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Clarabel Leone Hei, 93

| February 9, 2024 1:00 AM

Clarabel L. Hei, 93, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Silverton, Idaho, passed away Feb. 4, 2024, at The Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Clarabel, daughter of the late Walter Coburn and Pearl (Richardson) Coburn, was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Pepin County, Wis.

Clarabel graduated from high school in Arkansas, Wis., in 1948. She married William D. Hei on May 31, 1949, in Plum City, Wis. The couple later moved to and settled in Pinehurst, Idaho, in 1953.

Clarabel worked for the Kellogg School District, retiring after 23 years with the Sunnyside School lunch program. She was a member of the P-K Lady Lions Club for many years, and a member of the Catholic Daughters, where she was also a Junior Catholic Daughter leader, a Cub Scout leader and a proud Little League mother.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, working crossword puzzles and playing “Words With Friends” on her iPad. Clarabel loved sports and was an avid Gonzaga University basketball fan.

In addition to her parents and husband William, Clarabel is preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Hei Murchison; a grandson, Douglas (Bud) Greer; a granddaughter, Jennifer Mitchell; as well as one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include her children, Greg (Channa) Hei of Black Lake, Idaho, Mike (Wendy) Hei of Pinehurst, Idaho, Tom (DeAnn) Hei of Pinehurst, Idaho, and Patti Hei (Rod Plank) of Kellogg, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Scheffelmaier’s Country Barn, 18500 S. Old Lane Road in Cataldo, Idaho.

Donations in Clarabel’s memory may be made to Hospice of North Idaho by visiting or to a charity of one’s choice.

Memories of Clarabel and messages of condolence may be shared with her family online at Shoshone Funeral Services, Kellogg, is assisting the Hei family with arrangements.