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Louise Andrew

| March 14, 2024 12:00 AM

Louise V.  Andrew passed away at her home in Niarada on March 6, 2024, surrounded by her family.

Louise was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Niarada to Charles James Andrew and Mary Lefthand Andrew. She was a Cultural Consultant on the Elders Advisory Committee at KCC, and one of the last fluent Kootenai language speakers, a firefighting crew boss of the Broad Squad where her nieces worked beside her. She also worked at tree thinning, post and poling, and cutting Christmas trees with her husband.

Her favorite past times included going to the casino, going for rides in the woods and having family picnics. Holiday dinners were always held at the Old House.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mathias “Matt” Buckskin-Michel; parents Charles and Mary; her sisters, Anna Tenas (Thomas Tenas), Mary Catherine Andrew, Marie Stasso (Pete Stasso) and Dianne Auld (Jimmy Auld); her son, Lynn Jo- Stasso, and daughter AnaLisa McDonough.

She is survived by her children, Lyle Andrew, Lisa King, Llewellyn Stasso and Sandra Andrew (Mike Kenmille); her grandchildren, Shawna Tenas, Casper Tenas (Kimberly Joseph) Michael Tenas (Jacinda), Stanley Kenmille, Camillia Kenmille, Michelle Kenmille (Bow) and Lyndsay Andrew; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many other family and friends.

Gram was an honest woman full of wit and wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

A rosary was held Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8 p.m., and a funeral service was Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m., all at The Lake Funeral Home. A burial followed at Elmo Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.