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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.  Visitation: Today, April 22, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.  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

Rockey Lee Fox Sr, 66, New Town, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  He was born December 4, 1946 in Minot to Ernest and Veda Fox.  He served in the US Army. Family: He is survived by: his wife, Cecelia Reed; sons, Ernest Fox and Rockey Red Fox Jr,; daughters, Elizabeth Fox, Stacey Red Fox and Amber Red Fox; brother, Leland Fox; sister, Roxanne Grinnell and 8 grandchildren.  Funeral: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Four Bears Community Center, New Town.  Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Ronald F. “Ronnie” Starr, 62, Poplar, MT, formerly of the New Town area, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 in a Poplar hospital.  Ronnie was born July 2, 1950 in Bismarck, ND to Obed and Blanche (DeCouteau) Starr.  He attended elementary school in New Town and at Pierre Indian School and high school at Flandreau.  After high school, he joined his family in Hawaiian Gardens, CA where he lived for a number of years before returning to North Dakota.  He finally settled in Poplar.  Ronnie received his GED and then attended Fort Peck Community College.  On September 5, 2003 Ronnie married his life-long friend, Rhea Red Dog.   They made their home in Poplar.  He worked for the Poplar School District many years before retiring due becoming disabled.  Ronnie was a very talented musician who could play just about any instrument he picked up.  He had a beautiful voice.  No matter where he went, people would what him to sing this song or that song…and of course, being Ronnie, he would sing.  Music was Ronnie’s passion in life and a legacy he passed on to all of his children.  Ronnie was a kind and loving man.  Never did a harsh word cross his lips.  He always saw the good in everyone he met.  In the later years of his life, family happiness was most important.  He reconnected with his children, all of whom he was proud of and loved very much.  Family: Ronnie is survived by: his wife, Rhea of Poplar; sons, Ronald Jr. of Poplar and Danny of Bismarck; daughter, Marina O’ Brien of Poplar; brothers, William of Landers, CA, Jamie of Bismarck, Armondo (Tiffany) of New Town, Kenneth of Fort Yates, ND, Jared of Wolf Point, Dion Becker of Nebraska and Wayne Little Soldier of Loveland, TX; sisters, Judith Starr of Moreno Valley, CA, Jan Kramer of Nebraska, Amanda Iron Boulder of Fort Yates, Amelia Starr of Fort Yates and Jolanda Sing of Loveland, TX; adopted daughters, Rhianne Iron Bear of Poplar and Kya Iron Bear of Poplar; adopted brothers, Wendell Mail, Marvin Smith and Maynard Hawk; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard and brother, Jeff.  Funeral: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. CDT in the New Town Civic Center, New Town, ND.  Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, New Town, ND

Charles E. Davis, 54, Parshall, died Saturday, February 16, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Charles “Chuck” was born June 12, 1958 to J.B and Delphine (Good Bird) Davis in Garrison.  The family moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 1958 where he was raised and educated and attended Thomas B. Doherty High School. He returned to Parshall in 1979 where he worked a variety of jobs.  In 1982, his first daughter, Kristin, was born.  Chuck met Nancy Lovan in 1985 and they were united in marriage in 1990.  Together they had three children, Samantha, Charles Jr. and Laylla.  They later divorced.  In 1993, Chuck moved to Wahpeton where he earned his GED and obtained a degree in diesel mechanics from Wahpeton State School of Science.  He worked as a truck driver.  He was also a seismographer and occasionally worked on the rigs.  In August of 2009, Chuck returned to Parshall where he made his home with longtime friend and companion, Lillian Plante until the time of his death.  Chuck liked driving truck and working on cars.  He enjoyed being outdoors spending time fishing and hiking.  He also liked playing casino games. He loved visiting people and was never shy about meeting someone new; he made a lot of friends everywhere he went.  Chuck will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his dog, Jack.  Family: Chuck is survived by his companion, Lillian Plante of Parshall; children, Kristin Chase (Daniel) of New Town, Samantha Torres (Carlos), Charles Youngbear, and Laylla Lovan all of Mandaree; brother, Bradley Davis (Delsey) of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Noreen White Owl (Randy) of Parshall; 10 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; grandson, Quinten Davis and nephew, Joshua Davis.  Funeral:  Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall  Burial:  Wayside Cemetery, rural New Town

Denise Kay Nez-Wells, 42, Parshall died Thursday, February 14, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Denise was born April 24, 1970 in Denver, CO to Pauline Good Bird McKenzie and Dennis Nez. She was embraced by the Lord on February 14, 2013. She was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Water Buster Clan and the Congregational Church. Denise was given the name of “Strong Corn Woman” which was a true reflection of her strength and courageous spirit.  Denise was raised and attended school in Denver, CO until the age of ten. Her family then relocated to Fort Berthold. She attended Mandaree Elementary School for a short time and received her education at Parshall of where she graduated. Moose was a proven athlete and was active in basketball and track/field in Junior High and High School and received numerous awards for her outstanding performances. As an 8th grader she played on the Varsity Basketball Team. In Jr. High she led her team to a 14-1 record in the 1982-83 season and in 1984 and 1985 was an All-Conference team member. Denise attended Minot State University and Fort Berthold Community College. While at FBCC she worked as a tutor for the Adult Basic Ed. Program assisting youth and others in obtaining their GED certificate. Her first job was working for the Summer Youth Program at KMHA Radio Station where she was offered a fulltime position. She later worked for the four Bears Casino upon its opening under the supervision of Paul Good Iron. Denise then became employed at Fort Berthold Housing where she remained until the time of her passing.  Moose was active in the community and once served as the Secretary of the Nuxbaga Pow Wow Committee as well as serving on the Water Buster Pow Wow Committee.  Denise was married to Carlisle “Boozie” Wells until his passing in 1997. There were three sons born to this union; Duane, Danny and Gaylen. She later met her long time companion Dwight Bruce, Sr. who remained by her side with loving support. Dwight also helped Denise raise her three sons. They later became a family of four children when their own son Dwight, Jr. was born.  Moose was first diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2007. At that time she received her treatments at Minot and was in remission for three years until 2011. She then began receiving care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Phoenix, AZ. She fought a courageous battle and remained positive wearing her magnetic smile until her time of passing.  Denise was a proud and loving Mother; supporting her sons and extended family attending all of their sporting events; basketball and softball. She was also a Denver Bronco fan and enjoyed attending professional sporting events as well. It is said by many that Denise was “Everybody’s Mom”. She loved being surrounded by family and friends and was happiest with a houseful. Moose had a smile that radiated the beauty of her being; inside and out. It was a rare moment to ever see her without it.  Our Denise was a humble, hard working, loving and giving lady, whose smile and spontaneous laugh and great sense of humor will be missed.  The family would like to express their gratitude to all who held fundraisers and helped in any way they could to support Denise. It was appreciated.  Family: Denise is survived by her Companion, Dwight, Sr.; Sons, Duane, Danny, Gaylen Wells and Dwight Bruce,Jr.; Parents, Pauline and Dennis Nez all of Parshall; Sisters, Debbie Chase (Lionel), New Town, and Dolly Mae Tom (Ernest), Brighton, CO; Brother, Jay Nez, Parshall; Adopted Son, Jade Moran; and Many Nieces, Nephews and other Relatives.  She was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents, John and Alice (Standish) McKenzie, Aunt, Patricia McKenzie Youngbird and Cousin Tyrone Youngbird.  Funeral:  Monday, February 18, 2013 in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall  Burial was at Independence Cemetery, rural Mandaree

Aaliyah Mercedes Red Fox (Walks A Good Path), infant daughter of Samantha Pamonicutt and Rockey Red Fox, Jr. of New Town was born on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in Minot.  Aaliyah blessed her parents and family with a few precious hours of life before passing away on February 4, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Family:  Aaliyah is survived by her parents; brothers, Jeramyah Pamonicutt, Rockey Red Fox III and Sincere Owen Red Fox; maternal grandparents, Melody Johnson and Merle Pamonicutt of Keshena, Wisc.; paternal grandparents, Cecelia Reed and Rockey Red Fox Sr. of New Town.  Funeral:  Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Johnny Bird Memorial Hall, New Town  Burial:  Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

Aerianna Rose Reddogg, infant daughter of Meriah Good Luck and Antoine Reddogg, was stillborn Sunday, January 20, 2013 in a Minot hospital.  Family: parents; sisters, Talah, Kaislin, Kayanna and Abrianna Reddogg; brothers, Taydin Reddogg and Sundance Miner; maternal grandma, Deanne Azure; maternal great-grandma, LaVonne Bruce; grandmas, Beverly Two Shields, Gina Two Shields and Margorie Himes; grandpas, John Bruce, Dwight Bruce Sr., Justin Deegan, Delmer Crows Breast Sr., and Todd Howling Wolf; great-grandmas, Ada White Lightning, Darlene Perkins, and Gloria Good Luck; great-grandpas, Waldron Crows Breast Sr. and Robert Howe Sr.; aunties, Carlee Bruce, Danielle Good Luck, Leta White Lightning, Pamela Brave Bull, Antoinette Lester, Agnes Reddogg and Roberta Plenty Chief; uncles, Dwight Bruce Jr., Morgan Foote, Rainbow Good Bear, Bronson Bruce, Josiah Himes, Jaret Himes and Dylan Himes.  Aerianna was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Anna Loans Arrow and Antoine Reddogg Sr.; maternal grandpa, Aloysious Good Luck Jr.; auntie, Della Reddogg; and uncle, Rudy Young Bird Funeral: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. in New Town Civic Center, New Town. Interment:  Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall

Edith Rohde, 97, New Town, died Friday, January 18, 2013 in the Garrison Memorial Hospital Nursing Facility.  Edith was born on November 11, 1915 on the family homestead in Riverview Township of McKenzie County the daughter of Norwegian immigrants Christopher and Louise (Flesvig) Melby.  She attended country school, was confirmed at Keene First Lutheran Church and graduated from Sanish High School in 1933.  She then attended Business College in Bismarck.  Edith then met the love of her life, Gilbert Rohde, while he was delivering mail to the Melby farm.  Edith’s parents liked Gilbert because he could speak Norwegian.  On November 10, 1939 Edith and Gilbert were united in marriage in the church parsonage at Keene.  They made their home in Sanish where Gilbert continued his route as a mail carrier and farmed and Edith worked at Andersgords Department Store.  When they moved their family to New Town in 1952, Edith was a busy mother and housewife.  Her hands were full raising her sons and taking meals to the field during spring planting and harvest.  She always tended a garden and often had fresh flowers cut from her flowerbeds.  In the winter, she kept busy knitting and crocheting and made several afghans for all her children and grandchildren.  Gilbert and Edith loved to travel and spent several winters in Texas and Arizona and took trips to Norway, Hawaii and Mexico.  Edith enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing, bowling, fishing and baking buns.  She lived her entire life in the Keene, Sanish and New Town area.  Following Gilbert’s death on February 6, 1996 she remained in her home until moving to the New Town Good Samaritan Assisted Living Facility.  She entered the Garrison Memorial Nursing Facility in 2011.  Edith was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she served on the ladies aid and sang in the church choir.  She was also a member of the Lakeview Senior Citizens.  Family: Edith is survived by: her sons, Gary (Patti) of Port Townsend, Wash., Dennis (Anita) of New Town and Bradley (Karen) of Garrison; grandchildren, Jorin File (Rose), Megan Summers, Chris Rohde (Nina), Gregory Rohde (Melissa), Douglas Rohde (Britt) and Dena Rohde; great granddaughter, Freyja Rohde; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Ann and Helga; and brother, Norman.  Funeral:  Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00am in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town. Interment: New Town Cemetery

Michael Wayne Aisenbrey, 67, New Town, died Monday, January 14, 2013 in a Minot hospice facility with his wife and family by his side, following a three and half year long and courageous battle with Stage IV lung cancer.  Michael was born on July 14, 1945 at Stanley, ND the son of Elmer E. and Virginia M. (Wright) Aisenbrey. He was raised on the family farm south of Van Hook and attended his first years of grade school at the Liberty Township country school. After the farm was flooded by the Garrison Dam the family moved into New Town where Mike graduated from New Town High School in 1963. He spent a short time as a city police officer in New Town, working with Russell Clark but found his life’s occupation when he started farming with Joe Gudbranson. Mike chose to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy on February 18, 1966. He served aboard the aircraft carriers, USS Randolph and USS Shangri-La until his honorable discharge on November 1, 1969 as an E-5 Machinist’s Mate.  He returned to North Dakota and continued farming because his passion for farming never waned and each year he looked forward to the challenge of improving his yields. On March 1, 1975 Mike was united in marriage to Beth Ann Roggenbuck. They lived in the New Town area and in 1980 he designed and built a unique earth home they happily called home when it was completed in 1981. Mike spent many hours nurturing the yard, garden and trees around their home. He was proud of the home they had established and would often sit in front of the house and gaze at the lake and land and remark on the beauty of it all.  Mike was an avid hunter who spent many happy hours hunting geese and deer with his family and friends. He also spent a great amount of time fishing and snowmobiling with Beth, friends and family. He and Beth especially loved fishing Alaska’s Cape Chacon and the Inside Passage where they made numerous fishing friends. He was an avid fan of rodeo and held season tickets to the National Finals Rodeo which they would attend each year. He also loved to dance and he and Beth spent many happy hours together on the dance floor.  Mike had a mechanical ability that was un-matched and along with his natural inventive nature had the ability to fix or build almost anything. Starting in 1973 Mike began constructing a fishing boat out of wood and fiberglass which took him two years but resulted in the infamous “Old Blue” that he piloted on Lake Sakakawea for over 30 years.  As a result of his inventive nature he also held a U.S. patent for a Sled Lift, which is used for lifting, moving and storing snowmobiles.  Following his retirement from farming in July 2011, he worked on several projects around home which kept him busy and helped him through his cancer treatments. In 2012 he and Beth fished the Sea of Cortez off Baja, Mexico which had been on his “bucket list” for some time. Mike was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Eagles Aerie 2370, Beck Sherven American Legion Post 290 and a past member of the Minot Elk Lodge, he also belonged to the National Rifle Association, the Ducks Unlimited-Van Hook chapter and the Walleyes Unlimited-Mon Dak chapter.  Family: Mike is survived by: his loving wife, Beth; mother, Virginia “Jennie”; brothers, Jeffrey and David; mother-in-law, Mildred “Milly” Roggenbuck; brothers-in-law, Neil Roggenbuck (Cheryl) and Tom Roggenbuck (Orlea); nephews, Richard (Tamara), Jonathan (Lisa), Jacob, Joshua and Jaret Aisenbrey and Brian Roggenbuck (Lindsay); nieces, Shanna Aisenbrey Johnson and Rona Roggenbuck; and several great nephews and great nieces. He is also survived by our special girl, Ciji Johnson Gherke (Dave) and their daughter, Graci.  He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer and father-in-law, Bernard “Benny” RoggenbuckMemorial Service: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town, there will be no reviewal or visitation but people may sign a memorial register Saturday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.

Gwendolyn Kay Frye, 80, Makoti, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 in the Benedictine Living Center of Garrison.  Gwendolyn was born on August 17, 1932 in Makoti, ND, the daughter of Bill and Lenora (Olesen) Hoff.  She told many wonderful stories of her life growing up in Makoti as the Grocer's daughter.  She attended school and graduated from Makoti High School in 1950.  When she was old enough to work in the grocery store, she realized the importance of hard work, patience and love for the people in her community.  This love eventually was directed at one person in particular, Dick Frye.  He proposed to her on main street Makoti under the Christmas tree and they were united in marriage on June 17, 1951in Hope Lutheran Church.  Gwen was only away from her town for a short while in 1952, when Dick was offered a job in Williston at Westland Truck Stop.  But farming was in Dick's heart and he was able to convince his "city girl" that the farm was the place to live and raise a family.  So together they raised crops and babies.  Gwen quoted, "Life on the farm has been good in many ways and also has been a hard master, but we wouldn't want to trade it for another way of life.  There isn't another job that can keep you closer to God and help you realize how dependent we are on Him.  Every day our eyes were opened to the realization of the beauty in the small things around us." Her love for Makoti, her church, her country and her family was obvious with her involvement in any activity that came her way.  She beamed with pride when talking about them.  She loved her Sunday School jobs, church committees, school activities with her kids, ladies groups, serving on the church council, the American Legion auxiliary, volunteering as a EMT on the Makoti Ambulance, 4-H Meetings and the annual Makoti Threshing Show.  Most of all, Gwen loved her farm.  Her greatest love was her husband, Dick, and their children. Her heart grew bigger with the birth of each new grandchild and great grandchild and she loved the fact that she could add one more name to her list during her daily prayers.  Gwen was a strong but very tender woman who touched many hearts and lives.  Blessed be her memory among us.  Gwen’s Family: Sons and Daughters-in-law, Dick and Sharon of Great Falls, Mont., Tony and Barb of Simms, Mont., Brad of Makoti and Jim and Bridget of St. Paul, Minn.; Daughter and Son-in-law, Kris and Tom Thompson of Argusville, ND; Grandchildren, Michele Murray (Mike), Ricky Frye (Megan), Sarah Gingrich (Dustin); Robert, Mike and Nathan Frye; Cory (Kelli), Nick (Jennifer) and Zac Thompson; Alexandra and Lane Frye; Elizabeth and Travis Frye; Great Grandchildren, Sierra and Mikey Murray; Whitney, Noah and Gage Frye; Sophia, Edison and Reuben Gingrich; Madison, Isaac, Abby and Chloe Thompson; Brothers, Bill Hoff (Gloria) of Plentywood, Mont., Harvey Hoff (Coral) of Bottineau and Tim Hoff (Linda) of Burlington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dick, who died on July 7, 2002; son, Tom; and grandson, Matthew Frye. Funeral: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:00pm in Hope Lutheran Church, Makoti. Interment: Hope Cemetery, Makoti

Allison Patricia Drags Wolf Hall (ikgee zugeediash, Makes Oneself Look Good), 74, New Town, peacefully went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.  Allison was born on March 18, 1938 at Elbowoods, the daughter of Louis and Edna Alice (Bad Gun) Drags Wolf.  She belonged to the Flint Knife Clan and was a baby of the Prairie Chicken Clan.  Her Indian name was given to her by her grandfather, Chief Drags Wolf, at the age of five.  Allison was united in marriage to William "Jake" Hall Jr on July 12, 1956.  From this union her children Steve, Jackie and Ken were born.  Family: Allison is survived by her: sons, Steve (Carol) of Parshall and Ken (Cara) of New Town; daughters, Jackie Bears Tail (Daryl) of Bismarck, Connie Twins (Wesley) of Stillwater, Okla., Georgia Fox and Lovina Fox, both of Mandaree; adopted sons, Hank Taken Alive (Donna) of McLaughlin, SD, Monte Larson (Denise) of Seattle, WA and Jay Claymore of Bismarck; grandchildren, Gen Smith (JD) of Bismarck, Candice Eagle (Jared) of New Town, Loni Thilmony (Justin) of Beach, Katie Hall, Wylee (Becky), Whitney (Kristen), Wesley (Lindsey), Wayne "Jarvis", Kristin, Walter, Billie Jo and Allison Bears Tail, all of Bismarck, Faith Hall of New Town, Kensey Hall of Tulsa, Okla., Tommy Joe Fox of Bismarck and Skye Hall of New Town; great grandchildren, Kaszady Bears Tail, Teegan, Talayna and Takoja Fox, Eliah, Natalie, Brylee, Kylee, Jake and Colter Bears Tail, Jori Smith, Jonavon Tarbel, Saydee Bears Tail and Tyra Jo Fox.  Allison was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; husband, William "Jake" Hall Jr; infant daughters, Billie Jo and Beatrice; brothers, Kenneth Drags Wolf Sr, Calvin Drags Wolf Sr, Hugh Drags Wolf Sr and Gilbert Eagle; sisters, Germaine Fox, Ernestine Stone and Marian Fisher.  Funeral: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:00am in the New Town Civic Center Interment: Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town

James M. Bear, “Yellow Eyes, ISHDA-ZEEDISH”, 65, died Monday, December 31, 2012 in his home.  James was born, July 11, 1947 in Elbowoods, ND the son of Philip and Amelia (Spotted Wolf) Bear.  James was a member of the Three Clan.  In 1952, the year of the flooding of Elbowoods, Jim was in the first grade and his family relocated to Lucky Mound District, south of Parshall.  James then attended Lucky Mound School and continued his high school education at Flandreau, SD through the 11th grade.  On March 5, 1968, Jim entered the US Army and while in the Army, he completed his GED.  He was stationed at Fort Ord in California to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade.  He was honorably discharged in 1971.  James settled in Pomona, California after the Army and attended college at Cal-Poly State where he studied addiction counseling.  He was employed as a counselor at Compton Recovery Home.  He was appointed to various boards and sat on the board for actor Will Sampson.  He worked in construction and welding and was even a chef at the Bellevue Hotel in Los Angeles.  Jim worked on a movie lot in Los Angeles where he developed an interest in the film industry and its portrayal of historical events.  While working behind the scenes, he met many American Indian people involved in movies and TV.  In 1978, Jim moved back to Parshall, ND where he met the love of his life, Barb Little Owl in May of that year.  They were united in marriage on October 18, 1992.  Jim and Barb lived in Los Angeles, Bishop, CA, and Bismarck, ND before returning to Parshall.  While living in Bismarck, Jim attended the University of Mary.  Jim was an avid jokester, who liked to talk like WC Fields and imitate other actors.  He was always teasing, especially his nephews, nieces and grandchildren for whom he had special names – even his doctor who he called Dr. Doorknocker.  Jim’s number one enjoyment was being with his wife and his grandson, Laimen, whom he loved very much.  Jim’s interests included music and playing guitar.  He often sang, played and recorded his favorite songs and he always sang special songs to Barbara.  He loved horses and was often seen riding his horse, Zorro, around Lucky Mound.  James once rode a buffalo at Fort Yates and finished in first place.  One of his many adventures was hitchhiking from Parshall back to Los Angeles.  He was also interested in the art of bow and arrow making and flint-knapping; he hoped to someday spend more time with this hobby.  Jim’s interest was in history; specifically the Military Era and Plains Indians War Era.  He read numerous books on the subject.  He served as a historian at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.  Jim portrayed his grandfather, Thomas Spotted Wolf, in a reenactment of a meeting with the US Army Officers in the production “This Land I Am Standing On”.  James became interested in arts and crafts as a youngster and participated in Ina Halls 4-H Club.  He was artistic and recreated early Plains Indian artifacts with several still on display at the Buffalo Museum in Jamestown and at Knife River Indian Village in Stanton. James was once elected as the Community Chairperson for NE Segment.  He was an outspoken activist for people’s rights and was 100% for the people of Fort Berthold, for whom he cared very much.   When a friendship was formed, he remained loyal.  James was a Certified Veterans Service Officer and was employed with the Tribal Veterans Program from 1992 to the time of his passing.  Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends. FamilyJim is survived by his wife, Barb of Parshall; daughters, Shawn Charging (Brent) of Riverdale, Rhonda Bear of Pine Ridge, SD, and Winona Bear of Parshall; 11 grandchildren; brother, Dewey Bear (Roberta) of Parshall; sisters, Clarinda Menzie of Fort Thompson, SD, Juanita Bear of Sioux City, IA and Josita Bear of Fresno, CA; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas Spotted Wolf; grandmother, Susie Heines; parents; and brothers, Terry Bear and Stoney Mitchell. Funeral:  Saturday, January 5, 2012, 11am in Veterans Memorial Hall,  Parshall. Burial:  Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall


Merle Bruce (“Holy Necklace” Sciskak Uxwaar Uxtii’U), 75, New Town died peacefully at her home on Monday, December 24, 2012. Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, relative and friend, was born in Elbowoods, ND on September 25, 1937 to Phillip and Rose (Hopkins) Hand.  She was raised and educated in the Elbowoods area.  She was one of six children.  She was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Merle was united in marriage to Eugene J. Bruce.  Seven children were born to that union:  Cheryl, Lisa, Lynn, Kevin, Todd, Ronald (Bunny), and Darrell Lee.  She lived her life in the New Town and Four Bears area. She worked at the New Town Nursing Home and at Northrop Grumman for three years during her earlier years and retired in February 2010 from TAT Tribal Maintenance where she worked for 32 years. Merle was a very humble, gracious and loving woman.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching “Tiger Woods” golf and her favorite TV series “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy”.  Her favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys.  She was proud of her children’s  and grandchildren’s abilities and accomplishments.  During her lifetime, Merle was loved for her caring and compassion for life.  She had a tenacious spirit and is remembered for her sense of humor and quick wit.  When she laughed, everyone else laughed.  Merle was also known for her gentleness and thoughtfulness.  Her home was never empty and was a welcome home to everyone who stopped by.  She touched many lives in her own special way.  She will be missed but never forgotten. Family: Merle is survived by her children, Cheryl Danks of Bismarck, Lisa Bruce of New Town, Lynn Bruce of Minot, Kevin Bruce of Beulah and Todd Bruce of Killdeer; seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and sisters,  Phyllis Hand  and Madeline Bruce, both of New Town.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Rose Hand; sons, Darrell Lee Bruce and Ronald Jay Bruce; sisters, Fern Sitting Crow and Alfreda Good Bird; brother, Ernest Hand; and granddaughter, Samantha Leigh Danks.  Funeral:  Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Memorial Hall, rural New Town Interment:  Snow Bird Cemetery, rural New Town


Selma Ruth "Sally" Nordquist, 94, Minot, formerly of Parshall, died Thursday, 

December 20, 2012 in a Garrison nursing home.  Selma was born on August 24, 1918, the daughter of John and Martha (Rubbert) Joern, on the family homestead near Upham, ND.  She was raised on the family farm and attended country school at Deep.  Following graduation from Upham High School, she attended Trinity School of Nursing. On September 26, 1948, Sally was united in marriage to Orville Nordquist at St. John's Lutheran Church near Upham.  They first made their home in Banner Township, on the original homestead, before moving into Parshall in the early 1950's. They farmed together for over 50 years. In addition to assisting with the farm work Sally worked at the Parshall Drug Store, the medical clinic for Dr. Blatherwick, and the dental clinic for Dr. Stewart.  At one time, she and her sister owned and operated a women's clothing store.  In 1975, they moved into a new home east of town and remained there during their retirement.  Following Orville's death on March 4, 2006, Sally relocated to The View in Minot, a retirement community, where she was reunited with many Parshall area friends and established new friendships as well.  Sally loved Life at the View!  Sally enjoyed camping and fishing at Deepwater Bay, gardening and caring for her yard and golfing.  She especially cherished spending time with family and liked preparing the meals for family gatherings.  She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Parshall where she was a member of its Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir for many years.  Blessed be her memory among us. Family: Sally is survived by her children, Dennis (Cindy) of Minot, Julie Bartelson of Fargo and Tim (Sally) of Garrison; Grandchildren, Bruce Nordquist and Sandi Piper, both of Sioux Falls, SD, Christa Brunsell (Troy) of Surrey, Chad Nordquist of Hutchinson, MN, Molly Schlagel (Bryan) of Torrington, WY, Matt Bartelson (Angela) of Fargo and Cory Nordquist (Tina) of Garrison;, twelve great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mildred Wittmayer and Myrtle Miller; and brothers, Elmer and Norman Joern.  Funeral: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall. 

Loran Jerome Hauge, 84, Parshall, died peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in his home.  Loran was born on August 20, 1928 the son of Leonard and Frieda (Hallingstad) Hauge.  He was raised in the Wabek and Plaza area and graduated from Plaza High School in 1946.  On January 18, 1947 he entered the US Army.  He served until his honorable discharge on June 10, 1948 when he returned to North Dakota. On March 25, 1950 Loran was united in marriage to Marion Geving.  They made their home in Parshall where they raised their family.  Loran was a carpenter by trade and built several houses in the area.  Throughout his life he worked for Boeing, Pitcher Drilling, Parshall Good Samaritan Center and Three Affiliated Tribes Housing. Loran loved to play cards, bingo and visit with friends and acquaintances.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially cherished visits from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parshall where he had served on the church council. FamilyLoran is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Marion of Parshall; son, John Hauge (Terri) of Bottineau; daughters, Terri Morenski (Bob), Kris Hauge and Rae Olson (Carl) all of Parshall; grandchildren, Joseph Morenski (Andrea) of Williston, Andrew McWilliams (Kayla) of Minot, Wendy Wolding and Traci Dietz both of Bismarck, Robin Vollmer (Justin) of Surrey, Katie McWilliams (Peter) of Williston and Chad Olson (Heather) of Palermo; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Dwayne Hauge of Billings, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Loran was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Sidney “Butch” and Loran Jr.; brothers, Alvin “Bud”, Dennis and Larry; and sisters, Elmae and LuElla. Funeral:  Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall  Interment:  Parshall Cemetery, Parshall

Steven Brian Murphy, 46, Plaza, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at his home. Steven was born on July 28, 1966 in Missoula, Montana, the son of Eugene and Irene (Buchholz) Murphy. Upon moving to Ohio he attended Cambridge High School where he graduated in 1984. Steve attended Buffalo Technical School where he received his certificate in Auto Mechanics. In 1984 he married Rhonda Galbreath. Together they had two children Stephanie and Joshua. It was during this time Steve worked both as a mechanic and in the oil fields. It was also where Steve served as a Volunteer Fireman for the New Castle Fire Department for over 10 years. Steve developed a passion and love in this role. One of the many highlights was Steve playing the secret Santa each year for the department. Steve and Rhonda later divorced. In 1994 Steve met Laniece “Missy” Fornal in Ohio. The two were married in October of 2004 in Las Vegas. Together they had three children, Brittany, Levi and Montana. During this time Steve worked for ESPN, traveling across the country to major events including the Super Bowl. One of the many things Steve was proud of was volunteering his time delivering Camping Trailers, from Ohio to Louisiana, used as temporary housing for those in need during Hurricane Katrina. In 2010 Steve and Missy moved to Plaza, North Dakota. Upon moving to Plaza, Steve worked for North Country Oil driving a Vacuum truck. At the time of his death he was employed with DSJD as a truck boss and manager.  Steve was a friend to anyone who met him.  He also was an avid NASCAR racing fan.  Blessed be his memory among us.  Family: Steve is survived by: his wife of 18 years, Missy of Plaza; sons, Joshua and his finance Tabathe of Makoti, ND and Levi of Plaza; daughters, Stephanie Franklin (Terry) of Conover, North Carolina, Brittany Fornal and Montana Murphy both of Plaza; grandchildren, Alana, Zayden and Zander; brothers, Kevin of Cambridge, Ohio, Terry of Russell, Kentucky and Jody of Snohomish, Washington; mother-in-law,  Sandy Zimmerman of Las Vegas; and numerous nieces, nephews aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Memorial Service and Celebration of Steve’s Life:  Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1:00pm in First Lutheran Church in Plaza, North Dakota.

Corliss Ann Grady (Bear Woman “naxbicci mea”), 62, New Town, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in her home.  Corliss was born on March 23, 1950 in Elbowoods, the daughter of Jack and Violet (White Body) Lone Fight.  She was raised at Shell Creek and later moved with her family to New Town.  She was educated at Wahpeton Indian School and attended Fort Yates High School.  She received her GED in 1981 at Technical Vocational Institute and worked at Jemez’s San Diego Bar in New Mexico.  She later lived in California for several years in the cities of Carson, Hawthorne and Lancaster.  When she moved home to New Town she worked at the New Town Nursing Home before starting her career with Northrop Grumman.  She retired from Northrop after 20 years as a line inspector. Throughout her life, Corliss was a foster mother to many children.  Her home was always open to everyone and anyone in need could always count on Corliss.  She cherished spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and always looked forward to family gatherings and powwows.  She enjoyed going to bingo, cooking, baking, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling.  Every year on Halloween Corliss was excited to dress up in a crazy costume and have fun on her favorite day of the year.  She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who loved her very much.  Blessed be her memory among us. Family: Children ~ Annie Lone Bear (Lester), JoLouise Felter (Howard), Serrel Sando (Nan), Christina Sando (Harlen) and Wendy Starr (Collin); Longtime Companion ~ Clayton Lockwood Sr.; Brothers ~ Wade White Body, Elgin White Body, Donald Lone Fight, Kevin Fox and Paul Fox; Sister ~ Dona Lone Fight; Seventeen Grandchildren, Twelve Great-grandchildren, and several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Extended Family. Corliss was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bryce Smith; sisters, Marjorie Black Hawk, Inez White Owl, Irene Lone Fight, Geneva Aho, Allison Lone Fight, Carrie Brokowsky, Theresa Blumh and Darlene Belgarde; and brothers, Jack Lone Fight Jr. and Franklin Lone Fight Sr.  Funeral: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.  Interment: St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Mandaree

May Howard Baker Coffey, (“Garden” skanihaa), age 91, passed from this world into Gods loving arms on November 30, 2012 at 3:27 p.m. surrounded by her loving family while praying the Blessed Rosary. May was born February 6, 1921 in Buffalo Rock to Letha Wilde and George Howard Sr.; she was delivered at home by her father.  May had a seventh grade education, which belied her intelligence; she said her children could never “pull the wool over my eyes.”  At age 91, her mind was alert. She could always be found sitting in her recliner with a “Circle the Word” book and a bowl of Circus peanuts by her side.  May became an adult and responsible at an early age; she kept house for her nine brothers in the Niishu and Elbowoods communities while barely a teenager. She spoke often of that time and how she cooked and washed clothes for her brothers.  She still marveled at the idea she could turn on a tap and get hot water. Her home was always a lively place, she said often, “I came from a large family and I had a large family”.  She had twelve children and was always proud that she raised all plus two grandchildren to adulthood.  Garden was educated in Elbowoods and later in Cleveland, Tennessee where she learned to play the piano.  She had a strong belief in the Lord; at age seven she completely lost her eyesight. Her mother Letha took her south for healing and through faith and prayer May recovered.  In her early life she followed the Episcopal faith and was baptized into that faith by Vine Deloria, Sr.  Although she raised all her children as Catholic, May converted to Catholicism at a later age.  She was received into the Church on June 12, 2009, confirmed and received her first communion from Father Stephen Kranz.  At confirmation she was given the name Takawitha by Father Steve.  May followed her traditional ways and was a member of the New Town chapter of the Native American Church.  Her home was always open to the singers for their practice.  She was a member of the Awahu Band of the Arikara, a descendant of the Bear medicine society of the Ree Medicine Lodge and also descended from the Mandan Alkalai Lodge clan.   She was introduced to her first husband, Adrian Baker by her brother George Howard at age fifteen, 5 daughters and 1 son blessed this union.  During WW II both she and Adrian served the war effort; she as a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ in Seattle, Washington and Adrian in the Army. Following Adrian’s death, she raised her children in Elbowoods and she later married Pete Coffey Sr. with two sons and four daughters blessing that union.  When Elbowoods was flooded, she and Pete moved to South Dakota to find work.  Always a hard worker, May worked as a Special Deputy Officer for female inmates at Crow Creek Indian Nation in South Dakota and as a cook for the jail.  She worked as a cook at the school in Lower Brule, South Dakota and was very proud of being the first cook at the new school.  On retiring, she and Pete returned home and lived in Twin Buttes where she worked as a CHR.  They moved to White Shield and in their later years moved to Parshall.  On May 6, 2007 she was invested as an Oblate Novice of St. Benedict for Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND. Garden was a (lifetime) Royal member of Clarence Spotted Wolf, John Irwin, Jr. Ladies Auxiliary Unit 300.  For many years she volunteered at the Three Tribes Museum and served as unofficial granny to all who visited there.   She wanted all her family and grandchildren to have their Indian names.  She always thought of the names herself.  She also adopted Dr. Margaret Nordell and gave her the name of “White Mother” or utna dagah because she delivered so many Indian babies.     Family: May is survived by her children Avis Mayer, Frances Baker, Glenda Baker Embry, Ardel Baker, G. Russell Gillette, Barbara Roy, Aurelia Gillette, Florence Brady, Grace Gillette, Pete Coffey, Jr., James Jandreau,  Judith Coffey Brady, Mary Coffey and Jeanette Coffey,  58 grandchildren,117  great-grandchildren, 22 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; both of her husbands; all her siblings;  sons, Bion Baker and Randall Coffey; and daughters, Melissa Boepple, Susann Coffey, Thana Gillette, Shirley Gillette and Sylvia Gillette. Funeral:  Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall Interment:  Immaculate Conception Cemetery, rural White Shield

Kalcie Leroy Eagle, (Four Bears) “Nux-Bizi Dobish”, 21, New Town died Sunday, November 18, 2012 in Parshall.  Kalcie was born on January 2, 1991, in Minot, to Scott and Kandace (Robbins) Eagle.  Family: Kalcie is survived by: his parents; sisters, Kacey La Rae, Katrina Lynn, Christy Jo and Demi Ra’chelle; adopted sisters, Patricia, Natasha and Mary Black Hawk and several uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lenard “Jute” and Carmen “Dottie” Eagle, maternal grandparents, Donald “Litz” Robbins and Phyllis Matthews and adopted father, Harrison Black Hawk.  Funeral: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:00am in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.   Interment:  Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, rural White Shield.

Barry Druex Johnson, 58, Stanley, formerly of New Town, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in his home.  Barry was born on March 28, 1954 in Stanley, ND the son of Morris and Helen Jean (Ellis) Johnson.  He was raised in New Town where he attended school and graduated from New Town High School in 1973.  On June 11, 1977, Barry was united in marriage to Sandra Estvold in New Town.  They made their home in New Town where they raised their family.  For many years, Barry and Sandy operated a daycare in their home.  Barry loved kids.  He took pride in caring for his yard and always helped Sandy with chores around the house.  Barry liked to keep busy and worked in a variety of positions at local businesses.  He worked with his father at H & M Liquor and helped when needed at S & B Sporting Goods.  He was a meat cutter at Piggly Wiggly, cooked at the New Town nursing home and clerked at the Kum & Go and Cenex C-Store.  He was also the first manager of the new ALCO in New Town.  Following Sandra’s death on May 18, 2008, he continued to make New Town his home.  In 2010, he moved to Stanley.  He currently worked at Stanley High School as a teacher’s aide and managed Southside Apartments in Stanley.  He was also serving as a fill-in lay minister at churches throughout the area. Barry was a very devoted husband.  He cherished spending time with his wife and children.  He loved the annual family deer hunt, drives through the countryside with Sandy and fishing with his children.  He loved being in the kitchen.  He was a great cook and one of his favorite things to do was to bake.  He also liked to can and made great salsa.  Another specialty of his was party mix.  He loved Ford Mustangs and dreamed of one day buying a Mach One.   Barry enjoyed music and he sang at numerous funerals and weddings throughout his life.   Blessed be his memory among us.  Family: Barry is survived by: his children, Travis (Maranda Asheim) of Powers Lake, Devin (Tami) of Parshall, Maggi Johnson (Jason Lynn) of Ryder and Lorin (Brittney Harstad) of Parshall; father, Morris of Stanley; sisters, Lynda Morris of Durango, CO, Shelly Rogstad (Roger) of Fargo and Sherry Laib (Lavern) of Stanley; mother-in-law, Margaret Estvold of New Town; sisters-in-law, Victoria Dawson (Jim) of New Town and Carol Zacher (Brad) of Parshall; brothers-in-law, Duane Estvold (Sharen) and Dale Estvold (Holly), both of New Town; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Jean; wife, Sandra; brothers, Lonny, Donny and Cory; and father-in-law, Marvin Estvold.  Funeral: Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town. Interment: Van Hook Cemetery, rural New Town.

Ardell James "AJ" Nush, 74, Makoti, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in a Garrison nursing home.   Ardell was born April 6th, 1938, in Minot, the son of Joseph and Pearl Gladys (Bergeson) Nush.  He was raised in Makoti, where he attended school and graduated from Makoti High School in 1957.  On Dec. 29, 1960 he enlisted in the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in Florida and Fort Ord in California.    Following his honorable discharge on Dec. 12, 1963 he attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton to study auto mechanics.  AJ lived his entire life in Makoti where he worked as the janitor at the Makoti High School and assisted Bud Huff as an electrician.  He also worked for various farmers throughout the area and tended bar at the K-Bar.  He served as Parade Chairmen for the Makoti Threshing Association for many years, was a member of the William Hanson American Legion Post and Hope Lutheran Church.  AJ enjoyed community activities, hunting, fishing, shooting pool and throwing darts with his friends. He also enjoyed playing pinochle and watching the Minnesota Twins.  Family: Ardell is survived by his sister, Darlene Morse (Rodney) of Minot and brother, Robert Nush (Nervoa) of Merced, CA; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Lyle Peterson; and brothers, George and Gordon. Funeral:  Monday, November 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Hope Lutheran Church, Makoti  Interment with military honors at Hope Cemetery, Makoti.

Dora E. Bloom, 90, Minot, formerly of Plaza, died Monday, October 29, 2012 in a Minot nursing home.  Dora was born March 7, 1922 in Lignite, at her grandparents’ home, to Walter and Viola (Vesey) Malcomb.  Dora was raised and educated in the Berthold and Tagus area where she attended country school.  As a young lady, she worked for an area farmer doing a variety of jobs from housework to driving the grain truck. Dora met Edgar Bloom at an area dance.  They were united in marriage on October 10, 1940 in Sidney, MT alongside Dora’s brother and Edgar’s sister in a double ceremony.  They made their home in rural Plaza where Edgar farmed.  Dora enjoyed working beside Edgar on the farm.  In 1948, the family moved into Plaza.  Edgar and Dora planned to spend winters in Arizona; Edgar passed away on March 1, 1980, during their first visit. Dora spent a few more winters in Arizona before permanently moving to Minot in the late 1980s. Dora liked to crochet and loved to bake.  She enjoyed visiting with friends and entertaining company.  She cherished time spent with her family.  Dora was a member of First Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid, both Plaza.  She served as a 4-H leader for her children’s club and participated in the Plaza Homemakers group.  In 2002, Dora entered Trinity Homes in Minot.  She remained active and enjoyed playing bingo and bowling. She also embroidered towels which were sold in the nursing home gift shop.  May God bless the memory of Dora Bloom. Family: Dora is survived by her daughter, Mary Lou Bloom of Mill Creek, OK; son, Walter Bloom of Bloomington, MN; son-in-law, Thomas Johnson of Burnsville, MN; brother, Robert Wayne Malcomb of Klamath Falls, OR; granddaughter, Carmen Duvall (Dylan) of Elk River, MN; great-grandchildren, Heather Anderson (Joe), Lacey Pretzer and Alyssa Pretzer, all of Fargo, Caleb and Danner Duvall; 5 great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Maxine Malcomb of Minot.  Dora was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Barbara Johnson; brothers, Durward, Donald and Elmer Malcomb; and sister, Bernice Sessing.  Funeral:  Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza  Interment:  East Plaza Cemetery, Plaza

Arvid Bangen, Bismarck, formerly of New Town, N.D., was granted peace by his Heavenly Father from his earthly bonds on October 25, 2012, at the Missouri Slope Care Center under the care of St. Alexius Hospice. His struggle with Alzheimer's took many physical and mental functions from him but never diminished his desire to return home and once again be close to the Bangen farm and the familiar surroundings that he loved.  Arvid Bangen was born October 5, 1921, to Hans Anton and Sara (Berg) Bangen on his parents homestead in Big Bend Township, Sanish, North Dakota. Arvid always said that his folks finished threshing their grain crop the same day he was born so he missed that harvest but he has been around for every harvest since then. He attended elementary school in a small rural school a mile from their farm and graduated from high school in Sanish, in 1939. Education was very important to him. Because his high school days came during the Great Depression, he and a friend rented a room in Sanish. By bringing food from home they could cook, eat, and sleep in that one room for $10.00 a month. When World War II started, two of his brothers joined the military so he spent the war years helping his father run the family farm which had grown in size over the years. It was the start of a profession that he thoroughly enjoyed for the rest of this life. For the next 40 years he farmed and ranched in partnership with his brother Howard.  On December 27, 1944, he married Helen Margaret Howie in Sanish and they made their home on the Bangen homestead until moving into New Town in 1984. Arvid continue to be active in and around the farm for many years after their move. In 2010 they moved to Edgewood Village in Bismarck,  Family: Arvid is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen, Bismarck, N.D.; his daughter, Susan Bangen, Seattle, Wash.; his sons, David (Pamela) Bangen, Bismarck, N.D., Jeffrey (Margie) Bangen, New Town, N.D.; 6 grandchildren, Bradley Bangen, Heidi (Bangen) Bitz, Whitney Bangen, MacKenzie Bangen, Jake Bangen, and Billie Bangen; 4 great grandchildren, Elliot Bitz, Mason Bitz, Logan Bitz and Emma Bangen. He is also survived by his sisters; Ruth Richardson, Bismarck, N.D., and Thelma Collins, Vancouver, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Arvid Bangen; his parents, Hans Anton and Sara Bangen; his sister, Harriet Larson; and his brothers Howard Bangen, Rueben Bangen, and Leland Bangen.  Funeral:   Wednesday, October 31, at 11:00 am inBethel Lutheran Church, New Town  Interment:  Grand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, south of New Town

                   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed 
           to the Grand Valley Cemetery Association or donor’s choice.

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Jennie Whitman, 87, Bismarck, died October 24, 2012 in a Bismarck hospital.  Jennie Begay was born May 4, 1925 at Shiprock, NM.  Jennie has a heritage of being part of a major clan recognized by the Navajo people (Dine) ~ the Tachinii Clan (Red Ring Around The Water Edge People); she was born for Ashiini Clan (from her father). She attended school at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, AZ.  She then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS where she completed her high school education.  Jennie enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp and was stationed in Dallas, TX.  She was honorably discharged in 1945. Jennie continued her education in Lawton, OK where she graduated from the Nurse Aide School at Kiowa Hospital on May 27, 1947.  She relocated to Elbowoods, ND and worked as a nurse for Dr. Herbert Wilson at Elbowoods Hospital. Jennie married Albert Whitman, Sr. on November 10, 1949 in Washburn.  They both lived and worked at the hospital in Elbowoods until the Garrison Dam was completed and they were relocated to Mandaree in 1954.  Jennie worked as a substitute post master in Mandaree and was also the secretary/treasurer for the Mandaree School Board.  She also worked as a teacher’s aide at Mandaree Elementary school and ultimately was recruited by her nephew, J.C. Whitman, who worked for UND encouraging aides to become teachers.  Jennie received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of North Dakota on May 12, 1974.  Jennie taught at Mandaree until retiring in 1982.  Jennie enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and classical music.  She played the piano and made sure her children learn to play, too.  Reading was one of her favorite pastimes.  Her love of teaching touched many lives over the years.   Family: Jennie will be deeply missed by her daughters, Orbanna Whitman and Jaymee Hoffer (Todd), both of Bismarck; son, Clifton Whitman of New Town; ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Albert “AA” Jr. and Wade; parents; brother, Jimmy; and sister, Lucy Ann. Funeral:  Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Mandaree Burial:  St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Mandaree
The family would like to give special thank you to the New Horizons Unit 
at the Baptist Home of Bismarck.  We would also like to include 
the nurses and CNA’s at Sanford Medical Center of Bismarck.

Milton “Moon” Rufus Beaks (Miawagute Midee ga dee) “Spring Buffalo”, 57, Parshall, passed away at home surrounded by his nieces and nephews on Monday, October 15, 2012.  Milton was born April 20, 1955, to Harry Sr. and Olive (Stevenson) Beaks at Stanley, North Dakota. Milton was a member of the Water Buster Clan and a child of Knife Clan. Milton was very fluent in the Hidatsa language. Milton was raised in the Shell Creek and New Town area and received his education at the New Town Public Schools where he participated in basketball, football and track. Following his graduation from New Town High School in 1974, he Ranched and farmed in the Shell Creek area. In 1996, he moved to Wahpeton and attended North Dakota State School of Science earning a Certificate in Heating, Cooling and Electrical. Throughout his life, he was employed by Saddlematic in Colorado, where he built saddle parts, as Maintenance at the NECO Casino in Arizona and as a Dorm Supervisor at the Circle of Nations Indian School in Wahpeton. For health reasons, he moved to Billings, MT in 2002. In 2007, he moved to Parshall where he lived with his nephew Jarett Finley.  Milton returned to Billings and lived with his sister Gloria Walking Eagle until he started having health problems that lead to him staying in the Billings Nursing Home.  In August 2011, he returned to Parshall to live with his niece and caretaker, Deseraye Finley, until he passed on. Moon enjoyed traveling and gambling at Las Vegas and at various local casinos.  He valued time spent visiting and watching his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed football, was an avid Vikings fan and enjoyed attending games in Minneapolis, MN to cheer on his team.  Milton will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Family: Milton is survived by: sisters, Adeline Brunsell, of New Town, Gloria Walking Eagle of Billings Montana; brother, Harry (Gordon) Beaks Jr of Mohave Valley Arizona and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Coleen Beaks.  Funeral:  Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall Burial:  Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town

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Douglas Paul “Doogie” Entorf, 57, New Town, formerly of Williston and Plaza, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in New Town.  Douglas Paul Entorf was born on January 6, 1955, in Lewistown, Montana, the son of Paul and Marcella (Conrad) Entorf.  He was raised in Denton, Montana, until his family moved to Glasgow, Montana, where he graduated from high school in 1973.  During his school years he played football and wrestled.  He then attended the University of Montana in Missoula for a short time before moving to Tioga to start his career as an agriculture agronomist.  He later moved to Richland, Montana, where he met his best friend and the love of his life, Mary Lystad.  They were united in marriage on February 19, 1977, in Scobey. Montana.  In 1978 they moved to Williston, where he worked for Mort’s Soil Service and raised his family.  In 1998, they moved to Plaza, where he was employed with Plaza-Makoti Equity Elevator.  At the time of his death, he was working with Dakota Quality Grain Coop in New Town and resided at the New Town Marina, where he assisted with the management duties. In his leisure time, Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing, gambling, spending time at his cabin at New Town Marina and golfing.  He enjoyed barbecuing and was known for a mean smoked turkey.  He also liked socializing with friends and family and loved to enjoy his favorite cigar and scotch.  More than ever, he cherished spending time with his grandchildren, Ethan, Jax, Payton and Tyson.  Blessed be his memory among us.  Family: Doug is survived by: his loving wife of 35 years, Mary of New Town; daughters, Dawn Maki (Shanon) of Watford City and Hope Wilhelm (Evan) of Bottineau; sisters, Janet Willers (Jerry) of Phillips, WI, Jane Coefield (Tom) of Austin, TX and Susan Lutzenhiser (Loren) of Portland, OR; sister-in-law, Della Turcotte (Bruce) of Epping; brother-in-law, Ernie Lystad (Rita) of Granville; 4 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Greg, Kathy, Ryan, Terri, Mark, Dawn and Steve.  He was preceded in death by his parents and mother and father-in-law, Maynard and Lena Lystad.  Memorial Service: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.  There will no reviewal or visitation and a private family committal service will take place at a later date.

David Anthony “Fish” Fox (Fox Ears “Iixoki  Áhba”) 54, New Town, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in Trinity Hospital, Minot.  David Fox was born on September 18, 1958 in Minot, the son of George and Goldie (Dragswolf) Fox.  He was raised in Mandaree and New Town and attended Wahpeton Indian School and New Town High School. He also attended high school at Intermountain School in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a track and cross country runner.  After high school, he worked for Chinook Pipeline in Watford City in the late 1970’s.  He later took up building trades and worked in the renovation department at Fort Berthold Housing for many years.  Fish was a humble and kindhearted man who loved to joke and tease with everyone he knew.  He was an avid hunter and learned how to castrate horses from his Father. He loved hunting with his father, brothers, Jeff and Orville and his uncles, Maynard, Rex and Tex Fox.  He enjoyed watching old cowboy and science fiction movies, visiting friends and gambling at the casino.  He also enjoyed listening to country and old rock and roll music.  He was also known as “Tony Boy” to many of his family members.  He cherished spending time with his grandchildren and often would babysit them.   Fish loved his family and grandchildren; he often laughed and teased with them.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for his ability to make them laugh.  He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandfather and friend to all who knew him.  Fish was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town and a member of the Waterbuster Clan and a child of the A Wa Xia Clan.  Family: David “Fish” is survived by: his companion, Anna White of New Town; son, Nathaniel Fox (Jenn); daughter, Cynthia Good Bird; adopted daughters, Jolene and Juanita Black Hawk;  brothers, Jeff Fox and Orville Fox (Vickie);  sisters, Zandra Ziebart, Monica Lyson (Darryl), Carmen Fox, Jolene Fox and Ardella Fox, all of New Town; aunts, Laverne Fettig and Roseanne Johnson, both of Mandaree, Donna Morgan, June Lizotte, and Martha Jarski, all of New Town; uncles, Leroy Crow Flies High and Wesley Hall, both of New Town; grandchildren, Nekomis, Taylor, Nate and Sadie Fox,  Isabella,  Quaiden and Izek and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jody Fox Gorman; brother, Darryl “Poncho” Two Crow; maternal grandparents, George Crow Flies High and Grace Medicine Crow; paternal grandparents George and Mary (Birdsbill) Fox; infant brother, Gerald; nephew, Coulee Fox and sister-in-law, Brenda Fox. Funeral: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:00 am in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.   Interment:  Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town.

BunnellWebBrandon Gerald Bunnell, 29, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 in a motorcycle accident near New Town. Brandon was born July 9, 1983 in Billings, Montana, the son of David and Dori Bunnell.  He grew up in Menahga, MN and graduated from Menahga High School in 2001.  In 2001, Brandon entered the United States Marine Corps and served one tour in Iraq during 2002.  He was united in marriage to Michelle Jones on January 15, 2005 in Joshua Tree, California.  Together they have two children, Andy (6) and Adam (4) Bunnell. Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2005, Brandon and his family moved back to Menahga, MN, where Brandon worked with his father in construction.  In 2006, he and his family moved to Frannie, WY where he worked in construction for EHC until he found his true passion, driving truck in northern North Dakota.   Brandon loved to visit with people and was always looking for his next project.  He was a remarkable artist especially in drawing, and he loved to work on his trucks.  May God bless the memory of Brandon Bunnell.  Family: Children ~ Andy and Adam; Parents ~ David and Dori Bunnell of West Fargo, ND; Sisters ~ Becky (Don) Mullen of Menahga, MN, Megan (Dale) Wasness of Fargo, ND;  Brother ~ Forrest Petty of Powell, WY; Grandparents ~ Dorcas Bunnell of Cambridge, MN and Gloriann Larson of West Fargo, ND; Great-grandpa ~ Onie (Betty) Samuelson of Menahga, MN; Three Nephews and One Niece. Brandon was preceded in death by his grandpa, Gerald Larson, grandpa, Melvin Bunnell, and grandpa, Del Skeim.  Memorial ServiceSaturday, October 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in First English Lutheran Church, Menahga, Minnesota

Robert Chapin, Jr. (White Buffalo), 48, New Town, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in a Minot hospital.  He was born January 14, 1964 in Stanley to Robert and Violet (Brady) Chapin. Family: He is survived by: sons, Levi, Robert and Leroy Chapin; daughters, Lynette Chapin-Birdsbill, Shelby Chapin-Wenstad and Roberta Chapin; brother, Link Chapin; sisters, Reverta Drags Wolf and Sherry Chapin and three grandchildren, all of New Town.  Funeral: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the New Town Civic Center  Burial: Brady Family Cemetery, rural New Town

VanEeckhoutWebMary Van Eeckhout, 87, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in a Minot nursing home. Mary was born February 4, 1925, in Chola, ND to Jack and Katharine (Henricks) Heffern.  She attended school in the Lansford area.  Mary was married to Robert Nelson for many years until his death in 1962. They had two sons together, Robert and Richard. Mary also has one step-daughter, Pat Lehman and a daughter, Pat Peterson.  Mary married Joe Van Eeckhout April 2, 1964.  They made their home in Makoti.  Mary and Joe loved to fish.  For many years, during winter and summer, they could be found on Makoti Lake.  Many people wanted Mary’s canned fish recipes and which are still being used today.  Mary and Joe also loved to go to Medora.  They had quite a collection of pictures, buffalo was the favorite subject.  Mary and Joe were avid coin collectors for many years and had a large collection. Mary also collected Beanie Babies, cookie jars and piggy banks.  She loved to knit and she made her children and grandchildren each an afghan.  Family:  Mary is survived by her sons, Robert Nelson (Sandy) of Kenmare and Richard Nelson (Lori) of Minot; daughter, Patricia (Bigman) Peterson (John) of Florida; step-daughter, Pat Lehman (Ernie) of Kenmare; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Alice; and husbands, Warren Bigman, Robert Nelson and Joseph Van Eeckhout.  Funeral:  Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1 p.m. in Trinity Homes, Minot  Interment:  Monday at 3 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti

HowlingWolfWebDennis Howling Wolf, Sr. “nik us hunaaš Ipah At” (Red Warrior Eagle), 64, Parshall, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in a Bismarck hospital.  Dennis was born January 21, 1948 in Elbowoods to the late Daniel and Mabel (Bear) Howling Wolf.  Dennis was raised in the Nishu area during childhood.  He attended elementary and high school in White Shield, where he participated in sports:  track, basketball and football.  After graduation, Dennis enlisted in the US Army.  He served during the Vietnam Conflict, at which time his three brothers were also serving; Larry (Army) was stationed in Korea, Paul (Navy) was aboard the USS Epperson and Wesley (Army) was stationed in Vietnam.  All of Dennis’s brothers served in the armed forces.  Dennis did his tour of duty in Germany and was honorably discharged.  After his discharge Dennis attended Haskell Institute, went to vocational training in Dallas, Texas for welding.  He continued his welding education in Chicago, Tulsa and United Tribes in Bismarck.  Dennis continued his running throughout the years and would often be seen running in the pasture at the old place and later around the Parshall area.  He did a lot of recording during social gatherings on the old reel to reel for his father of Arikara songs which he came to know. Dennis met and married Mina Crows Breast and they made their home in Parshall. Dennis then worked on Four Bears Casino and Lodge Phase II Addition.  In 1994, Dennis moved his family to Beulah where he worked at the Dakota Gasification Plant as a coal operator and welder.  Due to a disability, Dennis retired and moved back to Parshall where he worked at the Parshall Fitness Center until his illness.  Dennis loved being with his grandson, Carter Terry.  He enjoyed recording music for his friends, listening to music, and driving around visiting with friends.  He will be greatly missed. Family: Dennis is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mina; sons, Duane Howling Wolf of Parshall, Merle Howling Wolf (Yvonne) of Bismarck, and Dennis Howling Wolf Jr. (Jessica) of Twin Buttes; step-son, Travis Morsette (Ree) of Parshall; daughters, Denise Howling Wolf of Parshall and Mary Ellen Sun (Clarence) of New Town; step-daughters, Fara Morsette and Cami Morsette, both of Parshall; adopted daughter, Alexis White Mountain of Parshall; brother, Rodney Howling Wolf (Dixie) of New Town; adopted Brother ~ Vernon Grinnell of Rapid City, SD; sisters, Diana Howling Wolf Poitra of White Shield and Clarice Howling Wolf of San Francisco; Twelve Grandchildren; Thirteen Step-Grandchildren; and One Step Great-grandson.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rev. Lawrence and Stella (Rogers) Howling Wolf, and Floyd and Rachel (Wolf) Bear; parents, Dan and Mabel Howling Wolf; daughter, Amber Howling Wolf; brothers, Carroll, John Dale, Arnold “Sune”, Marvin, Larry, Wesley, Terry and Paul Howling Wolf; sister, Geraldine Packineau; nephews, Emery Packineau, William, Daniel and Delmer Howling Wolf; grandson, Wesley “Sage” Howling Wolf III; and niece, Brenda Howling Wolf. Funeral:  Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall. Burial:  Old Scout Cemetery, White Shield.

YoungBearWebJudy Young Bear (Owl Woman – “Eda-gu-ba-mea”), 70, New Town, died Friday, August 24, 2012 in a Minot nursing home.  Judy was born on February 10, 1942 in Elbowoods to Inez Young Bear and George Howard.  She was raised in Elbowoods and attended Steffan Catholic School in South Dakota.  As a young woman she moved to Chicago where she lived and worked for ten years.  She returned to North Dakota and attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.  She also attended college at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas where she met and married Leroy White Singer.  They moved to California where they lived for several years.  They later returned to Fort Berthold where she worked for several different tribal entities, operated a foster home, and enjoyed being involved in tribal politics.  She loved her Indian ways and believed in her Indian culture and attended many spiritual gatherings far and near.  She met the spiritual leader Fools Crow of Pine Ridge, South Dakota whom adopted her as a daughter.  She attended several meetings with the tribal council in Washington, DC to speak for her people and fought for tribal rights.  Family: Judy is survived by her daughter, Natalie White Singer of New Town; grandchildren, Alvin Le, Jody, Whisper and Justin; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Edith Likes Eagle and Ardis White Body.  Funeral:  Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.    Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

SchroederWebMyra Schroeder, 84, Minot, died Saturday, August 11, 2012 in a Minot nursing home.  Myra was born January 3, 1928 to Carl and Elsie (Zellmer) Hovey at Van Hook.  As a child, the family moved to Parshall where she was raised and educated.  She graduated from Parshall High School in 1946 and continued her education at Jamestown College and Minot State College.  During her college years, she worked in Parshall as a lifeguard and at the drug store.  On June 19, 1949, Myra was united in marriage to William “Bill” Schroeder in Parshall.  They lived on the farm where Myra took pride in being a farm wife and mother.  In the 1970’s, Myra worked at Farmers Union as a bookkeeper.  Myra was a member of United Church of Christ in Parshall where she played piano and organ during services.  She was also a member of the Homemakers Club.  Myra always had a large flower and vegetable garden.  She enjoyed bird watching and fishing.  She was often found completing crossword or jigsaw puzzles and liked playing cards and reading.  While out in her yard, she had a trail of cats that would follow her everywhere.  Myra loved time spent with her family and friends, and cherished visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Family:  Myra is survived by her husband of 63 years, William of Minot; son, John Schroeder (Kristy) of Parshall; daughters, Joelyn Foote (Dalvin) of Parshall and Jean Foss (Dean) of Minot; brother, Roy Hovey of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Leigh and Anna Foote, of Parshall, Reba Foote of Bismarck and Justin and Tyler Foss of Minot; great-grandchildren, Haley, Carolyn, Wyatt and Wyman Wolf, and Jace Foote, all of Parshall, and Jade Alkire of Bismarck.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Wallace and Orval.  MemorialService:  Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. in United Church of Christ, Parshall

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Jamie Renae Kok, 47, Plaza, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in her home after her 6 year journey with breast cancer.  Jamie was born on September 21st, 1964, in a Minot hospital the eldest of three children, to James and Edna (Sailor) Edwards. Jamie spent most of her life living in Plaza. She participated in many activities during high school – basketball, cheerleading, track, band, choir, dance team, pep club, Luther League, FHA, and 4-H. She attended Dickinson and Williston State Colleges. She later attended Minot State University to pursue her passion for information technology. She spent a year in Denver, Colorado but came back to Plaza to marry the love of her life, Jim Kok. Together they built their farm and raised their son, Costas. Jamie spent her whole career working in the banking industry. She loved completing home mortgages for families to enjoy their new homes.   Jamie dedicated her life to helping others and the community. She actively participated in United Way to help families in need. She coordinated the Angel Tree event during the Christmas season at her workplaces. Jamie did volunteer work and fundraising for various foundations in honor of her cousins, Ricky and Tommy. She could be found delivering food for Meals on Wheels and donating her time to numerous non-for-profit organizations. Jamie was always committed to assisting the churches and the city of Plaza. She poured her heart and soul into Plaza’s 100 year celebration.  Jamie will be fondly remembered for her love of her family and friends. She especially enjoyed being a mother to her son, Costas and followed his activities closely. She touched so many lives with her generous gift of giving her time. She used her keen sense of humor to ensure everyone had a good time. Jamie absolutely loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter. She went out of her way to make each one special. She always felt blessed to have such great family and friends that she made it her commitment to “Pay it Forward”.  Family: Left with wonderful memories of Jamie are her husband, James Kok and son, Costas Kok, both of Plaza; father, James Edwards (Susan) of Plaza; mother, Edna Sailor of Minot; sister, Cheri Giesen (Gene) and their children Dominique and Desiree of Bismarck; brother, Robbie Edwards (Stephanie) and their children Dylan and Jersey of Minot; step-brothers, Jason Yoder and his daughter Isabella of Bismarck and Carey Yoder and his children Kayne, BreeAnn, and Christopher of Bismarck; aunts, Clara Sailor of Niceville, FL, Carol Bomstad (Larry Schultz) of Arnegard, Teresa Elton (Craig) of Parshall and Lynette Sailor of Landa; uncles, Olaf Edwards (Penny) of Plaza, Roger Sailor (Karen) of Littleton, CO and Richard Sailor of San Diego, CA; cousins, Ronnie Edwards (Gretchen) and Michael Edwards, both of Plaza, Sean Sailor (Amanda) and Chad Sailor, both of Minot, Myca Penton (Lincoln) of Littleton, CO, Cindy Sailor of Aurora, CO, Michelle Singley (Wayne) and Nicole Peterson (LeRoy) both of Brighton, CO, Steven Martini of Niceville, FL, James Lockhart (Kim) of Kenmare, Steven Lockhart of Arnegard, Scot Sailor (Andrea Swenson) of Minot, Jessica Jorgenson (Claude Olson) of Parshall; 38 second cousins; mother-in-law,  Mildred “Millie” Kok of Minot; sisters in-law, Susan Rood (Ken) of Bismarck, Connie Rood (Dale) of Parshall Becky Rortvedt (Eldon) of Minot, Debra Deutsch (Dennis) of Plaza; brother-in-law, Mike  Kok (Brenda)of Plaza and 30 nieces and nephews. Jamie was greeted in heaven by her grandparents, Willis “Bill” and Gladys Edwards and Russell and Florence Sailor; uncles, Russell “Rusty” Sailor and Patrick Sailor; cousins, Ricky and Tommy Jorgenson; father-in-law, Albert Kok; and mother-in-law’s mother, Jean Parsley. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to Judy Skaar, hospice nurse, for her loving care and attention.Funeral: Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza. Interment:  Will be in the North Plaza Cemetery

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Peter Don Fox (Madaa’ Nagaah “Snow Bird”)46, New Town, died Monday, July 9, 2012 in a Minot hospital.  Peter was born November 4, 1965 to Vincent “Dutch” and Perpetua “Pat” (Grinnell) Fox, in Minot.  Peter was a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan and a child of the Awaxii Clan.  He lived in New Town his entire life where he attended school.  Peter received his GED in 1992 and continued his education at Fort Berthold Community College. Peter spent many summers during his childhood with David and Margret Little Swallow at their cow camp where he enjoyed riding horse with Jamie and Jay Davis.  When he was older, he worked as a ranch hand for Figure Four Ranch.  Peter was a trained wildland firefighter and operated heavy equipment for various construction projects including 4 Bears Bridge.  He also worked for Satermo’s hardware and at Kum & Go convenience store.  Peter was a humorous and a generous man.  He truly enjoyed the company of his friends and relatives.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his nephew, Travis Kraft and brother, Duwayne Fox.  He was a gifted musician.  His favorite instrument was harmonica and he also played the guitar.  Peter appreciated time spent “jamming” with his brother, Neal Hale.  Family: Peter is survived by his mother, Perpetua Fox; aunt, Virginia Grinnell; brother, Kelly Fox (Tanya), all of New Town; sons, Joey Don Fox of New Town and Michael Fox of Hazen; daughters, Kristen Fox of New Town and Carol Fox McAndrews of Grafton.  He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Carol Kay Fox; brother, Jerome Fox; maternal grandparents, George W. and Maggie (Old Dog) Grinnell; and paternal grandparents, George Sr. and Mary (Birds Bill) Fox. Funeral:  Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at New Town Civic Center, New Town  Burial:  St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall

AustinWebCora Evelynn Austin, 95, New Town, died Thursday, June 28, 2012 in her home.  Cora was born July 26, 1916 to Lyle and Mabel (Bramann) Ruland at Charlson, ND.  She was raised on the family farm she attended country school and graduated from Sanish High School.  On September 18, 1937 she married Charles Austin in Stanley.  They made their home in Sanish until moving to Tacoma, WA where he worked from 1941 – 1946.  They returned to Sanish but later moved to Minot in 1951.  In 1956 they moved to New Town.  Charles died May 19, 1981.  Cora continued to live in New Town, caring for her son Jeffrey.  Always very active in her church, Cora was a founding member of the Gospel Tabernacle.   She taught Sunday school and held weekly bible study in her home.   She worked in the kitchen at New Town High School and nursing home and filled in as needed at Sunset Motel.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, collecting dolls and flower gardening.  She always said a prayer for anyone in need.  Cora cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.   Family:  Cora is survived by her sons, Charles Jr. (Diane) of Oakville, WA and Jeffrey of New Town; daughters, Rosemary Sundhagen (Don) of Tioga and Carolyn Gilseth of Mohall; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great grandchildren. Funeral:  Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. in United Church of Christ in New Town Interment:  New Town Cemetery, New Town

Lorene Ann Smith, “Rainy”, 36, Bismarck formerly of New Town, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Bismarck.  She was born August 6, 1975 in Minot to Gerald and JoAnn (Standish) Smith.  Family: Lorene is survived by her sons, Ed Finley (Geri), Charles Smith (Acosta), and Raymond “Sonnyman” Yellow Wolf III; daughters, Lorrae, Raeann and Rozene Yellow Wolf; sister, Della Roanhorse (Michael); brothers, Robin Smith, Scott Smith (Natalie), Harvey Smith and Ed Smith; adopted daughter, Davina Smith; special companion, Noah Glick; nephews, Michael “Turtle” and Lawrence “Froggy” Roanhoarse; grandchildren, Remiele “Lil Bit” Finley, Nakoah Finley, Laiden Smith, Braileigh “Fathead” Finley and Neveah “Bug” Finley.  Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, Geral and JoAnn Smith; son, Tanner Finley; grandson, Charles V. Smith,Jr; and uncle, Wayne White Body.  Funeral:  Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Four Bears Community Center (Johnny Bird Memorial Hall), New Town.  Burial: Wayside Cemetery, rural New Town.

GrinnellWebJulia Bluestone Grinnell “Sweet Blossoms”, 78, Parshall, died Monday, June 11, 2012 in a Garrison hospital.  Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2012.  She was seventy-eight years old.  Julia was born on October 1, 1933 at home in Lucky Mound, North Dakota to Thomas and Margaret (Young Bird) Bluestone.  Julia came from a family of nine; two brothers and six sisters.  She grew up in Elbowoods until her family was forced to move because of the Garrison Dam flood.  As a young girl, Julia enjoyed riding horse and as she grew older she quit school at 11th grade to help her dad with the family farm and ranch.  It was during these years that she learned how to garden and cook by watching her mother and helping her father.  Julia married Harry Grady and they were blessed with six children.  Julia and Harry were married during the Relocation Period of the 1950’s & 1960’s.  They lived and worked in Los Angeles, California and St. Louis, Missouri.  They later divorced.  Julia married Fred Marsette and they made their living in White Shield.  Julia and Freddie opened up a restaurant called “Freddie’s Cafe.”  Julia worked various positions while she lived in White Shield.  She worked at the CAP Office, Commodity Program, served on the White Shield School Board, and was the White Shield Complex Manager.  Freddie passed on in 1979 and Julia continued to live in White Shield and during the mid-1980’s she began employment as a Nurses’ Aide at the Garrison Nursing Home.  She married Charlie Grinnell.  She later became the Head Cook at the White Shield School before retiring in 1998.  Julia was a hard worker throughout her life and she was a good teacher.  She was an avid quilter, seamstress, cook, and gardener.  Julia and Charlie would design and sew quilts together and travel to quilt shows throughout North Dakota and other surrounding states.  She made bread and pies and would plant and dry her own corn for corn soup and cornballs.  Julia was an excellent cook.  She was well known for her pies.  Over the years, she sold thousands of pies throughout the reservation.  She fed many of her nieces and nephews who would stop by to visit her.  There was always a pot of food cooking on her stove to feed her family.  Julia was a very active woman until recent years due to her poor health.  She enjoyed playing bingo, making star quilts, watching professional “All Star” wrestling, spending time with her family, going out to eat, and going to pow-wows.  At the time of her death, she resided at the Garrison Memorial Hospital Nursing Home.  She was a member of the Low Cap clan of the Hidatsa.   Family: Julia is survived by her sons, Arnold Grady, rural Parshall, Robert Grady Sr., Houston, TX, and Raymond Grady, White Shield; daughters, Janet M. Slind (Gary), Roseglen, Margaret A. Winanz (Denby), New Town, and Christine A. Grady (Thomas), rural Parshall; grandchildren, Kristin Amber Grady, Kyle Grady, Bobby Gonzales, Robert Grady Jr., Anna Lacia Grady, MariAnna Howard, Angela Howard, Wilbur Howard, LuJuanna Howard, Misty Goodall, Thomas James Goodall, Kelly “Big Girl” Perkins, Kristin Ann Grady, Kylie Perkins, Maurice Perkins, Natasha Grady, Joleen Grady, Richard Ross, and Katherine Betsy Ross; 37 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ella Mae (Bluestone) Baker and Phyllis (Bluestone) Wells (Steve); Shannon Hale and Donna Poitra who she took as her own; and many nieces and nephews.  Julia was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Florence Bluestone Deane, Christine Bluestone Mann, Bertha Bluestone Bear, Irene Bluestone Hale, and her brothers Wayne Bluestone and James Bluestone Sr.  Funeral Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. in New Town Civic Center in New Town.  Interment is in the Bluestone Family Cemetery, rural Parshall. 

Susann Terese Coffey-Bolkan (Udda-ddoo-we-e-ah-tash, “Lady Bolkan”), 47, Parshall, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 in a Pittsburgh, PA medical center.  Beloved Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Auntie and Grand-Mother left us in tears to join her Ancestors and spirit Family Saturday, May 26, 2012. Susie was born to May and Paul “Pete” Coffey on March 24, 1965 in Chamberlain, SD.  Susann spent the first few years of her life at Lower Brule South Dakota where her father was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As her father’s retirement approached, Susann moved with her family to the Twin Buttes community in 1971. She completed elementary school at the Twin Buttes Day School and upon her father’s retirement, she moved to the White Shield Community in 1978 and graduated with honors from the White Shield High School in 1983.  Susann married Marshall DeMarce of Ft. Totten ND, January 13, 1984. From this union 3 daughters were born, Marshalle BeLonn, Sable Caress and Selah Chante Cheyenne.   Susann attended Minot State University before entering the work force.  They later divorced.  Susann was then united in marriage to “the love of her life,” Terry Ray Bolkan in September 1992. From this union, a son was born, Starling Coulee Bolkan. Susann then received an Associate Degree in Business Administration from the Fort Berthold Community College in New Town. Susann was employed with the Parshall Resource Center, MHA Systems, Parshall Elementary School, Environmental Resource Department, New Town Police Department, and most recently with the Three Affiliated Tribes Finance Department.  Susann was very devoted to her traditional and cultural beliefs and loved her grandchildren, Stallion Cruz and SaRai MayLissa, they were the sunshine of her life.  Susann was an avid fancy shawl dancer, jingle dress dancer and talented vocalist. Susann was among the first community members who revived the old Santee powwow now called the Nuxbaaga Celebration. Susann was a member of the Antelope Society and a Lifetime member of the Arikara Dead Grass Society. She held one of the four singing positions of both societies. Susann served on numerous powwow committees and was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Parshall and is a member of the Awa-hu band of the Arikara Nation. Susann was also a descendant of the Arikara Bear Medicine Society and is a child of the Hidatsa Flint Knife clan. Family: Susann is survived by her loving husband, Terry R. Bolkan; their children, Sable Coffey, Selah DeMarce and Starling Bolkan all of Parshall; mother, May Coffey of Parshall; grandchildren, Stallion Cruz Coffey Claymore & SaRai Tso Claymore; brothers, Pete Coffey Jr (Deb), G. Russell Gillette Jr, James Jandreau, Eugene White Jr and Wallace Coffey; sisters, Judith R. Brady, Mary Coffey (Terry Jeanotte), Jeanette Coffey, Avis Mayer, Glenda Embry, Francis Maffit, Ardel Jean Baker, Florence Brady, Aurelia Gillette, Grace Gillette and Barbara Roy; and ‘little brother and sister’ Pete Coffey III and Waheedee Coffey-Smith. Susann was preceded in death by her father; brothers, Randall “Danny” Coffey, Bion Baker; sisters, Adele LaCroix-Painte, Dana Deane, Melissa Boepple and Shirley Smith; infant daughter, Marshalle BeLonn DeMarce; niece, Letha “Two Stars” BlueBird; and nephew, Lane Randall Jeanotte. Funeral:  Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Parshall High School gymnasium Burial:  Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, White Shield

Shyann Marie Renner was stillborn Friday, May 25, 2012 in a Minot hospital. She came into the world weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Thomas Renner  Jr. and Danette Hunts Along. Family: Shyann is survived by her loving parents, Thomas Renner Jr. and Danette Hunts Along; sister, Aaliyah L. Renner; grandparents, Damion and Rebecca Deschamp, and Gerald Hunts Along; great-grandparents, Ronald and Ruth White Owl, and Marjorie Hunts Along; uncles, Marcus Irlbeck, Joseph (Shannon) White Owl, Daylan Deschamp, Basil Hunts Along, and Vincent Hunts Along; aunt, Tasha Hunts Along; and her many cousins and extended family.  Shyann was preceded in death by her grandmother,  Pam Baker; great-grandparents, Vincent Hunts Along, Herbert White Owl and Madeline Vondal-White Owl; and cousin, Jason David Bercier.  Graveside service Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town.  


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George Troy Parshall (“Plenty Dogs” Ma-Shugga-Ahoosh)age 54, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 in a Minot hospital. George Troy Parshall was born December 24, 1957 in Stanley to Paul and Elizabeth (White Owl) Parshall.  George was named after his late grandfather, George Parshall, for whom the city of Parshall was named.  George Troy resided most of is life in Parshall.  He attended elementary school at St. Joes Catholic School in Chamberlain, SD and Parshall Elementary.  During high school he attended Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, SD and Inter Mountain School in Ogden, UT.  George later attended Kicking Horse Job Corps Center in Roman, MT with specialized training as a heavy equipment operator. George was employed at various places, but he was a very talented and gifted musician; it was in this field he attained most of his employment.  He played with a number of bands throughout the years and played the longest with “Buffalo Rock Band”, “Dirty Mops”, and “Soul Shine Band”.  George was in various band contests.  The bands were booked at several places including Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, 4 Bears Casino in New Town and Mystic Lake Casino in Minnesota.  He was in several “Battle of the Bands” throughout the country.  George’s musical talents included playing bass, rhythm guitar and drums; he was an outstanding harmonica player, vocalist and song writer.  George was also a talented artist and painter.  George Troy was a very humble, cool, serene and eloquent type of person.  He was a wanderer in his younger days.  You would often see him with his backpack hitchhiking across the country to concerts and powwows.  George was known for having his own “style and swagger”.  He loved all his children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren.  He was a caregiver to them all and they all loved him dearly.  George was an avid story teller and would often share his adventures with the children.  He loved to dance, was very light on his feet and was known for his famous “shuffle and chicken scratch” dance.  A great Blues player has gone on to the spirit world and will be greatly missed by all his musician acquaintances, friends, family and relatives.  Family: George is survived by his daughters, Aja Parshall, Rubi Parshall, and Tara Parshall, all of Minneapolis, MN; adopted daughters, Laura Felix and Angela and Dellana Ward; special companion, Edith Ann Hall of New Town; brother,  Russell Parshall of Parshall; adopted brother, Joe Myrick of Parshall; sisters, Jacqueline Foote and Barb Bear (Jim) both of Parshall; little sister, Shawn Charging (Brent) of Riverdale; maternal uncle, Shobe Little Owl; maternal aunts, Renita Mandan, Truby Stiffarm and Geraldine Wounded Face; and paternal aunt, Delores Sand.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Melven Henke; sisters, Paula Amy Parshall and Merle Feather Henke; and niece, Savannah Rae Crows Breast  Funeral:  Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Parshall High School gymnasium, Parshall  Burial:  St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall

Inez Coffey-Ashes, 80, New Town, died Friday in a Minot hospital.  Inez was born January 30, 1932 to Peter Sr. and Lillie (Starr) Coffey in Elbowoods, ND.  She was married to Charles Grady Jr.  The family legally changed their last name to Ward.  Charles died in 1973.  Family:  She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Schlif (Rich) of Billings, MT, JoAnn Baker (Jeff) of New Town, Connie Lien (Tom) of Battle Ground, WA and Carol Ward of New Town; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sisters Judy Brady, Mary Coffey, Susan Coffey, and Jeanette Coffey, all of Parshall; brother Pete Coffey, Jr. of Parshall; and adoptive mother, May Coffey of Parshall.  Funeral: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10 am in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town Burial:  Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town

PackineauWebUrius Wayne “Mickey” Packineau (Riding A Roan Horse), 77, Parshall, died Monday, May 7, 2012 in a Mandan hospice facility.  Mickey was born Oct. 4, 1934 in Elbowoods to George and May (Montclair) Packineau. He attended elementary school in Lucky Mound and high school in Elbowoods where he was salutatorian of the last graduating class.  Upon graduating he attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KA. He joined the U.S. Air Force on May 31, 1955 and served in Korea and Japan, he was honorably discharged in October 13, 1958. On August 12, 1958 he was united in marriage, to the love of his life, Delores Foote in Stanley.  He attended college at Wahpeton State School of Science in 1963 and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology.  He then relocated his family to San Jose, CA where he studied Radio and TV Communications.   Upon his return he worked for the Community Action Program, Gillies Construction Co and various masonry construction companies.  He was employed with LCM in 1987-1991. In 1991 to present he began working at Fort Berthold Housing Authority as a Carpenter/Supervisor/Building Inspector.  While with FBHA he formed many lasting friendships with his co-worker’s.   He was well known as being the first person at work and rarely missed a day.   He enjoyed his job and was still working up until the time of his illness.   Some of his favorite pastimes were following his grandchildren’s sporting events. One of his proudest moments was when his twin grandchildren Neil and Nathaniel won the ND State Class “B” Boys Basketball Tournament Championship in 2007. In February of this year he drove to all the Parshall Lady Braves Basketball district and Regional games and never let on that he was sick.  He stressed to his children and grandchildren how important education was and was very proud of their accomplishments.  His other favorite pastimes included reading, attending rodeo events and watching the NFR and PBR on television. He enjoyed participating in Post 9061 activities, and served a past Commander, he could be seen at grand entries proudly wearing his “yellow jacket”.  He was a proud member of the United States Air Force and was an active member of the VFW for 35 years. Family: Mick is survived by his wife of 54 years Delores of Parshall; his children, Susie Simpson, Cindy Packineau,  Mervin Packineau (Tina), CJ Packineau (Patsy), Monte Packineau,  and Patrick Packineau (Rhonda) all of Parshall; grandchildren, Donessa, Jodi and Wayne Simpson, Shaun Packineau,  Neil, Nathaniel, Shanaye, Kiara and Mahki Packineau, Betty, Cassie, Vincent, and Montessa Packineau, Nicole Packineau, KayCee, Cheyenne and Sheridyn Packineau; and great grandchildren, Isabella and Braxton Packineau, Arianna Packineau, and Lamaya Rasmussen; brother, Emerson (Doris) Packineau of Parshall; sisters, Alice Harwood of Aberdeen, SD, Ramona Two Shields, Iva Gillies, Enola (Allen) Pond all of Parshall, and June Packineau of South San Francisco, CA; many nieces and nephews; and his adopted children, Wanda (Fox) Mossett, Mark Fox and Susan “Arkie” Adolph. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers George Jr., Leslie (Dusty) and Charles (Bunda);  grandchildren, Jace, Dakota and Trevone; son-in-law, Dale Simpson; and is longtime best friend Mr. Tom, his loyal cat. Funeral:  Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Parshall City Auditorium, Parshall Burial:  Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall

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Justin Dane Johnson, 15, Parshall, died Friday, May 4, 2012 in a Fargo hospital.  Justin was born June 23, 1996 to Keith and Judith (Pfeiffer) Johnson, in Minot.  He was raised and educated in Parshall and was currently a sophomore in high school.  Justin was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at a very early age.  He never let his disease interfere with enjoying life.  He received his first power-chair when he was 7 years old…and the race was on! Justin enjoyed cruising around town and making new friends – nobody was a stranger.  He liked to make people laugh and smile.  He enjoyed school and was working towards his 4.0 by the end of the school year.  Justin was a member of FFA and enjoyed attending FFA events and trips with his classmates.  He also liked playing computer games and chatting with friends. Justin was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parshall.  Justin will be greatly missed by his family and all the people whose life he touched. May God bless the memory of Justin Dane Johnson. Family: Justin is survived by his parents; brothers, Cody and Jordan Johnson, Parshall; grandparents, Wilma Pfeiffer of Germany, and Laverne and Judy Johnson of Parshall; godparents, Elke Pfeiffer and Oliver Pfeiffer, both of Germany and Gayle Folden of New Town; uncles, Greg Johnson (Janie) of Parshall, and Deiter Pfeiffer (Irmgard), Oliver Pfeiffer (Silke), and Kia Pfieffer (Bettina) all of Germany; aunts, Sara Pennington (Steve) of New Town, Renae Ripley (Daniel) of Lincoln, and Gabe Tomaszewsky (Werner), Marina Schweigert (Matthias), Bettina Muranyi, Elke Pfeiffer (Kevin), Annette Geiger (Armin) and Susanne Shuppert (Roger) all of Germany; numerous cousins and extended family members. Celebration of Life Memorial Service:  Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Parshall High School gymnasium, Parshall

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Vivian Alvena Weltikol, 74, Plaza, died Saturday, May 5, 2012 in her home.  Vivian was born on June 23, 1937, in Minot, the daughter of George and Bertha (Varty) Nesson. She was raised on the family farm near Rice Lake in Ward County and attended school in Douglas. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Ole Haugen on Dec. 30, 1956. They made their home on the West Coast for several years. They divorced in 1972 and she returned to North Dakota. She married Duane Weltikol on July 11, 1980, in Plaza. They made their home in Plaza. They later divorced. She purchased the local bar, Vivás Place, which she operated for several years before selling it. She then worked at Tri City CARES, Inc. in New Town, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She also drove school bus for the New Town school system. Duane died on July 17, 1996. Vivian enjoyed planting her garden and flowers and working in her yard. She really loved company coming over, drinking coffee and smoking with her friends. She loved to visit and always told people what she thought, even if you didnát want to hear it. She had a big heart and strong will. Vivian was a member of First Lutheran Church, Plaza. Blessed be her memory among us. Family: Vivian is survived by: her daughters, Colleen Reese (John) of New Town, Georgia Edwards (John) of Plaza and Ginger Fladeland (Dan) of Watford City; sons, Craig Haugen of Velva and Tyler Weltikol of New Town; brothers, Homer Nesson (Alvie) of Douglas and Dudley Nesson (Ida) of Polson, Mont.; grandchildren, Jamie Reese, Mitchell Reese, Chelsee Berg (Jason), Scott Edwards, Coby Edwards, Jennifer Kempf (Jacob), Barry Haugen and Fallon, Nicole and Danielle Fladeland; great grandchildren, Brice Edwards and Joseph Berg and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane who died on July 17, 1996; sister, Thirza; and brother, Filo.  Funeral: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.  Interment: Spring Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Plaza.

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Shirley Ann Lester, 77, Plaza, died Friday, May 4, 2012 in the Rugby Hospital.  Shirley was born August 28, 1934 the daughter of Leonard and Doris (Brown) Johnson in Minot.  She was raised and educated in Plaza and Brownsville, Texas, where she spent many winters with her family.  She graduated from Plaza High School in 1952.  She then attended Colorado Women’s College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Medical Technology in 1954. On June 18, 1954 Shirley was united in marriage to William “Bill” Lester at the Congregational Church in Plaza.  They made their home in Minot and Plaza.  Shirley worked for Dr. Halvorson and Dr. Ayash, Dr. Cole and Dr. Jayapathy at Minot Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic.  In 1967 they permanently moved their family to Plaza.  In 1976 Shirley and Bill started to travel throughout the south and spent winters in Brownsville.  They retired from farming in 2001.  Following Bill’s death on July 27, 2004, she continued to live in her home on the farm.  She was an avid reader who enjoyed gardening and raising flowers.    She was very proud of the all- girl class of 1952 and she kept in close contact with them throughout her life.  She enjoyed the lake and spending time at Georgetown and Van Hook.  Shirley cherished spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Delta Tau Kappa Sorority at Colorado Women’s College and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Minot where she served as President in 1965.  She was also a member of the Eagles Aerie and Elks Lodge Women’s Auxiliaries and First Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid in Plaza.  Family: Shirley is survived by: her son, Scott (Marrietta) Lester of Plaza; daughter, Robin Garnas of Rugby; grandchildren, Heather Garnas, Aaron Garnas (Leeann), Tim Lester and Courtney Lester; step grandchildren, Ben Nelson (Ann), Aaron Nelson and Mason Nelson (Leslie); great granddaughter, Ivy Ann; step great grandchildren, Sam, Madison and Carter Nelson; Ethan Nelson and Jackson, Hailey and Owen Nelson; niece, Carlotta Lauder; nephews, Terry and Brian Dodge and godchildren, Terry Dodge and Carla Lobsinger.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Alan Johnson and nephew, Kirk Johnson. Funeral: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.  Interment: Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Rosehill Memorial Cemetery, Minot.

Skogstad_WebNadine Verlee Skogstad, 88, Bismarck and New Town, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Maple View Memory Care Community in Bismarck.  Nadine was born October 4, 1923 on the family farm at Van Hook, ND, to Lloyd and Stella (Sumner) Turner. She attended school in Van Hook, leaving in the eighth grade to work on the farm. She married Harold Skogstad on October 23, 1943 and lived and worked on the family farm south of New Town until Harold’s death on January 31, 1982. She moved into town and worked at the Ben Franklin store for eleven years. She enjoyed going to birthday club and the senior center to socialize with her many friends. She enjoyed going to the casino with her friend, Pearl, on senior day. She was always baking cookies and cakes in case someone stopped in and she was happiest when her grandchildren and great-grandsons were visiting. Nadine lived with her faithful pet, Barney, taking him wherever she went.  In 2004 she moved to the Good Samaritan assisted living facility in New Town and then to Emerald Court in Minot in 2007. She moved to Maple View in November 2010 to be closer to her son and family. Family: Nadine is survived by:  her son, Monty (Linda) of Bismarck; granddaughters, Faith Skogstad of St. Paul, MN; and Deidre Shannon (Marvin) of San Diego, CA; grandson, Jesse Foolbear (Margaret) of Minneapolis, MN; brother, Wayne Turner; sister, Mildred Roggenbuck and great-grandsons, Demar and Trevante Shannon and Raynathan Foolbear. Nadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Howard; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Glenn Larson; brother-in-law, Benny Roggenbuck and sister-in-law, Margaret Turner. Funeral: Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town. There will no reviewal, but friends may sign a memorial register Friday, 9:00 a.m. to service time, in the church. Interment: Grand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural New Town.
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Andes_WebRobert V. Andes, Sr. 90, Minot and Parshall, a loving husband, father, and grandfather died Monday, April 30, 2012 in a Minot hospital surrounded by his family.  Robert was born December 11, 1921 in Minot to Jesse “J.A.” and Hazel (Stebleton) Andes.  He grew up on their farm near Parshall and attended Banner school.  Before establishing his farm, he worked for farmers in the area.  Robert was united in marriage to Olive A. Smith on June 27, 1941 and they made their home on his farm until 2009 when they purchased a home in Minot due to health reasons; they continued to maintain their farm in Parshall.   Robert was community minded, was in interested in politics and served on many boards including Banner Township, Mountrail County Water Management, South Mountrail County Soil Conservation, Farmers Union Elevator, Farmers Union Oil Co., School Reorganization, all of Mountrail County and Farm Credit Board of Minot.  He was appointed to the State Soil Stewardship Committee by Governor Art Link.  He also served as president of the North Dakota Soil Conservation Board and was a member of the NDSC past presidents.  He was a member of Lucky Mound Lutheran Church, rural Parshall, and a past council member.  He enjoyed motor-homing with friends and family to various areas in the US, but was always happy to get back to farm life.  He enjoyed visits with friends, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He truly felt blessed with family.  People were drawn to Robert by his gentle and kind demeanor.  Robert will truly be missed by all who knew him.  God bless his memory. Family: He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Olive of Minot; sons, Robert Jr. (Sharon) of Parshall and Gary (Lori) of Minot; daughters, Connie Shultz (John) of Mandan and Lana Logan (Gerry) of Laurens, Iowa; brother, Franklin of Plaza; sisters, June Andes and Jean Strong both of California; grandchildren (10), Suezette Taylor (Paul) and Jeanette Ryan; Tammy Liebelt (Layne) and Tiffany Wilson (Spencer); Kinsey Piatz (Wendlin), Erin Thomas and Melanie Meenan (Sean); John James Brendle (Andrea), Jennifer Oswalt (Brian) and Jessica Wernimont (Dan); great-grandchildren (18), Coral Ann, Robert D., Lucas and Reid; Kayla, Austin, Parker and Peri; Olivia and Riley; Taylor, Conner, Morgan, Noah, Nate, Garrett, Noelle and Camden; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jesse, Leslie, George and Samuel; sisters, Gladys Tabbert and Viola Greene; and grandsons, Robert Andes, III and Jason Andes.  Funeral:  Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall  Interment:  Lucky Mound Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Parshall

Shirley Mae Smith (Bear Woman), 74, New Town, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in her home.  She was born July 14, 1937 in Elbowoods to George and Evelyn Gillette.  She was united in marriage to Eugene Smith.  Family: She is survived by: sons, Verdell, Eugene Jr., Alfred and Tyrell, all of New Town; daughters, Mayda Logg, Terri Logg, Jeanette Bintliff and Stephanie Gillette, all of New Town; brother, Russell Gillette of Bismarck; sisters, Barbara Roy of Oklahoma City, OK, Aurelia Gillette of New Town, Florence Brady of New Town, Grace Gillette of Denver, CO and Sandra Fox of Albuquerque, NM; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Funeral: Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10a.m. in the Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall, New Town.  Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

WaltersWebMarlin “Marty” Walters, 65, Makoti, died Thursday, April 12, 2012 in a Garrison hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.  Marlin Eugene Walters was born April 9, 1947 to Orville and Wilma (Popenhagen) Walters in Iowa City, Iowa.  Marty was raised in Independence, Iowa where he attended school and graduated from Independence High School in 1965.  He furthered his education at the technical college in Waterloo, Iowa.  Marty entered in the US Air Force on June 20, 1966.  While stationed in Minot, he met his wife.  Marty was united in marriage to Leslie Lampert on August 10, 1968.  They lived in Minot and California.  After his honorable discharge on June 19, 1972 the family returned to Iowa.  In 1975, Marty and his family moved back to North Dakota and settled in Makoti where they raised their family.  Marty started to work for Makoti Lumber Yard.  He continued working for various lumber yards in the area as a construction project consultant until recently when he retired for health reasons.  Marty was active in his community.  He was known as the “voice on the mike” at the Makoti Threshing show; which he was involved with for more than 30 years.  He refereed basketball games for 27 years and was a baseball umpire for over 30 years.  He also served the community as a volunteer on the ambulance and fire department.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and William Hanson American Legion Post, both of Makoti. Marty was a devoted father and grandfather.  Marty loved outdoor life!  He shared his enthusiasm for hunting and fishing with his family.  He also like to golf.  He enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Van Hook and shared his love of music singing the “oldies” around the campfire.  God bless the memory of Marty Walters.  Family: Marty is survived by his wife, Leslie of Makoti; children, Troy (Lesli) of Williston and Timothy of New Town; Tanya Williams of Bismarck and Tessa of Makoti; grandchildren, Chelcie, Lexi and Alli Rose Williams, Paige Walters and Jace Ritzke; sister, Linda Garretson of Davenport, IA; brothers-in-law, Rick Lampert of Minot, Dave Lampert (Lisa) of Novato, CA and Bruce Lampert of Berthoud, CO; sister-in-law, Sharon Locken of Bismarck; many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Curt Walters; sister, Karen Kimmerle; parents-in-law, Thomas and Ruth Lampert, a niece and a nephew. Funeral:  Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Makoti Interment:  St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti

LeeWebAlbert F. Lee, 82, Plaza, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in a Minot hospital.  Albert was born June 9, 1929 in Makoti to Albert Sr. and Beatrice (Spalla) Lee.  He was raised at Plaza and graduated from Plaza High School in 1947.  Albert entered the US Army June 20, 1951 and served in Korea during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge on June 5, 1953.  He then returned to Plaza and began farming.  Albert was united in marriage to Jordis Glaholt on July 10, 1955 in Plaza where they made their home.  In 1985, they retired from farming and moved into town.   Albert and Jordis enjoyed working together.  They began, and were currently, working at Plaza school; they also managed and were caretakers at Parshall Bay Resort for nine summers.  Albert’s great love was his family.  He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and attended all their activities.  He also loved being amongst friends.  He was often found driving his golf cart and visiting with friends at the Plaza hardware store.  Albert was a member of First Lutheran Church and Bangen Moen American Legion Post 119, both of Plaza. Family: Albert is survived by his wife, Jordis of Plaza; sons, Carey and Todd (Barb) of Plaza, Chad (Nikki) of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Robin Dangel (Brian) of Colton, SD; grandsons, Nicholas (Tiffani), Brandon, Adam (Kelcey), and Austin; granddaughters, Whitney and Devon; great-grandchildren, Lybbi, Tucker and Addi; brothers, Merle (Donna) and Vernon (Irene) both of Minot; sisters, Shirley Wold (Myron) of Plaza, Donna Clemensen and  Diane Christianson (Alfred) both of Parshall, and Holly Odegard (Jim) of Minot; sisters-in law, Joetta Midboe (Butch) of Newburg and Eunice Guthrie of Moorhead, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Albert was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law, Gene Glaholt, Curt Clemensen and James Sessing; and parents-in-law, Norman and Agnes Glaholt. Funeral:  Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Plaza  Interment:  East Plaza Cemetery, Plaza

Angel Brady, 31, New Town, died Monday, April 9 in a Minot hospital. Funeral:  Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall (Four Bears Community Center), New Town Burial:  Brady Family Cemetery, rural New Town 

WhiteBodyWebJohn White Body, “itaki” (Rabbit), 87, Aberdeen, SD formerly of Parshall, died Sunday, April 8 in an Aberdeen hospital. John was born December 18, 1924 to John Sr. and Mamie (Wells) White Body at Elbowoods, ND.  He was raised in Lucky Mound where he attended grade school and then Elbowoods Catholic Mission.  On August 7, 1943, at age 18, John joined the US Army at Fort Snelling, MN in the Company C 353 infantry where he served as an Automatic Rifleman 746.  Countries he served included Rome Arnu, Northern Apennines, PO Valley and North Africa. John was wounded in action (MTO) on April 26, 1945 for which he received a Purple Heart.  Other medals he received were the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, and two Overseas Service bars.   He was honorably discharged on November 8, 1945.  John loved his country and served it well.  After the Army, he returned to the Lucky Mound area where he helped on the family farm.  He met and married Elsie Spotted Wolf and together had two children, Robert and Belva.  This union also blessed him with 7 step-children.  In 1968, John moved his family to Wahpeton, ND and eventually Aberdeen, SD where he worked in construction.  In John’s retirement years, he lived in Sanish, ND where he had a home and enjoyed cooking and visiting with his family.  As he aged and needed more care, he moved back to Aberdeen to be closer to his children and granddaughter (Deanna Rowe).  John enjoyed watching his favorite football team (the Vikings), Bonanza and “shoot ‘em up” shows.  He liked taking care of his pet, “Momma Cat”, eating his daughter’s specialty “tator tot hotdish”, car rides, shopping, and reading magazines and newspapers.  John most enjoyed get-togethers, like birthday parties and holidays, especially the cake! John was a member of the Catholic Church and was once a member of Little Shell American Legion Post 300 which later disbanded.  He then became a lifetime member of the Myron B. Johnson/Nathan Good Iron American Legion Post 271. Family: He is survived by his son, Robert of Mandan; daughter Belvarine Rowe of Aberdeen; step-sons, Dreke Irwin (Pauline) of New Town, Lloyd Spotted Wolf (Rose Marie) of Albuquerque, NM; step-daughters, Ramona Foolish Bear, Barbara Couture (Albert) and Roxy Cutler, all of Parshall; brother Vernon White Body (Marlene) of Fort Worth, TX; sisters June Church and Tina White Body, both of New Town; granddaughter, Deanna Rowe of Aberdeen and 24 step-grandchildren.  John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie; step-son, Wilbur Spotted Wolf; step-daughter, Charlene Lyson; brothers, Sidney White Body, Timothy White Body, and Wayne White Body; sisters, Mary White Body, Violet Fox, Colleen White Body and Izora Giese; maternal grandparents, Ralph Wells Sr. and Red Eyes; paternal grandparents, Tom White Body and Hunts to Dig.  Funeral:  Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Parshall City Auditorium, Parshall Burial:  Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall

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Darlene Joyce Maurer, 80, Minot and Parshall, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 in a Minot hospital.  Darlene was born December 22, 1931 to Albin and Ida (Swensrud) Engan in Palermo.  She was raised and educated in Plaza; she graduated from Plaza High School in 1950.  Growing up, Darlene loved to ride horse.  At the farm she liked to watch the horses in the pasture. Darlene was united in marriage to Arnold Maurer on October 24, 1950 in Plaza, where they made their home.  In her early years of marriage, she ran the Plaza Telephone switchboard and drove school bus.  She helped Arnold with the farming and raising cattle and chickens.  The family moved to Parshall in the summer of 1974.  She cared for Arnold, in their home, after his stroke.  Arnold died December 5, 1995.  Darlene enjoyed many hobbies throughout the years.  She embroidered and sewed clothing for her daughters.  She loved to garden.  She also liked puzzles and reading. In the evenings, she could be found playing solitaire at the kitchen table.  Darlene was social.  She enjoyed visiting with friends on the phone and sharing a cup of coffee with her visitors.  Darlene was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parshall.  In her later years, Darlene stayed current by watching news channels to keep up with political events, the markets, and religious programs.  She moved to an apartment in Minot in 2009.  Darlene cherished time spent with family and friends.  Family: Darlene is survived by her children, Daphne Maurer of Bottineau, Diane Hovda (Roger) of Parshall, Guy Maurer of Wright, WY and Amy Jo Maurer of Minot; grandchildren, Brandon Hovda, Denise Hovda, Aaron Olson and Hunter Sherven, all of Minot; sisters Deloise Frink of Parshall, Doreen “Dorry” Rau (Paul) of Makoti; brother-in-law, Rudolph Maurer (Karlyn) of Stanley; sisters-in-law, Ada Gratz and Evelyn Colclough, both of Puyallup, WA; several nieces and nephews.  Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Brittney Jo Olson; and nephew, Dixon Rau.  Funeral: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2 pm in First Lutheran Church, Parshall.   Interment:  East Plaza Cemetery, Plaza

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Bernice Julia Jarski, 86, of New Town, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 6, 2012, after a lengthy battle with Mesothelioma.  Bernice was born on January 30, 1926 to Jay and Liz (Bear) Smith in Cloquet, MN. She attended school through the 8th grade.  Later, she attended nursing school in Phoenix, AZ.  She worked as a nurse for a short time at the Old Indian Hospital in Cloquet.  She married Jacob Jarski on November 30, 1952, in Cloquet.  They moved to New Town in 1953 where they raised their family.  She worked at the New Town American Legion Club, Main Lanes Restaurant, and Community Action Program.   She enjoyed playing bingo and scrabble, which she and Jake did often. They also played Michigan Rummy with the family during the holidays.  Bernice’s family was a very important part of her life. She made many Christmas decorations, stockings and cross-stitch projects, enjoyed baking goodies for family and friends, and collecting spoons from around the world.  She especially enjoyed family gatherings such as picnics, birthdays and cookouts.  She was an avid NASCAR fan.  She met many famous people in her lifetime, including Tommy Dorsey, Doc Severenson, Rusty Wallace and Alice Cooper.  She enjoyed cheering on the New Town Eagles Basketball teams throughout the 70s, 80s, and the past few years.  Bernice was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Fond Du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, and the American Legion Auxiliary for the past 55 years.  Family: Bernice is survived by: her daughter, Mary Beth, sons, Austin “Butch” (Martha), Jerome, and Tim (Felicia);  daughter-in-law,  Margaret; grandsons,  Justin (Dena), Daniel, and James; granddaughters, Brandee (Kevin), Autumn, and Jacobi (Sevant); great grandsons, Gerard Jr. and Jacob;  great granddaughters, Cedar, Sequoia, T’Keyah, and Sophia; brother, Rollin (Peggy); sisters,  Audrey and Valerie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.  She also leaves behind the family pets, Jude, Bella, Charlie and Jack.  Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jake; son, Michael, grandson, Gerard; brothers, Rupert “Sonny”, Ronald “Chic”, Raymond “Billy”, Roger and Clarence; and sister, Theresa. Funeral: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.     Interment: New Town Cemetery

Zena Bracklin Ogden, 46, Parshall, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in her home. She was born April 26, 1965 in Minot to Charles and Vera Bracklin. Family: She is survived by her son, Kaylem Morsette of Rapid City, SD; daughters, Ashley and April Bracklin, both of Parshall; brother, Edward Sr. of Parshall; sister, Elsie Alvarez of Parshall and 9 grandchildren. Funeral: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Parshall City Auditorium Burial: Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town


Hal Nestaval, 78, Lubbock, TX, formerly of New Town, died Thursday, March 5, 2012 in Lubbock, TX.He was born April 9, 1933 in Van Hook to Edward and Esther (Halvorson) Nestaval. Hal married Ardis Jensen in 1958 in Fargo, ND.Ardis died in 2002.In 2003, he married Nancy Farmer in Springfield, MO.Family: Hal is survived by his Wife, Nancy of Lubbock, TX; son, Kirk (April) of Minooka, IL; daughter Lisa (James) Lamb of Las Cruzes, NM;brothers Jerry of Kelso, WA and Kirk of Grand Forks, ND;sisters Darlene Hval of Williston, ND and Sara Nestaval of Las Vegas, NV and 3 grandchildren. Graveside service: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 1 p.m.,  New Town Cemetery


HoffmanAgnes Selma Hoffman
, 103, Bismarck and Parshall, died Thursday, February 23, 2012 in a Bismarck nursing home.Agnes and her twin brother Gerhard were born October 14, 1908 in Potlatch, Idaho to Adolf and Lousie (Lande) Hellesylt.She was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Potlatch.The family came to North Dakota when Agnes was a young child, first to Bowbells then to Parshall.She was educated in North Dakota schools and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, Parshall in 1924.Agnes married Clarence Hallingstad and following his death she married Herman Hoffman.They lived and farmed in Banner Township of Mountrail County until 1959 when they moved into Parshall.Following Herman’s death on October 1, 1961 she continued to live in her home until she began to spend time with her children.Faith, family and friends were the most important things in her life.She was an active member of First Lutheran Church where she helped with church activities and enjoyed being a part of the ladies aid greeting card program for many years.She liked to do fancy work, dance, play cards and do puzzles.She enjoyed traveling and traveled to Norway in 1976 to visit the birthplace of her parents.She had many jobs during her long lifetime including working for several years at the Super Value in Parshall but her most important job was being a mother. Family: Agnes is survived by: her children, Thressa Fredlund of Bismarck, Clayton (Janice) of Hazen and Loren (Lori) of Bismarck; 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brothers, Gerhard and Oscar; sister-in law, Ella Hellesylt; and son-in-law, Lee. Funeral: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Parshall. Interment: Parshall Cemetery

carmenCarmen Francis Eagle, 79, New Town, ND died February 11, 2012 in Bismarck, ND.Carmen (Dottie) Francis Eagle (Buffalo Woman) “Mee-Dae Mea” was born on December 18, 1932 in Elbowoods, ND to George and Rose (Packineau) Charging. She was a member of the Low Cap Clan and a child of the Water Buster Clan. Dottie was active in cheerleading at Elbowoods High School and was elected Miss Fort Berthold. She graduated from Elbowoods High School.Dottie married Lenard (Jute) Eagle in Seattle, WA on August 21, 1954. She worked for Job Service of North Dakota (1962-1972), the Bureau of Indian Affairs Employment Assistance Office (1972-1982) and the Three Affiliated Tribes 477 Program from 1982 until her retirement in 2008. Many individuals have commented over the years how Dottie helped them in their educational and career pursuits. She was always so proud of all “my students”. Dottie was a very well respected woman who practiced her traditional ways and taught them to her family. She was very active in her community. Dottie enjoyed being involved in many community initiatives and activities including the first JOM committee, North Segment, Little Shell Powwow Committee, Elders Organization, Piggly Wiggly Bowling League, making ceramics, playing Bingo, attending powwows and celebrations. She also enjoyed traveling around visiting friends and going out to eat with friends and family. Her spirituality was extremely important to her and she dedicated much of her time to the Kateri Tekawitha Fort Berthold Chapter, Catholic Congress and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church initiatives. Dottie was a very beloved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister and aunt to their many family members, all of whom will miss her dearly. Family: Dottie is survived by her sons, Ronnie (Kim), Tom, Terry (Shawna), Scott (Kandace) and Cletus (Kim); grandchildren, Ryan, Jared (Candice), Samantha, Jessica (Robert), James, Chaun-T, Ashley, Erika, Vida, Kacey, Katrina, Kalcie, Christy Jo, Demi, Brandi and Brett; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lenard Jr.; daughter, Lori Ann; sisters, Alvina Anden, Pauline Fox and Grace Henry; brothers, Duane Charging, Kenneth Charging and Arnie Charging.  Funeral:Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town. Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, White Shield, ND.

  
JohnsonoFrances Alice Sillitti-Johnson, 63, Minot, formerly of New Town, died Friday in a Minot hospital.  Frances was born April 19, 1948 in Sacramento, CA to Dominick Sr. and Gertrude (Youngbear) Sillitti.  She was raised and educated in Billings, MT.Following graduation, she attended Eastern Montana State College where she studied sociology.While in college, Frances was participated in many art shows and was well-known for her watercolor art.She also liked to sing and was active in numerous community and church choirs.In 1980, Frances was united in marriage to Albert Koukal and they made their home in Minot.Albert preceded her in death.  She married David Johnson in 2004 in Minot.Throughout the years, Frances made her home in Minot and New Town.She enjoyed photography and volunteered with various Minot organizations.Frances, along with her husband David, were both active in community events.Frances was an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of New Town and was a familiar face at many pow-wows in the area.In her younger years, Frances and her sisters were active “shawl dancers”, competing across Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota.Frances was a member of the Water Buster Clan and was a child of the Chicken Clan.She was also a child of the Whistling Water Clan of Montana. Family: Frances is survived by her husband; sister, Gertrude Katherine Sillitti-Lee (Mark) of Stillwater, OK; brothers, Dominick Sillitti and Frank Sillitti (Catherine), both of New Town and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; and sister, Rose Sillitti-Bearchum.Funeral:  Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Johnny Bird Veterans Memorial Hall in New Town Burial:  St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Mandaree

scan0001Agnes Beston, 80, Parshall, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in a Minot hospital.Agnes was born March 19, 1931 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to Charles and Alice (Cottonwood) White Twin.Agnes was raised by her aunts and uncles after her parents died when she was a young child.After graduating from high school, Agnes lived in Fargo and worked in the kitchen at Meritcare Hospital.While in Fargo, she met John Beston; they later married and moved to California.In the 1970’s the family moved back to Parshall because Agnes didn’t like earthquakes.She worked for the elementary school as a cook’s assistant.John and Agnes also lived in Minot where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Minot State University in 1986.Agnes worked at Northrop Grumman in New Town and Rock View Nursing Home in Parshall.At one time, she was a home living assistant at Wahpeton Indian School where she provided supervision and counseled students on personal and academic issues.Most recently, she cleaned the laundromat and the Memorial church.Agnes was a volunteer at the Parshall Resource Center where she counseled youth.She attended bible study, helped with Sunday school and served as vice president of the Memorial Church council.She enjoyed quilting, making shawls and was an avid walker. Agnes was also fluent in the Dakota Sioux language and had great interest in Native American culture.  Agnes was a caring person who was always thinking of others.She would help others iron and clean.Agnes loved to spend time with her family and would always gather them together to take pictures.Family:Agnes is survived by: her husband, John of Parshall; son, Mark Beston (Lori) of Parshall; daughters, Kathy Beston (Dwight Grinnell) of New Town, Elaine Cross (Leon) of Bismarck, Lynn Holding Eagle (Chad Hieb) of Fargo, Doreen Holding Eagle of Moorhead, MN, Carolyn McCauley of Minot, Diane Van Fleet (Dillon) of Albuquerque, NM, Debbie Dwarf (Stephen) of Fort Yates and Sue Hutcherson (Tiger) of Durant, OK; adopted daughter, Janice Ashburn (Marvin) of Harwood, ND;sister, Darlene Halfe (Benny) of Fort Yates; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Leonard Beston. Funeral: Saturday, Febrary 11, 2012 at 10a.m. St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall. Burial: St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Parshall

 

ObitIva Jean Springer (Evergreen Woman "mida-midaba-dua"), 50, Parshall, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 in the Garrison Memorial Hospital following a battle with cancer.  Iva was born December 25, 1961 in Stanley the daughter of Bruce and Charlene (Spotted Wolf) Lyson.  She was raised in Parshall and attended school where she was a cheerleader.Iva graduated from Parshall High School in 1980 and then attended Job Corps where she met John Springer.  They were united in marriage on February 9, 1983 in Stanley.  They moved to Omaha, NE where they made their home.  Together they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Veronica Marie, the pride and joy of Iva’s life.While living in Omaha, Iva worked and raised her daughter.  In 1999, they moved back to Parshall.  She worked at MHA Systems until health problems forced her to retire.Iva loved all her aunts and uncles, especially her aunt Ramona Foolish Bear who helped guide her through her younger years after her mother’s death.  She loved all her nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending time with them.  She had a special place in her heart for her nephew Hunter, who was like a son to her.  She cherished spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoyed sewing, playing darts and pool, dancing, attending pow-wows, barbecues, driving around and camping.  She was an avid Minnesota Viking fan.Blessed be her memory among us.  Family: Iva is survived by: her daughter, Veronica of New Town; brothers, Daryl Lyson (Monica), Kenny Lyson (Claudia) and Terry Lyson (Becki), all of New Town, Ronald Lyson (Irene Hook) of Mesa, Ariz., and Toby Two Crow (Jody) of Fort Riley, Kansas; sister, Chasity Barrera (Eric) of Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren, Kaylee and  Adam Miller, Tracy and Sean Lyson; nieces and nephews, Shay and Dan Miller, Sash Fox, Kota Lyson and Teighlor Mock, Brooke, Shylene and Hunter Lyson, Masen and Isaac Two Crow and Milla Berrera, Aulora, Shadlynn and Eric Severance, Jr. and godchildren, Duane and Denise Howling Wolf.  She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; maternal grandmother, Elsie White Body; paternal grandparents, Oscar and Veda Lyson and brother, Donald. Funeral: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parshall City Auditorium. Interment: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall


gormanJody Fox Gorman (Walking Woman “Mea Nudda Widz”), 47, New Town, died Monday, January 9, 2012 near Tioga.  Jody Fox was born with her twin sister, Jolene in Minot, North Dakota on January 28, 1964, the daughter of George and Goldie (Drags Wolf) Fox.  She was raised in New Town and attended Edwin Loe Elementary, New Town High School and graduated from Flandreau Indian School in 1983.  During her school years she excelled at basketball, volleyball and track.  She furthered her education attending and graduating from United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and later attended Fort Berthold Community College in New Town.  Jody was united in marriage to Thomas Gorman in Parker, Arizona.  She was employed at various jobs throughout her life and was never afraid to work.  She was a flag girl for the North Dakota Highway Department, worked at Four Bears Casino as a waitress when it first opened and at Fort Berthold Community College in the work study program while attending school.  She never turned down an opportunity to help others and would drop everything to cook, sew and bead when asked.   She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, listening to country, classic rock and roll and Indian music.She could bake bread and knew how to make Amish buns and was famous for her awesome fry bread and beautiful beadwork.  She was known by everyone as “Jody Pops”.A friend too many, she never missed an opportunity to joke and laugh with others.  She was a humble person who had a bubbly personality.  She loved her family and was always willing to help them.  All who knew her were touched by her generosity and her ability to make people laugh.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who will forever treasure her memory, kindness and the gifts she bestowed upon them all.  She was a loving Daughter, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Niece, Grandmother and Friend to all who were a part of her life.  Jody was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town and a member of the Water buster Clan and a child of the A Wa Xia clan.  Family:Jody is survived by: her sons, Cody Tall Bull of Denver, CO and Dakota Willow Good Bird of New Town; brothers, Jeff Fox, David Fox and Orville Fox (Vickie); sisters, Zandra Ziebart, Monica Lyson, Carmen Fox, Ardella Fox and Jolene Fox, all of New Town; aunts, Laverne Fettig and Roseanne Johnson, both of Mandaree, Donna Morgan, June Lizotte and Martha Jarski, all of New Town; uncles, Leroy Crow Flies High and Wesley Hall, both of New Town; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; maternal grandparents, Grace Medicine Crow and George Crow Flies High Sr., paternal grandparents, George and Mary (Birdsbill) Fox; infant brother, Gerald; nephew, Coulee Fox and sister-in-law, Brenda Fox.Funeral: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.Interment: Laid to rest alongside her mother in Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery, rural New Town.



 
 
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