Obituaries Sept/Oct 2014 The Desert Sun, Palm Springs CA – Barfknect; Barth; (Boim) Berg, Brandi

William Howard (Bill) Barfknecht (1930 – 2014)

Published in The Desert Sun from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, 2014

 William Howard (Bill) Barfknecht passed away quietly Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2014 after losing his battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84. Bill was born Aug. 3, 1930 to Fritz William Barfknecht and Cena Rose Sutter in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He grew up in this small town and attended Flambeau High School where he ran track. He graduated in 1949. As a youth, one of his first jobs was as a fire watcher for the Forest Service. He also picked green beans, which seems to account for his lifelong dislike of the vegetable. As a hobby he built model airplanes and crystal radios. In 1950 he joined the United States Air Force where his hobbies were transformed into a lifelong career. As a trained aircraft radio repairman he was sent to war in Korea where he worked on F-80 fighter jets. His time in the Air Force took him and his family all over the world. In fact, he had children born in Texas, Alaska, Italy and France. In 1963 he was transferred to then March Air Force Base near Riverside California. From then on, he did the moving while the rest of the family stayed put. These moves included a tour in Vietnam, a tour in Japan, and an assignment with Aerospace Command at Vandenberg Air Force base near Lompoc, California, among others. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1970. With children still at home, Bill, sought work after the Air Force. He also tried his hand at domestic chores. Some of his “experimental” dinners will never be forgotten. Eventually he landed a job as a communications technician with San Bernardino County. He worked there for 18 years and retired just as he reached the age where his Social Security kicked in. He was extremely proud of being a “triple dipper.” Shortly after the passing of his wife, Dolores Barfknecht, he moved to Lebanon, Oregon. There he spent 20 years fishing, carving wood, studying the stars, camping, building radio receivers from scratch, watching birds and enjoying life. He was an active member of the Lebanon Moose, Elks, the American Legion, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had many friends in Lebanon and he really enjoyed his time there. In 2011, after a bout with cancer, he moved to Indio, California to be closer to family. He and his patch jacket quickly became known around town. Bill was an extremely likable man and he loved to talk to people whether he knew them well or not. If he had an opinion on something, you could bet it would not be long before you heard it. And, there were very few subjects on which he did not have an opinion. He loved to laugh and he loved to joke.
Bill was preceded into death by his brother Ray of Fresno, California, and his sister Marion of Vancouver, Washington. He is survived by son Craig of Nuevo, California; his son Mark (Minerva) of Indio, California; his daughter Galyn of Oxnard, California; and his son Bill of Norfolk, Virginia. He also left behind eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a great friend, and a loving companion and he will be sorely missed.
A memorial gathering will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Indio American Legion Post 739, 44200 Sun Gold St, Indio, CA 92201. Internment will be at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation the America Legion Post 739, at the above address.

Harrison Valentine “Harry” Barth died

 Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 1, 2014

Harrison Valentine Barth
Harrison Barth (Harry), 82, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died September 22, 2014 in Palm Desert, California. Harry was born in Flasher, N.D., on July 4, 1932 to Harriett and Valentine Barth. When he as a boy, his family moved to the state of Washington, where he graduated from Lake Stevens High School. Upon graduation he entered the US Navy and served in the Korean War. Harry was blessed with four sons, Harrison Jr., Thomas, James and Steven with his first wife, Evelyn Ramsey, and four stepchildren, Nanci, Bill, Michael and Robert Kosten with his second wife, Gwen Kosten. Harry and Gwen made their home in Yakima, Washington, before they relocated to the Palm Springs area.

Harry was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 43 years. Upon becoming clean and sober, he began a new career as a drug and alcohol counselor. Later, he and Gwen co-founded Barth Clinic, which he directed until his retirement. As a devoted member of AA, a counselor, and a friend, Harry showed hundreds the peace and happiness of sobriety and the value of taking it one day at a time. With his cherubic face, infectious smile, and genuine laugh, Harry brought joy to all who knew him. He asked that a memorial service not be held, but rather that those who knew him gather together to celebrate his life.

Millie (Boim) Berg died Sept. 16, 2014

Millie Berg, 86, of Palm Springs, Calif., died Sept. 16, 2014, in Grass Valley, Calif., of natural causes. She was born June 8, 1928, to Allan Boim and Lilliam Boim in Los Angeles. She married Dave Berg on Jan. 5, 1947, in Los Angeles. She was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Ladies of the Nobles of the Palm Springs Shrine Club.
She is survived by her husband, Dave Berg, of Palm Springs; sons Robert Berg of Nevada City, Calif., Richard Berg of Lake Elsinore, Calif. and Aaron Berg of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Private services will be held. The family suggests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Los Angeles.
Published in The Desert Sun on Sept. 24, 2014


Louis Rudolph Brandi  died Sept. 8, 2014

Published in The Desert Sun on Sept. 26, 2014
Louis Rudolph Brandi Louis Rudolph Brandi, 85, of Palm Desert, California, passed away on Sept. 8, 2014, in Palm Desert ,California. He was born July 29, 1929, to Rudolph Brandi and Lena (DeFeleice) Brandi in Port Morris, New Jersey. Louis married Marjorie Jean Enos on Dec. 5, 1950, in Mountain View, California. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1948 to April 1952 as a RM3. He served as the Vice President of Bank of America, Palm Desert, for over 30 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the American Veterans Association.

Louis is survived by his sister, Mary Borum of northern Maryland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Jean Brandi. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, with a 10:30 a.m. Rosary and an 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be private. FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:
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Charlotte (Kelly) BAGEANT died November 22, 2005

From The Spokesman-Review.comSaturday, November 26, 2005

BAGEANT, Charlotte (Age 87) – entered into rest November 22, 2005 in Spokane. She was born March 22, 1918 in Lamont, WA and was raised part of her childhood on the Lamont family farm, then moving to Spokane and on to Colfax, WA where she graduated from Colfax High School in 1936. Charlotte attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, graduating in 1939.

She married her high school sweetheart, Earnest, in 1939. She returned to Lamont in 1946 with her husband and daughters Kaye and Gayle. Two sons joined the family, Ed in 1946 and Craig in 1949. They lived on the farm for 19 years. After the passing of her husband, Earnest, in 1965 Charlotte moved to Spokane. Mom was very active in the Lamont community, Lamont Grange #889, Sprague Order of Eastern Star (she held the office of Worthy Matron and was a Grand Officer for the Grand Chapter of Washington in 1962). She belonged to the Retired Public Employees Association #13 for 20 years, holding the office of President- Secretary-President for the East Side Chapter and Vice President for 10 years. She was secretary for the Librarian of Spokane Community College for 15 years.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband Earnest (1965); parents Emmett KELLY (1974) and Gussie (1927); one sister (at birth in 1921); one brother Robert KELLY (1991) and grandson Bryan BAILEY (1992).

She is survived by one sister, Anna Lee TAVARES, Spokane; sister-in-law Wilma AUNE, Colfax, WA; four children, daughter Karolyn Kaye BAILEY and husband Jim, Lamont, WA, daughter Gayle MOONEY and husband Dale, Connell, WA, son Ed BAGEANT and wife Georgia, St. John, WA and son Craig BAGEANT and wife Marion, Spokane; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Charlotte was a loving mother and grandmother, involved in her kids and grandkids lives. She lived life fully and has left a huge void in all our lives. Mom, your memory is our keepsake with which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping-we have you in our hearts! A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 28, 2005 at 1:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

Kathleen Francis (HANNAN) GIMLEN died November 21, 2005

Kathleen Francis (HANNAN) GIMLEN obituary

From The Spokesman-Review.comSaturday, November 26, 2005

GIMLEN, Kathleen Francis (Age 75) – of Harrison, Idaho passed away November 21, 2005 at her home.

She was born July 1, 1930 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA to M.D. “Doc” and Ellen (SHEA) HANNAN. After graduating from North Central High School in 1948 she went to work for Pacific Telephone in revenue accounting. She stayed in that field all her working life. She worked in accounting and as an office manager for several Spokane firms including Farman, Rothrock & Parrott Inc., Rena-Ware Dist., and Cater United Van Lines.

Kathleen married Lawrence W. COLEMAN in 1949 and they had five children. They divorced in 1963. In 1966 she married the love of her life, Isaac “Ray” GIMLEN. After retiring in 1980 they spent the fall and winter months traveling the United States, hitting all 48 states many times, and enjoying traveling on “Blue Line Roads”. They also took trips to Europe, Hawaii, and several to Alaska. They spent every summer on Coeur d’Alene Lake at Arrow Point. In 1995 they sold the family farm in Spokane and moved permanently to the south end of Coeur d’Alene Lake where Ray built her dream home. Kathleen truly enjoyed her home year around reading her books and watching the birds and boats. She also enjoyed her twice-yearly trips to Las Vegas.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Ray at the home; sons, Michael COLEMAN and wife, Fran of Boulder City, NV, Patrick COLEMAN and Lori JONES of Spokane, WA, Timothy COLEMAN of Spokane, WA; daughter, Kathleen Ann NIELSON of Medical Lake, WA; stepson, Guy A. GIMLEN of Alameda, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Carol HANNAN of Ogden, UT, Michael and Dorothy HANNAN of Superstition Mt., AZ, and Richard and Nancy HANNAN of Nine Mile Falls, WA; and the joy of her life, her beautiful grandchildren, Colleen COLEMAN of Henderson, NV, Aaron COLEMAN of Dallas, TX, Angelica NIELSON and Abagail NIELSON of Medical Lake, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel J. COLEMAN; a niece, Janet HANNAN; and a son-in-law, Steve NIELSON.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Montgomery and Cedar in Spokane conducted by Father Jo Hien. Burial will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens with an Irish wake immediately following. YATES FUNERAL HOME, COEUR D’ALENE, ID, is in care of the arrangements. You may visit Kathleen’s memorial and sign her online guestbook at

James W. Philopant died November 20, 2005

From The Saturday, November 26, 2005
PHILOPANT, James W. (Age 55)
Jim Philopant died peacefully at home on November 20, 2005 with his wife and daughter at his side after a noble four-year battle with cancer. Jim was born on May 19, 1950 and was a lifelong resident of Spokane, WA. He attended Browne Elementary and Glover Junior High, and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1968, where he lettered in football and was voted “Best All-Around Boy”. Jim attended Washington State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and received dual degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He married Molly Malone on August 21, 1976.
Jim was employed by LeMaster & Daniels for nearly 30 years, and was selected to be a firm member (partner) in 1988 and Chief Financial Officer in 1999. He was a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1976, serving as WSCPA’s Spokane Chapter President in 1992. Jim was also involved with various civic and charitable organizations. He served as Treasurer for WAMPUM from 1991-1999. Jim was also active in the Rotary Club of Spokane Valley for many years, again serving as Treasurer for that organization. In 2004 Jim was a founding board member of the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation and served as the Foundation’s Treasurer until his death.
Jim was an avid bicycle rider and spent many hours biking to Coeur d’Alene, Cheney, or wherever his spirit took him on a warm summer day. He also enjoyed following sports teams at WSU and St. George’s School. He was a dedicated father, husband, and son. Family, friends, co-workers, clients and professional colleagues will remember Jim for his warm smile, kind heart, generous spirit, professional integrity and his sense of humor. Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Molly; daughter, Kelly; parents,
Virgil and Kathryn Philopant; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Dave Heinze, all from Spokane; and nephew Scott Heinze of Tacoma, WA; as well as many extended family members.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to all of Jim’s healthcare providers and caregivers, especially those at Cancer Care Northwest and Hospice of Spokane.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church (4102 S. Crestline St.) followed by a reception at Manito Golf & Country Club (5303 S. Hatch Road).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the “Jim Philopant Quality of Life Enhancement Program” at Cancer Care Northwest Foundation (Attn: Melanie Frederick, 601 S. Sherman Ave. Spokane, WA 99202) or to the “Jim Philopant Accounting Scholarship” at Washington State University Foundation (P.O. Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164-1927.)

Paul S. Juras, died Dec. 17, 2007

From 12/19/07

Paul S. Juras
1948 – 2007
Paul S. Juras, 59, passed away at his residence on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, Wis., born on Sept. 14, 1948, to Frank P. and Georgette (nee: Boulard) Juras. He was a 1966 graduate of Washington Park High School. On June 22, 1974, Paul was united in marriage to Robin Welsh at Evangelical United Methodist Church. He had been employed at Powerbrace Corp. as a Mechanical Designer for 23 years. Paul was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church and Powerbrace golf league. He was an avid Packer and Chicago Cubs fan and found great enjoyment visiting Grandad’s Bluff in LaCrosse, where he found solitude and peace with his wife, Robin. Surviving are his wife, Robin; and their children, Phillip (Lisa) Juras and Carri Juras; granddaughter, Madison; father, Frank Juras, all of Racine, Wis.; two special cousins, Mark Welch of Naples, Fla., and Joy (LeRoy) Clausen of Racine, Wis.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kevin (Diane) Welsh of Duluth, Minn. Further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. And his beloved dogs, Muffy and Cubby. He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgette; aunts, Georgine Welch, Harry (Suzanne) Merry and Ann (Harold) Bishop. Funeral services will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, corner of 11th and Main St. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Creighton Kaye officiating. There will be a time for family and friends to meet at the church on Friday evening before services from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the American Heart Assoc., 4701 W. 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55435 have been suggested. A special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan – Hospice Care, the nurses on 2b; Dr. Tierney, Dr. Gierahn, Dr. Ansani, Dr. Dhingra and Mary Dutkiewicz and Joyce from cardiac rehab for the fine care Paul received.

Marie L. (Heiderman) Greil of Wheatland, Wis. died Dec. 18, 2007

From 12/19/07
Marie L. Greil
1919 – 2007
Marie L. Greil, 88, of the Town of Wheatland, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, Wis. She was born July 2, 1919, in New Munster, Wis., to Henry and Lucy (nee Schuerman) Heiderman. She spent her early life in New Munster, Wis., and was a graduate of Burlington High School. Marie had been a life time resident of the Town of Wheatland, Wis. On Oct. 25, 1941, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in New Munster, Wis., she was united in marriage to William P. Greil.

Following marriage they resided at Lily Lake, Wis. Marie and her husband were owners of Bill & Marie’s Tavern in Lily Lake, Wis. She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, served as Secretary of the Kenosha County Tavern League for over 25 years, was a member of The Tavern League of Wisconsin, Bill & Marie’s Bowling Team in Twin Lakes, Wis., and her family was designated as a “Century Family” by the County of Kenosha in 1976. Survivors include her husband, William P. Greil of the Town of Wheatland, Wis.; sons, Gerald (Muriel) Greil of Burlington, Wis., and Edward (Kitty) Greil of Waukesha, Wis.; and by grandchildren, Melissa (David) Palfery of Combined Locks, Wis., Megan (Eric) Stevens of Waukesha, Wis., and Andy (Sarah) Greil of Greenfield, Wis. She is further survived by great grandchildren, Bode and Isabella Stevens. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter in infancy, one brother, Emery Heiderman, and by a sister, Margaret Tracy. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church with Rev. Mike Erwin officiating and Rev. Paul Daniels co-concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to one’s choice have been suggested. Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home 625 Browns Lake Dr. Burlington, WI 53105 (262) 763-3434

Betty M. (Clink) McAbee of Cottage Grove died Aug. 7 2012

Published: August 12, 2012 12:00AM, Midnight, Aug. 12
Betty McAbee
COTTAGE GROVE — The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove for Betty M. McAbee of Cottage Grove, who died Aug. 7 of lung cancer. She was 90.
She was born June 23, 1922, in Petoskey, Mich., to George and Hazel Druck Clink. She married George Ring in 1943. They later divorced. She married Curtis “Mac” McAbee in 1959 in Billings, Mont. He died June 11, 1991.
She graduated from high school in Portland and attended business school.
She worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy in San Diego, worked in a cannery and for the Pendleton Roundup, worked for various dry cleaners in Oregon and Montana and, after moving back to Lane County, worked as a bookkeeper for a jeweler until purchasing the Hillcrest Market in Cottage Grove.
Survivors include a son, Jame “Butch” Ring of Riverton, Wyo.; three daughters, Judy Rieger of Syracuse, Neb., Constance Cannon of Gooding, Idaho and Georgia Swenson of Vancouver, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great grandchildren. An infant son, George Albert Ring Jr., and great-grandson, Brandon Cannon, died previously.
Burial will be at Sears Cemetery in Cottage Grove.Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Betty McAbee memorial account at Northwest Credit Union in Cottage Grove