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Leeda Mary (Mahto) Meyers, 66, New Town, ND, formerly of Rapid City, SD breathed her soul away into her Savior’s arms on August 8, 2014 at her home in New Town. Leeda was born on March 7, 1948 in Dickinson, ND to Mark and Margaret (Baker) Mahto .   Our mom would tell us stories of when she was young.  She was an only child so she had an imaginary friend.  She and her friend would wander the countryside and make mud pies.  She was orphaned at a young age and lived with extended families.  She married Neil Smith Sr. and to this union five children were born: Alisa, Kasey, Margaret, Phillamine and Louis.  They lived in Albuquerque, NM and Mandaree. Our mom enjoyed traveling, powwows, and visiting family and friends.  She was generous and an inspiration to all.  She raised her granddaughter, Stephanie, from only three days old, as her own daughter.  She loved to help people and taught us to do the same; whether it was monetary or giving someone a place to stay.  She will be greatly remembered for her beautiful smile and big heart.  Our hearts are broken, but are comforted knowing we now have another angel watching over us.  Our mom married Felix P. Meyers, Sr. and they were married for over 30 years.  They lived in Rapid City, SD and later in New Town, ND until he passed away.  He took great care of our mom and us children and grandchildren. After his passing, Mom was lonely, but filled her time with friends and family.  We will miss her dearly but we know she will always be watching over us.  Leeda is survived by her children, Alisa Two Crow (Mitch) and Kasey Mahto (Luana), both of Rapid City, Margaret Owen (Thomas) of Wheat Ridge, CO, Phillamine Smith and Louis Smith (Kass) both of New Town; grandchildren, Precious Star and Heavenly; Stephanie, Brianna and Daniel; Preston, Kaitlyn, Jordan, Shakira, Kateri, Gracie and Dreya Ann; great-grandchildren, Russell and baby Felix; adopted sons, Titus White Body, Jeremy Olson, Brandon Grady, Preston Wise Spirit, Uriah Wise Spirit and Lonnie Wise Spirit; adopted sisters, Iris Payer, Arvella Torres, Joanne Matthews, Beverly White Bear, Helena Ross and Loretta Jacobs; adopted brothers, Frank Reed and Sonny Ross.  Leeda was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and brother, Nathaniel.  Funeral:  Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.  Wake:  Monday, August 11, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. in the memorial hall Interment:  St. Joseph Cemetery, Twin Buttes

Raymond A. Mayer Sr., 70, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, formerly of Van Hook, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a Seattle hospital.  Raymond was born Nov. 15, 1943, to Richard and Frances Mayer on the family farm near Van Hook. He was raised in the Van Hook and Sanish areas and attended schools in Sanish and New Town. Ray entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and served in Germany. After he was honorably discharged in 1963, he moved to Tioga and started working in the oil industry moving rigs. In the late 1960s, Ray started commuting to Alaska to work in the oilfield and moved to Alaska in the mid-1980s. He worked in the oil fields until retiring in 2009 as a field superintendent from Peak (formerly Kodiak) Oilfield Services. Ray was united in marriage to Loene Adamson in 1985 at Lake Tahoe. They made their home in Eagle River, Alaska, and moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1999. Ray commuted to Alaska for work.  Ray was a talented craftsman and enjoyed working with leather and wood. He hand-crafted knives and made beautiful cabinetry.  He enjoyed the outdoors and all it had to offer, including hunting and fishing. He and Loene enjoyed traveling, often traveling by RV with no specific destination planned with frequent stops to donate at the local casinos. They enjoyed time in Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Hawaii and his favorite, Mesa Verde, N.M.   Ray was raised around the Native American community and cultivated many lifelong Native American friends. He appreciated the customs and culture of the Hidatsa Tribe. Ray cherished time spent with his family. May God bless the memory of Raymond Mayer.  Ray is survived by: his wife, Loene; sons, Shayne Mayer (Brittany Mae Jamison) of Cantwell, Alaska, Richard Mayer (Valerie) of New Town, and Raymond "Boom" Jr. (Melissa) of Seattle; daughter, Desiree Elston (Randy) of Joshua, Texas; stepsons, Scott Sloan (Melinda) of Amboy, Wash., and Steven Sloan of Grants Pass, Ore.; brother, Rex Mayer of Rapid City, S.D.; sister, Thelma Bauer of Gillette, Wyo.; aunt, Elsie Mayer of New Town; grandchildren, Samantha, Shayne Jr., Shawn and Hunter, Devin, Chaselynn, Dante, Steven and Alliana, Christopher, Jesse, Austin, Madison, Tiffany and Jeremy, Rose, Kaedon and Triston (due in December), Shannon, Jerad and Jason; great-grandchildren, Seth, Sunny Rae, Summer Rayne, Robert; and two great-grandchildren due in December and January; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his pal "Buddy." He was preceded in death by: his father, Richard; his mother, Frances Arnes; and brother, Alvin Roger Mayer. Memorial service: Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural New Town. Interment: Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural New Town. Ray was grateful for the care he received at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In lieu of flowers the family would like to ask that donations be made in Ray's memory to donor's choice of charity, preferred choice being SCCA (www.seattlecca.org).

Edward Bracklin (First to Fight), 62, Parshall, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in a Bismarck hospital.  He was born on June 16, 1952 in Bismarck to Charles and Vera Bracklin.  He is survived by: his companion, Marilyn Jacobs; sons, Edward Jr and Jarren; sister, Elsie Alvarez; and 2 grandchildren, all of Parshall. Funeral: Monday 10am Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall
Burial: Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town.

Donald Price, 76, New Town, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at Manorcare Nursing Home in Minot.  Donald Rae PriceDonaldWebPrice was born October 2, 1937 to James and Leta (Turner) Price in Liberty Township of Mountrail County, near Van Hook.  He was raised in the Van Hook area and attended Van Hook School.  In his teen years, Donald drove oil truck and then went to work for McCutchens Motors and later Lee Implement, both of New Town, learning mechanics as a trade.  On November 15, 1957, Donald was united in marriage to Shirley Lindley in New Town.  They made New Town their home and raised their family.  In the mid 1960’s, he started work as a mechanic at Rensch Chevrolet of New Town and retired after 42 years.  Shirley passed away September 26, 1991.  Donald was a simple man, content with life.   He enjoyed hunting and fishing and tinkering in his garage.  During camping season, he could usually be found at the New Town Marina in Shelter #7 where he loved to visit with people.  He was very giving and caring and cherished spending time with his family and many friends.  Donald is survived by his daughters, Debra Clemens (Brian) of Jamestown and Sandra Rink (Leslie) of Keene; son, Brad Price (Skeeter) of New Town; brother, James Robert Price (Rose Marie) of Lignite; sisters, Inez Lee (Clayton) of Parshall and Helen Allen (Donald) of Watford City; grandchildren, Justin Clemens (Sara) and Megan Aldinger (Casey); Amber Burr; Lori Finley (TJ), Bridgette Clark (Tom) and Nichole Price (Joey); thirteen great-grandchildren; and companion, Ella Mae Baker of New Town and Ella Mae’s family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and grandson, Terry Lee Burr, Jr.  Funeral:  Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.  Vigil Prayer Service:  Sunday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the church Visitation: Sunday from 4-6 p.m. in the church Interment:  New Town Cemetery, New Town

Allison Marie Edwards, 43, formerly of Parshall, died at home in La Mesa, CA on June 6, 2014.  Allison was born in Minneapolis, MN, on January 13, 1971.  She attended school in Parshall until 1980 when she moved with her mother to Monterey, CA.  She graduated from Monterey High School in 1989, received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara in 1992, a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University in 2002 and a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate from UC Santa Cruz that same year. Her love of language started at an early age and her desire to teach followed.  She began her teaching career by serving as a volunteer tutor in the Monterey County Free Libraries Adult Literacy Program as a young adult and, following college, later traveled to China and Japan where she taught English.  She taught briefly at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA and at the time of her death was teaching at San Diego City College, Grossmont College and Southwestern College, all located in the San Diego area.  She was also a long–time employee of Evans Hotels. Her co-workers at the Catamaran Hotel remember her most for her delicious contributions to their potlucks and for the BBQ’s she hosted.  She is also remembered for being a good listener, a level-headed confidant and so valued as an experienced and knowledgeable employee, that when she tried to resign, they refused to accept it, reducing her schedule until she could return full-time at the close of the school year. Jason Boxell, Allison’s long-time friend and love, was summoned when she failed to report to work there on Friday, June 6, and it was later learned that her life had been swiftly and suddenly cut short by a ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm.  Allison loved reading, cooking, football and baseball, traveling and cats.  When planning a trip, she researched thoroughly and studied maps meticulously.  She often bemoaned the fact that reading a paper map was becoming “a lost art” and she valued her atlas as much as her assorted electronic gadgets.  She particularly looked forward to road trips with her mother, and when they traveled, it was often on byways and back roads…indeed, the roads less traveled.  She is survived by her mother, Helen Edwards, of Seaside, CA, and her many loving aunts and uncles, Dorothy Dell of Gahanna, OH, Alice Burton of Salinas, CA, Bruce and Wanda Edwards of Grand Rapids, MN and Lois and Bryon Zacher of Parshall as well as many cousins.  She also left behind, Roman, her furry feline companion, whose care, Jason has lovingly assumed.  The family wishes to thank Grossmont, Southwestern, and San Diego City College for  their compassion and concern and offers special thanks to Allison’s many friends and the staff and management of Evans Hotels for their kindness, warmth and generosity during this difficult time. A gathering of her friends and co-workers was held in La Mesa, CA, June 12, 2014 to honor and remember her life.  A memorial service will take place on June 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.  Those wishing to remember Allison’s life may do so by making a contribution to any SPCA or an academic endeavor of the donor’s choice.  The family would also be very grateful to have Allison honored by doing as she would have done: sharing a smile or a funny story, offering a word of encouragement or taking time for a friend.

Angelo White Body, 51, New Town, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in New Town.  Angelo was born November 6, 1962, to Rosalie (Jones) & Sydney White Body in Minot.  Angelo began his journey to the spirit world on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  He was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.  Angelo attended school in New Town, ND and it was then he saw an alternative education solution and attended Kicking Horse Job Corps Center in Ronan, MT where he received his GED and obtained his Auto and Cat1 diesel mechanic certification.  He entered the Army National Guard of North Dakota in 1983 and served until his honorable discharge in 1992.  Angelo was united in marriage to Alberta Jaquez on June 18, 1979, three children were born to that union; Andrea, Arthur, and Amos. Their marriage was later dissolved.  He later met Jodi Finley and had one son, Angelo Jay White Body, born on July 14, 1996.  He worked with AIS Equipment as a diesel mechanic in Minot, ND.  He also was a manager at NAPA Trucking in Belfield, ND and a mechanic at Aubols Inc. in New Town, ND.  He had a passion for fixing cars, which motivated him to start his own business called AJ Auto on  Sanish located in New Town, ND.  Angelo enjoyed playing guitar and rodeoing in his younger days.  His most treasured moments was spending quality time with Family and friends and sharing laughs at family gatherings.   He was creative with his hands and you could always find him fixing something and could build anything out of nothing. He was also a good artist.  Though Angelo experienced ailments, he never let a sick day hold him back from enjoying his day.  Angelo had that friendly nature and bright smile and always made sure he said “Hello”.  He was a kind and free spirit and will always be known for the love and laughter he shared with whomever he came in contact with.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Angelo is survived by his four Children, Andrea, Arthur, and Amos, all of Minot, ND and Angelo Jay White Body, New Town, ND; Brothers, Sidney and Paul; Sisters, Marsha, Toni and Mamie.  He was preceded in death by his Parents Sydney & Rosalie; Brother Curtis, Sr. & Marcus; Sisters Donna Rose, Mavis and Shelly.  Funeral: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town  Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town

Dorothy L. Jensrud “Tootie”, 89, Plaza, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 in a Minot nursing home. Dorothy was born July 20, 1924 to Ernest and Fern (Camp) Thompson in Eagle Bend, Minn.  The family later moved to Esmond, ND where she graduated from high school in 1942.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Melvin Jensrud, November 28, 1942, in Reno, NV before they moved to Richmond, Cali.  Dorothy worked as a stenographer, and Melvin as a welder, in the shipyards.  In 1943 they moved back to Esmond when Melvin was drafted into the Navy.  In December of 1946, they moved and made Plaza their home.  Dorothy was a homemaker and was very active in her children’s lives, serving as a room mother and school chaperone.  She also worked as a bookkeeper at Farmers Union for 15 years.  Around 1977, Melvin and Dorothy moved to Lisbon and then on to Devils Lake, where Melvin managed the oil companies, before returning to Plaza in the late 1980’s.  She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid of Plaza.  She taught Sunday school and was a bible study leader.  She was also instrumental in starting a quilting group at the church.  Dorothy was named “Outstanding Woman of Plaza in 1994”.  Dorothy helped implement a successful Meals-on-Wheels program in Plaza.  She was also a member of the homemakers group, the Plaza Senior Citizens and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Throughout her life, Dorothy gave piano lessons and was the church organist.  She also enjoyed singing in the church choir and for various community events.  She passed her love of music on to her children and grandchildren.  She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  May God bless the memory of Dorothy “Tootie” Jensrud.  Dorothy is survived by her husband of Minot; daughters, Cheryl Johnson (Gary) of Plaza and Mary Lou Stavros of Parshall; grandchildren, Becky Skalsky (Dave), Terri McEvers (Jason) and Corey Johnson (Jessica) all of Bismarck, and Ruth Williams (Jesse) of Minot; great-grandchildren, Dawson and Noah Skalsky, Kadence, Cale, Ian and Elsa McEvers, Aiden and Kallen Johnson, Angelos Kerzmann and Demetrius Stavros; Sisters-in-law ~ Thelma Westrich of  St. Louis, MO and Bernice Himmerick (Ervin) of New Richland, MN.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Melvin Jr. and Joel; granddaughter, Athena Stavros; son-in-law, James Stavros; brother, Ernest Thompson; and sisters Elaine Grise and Luella Lysne. Funeral:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza  Visitation:  Monday from noon to 5:00 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall Interment:  East Plaza Cemetery, Plaza

Gereard Jule Big Crow, 47, (He Keeps Watch “Mah igah nah geesh”) passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Gereard was born April 18, 1967 in Minot, the son of James D. and Sylvia L. (Hall) Big Crow.  Gereard was a member of the Low Cap Clan.  Gereard attended Box Elder Job Corps in Nemo, SD where he earned his GED and training in carpentry.  He also received a diploma for Maintenance from Western Dakota Vocational Technical Institute in Rapid City, SD.  He was a hard worker and very dependable. He worked at Man Power Corporation as a general laborer and for the BIA, both in Fort Yuma, AZ.  While in Arizona he also worked as a Wild Land Fire Fighter.   Moving back to North Dakota, he worked in maintenance at Prairie Knights Casino & Lodge in Fort Yates and at Four Bears Casino & Lodge and Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town.  Gereard received numerous credentials from the US Fish & Wild Life Department of Interior in heavy equipment including farm tractor, back hoe, skid steer loader, fork lift and bull dozer.  For National Wildfire he earned credentials as dozer boss, advanced firefighter, wild fire power saws, crew boss and engine boss.  He was also a First Responder in the Wild Land/Urban Interface and Wild Fire Origin & Cause Determination.  In the fall of 2009, Gereard moved back to New Town where he met his love, Patricia Deane.  They were united in marriage on April 14, 2012 and made their home in Parshall.  Gereard was an avid rocker who liked to travel to rock concerts.  His favorite bands were KISS, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, The Doors and AC/DC ~ just to name a few!  He especially loved to follow his most favorite bands, Bitter Root and DNA; he was his son’s, Keith, biggest fan.  Gereard’s number one enjoyment was being with his wife and his first grandson, Kane Jule Anthony Big Crow; as well as, following his daughter’s, Jasmyne, sporting activities.   He enjoyed fishing and camping with his two sons and was looking forward to taking his new grandson fishing.  Gereard was well loved by his nieces and nephews.  He truly appreciated the great outdoors.  His interests and activities included music, softball, rodeos, race car driving, camping, fishing, hunting, riding bike and walking.  He enjoyed traveling to the West coast and to the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) of South Dakota. Gereard was also good at giving nicknames to some of his family members.  The most famous was “goose” which was bestowed upon his mother.  Miss Loveless referred to his wife, Patty and his sister, Jamie, was known as Misses Jones.  Gereard enjoyed writing poems and playing pool.  He was a loyal friend and loved being with his family.  His greatest strength was having a strong faith in the Lord.  “Because of Him, heaven knows Gereard’s name.”  Gereard is survived by his wife, Patricia Deane Big Crow; parents, Sylvia Hall Big Crow and James Big Crow; daughter, Jasmyne Big Crow; sons, Keith Big Crow (Lanell) and Everette Big Crow; sisters, Jamie Lynn Hall (Richard), Melissa Lee Everett (Fred), Holly Hall Koteen, Marcella Big Crow and Anita Big Crow; grandson, Kane Jule Anthony Big Crow; several nieces, nephews and extended family.   He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William Hall and Christine Little Owl Bear; paternal grandparents, Jim Big Crow and Marcella Mills Big Crow; and brother, Arnold Big Crow.   Funeral:  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town  Wake:  Monday beginning at 5 p.m. in the memorial hall  Interment:  Snow Bird Cemetery, rural New Town  

John B Kasa, 82, Boston, MA and Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Van Hook, ND, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 in a Palm Harbor, FL hospice facility.   John Burnett Kasa “Junior” was born March 23, 1932 to John H. and Bertha (Ellingboe) Kasa on the family farm near Van Hook.  He was raised and educated at Van Hook graduating from Van Hook High School.  John enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Tarawa CV-40 from 1951-55.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he began work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he burned “worn out” money at night, and attended college by day. John was Chief Engineer at Beacon Management Co. for over 40 years.  He was very dedicated to his career and retired with many honors and memories in the Boston Area.  John was a huge New England Patriots fan, it was a top priority to watch every game. He wanted his grandson to play for this team, and wouldn’t you know, he will be playing against the Patriots this September.  John we know you will be watching with a Manhattan in hand, and a prime rib on your plate!   John is survived by his sister, Marion Evenson of Parshall, ND; sons, David and Neen Kasa of Colorado Springs, Co, Larry and Maureen Kasa of Dunedin, Fl, and Wayne and Cindy Kasa of Olive Branch, MS; wife, Dolores Kasa of Colorado Springs, Co; grandchildren, Hiedi Kasa of Colorado Springs, Co, Sean Kasa of Denver, Co and Nick Kasa of Denver, Co; great-grandchildren: Haily, Darci and Kayla Kasa of Colorado Springs, Co and several nieces and nephews of Parshall, ND; special Friends, Barbara Sellon of Boston, MA, Janie Sellon of Boston, MA, Joe and Alana White of Sun City Center, Fl,  Arthur Varloe of Surrey, ND, Frank Liz Ally and Julia Antonelli of Boston, MA, Linda Lailer of Woburn, MA, and Sandy Ruma of Boston, MA; and the many co-workers from Beacon Management Co of Boston.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Eddy Evenson.  Funeral:  Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town  Visitation:  one hour prior to the service in the Church  Interment:  Van Hook Cemetery, rural New Town

Royce Aubol, 73, New Town, died Friday, May 9, 2014 in a Minot hospital after a short battle with cancer.  Royce Edward Aubol was born November 19, 1940 in Minot, to Marius and Irene (Estenson) Aubol.  He was raised in Sanish until his family moved to New Town in 1954.  Royce attended Sanish School and graduated from New Town High School in 1958.  On July 27, 1958, he entered the US Army and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  He then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN before transferring to Moorhead State University.  He was honorably discharged and released to the US Army Reserves on January 25, 1959.  He was called into active duty, from 1961-1962, with the US Army serving at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.  He then returned to school and completed a double major and received degrees in Business Education and Industrial Technology from Moorhead State University.   Royce was united in marriage to Marlys Liebenow in Enderlin on December 29, 1963.  His first teaching position was in Cooperstown in 1965.  In 1966, Royce and Marlys moved to New Town where he worked in the family business and continued teaching.  During the summer of 1978, Royce and a co-worker, Myron Overby, remodeled a building, on Main Street, in New Town and opened a pizza and fast food business called the Circle A Inn.  Their children and students came to this place for enjoyment and employment after school.  Royce retired in 1996, from New Town School District after 32 dedicated years.  He then worked as a carpenter for Donald Carlson and Jack Smith and later worked in the business office at Northrop Grumman for 10 years, practicing what he preached to his students.  Royce served as a volunteer fireman with the New Town Fire Department for several years, served one term on the New Town City Council, and refereed many basketball games in the area.  He was a member of the Beck-Sherven American Legion Post 290 and Bethel Lutheran Church, both of New Town.  He enjoyed golfing and will always be remembered for the marathon golfing day he and Myron Overby completed, playing 126 holes on the first day of summer, at Edgewater Country Club.  Royce was a talented woodworker, built several garages and decks and loved keeping busy; he never liked to stay in one place too long.  He always was willing to lend a helping hand to his family and many friends. He looked forward to his trips to Branson, Missouri where he and Marlys purchased a second home.  Royce also cherished spending time at the family cabin, on Little Knife Bay of Lake Sakakawea, surrounded by his family and close friends.  Blessed be his memory among us.   Royce is survived by: his wife, Marlys of New Town; son, Eric (Charlene) of New Town; daughter, Lisa Aubol Long (Kat Munger) of Lacy, Washington; grandchildren, Erika Long, Lexi Long, Austin Long, Wesley Aubol, Jessica Aubol and Clinton Aubol; brothers, Marland (Mildred) and Roger (Linda), both of New Town; sister, Lorna Masuo (Bob) of Edmonds, WA and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clare; and parents-in-law, Clinton and Lenora Liebenow.  Funeral:  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town  Visitation:  Wednesday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall  Interment:  Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town

Dorothy M Erickson, 86, Plaza, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 in a Minot hospital.  Dorothy was born December 27, 1927 in Sanish, ND to Jesse and Violet (Tompsett) Stringer.  She was raised in the Sanish area and attended country school.  On May 28, 1949, Dorothy was united in marriage to Melvin Erickson in Stanley.  They made their home in Parshall where they raised their family.  Dorothy worked for Jacobs Motel and Mountrail County Record.  She retired in 1997 from Parshall Elementary school after 27 years as the custodian.  Melvin passed away in 1984.  In 2005, Dorothy moved to Plaza to be closer to family and lived with her son, Donny and his family.  In 2010, Dorothy moved in with her daughter, Marilyn.  Her children were honored to provide care and support for their mother. Dorothy was friendly and kind.  She enjoyed the students and liked to treat them to popsicles.  She was always walking and would make several trips a day downtown to get the mail and visit at the local restaurant.  She liked to play bingo and go to the casino.  She also followed the Twins and enjoyed to listening to the games.  Dorothy took care of her parents in their later years.  She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would always sneak them a piece of gum.  She enjoyed listening to old time country music and was proud to be “a coalminer’s daughter”.  May God bless the memory of Dorothy Erickson.  Dorothy is survived by her children, Marilyn Bradley of Douglas, Allen Erickson of Lisbon, and Donald Erickson (Betty) of Plaza; grandchildren, Melissa Roed (Bob), Michele Severson (Greg), Rachael Lawrence (Richie), Jessica Armstrong (Flip) and Corey Bader; great-grandchildren, Ericka and Casey Roed, Bailey and Brandy Severson, Logan Lawrence, Elijah, Owen, Wyatt, Coy and Deklin Armstrong, and Hayden and Jaycob Erickson.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her granddaughter, Jennifer Erickson; her son-in-law, Vern Bradley; her brothers, Freddy, George, Leonard, Albert and Robert Stringer; and her sister, Margaret Duran.  Funeral:  Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza  Visitation:  Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot.

Janet Arlinda Hauf, 75, Makoti, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 in a Minot nursing home.  Janet was born August 4, 1938 in Minot, the daughter of Leander and Manetta (Quandt) Beyer.  She was raised on the family farm north of Makoti and educated at Makoti.  She graduated from Makoti High School in 1957.  She attended Christie’s Beauty School in Bismarck and later worked at Gillmore House of Beauty in Minot.  On June 4, 1961, Janet was united in marriage to Ronald Hauf.  They made their home in Minot, Lansford and Flaxton, before moving to Makoti in 1970.  Jan was a stay at home mother. She enjoyed working in her garden where she raised beautiful flowers and vegetables.  Every year she looked forward to canning the produce she raised in her garden.  She cherished spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and she loved camping with her family.  Jan and her sister Alice treasured their times working and relaxing at Rice Lake.  She cared for her parents and grandmother and always checked on them every day.  She also enjoyed traveling with Ron and took many trips to San Francisco enjoying fresh crab.  Jan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Makoti where she taught Sunday school and was active with the ladies aid.  Janet is survived by: her husband, Ronald of Makoti; sons, Glen (Lori) of Makoti and Todd (Lori) of Dickinson; daughter, Michelle Petz (Patrick) of Makoti; grandchildren, Amanda, Kristen and Darien Hauf; Justin and Sheyenne Plummer and Cheydan and Taryn Hauf; sister, Alice Ehley of Minot and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents and sister, Patricia Vaughan.  Funeral:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Makoti  Visitation: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from Noon to 5:00p.m in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.  Interment: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery
Memorials preferred to Makoti Community Pool or Camp of the Cross Ministries, Garrison.

Boyd Leon Severance, 55, Minot, formerly of Parshall, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 in a Minot hospital.  Boyd was born on July 11, 1958 in Minot, the son of Leon and Roxy (Hay) Severance.  He was raised on the family farm, north of Parshall.  He started school in Parshall and later attended Anne Carlsen Center for Children in Jamestown from 1968-1970.  He returned home to finish his education in the Parshall school system.  In his early years, Boyd enjoyed riding in the pickup to observe what was going on at the farm or take an afternoon ride with his father.  He was an avid Twins and Vikings fan his whole life and loved to listen to baseball games on the radio with his Grandpa Oscar Hay.  One of his greatest passions were his western novels, especially Louis L’Amour, his collection of these paperback westerns numbered in the hundreds.  Boyd’s greatest honor came early in his life when he was named the 1964 North Dakota Poster Child for the March of Dimes.  In a photo, he is with Gov. William L. Guy contributing the first dime, officially making January 1964 the March of Dimes month of the year.  One of Boyd’s first steps toward independence came with his own special needs phone.  With it, he could make calls and keep in touch with family members and he would often call his Grandma Pearl Hay, visiting for hours on end.  Along the road to independence he spent time living in nursing homes in New Town and Minot.  In 1992, with the assistance of REM of North Dakota he moved to a group home before moving into his own ISLA apartment.  During this time, he also acquired his electric wheel chair and handicap accessible van.  While living in Minot, he worked at the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop (now KALIX) and Trinity Laundry.  He was planning and looking forward to his retirement on June 30th of this year.  Boyd was loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Boyd is survived by: his brother, Brian Severance (Mary); niece, Carissa Severance; nephew, Tyler Severance; aunts and uncles, Lester Severance, Carl and Violet Rowell, Arvel and Myrtle Woessner Carol Schultz, Lois Hilleren, Wesley and Dorothy Hay and John and Louise Hay; and many cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Oscar and Pearl Hay and Charles and Leona Severance; aunts and uncles, Clayton and Olga Severance, Marion and Mildred Shurigar, Jeanette Severance, Leonard Severance, Raymond Severance, Oscar and Carmen Hay and Arnold Hilleren. Funeral: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.   Interment: Will take place, next to his parents, in the North Plaza Cemetery, Plaza
Memorials are preferred to the Anne Carlsen Center for Children, March of Dimes, REM of North Dakota or KALIX, which was formerly the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop.

Kenneth “Hawkshaw” Irving Hale (Young Hawk), 77, Mandaree, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 in his home.  Kenneth was born April 14, 1936 at Independence, to Margaret “Maggie” (Hale) and Charles Hale Sr.  He was raised in the Independence area of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and attended Independence Day School and later Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota.  As a young man he worked on the construction of the Four Bears Bridge and participated on the RCA Rodeo Circuit.  He rode broncs and bulls and traveled with friends to rodeos throughout the country.  Throughout his life, he lived in San Francisco, Chicago and Texas where he worked in machine shops.  For several years, he worked as a ranch hand for various ranchers in western North Dakota. He worked for Tommy Davidson near Williston and Angus Kennedy at the Smith Camp, feeding cows during the winter months.  He also worked at the Tribal Buffalo Ranch, rough necked in the oil field and worked at Four Bears Casino.  Kenny was once married to Pansy Parshall, whom he married in 1971.   Kenny was a hard worker and loved being in the outdoors.  He enjoyed riding horses, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Kenny is survived by: his brother, William M. “Wild Bill” Hale of Mandaree; and several nephews, nieces and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles “Chauncey” Jr. and Gerald; and sisters, Virginia Hale, Marlene Young Bird and Trilby Deserly.  Prayer Service and Viewing: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00a.m. in the Water Chief Hall, Mandaree.  Burial: Will take place, next to his parents, in Independence Cemetery, rural Mandaree.

Gerald Charles Hale (Wolf Sitting Down) “Cesha naagi-sh”, 70, of Mandaree, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in a Bismarck hospital.  Gerald was born on January 6, 1944 at Independence, to Margaret “Maggie” (Baker) and Charles Peter Hale Sr.  Gerald was a member of the Chicken Clan.  He attended school at Elbowoods then Mandaree High School, where he played basketball, football and participated in boxing.  He even tried his hand at Bareback Riding. Gerald moved to Dallas, Texas in 1964 and attended a welding school.  He then worked at Todd Shipyard in Houston.  He married Hazel Specht in 1963, they lived in Houston and had three children; Cameron, Charles and Geralyn.  In 1969, they returned home to Fort Berthold and had four more children; Anthony, Austin, Scott and Kathy.  When their marriage ended in divorce in 1976, he remarried Roberta Mitchell.  Together they raised six children; Jason, Jeremy, Justina, Johnny, Tysin and Casey.  He then worked at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, on the construction of the college.  When he returned home he worked as a Tribal Police Officer, as a welder operator at the BIA Roads Department and as a custodian at Mandaree High School.  He also worked as at Four Bears Casino as a porter supervisor. Gerald enjoyed playing guitar with his friends, singing at pow wows and raising cain with his friends, nephews and great grandchildren.  He is survived by: his children, Charles “Chuck” (Darnell), Geralyn, Anthony “Tony” (Julie), Austin, Scott (Tammy), Kathy, Justina, Johnny and Tysin; grandchildren, Cameron, Morgan, Chucky, Van, Lauryn, Dylan, Steven, Uraina, Misty, Ashley, Tristan, Kenny, Bella, Matthew, Jada, Shawn Jr., Hunter and Melissa Rose; Ten great grandchildren; brothers, William M. (Wild Bill) Hale and Kenneth I. (Hawkshaw) Hale; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles “Chancey” Jr., sisters, Virginia Hale, Marlene Young Bird and Trilby Deserly; and sons, Cameron, Jeremy, Jason and Casey. Funeral: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00a.m. in the Water Chief Hall, Mandaree. Burial: Hale Family Cemetery, rural Mandaree.

Enola E. Pond, 68, Parshall, N.D. died Saturday March 15, 2014 upon arrival at a Minot Hospital. She was born Feb 8, 1946 to George and May Packineau at Elbowoods.  She married Allen Pond on April 14, 1972. Enola is survived by her husband, Allen Pond of Parshall; daughter, Ramona Woods of Parshall; son, Matthew Pond of San Francisco; grandchildren, Alexius, Alaina, and Eric Woods; sisters, Alice Harwod of Aberdeen, SD, Ramona Two Shields and Iva Gillies, both of Parshall and June Packineau of South San Francisco, Cali. Funeral:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall; Burial: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall.

Elaine Juanita Cross, 60, Bismarck, formerly of Parshall, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Bismarck. She was born Sept. 25, 1953 at Stanley to John and Agnes Beston. She grew up in Parshall and then attended St. Joes Indian School, Wahpeton Indian School and Flandreau Indian School. Elaine attended college at UTTC where she met her husband Leon Cross, Sr.  Elaine enjoyed bingo and taking trips to the casino. She liked to read on a daily basis. She also enjoyed movies and collecting DVDs. Elaine loved being around her family and helping them in any way she could. Family was always first, including her cats. She will be missed dearly. She is survived by her husband Leon; daughters Tara Smith, Colleen Smith-Cross and Tracy Cross; her son Leon Cross, Jr.; her father John Beston, six sisters and a brother; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elaine was preceded in death by her mother Agnes Beston and brother Leonard Beston. FUNERAL: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall WAKE: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall BURIAL: St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery

Raymond Christenson, 90, Plaza, ND, passed into the arms of God on March 12, 2014 at home surrounded by his wife and family. Ray was born on March 27, 1923 to Lars and Minnie (Larson) Christenson.  He attended Mountrail Consolidated School and graduated from Plaza High School in 1940.  He married Marvel Huus (Schenfisch) on June 11, 1962 at Lucky Mound Lutheran Church.  They settled in the Plaza area and raised their five children.   Ray was a lifelong member of Lucky Mound Lutheran Church and served as council member. He served on the boards of Makoti Farmers Elevator, Plaza Farmers Union Oil Coop and was Mountrail Township assessor for many years.   He loved to farm and looked forward to driving combine each fall including this past harvest.  He instilled his love of fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor hobbies in his children and grandchildren. Ray was a small aircraft pilot and was proud to be Life Member of the National Rifle Association. Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marvel; sons: Robert (Elizabeth) Huus of Makoti, James (Lori) Huus of Parshall, Roger (Kari)Christenson of Plaza; daughters: Janis (James) Keller of Fargo, Julie ( Dan) Altenbernd, of Moorhead; grandchildren: Denise ( Jason) Diffely, Chris Huus, Stephanie Huus, Rachel Huus, Brooke ( Shane) Locken, Dustin (Larissa Spotted Horse) Huus, Madison ( Brent) Lende, Regan Christenson, Lincoln Christenson, Aaron Keller, Tim Keller, Valerie Keller, Jayci Altenbernd, Zoe Altenbernd, Raymond Altenbernd; great grandchildren: Kia, Dylan and Easton Locken; Brady and Alyanna Huus; Grayson Diffely. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lawrence; sisters Geneva Lorvig and Edna Christenson. Funeral: Saturday, March 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. in Lucky Mound Lutheran Church, rural Parshall. Interment at Lucky Mound Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Parshall

William Bell Jr., 53, from Emerson, Nebraska formerly of New Town died March 11, 2014 in Emerson. He was born July 1, 1960 in Minot to William and Sophia (Fox) Bell. He is survived by his brother, Keith (Beth) Kjelson of Minot and his sister, Wilma Ann (Dwight) Fyllesvold of Minot; son, William Bell III and daughter Valene Bell and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Robert Bell Sr. and Glen Smith.  Funeral:  Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00am at the New Town Civic Center. Burial: Grady Family Cemetery, rural New Town.

Robin Lynn Fox (Red Butte Woman), 38, Parshall, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Roseglen.  Robin was born on March 11, 1975, in Spokane, Wash., the daughter of Henry and Annette (Healy) Fox. She attended school in Seattle at the Indian Heritage School. She graduated from Fort Berthold Community College as a Licensed Practical Nurse and furthered her education at the University of North Dakota, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. In 2004, Robin met her companion, David, in Wendover, Nevada.  They made their home in Parshall, where she was currently the director of the Rockview School for Tots. Robin loved to dance and had a smile that could light up a room. She excelled at everything she did. She had many friends and was good at sharing a joke. She had the kind of laugh that when you heard it, it made you laugh. Robin loved her family and cherished spending time with them. She had a special attachment to her Auntie Elaine and even though they were apart for several years, they were still soul sisters. You would always find them together at family gatherings. Robin was a big Seattle Seahawks fan and so proud when they won the super bowl. She was a member of the American Legion Post 253 Ladies Auxiliary in White Shield and the White Shield Spirit Riders.  Robin is survived by: her fiance, David Neaman-Merkley of Parshall; daughters, Annette Marie Fox, Ree Ana Fox and Autumn Rain Fox, all of Parshall; father, Henry Fox (Jeralyn), of Parshall; sisters, Alayna Fox, of Poplar, Mont., and Heather Fox, of Fort Belknap, Mont.; brothers, Danny Fox, of Poplar, Jerry Bear and Darryl Look, both of Seattle; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Annette Marie Fox; sister, Nanette Healy; and her grandparents.  Funeral: Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m., in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall.  Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Fort Belknap, Mont.

Diane Anderson, 64, Minot, formerly of Parshall, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, in a Minot hospital.  She was born Dec. 30, 1949, to Clarence and Mary Jane Moran, in Elbowoods. She married Leroy Anderson.  Survivors: husband; sons, Leroy Jr. and Andy, both Parshall; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe, Longview, Wash., Robert, Parshall, Clarence Jr., of White Shield, Frank, Garrison; sisters, Mary Taylor, of North Carolina, Deloris Brunell, of Mandan, Elaine Murrey, Longview, Wash., Linda Giffey, Garrison, and Vicky Sherven, Parshall.  Funeral: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10 a.m., St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall.  Burial: St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall.

Regina "Delores" Foote Packineau (Black Medicine – Xo'baadi shibbi’sha-sh), 80, Parshall, died Monday, March 3, 2014 in her home. Delores was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Elbowoods, to James and Elsie (Fredericks) Foote. She attended elementary school in Lucky Mound and graduated high school in Elbowoods. Delores was a cheerleader throughout high school and a barrel racer. She also attended college in Minot and worked as a cook and teachers' aide and upon completion of her education she taught at Parshall Head Start for 13 years, at which time she retired.  On Aug. 12, 1958, she was united in marriage, to the love of her life, Urius Wayne "Mickey" Packineau, in Stanley. Delores went back to work part time for the North Dakota Extension after her children graduated high school. She enjoyed competing in rodeos and attending powwows.   Delores loved following her children and grandchildren's sporting events. One of her proudest moments was when her twin grandchildren, Neil and Nathaniel, were members of the team who won the North Dakota State Class "B" Boys Basketball Tournament Championship in 2007. She enjoyed watching her granddaughters play basketball and would cheer loudly for them. At the time of her passing, her TV was set to BEK Channel to watch her granddaughters play for the district championship. She continually stressed to her children and grandchildren the importance of education and was very proud of their accomplishments.  Delores' favorite pastimes included going to basketball and football games, attending rodeo events, watching the NFR and PBR on television, driving through Lucky Mound listening to country western music aka "Mr. Moon." Delores was a lifelong member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 300. Delores was very proud of her children's accomplishments in life, including their education, work, and families. She was a humble person, known as "Mama" to those who knew her, and loved by all.  Delores is survived by: her children, Susie Simpson, Cindy Packineau, Mervin  Packineau (Tina), Monte Packineau, and Patrick  Packineau (Rhonda), all of Parshall, and C.J. Packineau (Patsy), Gonzales, Texas; grandchildren, Donessa, Jodi and Wayne Simpson, Shaun Packineau, Neil (Marisa), Nathaniel, Shanaye, Kiara and Mahki Packineau, Nicole Packineau, KayCee, Cheyenne and Sheridyn Packineau, Betty, Cassie, Vincent, and Montessa Packineau; great-grandchildren, Isabella Packineau, Braxton and Pryar  Packineau, Nevaeh Packineau, Arianna, Icis Packineau, Juliet, Lamaya and Triston Rasmussen and Kenzi Bracklin; sisters, Kaye Driver (Delvin), New Town, Yvonne Gunderson (Mac), Rapid City, S.D.; brothers, James Foote (Junel), Charles Foote (Ernestine), both of Parshall, Delvin Foote (Joey), of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Virgina Foote; and many nieces and nephews; adopted children, Wanda (Fox) Mossett, Mark Fox and Susan "Arkie" Adolph.  Delores was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Adrian Foote Sr.; sisters, Inez Baker, Vera Bracklin and Shirley Myrick; and grandchildren, Jace, Dakota and Trevone.  Funeral: Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 10 a.m., in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall. Interment: Memorial Congregational Church Cemetery, Raub, N.D.

Elliot Don Windy Boy(Half Goes Home) "Idahcu Naa gua sh", 46, New Town, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in his home.  He was born June 4, 1967 in Minot to Peter and Maxine Windy Boy.  He married Blanca Escobedo on Nov. 16, 1985 in Ogden, Utah.  He entered the US Marine Corp on Nov. 26, 1985 and served until his honorable discharge on Nov. 24, 1989. He is survived by: his wife; sons, James and Samuel Windy Boy; daughter, Victoria Windy Boy; sister, Holly Windy Boy and 4 grandchildren.  Funeral: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, New Town

Alfred Rhineheart Bird Bear Obes (Owl Ghost) “Hehan wangi”, 70, New Town, North Dakota died Friday, February 14, 2014 in a Bismarck hospital.Alfred was born on May 9, 1943 in Aussi, Germany, the son of Thomas and Margarete (Hoffmeister) Obes.He was raised and educated in Aussi until he moved to Celle, Germany where he studied for thirteen years.In 1962 he entered the German Army serving as a tank commander.He then attended medical school at the University of Freiburg and Charite University in Berlin.Alfred worked as a special medical surgeon at Valeshut-Tiengun Hospital.He was known as the top surgeon in intensive care and sometimes operated alone.He also was an Anesthesiologist. On September 9, 1981 he married Iris Bird Bear in Flandreau, South Dakota.He then reenlisted in the German Army as a Major and in 1988 while serving in Frankfurt was given the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.Throughout his life, he lived in Germany; Pipestone, Minnesota; Minot, North Dakota and New Town.He was a very educated man who had a thirst for knowledge.He held a PhD in Reflexology and Aroma Therapy, Masters in Business Administration and studied Theology and the History of Medicine.He could speak thirteen languages.He was fluent in the Hidatsa language and helped create the written Hidatsa alphabet.He Sundanced for many years. Alfred was known by many people that he met throughout his life.He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in New Town.Alfred is survived by: his wife, Iris of New Town; siblings, Renate Obes, Sigrid Hoffmeister and Glennis Spier (Elden); nieces, Dr. Valerie Gailus and Meredith Spier; nephew, Dr. LeAnder Gailus; adopted sisters, Karen Simmons, Rhonda White Owl and Cheryl Grinnell (Calvin); adopted brothers, Leo Lockwood (Betty), Merle Lockwood, Darrell Lockwood (Rozell), Gordon Mandan, Valerian Mandan, Victor Mandan, Orville Mandan, Siderick Mandan, Ronnie White Owl, Wilson White Owl, Roger White Owl, David White Owl, Randy White Owl, Gorden Bird (JoAnn) and Carlin Rave.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Frauke Obes; adopted parents, Herbert and Bernice White Owl; and his Hoffmeister grandparents.   Funeral: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.  Burial will take place in the Bird Bear Obes Family Cemetery near Mandaree, North Dakota.

Jorgena Margery Olson, 89, Parshall, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at a Sioux Falls, SD care center.She was born in Plaza, ND on September 16, 1924 to Olaf J. and Harriett (White) Olson. She was raised in Parshall and graduated from Parshall High School in 1942.She attended Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Minot State Teachers College in 1946.She married Donald L. Olson on June 15, 1946 and farmed with her husband. They also owned and operated the Gambles Store and Gateway Cafe. She was a substitute teacher in Parshall until January of 1970, when she started teaching full-time until retiring in 1989. She returned to substitute teaching through 1999. Jorgena was a past treasurer for the Lutheran Ladies aid, president of Mountrail County homemakers, Sunday school teacher, Co-treasurer and Secretary for Mobile Meals and private tutor for several students.She enjoyed her cats, traveling, reading and keeping in touch with her former students until Alzheimer’s took her memory but not her smile.She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Parshall. Family: son Skip (Johan) Butte, MT; daughter Dona Reiffenberger & Tim of Sioux Falls, SD; grandsons Jaymes Olson of St. Paul, MN; Lukas Olson of Oshkosh, WI and Ryan Reiffenberger of Sioux Falls, SD.She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Donald. Funeral:Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall Interment:Parshall Cemetery, Parshall

DeloresMaeCarlson, 84, New Town, died Friday, February 7, 2014.Delores was born July 4, 1929 in Minot, the daughter of Oscar and Marcella (Effertz) Johnson.  She was raised on the family farm near Sawyer and attended country school.  She graduated from Sawyer High School in 1946.  She was married to Chester Hedahl and to this union her children Gorden, Jeffrey and Karen were born.  Following Chester’s death in 1956 she attended Minot Business College, where she graduated as the outstanding student in 1957.  She then worked at Gamble Robertson Wholesale Grocery and for Bruce Van Sickle as a legal secretary.On August 30, 1959 Delores was united in marriage to Donald Carlson at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.  They made their home in New Town adding John and Joan to their happy family.  Throughout the years, Delores worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses in New Town.  She also babysat, baked lefse and was active in her children’s activities at school and church.  She loved to keep busy, enjoyed baking and cooking and would volunteer her time to help whenever needed.  She also enjoyed sharing her delicious baked goodies with friends and family.  An active member of Bethel Lutheran Church, she served on the ladies circle and as treasurer of the church council.  She also served as the clerk of Osborne Township in Mountrail County for many years.  She was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer on her favorite team, the New York Yankees.  Most of all, Delores cherished spending time with her friends and family.  She is survived by: her husband, Don of New Town; children, Gorden Hedahl (Jean Loudon) of River Falls, Wisc., Karen Rohde (Brad) of Garrison, John Carlson of Hamilton, Mont. and Joan Weyrauch (Scott) of Glendale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Marc Hedahl (Abby), Melissa Kirkendall (Jeremy), Carrie Benson (Eric), Byron Hedahl (Dianne), Doug Rohde (Britt), Dena Rohde, Tyson Woods (Marissa), Donald Carlson, and Patrick Weyrauch; Nine great grandchildren; brother, Ken Johnson (Marcia) of Minot; sister, Kathlyn Kaye of Bismarck and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester Hedahl; son, Jeffrey and grandson, Kevin. FuneralFriday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town. Interment:  Silent City Cemetery, rural Keene.

Oswald William Schenfisch, 95, Makoti, died Saturday, January 18, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.Oswald “Ozzie” was born April 5, 1918, on the family farm at Makoti, to Edward and Therese (Janz) Schenfisch.He was the oldest of five children.He was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church at Makoti and attended Mountrail Township country school through the eighth grade.He then farmed for several years.Ozzie was drafted into the United States Air Force on October 26, 1942.He served during World War II in the European African Theater where he was stationed in Maine and New Hampshire before being transferred to Greenland, where he served until the end of the war.He worked on many types of aircrafts and trained with Lockheed Vega in Burbank, CA.During his service, he was awarded several medals and ribbons, including the Army Air Force Technical badge, and also qualified as a sharpshooter on the .30 rifle.After his honorable discharge, as a Sergeant, on February 16, 1946, Ozzie returned to Makoti and continued his life’s work as a farmer. He was a charter member of the Makoti Threshers Association and supported many other community events and activities.He was an active member of his church and served as the clerk of Mountrail Township in Mountrail County for over 30 years.   Ozzie enjoyed fishing and loved to take people out in his new boat; it was always more fun when the fish were biting!In 2008, due to failing health, Ozzie entered Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center and later moved to Trinity Homes, both in Minot.God bless the memory of Oswald Schenfisch.  Ozzie is survived by: his brothers, Wilmar (Mary Ann) and Orlan (Sharon), both of Makoti; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence; sister, Bernice Walsh; and nephew, Dennis Walsh.   Funeral:Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Makoti  Interment:St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Makoti.

Melvin Lockwood, 57, New Town, died January 13, 2014 in his daughter’s home in Acworth, Georgia.  Melvin was born December 28th 1956 in Stanley ND to Billy and Annie (Hunts Along) Lockwood. He attended Parshall High School where he excelled in football, basketball, and cross country. After graduation he moved to Bismarck ND to work at United Tribes Technical College and obtained a certificate in accounting from University of Mary. In 1979 Melvin enlisted in the US Air Force as an Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist. This experience resulted in his life long career with Northrop Grumman as a Manufacturing Engineer for 25 years. Melvin was a wonderful father to his three children, Toni Marie, Amanda Faye, and Justin James and papa to Jayden, Jason Jr. and Ashton. Any friend of Melvin would whole heartily agree that he sure loved playing blackjack, pool, shooting darts, 3 card poker, sports, jamming to music while cruising, and he loved to travel especially to go to concerts and shows, but his 1st love was karaoke he loved to sing by himself or with his good buddies. Melvin was a great listener for anyone in need, if you needed help he was always there doing his best to do whatever he could.  Melvin will be oh so greatly missed by all who were blessed enough to have met him.  Melvin is survived by his three children Toni Marie (Jassen) New Town ND, Amanda Faye (Drew) Acworth GA, and Justin (Jeanna) Minot ND, Three grandchildren Jayden, Jason Jr. and Ashton Three sisters Rena Drags Wolf, Jane Lockwood, and Charlene Lockwood, and one brother Lawrence (June) Lockwood, His special life-long companion Aggie Vondall and numerous nieces and nephews to mention.  Melvin was preceded in death by his Father Wilford (Billy) Lockwood Sr. Mother Annie Lockwood, Brothers Roger (Rooster) Lockwood, Vernon Lockwood, and Wilford Lockwood Jr. and sister Sarah Lockwood (Fox)Funeral:  Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town  Burial:  Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Williamson “Willie Boy” Bearstail, 57, Lewistown, Montana, formerly of Parshall, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in a Lewistown nursing home.  Williamson was born January 22, 1956 in Garrison to Charles Sr. and Benedictina (Mahto) Bearstail.He is the child of the Knife Clan and a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan. He was raised in Lucky Mound area near Parshall and attended Parshall schools, Flandreau Indian School and Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah where he met Sarah Deroche.They were blessed with two children.He was very active in boxing during his younger years, was a Golden Gloves champion, and still owns the record for the fastest knockout in the history of North Dakota.He lived in various locations throughout his life but spent most of his time at home on the Fort Berthold Reservation and in Portland, Oregon where he held various laborer jobs.He enjoyed spending time with his family and cherished the relationship he was able to establish, at the end of his life, with his son.The life Williamson chose was a tough one but the family knows God was with Willie Boy throughout his life. Williamson is survived by: his son, Curtis of Browning, Montana; brothers, Patrick (Fern) of Wisconsin and Charles Jr. of Parshall; sister, Beverly Cluever of Parshall; aunt, Leeda Meyers of New Town and several nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; 8-month old daughter, Rhonda; brothers, Virgil “Dusty” Wells, Carroll “Cowboy” Bearstail, William Bearstail and Marcus Bearstail; sisters, Naomi Joyce Benson, Jessie Bearstail-James, Marlis Deborah Bearstail and Joyce Bearstail-Hanway; uncles, Leslie Mahto and James Mahto; Aunties, Sarah Mahto and Lucille Newman; granddaughters, Anna Marie Benson and Amanda Jo Garcia; paternal grandparents, Bearstail and Owl Woman; and maternal grandparents, Jessie Whiteman and Mark Mahto. Funeral: Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall.  Burial: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall. 

Evonne Arlene Tvedt, 82, Minot, formerly of Plaza, died Friday, January 10, 2014, in a Minot hospital.Evonne was born on April 11, 1931 at Plaza, the daughter of Erling and Anna (Hanger) Weltikol.She was raised on the family farm where she attended country school and Plaza School.She graduated from Plaza High School in 1949. On June 28, 1949, Evonne was united in marriage to DuWayne Tvedt in Minot.They made their home on their family farm in Lund Township of Ward County until 1961, when they moved into Plaza.They spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona for several years and later moved into Minot and resided at the Somerset Court Assisted Living Facility.Evonne enjoyed cooking, baking, raising flowers and caring for her yard.She was an avid reader and always completed the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper.She loved traveling and going for drives through the countryside with DuWayne.Most of all, she cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and was always very close to her brothers and sisters.She was a member of Spring Valley Lutheran Church, rural Plaza and First Lutheran Church of Plaza.Blessed be her memory among us.   Evonne is survived by: her husband, DuWayne of Minot; daughters, Tammy Braaflat (Curt) of Plaza and Tracy Gutierrez (Martin) of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Minot, Esther Williams of Petersburg, Virg., Judith Bradley of Minot and Sheila Dawson (Keith) of Allegan, Mich.; brother, Larry Weltikol (Nana) of Flaxville, Mont.; grandchildren, Elliot (Tammie), Eric (Traci) and Lacy Braaflat; Alexandra Saltzman (Zachary) and Darrin and Aleta Poor Bear; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Duane Weltikol.Funeral: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Trinity Homes Chapel, Minot.  Interment: Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the East Plaza Cemetery

Melinda Jo White Body (Buffalo Blossum), 30, New Town, died Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014 in a Minot hospital.  She was born on March 30, 1983 in Stanley to Kathy Church and Elgin White Body. She is survived by her father of New Town; mother of New Town; son, Tyler White Body of New Town; brother, Johnathan Smith of New Town; sisters, Laura Sandoval of Albuquerque, NM, Linette Reed of New Town, Helen Reed of Bismarck, Jessica White Owl of New Town, Shannon White Body of New Town, Jenni White Owl of New Town, Caroline Sorenson of Bismarck, Francine Church of New Town, Georgianna Smith of New Town and Crystal Smith of New Town. Funeral: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10am New Town Civic Center    Burial: Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town

Margie A. Hunts Along, “Many Colors”, 90, Mandaree, died December 31, 2013 in a Bismarck hospital.Margie was born June 5, 1923 in Elbowoods, to Charley and Emma (Snow) Fredericks.She belonged to the Waterbuster clan and was a child of the Low Cap clan.Margie attended Elbowoods Catholic Mission boarding school.She later met and married Vincent Hunts Along Sr. and with this union they had six children.Margie and Vincent shared a life of ranching.She loved the outdoor life, gardening, and riding her favorite horse, Rusty.When time permitted, she enjoyed reading western stories; her favorite magazine was “The True West”.Margie is survived by her daughter, Emmarine Big Pond of Bristow, OK; sons, Dan and Wilbur Hunts Along, both of Mandaree; sisters, Mary Jane Yeahquo and Carol Ann Newman, both of Mandaree; brother, Elmer Fredericks of Mandaree and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.Margie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sons, Vincent Jr, Rhine Sr, and Mark Hunts Along; brothers, Luke, Emery, Pat and Jimmy Fredericks; and her sister, Adele Phelan. Funeral:Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Water Chief Hall, Mandaree. Burial:St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Mandaree

Gino Willie Begano, 40, of Makoti, North Dakota, formerly of Trinidad, Colorado, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Palermo, North Dakota.Gino was born October 2, 1973 in Raton, New Mexico, the son of Joan Pfalmer.He was raised in Trinidad, Colorado where he attended public schools and graduated from Trinidad High School.He furthered his education and attended Trinidad State Junior College, where he studied Gunsmithing.On August 1, 2008 Gino was united in marriage to Angela Lopez in Trinidad.They made their home in Walsenburg, Colorado until 2011 when they moved to Makoti.Gino was currently the owner of Anarchy Iron Welding and Fabricating and a subcontractor for Hunt Oil and Resource Drilling Company in the Bakken Oil Field.Gino was a talented self taught metal worker who enjoyed welding and blacksmithing.He loved spending time in the outdoors of North Dakota fishing on Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River and hunting during the fall.He also enjoyed motocross, gunsmithing, racing, four wheeling, snowmobiling, auto mechanics, watching movies and recently became a serious Xbox gamer. Most of all, Gino cherished spending time with his family.Blessed be his memory among us.Gino is survived by: the love of his life, Angela Raejean Begano of Makoti; children, Johnathan of Denver, Donovan and Aubrey of Makoti and Carissa, Adrianna and Jesse of Westminster, Colo.; mother, Joanie Pfalmer of Platteville, Colo.; grandfather, James Begano Sr. of Trinidad; mother & father-in-law, Mary Valenzuela (John Torres) of Trinidad;brother, Brian Begano (Shelly) of Grand Junction, Colo.;sister, Aimee Prigmore, (Nick) of Mead, Colo.;half-brother, Jake Begano of Pueblo, Colo.;brothers-in-law, Rick and Damien Lopez of Denver; uncles, Randy (Mary) and Frank Begano of Trinidad; aunt, Roseanna Scheffer of Alamosa, Colo.; nieces and nephews, Teanna and Ashlynn Begano, Tyler and Kylie Prigmore, Namiah, Ethan and Isaiah Lopez, andAirica, Jackson and Harleigh Begano; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and several very close friends.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bettyrose Begano and Ed and Shirley Pfalmer. Memorial Service: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Makoti Senior Citizens Center.There will also be a memorial service held at a later date in Trinidad, Colo.

Ernest Frank Weninger, 88, New Town, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in a Williston nursing home.Ernest was born May 3, 1925, on the family homestead, in Big Bend Township of Mountrail County, to Anton and Marie (Eckert) Weninger.He attended country school and assisted with the family farming and ranching operation.Ernest was united in marriage to Izetta Nafus on August 15, 1947.They made their home in Sanish where he operated a caterpillar on the river bottom for Lehman Construction until 1949.He also farmed with his dad until the mid 1950’s when he took over the family’s farm. In 1968, he started working at Rensch Chevrolet as a mechanic until starting Ernie’s Welding & Repair in 1971.He retired in 2003 but continued to live on his farm until January of 2013, when he entered Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston.   Ernie lived life to its fullest.He enjoyed fishing, hunting and flying his Aeronica Champ airplane.He loved spending time with his family and neighbors and taught several kids gun safety and how to ice skate during the winter months.He and Izetta attended many square dancing events and gatherings and he played the guitar throughout his life. He also was very talented at carving and creating beautiful lamps from diamond willow and Badlands cedar that he collected in the Little Missouri bottoms.   Ernie was a member of the National Rifle Association, Grand Valley Lutheran Church until it closed and Bethel Lutheran Church. He also served on the Big Bend Township Board for many years.   He is survived by: his wife, Izetta of Williston; sons, Steve (Debb) of Sentinel Butte and Clark of New Town; daughter, Holly Weninger (George Walker) of Cartwright; grandchildren, Michelle Knecht (Kim), Tawnya Bulger (Jeremy), Jodi Rubke, Tyler O’Connor and Erin O’Connor; Ten great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Gilstad and brother, Harold Weninger.  Funeral:Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.  Interment:Grand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural New Town. Memorials are preferred to the Bethel Lutheran Home Alzheimer’s Unit in Williston.

Darrell Jackson (Snowbird), 59, New Town, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in a Minot hospital.Darrell Duane Jackson was born January 12, 1954 to Raymond and Aletha (Parshall) Jackson in Stanley.  He is survived by: his son, Darrell Jackson, Jr.; daughter, Deidra Jackson; brothers, Royce Jackson, Jerome Dancing Bull, Gardner Jackson and Byron Jackson; sisters, Bonny Blake, Beatrice Fettig, Clarine DeGroot, Iris Jackson and Jackie Jackson; grandchildren, Camden Cummings, Jodee Whitman and Colston Whitman. Funeral:Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town   Burial:Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town.

Rosabell (Rosie) Van Eeckhout, 92, Fargo, died peacefully November 4, 2013, in the Respite Care Suite at Eventide Care Center in Moorhead, MN, under the care of her family, the Eventide staff, and Hospice of the Red River Valley.Rosie was the youngest child of one of the original homesteading families in Plaza Township of Mountrail County, North Dakota.   Rosabell Theodora Hendricks Van Eeckhout was born January 4, 1921, to August (Gust) Hendricks and Iverine Bangen Braaflat Hendricks on her parents homestead near Plaza, ND.She attended elementary and high school in Plaza, graduating from Plaza High School in 1938.After graduating she attended business college in Minot, ND.She returned home, working for the US Postal Service, while caring for her terminally ill mother.Her mother died in 1944.  She married Robert Louis (Bob) Van Eeckhout of Wabek, ND, on November 15, 1944, at Van Hook, ND.They farmed at Plaza and Rosie’s father lived with and was cared for by the couple and their children until his death in 1958. The family moved to Hamilton, Montana in 1951 and returned to the farm at Plaza in 1957.Rosie again worked for the Postal Service from 1959 to 1972 while the family continued to farm.   While her children were young, Rosie was a “room mother” for their grade school classrooms, served as a Brownie Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother, and spent a considerable amount of time fund raising for their schools through parent-teacher organizations.She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Plaza, and became a member of the Plaza Sacred Heart Catholic Church when her children were teenagers.She was a member of the lady’s aid groups of both churches. When she moved to Fargo, she became a member of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish. She held a life membership in the American Legion Auxiliary, North Dakota Unit 0119.  Rosie was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 1968 and Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972.They continued to live on the family farm until their failing health necessitated a move to a handicapped accessible home in Plaza in 1974.Rosie continued to take care of Bob until his deteriorating condition mandated a move to a Minot care facility in 1984. At the end of 1986, Bob and Rosie moved to Fargo, ND, to be nearer family.Bob resided at Moorhead Health Care until his death in 1988.Rosie lived with and was cared for by her family in her Fargo home until her death.The last month of her life, Hospice of the Red River Valley assisted the family with her care.She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Mary Van Eeckhout of Jamestown, ND; daughters Kathy and Irene Van Eeckhout of Fargo, ND; and grandsons Adam Van Eeckhout, New York, NY; and Alex Van Eeckhout of Fargo; brother-in-law Daryl Kramer of Minot and sister-in-law Della Van Eeckhout of Minot.She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as childhood friends Viola (Vi) Carrier of Fargo and Opal and Ozzie Westgard of Houston, Texas. Rosie was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Robert (Bob) Louis Van Eeckhout;her parents, Gust and Iverine Hendricks; her parents-in-law, Louis and Anna (Rutten) Van Eeckhout; her brothers, sisters, and in-laws Theodore Braaflat, Nels and Carrie Braaflat, Oscar and Dorothy Braaflat, Harold Hendricks, Amos Hendricks, Morris and Helen Hendricks, Helma and Ed Wheeling, Catherine and Norman Sherven, Felicia and Jim Legg, George Van Eeckhout, Marie and Arnold Jacobson, Charles (Bud) and Hope Van Eeckhout, Joe and Mary Van Eeckhout,Delores (Lorry) Kramer, and several nieces and nephews.    A Mass of Christian Burial: 1 pm on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass.Memorial Service and reception will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2 pm in the Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.Burial will follow at the North Plaza Cemetery.In lieu of floral tributes, please consider memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley of Fargo, the North Plaza Cemetery Maintenance Fund; the Plaza, ND Ambulance Fund; or the Plaza, ND Rural Fire Department.

Della Holt, 79, Parshall, was received by Jesus, Sunday, November 3, 2013 in a Garrison nursing home.Della was born June 1, 1934, the daughter of Leland and Ella Mae (O’Neil) Ruland, on a farm near Fordville.Della’s grandmother was a midwife and assisted with her birth.The family moved to Sanish, where Della was raised and educated.At a young age, Della helped her mom in the family restaurant, cleaning tables.She later worked as a telephone operator where her mother was also employed. Della married George “Carl” Holt on June 1, 1950 in Parshall; they were blessed with four children.Carl and Della farmed and raised dairy cattle in the Parshall area.Carl died in 1992.Della worked at the restaurant in Parshall for many years.She worked at the nursing home in Parshall for 14 years and later became a resident of the facility; she resided there for 11 years until it closed in 2011 and she moved to the nursing home in Garrison.  Della enjoyed knitting and had fond memories of baking bread, churning butter, gardening and canning her produce. She was proud of her Irish heritage.She loved being a mother and cherished spending time with her family and friends. Della was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and its Altar Society.Blessed be her memory among us.  Della is survived by her children, Mary Johnson (Jim) of Virden, MB, Helen Risan (Michael) of Bismarck, and Mark Holt (Cindy) of Parshall; grandchildren, Jamie Johnson (Tammy), Jason Johnson (Andrea), Jeremy Johnson and Janelle Oyugi (Isaac); Jessica Schill (Dan), Jennifer Risan and Jared Risan; Megan White Owl (Mike), Ryan Holt, and Misti Myhre, Robbie Myhre; Misti Wills (Mike), Eric Woitte (Misty), and Brittany Woitte (Trevor); 22 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Judy Myers.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son, Clayt. Funeral:Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall.  Interment:St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall.

Emerson Packineau (Holy Horse – iidzuwashga xabaash), 78, Parshall, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1935, to George and May Packineau, in Elbowoods. He entered the Marine Corps Jan. 29, 1958, and served until his discharge Jan. 27, 1961. He married Doris Fox on Nov. 10, 1997.Family: wife; daughters, Lynell Dinh, Renton, Wash., Jerine Lansing, Parshall; sisters, Alice Harwood, Aberdeen, S.D., Ramona Two Shields, Iva Gillies and Enola Pond, all Parshall, June Packineau, San Francisco; and several grandchildren. Funeral: Friday, 10 a.m., Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall. Burial: White Shield Congregational Cemetery.

H. Norman Siira, 81, New Town, died Monday, October 21, 2013 in a Minot hospital.Harold Norman Siira was born on August 16, 1932 at Belden, the son of Arnie and Elma (Lahtinen) Siira.He was raised at Van Hook where he attended school and graduated from Van Hook High School in 1950.He then attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.On June 11, 1953, he entered the US Army serving his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict.Following his honorable discharge on May 16, 1955, he attended the Dunwoody Baking School in Minneapolis.In 1959, Norman was united in marriage to Beverly Ann DeSchneau.They made their home in New Town where he owned and operated Lakeside Bakery.Following a fire in 1976, which destroyed the bakery, he moved to Jamestown and worked at the State Hospital as the chief baker.He also had a dog grooming business that he operated, with Bev, in New Town and Jamestown.When he retired in 1996, he returned to New Town.Following Bev’s death on January 21, 2001, he continued to make New Town his home.On May 2, 2003, Norman married Jean Lund.They made their home in New Town and spent their winters in Texas and Arizona.Norman loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.He went on several fishing trips to Alaska and Canada, and enjoyed cooking, socializing with friends and playing shuffleboard.He was an avid reader who enjoyed stories and books about history, a Minnesota Vikings fan and loved dogs.Norman was a quiet caring man who cherished spending time with his family.He was a 56 year member of the Beck Sherven American Legion Post 290 in New Town and the VFW.May God bless the memory of Harold Norman Siira. Norman is survived by: his wife, Jean Lund-Siira of New Town; sons, Tim Siira (Lori) of Killdeer and Dave Siira of New Town; step-son, Jay Snyder (Jacqui) of New Town; brothers, Roger of Loveland, CO, Dick (Robyn) of Anchorage, AK and Roy of Palmer, AK; sister, Shirley Mikel (Tom) of Fife, WA; 5 step grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; brothers, Henry and Ronnie; sister, Carmen DeSchneau and brother-in-law, Jim DeSchneau.Funeral: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town. Interment: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Memorials are preferred to the Beck Sherven American Legion, New Town Ambulance or Lakeside Community Living Center of New Town.

Pearl Eudora Wolding, 102, New Town, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Lakeside Community Living Center in New Town.Pearl was born September 5, 1911 in Tagus to Albert and Crystal (Johnson) Tommerdahl.The family homesteaded in the Sanish area in 1916.She attended country school and to further her education, lived with her grandparents, to attend high school where she played on the girls’ basketball team.She graduated from Parshall High School in 1929.Pearl attended Minot State Teachers College and received her teaching certificate and returned home and taught school in the Sanish area for five years.  She took a year off from teaching and was united in marriage on May 27, 1936 to Orvin Wolding at Van Hook.They made their home in the Sanish area where they farmed and Pearl returned to teaching for five more years.She then stayed at home to raise their family.She was a homemaker and helped with the farming operation where she drove trucks and combines.In all her years, she only missed one year of combining.She was a true country woman!Orvin died on November 11, 2000.  Pearl loved to dance, bowl and play cards.She belonged to the local Bridge, Homemakers and Birthday clubs.She played piano and used to sing with her sister-in-law at funerals.She played bridge with friends to her very last week.She also liked crossword and number puzzles.She had an excellent memory and knew birthdays for all her family, friends, and neighbors.  She was an excellent baker and indulged her family and friends with homemade caramel rolls, cookies, chocolate cake, fresh bread and buns.She once said it took her 80 years to make a decent loaf of bread!She canned produce from her garden, as well as, beef and chicken. She also enjoyed crocheting and every member of her family has a treasured afghan created by Pearl.She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Pearl served as the Big Bend Township clerk for more than 20 years; a position she passed on to her daughter-in-law.She was very active and healthy, lived at home and drove until she was 97.She moved to the Lakeside Community Living Center in 2009.Pearl was a member of Grand Valley Lutheran Church until it closed and later Bethel Lutheran Church, both of New Town.She taught Sunday school and was active in the ladies circle groups.May God bless the memory of Pearl Wolding.  Pearl is survived by her son, Mylo Wolding (Kristie) and daughter, Orlea Roggenbuck (Tom), both of New Town; grandchildren, Jodie Hall (Dan Rennich) of Bismarck, Patti Moe of New Town, Ryan Moe (Julie) of Williston; Suzette Schermer (Chris) of Edina, MN, Lyon Wolding of New Town, David Wolding (Roxie) of New Salem, and Cameron Wolding (Bridget Vannerson) of New Town; great-grandchildren, Shanell LaCroix and Durwin Dixon; Nevada, Dustin and Skyler Moe; Tennyson and Elliot Schermer; Tayt an Ty Wolding; Kailey Wolding and Jaxon Vannerson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two infant brothers; her sister, Gertrud Brownlee; and twin great-granddaughters, Ruby and Daisie Wolding.    Funeral:Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.  Interment:Grand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural New Town.

Eunice Marie Langhans, 79, Minot, died Monday, October 14, 2013 in Trinity Homes, Minot.Eunice was born February 9, 1934 at Newburg, the daughter of Rudolph and Laura (Tronson) Lee.She was raised in Newburg, then Simcoe and attended the first grade in a country school.She moved with her family to Glenburn and attended Glenburn Public School where she graduated from high school, as class salutatorian, in 1953.She then attended Minot Business College and started working as a bookkeeper at Culligan Softwater.  On May 15, 1954, Eunice was united in marriage to Vernon Langhans at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenburn.They made their home in Glenburn until 1958 when they moved into Minot.Throughout her life, Eunice was a stay at home mother and later worked at Christ Lutheran Church and Seiferts clothing store.In 1985, she started her career as a real estate agent at Ask Realty.She then began selling real estate for Brokers 12 and following the passage of her state Brokers exam became a partner.She retired in December of 2012.Eunice was an excellent cook and baker and always made delicious food, pies and cookies for holidays. She looked forward to family gatherings and never missed a birthday celebration. She raised beautiful flowers in her flower gardens and loved to exercise and go for walks.She cherished her children and grandchildren and always attended their sporting events, school programs and church activities. For several years, she volunteered at the Norsk Hostfest import shop.She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Minot Board of Realtors.Blessed be her memory among us.  Eunice is survived by: her husband, Vernon; children, Katherine Kluck (Glen), Pamela Linnertz (Daniel) and Paul Langhans (Justina), all of Minot; brother, Myles Lee of Glenburn; grandchildren, Rachel Gaddie (John) of Minot, Andrea Settel (Nick) of Minot; Colton Linnertz (Carrie) of Morrisville, NC, Ashley Droske (Alex) of Grafton; and Otto, Henry and Walter Langhans, all of Minot; great grandchildren, Graham and Penn Gaddie and Louise Droske; and her nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Fjeld and sister-in-law, Joyce Lee. Funeral: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.   Interment: Rosehill Memorial Cemetery, Minot

Samuel Ross White Owl, 23, New Town, died Friday, September 27, 2013 in New Town.Samuel was born on August 1, 1990 in Stanley, to Randy and Noreen (Davis) White Owl.He was raised in New Town and attended New Town Public School.He graduated from New Town High School in 2009.When Sam was young he liked to play with Legos; he would always work at them until he put them together.He then started building models of vintage cars.As he grew older his interests grew more towards vintage movies, hats or anything that had history.He taught himself to play electric guitar in high school; his favorite guitar was a Fender.One of his dreams was to play in New York in a band with his good friend, Jesse Fevold.Sam worked at the Four Bears Casino at the C-Store and the hot dog stand; he later worked at the General Store in New Town.He enjoyed the many trips he went on with his grandmother, mom and brothers to South Dakota to visit his uncle Brad and aunt Del and go to Mount Rushmore, the Cosmic Cave and the Reptile Gardens.He especially enjoyed going to the set where they made the movie, Dances with Wolves.Sam was a collector of pocket watches, shoes, Fedoras or anything vintage.His other interests were music, movies and television shows.Some of his favorites were Metallica, Evanescence, Johnny Cash, Lincoln, Resident Evil, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.During the Fourth of July he enjoyed bottle rocket fights and lighting fireworks with his family, he loved family gatherings!Some of his other interests were paint ball fights, playing video games with his brothers and watching television shows like Ghost Hunters and Pawn Stars.He loved animals, especially cats and dogs.His favorite cat was his black and white cat named Max, which he had for ten years and his favorite dog was a German shepherd which he recently acquired and named Tiberius.  Sam always had a smile on his face and made you feel like you were part of his family.He had a good sense of humor and always had a quick come back when he heard a good joke.He was loved by his family and many friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Blessed be his memory among us.Sam is survived by: his parents, Randy and Noreen White Owl of New Town; brothers, Randy White Owl Jr. (Melissa) of Minot and Robert White Owl of New Town; godparents, Rhonda Woods and Curtis Danks and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Herbert Sr. and Madeline (Vondall) White Owl and Delphine Good Bird and his uncle, Charles Davis.   Funeral: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.  Interment: Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town.

Etta Cecelia Dragswolf (Holy Owl Woman) "Swahuru` Tiwaruxti", 89, New Town, was called home by the Creator on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot, with her family by her side.  Cecelia was born on January 17, 1924 in the Beaver Creek community on the Fort Berthold Reservation to Edward Sr. and Mary (Howling Wolf) Lockwood.  She was raised and attended school in Beaver Creek, alongside her thirteen brothers and sisters.  Cecelia was an active member of the Church of God in New Town.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially during the Easter and Christmas holidays.  She was an accomplished homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and sewing; especially star quilts.  Cecelia was employed as a custodian at Fort Berthold Community College and New Town High School.  She also prepared senior citizen meals for the Fort Berthold Aging Services Program for several years.  She was a private person who enjoyed her home life; spending time in her garden when she could or tending her houseplants and tropical fish, as well as solving puzzles.  Cecelia will be greatly missed by her family and friends, especially during the holiday gatherings. Cecelia is survived by: her sister, Beulah Lockwood; children, Cheryl Grinnell (Calvin) of New Town, Darrel Lockwood (Rozelle) of Fort Thompson, SD, Leo Lockwood (Betty) of New Town and Merle Lockwood of New Town; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Hugh Dragswolf Sr.; sisters, Emma Jones, Belva Vallie, Viola Goodall, Hilda Smith, Geraldine Lockwood and Victoria Lockwood; brothers, Roy, Edward Jr., Joseph, Wilfred, Vernon and Leroy Sr.  Funeral: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:00am in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town. Interment: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Justin Cody Meyers (Walker), 37, of New Town, died Monday, September 23, 2013 in a Minot hospital.He was born February 22, 1976 in Williston to John E. Meyers and Myrna Bear.He is survived by: his fiancée, Rose Vallela of Minot; father, John of Rocky Boy, Mont.; mother and stepfather, Myrna Bear and Bill Jacobs of New Town; brothers, Nevada Blu Meyers of New Town, Cowboy and Steven Meyers of Rocky Boy and John Bear of Bismarck; sisters, Lacey Jacobs of New Town and Devonna Harris of Minot; grandmothers, Mona Bear of New Town and Loretta Entze of Twin Buttes; grandfather, John G. Meyers of Rocky Boy.Funeral: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11am Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town. Burial: Wayside Chapel Cemetery, rural New Town 

Nicholas Allan Grinnell, 33, of Mandaree, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in a Minneapolis hospital.Nicholas was born on December 3, 1979 in Stanley, the son of Byron Grinnell Sr. and Annette Lyons.His Indian name in Hidatsa was Blue Star “i hga naxi dohish” it was passed down from his grandfather, Benjamin Grinnell.He was a member and child of the Water buster Clan.His Indian name from the Omaha Tribe was White Horn “hay sa mani” and he was a child of the Deer Clan.This Indian name was given to him by his great grandfather, Kermit Lyons. Nicholas was raised in New Town by his paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Philomena Grinnell and his aunts, Bernadine and Madeline Grinnell.He attended New Town Public Schools and received his GED from Fort Berthold Community College.He was active in sports including wrestling and football.He was also very skilled in taekwondo where he was a national champion in sparing and form.He attended the national tournament three times.He later lived with his Uncle James in South Dakota where he did warehouse work. He also did trading throughout the Midwest, participated in ceremonies and enjoyed hunting. Throughout his life, he was well known throughout Indian country for his ceremonial prayer and walk of life.He always stressed to his family to stay close together and always made sure he was there for his own family.Blue Star looked to our father for advice on the outdoors and hunting; they had long visits about hunting guns.He was a giving man, a trait he learned from his father.He was charismatic and people were drawn to him because of his vibrant personality.He also had a joke for everyone he met and always had a smile on his face.Blue Star had many accomplishments during his life. He made many War bonnets for many families, President Clinton, dignitaries of North Dakota, museums and war veterans. He obtained this right through transferring it traditionally from the late Fred Gunn Sr.He helped build the Ohiya Casino hotel, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Historical Earth Lodges and the Kearney, NE Museum Earth Lodges for the Platte River Historical Society.He participated in the Eagle Sundance in Mandaree and was known as the Blanket Man.He was also very proud to travel with the White Lodge and Elk Soldier singers and their families.He will be missed by his family and friends but never forgotten.Blessed be his memory among us.  Blue Star is survived by: his fiancé, Donnelle LaPointe of Mandaree; father, Byron Sr. (Leigh), of Parshall; mother, of Omaha, NE; sons, Red Eagle Arrow Grinnell of Mandaree; daughter, Zaysha Grinnell of New Town; adopted sons, Dedric LaPointe of Mandaree and Austin Saunsoci of Winnebago, NE; adopted daughters, Jamie Saunsoci, DeAndra LaPointe and LaDawna LaPointe, all of Mandaree; brother, Byron Grinnell Jr (Crystal) of Mandaree; sisters, Camilla Malchoff (Dave) of Anchorage, AK and Jessica Grinnell (Dennis Howling Wolf Jr.) of Twin Buttes; half brothers, Lloyd Garihan of Greeley, CO, Doyle Lyons of Rochester, MN and Brandon Grinnell of New Town; half sisters, Brittany and Tiffaney Garihan, both of Greeley, CO, Amy Schoville of Blair, NE and Sabrina Grinnell of New Town; paternal grandmother, Philomena Grinnell of New Town; maternal grandmother, Grace Lyons of Macy, NE; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Benjamin Grinnell and maternal grandfather, Matthew Lyons Sr  Funeral: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall.   Burial: Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, rural Parshall.

Reginald Allen Charging, “Mahbe Zahgidz” (Good Day), 72, of Phoenix, Arizona departed this life and entered the spirit world on Monday, September 16, 2013 in the Constant Care Assisted Living center where he briefly resided due to ill health. Reggie was born on April 7, 1941 in Elbowoods, to Ernest Earl Charging and Jenny (Smith) Hunts Along.He grew up in Independence around his grandparents, Francis and Carrie Charging, along with his many Charging cousins.They all spent their time helping with the ranch work.Under their fathers guidance, Reggie and his brothers were skilled at breaking horses. He was a true cowboy at heart.In their spare time, they would meet up with Ben and Helen Good Bird’s boys and play baseball.During his elementary and middle school years he attended Wahpeton Indian Boarding School but he returned to Mandaree where he graduated from high school.He was very active in sports and excelled in football, track, and basketball.With his friends and teammates he won many school trophies.Reggie left Fort Berthold Reservation in 1959 and relocated to Fargo and attended a vocational school. Reggie then proudly made the decision to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Minneapolis on November 9, 1961.He completed basic training at Camp Pendleton, CA and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he served until his honorable discharge on July 8, 1966.He was very proud of his military service, but most of all, he was proud to be a United States Marine, Semper Fidelis! Reggie then moved to Los Angeles where he earned a Certificate in Engineering and met and married Phyllis Kay Dragswolf, to this union four children were born.They later divorced and he moved to various cities throughout the western United States.It was during this time he met Barbara Ann Smith.They were married on April 12, 1995 at the We’ve Only Just Begun Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.They made their home in Fort McDowell, AZ and Reggie was readily accepted into his new ready made family and was gainfully employed and supported his family.In June 2007 Reggie and Barbara began a new chapter in their life, it was at this time his step daughter Allyson tragically passed away and they became the sole caretakers of two of her children.He became their grandfather, assisting Barbara in their raising, and quickly grew close to them.Barbara then began having health issues and Reggie became the sole caretaker of the family.He had to quit his job to take care of his wife who was the love of his life.Following Barbara’s death in May of 2009 he moved to Phoenix, where he lived alone, but developed a close relationship with his granddaughter, Morning Rai Charging.She was the light of his life and he would visit her as often as possible and he especially enjoyed attending Grandparent’s Day at her school. Reggie was a private man but began having health issues related to his military service.It was during this time that he began to reach out to his family, mainly to his “little sister” Gloria Jean Charging-Fastdog through letters and phone calls.She was finally able to visit him two times in Phoenix.They picked up right where they left off as children.It was a joyousreunion and Reggie quickly began giving his little siter orders, tasks, and responsibilities .Reggie must have been a very mighty, strong, and brave individual to be able to “Boss” around Jean and have her obey his requests!It is common knowledge through out the family that Jean is the “Boss” and we do as we are told without question.What a brave man he was, to be able to order around our “Lil Boss Lady Jean ”.What a joyous day it will be when we meet again.Until then we know you have a huge smile on your face as you are welcomed home by many family and friends that have passed on before you.May his memory be forever blessed. Reggie is survived by his Sons ~ Reginald of Minot, Emanuel of Grand Forks and Mark of Florence of Arizona; Brother ~ Harvey Lee of Wyoming, Several Grandchildren; Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Extended Family.Reggie was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; wife, Barbara; son, Louis Kenneth; sister, Phyllis Ann; and brother, Jerry Francis. Funeral: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Water Chief Hall, Mandaree. Burial: Independence Cemetery, rural mandaree

Perpetua “Pat” Grinnell Fox (Pumpkin "Ga Gu Wish") was born on April 19, 1933 in Elbowoods, the daughter of George Jr. and Maggie (Old Dog) Grinnell. She went home on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Trinity Hospital in Minot.She was a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan and a child of the Dripping Dirt Clan. She lived the majority of her life on Fort Berthold and left for a short period of time to live and work and Chicago with Sisters Rita and Regina. She attended school at Elbowoods until the eighth grade leaving school to help on the Grinnell home place. She was an accomplished horsewoman who could expertly ride, rope and shoot. She loved and respected horses and saw them as her equal. She also had great respect for any other animals great and small and had a bobcat, an owl and antelope as pets. Throughout her life time she always sought to have a dog or cat in her home. Pat was once married to Vincent "Dutch" Fox for 13 years from this union they had four children; Vincent Jerome, Carol Kay, Kelly James, and Peter Don Fox.   Pat enjoyed visiting with family and friends and cooking for them. She also enjoyed playing bingo and "500" with her Sister Regina and traveling to Parshall and Minot to be with Sister Josephine and her family. She was proud of her nieces and nephews and grand children’s accomplishments no matter how small or great.   Pat lived her life with sheer determination based on the values and teachings she obtained from her childhood at Elbowoods.She lived her life the best way she knew with courage, humility, generosity and humor.She had many friends over the years and cherished her times with them.  Pat is survived by her sister Joy, Minot ND and son Kelly (Tanya) Fox Minot, ND. HerGrand Children Joey Don Fox of Virginia, Kristin Joan Fox, Bismarck, Michael Fox of Hazen, ND,Carol Fox, Grafton, ND and Kelly Nels Fox , Minot ND and several  great grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her Father George; mother Maggie; brother Richard; Sisters, Cecilia, Inez, Rita and Regina; half brothers Benjamin and George Jr.; children Jerome Carol and Peter   Funeral:Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in New Town Civic Center, New Town  Interment:St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall

Doris Evelyn Ruud, 85, of Parshall, died Thursday, September 5, 2013 in a Minot nursing home.Doris was born on July 4, 1928 on the family farm in Big Bend Township of Mountrail County, the daughter of Rudolph and Cora (Jacobsen) Ostlund.She was raised on the family farm and attended school at Sanish where she graduated from high school in 1946.She then worked at Van Hook where she met George Ruud.They were united in marriage on June 30, 1947 in Sidney, Montana.They made their home on the Ruud homestead, north of Parshall, where they farmed and raised their family.In 1989 they moved into Parshall.Following George’s death on December 19, 2000, Doris continued to live in Parshall.In October of 2012 she moved to Minot to live at the Brentmoor Assisted Living Community.   Doris loved her family very much.She enjoyed being a farmwife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.She took great pride in raising and caring for her family and was very close to her siblings.She especially cherished spending time with her grandchildren and followed their activities very closely.In her spare time she was an avid birdwatcher, always planted and cared for her flowers and was a baseball fan, especially the Minnesota Twins.She enjoyed traveling with friends, dancing and playing cards.Every year she looked forward to spending the Fourth of July at their lake cabin to celebrate her birthday with family and friends.She also enjoyed knitting and embroidery, creating special gifts for each grandchild.Throughout her life, Doris had a great love for animals.She loved seeing the newborn calves in the spring and the horses running in the pastures.She welcomed any stray dog or cat that showed up on the farm or at her house in town and especially missed having her cat with her, while living at Brentmoor and Trinity Homes.Doris and George were both very active in the community and served on several committees and boards together.She was a member of First Lutheran Church where she served on the wedding and funeral committees and the American Legion Auxiliary serving as secretary treasurer and president for many years.She also was a charter member of the Paul Broste Rock Museum board, a member of the Parshall Senior Citizens and Homemakers and supported the Souris Valley Humane Society for many years. May God bless her memory among us. Doris is survived by: her children, Marcia Lerberg (Alan) of Bismarck, Richard Ruud (JoAnn) of Parshall, Steven Ruud (Karen) of Parshall, Dianne Matzke (Marlyn) of Minot, Kenneth Ruud (Linda) of Parshall, Roger Hovda (Diane) of Parshall and Marlene Hovda of Minot; grandchildren, Matthew Lerberg (Tracy Clough), Justin Lerberg (Rachel Shirik), Marc Lerberg (Bonnie), Angela Berg (Mark Scanson), Nathan Ruud (Darlene), Chelsey Ruud, Jeffrey Ruud (Carmen), James Ruud (Angie), Kevin Ruud (Lisa), TJ Matzke, Ian Matzke, Joy Ruud, Jason Ruud, Raquel Hove (Alan Hayes), Lynn Hove (Anissa), Brandon Hovda, Denise Hovda and David Hovda; 22 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol Raymond of Alta Loma, CA, Peggy Ostlund of Billings, MT and Marlis Ostlund of Salem, OR and several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 53 years, George; brothers, Vern, Raymond and Leslie Ostlund; sisters, Irene Loewen and Gladys Merrill and great grandson, Weston Hove.Funeral: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall.   Interment: Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot

Quentin Leroy Brady, Jr. (“Midi Xoba-sh” Holy Water), died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in his home.   Quentin “Junior” was born January 3, 1977, to Quentin Sr. and LaVerne (Charging) Brady in Watford City.He resided in the Shell Creek area until the time of his death.   Quentin attended United Tribes Technical College where he took courses in art and art marketing.He returned to Fort Berthold Community College and obtained a certificate in Graphic Arts.He was employed at Four Bears Casino and Lodge and most recently at Northrop Grumman.  Junior had a humorous personality and could make you laugh with his quick wit.He was a friend to everyone he met and he loved spending time with his family and friends.   Junior’s hobbies were drawing, computer graphics, and anime art work.He enjoyed watching the NFL, especially Pittsburgh Steelers games.Throughout his life, he was a traditional dancer, attended powwows and sang with various drum groups.  Family:  Junior leaves behind his sisters, Crystal and Carey; niece, Mercedez Stangland (Richard); grandchildren whom he loved very much, Alexis Rayne and Dakota Scott; grandmother, Arline Charging; aunts, Rezilda Wells, Marcia White Eagle, Veronica Serdahl, Gloria Fastdog and LaVetta Fox; uncle, Bryan Brady and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and extended grandchildren.  Quentin Jr. was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Martha Charging and Rodney Bell, Sr., Susie Charging and Julia White Eagle and paternal grandparents, Carrie (Driver) Brady and Glenn Brady, Sr.   Funeral:Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town  Interment:Brady Family Cemetery, Shell Creek, rural New Town

Francis “Frank” DeCoteau, 19, Bismarck, died Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Bismarck.   Francis Donald Walter DeCoteau was born September 10, 1993 in Bismarck to Dana DeCoteau and Nicole Bay Balzer.  His early years were spent being raised on a horse farm west of Mandan with his brothers and sisters.  He later joined Job Corps and then relocated back to Bismarck where he continued his love for farming and animals by working as a ranch hand.   Frank liked spending time with his family and extended family.  He cherished time he spent with his new love, his newborn daughter, Lilly Marie Arleen DeCoteau. He loved to help anyone who needed him, regardless if it was helping his Uncle Al and Aunt Jane with their yard work and chores, to visit a sick loved one in the hospital or to babysit for his niece.Recently he spent much time running back and forth to the hospital for feedings of his premature daughter in the NICU.He enjoyed fishing or playing games with his brother, Jesse and cousin, Kenny and loved to relax with a good cartoon.Frank’s energy was endless.Frank was always a true gentleman, the first to open the door for someone, walking people to their car and carrying things for them.  He was never hesitant to express his affection for the people he loved by a hug or by telling them he loved them and of course his love showed in many other ways, by the way he smiled, by the way he laughed and the way he loved to joke with the people that he cared about. Family:  He is survived by his daughter, Lilly Marie Arleen DeCoteau of Bismarck; father, Dana DeCoteau (Rose) of Bismarck; brothers, Jesse DeCoteau of Bismarck and Cole Trauger and Paul-Jeffrey Trauger, both of Mandan; sisters, Delah Galusha of Bismarck, Candace Kohl of Sisseton, SD, Casey DeCoteau of Parshall, Jasmine Trauger and Tawnie Trauger, both of Mandan; maternal grandparents, Karen and Steve Balzer of Parshall; many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother and paternal grandparents, Beverly Martel and Walter DeCoteau.   Funeral:  Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town. Burial:  Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Scott Eagle, (“Mira-ga-wi-ga” Oak Tree), 49, New Town, died August 2, 2013 in New Town.Scott Eagle, (Oak Tree), was born to Lenard “Jute” and Carmen (Charging) Eagle on July 18, 1964 in Minot.  He was a member of the Dripping Dirt Clan and member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.  His God Parents are Matthew “Screech” Mason and the late Grace Henry. There were 7 children born to the union of his parents; Lenny, Ronnie, Thomas, Terry, Lori, Scott and Cletus. Scott grew up in a large family and assumed responsibility on the family farm at a young age.  Scott was truly in touch with his love for Mother Earth.  He often talked about his love for the land, and the deep fulfillment he would get from working and harvesting crops on his farm. He married Kandace Robbins on November 14, 1992.  Scott and Kandace raised their 5 children and their grandson Taysean, here in New Town, which gave him a vested interest in the School, Community and the surrounding area, because it was their home. Scott loved his family very much and many of the events that surrounded his life were built around his own families’ participation.  Scott had a very strong belief in empowering the youth and the future role they will play in the leadership of our Tribes and communities. Scott believed in the importance of the elders and always took the time to individually check on various elders throughout the communities. Whenever someone was in need Scott was there to do whatever he could to help and would never turn his back on anyone. In direct reflection of the true heroism and selflessness he exuded, Scott rescued a man from drowning in Spirit Lake, as well as rescuing a little girl who had floated away from the Four Bears Recreation area.  These are just a few of the acts of heroism that Scott did in his lifetime. Scott loved to travel with his family and enjoyed planning family events that included close friends as well as extended family. He loved attending concerts with his family and loved music from various genres. Scott had many accomplishments in his young life and had been elected to serve on many boards and organizations. Scott proved to be an outstanding official of the Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council as the Representative for the North Segment of the Fort Berthold Reservation, elected by the people, from 2008-2012. His commitment to his community is reflected with involvement in membership to Boards, Organizations and Individual Accomplishments listed below to numerous to list. “Many people can hold positions, in which they are paid to do a job, but few have the endurance and aspiration to go above and beyond those duties to fulfill the needs of their people as Oak Tree has done.” If you could define Scott Eagle, he would be best described by Roget Thesaurus as Humanitarian:  caring (adj) kind, gentle compassionate, kindly, civilized and charitable.  Within this definition it should also list a person’s claim to ownership in the local communities’ story which Scott lived. Scott will be missed by his loving family and by all who knew & loved him. Family: Scott is survived by his wife, Kandace Eagle, of New Town; Children, Kacey La Rae, of Mandan, Katrina Lynn, Christy Jo, and Demi Ra’chelle, all of New Town; and Grandson, Taysean Allen Moran, of Mandan.  He was welcomed in Heaven by his beloved son Kalcie Leroy; Parents, Lenard & Carmen “Dottie” Eagle; Brother, Lenny Eagle; and Sister, Lori Ann Eagle. Funeral:  Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. in New Town Civic Center, New Town Interment:  Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, rural White Shield

Lee “Casey” Fox, Jr. (Stays in the Clouds “up bah xee huk goosh”), 63, Parshall, passed into the Spirit world peacefully at home on Friday, August 2, 2013.Lee “Casey” Fox, Jr. was born October 23, 1949 in Elbowoods to Lee Sr. and Elizabeth Marie (Smith) Fox.He was raised and attended school on the Fort Berthold Reservation and also in Bera, KY.He is a proud member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan.He enlisted in the US Army in 1970 and served 6 years.He was fluent in his native language and Hidatsa ways.In his early years, he enjoyed singing and powwowing throughout the United States.Casey was a very humble and private man.He requested that those who knew him and his life remember the best memories and cherish them.Family:Casey is survived by his wife, Elaine Yellow Bird-Fox of Parshall; daughter, Jodell Treetop (Kurt Green Deer) of Baraboo, WI; step-children, Joseph Pedro (Stephanie) and Dean Pedro, both of Fargo and Tadd Pedro (Maria) of Parshall; his most precious granddaughters, Arianna, Malena and Ava Esquibel of Parshall and Madeline Green Deer of Baraboo, WI; brothers, Darrell Fox of Underwood, Will Fox (Shawn Elan) of Mobridge, SD, and Palmer Fox of Parshall; sisters, Amanda Lee Fox-Winstead (Don) of Louisville, KY, Betty Murphy (John) of Denver, CO, Sharon Grey (Andrew) of Waubay, SD, Jacqueline Many Bears (Joe) of Bismarck and Lovetta Fox (Don Hill) of New Town; special sisters, Doris Packineau of Parshall and Rezilda Wells of New Town.Funeral:Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Johnny Bird Memorial Hall, New TownInterment:Fox-Brady Family Cemetery, rural New Town

Flora Jean Smith, 48, formerly of New Town, passed away Monday July 29, 2013 in Sturgis, SD following a lengthy battle against cancer. She was surrounded by family as she passed from this life.Flora was born October 5, 1964, in Stanley to Dennis Ellingson and Betty Smith.She was raised and educated in New Town.She lived in South Dakota, and Washington, but returned to New Town in 2000.While in New Town, Flora worked as a cashier for 4 Bears Casino.Recently, Flora moved to Sturgis, SD to be closer to her family.Flora enjoyed fishing, camping and playing on Facebook. She cherished time spent with her family and her loyal dog, Diamond Bell and could often be found listening to music on her iPod. Family: Flora is survived by her daughter, Heather Engle (fiancé Christian Taylor); granddaughters, Jean, Destiny, Trinity and Temperance, all of Rapid City, SD; mother, Betty Peterson and grandmother, Mary Elk, both of New Town; brothers, Robert Huwe and Kirk Huwe (Roberta), both of Rapid City; sisters, Lynn Huwe of Las Vegas, Charlene Klemish (Michael) of Gladstone, MO and Bobbi Jo Peterson of Rapid City; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber and soul mate, Ronald Stout. Funeral:Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. in New Town Civic Center, New TownBurial:Sanish Riverview Cemetery, rural New Town

Inez Luella Folden, 92, of New Town and Parshall, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 in a Minot hospital.Inez was born on May 11, 1921 to Sigvart and Mamie Rakstad on a farm near Kempton, ND. The family moved to Palermo when Inez was 8 years old.She completed her education in Palermo and graduated from high school in 1939.She worked for a while at Trinity Hospital and later attended beauty school in Bismarck.She then worked at Ellison’s Beauty Salon in Minot until her marriage to Rudolph Folden on June 12, 1946.They lived and farmed near Raub where they raised their five children.They spent several winters in Zapata, Texas where Inez enjoyed crafting with the many friends she met.In 1977, Rudy and Inez moved from the farm into a home in Parshall.In 2009 Rudy and Inez moved into Lakeside Community Living Center in New Town where Inez continued to live following Rudy’s death on March 1, 2010.Inez enjoyed baking, crocheting, golfing, playing cards with friends, traveling and spending time with her family.She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parshall.Family: Inez is survived by: her daughters, Colleen Kilber (Ron) of Parshall, Bonnie Porter (Keith) of Cottage Grove, MN and Judy Folden of Moorhead, MN; grandchildren, Kari Kjersti, Peder Kilber, Mark Folden (Trisha), Anna Blitz (Brad), Jason Kilber (Lacie Christensen), Kent Folden (Kirsten), Zach Johnson (Jessie), Kevin Porter (Aundrea), Holly Bell (Cedrick) and Lisa Appiah (Isaac);18 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rudy; son, Ron; daughter, Karen Bohmer; brothers, Mac, Odin, Norin, Robert and sisters, Anna Clark, Margaret Martens, Harriet Nelson, Marrian Pusc.Memorial Service: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall.Interment: Lucky Mound Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Parshall.

Bud Roseno, 86, Parshall, formerly of Plaza, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in his home. He was born March 5, 1927, to August and Maggie (Spitzer) Roseno, at Epworth.He loved the farm life and was a hard worker who worked for several different farmers in the area. He was handy at fixing machinery and engines and later in life mowed yards.Bud lived in Plaza for many years before moving to Parshall.He was a private person who enjoyed the simple things in life.May God bless the memory of Bud Roseno. Survivors: nieces and nephews. Funeral: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11 a.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall. Burial: Parshall Cemetery

Patrick David Wilkie, 26, Minot, ND, formerly of Whpeton, ND passed away on June 21, 2013 in an accident near Stanley, ND.Patrick David Wilkie was born on March 22, 1987 in Breckenridge, MN to Shavonne (Sand) and David W. Wilkie.He was a member of the Mandan, Arikara, and Hidatsa Nation and also descended from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (Bear Clan) and of Norwegian heritage.His Indian name is “White Horse” which was given to him by Gilson Mandan.He was a member of the Chicken Clan. He grew up in Wahpeton and attended St. John’s School and Wahpeton Public Schools; graduating from WHS in May 2005.He also attended Northland Technical College in East Grand Forks.Over the years, he was employed at Godfather’s Pizza, Stern Sports Arena, Dean’s Landscaping, and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton; as well as Menard’s at the Grand Forks and Minot locations.At the time of his death, he was employed at Triangle Electric in Minot as an Apprentice Electrician.He was a proud member of the Local 714 IBEW. Patrick was baptized, received his First Holy Communion, and was confirmed at St. John’s Church, Wahpeton.Patrick also served as an altar boy during his St. John’s school years.Patrick had many interests including hockey, skateboarding, snowboarding, weightlifting, jamming with various band mates over the years, and just hanging out with his family and friends.Family: Patrick will be missed by his parents; sister, Chanda Rush, Wahpeton; brothers, Corey Wilkie and William F. (Vanessa) Wilkie, Sisseton; Robert Rush, Wahpeton; Jared (Tracy) McBride, Sioux Falls; grandparents, Delores Sand, New Town; Sheila and Dennis Specht, Center;aunts and uncles, Patrick R. and Leann Wilkie, Minot; Georgianna and Ed Schonert, Buxton; William J. Wilkie, Flandreau; Troy Wilkie, Wahpeton; Suzanne Wilkie and Leora Wilkie, Bismarck; Todd Wilkie, Greeley; Lionel Sand, Sina Sand, and Tanya and Delvin Driver, Jr., New Town; Karla Sand and Wade Uran, Casper; Nancy Geesey, Hankinson; his girlfriend, Molly Jurenka, Minot, and a very special niece, Nina Wilkie; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends.And let’s not forget his dog, Sid Vicious (who really isn’t very vicious at all), Wahpeton.Welcoming him into eternal life are his maternal grandfather, Melvin Sand; paternal grandfather, Patrick Wilkie; paternal grandmother, Stella Wilkie; uncle, Shawn Sand; nephew, Jaron McBride; maternal great-grandparents, Martha and Carl Sand; Ruby and George Parshall; paternal great-grandparents, Georgianna Wilkie and Joseph N. Wilkie; Jennie and Dutch Poitra and Francis LaForte; and many, many relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial:Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Wahpeton.Memorial Mass:Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in New Town.Interment: New Town Cemetery.

Molfrid RitzkeHe snowboarded in Montana and Colorado and recently traveled to Norway, land of his maternal great-grandparents, as well as France and the Czech Republic. He was beloved by all in his family but was especially adored by all of the children in his and everyone else’s families! , 96, Oak Grove, MO, formerly of Parshall, died Friday, June 21, 2013 in a Blue Springs, MO hospital.  Molfrid Kristine Sand was born May 12, 1917 on the family farm near Van Hook, ND to Carl and Martha (Vestrheim) Sand.She was raised and educated in the Van Hook area and graduated from Van Hook High School in 1935.As a young lady, she worked at the local grocery store and as a housekeeper for a local minister.On June 29, 1939, Molfrid was united in marriage to the love of her life, Frank Ritzke, at Van Hook.They purchased a farm south of Van Hook and made it their home; she helped Frank with the daily farming activities. In the 1950’s, they had to leave their farmstead because of the Garrison Diversion and moved to Parshall.Molfrid became a homemaker and full-time mother to their daughter.Molfrid was an amazing and compassionate woman; Frank was a gentleman and she a lady.She was selfless and put the needs of others before her own; always gracious, she never complained.In 2009, Molfrid moved to Oak Grove, Missouri to live with her daughter.Molfrid loved to bake and was known for her cookies and lefse. She had a passion for gardening and tending her flowers.She enjoyed playing cards which she continued to the very end.God bless the memory of Molfrid Kristine Ritzke. Family: Molfrid is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Jerry Hoy of Oak Grove, MO; grandson, Robert Hoy of Albuquerque, NM; great-granddaughter, Amber Hoy of Albuquerque, NM; sister, Helen Schroeder of Denver, CO; sisters-in-law, Helen Sand of Everett, WA and Delores Sand of New Town; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Lawrence Sand and Melvin Sand; and sisters, Alice Ogren, Signe Lesmeister, Margaret Sand and Gudrun Skalicky.  Funeral:Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall.  Interment:Van Hook Catholic Cemetery, New Town.  Memorials are preferred (in North Dakota) to St. Bridget Catholic Church, the Parshall Ambulance, (in Missouri)to CrossRoads Hospice of Kansas City, MO, Sni Valley Fire District or to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Marvin Olson, 89, of Plaza, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Minot.Marvin Odell Olson was born on August 2, 1923 on the family near Plaza, the son of Ray and Sophie (Hanson) Olson.He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, Plaza.He attended Plaza schools and graduated from Plaza High School in 1942.On April 3, 1948 Marvin was united in marriage to Violet Wheeling in Minot.They made their home on the family farm where they farmed and raised their family.In 1997 they moved into Plaza.Marvin served as the clerk of Spring Coulee Township and was on the board of directors of the Plaza Equity Elevator for many years.He also served on the building committee of First Lutheran Church and was honored to be given the Fort Berthold Soil Conservation District Award in 1990.He enjoyed spending time with his family, the annual fishing trips to Canada and traveling.He was the caretaker of the North Plaza Cemetery alongside his grandson, collected John Deere toy farm machinery and every spring anxiously awaited the arrival of the first crocus.Most of all, Marvin loved farming and was a farmer his entire life.Blessed be his memory among us. Family: Marvin is survived by: his loving wife of 65 years, Violet of Plaza; son, Wayne (Barb) of Plaza; daughters, Shirley Petz (Greg) of Minot, Sharon Frye (Dick) of Great Falls, Mont., and Bonnie Fyllesvold (Dick Rensch) of Minot; grandchildren, Michael Petz (Beth), Kevin Petz (Tammy), Kristin Batko (Jason), Michele Murray (Mike), Rick Frye (Megan), Sarah Gingrich (Dustin), Jodi Hanson (Lars), Roger Fyllesvold (Kelli Moe), Randy Fyllesvold (Kharra), Scott Fischer (Nichole), Julie Mosser (Brian) and Eric Olson; twenty five great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sister, Marion Slind of Minot; sister-in-law, Mae Mueller of Plaza; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Vern, Lloyd and Roy; sisters, Agnes Glaholt and Jennet Edwards; sisters-in-law, Crystal Olson and Ellen Olson; brothers-in-law, Gordon Slind, Norman Glaholt and Harvey Edwards; and son-in-law, Jerald Fyllesvold.Funeral: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza. Interment: East Plaza Cemetery

Susan Lee Crows Breast ("Magoo" Grandmother), 48, Parshall, died Saturday, June 9, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Susie was born September 1, 1964 in Stanley to Elgin Sr. and Ramona (Hopkins) Crows Breast.  She belonged to the Waterbuster Clan and was considered a Waterbuster Child.Susie attended schools in Parshall and obtained her GED from Clearfield Job Corps Center in Clearfield, UT.She then returned to Parshall.In October of 1999, she met her companion Daniel Taylor; they purchased a house and made their home in Parshall.Together they traveled to many places including Nebraska and Minnesota.Daniel died on September 1, 2010, with Susie by his side.Even though Susie didn’t have children of her own, her sisters and brothers children always called her “Grandma” which is how she earned her Indian name “Magoo”.Susie loved being around her friends and family, always laughing and joking around. She was especially close to her sisters. She was a private lady who enjoyed spending time at home, listening to music, and cooking.Susie will truly be missed by all who knew her.  Family: She is survived by her mother and sister, Mina Howling Wolf both of Parshall; brothers, Elgin Crows Breast Jr of New Town, James Crows Breast and Dale Crows Breast both of Parshall, Darrel Lyson, Kenny Lyson and Terry Lyson all of New Town,  and Ronnie Lyson of Phoenix, AZ; and goddaughter, Shannon Crows Breast.Funeral Thurs, June 13, 2013 at 11 am in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall. Burial at Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town. 

Lori Lee Grizzle, 45, Mandan, formerly of Parshall, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in a Bismarck hospital.Lori Lee Grizzle was born March 17, 1968 to Gerald and Deloris (Moran) Grizzle in Longview, WA.She was raised and educated in Longview. Lori spent much time at the County Line Park in Longview where she would fish and camp with her family.In 1996, she moved to Parshall, ND to be near her mother, who was her best friend.She returned to Longview a few years later and met her lifelong love and true soul mate, Bill Ruiall.They returned to Parshall and eventually moved to the Bismarck area in 2005 where they made their home.He was an amazing caregiver and provided Lori with so much love and support.Lori’s favorite place to visit was the ocean in Long Beach, WA.She liked spending time at Marsh’s Museum and packing out all her trinkets and treasures to await the arrival of home, so she could look and admire them all again. She treasured little things with all her heart.She collected frogs and turtles and any gift received; especially items made by her mother.She loved her many animals; her dog, Snoop, never left her side and greatly misses her.Lori also enjoyed watching hours of the Sci-Fi channel with her mother and really loved scary shows.She was known to expose her friends and family to her stubbornness and humor.She shared a deep love and bond with her son, Aaron; he was the light of her life.She loved spending time with her family and reminiscing about old times. Her quick wit and humor would make everyone laugh. Lori Lee Grizzle, 45, Mandan, formerly of Parshall, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in a Bismarck hospital. Lori will be with us, always in our hearts and loved forever.  Family: She is survived by her mother, Deloris Brunelle (Neil “Boots”) of Parshall; sons, Aaron Lameira of Mandan and Nathan Bai of Longview, WA; companion of 17 years, Bill Ruiall of Mandan; sisters, Ann Grizzle of Longview and Sherri Grizzle and Kala Russo both of Parshall; brother, Brad Grizzle of Parshall; step-brother, Jarrod Peltier of Dunseith; grandchildren, Nathan, Anetha “Sister”, and Truleigh; special cousin, Nancy Moran-Painte and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.She was preceded in death by her father; paternal grandparents, Ed and Mary Grizzle; maternal grandparents, Babe and Mary Jane Moran; aunt, Brenda Moran and uncles, Henry and Bill Moran.  Wake:Friday, June 14, 2013 beginning at 5 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall (no funeral service was held)  

Gerald Thomas Rensch, 82, Makoti, died Friday, June 7, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Gerald was born on November 17, 1930 in Makoti, ND the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wolf) Rensch.  He was raised in Makoti and graduated from Makoti High School in 1949.  He then attended St. Thomas University in Minnesota until he was drafted into the US Army on January 17, 1952. Following basic training in Illinois, Jerry was united in marriage to Vivian "Tucky" Lampert on May 26, 1952 in Makoti.  They made their home in Texas while he served his country.  Following his honorable discharge on January 16, 1954 they returned to Makoti and took over the management of Rensch Garage; a family business started by his father in 1917.  He continued to own and operate Rensch Garage until 1995 when he retired and turned it over to his son, Brian.  Jerry held the contract to sell Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Buick for 38 years.  Following his retirement he spent his winters in Mesa, Arizona. Following Vivian's death on June 25, 2004 Jerry continued to make Makoti his home.  He loved to golf and spent many happy hours on golf courses in North Dakota and Arizona with his family and friends and recorded five holes-in-one throughout his life.  He also enjoyed hunting, farming and caring for his house, yard and trees.  He cherished spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and had many friends that were an important part of his life.  Jerry was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, the William Hanson American Legion Post and the ND Implement Dealers Association.  He volunteered on the Ryder/Makoti Ambulance and Fire Department and served on the Makoti City Council for several years.  May God bless the memory of Gerald Thomas Rensch.  Family: Jerry is survived by: his daughters, Joan Stafslien (Wes Sherven) of Makoti, Cathy Klabunde (Bruce) of Garrison, Carole Lee (Kendell Merritt) of Minot and Marcia Steffen (Donn) of Hazen; son, Thomas of Mandan; daughter-in-law, Melissa Rensch of Makoti; grandchildren, Tyler (Shannon), Justin (Crissy) and Brooks Stafslien (Heidi) and Courtney Mills (Jody); Jerod (Lisa), Jenna and Thomas Klabunde; Nick (Tiffani), Brandon and Adam Lee (Kelcey); Jessica, Logan and Hunter Steffen; and Josie, Jack and Sam Rensch; brothers, Harold (Jeannie) of Garrison and Donald of Layton, Utah; sister, Delores Cumings of Loveland, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mary Monette of Denver; brother-in-law, Ron Lampert of Bismarck; special friend, Aldine Grinde of Gold Canyon, AZ; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant daughter, Angela; son, Brian and brother, Eugene.  Funeral: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall.  Interment: St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be designated to the organization of the donor's choice.

Brian Joel Rensch, 44, Makoti, died Monday, June 3, 2013 in a Minot hospital. Brian was born on February 18, 1969 in Minot, the son of Gerald and Vivian (Lampert) Rensch. He was raised in Makoti and graduated from North Shore High School in 1987.He attended the University of North Dakota where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation/Air Traffic Control and a minor in Business Management. He then moved to Fargo and worked at Wallworks and Selland Motors. On July 29, 1995, Brian was united in marriage to Melissa Malstrom in Pelican Rapids, MN. They made their home in Fargo before moving to Makoti to own and operate the family business, Rensch Garage. Recently, he partnered with the Malstrom family and opened a liquor store in Detroit Lakes, MN called Seven Sister Spirits. Brian enjoyed hunting, golfing and caring for his home and yard. He loved farming, going to the lake and looked forward to the annual family deer hunting trip in the Badlands. He cherished spending time with his family, especially his daughter and twin sons. He looked forward to family gatherings and always made time for his nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. He was an important and integral part of the Makoti community. He was always willing to lend a hand and filled in whenever needed. He volunteered on the Ryder Makoti Ambulance and Fire Department and served on the boards of the Ryder Coop Credit Union and Lakeside State Bank. He was a member of the Hiddenwood Sportsman Club and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Brian served on the North Dakota Implement Dealers board for many years and then served as President in 2010.  He also served on the Association Services board of Fargo, ND, North Region New Holland Advertising board, and the Versatile Dealer board. Blessed be his memory among us. Family: Brian is survived by: his wife, Melissa; daughter, Josie and sons, Jack and Sam all of Makoti; father, Jerry of Makoti; brother, Thomas of Mandan; sisters, Joan Stafslien (Wes Sherven) of Makoti, Cathy Klabunde (Bruce) of Garrison, Carole Lee (Kendell Merritt) of Minot and Marcia Steffen (Donn) of Hazen; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and his work family at Rensch Garage.He was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother; and infant sister, Angela. Funeral: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the North Shore High School, Makoti. Interment: St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti

Memorials in Brian’s memory are preferred to the Ryder Makoti Ambulance, the Makoti Park Board or may be given to Brian’s family for his children.

Eugene “Geno” Gerald Brugh III, “Ara a gii gii daa” (One Who Comes Home), 48, New Town, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 in a Minot hospital.Geno was born December 2, 1964, the oldest of three children, to Eugene “Suni” and Maverly(Kummer) Brugh in Dickinson.He was raised in Mandaree and the family later returned to Dickinson where he graduated from Dickinson High School in 1983.He continued his education at Dickinson State University.He was an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Geno went to work driving semi for his dad’s trucking company and then moved to Minot where he worked in construction.A few years later he began working for Fort Berthold Rural Water and most recently had been with J&J Rentals workings as a roustabout in the oil field.Geno was a dedicated employee.He will be remembered, locally, as the guy who left permanent marks on the old Four Bears Bridge by driving his trackhoe under without enough clearance.Always on the go and looking for adventure, Geno lived life to its fullest every day.His three daughters were the highlight of his life.He loved to be with his girls and taught them how to ride ATV and dirt bikes.He took them boating, tubing and horseback riding.He enjoyed spending time with them whether at the park, playing games or just talking. Family: He is survived by his daughters, Lexis Tveter and Mercedez Brugh, both of Parshall and Ryilee Gene Brugh of Bismarck; mother of Minot; brother, Roman Brugh (Lori) of Parshall; sister, Tanya Fimbres (Robert) of New Town; nieces and nephews, Robert, Ashley, Taylor and Kolton; Jayli, Tavares, Amiah, Labrada, Torstyn, Tekele; several aunt, uncles and extended family.He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Eugene “Jimmy” and May Brugh and his maternal grandparents, Ervin and Lula Kummer.Funeral:Wednesday, May 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall Burial:Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall.

Loren Maxine Whitehorn, (Light Woman) “Awa hadi Wia”, 35, New Town, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident near Williston.  Loren was born December 4, 1977 in Minot, the daughter of Steve and Tina (Roszelle) Whitehorn.  She was raised in Oklahoma before moving with her family to Beulah where she attended elementary school.  When the family moved to New Town she attended New Town High School where she graduated in 1996.  Loren furthered her education in Fashion Design in Long Beach, California and later attended Haskell Indian Nations University where she met and married Tyler Chesarek.  Loren then completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Montana State University, Bozeman in 2004.  Loren continued her education at the University of Kansas school of Social Welfare.  She received her master’s degree in Social Work in 2009.  Soon after, Loren accepted the student counselor position at New Town Public Schools.  She recently settled into her current position as a Behavioral Health Specialist with the MHA Nation.  Loren loved working with the entire community.  She enjoyed exercising, spending time with family and traveling.  She had a strong faith in God and faithfully attended the New Town Baptist Church every week.  God Bless the memory of Loren Maxine Whitehorn. Family: Loren is survived by: her daughters, Madison Chesarek and Monica Chesarek; parents, Steve Whitehorn and Tina (Roszelle) Whitehorn; sisters, Christina Coriz (Ken) and Patricia Whitehorn and Dayle Joseph; nephews, Roman Whitehorn, Lucas Whitehorn, Shiloh Coriz and Parker Whitehorn; and niece, Alexis Coriz.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Zachariah Whitehorn; grandparents, Timothy Sr. and Regina (Grady) Whitebody Roszelle and Richard and Loren (Thomas) Whitehorn; uncle, Monte Roszelle and aunts, Gloria Vangen, Karla Starr, Reva Roszelle and Vivian Whitehorn. Funeral: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town. Burial: Whitehorn Family Cemetery, rural New Town

Zachariah Dale Whitehorn (Distant Thunder) “dahu naga wagish”, 29, of Bismarck, formerly of New Town, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident near Williston.  Zachariah was born on December 21, 1983 in Minot, the son of Steve and Tina (Roszelle) Whitehorn.He was raised in Stanton and attended elementary school in Beulah.  When the family moved to New Town in 1991, Zach attended New Town Public Schools where he graduated in 2002.  In 2003, he moved to Bismarck and attended United Tribes Technical College working in the kindergarten classroom as a Paraprofessional focusing on a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education.In 2005, Zach worked at the Gerald Tex Fox Justice Center and attended classes at Bismarck State College where he graduated in 2009 with an Associate’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.Zach also worked for Enable Inc. serving people with disabilities in the Bismarck community, which he enjoyed very much.He then started working for Pioneer Drilling in 2010.  His current position was a derrick hand on Rig #57.  On November 16, 2012 Zach was united in marriage to Alexis Bosch.  They made their home in Bismarck, where they raised their family.Zach enjoyed exercising, watching movies, playing Frisbee golf, working on his jeep and spending time outdoors.  He cherished his time with his children, friends, and family, especially his sister, Loren, with whom he shared a special bond.  Zach's sense of humor and contagious laughter will be missed.  Blessed be his memory among us. Family: Zach is survived by: his wife, Alexis; sons, Roman (mother, Pebbles Red Fox), Lucas (mother, Nicole Brubaker) and Parker Whitehorn; parents, Steve Whitehorn and Tina (Roszelle) Whitehorn; sisters, Christina Coriz (Ken), Patricia Whitehorn, and Dayle Joseph; nieces, Alexis Coriz, Madison Chesarek and Monica Chesarek; nephew, Shiloh Coriz; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Timothy Sr. and Regina (Grady) White Body Roszelle and Richard and Loren (Thomas) Whitehorn; uncle, Monte Roszelle; and aunts, Gloria Vangen, Karla Starr, Reva Roszelle and Vivian Whitehorn. Funeral: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town. Burial: Whitehorn Family Cemetery, rural New Town

Williamette Gail Conica, 45, Mandaree, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital. She was born Sept. 6, 1967, to Joseph and Maxine Moquino, in Stanley. Family: sons, Josh Standing Crow and Virgil Standing Crow, both Mandaree; brothers, Todd, Parshall, Kevin, Minot, and Leighton, Bismarck.  Funeral: Thursday, 11 a.m., New Town Civic Center. Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.


Bernice Auverson, 89, Stanley, formerly of New Town and Minot, died Friday, May 17, 2013 in a Stanley nursing home.   Bernice was born June 9, 1923 to Andrew and Oline (Lerohl) Aardahl on the family farm near White Earth. She was raised in the White Earth area and graduated from White Earth High School in 1941.She then completed her teaching certificate and taught country school for one year north of New Town. Bernice was united in marriage to Kenneth Auverson on December 20, 1941 in Stanley. They made their home along the river bottoms farming and raising cattle. Bernice and Kenneth moved their family twice due to flooding from the Garrison dam. In 1945 they moved to Sanish where she stayed home with her children and cared for her mother-in-law. She raised chickens and grew a large garden.She was a wonderful cook and canned her produce from her garden. In 1953, the family relocated to New Town. Bernice was an entrepreneur and opened Tastee Freeze in 1953 selling just ice cream cones and bottles of pop. Her business continued to grow. She was a compassionate person and was known to provide meals to those who could not afford one. In 1988, after 35 years, they sold the business and she and Kenneth moved to Minot. Kenneth died on July 4, 1998.Bernice then returned to New Town and later entered the Stanley nursing home in 2007. Bernice loved to sing. She was an accomplished singer and won several talent contests in her earlier years. She continued her love of music by singing for many community events. She was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in New Town where she directed the children’s choir. She was a member of the Riverview Cemetery Club, New Town Birthday Club, and served on the Board of Directors for the New Town Nursing Home. Her family brought the most joy in her life. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A proud Norwegian, Bernice enjoyed klub, lefse and Folger’s coffee; she passed away on “Syttende Mai” which is Norway’s Independence Day. She enjoyed spending time at her cabin in Little Knife, tending her flowers and watching birds. May God bless the memory of Bernice Auverson Famiy: Bernice is survived by her daughters, Bernita Schwartz of Edmonds, WA, Linda Long-Sallade (Ralph Sallade) of Brackettville, TX, Elaine Johnson (Dennis Goetz) of New Town and Bonnie Sjol of Minot; grandchildren, Kristin Rockwell and Ryan Schwartz; Kevin Long and Michelle Schmidt; Stephanie Bromley and Brent Corbin; and Aubrey Millar, Jayden Sjol and Kendra Sjol; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Mildred; brothers, Stan, Morris, Jim, Clifford and Selmer; sons-in-law, Kenny Schwartz and Bob Long; and grandson, Kendall Schwartz. Funeral: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, White Earth.  Interment: Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery, rural New Town

Vivian Caroline Pennington, 85, New Town, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley.  Vivian was born July 24, 1927 on the family farm near Van Hook, the daughter of Lawrence and Lena (Hanson) Lund.  She was raised on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Van Hook High School.  She attended Minot State Teachers College during the summer months and taught for eight years in rural schools in North Dakota and Minnesota. On June 7, 1951 Vivian was united in marriage to Duane "Bob" Pennington.  They made their home near New Town in Unorganized Township of Mountrail County where they farmed, ranched and raised their family.  Following Bob's death on February 26, 2004 Vivian continued to live in her house on the farm.  She later moved into New Town and lived in the Lakeside Community Living Center before entering the Mountrail Bethel Home. Vivian was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and its ladies aid, Big Bend Homemakers, the local Birthday Club and the Red Hat Society.  She served on the New Town Nursing Home Board of Directors for several years and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards and baking goodies.  She liked to care for her flowers in her garden, go square dancing with Bob, have lunch at Lakeside Senior Citizens Center and visit with her friends.  She also loved to help with farm work hauling grain during harvest and moving bales. Vivian was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was so proud of the fact that she had "Great Grands" as she referred to them.   May God bless the memory of Vivian Pennington. Family: Vivian is survived by: her sons, Lauren (Alice) of Fairbanks, AK, Kent (Nannette) of Hardin, Mont., and Jerry (Shirley) of New Town; grandchildren, Ben, Alex (Elizabeth), Tyler (Janna), Kyle (Erin), Andrea Enderle (Norman), Ryan and Michele Pennington; great grandchildren, Derek, Paris, Cash, Faye, Iris and Conley Pennington and Jacob and Madison Enderle; sisters, Marlene Pennington of Minot, Donna Gaffaney of Fargo and Janice Steen (Gordon) of Golva, ND; brother, Ronald Lund (April) of Rawlins, WY; brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Pennington (Viola), both of New Town; sisters-in-law, Ardis Donkin of Denver, CO and Betty Lou Hultberg (Harold) of Coleharbor and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Lawrence Jr. "Larry" and Laverne "Bud"; brothers-in-law, LaVerne, Gene, Raymond and Jack Pennington, Jim Gaffaney and Donnie Beard; and sister-in-law, Hazel Pennington.   Funeral: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.  Interment: New Town Cemetery
Memorials are preferred to the Lakeside Community Living Center of New Town.

Phyllis Elaine Hand (White Plume), 64, New Town passed into the Spirit World on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Phyllis was born in Fort Yates, on July 20, 1948, to Phillip and Rose (Hopkins) Hand.  She was the youngest of nine children.  She was raised in the Niishu area, and then when the flooding came, the family moved to the country 10 miles west of New Town.  After the passing of her father, the family moved into New Town.  Phyllis attended school in New Town and graduated in 1966.  She attended Nursing School for a short time in Dickinson. Phyllis was united in marriage to Matthew Foolish Bear in 1967, with whom she traveled and was active in the rodeo circuit; they later divorced.  In 1984, she met Lyle Danks,to this union, her only son was born.  In 1970, she started work at Northrop Grumman, as a line assembler.  She retired, due to health, after 35 years.  Phyllis loved to tease and laugh; she shared her wonderful sense of humor with everyone she met.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and sewing beautiful star quilts and shawls. Not only was she known for her cheerful and easy-going nature, she was known to be respectful, considerate and a very giving, generous woman.  She was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and the New Town United Church of Christ; she served as president of the church council.   She was a proud and influential member of many church and social organizations including: Northern Plains Conference, Council of American Indian Ministries (CAIM), Charles Hall Youth Services, Alanon, AA, & OA.  Phyllis is survived by her Son, Sheldon Hand, New Town; Sister, Madeline Bruce, New Town; kids (dogs), Oliver, Gus, Ginger and CoCo; and extended family of aunts, sisters and her many Nieces, Nephews, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.  Welcoming Phyllis into the Spirit World are her parents; and sisters, Rosalie, Ida, Fern Sitting Crow, Alfreda Good Bird, and Merle Bruce. Funeral  Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Four Bears Community Center, New Town.  Burial:  Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town

Jack Lee Pennington, 73, New Town, died Monday, May 6, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Jack was born April 6, 1940 on the Pennington ranch and homestead near Sanish, the son of Earl and Lillian (Halvorson) Pennington.  He was raised on the family homestead, attended school at Sanish and graduated from New Town High School in 1959.  He then started farming for himself and assisted his mother with the operation of the family farm.  On July 5, 1969 Jack was united in marriage to Karen Matejcek in Conway, ND.  They made their home on their family farm, south of New Town, in Osborne Township of Mountrail County where they farmed, ranched and raised their family.  Jack loved the land with the peace and quiet of the countryside and he loved the wildlife that dwelled within it. He enjoyed driving out to check on the crops and he enjoyed watching the seasons change each year on the farm. He liked raising and breaking horses and he liked his Hereford cattle, especially if they were freckle-faced. One of his favorite past times included attending rodeos. He was involved in steer, team-roping events for several years. He also enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends.  Jack served on the New Town School Board and volunteered on the New Town Fire Department.  He was a member of the New Town Weighing Association and recently joined St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Most of all, Jack cherished spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, who he loved to tease and interact with.  Blessed be his memory among us. Family: Jack is survived by: his wife, Karen of New Town; children, Donald (Kristi), Steven (Sara) and Jan Gorder (Rob), all of New Town; grandchildren, Taylor, Lisa and Jordyn Pennington; Ty, Grace and Tucker Gorder; and Drew and Alex Pennington; brothers, Robert (Viola) of New Town and Richard of New Town; sisters, Ardis Donkin of Denver, CO and Betty Lou Hultberg (Harold) of Coleharbor; sisters-in-law, Marlene Pennington of Minot, Vivian Pennington of Stanley and Gladys Pennington of New Town and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LaVerne, Raymond, Duane “Bob” and Gene; and sister-in-law, Hazel Pennington.  Funeral: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.  Interment: New Town Cemetery

Walter Jadie Howell, 74, Plaza, died Sunday, May 5, 2013 in a Minot nursing home.  Walter was born October 1, 1938 in Stanley, the son of Jadie and Bernice (Iverson) Howell.  He was raised at Stanley, attended country school and graduated from Stanley High School in 1956.  He then worked in the oilfields at Tioga before starting his career in the Elevator business. On July 24, 1960 Walter was united in marriage to Sandra Olson at the Baptist Church in Stanley.  Throughout his life, he worked at grain elevators at Stanley, Dickey, Carpio and Plaza.  He also assisted local farmers in the evenings and on weekends during spring planting and harvest.  He retired after 50 years in the business.  Following retirement Walt worked as a flow tester for Lynne pumping for three years.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and snowmobiling.  He cherished spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren's activities and hosting gatherings with his family and friends at his cabin at Van Hook. FamilyWalter is survived by: his wife, Sandy of Plaza; children, Scott Howell (Bernadean) of Makoti and Karla Lobsinger (John) of Bismarck; grandchildren, Tanner and Tyson Lynne, Trina and Trisha Howell, and Maddy and Jaden Lobsinger; brother, Denver Howell (Marge) of Billings, Mont.; brother-in-law, Rand Olson (Diane) of Stanley and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Robyn Lynne. Funeral: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 10:00am in First Lutheran Church, Plaza. Interment: East Plaza Cemetery

Rodger Phillip Werlinger, 62, Parshall, died Thursday, April 25, 2013 in a Garrison hospital.  Rodger was born June 14, 1950 in Minot, the second oldest of fourteen children to William and Olivia (Lyson) Werlinger.  Rodger’s favorite thing to do when he was growing up was boxing.  He was the youngest Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and won numerous boxing championships.  He also loved throwing the football and baseball in the yard with his children and grandchildren.  He started working construction when he was nineteen and became a master carpenter.  His jobs took him too many different places around the country.  Most recently he was working for Kenny Wells Construction.  Rodger was once married to Nell Annala, to this union his children William, Heather and Heidi were born.  In 1983, he met Cheryl Dixon and a lifelong relationship started.  They were blessed with their children, Cody, Misty, Kristen, Coulter and James.   Family: Rodger is survived by: his wife, Cheryl; sons, William “Bud” Werlinger (Sherry), Cody Dixon (Cedar), Coulter Werlinger and James Dixon; daughters, Heather Werlinger, Heidi Werlinger, Misty Dixon (Steven) and Kristen Werlinger; grandchildren, Kylie, Dillion, NaKiah, Briel, Sebastian, Cannon, Keeton and Morgan; brothers, Greg (Shelly),Terry (Connie), Tom, Willy (Barb), Scott (Cindy), Mark (Sue) and Randy Werlinger; sisters, Mary Otkin (Mike) and Laura Hale (Gary). He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mike, Tim, Gary and Yogi; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Funeral: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10am in the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall Burial: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall

Arlene Joanne Sherven, 72, Parshall, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona.  Arlene was born August 30, 1940 in Parshall, the daughter of Allen and Anna (Brunsell) Bartelson.  She was raised in Parshall where she attended school. On June 8, 1956 she was united in marriage to George Sherven in Plaza.  They made their home in Parshall where they raised their family.  Throughout her life, Arlene worked at the Parshall Elevator, Parshall Dental Clinic and operated George’s Lounge.  She retired due to health issues.  At a young age Arlene developed diabetes which caused her to have health issues and kept her from doing her favorite things.  She always lived life to the fullest.  The most important thing in her life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  You would often her singing “You are my Sunshine” to them.  Arlene spent this past winter in Arizona, something she wanted to do her whole life.  She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, going to the casino and watching the Game Channel.  She always had a fresh pot of coffee on whenever friends or family stopped to visit.  She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parshall.  God Bless the memory of our Mother, Sister, Grandma, Great Grandma and Friend.  Family: Arlene is survived by: her sons, Todd and Rick (Shelly), both of Parshall; brother, Robert “Beaver” Bartelson (Gail); grandchildren, Coltyn, Ricky, Mandy and Dustin; great grandchildren, Jerzey, Zeta, Brandyn, Jimmy, Coulee, Gage, Trenton and Cody Marie.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband George, who died on July 14, 2005. Prayer Service: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00pm in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall. Interment: Parshall Cemetery

Susan Kay Kinden Anderson, 55, Briggsdale, Colorado, formerly of New Town, died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.  Susan was born on November 7, 1957 in Minot, to Helmer “Ham” Lee Jerome and Pearl Rose (Wilson) Kinden.  She graduated from New Town High School.  In June 2001, Susan married Jeff Anderson in Greeley, CO. Susan loved spending time with her grandchildren, she especially enjoyed camping and fishing with them. Susan was revered by her family and friends.  She had the courage of a lioness.  We are sad and will miss her but delight in the promise she will live all of eternity with our father in a glorious heaven. Family: Susan is survived by: her husband, Jeff of Briggsdale; daughters, Carly Bell and Lacy Osmond both of Casper, WY; 11 grandchildren; mother, Pearl Rose Kinden of New Town; and brothers and sisters, Helmer Lee Jerome Kinden, Jr. of Effingham, IL, Jean Ellen Fisher of Williston, Kathryn Ann Harris of Bothell, WA, John Benjamin Kinden of Sandy, OR, Phyllis Jane Thornton of Hendersonville, TN, and Leslie Robert Kinden of New Town.  Susan was preceded in death by her father and twin sons, Travis and Trent Kinden.  A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO  80634.   Graveside services will take place Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Good Hope Cemetery, rural Keene.

Memorial donations may be made to “Hospitality House at Hospice of Northern Colorado” in care of Adamson’s Funeral & Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.  Online Condolences may also be shared at www.adamsonchapels.com 

Titus D. Hall (Sacred Hoop), 67, New Town began his journey into the spirit world on Saturday April 6, 2013 in a Bismarck hospital due to a progressive rapid stage of cancer. Titus was born June 17, 1945 in Elbowoods to Eleanor Red Fox-Conklin and Leland Hall Sr.; he also was the step-son of James Conklin. Family:  Titus is survived by his children, Edith Hall-White Tail, Kandice Hall-Sanchez, Richard Hall, Titus Hall, Ty Hall, Jo Louise Felter, Stephanie L. Hall, Sunny Hall, Kasey Hall, Theodore Hall and Tobias Hall; sisters; June Lockwood, Barbara Young Bird, Janice White Body, Jerolyn Longie, Jaqueline Good Bird, Judy Yessilith, and Janis Freeman; half-siblings, Tom Nelson, Leland Hall, Jr., Judy Hood, Patsy Hammeron, Deborah Hall-Thompson, Melvin Hall and Tex G. Hall; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 siblings; a daughter; and 2 granddaughters and numerous relatives. Funeral:  Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at New Town Civic Center, New Town. Interment:  Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Oscar Edward Erickson, 88, Minot, formerly of Palermo, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, in a Minot hospital.  Oscar was born on Nov. 26, 1924, to Edward and Dena (Akers) Erickson, on the family homestead in Mountrail County, near Epworth. He was raised on the family farm, attended Nichols country school through the eighth grade, and farmed.  Oscar entered the U.S. Army in 1945, serving with the Headquarter Company 2nd Battalion 322nd Infantry. He re-enlisted while serving in Japan at the Aomori Prefecture and served as an infantry rifleman and a guard patrolman, earning both pistol and rifle marksman awards. He was presented with the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal. He also obtained a certificate, during his service, at the Law Enforcement Officers Training School in Salina, Kan.  Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to North Dakota to continue farming on the family homestead. Oscar was a self-taught man who never stopped in his quest for knowledge. He earned certificates from the Department of Agriculture and the Hobart Arc Welding School. He was a very private person who had a dry sense of humor and strong work ethic. These things, along with his deep appreciation for learning and the sacrifices of previous homesteaders who maintained and nourished the land, earned him the respect and admiration of his family, friends and neighbors.  When Oscar was united in marriage to Esther Carlson Snyder on Dec. 26, 1973, he gained an instant family. They made their home on the family farm raising cattle and wheat until 1995, when they moved into Minot. They continued to farm until retiring in 1999.  Oscar was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the Beck Sherven American Legion in New Town. He also attended Bethel Free Lutheran Church and volunteered his time delivering Meals on Wheels while living in Minot. For several years he served as the sexton and caretaker of John’s Cemetery near his farm. Family: Oscar is survived by: his wife, Esther of Minot; children, Linda Klimpel (Ron) of Michigan, ND, Rachel Kinden (Dan) of Keene, Walter Snyder (Kim) of Minot and Sandra Wollan (Glenn) of Bismarck; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Esther Bahl of Minot and Betty Davis of Richfield, Utah; and 16 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard and Howard; sister, Margaret and a daughter, Susan Heinrich.  Funeral: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.  Interment: Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town

Calvin Leo Driver (Holy Robe “Id’aashi Xub’aa-sh”) 45, passed away Sunday March 10, 2013 at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Henderson, Nevada.   Calvin Driver was born January 11, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona to Harold and Delia (Spotted Wolf) Driver. He attended school in New Town and graduated from New Town High School in 1986. While in high school he participated in basketball and football.  After high school Calvin attended Job Corps at Weber Basin in Ogden, Utah and later attended Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Calvin married Michelle Mandan in 1987 and together they had four children, three sons, Xavier, Alexander and Duke, and one daughter, Zoe. Calvin was a skilled finish carpenter, brick layer and concrete worker. He was employed at various construction companies throughout his life on or near Fort Berthold.  Calvin was employed at LCM, Fort Berthold Development, Mira Construction, Four Bears Casino Expansion Project, Fru-Con, Ernie’s Concrete, Rolac, Mattson and other construction crews in the Minot area where he resided for several years. Calvin always enjoyed a good hand of four hand whist and dominoes, which he frequently played with his family and friends.  Calvin’s favorite football team was the Oakland Raiders.  Calvin liked to play pool and enjoyed listening to all kinds of good music.  He also enjoyed Bingo and gambling at the slot machines.  Calvin loved to reminisce with his buddies and always enjoyed a good laugh. He loved to joke and tease and would always bring a smile to those who knew him.  Calvin had a special relationship with his sister’s grandchildren, Weston and baby Charlotte.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Calvin was a member of the Shell Creek Congregational Church and a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan and a child of the A Wa Xia Clan.  Family:  Calvin is survived by his children, Xavier Driver, Alexander Driver, Duke Driver and Zoe Driver; granddaughter, Mariesa Marilyn Driver; sister, Charmaine Driver;  brothers, Harold Gordon Driver and Tyrone Driver; and special friend, Jonan Jerome.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Flaron “Bucksey” Driver and Robert Lewis Driver; and Michelle Mandan (Driver). Funeral: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11am in the New Town Civic Center.  Burial: Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town

Rita Ann Satermo, 90, New Town, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 in St. Gabriel’s Community of Bismarck. Rita was born on the family farm near Van Hook on April 23, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Averbeck) Wollschlager.    Rita attended Van Hook Schools where she graduated from high school in 1940. While in college, her father died; she, along with her brother, Wilfred and sister Dudy, continued to farm for their mother until Wilfred could farm on his own. She would often drive a grain wagon to the elevator and keep the team of horses calm while unloading.  Rita graduated from Minot State with a teaching degree and taught country school before taking a position as the Assistant Superintendent of Mountrail County Schools.  During World War II, she delivered mail at a ship factory in Seattle, Washington. After returning to Van Hook to teach school, she married Lemar Milton “Whitey” Satermo on January 2, 1946 at Van Hook.  They moved to New Town in 1953 to operate Satermo Hardware, and continued to do so until Whitey’s death on March 19, 1992.   Their son John then purchased the hardware store, which is still in operation today.  At the age 88, Rita moved to the assisted living facilities of Edgewood Vista and Maple View in Bismarck.  Rita enjoyed family time on the pontoon, riding horses, traveling and seeking out adventures with her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included bird watching, photography, painting and gardening. She was generous and shared her baking, her bird identifications, and her opinions freely. During the 8th grade, she began playing the church organ at Van Hook and continued at St. Anthony Catholic Church and the nursing home in New Town. She also directed the church choir and especially cherished listening to the music of her children and grandchildren. She was active in the St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar Society, Beck Sherven American Legion Auxiliary and several bird watching groups.  A highlight for young grandchildren was riding in a parade with her as she drove Royal's team, driving her car while sitting on catalogs to make them taller, riding horse with Rita when she was 80 or just sharing "Grandma Rita" stories.  Blessed be her memory among us. Family: Rita is survived by her seven children, Kathy Wolff (Harvey) of Bismarck, Julie Schroeder (Don) of Denver, Colo., Steve Satermo (Connie) of Broomfield, Colo., Melissa Hovey (Stephen) of Center, Kevin Satermo (Diane) of Williston, John Satermo of New Town and Clyde Satermo of New Town; her grandchildren, Damon Wolff, Edward Schroeder (Emily), Derek Schroeder (Maren), Max Schroeder (Caitlin), Brent Satermo (Staci), Stacy Satermo (Dave), Catherine Hovey, Rebecca Hovey, Jessica Satermo, Nicholas Satermo, Darcy VerDouw (Brian), Dawn Springer (Bill), Keli Satermo and Raelene Keplin; thirteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings: Margaret Beko, Corona Harrington, Wilfred Wollschlager and Gertrude “Dudy” Reep.  Funeral: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town. Interment: Van Hook Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town.

Daniel James Smith, 27, of New Town, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.  Daniel was born April 16, 1985 in Minot to Karen Long Elk and Orlen Smith.   He attended elementary and middle school in New Town and continued his education at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.  He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his uncle, Lorenzo, niece, Ilyana and nephew, Braydon.  He was employed at Pick Wick in Duluth, MN and also worked at Ameripride and Cross Country in Bismarck.  Danny loved cruising around in his Cadillac jamming to his favorite artist, Lil Wayne.  His favorite movie was Tombstone.  He was a talented basketball player who also enjoyed swimming and relaxing in a Jacuzzi.  He took great pride in his appearance and always made others laugh with his humor.  He will be remembered for the kindness and gentleness that he shared with his friends and family that he met throughout his life.  He will also be remembered for his favorite sayings, “Hoover Dam”, “Son of a Weiner” and “Wat up, Ma?”  Danny will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.  Family: Danny is survived by: his son, Izaiah Smith of Mobridge, SD; daughter, Esperanza Smith of Bismarck; mother, Karen Long Elk of New Town; brothers, Orlen Smith Jr. of New Town, Darris Long Elk of Akin, MN; sister, Terresa Long Elk of Fargo; uncle, Lorenzo Many Ribs of New Town; aunt, Rita Olson of Parshall; special love, Iris Black of St. Michael; stepson, Mason Smith of St. Michael; nieces, Ilyana Long Elk of Fargo and Candace Urlacher of Parshall; nephews, Braydon Long Elk of Fargo, Vincent Many Ribs of Parshall and Emanuel Many Ribs of Stuart, FL.  He was preceded in death by his father, Orlen Smith Sr.; brother, Celester Smith; sister, Darshayn Long Elk; grandparents Alfreda and Daniel Many Ribs Sr. and Elizabeth and James Smith and great grandparents, Susie and Joe Red Fox. Funeral: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Four Bears Community Center, New Town.   Interment: Snowbird Cemetery, New Town

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