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Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

























Clara Angelina Falco Shimek, died on Feb. 17. She was born in Spokane, to Italian immigrant Joseph Falco and his wife, Josephine Falco, and reared in a large family as the third of 11 children in the Spokane Valley where they operated the Falco “fruit stand.”

Graduating in 1945 from West Valley High School, she was then employed in a bank for three years. Marriage to Jack Shimek in 1948 called for a relocation to the family farm outside of Lind. Together they spent the next 34 years there raising wheat, cattle and children. During her time on the farm, Clara most enjoyed her four children’s numerous pursuits, an expansive vegetable garden, church interests, playing bridge, baking pies, and feeding people.

Food was her love language, if people were in the house, they needed to be fed.While living in Lind, Clara returned to the banking profession until her retirement in 1982 when she and Jack moved to Spokane. The presence of many of her siblings here, continuing opportunities for service through church and food bank activities, more gardening, and spoiling grandchildren filled her days.

Clara is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, Jack, and four children: John (Marsha) of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jill (Jim) Duvall of Elizabeth, Colorado; Randy of Ritzville; and Robert (Kristey) of Salem, Oregon. Eleven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service at the Lind Cemetery will be announced later in the spring.

Gifts in remembrance of Clara may be sent to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur St., Spokane, WA 99202.
Clara Angelina Falco Shimek
Bernard D. Klemmer, 87, died on Jan. 30, in Ritzville. He was born Jan. 27, 1930 in Lind.

Bernard married his first wife Joanne and had two sons, Tom and Nick Klemmer. He married his second wife Joan Legg on June 12, 1993.

He worked for many years as a supervisor for the County Maintenance Department.

Bernard is survived by his second wife Joan Legg and three grandchildren form his first marriage, Chris Klemmer, Samantha Klemmer and Megan Lonham. Bernard also leaves behind other grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville, from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. The funeral service was held at Danekas Funeral Home on Friday Feb. 3, 11 a.m.
Bernard D. Klemmer
Mel was born in Ruff, WA, on September 12, 1928, to Dan and Bertha Schrader and passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Mel grew up in Lind, WA, eventually marrying his high school sweetheart, Marialice Shimek, in 1948. During those Lind years, three children were born and Mel was the successful owner of Mel's Chevron Service. In 1961 Mel moved his family to Spokane where he began a long career as an accountant, retiring after 32 years. He served as president of the Washington Accountant Association and was well-respected by colleagues.

Mel enjoyed a variety of interests that included reading, gardening, rock hounding, antiques and trying new gadgets. Mel's hobbies included woodworking, collecting old radios and coins. In his later years, Mel became a fan of the Zags and nightly Jeopardy. Mel and his family enjoyed many summers at Priest Lake near Outlet Bay. In addition, other traveling was enjoyed and then after Mary's death in 1997, he enjoyed several trips with his brother.
Survivors include his daughter Julie Gay of Tigard, OR; son Paul (Monica) of Rosalia, WA; daughter Lisa (Dan) Phelps of Spokane, WA; and grandchildren Carissa, Michael, Patrick, and Daniel Gay, Emily Magney, Sanji Schrader, Hannah Webley, John and Sam Phelps; and six great-grandsons. Mel is also survived by sisters Norma Snead and Luella Hall; nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Mel was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years Marialice; brother Floyd; and son-in-law Charlie Gay.

Mel was a delightful man of strong integrity with a wry sense of humor, dearly loved by his family and friends. While he will be greatly missed, his gentle, charming nature will continue to influence all those whose lives he touched.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to the staff of Rockwood North at Hawthorne who loved and cared for him daily over the past six years.

Mel's memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 2:00 pm, at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA, followed by a simple reception at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 6621 N. Monroe. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Mel's name to KSPS Public Television, 3911 S. Regal St., Spokane WA 99223, or the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; www.parkinson.org.
Mel Schrader