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Obituaries, Death Notices in the January 12, 2017 issue Print E-mail

Beverly Ann Knight, 83

     Beverly Ann Knight passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. She was born Nov. 12, 1933 to John and Marie (Braun) Schlader of Nezperce. She had numerous cousins and double cousins.1-12-17-obit--beverly-knigh

     Bev grew up in Nezperce and graduated from Nezperce High School. She married Robert Vernon Eller in 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii where they made their first home.

     They moved to Kamiah after Bob was discharged from the Navy. They later divorced. Bev married Wilbur (Bill) Knight and boy did they have fun. While raising seven children, she also worked on the Eller & Eller Cattle Ranch, as a Substitute Rural Mail Carrier, for the U.S. Forest Service and was co-owner of the Syringa Bar & Grill with Bill. She was Landscape Committee chairman for the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.

     After Bev’s retirement from the Forest Service, Bill and Bev moved to Lewiston and partnered with Jeff and Lori Eller to purchase Valley Sweeping Service. They later sold their interest in the business to Jeff and Lori and finally retired for good! Mom and Bill moved to Clarkston and she worked making their home perfect. They also traveled in their Minnie Winnie (Winnebago) to Arizona, Alaska and many other places in between. Mom loved her gardens; a huge vegetable garden at the Kamiah ranch and later beautiful flower gardens with brick pavers and a fish pond at Clarkston.  She also loved to do dried flower arrangements and quilt/sew.

     When Bill passed, Mom moved to a condo in Lewiston which she remodeled all on her own. Later years she resided at Evergreen Estates, where her mother Marie Schlader lived during her final years. Mom said Evergreen has the best food. Also mom knew Peggy from her numerous visits to see her mother. Mom was such a wonderful and sweet person. She will truly be missed.

     Bev is survived by her kids, Jody Servatius (Fritz), Stan Eller (Kathy), Dan Eller (Rhonda), Nancy Christopherson (Rick), Randy Eller (Brenda), Barby Schacher (Jesse) and her baby boy Jeff Eller (Lori); and stepchildren Bob Tegge (Lee), Oley Knight (Sylvia) and Maxine Byers (Ben). She also is survived by 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, her siblings, Orval Schlader (Pauline), Gary Schlader, Lois Lanier (Dave) and Nadine Reilly (Mike).

     Bev was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Knight; her parents; brother Dale Schlader; first husband, Bob Eller; grandson Reggie Roberts; and stepson Paul Knight.

     A Catholic Mass and private burial will be held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested a donation may be made to Holy Family Catholic School or Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston.


Dane H. Anderberg, 89

     Dane H. Anderberg passed away Dec. 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from pneumonia following hip surgery. He was 89.1-12-17-obit-anderberg1

     Dane was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Declo, Idaho to Harold and Goldie Anderberg. He has one sister, Betty Jean Ramsey.

     After graduation from Ogden High School, Dane joined the Marines. He served from 1945 to 1948.

     Dane married and had three children, Paul, Pamela and Michael. Dane worked for E.L. Lawrence Laboratory in Berkley, Calif. for 33 years. He was a scientific glass blower. He moved to Tempe, Ariz. and continued to work in research.

     He met Patricia Carstensen and the two were married Nov. 23, 1985. He became dad to Charles and Susan Carstensen. Dane and Pat moved to Kooskia in 2002.

     Dane was preceded in death by his parents and Charles Carstensen.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Patricia, his sister Betty Jean and sons Paul (Lynne), Michael (Michelle) and daughters Pamela and Susan. Dane had 10 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

     Services were held Dec. 19 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Kamiah Second Ward.

     Arrangements were entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.


Julie M. Wheeler Hart, 64

     Julie was taken home by the Creator on Dec. 22, 2016, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Julie was met by her parents Timothy R. Wheeler Sr., Delores Lookingglass Wheeler, and grandparents Harry and Ida Wheeler; David Lookingglass and Helen Hayes.1-12-17-obit---julie-hart

     Julie was born Dec. 8, 1952 in Phoenix Ariz. Julie lived in Kamiah until she became ill and resided at Prestige Care Rehabilitation Center.

     Julie was a teacher for Nez Perce Tribe Headstart Program when it began serving the Nez Perce Children. Julie was employed several years with Kamiah School District, JOM Indian Education Program, until illness forced her retirement. While at the Kamiah School District, Julie encouraged her students to further their education, and many of her former students kept in contact with Julie and appreciated her support. Julie was also instrumental in starting grief counseling for students following a tragic death of a student. Julie was graduate of Kamiah High School Class of 1971.

     Julie was an avid KUB fan and attended Kub athletic events and supported the Delores L. Wheeler, Kubs Pay to Play program.

Julie enjoyed sharing her Nimiipuu culture and history as she was employed by the Park Service at the Heart of the Monster site in Kamiah. While at the Heart of the Monster, Julie demonstrated her skill of making corn husk bags while sharing Nimiipuu Legends.

     Julie was active in the community and was a longtime participant and former President of the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Committee. Julie was a historian of the Nimiipuu, sharing many stories and teachings. Julie was very helpful when young people wanted to join the pow-wow circle; as she would help them with their regalia. Julie was soft spoken, jokester, humorous, and always had a good joke to share and made friends quickly.

     Julie was kind-hearted and always had a smile on her face. Julie especially enjoyed the Nimiipuu Prayer Warriors when they would come visit her and her young sister Della (Stormy) Wheeler at Prestige. Julie also enjoyed picking huckleberries, root digging and hunting.

     Julie is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents (listed above) and a brother Alex Wheeler.

     Julie is survived by her daughters, Ellisa Kimberly Hart of Lewiston, Danica Natasha Hart of Kamiah; Julie helped raise her nephew and niece David and Tana Wheeler, seven grandchildren, Avianna Vasquez; Maria Vasquez; Julio Zarate-Cruz; Franciso Zarate Cruz; Pedro Zarate-Cruz of Kamiah and August and Nikola Vasrosky of Lewiston; seven siblings, Timothy (Al) and Julia Wheeler of Lapwai; Della (Stormy) Wheeler of Lewiston; Marilyn and Randy Bowen; Nancy Wheeler; Angela and Darryle Broncheau; Dallon and Paula Wheeler and Darrell Wheeler all of Kamiah.

     Julie’s final services were held Dec. 27 at Second Indian Presbyterian Church with burial at Second Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Kamiah under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia and Julie’s lifelong friend Verla (Jackson) Wright.


Patricia Irene George, 85

     Patricia Irene George passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure, at the age of 85, on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston. She was born in Elk River, Idaho, on April 6, 1931. She was the oldest of four girls born to Cedric and Gertrude Sammons. Her sisters; Gay, was born in 1932, Darla, 1941, and Carla joined the family in 1951.1-12-17-obit-patricia-georg

     Because her father, Cedric, was a lumber grader, she, along with her family, spent her childhood years moving from town to town. Where they chose to call home was dependent upon where her father could find work—as long as their home was near the woods with a stream or river where the family could go camping, fishing, hunting, or huckleberry picking. Some of the places Pat lived were Elk River, Lewiston, Weippe, Riggins, Kamiah, Clarkston, and Bandon, Ore.

     Shortly after graduating from Kamiah High School she married Donald E. George on Nov. 27, 1949. She also attended Lewiston Beauty College between 1949 and 1950.  After she and Don were married she found being a housewife and mother (which she often described as being a “domestic engineer”) was her calling.

     Don and Pat raised their five children in Kamiah where they continued to live for 48 years until Don’s passing in 1997. After Don passed away, Pat sold the ranch in Kamiah and moved back to Lewiston. Pat chose to move into assisted living at Brookdale where she resided for four years until she moved into Royal Plaza where she spent the last two months of her life. While at Brookdale she made many new friends and knew practically everyone on a first-name basis.

     Pat’s hobbies and interests included walking, aerobics, line dancing, knitting, embroidery, sewing, glass etching, playing pinochle, picking huckleberries, writing, and watching the Gonzaga Bulldogs play basketball. Pat loved to sing and was a member of the Valley Singers while she was living in Kamiah. She was a lifetime members of Weight Watchers.

     Red River held a very special place in her heart. She and her family loved spending time at the cabin near Red River Hot Springs, creating many wonderful memories.

     Pat is survived by her sister, Darla Johnson (Dennis); her children, Linda Vacura (Robert), Eugene George (Kathy), Mary Kress (Leroy), Donna Whittaker (Mark) and Rich George (Cindy). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

     Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Don George; her son, David George; her parents, Cedric and Gertrude Sammons; her sisters, Gay Gill and Carla Johnson; and her grandson, Brett Vacura.

     Rosary will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 with a funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Kamiah Cemetery. Dinner will be provided at the church for family and friends immediately following.

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to the Family Hospice & Palliative Care Services, 1250 Idaho St., Lewiston, ID 83501 or the American Heart Association, 140 S. Arthur St. #610, Spokane, WA 99202.

     The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Brookdale, Royal Plaza, and St. Joseph Family Hospice & Palliative Care Services for their excellent care of our mother.

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