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Friday, January 19th 2018
Christina "Tina" Ellen Marks
Christina "Tina" Ellen Marks died January 17, 2018 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, surrounded by family. She had been diagnosed with Leukemia two days earlier. Mom had been feeling tough for a while, but she resisted seeking medical help, as was her nature.

Tina was born November 16, 1929 to Mary Meharry Mix and Henry Earl Mix of Hinsdale, MT. Tina attended completed high school in Hinsdale.

On December 29, 1948 Tina married the love of her life William Ernest "Bill" Marks. Together they raised eight children, most of whom were born in Roundup, Montana. Mom worked as a waitress and cook at the Busy Bee café in Roundup while Dad worked in the oil fields.

The family moved to Havre for two years while dad went to college after he suffered a coronary heart attack. After college, the family moved to Glasgow where all eight children graduated high school.

Tina worked at JC Penney's for 28 years and Bill worked at Arnie's Electric. They enjoyed square dancing every week. They were both active in the Catholic Church. Tina and Bill were married 64 years.

Tina and Bill retired and moved to the farm house in Saco, MT in which Bill was born. They spent about six years remodeling and expanding the farm house and in the process built a nice retirement home. They lived in the farm house from 1992 until Bill's death in 2014. Tina was active with the Rebekah's in Glasgow and Saco. She and Bill worked diligently on the maintenance of the IOOF Hall and Catholic Church in Saco.

Tina was well known for her fancy work. She exhibited much of her work at the Valley County Fair. She received many Rosettes for her work. Tina's work included crochet, knitting, tatting, crewel, quilting, and sewing. She made many Christmas, wedding, and birthday presents with her fancy work. She made wedding dresses for her children. Tina made baby quilts for the new babies at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. She also made many wedding cakes. Tina always had a vegetable garden. She canned vegetables for food year-round and was known county wide for her pickled beets.

Tina is survived by her children Ernest Marks, Patrick Marks, William Marks, Christopher Marks, Betsy Marks-Quaring, Connie Marks-Goodwin, Carol Marks-Robbins and Cheryl Marks-Bruce, her sisters Margie Yeska and Thelma Robertson; her brother Tom Mix and 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Tina has a large extended family, and an untold number of friends who admire her strength, stability, and productivity.

Tina will be missed. Heaven has another angel.

Visitation will be January 21, 2018 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary.

Mass of Christian Burial will held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Francis Assissi in Saco, Montana with Father Cory Sticha presiding. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery and a luncheon will be at the IOOF Hall in Saco following burial.

Tuesday, January 16th 2018
Mary Ileen Pekovitch
MALTA- Mary Ileen Pekovitch 87, passed away on Saturday January 13th at Hi-Line Retirement with her family by her side.

Viewing will be available on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 from noon to 6:30pm at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel, and sharing of memories with the family at the Tin Cup Bar and Grill beginning at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be held in Saco, MT, Friday, Jan 19th, 10:00am at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.
Tuesday, January 16th 2018
Richard Dennis Eklund
MALTA- Richard Dennis Eklund, 49, a mechanic, passed away of unknown causes December 2017.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11:00 A.M. at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.
Friday, January 12th 2018
Bud Geer
Bud Geer was born the first of twins at home near New London, Minnesota on September 18, 1921 to Henry and Jennie (Price) Geer. At the age of 13, Bud and his family moved from the Minnesota farm to Park Grove, Montana where his father worked for the Army Corp of Engineers building the Fort Peck Dam; while Bud delivered newspapers and did other small odd jobs. After he graduated from Nashua High School in 1939 he worked on the Nefzger Ranch in Vida, Montana.

On November 12, 1944 Bud married Mildred Habeck in Hingham, Montana and they made their home in Nashua, Montana. In 1948 the family moved 12 miles North of Nashua to the farmstead known as the “Geer Place”.

In the early 1960’s Bud began tinkering in the Rodeo Stock business. By 1971 Bud had a sizable rodeo stock and became a stock contractor himself. Geer Rodeo Company furnished stock to rodeos throughout Montana.

Bud always enjoyed watching rodeos in his later years, never losing his touch on what a horse was going to do coming out of the chute. With a sparkle of humor in his eye he could be found telling a story that kept everyone laughing or sitting at a table playing cards with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jennie; wife, Millie; son Jeff; daughter-in-law, Pam; grandson, Dru; sister-in-law, Theda; twin sister, Merridith “Sis” Kummerfeldt; and followed by his brother John “Jack” Geer later that day.

Bud is survived by his children Bob (Ferna) Geer, Dan (Patty) Geer, Zane (Dixie) Geer, Shelley Geer, Joel Geer; grandchildren Zane, Tammy, Matthew, Callin, Doni, Tanner, Lindsey, Jason, Justin, Jake, Jessie, Tara, Ryan, Autumn, and Amber; great-grandchildren Wally, Miles, Dawsyn, Owen, Cody, Tommy, Katy, Sam, Amanda, Kat, Allan, Kayla, Logann, Quinn, Buddy, Rowan, and Aadn; great-great-grandchild, Craig; and nieces and nephews Karen (Will) Taylor, Kurt (Tammy) Kummerfeldt, Charlene Schlotte, Diane (Pete) Nagel, Beverly (Jerry) Freeman, Laurie McConnell, Monte (Lonnie) Geer, Mary (Dave) Jensen and Chuck (June) Geer.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be at the Elks in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, January 10th 2018
Marie H. Hobby
Marie H. Hobby, 82, died on Tuesday January 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia on Tuesday, January 16 at 11:00 am with Father Fred Wendel officiating. A visitation will be held at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta on Monday, January 15 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, with a prayer service to follow at 6:30 pm. A memorial service and interment will be held in Glasgow, Montana at a later date.

Marie Helena Nelson Hobby, the daughter of Ralph and Mabel Nelson, was born on December 5, 1935 in Glasgow, Montana. She graduated from Glasgow High School and began work at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. She was primarily a homemaker but also worked with her family at various restaurants, and again with the hospital in purchasing. Marie enjoyed many years with her large extended and immediate family—she was the oldest of 10 siblings. She enjoyed picnics with family, fishing, trap shooting, boating at Fort Peck Lake, and spending time with friends.

Marie Nelson married Arvid Hobby on April 28, 1956 in Glasgow, Montana and had one daughter, Sandra. As a mother, Marie kept busy helping at her daughter’s school and attending the school performances of her daughter and many nieces and nephews. She and Arvid always had a pot of coffee on and enjoyed hosting their friends and happy hours. Outside the house, they enjoyed traveling with friends, taking trips to Las Vegas, bowling, and playing bingo!

After living in Glasgow for 40 years, Marie and Arvid moved to Kennesaw, Georgia in 1996 where she became actively involved with her grandsons. She attended many of their events – whether that be Boy Scouts or sports, band or high school football; she was always there. Marie was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, and, after Arvid passed away in 2003, she became an active member in the Widow’s Web ministry. Marie was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, through wins and losses, watching nearly every game of every season. She attended several Braves games, Atlanta Falcons games, and many Georgia Tech football games. To top it off, she saw Neil Diamond in concert a few years ago.

Aside from weekly visits to friends in a retirement community, she also played cards at the East Cobb Senior Center.

She made good friends in Georgia and touched many lives. All will remember her as a sweet and kind person who loved her family and friends, the Braves, and believed that every dog needed a treat.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Arvid Hobby; her parents, Ralph Nelson and Mabel Nelson Masters; five sisters, Donna Rennick, Helen Blanchard, Masha Smith, Sharon Anderson and Julie Severeid; and four brothers, George, Buddy, Brent and Ralph Nelson.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Ron) Richards, and two grandsons, Stephen (Nora) and Andrew Richards.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018
Julia Judith Teske Britsch
Julia Judith Teske Britsch, 95, passed away peacefully at her home north of Hinsdale, December 27, 2017.

Julia was born December 23, 1922 near Lustre, Montana to Dan and Helen (Peters) Teske. Her family lived in New Deal for three or four years, in one of the nicest houses. Julia would use cats as her dolls and put them in a buggy and push them around until they fell asleep. She attended a one room school at Canterbell Country School, there were 7 or 8 students in her first-grade class. Her transportation was horse and buggy. She graduated high school through a correspondence course. Julie lived her life in Valley County except for the four years at college.

Her plan A was to be a nurse. When that plan was nixed she went to plan B: to become a missionary. She went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska for four years, graduating in 1949. She stayed in Omaha and worked at the school until she was called home because her dad had suffered a heart attack.

At that time, the Valley Old Folk Home was operated on a contract bid basis, and her mom, Helen, was awarded this bid for several years. Julie worked alongside her mother at the nursing home in Glasgow, Montana doing the bookkeeping and grocery shopping. While working there she met her future husband, Earl Britsch, while he was visiting his mother.

Plan C apparently was the plan God chose, for Julie and Earl were married June 14, 1955 in Rugby, North Dakota. They moved to the house that Earl had built north of Hinsdale. She liked the rolling hills and loved seeing the little green valley when she came down the hill to the ranch. Julie had to get used to the work that came with this lifestyle. Julie was a very good cook, especially her bread. Her ranch life summary- “sheep are a lot of work, cows are easy.”

Julie and Earl were blessed with three children: Karla, Roger and Dan.

For one year, Julie and the kids lived in Glasgow, so Karla could go to school. During this time, Julie worked at the hospital in the laundry department. Washing and Ironing the big sheets was made fun by working with her dad’s distant cousin.

Mom loved the Lord. She taught Sunday school, she liked to plink out a hymn on the piano and Psalm 23 was her favorite scripture. She treasured the fact that she led her dad to the Lord. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Hinsdale.

Julie is preceded in death by her husband Earl and her daughter Karla.

She is survived by her sons Roger Britsch and Dan (Kate) Britsch; grandsons Chris Britsch, Cody (Jenny) Britsch and Jesse Britsch (Amanda Redding) as well as numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon (Edna) Teske; sister-in-law, Blanche Schuler and nieces Carol, Irene and Vicki.

Due to weather conditions we will be having our graveside services inside at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post #45 in Hinsdale at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 with Pastor Tom Tripp officiating. Luncheon will follow burial at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post #45.
Monday, January 8th 2018
Virgie Schweigert
Virgie Schweigert
Virgie Schweigert, 97, of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Faith Lutheran Home, Wolf Point, MT. Virgie was born July 21, 1920 in Twila, KY, and daughter to Clavin and Reney Tipton.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and most of all spending time with family and friends. She had a strong faith in God through her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Calvin and Irene (Reney) Tipton, husband Jake Schweigert, Sr., son Jake Schweigert, Jr. and granddaughter Susan Carter.

Survivors include her daughter, Reney Carter and husband Robert of Glasgow, MT., 7 grandchildren, Darrell Schweigert of Cincinnati, OH., Mitchell Schweigert and wife Julie of Miles City, MT, Lori Hinton and husband Perry of New Carlisle, IN., Les Schweigert and wife Jenny of Fargo, ND., Steve Carter and wife Guillermina of San Diego, CA, Gary Carter of Billings, MT. and Shawn Carter of Billings, MT., 8 great grandchildren; Chelsea, Stephenee, Stephen, Ashley, Samantha, Taylor, Tyler and Connor.

As per her wishes, Virgie has been cremated. A celebration of her life is being planned for this March. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

We thank the staff of FLH for their care and services over the years.

Monday, January 8th 2018
Donald Bauer
Donald Bauer 83, Passed away January 4th 2018. A memorial service is being planned in the spring.. A full obituary will be ran at that time.
Tuesday, January 2nd 2018
Gladys Nybakken

Gladys Nybakken passed away on January 1, 2018 at the VVNH where she had been a resident for seven years. The daughter of Dedrick and Bentine Opland, Gladys was born in Halstad, Minnesota on November 19, 1917. She was very proud of reaching her hundredth birthday which she celebrated with family and friends at the VVNH on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Gladys grew up north of Nashua on various farmsteads and attended country schools. When she began high school stayed with other families in Nashua and worked for them to earn her room and board.

She married the love of her life, Carl Nybakken, on June 22, 1935. They lived 15 miles north of Nashua where they farmed and raised their family until they moved to the edge of Nashua so they would be closer to the school as the older children began high school.

Gladys was a wonderful spouse and mother as her and Carl made their livelihood off of the land and raised their family. Besides being a great cook she enjoyed crocheting and other crafts and many people have her handiwork in their kitchen. There is probably not a family member or an employee at VVNH that had not received one of her kitchen towels until she finally had to give up that hobby when it became too painful for her to use her arms. She was preceded in death by and infant daughter, Ann Marie, her husband Carl, her parents, and her four siblings – Esther, Bennie, Ruth, and Clarence.

Survivors include her children: one son, Donald Nybakken of Nashua; five daughters: Carol (Glen) Haag of Hendersonville, North Carolina; Glenna (Mel) Wilks of Genesee, Idaho; Linda Pederson of Vancouver Washington; Judi Ross of Vancouver, Washington; Jeannie Bergstrom (Larry) of Nashua. She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and 4 great – great - grandchildren.

Gladys was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Nashua.

Services will be on Friday, January 5th at 1:30pm at the Bell Mortuary Chapel.

Wednesday, December 27th 2017
Eleanor H. Kolstad
Eleanor H. Kolstad, 94, of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Billings Deaconess Hospital. She was born December 2, 1923 in Opheim, MT, daughter to Axel and Hilda (Dahl) Watterud. She married Alfred Kolstad, Oct. 24, 1942 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Eleanor was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Kolstad, her brothers, Leonard, Lester, Rudy, Myron, Donald and Glen Watterud and sisters Evelyn Watterud and Lorraine Halverson.

Survivors include her children Terry (Peggy) Kolstad of Castle Rock, CO, Arden Dwain (Julaine) Kolstad of Fountain Hills, AZ, Vince (Rose) Kolstad of Glasgow, MT, Robin Kolstad of Denver, CO and Kelly (Will) Bishop of Billings, MT, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church.

Tuesday, December 26th 2017
Elvin A. Olfert
Elvin A. Olfert, 94, of Frazer was born April 30, 1923 to Dietrich M and Katharina (Franz) Olfert on the family homestead in Lustre, MT. He married Selma Toews in March of 1946 and they raised their family on that same farm living there until his passing on December 23, 2017.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Jeanette K. Olfert Williams. He is survived by his wife of 71 years Selma Toews Olfert, son Kenneth (Robin) Olfert of Seattle, WA, son Ronald (Etta) Olfert of Lustre, MT, 9 grandchildren and 25 + great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be on December 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lustre MB Church.

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