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03/25/19 03:03 PM #122    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate  "Madeline "Sammie" Hill Steely 76, of Pocatello was born on March 7th, 1943 in Pocatello and passed away on March 17, 2019 in Pocatello.  She attended Emerson Elementary School, Irving Junior High and Pocatelo High School.  Madeline spent her 34 year career as a Bartender/Cocktail waitress in Pocatello, where she worked at the Ginza bar, The Spaghetti Mill, The Bannock Hotel, The Grand Saloon, the Center Street Clubhouse, the Elks Lodge and finished her lengthy career at Fitzgerald's Casino in Reno, Nevada.  She met the love of her life Charles "Chuck" Steely while working at the Elks Lodge.  She is survived by her spouse Chuck, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  

There will be a celebration of life being held at Cornelison Funeral Home located at 431 N. 15th Ave, Pocatello on Saturday the 30th of March 2019 at 2pm, and we will be having a gathering to continue the celebration at the Elks Lodge at 410 S Main St., Pocatello.  We ask everyone to join us at this wonderful celebration of our Mother and please remember this is a "Celebration", Mon wants everyone to be smiling and laughing like she always did.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at  208-232-0542."


RIP Madeline

03/28/19 10:18 PM #123    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Following is obituary for classmate Linda May (Newsom) Merrill:   "Age 75, daughter of Earmal and Elnora May Newsom born in Pocatello, Idaho, fought a valiant and courageous fight with Parkinsons and FINALLY got to go home to God's loving embrace February 23, 2019, exactly at midnight.

Her love and determination set an exceptional example for her three living children to follow:  Russ (Linda) Lewis, Connie (Bob) Sistrunk, and Shannon McNeal along with 7 granddaughters 8 greatgrandsons, and one great granddaughter.  She is also survived by her brother, Blaine (Terry) Newsom and sister Sandra (Jim) McKinley, and sister in spirit and best friend Pat Bailey.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Merrill, and her brother, Wade Newsom.  She was an avid reader, a fisherwoman and loved to help people and make them laugh and smile!  Honoring her wishes, her remains will be cremated through Downard Funeral Home, and no public services will be held.

The family wishes to thank the exceptional nurses, CNAs, housekeeper's and staff at Gateway Transitional Care Center (her second family) and Dr.Nielsen, nurses, minister and social workers at Encompass Hospice.  Your kindness, hugs, and love given was and is truly appreciated."

RIP Linda

04/05/19 10:21 PM #124    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Karen LaChance Hartford called me this evening and requested that I advise fellow classmates that her husband Bill (who is under Hospice care for leukemia) was hospitalized today with pneumonia.  Please keep Karen and Bill in your prayers.  If anyone would like to call the number is 208-242-3997 and their address is 4534 Sarah Loop, Chubbuck, ID 83202.  

04/08/19 05:07 PM #125    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Karen LaChance Hartford's husband Bill passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  She will meet with family and friends at Cornelison Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  They will proceed to the cemetary for a couple of prayers, then to St. Anthony Church (approx 1:30pm) for a luncheon.  

Hugs to Karen

06/07/19 12:22 AM #126    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Richard "Dick" LeRoy Patchett was born on July 28, 1942 and passed away at home on May 29, 2019.  Dick attended Pocatello schools and worked most of his career as a Brakeman for the UPRR.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, motorcycles and writing/playing gospel music.  He married classmate Francy Marie Paul on December 24, 1976.

He is survived by his wife, 2 children and 2 step-children.  A celebration of Dick's life will be at his home at 2757 South Old Highway 91 Inkiom, Idaho from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  
Condolences can be left on his wall at Downard Funeral Home, Pocatello.


RIP Dick.  

06/10/19 01:14 PM #127    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Sharon Wilde Marler passed away on Friday June 7th.  When service information is posted I will share.  I received a call this morning from Orvid Christensen, and he is going to send a spray of flowers from the Class of 61, spending $100 to $125. I told Orvid I would like to go in on it.  If anyone else would like to contribute, you could send a check for 5 or 10 to me (Orvid still works as a long haul trucker, and is seldon home) or could give to me at the next luncheon, and I will get it to Orvid.  This is stictly VOLUNTARY.

RaNae Palmer

1336 Chokecherry Drive

Pocatello, ID 83204

Sharon was in the process of writing another book and when she would get a couple of chapters done she would email it to me for proof reading.  I hadn't heard from her in about 3 months and had this feeling I should check on her.  Well, I got caught up in daily living and 100 other things and didn't do it, to my regret.  I should always listen to those little promptings.  


RIP my beautiful friend


06/11/19 12:24 AM #128    


Jacqueline Taylor (Voyles)

So sorry to hear of Sharon Wilde's passing.  I find myself in the same position as ReNae.  I found some pictures of me and Sharon in about fifth grade and have been meaning to send them to her for a few months.  Did not get it done.  I will miss her wisdom and warmth.  Jackie Voyles

06/12/19 12:04 AM #129    


RaNae Green (Palmer)



SHARON KAY (WILDE) MARLER:  February 6, 1943 - June 8, 2019 (Age 76)


Sharon Kay Wilde Marler, 76, of St. Anthony, Idaho, passed away June 8, 2019, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Sharon was born February 6, 1943, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Leonard Wilde and Bernice Belnap Wilde.  She grew up and attended schools in the area and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1961.

On June 1, 1963, she married Richard "Dick" Marler in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  They had two daughters Leisl and Melissa.  Sharon was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, published two books, and worked as a secretary for the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Sharon was involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and was selected as a Yoplait Champion, an honor given to women and men doing extraordinary things in their local communities to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband Richard "Dick" Marler of St. Anthony, ID; daughter, Leisl (Brian) Bonell of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter, Melissa Marler of Sacramento, CA; sister, Lenice Egbert of Chubbuck and brother Ronald Wilde of Grand Junction, CO; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Association.

(per Wood Funeral Home, Idaho Falls, ID)


07/06/19 02:42 PM #130    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Memorial Services for Sharon Wilde Marler will be on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 am in the LDS chapel located at 507 W 2nd N in St. Anthony, ID.  If you see a 10 am time published this is in error, as the correct time is 11 am.  

07/08/19 12:32 AM #131    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Her wings were ready

Our hearts were not ........

Pat Walsh Turman passed away from brain cancer yesterday afternoon, July 6, 2019.  I will post the obituary when it becomes available.  The family plans a memorial at the Inkom City Park in 2 to 3 weeks.  

Heaven got an angel

07/09/19 07:39 PM #132    


RaNae Green (Palmer)


A reminder that the memorial service for Sharon Wilde Marler will be Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 am at the LDS chapel located at 507 W 2nd N in St. Anthony, ID.

Orvid Christensen called me yesterday evening and has sent an orchid arrangement from the Class of 61.  He did not ask for donations, but I want to donate.  If anyone else does, send a check to me or Orvid, this is strictly VOLUNTARY.


RaNae Palmer

1336 Chokecherry Drive

Pocatello, ID 83204


Orvid Christensen

4120 East 100 N

Rigby, ID 83442


07/09/19 08:23 PM #133    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate David L. Andersen called to say his twin sister, Karen Andersen Thorsted passed away on January 3rd.  This is her obituary as posted by Gillies Funeral Chapel in Brigham City, UT.

"Our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Karen Dee (Andersen) Thorsted, 75, returned home to her son and parents on January 3, 2019.  Karen was born along with a twin brother on July 24, 1943 in Pocatello, Idaho to Ervin Lavern and Dorothy (Roberts) Andersen.


Karen graduated from Pocatello High School, then attended Weber State University.  Karen married Lloyd Dale Thorsted on May 3, 1963 in the Idaho Falls LDS temple.  Karen loved to bake and sew for her family.  Karen loved to play games with her family and brought much laughter and fun into her home.  Karen was a wonderful friend to many and was a great example to her family through her service and faith.


Karen is survived by her husband Lloyd, Tremonton, Michelle (Michael) Beach, Virginia; Dona (Thomas) Connor, Washington; Stephanie (Cavin) Hill, Texas; Robert (Robyn) Thorsted, Honeyville; Troy (Shelly) Thorsted, Tremonton; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Four brothers, David (Pat) Andersen, Logan; William (Lois) Andersen, Arizona; Larry Andersen, Logan and Kevin (Cheryl) Andersen, Idaho; one sister Julienne (Mark) Wasem, North Dakota.


Karen was preceded in death by one son, Brandon; a sister Janice; and her parents and a sister in law, Tammy Andersen.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Tremonton Stake Center, 660 N 300 E, Tremonton.  A viewing will be held at Gillies Funeral Chapel Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6-8pm.  There will be a short viewing before the funeral from 10-10:40 am at the Tremonton church.  Interment will be in the Honeyville Cemetary."


RIP Karen

*Note:  Two pictures of Karen are on the Gillies web site if you want to view.  I am having trouble with my scanner and unable to bring up pictures.

07/09/19 09:06 PM #134    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I would like to encourage all classmates to use this site more, post special events in your life (maybe a wedding, new grandbabies, memorable trips, etc.), post about other classmates (with their permission) etc.  While we need to remember those who have passed away, we also need to celebrate and share the living.  

Since we just celebrated our country's birthday, I found this post by classmate Steven Streeper very worthwhile.  I am sharing it, with his permission.  It gives us a glimps into a memorable moment in Steven's life.




"Steven Streeper shared a memory, July 7, 2019. (On Facebook)

I stand by what I said back then.  In addition, I am very concerned that many Americans no longer believe in God.  I firmly believe that the men who created this country were inspired by God... PERIOD!  The Constitution is an inspired document, not to be changed by every social whim.  I believe that the blessings we enjoy come from God, not the government.  If we lose our freedom OF religion (not freedom FROM religion), we're in dire straits.

Anyway, hope you all took a moment to thank Him, and our veterans, for your freedom during the holiday. 

Love and best wishes to you!

4 Years Ago, July 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Picnics, parties and parades are all wonderful activities.  They build memories and relationships, enriching our lives.  However, on this day, my thoughts turn to the Declaration of Independence, an inspired document designed to set the course of a new free Republic.

Forty-five years ago, I was on night guard duty after twelve hours of work on a surgical team, in Pieiku, Vietnam.  At midnight, the sky was lit up by hundreds of flares, including three from me and more from my fellow guards in celebration of our countries' birthday.  I was proud to be an American GI, in harms' way, serving my country to the best of my ability.

I'm still proud to be an American, though I am no longer naive enough to believe our Government serves US.  Rather, we serve IT.  That was never the intent of our Founding Fathers and I believe it is a trend that must be reversed if we are to survive as a nation.

Happy Fourth of July!  Think about your freedom and do something about it.  Get involved."



07/09/19 09:15 PM #135    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Jilene Siesser Cox, please e-mail your school picture along with the names to me, so I can post it here.    Apparently I deleted your e-mail in error.  Thanks, RaNae

07/10/19 06:46 PM #136    


Gene Dressen

RaNae suggested a memorable event, so here goes.

I was asked about 4 weeks ago by my sister if I would drive a 26' U-haul to Anchorage for her daughter, who is moving there with her husband and family.  It sounded like a good, all expense paid trip, to Alaska, so I said "yes"!  Driving at 4 a.m. 5 of the six days, we got there last Friday, knocking out 2805 miles.  Two of the days we drove 600 miles.  That number of miles aren't difficult to knock out on a U.S. freeway, but Canadian 1-laners, it was tough driving.

Just this past Monday the wife and I went on a cruise in the western end of Prince William Sound to see the glaciers.  We took a shuttle bus from Anchorage about 90 miles to Whittier, then boarded a monster catamaran powered by two big diesel engines running jet pump drives. It was a real nice boat and had no problem clicking along at 31 knots, or around 35 mph.  The tour we went on would put us in sight, and up real close, to 26 glaciers.  We were able to see calving, or breaking off of the ice and falling into the water.  The boat captain sat us within about 100 yards of the glacier face.  It was quite a sight, and noisy when the ice broke loose. Besides the glaciers, we saw many sea otter, 6 seals laying on a sheet of ice, and two whales!  One of them rolled up to the surface and dove down exposing it's tail fin, or caudal fin, as it is called.  Quite a sight!

On our way across British Columbia on the Alcan Highway, we saw 13 black bears, one was a brown phase black bear, Stone ram sheep, big bull moose still growing antler, 3 sizeable herds of  Wood Bison (different from the plains bison), with alot of new calves, and an adult black wolf!  All of these critters were either on the road or real close to it. By that I mean 20 feet!  I would stop, get out of the van, walk to the edge of the road, the bear would look at me, and go back to eating grass!  I was real careful when I did all this stupid stuff!!  The early morning starts put us on the roads when most of the car traffic was still sleeping, so the animals were still out doing their thing. It was a good trip, but I will never drive that road again with anything but a car.

That's out trip in review.  Phillips was the name of the glacier tour company.  Y'all be safe!!

07/11/19 01:13 PM #137    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Thank you Gene for a great story.  That's what I'm talking about..... share something about you, so we can all get to know each other better.  We all have many stories, can't live this many years and not have experienced a lot.


I've heard some real horror stories about the Alcan Highway through the years.  Good thing Gene was a professional driver to cover that many miles with a long trailer over that road.  

07/11/19 01:35 PM #138    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Obituary for PATRICIA ELLEN WALSH TURMAN, as published by the Idaho State Journal.


"The light of our lives has left our side and is now shining over us..

Pat Turman, born May 10, 1943 passed away at home in Inkom, ID on Saturday July 6 surrounded by family & friends.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dennis, daughters Tamara "Tami" Madsen (Sheldon), Michelle "Missy" Smith (Jay), 1 granddaughter, 1 grandson & grand-daughter-in-law, 4 great-grandchildren, siblings Velma John (Debbie), Sharon, Pat & CarlaDee, and many more cherished family members and friends.  Worked at Pocatello Children's Clinic for 43 years.

Heartfelt thanks to all family, friends, medical support team & Heritage Home Health & Hospice for helping our family during this journey.  Pat loved you all!

A celebration of Pat's life will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Inkom Park Pavilion from 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Lunch will be served.

Condolences may be made to the family at"

07/11/19 01:55 PM #139    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

A BIT OF TRIVIA:    How many sets of twins did we have in the Class of 61?  Looking through the annual I can only come up with two, which seems strange for such a big class.  Am I missing any??


David & Karen Andersen Thorsted


Mary Nelle Gertsch & Michelle Holman Woodland

8-6-19, Gene Dressen jogged my memory by adding:

Richard and David Jones.

Jerry and Larry Zaccardi (Jerry was in the class of 1962)


07/11/19 02:54 PM #140    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Judy Williams Harris notified me that Carol Murray's husband, Alfred "Bud" Peck passed away on June 20, 2019.  He was in the class of 62.  If you would like to send Carol a card her address is:


Carol Peck

415 Tablerock

Beaumont, CA 92223

07/16/19 10:25 PM #141    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

07/16/19 11:09 PM #142    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Above photo furnished by Jillene Siesser Cox.  This is the Roosevelt School 2nd Grade Miss Nebeker's class, taken May 1951.  Jillene, thanks for sharing.


Fourth  Row: Sandra Lee Mabe, Melvin Nichols, Diane Nattress, BillieGay Newsome, Douglas Taylor, Dirk VanLeuven, Janice Rose, Larry Thomsen, Donna Rae Walters.

Third Row:  Mike Rivera, Kay Sherman, Sherrie Kay Seibert, Charleen Rupp, Steven Martin, Vernon Stephens, Ronnie Brokate, Gail Marley, Arnold Hill.

Second Row:  Leonard Pickens, Carol Lynn Roberts, Roger Pellum, Fred Fuger, Earl Jay Peck, Duane Peck, Bill Garvin, Harold Pritchett, Benny Hottel.

First Row:  Sharon Sanders, Jillene Siesser, Sandra Parkin, Jack Rawlins, Marion Floyd, John Marshall, Helen Olsen, Ronny Smith, Billy Armstrong.

08/04/19 08:49 PM #143    


Gene Dressen

Richard and David Jones are twins, definitely not identical!

08/06/19 11:56 PM #144    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I was notifed that DeVon Osborn Orgill's sister passed away:

Emmagene "Jean" Osborn Betty Bowen, born 4/21/29 passed away 8/4/19.  Funeral services will be Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Horsley Marsh Valley Funeral Home.  A viewing will be from 10am to 12 noon, with the funeral following at 12 noon.  If you would like to send DeVon a card her address is:

DeVon Osborn Orgill

P.O. Box 317

McCammon, ID 83250


08/16/19 10:19 AM #145    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Linda Lee Green Smith's brother, Al Green, passed away on August 13th.  If you would like to send Linda a card her address is:  

Linda Smith

4836 Hawthorne Road

Pocatello, ID 83202

08/16/19 10:21 AM #146    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Steve Millward has been hositalized for a couple of weeks, and transferred to a Salt Lake City hospital, seriously ill.  If you would like to send him a card, his address is:


Steve Millward

1385 Chokechrry Drive

Pocatello, ID 83204

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