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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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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Paul Johnson
Posted: July 29, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Paul Glenn Johnson was born July 2nd, 1929 in Great Falls, Montana.  His parents were Hilmer & Ruth (Crosby) Johnson and he was one of five children in the family.  Paul grew up on the Johnson homestead 18 miles north of Lothair and attended the nearby Eagle Creek country school.  He finished his high school years in Chester, where he graduated from C.H.S. in 1947. In addition to helping on the farm, Paul attended college for a year before enlisting in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He attained the rank of Corporal before receiving his honorable discharge in 1952, then returned to Montana.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Graveside Services planned for Paul Johnson
Posted: July 22, 2014 - 10:59 am

Paul Glen Johnson, age 83, who farmed in the north Lothair and Cut Bank communities before retiring to Spokane, WA. in 1984, died from complications of a stroke on Sunday evening (Jan. 27th) at ManorCare Health Services in Spokane.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Pat Laird
Posted: July 15, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Patricia Joan (Cox) Laird was born August 24th, 1931 in Great Falls, Montana. Her parents were Harry and Catherine (McCaig) Cox and she was the youngest of two children. Pat grew up in Great Falls and received her formal education at the Ursuline Academy, where she met her husband-to-be, James K. Laird. They were married on June 4th, 1948 at St. Gerard’s Parish in Great Falls.

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Tuesday 06/17/2014
Diana “Katie” Twedt
Posted: June 17, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Born Diana Lee Shaffer on June 9th, 1952 in Renton, WA, she died of cancer on her birthday, June 9th, 2014.  Di lived with her family in Washington until age 3, when they moved to Van Nuys, CA until age 9 and then her family moved to Bozeman, MT.  She graduated Bozeman High School at age 16 and MSU at age 20, on the same day as her future husband, Russell Twedt. They were married December 29th, 1973 and lived in Bozeman until 1975 when Diana accepted her first K-12 Art teaching position at Chester MT Public Schools.  Di and Russ moved to the Twedt family farm near Rudyard where they have lived ever since. After teaching for a few years, Diana took 8 years off to raise their 2 children, Matthew and Geneva, to “school bus age.”  She then returned to teaching, first at Joplin-Inverness Schools, then later to Blue Sky Schools in Rudyard until her kids graduated high school. After retiring from teaching, Diana (affectionately known to her many friends as “Katie”) concentrated on her own family and art career.  Published more than 200 times in national and international art magazines, Diana was a truly talented artist whose works are very popular both locally and around the country. A very kind, generous, and thoughtful person always, she touched the lives of many and is loved by all. 

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Ruth Golberg Patrick
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Josie Ruth Evine Golberg Patrick passed away at The Springs in Missoula at the age of 96 with family at her side.  

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Friday 05/23/2014
Jack Smith
Posted: May 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

John “Jack” Smith, 67, of Fort Shaw, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, after complications following a stroke.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Jim Thielman
Posted: May 13, 2014 - 10:57 am

Lifelong Montana resident and businessman James Edward Thielman, 75, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Great Falls from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

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Tuesday 05/06/2014
Olga Mattson
Posted: May 06, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Olga Eleanor (Bakic) Mattson was born February 8th, 1934 in Bangor, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was one of four children born to Mary Vach & Vendel Bakic, who had immigrated to Canada from Slovakia.  Olga grew up in the Bangor community, where she received her high school education.

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Jim Renville
Posted: May 06, 2014 - 2:17 pm

James “Jim” Renville, age 76, who lived in Chester for 7 years, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday April 30th, 2014 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. He had been battling Leukemia and Lymphoma for over 10 years. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.

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Tuesday 04/22/2014
Richard Violett
Posted: April 22, 2014 - 10:39 am

Richard H. Violett was born in Chester, Montana and attended Chester High School where he served as the editor of the newspaper and the annual. In his junior year he received the journalism award. He also took part in school plays. He is remembered fondly by his classmates from the CHS graduating class of 1962.

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Dorothie Rideout
Posted: April 22, 2014 - 10:38 am

Dorothy Jeannette (Christiaens) Rideout passed away peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014 at Liberty County Hospital in Chester, Montana at the age of 82.

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