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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Beth Jensen
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 11:32 am

Beth Arlene (Hanson) Jensen was born August 14th, 1927 in Chester, Montana.  She was one of six children born to Leatha K. Morgan and Albert C. Hanson.  Beth grew up in Chester, where she received her formal education.  While attending high school she played drums in the band and was active in Glee Club.  She graduated from C.H.S. in 1945.  Beth remained in Chester and worked as a telephone operator.   She also served as a store clerk for Schultz’s Grocery and the Chester Trading Company.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Wayne Hodges
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 11:49 am

Wayne Everett Hodges, beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle died peacefully of complications from Alzheimer’s on March 29, 2015 in Oregon City, Oregon.  

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Anna Mierzwinski
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 11:47 am

Anna Maria Mierzwinski was born on April 4th, 1917 in Braushewia-Miedzne, Poland during the final years of WWI.  She was one of three children in the Olszewski family.  In her early teenage years she worked as a nanny for a German family.  Due to the consequences of WWII, Anna ended up in a displaced persons camp in Wieflacan, Germany.  While there she met Stanislaw “Stan” Mierzwinski, who was also displaced from his home & family from the war. The couple were married on December 26th, 1945.   Two daughters, Tresa & Krystyna, were born in Germany during this time.

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Clarice Petrick
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 11:46 am

Friday (March 27th, 2015) was the day that Clarice Mae Petrick was finally able “to hear the angels sing”!

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:29 am

Clarice Mae Petrick, age 92, died Friday afternoon (March 27, 2015) at the Liberty Medical Center in Chester.  She lived at the Sweetgrass Lodge and Wheat Country Estates for many years before moving to the nursing home in 2014.

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Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

Anna Maria (Olszewski) Mierzwinski, age 97, who moved from Great Falls to the Chester Sweetgrass Lodge in 1996, died Saturday morning (March 28, 2015) at the Toole County Nursing Home in Shelby.  She is survived by her son, Teddy Mierzwinski of Shelby; son-in-law, Pete Cole of Chester; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anna was preceded in death by her husband (Stanislaw “Stanley” Mierzwinski) and her daughter (Krystyna “Krys” Cole).

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Deanna Zerbe
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Deanna Rose Zerbe, a loving mother of three, was called home to her Lord Jesus Christ on February 13th at the age of 63. Deanna was born on Oct. 24, 1951 to George and Hazel Dover in Great Falls, MT. She grew up on a ranch west of Buffalo, MT, near the Little Belt Mountains. After high school she attended several colleges, including “Eastern” in Billings, Multnomah in Oregon, Montana Institute of the Bible in Lewistown, and later she did continuing education through Northern in Havre and Montana State University in Bozeman. With her teaching degree she first taught in Lustre, MT before she married Mark Zerbe. She also taught at Sage Creek Colony north of Chester, Big Horn Christian Academy in Hardin, and public schools in Lame Deer, Frazer, and finally Lodge Grass, MT. 

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Leroy Wolery
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Leroy Olyn Wolery was born February 29, 1940 in Havre, Montana to Olyn and Bernece Wolery.  He passed away March 9, 2015 at his home in Great Falls with his loving family by his side. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00am at Northwest Family Fellowship Church, located at 300 23rd Ave NE, Great Falls, MT 59404.His love of horses began at an early age on the farm. 

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Dave Mattson
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 1:51 pm

David Alex Mattson was born July 19th, 1946 in Havre, Montana.  He was one of four children born to Allen and Irene (Lakey) Mattson.  He was raised on the family farm north of Chester and received his early education at the Fairview Country School & Chester Elementary.  Dave finished his secondary education at Chester High School, where he graduated in 1964.  The following year he attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman. 

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Clinton Tempel
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Clinton Howard Tempel, 77, of Great Falls died peacefully in his sleep on February 24, 2015.  

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Arnold O’Neil
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Arnold Allen O’Neil, 84, of Big Sandy, a military veteran and retired farmer, died peacefully of natural causes at the Big Sandy Nursing Home on Thursday (February 26, 2015).

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Fred Rigg
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 11:31 am

Carl Frederick “Fred” Rigg was born March 31, 1926 at home in Rudyard, Montana.  He was one of three children born to Otto and Charlotte (Gorder) Rigg.  Fred grew up and received his education in Rudyard, graduating from R.H.S. in 1944.

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Gay May
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 11:30 am

Gay Margaret May was born November 10, 1927 at Glendo, Wyoming.  She was one of five children raised by Marcia Hoff and Henry “Hank” Burback.  Gay grew up and received her formal education in Wyoming.  Her very first job was working as a dispatcher for the railroad.  She later attended beauty school in Wyoming, then worked as a beautician in various towns throughout Wyoming and Idaho.  

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Tuesday 02/17/2015
Inez Berge
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Wilma Inez (Dent) Berge was born August 6th, 1927 at Corsicana, Texas.  She was one of two children born to Exa Delana Dodson and William Thomas Dent.  Inez received her early education at Martin’s Mill, Texas.  She finished her secondary education at New London, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1945.  During her high school years Inez excelled in home economics.

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Jean Penrod
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Hamilton – Jean Virginia (Heydon) Penrod, 94, of Hamilton, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Discovery Care Center in Hamilton.  She was born May 3, 1920 in Comertown, MT the daughter of Jack and Elizabeth Roach.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
Mabel Jacobson
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 11:44 am

Mabel Ellen (Marshall) Jacobson, age 82, died peacefully on 

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Curt Morkrid
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Curtis Leroy “Curt” Morkrid was born November 3, 1935 in Larimore, North Dakota. He was one of five children born to Nora Warne and Carl A. Morkrid. Curt grew up in North Dakota and received his formal education at Petersburg, where he graduated from high school in 1953. During his school years Curt worked at a Petersburg gas station and the local cemetery. After graduation he took a seasonal job in Minot for the highway department.

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Rita Maze
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Rita Delores Maze was born August 17, 1938 in Glasgow, Montana.  She was one of four daughters raised by Nick & Bertha (Holter) Vukasin.  Rita grew up in Black Eagle and received her formal education in the Great Falls community.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Edna Nitz
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Our mom, grandmother and friend Dorothy Edna (Bebee) Nitz has passed to meet her husband of nearly 70 years on January 7, 2014.

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“Stubbe” Fritz
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 2:26 pm

[This obituary was written in Stubbe’s own words]…

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Leonard Olson
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Leonard Grant Olson was born on February 12, 1942 in Chester, MT to Albert and Julia Olson.  He passed away on December 27, 2014 at Hospice House in Spokane, WA where he lived the past 14 years.  He was raised on the family farm in Joplin.  Leonard graduated from Joplin High School in 1960.  He attended school at Pacific Lutheran University and also Northern Montana College.  In 1963 he married Linda Rae Lynch of Rudyard, MT and in 2013 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  They settled in Joplin where they farmed and it was here where they raised three boys.  

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Ilene Gummer
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Ilene LaVonne (Morrow) Gummer was born May 30th, 1949 in Fort Benton, Montana.  She was one of four children born to Ken & Dee (Roges) Morrow.  Ilene grew up and received her formal education in Fort Benton.  Following her high school graduation in 1967, she attended Eastern Montana College in Billings where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree (with a major in Education) in 1971.

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Elaine Miller
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Elaine Louise (Wehr) Miller was born December 1st, 1929 at Rudyard, Montana.  She was one of four children born to Louisa Konietzka and Matthew “Matt” Wehr.  Elaine grew up and received her formal education in Rudyard, where she graduated from R.H.S. in 1947.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
Death notice for Elaine Miller:
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Elaine Louise (Wehr) Miller, age 85, a Joplin area farm wife, died of natural causes on Christmas Eve’ (Dec. 24th, 2014) at the Liberty Medical Center in Chester.

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Death notice for Ilene Gummer:
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Ilene L. (Morrow) Gummer, age 65, a former Chester school teacher & pharmacy receptionist, died from pneumonia & complications of dementia at a Billings nursing facility on Christmas Eve’ morning (December 24th, 2014).

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Cliff Ulmen
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Clifford William Ulmen was born July 13, 1919 in Rudyard, MT.  He was the 6th of 14 children born to Benjamin and Martina (Ludwig) Ulmen.  Cliff grew up on the family farm eight miles south of Rudyard and received his formal education at the Een Country School.  Cliff worked on the family farm until it was eventually sold.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Naomi Jacobson
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 9:56 am

Naomi Jacobson, 82, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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Karen Fenger
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 9:54 am

Karen Lee Midge Fenger was born in Conrad, Montana, on July 14, 1947, she was the fourth of 9 children born to Ronald Justin Midge and Sylvia Lucille Offerdahl Midge. She grew up on her parents’ farm on the Bootlegger Trail, Toole County, about 70 miles north of Great Falls and 40 miles east of Conrad. She attended and graduated elementary school at Pondera, a small one-room country school less than two miles from the farm. She finished her first year of high school in Conrad. She then transferred to Shelby, where she completed High School.  

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Rick DeMartin
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 11:33 am

Sadly, Rick DeMartin passed away on Nov. 23, 2014 at his home in Toston, MT.  Rick was diagnosed with pancreatitis in May and suffered the consequences of that disease while lovingly cared for by his family. A cure was not to be, and Hospice Care helped him and his family through his final days.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Harold Terry
Posted: November 25, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Captain Harold Lewis Terry, USN retired, died on Thursday, November 13, 2014. He passed away peacefully in his sleep due to pneumonia and complications with Alzheimer's disease. Hal was 86 years old and had a full, adventurous life. He was raised in an orphanage in Kentucky. At 16 he went on to Baria where he supported himself as he finished high school, doing his last two years in one year so he could fight in WWII. He spent 30 years with the United States Navy. He loved flying airplanes. Hal retired in 1975. He then went to Alaska for 15 years, to fly for Fish and Game. He wrote a book titled, "Fly the Wild and Stay Alive", a flight training manual.

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Robert Nordstrom
Posted: November 25, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Robert Gene Nordstrom, affectionately known as “Bob”, was born May 25th, 1943 in Chester, Montana.  He was the only child of Bert & Anna (Schwab) Nordstrom.  Bob grew up and received his formal education in Chester, where he graduated from C.H.S. in 1961.  In the few years that followed, he attended Northern Montana College in Havre and the University of Montana in Missoula.  In 1964 Bob joined the Montana Air National Guard and served a 6-year enlistment.

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Maurice Fladstol
Posted: November 25, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Maurice Gordon Fladstol was born February 5, 1923 on the Fladstol homestead 27 miles East of Conrad.  His parents were Melvin and Gena (Stordahl) Fladstol. 

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Dana Vail
Posted: November 11, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Dana Vail, 67, of Gettysburg, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at his home in Gettysburg with his wife and daughters by his side; after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer.  

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Cecelia Englund
Posted: November 11, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Cecelia “Marie” (Stores) Englund, 71, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Dallas, Georgia from cardiac arrest.  Cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester, Montana, on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. 

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Donna Kapperud
Posted: November 11, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Donna Ruth (Qualey) Kapperud was born December 4, 1927, in Havre, Montana. She was one of two children born to Austin and Josie (Olson) Qualey. Donna grew up on the Hi-Line and received her formal education at Hingham and Gildford. After graduating from Gildford High School in 1945, she enrolled at Northern Montana College in Havre. During Donna’s first quarter, an apartment fire destroyed her worldly goods and her dream of attending college. Consequently, she took a job at Buttrey’s Store in Havre.  In mid-1946 she returned to Hingham to work at the old Chicago Store.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Gladys I. Johnston
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Gladys Irene (Adams) Johnston, age 84, died unexpectedly at her Rudyard home on the early morning of Thursday (October 16, 2014).

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Marjorie Petersen
Posted: October 14, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Marjorie Dorrine (Matthys) Petersen was born February 15, 1934  at Fargo, North Dakota.  She was one of five children born to Marie Matilda “Tillie” Mornout and Bernard Matthys.  The family moved to Montana when Marj was 1½ years old.  She grew up and received her formal education in the Brady community, where she graduated from high school in 1952.

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Rob Pugh
Posted: October 14, 2014 - 2:00 pm

MALTA - Robert “Rob” Pugh, 49, a retired Boeing Engineer, died October 8, 2014 at his home of natural causes.

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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Francis Louis Richter
Posted: October 07, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Frank Richter passed away Sunday September 21, 2014 at the age of 84 after a long struggle with Parkinson disease.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
Lloyd Haymaker
Posted: September 30, 2014 - 11:49 am

Lloyd Haymaker passed away September 19, 2014 in Kalispell, Montana. He was born May 12, 1930 in Rudyard, Montana to Emery and Edna Haymaker.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Evelyn G. K. Ness
Posted: September 16, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Evelyn Grace Kathlyn Ness was born September 25, 1923 at Goldstone, Montana.  Her parents were Anna Louise Wick and Sveinung “Swan” Ness and she was the only daughter of four children.  Grace grew up and received her education in the Rudyard community, where she graduated from Rudyard High School in 1941.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Nellie Diemert
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Nellie Marie (Wickum) Diemert was born July 31, 1925 in Chester, MT.  She was the third of four children born to Beulah Marie Standiford and Richard Wickum.  She grew up on the family farm located south of Haystack Butte near the Sweetgrass Hills.  Nellie received her early education at the Wickum Country School and finished her high school years in Chester, where she graduated at age 16 in 1942.  In the few years that followed she worked as a nurse’s aide at the old Mary Buck Hospital, then as a clerk at the county courthouse.

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Steve Norris
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Clyde Stephen Norris was born March 3rd, 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland.  He was the eldest of two children born to Alice C. Miller and Wilbur E. Norris.  He spent his formative years in Hagerstown and Greensburg, MD, where he attended grade school.  Steve finished his secondary education at Smithsburg and graduated from high school in 1961.  During his high school years he was active in the F.F.A. and worked assorted jobs throughout the community.

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Swede Jacobson
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Ralph Albert “Swede” Jacobson was born June 4, 1926 on the family farm near Underwood, Minnesota.  He was the youngest of five sons born to Julia Schei and Rudolph Jacobson.  Swede received his early education at the District #94 School in Otter Tail County, then finished his secondary schooling in Underwood, where he graduated from high school in 1944.  His older siblings were in the military, so Swede would leave school early each day to help his dad with the farming operations.

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Bobbie Kelley
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Bobbie Kelley

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Funeral Notices
Posted: September 02, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Funeral notice for

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Eddie Peschel
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Edward Paul (“Eddie”) Peschel was born May 27th, 1939 in Ronan, Montana.  His parents were Paul & Velma (Mitchell) Peschel and he was the youngest of two children.  Eddie grew up and received his formal education in Ronan, where he graduated from high school in 1957.  During his school years, he was active in the football program and played the coronet in the pep band.  

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Evelyn Graham
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Evelyn Alta (Sorenson) Graham was born June 18th, 1919 in Helena, Montana, the only child of Anna Christ and Forrest “Frosty” Sorenson.  Evelyn grew up in the Helena community, where she was baptized & confirmed in the Methodist faith.  She received her elementary education at the Central Grade School and finished her secondary education at Helena High School, graduating in 1938.

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Shirley Mae Dick
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Shirley Mae Dick passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Billings Clinic, surrounded by family and friends, after a short, courageous battle with lung cancer.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Burial Rites planned for Mary Ann Riley
Posted: August 19, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Mary Ann (Evans) Riley was born June 2, 1936 in Wanda, Minnesota.  She was one of twelve children born to Mathilda “Tillie” Jenniges and Clinton Evans.  She grew up and received her education in Rudyard, graduating from R.H.S. in 1954.

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