured after pipe bomb explodes By KATIE N. JOHANNES Hitchco*ck did not know details Tribune Staff Writer of Stempke's injuries, only that he was admitted to the hospital for A Sun River-area teen is recov- surgery on his hand. ering from surgery after Because of privacy laws, the bomb went off in his left hand, hospital would not release inforofficials said Monday. mation beyond his medical status. James Stempke, 16, was in fair Stempke's mother, Melinda condition Monday night at Bene- Stempke, said by phone that she fis East.

needed time to deal with the situAs many as five teens, ranging ation and had no further comin age from 13 to 16 were playing ment. with fireworks Sunday in a rural "Our concern, of course, was area west of Great Falls, basically whether there was a dark scheme cade County Sheriff's Lt. Ray shown it was nothing more than blowing up gopher holes, Cas- in mind, but investigation has Hitchco*ck said. kids experimenting with someThey packed black powder into thing dangerous," Hitchco*ck said. a metal "conduit" pipe about an He said it was fortunate that no inch in diameter and about 12 to 14 one else was injured or killed by inches long, the type of tube one the explosion.

would store wire in when doing No charges have been filed, electrical work, Hitchco*ck said. although the sheriff's office is The homemade bomb unex- considering criminal endangerpectedly exploded in Stempke's ment charges for the reckless use left hand, he said. of explosives. Radiothon raises money for St. Jude's Thursday, Friday Max Country 94.5 is having its second annual radiothon for St.

Jude Children's Research Hospital this week. The fund-raising effort will take place live from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Max Country disc jockeys Scott Hershey, Cory Wells and Steve Keller will be joined on the air by KFBB-TV's Jason Walker, along with phone calls from Alabama's Randy Owen, David Letterman's animal guru "Jungle" Jack Hanna, singer Clint Black and Danny Thomas' daughter, Teri Thomas.

"Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" is one of the most successful radio fund-raising events America, raising $189 million in pledges since 1989. Last year's local radiothon raised more than $40,000. Max Country 94.5 will be taking donations and signing up St. Jude "Partners in Hope" via a tollfree number, (800) 720-5945.

River: Baucus not encouraged toll was "grossly compounded" by the corps' management of the river. Businesses such as his Crooked Creek Marina which he says have been affected by the corps' drawdowns of the lake deserve compensation. Fastabend made no promises about lake levels this year. Average water storage in the river system could reach its lowest level ever summer, he said. Concerns already are being voiced by upstream and downstream states, which worry about the length of the navigation season.

In Montana, Fastabend said, ramps at Fort Peck Lake could be extended to ensure access. The fishery likely wouldn't crash because it hadn't during the record low levels hit during the last drought, he said. Baucus said he believes FROm 1M changes giving fairer consideration to upstream states like Montana are long overdue, but said that, after listening to Fastabend, he wasn't encouraged that any changes would be forthcoming. "Basically what you're saying to us is a lot of what we've heard before," Baucus said. "We've heard a lot of words but no promises about when there might be relief." Rehberg said a lawsuit similar to one the state filed last year to keep the corps from drawing down lake too far remained an option "if we don't believe that Fort Peck is being treated fairly." Burns, who held Sunday's meeting with Fastabend, said the problem with low water levels rested with Mother Nature.

"The biggest problem we have, to be frank, is we have no water," he said Monday, referring to the drought. Baker Cabin: Deeds to cabin available chink church doors "The better Ken who unteer to the For skills Robison is promoting the sale of commemorative deeds to the cabin. Deeds cost $100 for individual contributors. Corporate sponsors pay $100, $300, $500 or FROM 1M $1,000. According to Robison, chairman of the Friends of Vinethe cabin, she said.

A gar Jones Committee, deed holdgroup wants to build ers will be permanently recogand windows. nized at the cabin museum. way this is happening is To buy deed, send taxfor the community," said deductible contributions to SievSievert, a historical architect ert's preservation office in the likely would be a cabin vol- Civic Center, P.O. Box 5021, even if he wasn't married Great Falls MT 59403. local preservation officer.

To see what the deeds look like, people who lack time or check out the framed one on the to help the project, Ken wall at Park and Ponder. RECORDS Statistics BIRTHS BEQUETTE Daughter born Monday to Mindy and Bill Bequette of Great Falls. DOTSETH Son born Thursday to Jenny and Kevin Dotseth of Great Falls. Son born Sunday to Camia Edwards and Terry Savage of Chinook. HOFER Daughter born Monday to Beverly and John Hofer of Stanford.

TABER Son born Monday to Wendy and Brad Taber of Great Falls. WEAVER Daughter born Sunday to Lori and Cletus Weaver of Fairfield. WING Daughter born Monday to Gladys L. and Brent Wing of Belt. Impounded animals Picked up and taken to the Humane Shelter at 1010 25th Ave.

N.E. were: Lab mix. Black and gray, young adult male found in the 3300 block of 10th Avenue South. Pittbull mix. Black and white, 4-month-old male found in the 500 block of 5th Avenue North.

Terrier mix. Apricot, adult neutered male found in the 3000 block of Acacia Way. Short-haired kitten. Tortoiseshell 3-monthold female abandoned at the shelter. Short-haired cat.

Orange and white adult found in the 1600 block of 5th Avenue North. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 454-2276; the e- mail address is the Web site is

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