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Elaine R. Vollin, 82
Elaine R. Vollin passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Valle Vista Healthcare in Lewistown.  Arrangements are pending and under the care of Creel Funeral Home.


Michael L. “Mike” Stanley 51 of Smelterville, ID passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 18, 2014 at his home.  He was born July 12, 1963 the son of John & Vicki (Lucero) Stanley in Lewistown.  He received his schooling in the Grass Range area graduating from Grass Range High School in 1983.  Mike moved from Montana to Silver Valley, Idaho in 1990 and worked in the mill at Galena Mine.  

Mike enjoyed spending his free time 4-wheeling, traveling and collecting die-cast model cars.  He loved most of all spending time with his family and friends. 

Mike is survived by two daughters: Karlee Stanley (Chad Weeks) of Page, ID and Megan Stanley of Smelterville, ID; his mother Vicki Johnson of Kellogg, ID; two sisters Thea (Bill) Jackson of Pinehurst, ID and Annie (Floyd) Hasler of Lewistown, MT; two brothers Larry (Maria) Stanley of Gilbert, AZ and Jason Stanley of Lewistown, MT; grandchildren Maddie Jo and Hudson Grace, and a baby girl on the way; nieces and nephews Zane Jackson, Justin Stanley, Josh Stanley, Zack Boncella, Dominique Briseno and Azela Briseno.

He was preceded in death by his father Jack.

Memorial Services for Mike Stanley will be Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with inurnment to follow in the Forest Grove Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at


Nina E. McCafferty Hage, 94, of Lewistown passed away Sunday evening, July 27, 2014 of natural causes/cancer.  She was born February 18, 1920 in Coffee Creek, Montana, the daughter of Rupert and Ethel McCafferty.  She received her education in the Arrow Creek Grade School and Fergus High School graduating in 1937.  She then attended Montana State Normal School in Dillon receiving her teaching certificate.  She taught at several schools in Montana beginning in 1939.  She later attended Eastern Montana College in Billings where she earned her degree in Elementary Education.  She then taught 2 years in Hobson.  In 1942 she married John Hage in Missouri, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army.  In 1945, after his discharge, they made their home at Kolin, MT and began raising their family of 5 children.  John and her moved into Lewistown in 1972 and divorced in 1982.

Nina was active in the Danvers Extension Homemakers Club which led her to serve as County President for 2 years and State President for 2 years.  She then served as the National Chairman for 3 years.  She also taught several years of the 55 Alive in Lewistown.  Nina babysat in her home for 15 years.

She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school for many years.  Nina enjoyed crocheting, cooking, reading, her church and singing in the choir.

She is survived by two daughters:  Nancy (Steve) Mattheis of Lewistown and Vickie (Dave) Johnson of Wisconsin, two sons:  Gordon (Karen) Hage of Helena, MT and Dave (Nettie) Hage of Worden, MT and son-in-law Dusty (Vickie) Johnson of WY, 10 grandchildren & 9 great-grandchilden:  Justi Crofutt (WY), Tyler Crofutt (MT), Trevor Crofutt (MT) & great-grandson, Brayden Crofutt and Ben Mattheis (MT); Shawn (Chevi) Hage (MT) and great-grandchildren: Kinslee & Thayne Hage; Becki (Matt) Orrell (MT) and great-grandchildren: Sloan, Wyatt & Quade Orrell; David (Kristen) Johnson (WI) and great-grandchildren: Garrett & Elliott Johnson; Tisha (Chris) Sutherland (WI) and great-grandson, Evan Sutherland, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter Sherry Johnson; her parents, two sisters: Juanita Mahana and Echo Hefty; two brothers: Orvel McCafferty and Eugene “Buck” McCafferty.

A Memorial Service for Nina Hage will be held, Thursday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m., in the Zion Lutheran Church.  At her request cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorials to Central Montana Hospice, St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the charity of their choice and they may be left at Creel Funeral Home. 

Nina’s family and friends can express condolences online at

Service and cremation arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.