Obituaries: Monday, May 24, 2010 - Karen Louise Marsolek, Raymond H. Ioder, Eva Mae Christofferson, Doris Mae Zahn, Esther May Nelson, Charles L. Godfrey, Tiffani Marie Turner, Elmer Earl Hudson

2010-05-24T00:00:00Z Obituaries: Monday, May 24, 2010 - Karen Louise Marsolek, Raymond H. Ioder, Eva Mae Christofferson, Doris Mae Zahn, Esther May Nelson, Charles L. Godfrey, Tiffani Marie Turner, Elmer Earl Hudson Ravalli Republic
May 24, 2010 12:00 am

Karen Louise Marsolek

DARBY - Karen was born in Portland, Ore. to Elmo E. Black, Jr. and Audrey Gean Black Sept. 8, 1945. She and her family moved to Eureka, Calif. in 1950 where she attended elementary school up to the eighth grade. When her parents divorced, she moved back to Portland with her mother and graduated from high school in 1963. She worked in accounting and eventually moved to Redding, Calif. where she continued her career working with her father as a partner in their janitorial supply business. There she met and married Tex Marsolek in August of 1972 where they lived until 1997 when Tex sold his construction materials testing business and they both retired. Tex, being a native of the Bitterroot, brought Karen back to Montana in the hopes of finding a place that she would like to live. She immediately fell in love with the Darby area and the Bitterroot, so the decision was unanimous. They designed and built there home overlooking Darby with a view of the Bitterroot Mountains. Tex became very involved with the Tin Cup Water District in Darby. Karen eventually became the district's treasurer where they worked as a team until her passing on May 14, 2010 after a heroic 20-year battle with breast cancer. Karen was a devoted and dearly loved mother and wife. She loved her home, her animals, fishing and hunting, the Bitterroot Valley, its mountains, streams, wildlife and most of all, its people. She will be deeply missed by all who became acquainted with her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elmo Jr.; grandmother, Louise Black; and grandfather, Elmo Black Sr.

She is survived by Tex, her husband of 38 years; son, Paul of New York City; stepson, Keith of Southern California; stepdaughters, Dawn and Deena of Northern California, eight grandchildren, mother, Audrey of Beaverton, Ore.; stepmother, Gloria Black of Jacksonville, Ore.; three sisters, Marianne, Susan and Joanne; brother Jamie; one half-sister, Lynn; two stepsisters, Ava and Cassie; and stepbrother Brad.

A private family celebration of Karen's life will be held in Portland, Ore. on her birthday in September 2010. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made in Karen's name to the American Cancer Society and/or the local Haven Humane Society.

Raymond H. Ioder

VICTOR - Raymond H. Ioder, 73, of Victor, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He was born to Fern and Howard Ioder Feb 1, 1937 in Monterey Park, Calif.

Ray's parents moved to the Antelope Valley and the City of Pearblossom, Calif. where he was raised and where his parents raised chickens.

Ray attended school at a one-room school called Wilsona and finished his elementary years at Keppel Union. He attended high school in Antelope Valley and Antelope Valley Junior College.

He worked for the Bell System Telephone Co. and built his first home in Palmdale, Calif. Ray met Glenda Estill, became friends and eloped Dec. 20, 1958.

The couple were blessed with three children, Pam Lemon, Kristie (Bob) Shimel and Greg (Janet) Ioder.

They moved to a ranch in the Victor area in 1977. Ray also brought his parents and grandfather to share in the joy of ranch life. This was his dream raising cattle and hay and his family.

In 1994, after 39 years of service, he retired from the phone company and began life as a retiree who could travel when he wished or just enjoy mending fences and Montana life.

Ray was a generous and devoted man. He loved God first, family and his country. He loved a job well done. He always wanted the best for his family and others.

Ray felt his greatest joy was in having his grandchildren around him. His grandchildren were Katherine Shimel and Daniel Shimel of Colorado Springs, Aaron Ioder and Tiffany Ioder of Victor and Sara Lemon of Victor.

Ray loved his friends and the nurses who cared for him at St. Patrick Dialysis Unit. Ray always felt he had been especially blessed.

He was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 22 years. He was also a Telephone Pioneer of America member and was a boy scout who was given the honor of the Order of the Arrow.

He loved the out of doors, camping, his ranch, haying season, the cows and calving and traveling in the fifth wheel. His favorite trip was to Alaska for three months with friends, traveling over 8,000 miles.

Ray is survived by his wife, Glenda Karen Ioder; his children, Pam, Kris and Greg and their families. He also leaves his brother, Lawrence (Larry) (Glenda Elaine) Ioder and their children, Ami and Andy; and two great-nephews and a niece. Also surviving is his faithful dog, "Cinder" who rode on his 4-wheeler everywhere.

Ray was very proud of his church, his church family and most of all his faith, it was so important to him.

The family would like to thank all of the special nurses on the fifth floor at St. Pat's who cared so lovingly for him, doctors, Curtis and Welch, and the pharmacy staff who worked to ease his pain. Ray appreciated the staff in the dialysis center, Lynn Meyers who was with him for six years, and Cindy Schaunberg who helped with any problems that arose. Pam, dialysis secretary, was his favorite because she danced with him when he was put in the wheel chair and Linda McKnight, who had faith enough for all of us.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Rev. John Capen officiating. A reception will be held at the Bitterroot Church of the Nazarene in Victor following services.

Memorials may be sent to the Bitterroot Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, PO Box 360, Victor 59875.

Eva Mae Christofferson

HAMILTON - Eva Mae Christofferson, 90, passed away peacefully from natural causes Friday, May 21, 2010 at her home in Hamilton. She was born Jan. 18, 1920 in Somers, to the late Howard and Olevia Trusty.

Eva was married to Ted Christofferson July 29, 1942. The couple was married 62 years. In those years, they enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time at their cabin on Bitterroot Lake with their family.

Eva was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed reading, playing cards and socializing with her many friends and family members.

Eva is preceded in death by her son, David Christofferson; and her husband and best friend, Ted Christofferson.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Gosney of Kalispell; granddaughters, Sonja Cawood of Kalispell, Amber Looney of Meridian, Idaho, and Tiffany Gosney of Missoula; along with her precious companion, her dachshund, Heidi. Eva had one great-grandson, and three great-granddaughters.

The family suggests that memorials be made to Aspen Hospice of Montana, 230 Marcus St., Hamilton, MT 59840.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, June 1 at 11 am at the Libby Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.

Doris Mae Zahn

DILLON - Doris Mae Zahn, 82, passed away May 18, 2010 in Dillon.

She was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Pingree, Idaho.

She was preceded by her husband Joseph; sons, Eddie Dean Zahn and James Zahn.

Survivors include her children, Terry of Cut Bank, Mike of Post Falls, Idaho, Robert of Kennewick and Rodney and Sarina Holliday both of Dillon.

Visitation will be Monday, May 24, 2010 at the Florence Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at the Carlton Cemetery at noon.

The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.

Esther May Nelson

MISSOULA - Esther May Nelson was born Nov. 16, 1927 in Douglas, Ariz.

In 1983 she and husband Earl moved to Stevensville and then into Missoula where they were closer to dialysis facilities.

Esther is survived by her husband, Earl A. Lord; her son, Danny Ray Lord; and daughter, Alexis Jean Richey. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services are entrusted to the care and direction of Brothers Mortuary and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com

Charles L. Godfrey

VICTOR - Charles L. Godfrey, 87, of Victor died at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

Tiffani Marie Turner

MISSOULA - Tiffani Marie Turner, 31, passed away in the morning, Sunday, May 23, 2010, due to cancer, at her residence in Missoula. Cremation services are entrusted to the care and direction of Brothers Mortuary and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.

Frank Popiel

HAMILTON - Frank Popiel, 94, passed away in the morning, Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

Funeral services are entrusted to the care and direction of Brothers Mortuary and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.

Elmer Earl Hudson

YELM, Wash. - Elmer Earl Hudson, 90, former Stevensville resident died Friday, May 21, 2010.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

 

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