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Obituaries, Death Notices in the February 4, 2016 issue Print E-mail

Carl Griner, 86

     Carl Griner, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at his Kamiah home.

     Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at Trenary Funeral Chapel in Kooskia.

     Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel.

     Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.


Clovis N. Bursey, 73

     Clovis N. Bursey was born to Rev. Mural and Laura Fincher, Feb. 18, 1942. She was one of seven children. She died Jan. 25, 2016.

     She lived in Kooskia from 2004 to 2015.

     She is survived by her husband Eddie, two sons, Stephen and Randy (Mindy) and three grandchildren Michael, Ashley and Brittney, and by two brothers and two sisters.

     Everyone who knew her loved her and she loved everyone unconditionally! She will be greatly missed by all.

     A graveside service was held Feb. 2 in Madera, Calif.


Donna Graber, 62

     Donna Graber, 62, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at her Lewiston home.

     Private services will be held.

     Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.


Richard “Dick” Spence, 81

     Richard “Dick” Spence, 81, of Woodland died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

     Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.


George A. Schaff, 83

     George A. Schaff, 83, died of natural causes on Jan. 25, 2016 at the 3 o’clock hour of Mercy in Kamiah with his family by his side.2-4-16-obit-george-schaff

     He was born at Nezperce on Feb. 22, 1932 to Innocent Schaff and Louise (Fuchs) Schaff. He attended parochial school through 8th grade and graduated from Nezperce High School in 1950.

     In 1952, he entered the US Army and served in the Korean War until 1954 where he earned the National Defense Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a Bronze Star for his service. He was also awarded a “Quilt of Valor” in 2015. George married and had four children with Donna Adams. They divorced and in 1975, he married Lois Seubert-Arnzen, a widow.

     He had a long career in the grocery business and car sales until retiring in 1993. George was a Kamiah community supporter and was instrumental in starting the annual Kamiah “swim team” Crab Feed.  He also was a staunch supporter in the building of Kamiah’s St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Gun Club in Kamiah. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Lewiston, where they were members of All Saints Catholic Parish.

     George was an avid bridge player and along with his wife, Lois, they made a “real team.” He and his wife did extensive travelling and were privileged to see Pope John Paul II during a tour of Europe. They also were “snowbirds” for 10 years and enjoyed motor-homing many miles throughout the country and Alaska.

     After moving to Lewiston, he quickly made friends for early morning coffee. Nearly daily he visited the elderly and veterans. He had a real gift of compassion and communication in spending quality time with those who were unable to get out and about.

     He is survived by his loving wife Lois, children Bob Schaff (Melanie) of Athol, Idaho, Jan Schaff of Lewiston, Sherry Arnzen Martin (Don) of Lewiston, Chris Schaff of Clarkston, and Brad Schaff (Stephanie) of Kamiah and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving him are siblings Margaret Zenner, Betty Gamel and Ray Schaff.

     He was preceded in death by two daughters Lori and Julie, his parents Innocent and Louise Schaff and sister Catherine Baerlocher.

     Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 30 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah Internment took place at the Nezperce, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Father Joseph Schmidt presided over George’s final celebration of life.

     Donations can be made in George’s name to Idaho Catholic Charities or the Kamiah Gun Club (Glen Hibbs).

     Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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