Aline L. Leonard, 82, Orofino

     Aline Louise Leonard of Orofino died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, of age-related causes at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. She was 82.
     Aline was born April 17, 1924, in Orofino to Theodore R. and Alta Snyder Dirrim. She lived in Weippe until she graduated high school in 1942. After attending one year of college in Auburn, Calif., she worked at the Spokane Air Depot (now known as Fairchild Air Force Base) in Spokane.
     Aline married in 1946 at Lewiston. She and her husband lived in the Weippe area for a few years before settling in Orofino in 1951.
     Aline taught for one year in Weippe. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Ponozzo Brothers Logging from the 1950s to the 1970s; for the Idaho First National Bank; and for the Clearwater County prosecuting attorney.
     She was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church and Rebekah Lodge, and various Riverside Lanes bowling leagues. She was an expert at needlework and crossword puzzles and an accomplished musician who played drums, piano and organ, all with very little formal training.
     Aline was an avid outdoorswoman. Her special place was at the family cabin at Red River, where she enjoyed fishing, hiking, quiet times by the fire, and watching wildlife, birds, and the cavorting of her adopted grandchildren.
     She is survived by her husband at Orofino; a sister and niece of Wenatchee; a nephew and family of Port Angeles, Wash.; and her adopted special family members of Orofino.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted R. and Alta Snyder Dirrim, and her brother, Ted B. Dirrim.
     A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th St. in Orofino.
     Memorial donations can be sent to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation, 1204 Shriver Road, Orofino, ID 83544, or to Ascension Lutheran Church at the address listed above.
     Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.

Lewiston Morning Tribune, October 28, 2006, p. 5D
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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