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Rosalie Blewett Pixley, 104

     Rosalie Blewett Pixley, 104, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at Royal Plaza Retirement Center in Lewiston.

     Rosalie Blewett Pixley was born in a small town in Kansas on Jan. 19, 1910 to Frank and Estella (James) Blewett. She moved to Idaho when she was three, and spent the remainder of her life in the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. 1-8-15-obit-rosalie_pixleyWhen pressed to identify her real home, she would ultimately claim the Idaho areas of Clearwater, Stites, Kamiah, and Kooskia.

     Rosalie taught at the grade school level for over 40 years. Her classes ranged from a one-room, all grades, rural schoolhouse in Idaho, to 5th grade classes of over 50 students at St. Anthony’s in Missoula, Montana. She was a gifted teacher who had the ability to bring out the very best in her students. Though her classes were no-nonsense affairs, she was beloved by her students, nearly all of whom would select her as the most influential teacher they had ever had.

     She enjoyed a full, eventful and satisfying life. She recalled that as a six year old, she was put on a horse that she had never ridden and was sent off to her school, which was several miles away. She had to lead her horse to a fence or stump in order to mount or dismount the horse, but, as usual, she was always up to facing any challenge. That same spirit was evident in 1977 when she and her daughter took off in a small motor home and spent nearly three months traveling around the entire country. When relating their adventures, she laughed about the reaction of both friends and strangers to the thought of two women taking on such a challenge. From having the motor home being struck by lightning in Kansas, to the numerous mechanical problems they encountered, their good humor and tenacity made the trip a complete success.

     She married Francis Pixley in 1932, and had two children, Rex and Lavonne. Francis worked for the U.S. Forest Service, so the family moved frequently. She spent one summer in a remote camp that could only be reached by a 10-mile back country hike, and another summer during World War 2 driving a dump truck because of the severe shortage of men. Regardless of the challenge, Rosalie remained upbeat and positive, traits that she kept throughout her life. Her most basic tenant was that a person simply had to face up to whatever challenges life brought, good and bad, and handle them to the best of their ability.

     Rosalie was always grateful for the experiences she had, and for her family and many friends. She recalled the difficult times of the Great Depression and the war that followed. Those experiences toughened her entire generation, and made her even more appreciative of the major changes that followed that have made life so much easier.

     She attributed her long life to good genes, and good fortune. Though faced with painful physical issues during her later years, she maintained an exceptionally sharp mind and a memory that amazed all who knew her. Her only complaint was that she outlived her husband, both children, and nearly all of her close friends.

     She is survived by her unofficial foster son, Ed Joiner, and her four grandchildren, Charles Pixley, Mary Lauritsen, Daniel Pixley, and Lette Pixley. She also leaves behind a special friend, Mark Newman, who provided so much assistance to her during her years at her retirement home.

     Memorial services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at Royal Plaza Retirement Center in Lewiston. Rosalie was inurned next to her mother at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.


Stephan Joseph Adamczyk, 68


     Stephan Adamczyk of Kamiah passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise due to complications from surgery. One of six children, Steve was born and raised in Richmond, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rose Mary Adams. His father1-8-15-obit--stephan-j-adamczyk emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s and changed his name during the Great Depression. Steve went back to the old family name when he was in his 30s.

     After serving in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War era, he started on his varied career that ended up including numerous pursuits in many different areas including drama coach, boxing instructor, professional gambler, and actor.  After working in the wall paper trade for a number of years, he authored several technical manuals on paperhanging and invented a new paste that was bought for national distribution by Zinsser Corp.

     Throughout his life he had a strong interest in theater, and participated actively in community productions as an actor, director and playwright.  With several small parts as an extra in Hollywood movie productions, he was fond of telling how he was “directed” by Francis Ford Copola after the famous director adjusted his position during one scene in the filming of the movie Tucker.

     His writing skills were versatile. In addition to the technical manuals and theater scripts, he is the author of numerous short stories, screenplays, letters to the editor, and novels.

     Although a resident of rural Idaho, Steve was “not an avid hunter and fisherman”, but spent his last years as a prolific songwriter and radio host at Kamiah’s station KIYE, featuring artists of the Pacific Northwest, classic songs from the 50’s and 60’s and radio plays. He was very active in SongRamp as a writer and supporting critic of other artists. Two of his songs have recently been picked up by Hollywood motion picture studios.

     Steve is survived by his daughter, Andrea Behrendt of Silver Springs, Nev.; his five siblings:  William (Linda) Adams of Piedmont, Calif.; Catherine (Steve) Koster of Healdsburg, Calif.; Mick (Patricia) Adams of Eagle River, Alaska; Mark (Vanessa) Adams of Kooskia; Tony (Virginia) Adams of Camas, Wash; and numerous nephews and nieces.

     Per his request there will be no traditional funeral service.


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