Archive - Obituary
February 14th, 2014
Ruth Seville Parker Hatch, 92, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 10, 1921 in Hibbard, Idaho.Â HerÂ parents are Lorenzo R. Parker and Alice Seville Long Parker.Â
She was aÂ devotedÂ member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many positions in the church, including Relief Society president, gospel doctrine teacher, Primary worker and Young Women's advisor. She was a shining example to her posterity.Â
Sister Tharsilla Bichler, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, died Feb. 9, 2014 at the Desert House in Pocatello.Â The Franciscan Sisters were with her at the time of her death.Â She lived in Pocatello since 2005 after spending 24 years in the Holy Land where she taught mathematics at the Anglican School in Jerusalem for 17 and then tutored at the Holy Child Program in Beit Sahur.
Sister Tharsilla was known to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist for her strength of character, indomitable spirit and simplicity of life.Â
Erma Jorgensen Whiting, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blackfoot.
Erma was born March 2, 1931, in Blackfoot, to John E. Jorgensen and Mary Ann McCracken.Â She was raised in the Groveland area and was a member of the 1949 Blackfoot High School graduating class. Â
On Nov. 9, 1949, Erma married Jesse J. Whiting in Idaho Falls.Â They had two children, Lucinda and LeeDel. Â
Florian Eugene Wernette, 95, passed away in Pocatello Sunday morning,Â Feb. 9, 2014
Florian was born May 5, 1918, on the family farm near Firth to Eugene Poe and Florence Martina Wernette.Â He attended St. Margaretâ€™s Catholic Boarding School in Blackfoot and later graduated from Firth High School in 1963.Â During World War II, he was employed for a short time at the Willamette Shipyard in Portland, Ore., but he soon returned to work on his parentsâ€™ farm and ranch.Â
Elden Duane Rabuck, of Blackfoot, stepped into Glory, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.Â He was born in Darien, Wisc. to Joseph Orville Rabuck and Lena Ester Clason on March 20, 1930.
After graduation with his class of 12 students at Darien High School, he served in the U.S. Army. During his service he was deployed to the Korean War as an ambulance driver/medic.
Letha Spaulding, a 93-year-old Blackfoot resident, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2014, from natural causes.
She was bornÂ May 26, 1920, in Blackfoot, the daughter of George Hofer and Clara Noack Hofer.
She has been a lifetime resident of the Blackfoot area where she received her education. Â
Martin Rodney Mickelsen, 59, of Blackfoot, passed away on Wednesday Feb. 4, 2014 in Wright, Wyo. from heart failure.
He was born on July 21, 1954 in Blackfoot. Martin was the fifth of six sons born to Lawerence and Jean Mickelsen of Groveland. After six boys were born to the Mickelsens, they welcomed Martinâ€™s sister, Carrie.
Mona Katherine Bailey Taylor, 94 passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Marie Taylor of Spokane, Wash., where she had been living for the past 14 years.
She was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Lyman, Idaho to Alfred Glen Bailey and Clara Lavina Fransen Bailey.Â She had five brothers, two older and three younger; Alfred Udale, Glen LeRoy, Jack Fransen, Clair Bryce, and JuelÂ Garth. They have all preceded her in death except her youngest brother, Juel Garth of Warren, Ore.
Mary Louise Rodgers Hart, 74, of Blackfoot, Idaho returned to the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on Feb. 4, 2014 in Riverside, Idaho.
Louise was born Nov. 24, 1939, Riverside, Idaho to Russell and Verda Hoskins Rodgers.Â Louise was the oldest daughter and fourth of 10 children.Â She was raised in Howe and Blackfoot.Â She attended schools in Howe and Blackfoot.Â Her father was a farmer and she grew up in the farming community.Â They were taught to work hard and to play hard as children.Â
JoAnn F. Van Orden, 78, of Thomas, Idaho passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 peacefully in her home following a fall.
She was born May 15, 1935 to Burton and La Priel Furniss.Â She was one of five daughters.Â JoAnn attended school and graduated from Snake River High School. Â
It was there in the seventh grade that she met her future husband, Glenn Van Orden.Â She married Glenn, the love of her life, on Nov. 6, 1953 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.Â They have five children; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great- grandchildren. Â