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Sherwood Hall

Sherwood Hall Photo0001The world said goodbye to a kind and gentle soul as Sherwood James Hall III of Moscow died Tuesday morning, November 14, 2017. He was 69.

Sherwood was born in October, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida to Sherwood and Elaine

(Fairbanks) Hall. When he was young the family moved to California. Sherwood especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping in the Gualala Redwoods on the coast of California. He graduated from high school in Cloverdale California. He then attended college in Santa Rosa and at Humboldt State.

Sherwood and Janice Scully met and were married in Juneau, Alaska on February 15, 1969. They moved to Moscow in 1973 where Sherwood enrolled at the University of Idaho, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration. He went to work at Les Schwab Tire in Moscow for several years and helped them transition to the new store on White Avenue in the mid 1980’s. He then began working for Busch Distributors as a driver and in sales. Sherwood returned to the UI and earned his minor in computer science. He went to work for Valcom Computers in Lewiston, then to Potlatch (now Clearwater Paper) in Information Systems in 2002, and retiring in 2009.

Sherwood was a Scout leader, a member of the Moscow Lion’s Club, an active member of the Moscow Seventh Day Adventist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and lead singing at area nursing homes. Sherwood also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating and anything out doors. When he and Jan moved to “The Country” in 1987, Sherwood planted many trees that will remain a part of his legacy as an excellent steward of the land. Sherwood was interested in the success of the Moscow Dog Park and helped with its improvement by donating and spreading bark. He will also be remembered as a good neighbor, always ready to check in on and help anyone.

He is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Jan, at their rural Moscow home, his son Biff

(Kimberlee) of Nampa, daughters, Jennifer (Chris) Kleve of Chesapeake, Virginia and Rebecca Hall (Garret Duthie) of Portland. He also leaves his grandchildren, Mackenzie Walton, Harrison Hall and Devin Kleve and great granddaughters, Penelope and Lula Walton, a brother, Daniel (Yondi) Hall in Seattle and his faithful companion “Mocha”.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harrison.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 21st at the Moscow Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1015 W. C Street, Moscow. A reception and luncheon will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center, 618 E. First St. Moscow.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Humane Society of the Palouse for the care and maintenance of the Moscow Dog Park, 2019 White Ave., Moscow, ID 83843 or to the Palouse Hills Christian School, 3148 Tomer Rd., Moscow, ID 83843 in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Joyce Packard

Joyce Packard CurrentJoyce Lea (King) Packard, 86, Viola 

Joyce Lea (King) Packard, 86, of Viola entered into the loving arms of her Savior on November 12, 2017. She was born on May 24, 1931, south of Potlatch, Idaho at the family home on Rock Creek Road, to Kenneth & Helen (Mustian) King.

She attended school in Potlatch, Idaho, graduating in 1950.

She met Cecil Packard in May of 1949 and they were married in August of 1950. Fifty days after their wedding, they moved to San Diego as Cecil was called back into the Navy. Their first son was born in San Diego and when they moved back to the Moscow area in 1952, two more sons and a daughter were born. Joyce and Cecil moved to Viola in 1959 and lived in the area for the remainder of their lives.

Joyce Packard YoungerJoyce loved being a mother to her four children and was an excellent homemaker. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, and sewing. She was also a cub scout leader for a time and belonged to multiple clubs and civic organizations. She spent many years working the elections in Viola. Joyce was also an active partner in the family’s cattle and timber ranch operations.

She was a long time member of the Moscow Church of the Nazarene, serving in various capacities. She especially enjoyed hearing about the missions’ work and went on Work & Witness trips to South Africa, Israel, and the Philippines. She also enjoyed traveling and made trips to Alaska, England, Australia and New Zealand.

Joyce is survived by her three sons, Rob (Liz) of Coeur d’ Alene; Michael (Laura Walter) of Alaska; Larry (Angie) of Viola and daughter Linda Ballsmith (Dave) of California; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, in-laws, and siblings.

Joyce was a very committed Christian and lived her life following her Savior. She was a very loving mother and friend and is now in the presence of Jesus.

A memorial service will be held Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Moscow, Idaho. Per Joyce’s wishes, she asked that bright colors are worn as this will be a celebration of her life. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.

Memorial donations are suggested to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone NC 28607.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Grant Silvernale

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Grant Josiah Silvernale, Jr., passed away in Moscow, Idaho, on October 31, 2017. He was 90 years old. He was born on March 2, 1927, in Walla Walla, Washington, to Grant Josiah Silvernale, Sr., and Leanor M. (Hall) Silvernale. He had fond memories of growing up on the South Hill in Spokane with his three siblings, Mary, Lawrence (Larry), and Peter (Pete). The time spent working in the woods of northern Idaho with his brothers was recounted many times on the deck at the lake cabin and the occasional road trip with his siblings while revisiting his old stomping grounds. He served in the US Coast Guard during World War II, graduating from Radioman School in 1945, and served on Hawaii at Loran Radio Navigation Station 206. We have a scrapbook of his wartime experiences, including reminiscences in Atlantic City in 1945, marching in the Miss America Pageant Parade, and hearing Duke Ellington play at the Zanzabar, to photos from the 1946 tidal wave in Hawaii. He graduated from Whitman College in 1950 and cherished the lifelong friendships he diligently maintained with his Whitman friends.

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After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and being admitted into the Washington State Bar in 1953, he began his career as an attorney in Spokane as a deputy prosecuting attorney and then as an associate at Paine, Lowe, Coffin, Herman and O’Kelly. In 1960, he moved and started what became a 30-year career with the Kirkland firm of Powell, Livengood, Silvernale, Carter and Tjossem. He was a member of the Board of Editors of the University of Washington Law Review, twice elected to the office as a Director of the Lake Washington School District No. 414, and served nearly 20 years as a member of the King County Law Library Board.

Grant married Nancy Dudley Allen on September 16, 1961, in Seattle and they had three children: Joe, Mary and Chuck. The family home on the shore of Lake Washington in Kirkland was a wonderful place to grow up.

Because of Dad, our family has wonderful memories, experiences, and attachments to several places, including Greenwater, Washington, and Crystal Mountain Ski Resort; Indian Wells and the Palm Desert area; Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui; and, of course, Lake Coeur d’Alene. Dad was one of the founders of the Pilot Rock community on Lake Coeur d’Alene in the 1950’s and he returned to his favorite place on the planet faithfully at every opportunity, hosting countless gatherings of family and friends. His kids and grandkids are forever grateful for this legacy.

Dad gave one toast at every wedding – “May you be as happy as Nancy and I,” and his devotion to his wife of 56 years was steadfast. Dad skied into his 70’s with an old school elegance rarely seen on the slopes today. His green thumb grew everything from sweet corn to orchids. He took great pride in seeing his children and grandchildren achieve educational success in life. He was a lifelong reader and devoured several newspapers a day. Writing skills served him well in his personal and professional life – he didn’t function in life without making a list, he wrote thoughtful messages on the cards his wife organized for him to send on every major occasion, and his log entries for the Turn Point sailboat are the stuff of family legend. A particular log entry is one for the ages – the summer of Watergate cruising with family friends (the Heaths), a rude t-shirt, and a near miss docking experience.

In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his son Grant (Joe) Josiah Silvernale, III (Alexis) of Kirkland, Washington; his daughter Mary Elizabeth Silvernale Shook (Steve) of Moscow, Idaho; his son Charles (Chuck) Edward Silvernale (Trish) of Poulsbo, Washington. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Casey and Carly Silvernale, Boston Massachusetts; Peter Silvernale, Poulsbo, Washington; Ben Silvernale, Seattle; step grandchildren Jacob Brown and Abby Sheldon, Poulsbo, Washington; Grace Shook, Edinburgh, Scotland; James and Jennings Shook, Moscow, Idaho; many nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Poo Penrose of Shoreline, Washington, Pearl Silvernale of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Joanne K. Silvernale of Seattle.

At his request, the family will hold a private memorial next summer at the lake to scatter his ashes.  The family requests that any memorials be made in his honor to Seattle’s Museum of Flight or Whitman College’s William Allen-Boeing Lectureship and Student Investment Endowment.

While his offspring might not have fully embraced his fondness for plaid pants as holiday wear, bow ties, buying bacon at Costco, or consumption of Two Buck Chuck, Dad’s legacy of generosity, support, and pride in our achievements is greatly appreciated. The family suggests you raise your favorite glass of red wine to a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and community supporter. Dad, we all loved you and we will miss you terribly.


John A. Weber

John Weber Obit PhotoJohn Anton Weber of Moscow died Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the age of 70.

John was raised in Moscow as one of eight children born to Jack and Rose Weber.

John Weber Younger0001John attended school in Moscow ultimately earning a Master of Business Degree from the University of Idaho.  He had a varied and full work career in sales which he loved because it allowed him to connect with the Moscow community. He advocated for programs that continue to benefit the health and well-being of Moscow’s youth, notably his support of the Palouse Ice Rink and the Moscow Bear Boosters.  John made lifelong friends in every aspect of his life.

John’s civic career began in 2006 when he was elected to the City Council, serving through 2009. John was again elected to City Council in 2014 and was serving at the time of his death.

John Weber participates in a candidate forum during a Moscow Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Sept. 20

John Weber participates in a candidate forum during a Moscow Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Sept. 20

John was proud to be one of the founding board members for the Urban Renewal Agency.  He was an active member of the Moscow Elks Lodge and Golf Club beginning 1974.

John was loved and admired by his entire family. He was a devoted brother to his six sisters and one brother, and a favorite of his nieces and nephews.  John is survived by his sisters, Kathleen Weber (Bill Lambert) of Moscow, Susan Weber (Ron Hein) of Minneapolis, MN, Kristine Rose (Jim) of Rumford, RI, Jacqueline Weber (Mark Moline) of Portland, OR, and his brother Thomas (Lorraine) Weber of Naperville, Ill. as well as eleven nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margaret Weber and Mary Tully.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. The celebration of life will continue with a reception at the Moscow Elks Clubhouse following.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s School Foundation, Moscow Bear Boosters, Palouse Ice Rink or BPOE #249.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Duncan Leonhardy

Duncan Leonhardy PicOn Oct. 31, 2017, Duncan Leonhardy, age 53, passed away while surrounded by the loving presence of his family. He was born in Lawton, Okla., to Frank and Lucille Leonhardy on May 3, 1964. From there, the family moved to Pullman where Duncan attended public school and, later, graduated from Washington State University in 1994, majoring in criminal justice and political science. Duncan married, moved to Moscow, and eventually found a great job working for Benchmark Research and Safety, and, with his wife, Ronda, raised three kids and adopted a fourth.

He accepted the ways of Niimiipuu. As children, Duncan and his brother followed their dad, an archaeologist/anthropologist, to the Spalding sweat house in Lapwai, Idaho. Later in life, Duncan would spend his Friday evenings or Saturday mornings at the sweat house with his Nez Perce family. Duncan served active duty in the Army for four years and in the Army National Guard for 20. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 where he served honorably in combat positions. Duncan deeply valued the more noble ideals of American democracy, though he had little tolerance for nationalistic bravado. He always felt honored by those who called him friend. As private as he was, as much as he liked to tinker in his garden in the isolation of a summer’s evening, as much as he enjoyed trekking down a forest trail or fishing a wilderness stream, he was equally filled with joy when those who stuck by him came to chat or greeted him on some sidewalk downtown or shared a stogie or a meal.

Duncan stumbled his way into Christianity, but, once there, he embraced the ideal and followed that path to the best of his ability. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Moscow and dearly loved his family of faith. He was a spectacular father who was always showering his children with love, and it is fitting that the love of his life and his children were with Duncan in his final moments, for the power of their love kept him strong and brave through to the end.

He leaves behind his beloved children, Alana, Sean, Nickolas and Adina; his life partner of 24 years, Ronda; and his brother, Galen. His mother, Lucille Leonhardy, followed Duncan, passing away the day after her son. He will always be missed and remembered for his integrity, kindness and quirky sense of humor. Dearest Duncan, we will always carry your love and beautiful memory in our hearts – God bless you.

A memorial service will be held for Duncan at the First Presbyterian Church of Moscow on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.

Lucille “Sam” Leonhardy

Lucille Leonhardy Photo0001Lucille “Sam” Leonhardy was born December 3, 1935 in Oakland, California to Mildred and Nick Hughes, a Sgt. Major in the Army.  As an “Army brat,” she lived in Japan, Guam, the Philippines, and several other places, graduating from High School in Honolulu, HI, before heading off to the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Sociology. Later Sam earned a Masters’ Degree in Adult Education from Washington State University.

Most people know her as “Sam,” a nickname bestowed by her husband Frank Leonhardy, Washington State University and University of Idaho professor of Anthropology who died in 1991. Frank and Sam raised two sons in Pullman: Galen and Duncan, who graduated from Pullman High School in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Sam enjoyed homemaking as well as working outside the home and held a variety of positions at WSU. She especially enjoyed and took pride in her position as associate editor in the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory. Though Sam retired from WSU, she never seemed to stop working. Through work, travel and other interests, she developed and nurtured many life-long friendships.

Ever giving and committed to helping others, Sam further enhanced her abilities, earning certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She was foster mother for several children, volunteered with Latah County United Way, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, and served on the board of Meals on Wheels of Latah County in Moscow, ID.

She reserved a special fondness for animals, gardening and country living. In 1991, she moved to the countryside outside of Moscow, ID, where she shared a home with Jodean Moore, and a succession of dogs, cats, cows, and goats. Deer, elk, coyotes and occasional moose or bear were always welcome, though she did put up a fence to keep the critters out of her garden. Sometimes she had big gardens and sometimes small ones, but she always had a garden and always had flowers.

Sam was well-known among friends and family for cooking skills. She enjoyed holiday traditions, especially assembling meals for Thanksgiving feasts. There was always room for people with nowhere else to go, visitors from other parts of the world, and lots of friends. She never met a fried oyster she didn’t like. Friends and family yearn for her macaroni-and-cheese, shrimp salad and Chicken Mole, among other iconic dishes.

Sam loved to read and she read a lot: preferring romance novels in younger years, and, later on, murder mysteries.  She shared her joy of reading with her sons, by reading to them most every night until they were reading on their own. She read to her grandchildren as often as she could and they have grown up to be readers too.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Sam was the kind of mom who taught her boys how to wash dishes by making one wash and the other dry—the dryer being ultimately responsible for determining if dishes were indeed clean. As they grew up, she helped them through struggles to achieve economic stability, offering advice about gardening, cooking, and coffee-making. When times were tough, Sam offered advice, encouragement and sometimes funds.  Her grandchildren always were well dressed, enjoyed Christmas surprises, and never-ending hugs.

Sam Leonhardy lived a long and beautiful life, one characterized by ups and downs, joys and challenges, and much adventure. She and Jodean accompanied and supported Sam’s younger son, Duncan, through his final, devastating illness. Sam left this world the day after his death.  She is survived by her dearest friend, Jodean Moore; her older son, Galen; her daughters-in-law Ronda and Lea, and her grandchildren: Sarah and Hallie, Alana, Sean, Nikolas, and Adina.

Delightfully, Sam was her own self-assured and quirky person, and she walked barefoot in the snow.

To honor Sam and her contributions to our community, the family suggests donations to : Latah Recovery Center, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Gritman Foundation, and  Nimiipuu Health Center (Lapwai, ID).

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Peggy J. Carr-Rainville

Peggy Carr Photo0001Peggy Jean Carr-Rainville, a recent Pullman resident died Tuesday morning, October 24, 2017 at Bishop Place in Pullman. She was 89.

Peggy was born Aug. 7, 1928 in Oregon City, Oregon to Ruth and Perry Hogan.

Peggy spent many years as a housewife and worked 30+ years at Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Hines, Oregon as a millworker.

Peggy was married in 1946 to Ted Whitesell and they had one daughter, Pauline.

They divorced in 1962.  She married a few years later to Jim Howard in Burns, Oregon.  They had one son, James M. Howard, Jr.  This marriage also dissolved.

She then married Byron Carr also of Burns, Oregon.  They remained married for over 30 years.  They both retired, moved to Missouri, then to Mesa, Arizona living there until Byron passed away.

In 2004, she married Arthur T. Rainville in Mesa, Arizona.  They lived an active life of travel, dancing, and socializing.

Peggy enjoyed bowling, playing billiards, playing cards, crafts, cooking and dancing.

Peggy was always a happy lady with a big smile on her face.  She loved people, parties, and especially her family.  She had many friends and was loved by all.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur T. Rainville, Daughter, Pauline (Polly Walker), Son, James (Jim) M. Howard Jr., 8 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., Oct. 28th 3:00 PM in Moscow, Idaho. At the Best Western-University Inn in the Centennial room.  Dinner will be served, so RSVP is required.

Her remains will be placed in the Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, Az.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Janis Marie Nelson

Janis Nelson PhotoJanis Marie (Feely) Nelson went to live with our Heavenly Father on October 20, 2017 after an extended illness. Janis was living on the family farm near Troy at the time of her death and was surrounded by her loving husband, Jim Nelson and her two Yorkies. She was 70.

Janis was born September 11, 1947 at Coeur d’Alene to Wayne and Shirley (Oastler) Feely. She attended Coeur d’Alene schools, graduating in 1966. Janis made many lifelong friends in high school that she kept in touch with over the years.

After high school Janis went to work for General Telephone for a short period but soon married and moved to Great Falls, Montana where she had two beautiful daughters, Melinda Biggs Markowski of Hayden, ID and Carey Biggs Underwood of Sandy, Utah.

Janis returned from Great Falls in 1970 and went back to work for General Telephone where she held many positions over the next 30 years.

Janis was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many callings with the church during her lifetime. She was very crafty and loved to paint, sew, quilt and work on her genealogy. Anyone who knew Janis knew she always had several projects going at once as she loved to make things for other people. She also had a love for dogs and was known to have more than one at a time. It is comforting to know that they greeted her when she arrived in heaven.

Janis and Jim Nelson were married in Coeur d’Alene on November 16, 1991. After they both retired from General Telephone, Jim brought her to the farm where he was raised just outside of Troy. Janis let everyone know that it was not the end of the world, but you could see it from there! Janis needed something more exciting than hanging around the farm so she found a job at the Moscow Charter School, where she was the assistant principal and office manager. A job she truly loved. She looked forward to seeing the kids every day. Due to her health, she was forced to leave that position.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband, Jim, at their home, her daughters, Melinda and Carey, a brother, Barry Feely at Hayden, ID, a sister, Melinda Douglas in Spokane, two step-sons, Mike Nelson in Kennewick, WA and Jay Nelson in Mill Creek, WA as well as eight grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, October 26th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Blaine Street in Moscow. Burial and Grave Dedication will follow at Burnt Ridge Cemetery in Troy.

Viewing will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and at the Church beginning at 9:00 AM on Thursday.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Troy Fire and Ambulance Department or to the Humane Society of the Palouse.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Luise Marie Farr

Obituary for Luise Marie Farr
Compiled by Linda Tenney and Judy Rieke, daughters.

Luise Farr Folder PicLuise Marie Farr, age 87, died peacefully in Göttingen, Germany, on Monday, August 14, 2017, from complications of a massive stroke.

Born June 4, 1930, in Hannover, Germany, to Friedrich & Louise Bolte, Luise grew up as an only child with much exposure to theater, music, travel and the arts. She loved reading, dancing and dreaming of far-away places. Once, Luise’s mother took her to audition before a famous actor. Luise had talent. She loved Broadway plays, musicals and stage performances of all kinds. She was a lover of music, from classical, jazz, and big bands to the great classic love songs of the 40s & 50s.

Luise’s parents operated a number of fine dining establishments in her early years and as WW2 was on the horizon, the family was moved to Eschwege, Germany and ran the military canteen there. Once the Allies took the small town, Luise and her parents cared for the US soldiers. Luise secured an office position with the US Army and there met her soon to be husband, Clifton E. Farr. Luise and Cliff were married December 4, 1951, in Eschwege, Germany. The newlyweds arrived in New York, NY, by ship on April 8, 1952, and Luise realized the beginning of her dream of far-away places.

US military life took Luise to many places in the world. In 1952 daughter Judy was born in Franklin, Indiana, and in 1954 daughter Linda was born in Landstuhl, Germany. Luise became an American citizen by naturalization on September 29, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1960 Cliff and Luise were divorced. Luise tried to power through as a single mom. She had a successful career as a secretary and worked hard to provide for her girls. Her parents had come from Germany to help her, but in 1964 the homeland called them back. Luise, her parents and two daughters sailed the big ocean one more time and started another chapter in the journey of life. They settled back in Eschwege and Luise worked her way up to executive secretary during her 30 year tenure at Massey Ferguson, manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Farr Scarf Photo

Both daughters eventually returned to marry and live in the USA. In the last 45 years Luise traveled to visit her 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren…..more than 30 times.

Luise loved her family deeply and loved to spend time with each of them. Travel, shopping and fine dining were among her favorite pastimes, but she never left the USA without having enjoyed a hearty hamburger, fries and a real, chocolate shake. When she was not in the USA, Luise found new places in Europe to explore.

Luise knew how to engage with her loved ones. When visiting she helped, served, supported and attended family activities, recitals, graduations, youth clubs, and events, spanning four and a half decades. All of her grandchildren were able to visit her in Germany and Luise imparted a big piece of German customs, culture and heritage to her family. Truly she left behind years of wonderful memories and a legacy of love to her family. Farr Bench Photo

Luise moved to a retirement community in Göttingen, Germany, in 2012, but stayed every bit as busy and active as before. In 2012 she performed on stage before a large audience, at the Deutsche State Theater in Gottingen, along with several other seniors in a play titled “Autumn Heroes.”

Luise developed a strong faith and put her trust in Jesus Christ. She looked to God for guidance and gracefully accepted her increasing limitations as she got older. She knew her home would be in heaven when she died. We believe this is what brought her so much peace in her last days here on earth. Though incapacitated in so many ways, by the massive stroke, she was never anxious or restless. She acknowledged her inner peace and assurance that God was leading her through the valley of the shadow of death to her “new” far-away place in heaven.
Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, although he may die, yet he shall live! John 11:25

Beloved Mama, Mutsch, Mütterchen, Omi, Banana-Omi and Great-Omi, thank you for pouring into us your love and devotion and living a focused and intentional life of caring for us and many others whom God put in your path over the years. You will be remembered and cherished. Farewell, till we meet again!

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Paul Rieke of Seattle, WA, and Linda and Barry Tenney of Moscow, ID.She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Luise was preceded in death by granddaughter, Krissy Tenney in 2004.

A beautiful Memorial Service was held in Luise’s honor and among her friends in Gottingen, Germany on August 29th, 2017, and now we are gathering here in Moscow, ID, to celebrate her life and to lay her body to rest at the Moscow Cemetery. Luise’s final wish was to be buried in Moscow, ID next to her beloved grand-daughter Krissy. This request became a reality and after the family settled her affairs and had a memorial service for her in Germany the authorities granted the transfer of her urn to the United States for burial. Luise had pre-written a death announcement with that very request on it. This is how it read on her death announcement in Germany:      “A memorial service will be held on ……..(TBA) at the St. Martin’s Chapel in Gottingen, but burial will take place at a later date in Moscow, ID, with the whole family present.”

So now, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 10:30 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Friends are welcome too. She will be laid to rest with her granddaughter, Krissy in a private family service at the Moscow Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Palouse Care Network, 1515 West A Street, Moscow, ID 83843.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

Helen G. Dewey

Helen Dewey PhotoHelen G. Dewey, 88, passed away, Friday, October 5, 2017 at Regency Assisted Living in Pullman, Washington with family by her side.

Helen Georgia Robinson Gardner Dewey was born to Paul and Edith Robinson on April 5, 1929 at the family home in Cathart, Washington. She attended Cathart Grade School and Snohomish High School.

She married Gordon Gardner in 1946. They had 4 children. They were later divorced.

She enjoyed working as a waitress, and she last worked at the Nobby Inn (now the Breakfast Club) in Moscow, Idaho. She sang in the Camas Choir while living in Grangeville and the Sweet Adelines in Lewiston for a short time.

In 1974, Helen married Jim Dewey in Grangeville, Idaho. They moved to Potlatch where Jim worked for the US Forest Service. They built their home in Princeton, Idaho in 1978. Jim passed away in 2000, and Helen moved into Moscow in 2004. She enjoyed many trips with the Idaho Roadrunners as well as trips with her family. This included trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador. She loved to travel and was always ready to eat out. She played Bingo and Rummikub with 3 special friends every Friday afternoon. We had to plan our visits around her busy schedule.

Helen loved to cook and shared food with all her family and friends, including her homemade apple butter. She loved all sports and tried to get to most of her grandkids games and other events. She watched the Seattle Mariners even when they were losing, and attended games when she could, even their training camp in Arizona. She loved Gonzaga basketball and the Seahawks. She was known for her very large collection of anything owl.

She is survived by her children; Gordon (Pat) Gardner, Carol (Dennis) Pittmann, Larry Gardner, John Gardner, all of Oakesdale; stepdaughters, Rita (Dick) Bottger, Clarkston, Carla (Kurt) Olmstead, Lewiston, Leah (Jim) Desmond of Air Way Heights; sister, Doris Oberg Wisconsin; grandchildren, Brad, Kelli, Brian, Amy, Kara, Daniele, Tyler, Mandy, Adrian, Dash, Walker, and Mary; 13 great-grandchildren and with another one on the way in November.

She is preceded by her husband Jim; stepdaughter, Debi Aspelund; grandson Kristopher Helt; daughter-in-law, LeAnn Gardner; her parents; sister, June Rush; and brother, Harold Robinson.

Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Shorts Funeral Chapel. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the Moscow Nazarene Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Kindred Hospice, 1610 NE Eastgate Blvd #850, Pullman, WA 99163; Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, EMS & Training Offices, 603 S. Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Shorts Funeral Chapel, Moscow, Idaho. Condolences can sent to the family online at