Josephine “Jo” Dorsey was born on November 24, 1936 in Glasgow, Montana. She was the daughter of William A. Lauckner and Hilda Marie Beer Lauckner. Jo attended twelve years of school, graduating from Nashua School, in Nashua, Montana. She continued her education studying business in Fargo, North Dakota.
Jo married John Lawrence Dorsey, on June 24, 1961. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before John passed away on February 18, 2013. Jo is survived by her son, William Lawrence Dorsey “Larry”, daughter-in-law Tracy Dorsey and three grandchildren Alexis (22), Kohl (20) and Regan (16) who currently reside in Arizona. Her Montana family includes her sister, Helen Lauckner Heikens (husband-Bob), brothers Andy (wife-Jamie) and Bill Lauckner (wife-Myrna) along with numerous treasured nieces and nephews.
Jo knew how to work hard, in fact, she was most happy when busily working and serving others. Growing up in Montana, Jo began working on the family farm at a young age. Her first job was at Farmers Union Market. She was also employed at First National Bank of Glasgow, Farmer’s Stock Growers Bank of Glasgow, First Security Bank of Montana, and Norwest Bank. She finished her 35 year banking career at Wells Fargo Bank of Glasgow, retiring on March 31, 2000.
Although the majority of Jo’s life was spent living on the highline in Nashua, Montana, she also resided in Missoula, Montana for two years and in Gary, Indiana for three years. She moved to Billings, Montana in August of 2015 to be closer to medical care. Throughout her life, she was surrounded with a special love from her brother Andy’s family. She shared laughter amid many adventures and fun times enjoying a special closeness with her sister-in-law, best friend and caregiver, Jamie Lauckner, brother Andy, niece Katrina (and Lance) and her best buddy, Brexton. While she lived in Billings, Jo also enjoyed many family gatherings with her niece Gayle, nephews Bradley and Andrew, and their families.
A strong Christian, Jo will be remembered for her kindness and quiet strength. As a long-time member of the Lutheran Church, she assisted with numerous church and community functions. At the Nashua Senior Citizens Center, she was an assistant cook for senior meals where she served alongside her good friend, Pat Neulieb. She also aided in the distribution of commodities for many years. Jo belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary of Montana. One of her most loved ventures involved joining P.D.Q.s in Nashua where she was honored to sew memory quilts for families. Jo enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. An important tradition she passed on to her brother, Andy and niece, Katrina is the making of kapusta and padia sauce. Some of her other favorite pastimes included Bingo, Mexican Train, puzzles, hunting and fishing and traveling to rendezvous as a “Mountain Woman” with her husband, John. Jo enjoyed spending time with her large extended family and former co-workers as well as many of the public she knew from working in Glasgow. When visiting her Arizona family, she could often be found in the backyard near the grapefruit or lemon tree enjoying a fresh snack while throwing the ball for Aussie (the family dog) or cheering at one of her grandkids’ sporting events. A fun-loving, proud grandmother, Jo enjoyed hearing about the kids’ activities and achievements when away from them.
After a long, fearless fight battling ovarian, uterus, blood and bone cancer, Jo passed away peacefully in her home at Morning Star Senior Living on February 10th, 2018 at 6:45 pm surrounded by her family’s love. She was blessed by many incredible medical caregivers who walked with her providing support and overall care during this time. Although we will miss her dearly, we know her cheerful spirit will always walk among us.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 16th from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. The funeral service is Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the Glasgow Evangelical Church. Luncheon will be provided directly after and then burial at the Nashua Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to Bell Mortuary at 701 2nd Avenue South, Glasgow, MT 59230. 480-228-2112.
Debbie was born on April 5, 1963 to Bayard and Agnes Spillum in Jordan, Montana. She joined brothers Jack and Tom at home and Loren followed not long after. Agnes married William (Bill) Stanton in 1971 and little brother Ebert joined the family, too. Although Bill was her stepfather, Debbie always saw him as her father and loved him dearly.
Debbie loved Brusett and living on the ranch. She was known to jump on a dirt bike and take off into the pine trees. She went to the country school until 1977 then moved into the dorm in Jordan, MT to attend high school. She was an excellent student and finished her junior and senior years in one to graduate early in 1980. After high school, Debbie moved to Billings, briefly, to attend college, but Jordan called her home.
Debbie married Monte Billing in 1984 and their son, Lane, was born in 1987. She married Keith Fogle in 1989 and their daughter, Loni, joined the family in 1990. The family moved to Glasgow in 1992. Keith went to work at the Post Office and Debbie worked part-time at Dairy Queen, but she spent most of her time home with her children. When both kids were in school, she found joy working at Irle School as a Librarian and loved having the same schedule as Lane and Loni. She never missed a play, recital, or sporting event. Camping and boating at Hell Creek were some of Debbie’s favorite things to do in the summer. She loved music and could be seen on the dance floor jitterbugging her heart out. Debbie loved to play darts, shoot pool, throw horseshoes and drink a cold beer. One thing that can be said about Debbie is that she loved to be the boss.
She went to work at Valley Bank for several years before moving to Wolf Point. She worked at Peavey Grain Elevator for several years, eventually settling into a job in Medical Records at Northeast Montana Health Services, that she really enjoyed. Debbie dearly loved all of her work colleagues throughout the years.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Bayard Spillum in 1989, her beloved brother Jack in 1997, her step-father Bill Stanton in 2013, and her grandparents.
Debbie is survived by her son Lane Billing; daughter Loni (Tony Gundermann) Fogle; mother Agnes Stanton; brothers Tom Spillum, Loren (Tamara) Spillum and Ebert (Karen) Stanton; grandkids Alice, Charlie and baby Gundermann due in July; several nieces and nephews; special companion Dana Schumacher; daughter-in-law Whitney Swanson and many more special relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 with family receiving friends from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A prayer will be held at 6:30 PM and will be followed by an open sharing time of our stories with Debbie.
Friday, February 16th, 2018 a visitation with family receiving friends will be from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home in Jordan, Montana. Burial will follow at Hearts of Peace Cemetery in Brusett, Montana. Please join Debbie’s family at The Summit Corral in Jordan, Montana following the graveside service.
Fred was born in Valley County, Montana on November 12, 1927 to Frederick and Ruth (Borum) Cool. He attended Harmony grade school in Larslan, Montana. Fred graduated from Glasgow High School and attended college at North Central Bible College (NCBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he obtained his ministerial degree. While attending NCBC, Lois Montag and her friends wanted a ride to the park. Lois knew that Fred had a Buick so she asked him for a ride. Fred, already her secret admirer, gladly accepted and they were soon dating. Fred and Lois married on September 29, 1951 in Lois’ hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
After their wedding they resided in Oshkosh. Fred and Lois were blessed with a son, Stephen Monte Cool, on July 15, 1952. On September 24, 1954, Wesley Frederic Cool joined their family. Upon Fred’s dad’s sudden death in December 1954, the Cools lived in Larslan, Montana during the farming season to help with the family farm. During the rest of the year, they resided at their home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1962, the Cool family permanently moved to Larslan, Montana to run the farm and raise sheep and pigs. Wendi Jo joined their family on October 4, 1965. Fred started Cool’s Backhoe Service in 1975. Fred and Lois resided in their Larslan home until 2014 when they moved to Coupeville, Washington to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.
Fred was a member and deacon of the Assembly of God church in Glasgow, Montana. Fred’s relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important decision in his life. He lived a Christ filled life. Fred believed that it was important to read his Bible and pray at the beginning of every day. If you had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cool, you and your family were automatically added to his prayer list. He lived a life that reflected Christ and the Bible was his guide. Fred loved to joke and tease. He always had a smile to share. He left an impression on everyone he met. Fred loved his family.
Fred is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 66 years, Lois of Coupeville, Washington; son, Stephen (Carol) of Glasgow, Montana; grandson, Joseph (Jennifer) of Bardstown, KY; grandson, Justin (Amanda) of Calais, Maine; son, Wesley (Jackie) of Glendive, Montana; grandson, Treven (Alicia); great grandchildren, Peyton and Conall of Glendive, Montana; granddaughter, Trenna (Bob) Antonelli; great grandchildren, Jayden, Genesis, Noelle, Gabrielle of Rifle, Colorado ; daughter, Wendi Tow (Mike Anderson) of Oak Harbor, Washington; grandson, Micah Tow (Alexis Elsevier) of Oak Harbor, Washington; granddaughter, Chelsi (Sean) Simpson of Pinehurst, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Joanne (Montag) Ohlin and brother-in-law, John Ohlin of Springfield, Missouri; cousin, Conrad (Carol) Eckert of Stevensville, Montana and many cousins.
Fred is preceded in death by his father, Frederick; mother, Ruth; sister, Dorothea Alice Bertelsen; brother-in-law, Verner Bertelsen; sister, Violet Mae Belling; brother-in-law, Olaf Belling; grandson, John Wesley Cool; father-in-law, John Montag; mother-in-law, Esther (Schroeder) Montag; brother-in-law, John Montag, Jr.
A cremation has taken place and a memorial service will follow at a later date in Glasgow, Montana.
An “Independence Day Baby”, Teresa was born July 4th, 1956 to Ray and Vivian Watson in San Diego, California.
Teresa moved from Texas to St. Marie / Glasgow in 2004. While in Montana, she attended college and graduated with honors to become a licensed addiction counselor for the state of Montana, and while in Glasgow, helped a lot of people. A straight shooter, she was loved and adored by her co-workers and clients.
Over her lifetime, she was a medical transcriptionist for the VA hospital in Waco, Texas, and in Oak Cliff, Texas. In the mid 90’s she was a manicurist in her sister’s beauty shop.
Teresa’s hobbies included listening to classic country and golden oldies —which she dearly loved —and playing games on her tablet. She also enjoyed crocheting, social media and riding horses.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Vivian Watson, her sister Kitty Hollifield, grandson Jayson Moore, and nephew Dakota Wood.
Survivors include her daughter Brandy (Tim) Thatcher of Hubbard, Dawn Moore of Missoula, and son James Piel of Malone; sister, Donnice Sorrell of West, Texas; sister Sherry (Cliff) Wood of West, Texas; and brother Don Watson of St. Marie.; four grandchildren, Mallori Slaughter, Destynie Moore, Caleb Moore, Katelyn Brown and Thomas Thatcher; and one great grandchild, Averi (who will be a ‘Big Sister’ this summer). And her beloved dog, Niecey, misses her greatly.
Memorial service was held on January 15th at Hubbard Cowboy Church. Cremation was arranged by Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.
Memorials may be made to Hillsboro Paw Pals, P.O. box 1533, Hillsboro, TX 76645, or NAMI (National Alliance for Medical Illness) at 800-950-NAMI or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lona B. (Hanson) Highfill of St. Marie, Montana, died on January 28, 2018. She was born on April 16, 1930.
Lona lived a full life and was married five times. She was very well liked and respected to all who knew her upbeat, endearing personality. She loved 4-Bears Casino and loved going there with her friend Audrey Sands. In fact, that’s how she ended up in St. Marie. They had homes next to each other in Lomita, California. Audrey, who moved to St. Marie in the late 80’s, was a snow bird, going to California in the winters. Lona ended up coming to St. Marie a couple of weeks each summer, and before you knew it, Lona moved here in April 1994. Growing up in the city, she simply loved Montana, even when her health failed and she couldn’t get out of her house. She was a high-roller at the Montana Bar where Paul Monson was one of her dear friends. She also enjoyed a little TV as well as collecting John Wayne memorabilia and collecting porcelain Indian dolls, among other collectibles.
Preceding Lona in death was her grandfather Leslie Russel Hanson, Sr., her husband Paul Highfill; daughter Kitty (Eileen) Karr Stockdale; son Tim Karr; brother L. Russ “Uncle Bum” Hanson, Jr.; Mother Vera (Duke) Hanson (California/Texas who took a covered wagon from Indian Territory to Texas as a child).
Survivors include Don Watson of St. Marie; Johnny Sterling Barnes of Monument Valley, Arizona; sister Mary Ridenour of Tucson, Arizona; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lona was laid to rest February 2, 2018, in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. There were no services.
Since the day she was born, Rosalie was a vibrant and genuine soul. Growing up, Rosalie loved to dance. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she danced alongside her brother, Peter in numerous recitals and performances. She met the love of her life, Lawrence Palazzo in 1952, while bowling, another of her favorite hobbies. They fell deeply in love and got married on June 26, 1954.
They started their family shortly after, having their first child, Larraine in April 1955. Two years later they moved their family to Italy, and had their only son, Christopher, in 1959. They returned back to New York in 1962 and completed their family with Marisa (1962) and Gina (1964).
Eventually, Rosalie and Doc settled in Glasgow in 1981. Here, Rosalie quickly became a loved and respected member of the community. She was a loyal member of the Soroptimist, Bible Study, PCCW and Hospital Guild. She enjoyed golf, bingo and playing the slot machines. She was an avid knitter who initiated the "Baby Hat" program at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
Her greatest blessing in life was becoming a grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter. She was a proud and dedicated grandma, and her life became even more complete with the births of her two great-granddaughters in 2017.
Rosalie is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Lawrence Palazzo; brother, Peter DeCarlo (Mary); children Larraine Eiland (Pete), Chris Palazzo, Marisa Brockmier, and Gina Hirsch (Dave); grandchildren Jeffrey Eiland, Emily Miller (Zach), Nick Hirsch (Sarah), Zack Hirsch (Chelsea), and Miles Palazzo; great-grandchildren Charlotte Miller and Rowan Hirsch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Jack; son-in-law Wade Brockmier.
Rosalie was loved by everyone who knew who her and will be forever missed.
Vigil will be February 6, 2018, 6 PM at St. Raphael’s with the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM with luncheon to follow at noon.
Ted often told stories of the happenings of Northeast Montana. He vividly recalled the snow storm of 1964, noting “the next morning, I looked out the door and the countryside looked like the Arctic!” He owned a D-4 Cat, spending many hours pushing snow and helping to keep the country roads open. He loved cameras and taking pictures, especially the novelty of the Polaroid. He left behind innumerable pictures of neighbors, family, antique cars, and snow. In 1974, he married Frances Delores (Boehm) Urban and went on to have three children. He enjoyed traveling, packing the van and tooling about Montana and into Canada. He often spoke of his 1976 trip to China. His retirement years were spent at the Nemont in Glasgow; he treasured the companionship of his cats and his radio was always on. Ted experienced many adversities in life including the death of his father in 1941. Life lessons were learned from our father and friend, some in what to do and others in what not to do. Throughout it all, his Lutheran heritage and attending church on Sunday remained an important part of his life.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Urban and Agnes Stannebein Urban Gunther, his step-father, Herman Gunther, and infant granddaughter Abigail Ilecki.
Ted is survived by his family: daughter, Karen and Perry Baatz and Matthew of Fargo, ND; son, Eric and Sarah Urban and Isaac, Elizabeth, and Matthew of Helena, MT; and daughter, Janice and Adam Ilecki and Bennett and Annabelle of Brown Deer, WI; and his former wife, Frances Delores Urban of Fargo, ND.
A service will be held Saturday, February 10th at 1 pm at the Opheim Community Church with burial per Ted’s explicit instructions to follow. Waller Funeral Home of Scobey is in charge of services.
Tillie attended school in Frazer, Montana, then she went on to cosmetology school in Chicago. She also worked at Johnnie Café for numerous years as a cook and waitress. Tillie was a very accomplished seamstress. She taught herself to make star blankets which she hand sewed because she said they looked better. She made many afghans, doilies, tablecloths, and aprons. She enjoyed sewing and had a natural eye for blending colors. She was a wiz at crossword puzzles, word finds and Lottery scratch off tickets. She loved bingo and playing solitaire even with cards that were curled up, she said the older the better then she would give you her laugh. She had four husbands, which Floyd Hopkins was her last one and the true lover of her life which the feeling was mutual. She had a very good sense of humor which was infectious. Everyone loved her at Nemont Manor in Glasgow and Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point where she kept them amused with her stories. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone.
Tillie is survived by her daughters Julianna Ackerman, Debra Cantrell, Carole (Ross) Nimrod, and Robin Cox; sons Michael (Earlene) Ackerman, twins Rex and Ray Cox, Ricky Gives, Richard Cox, Jeffery Cox and Randy Cox; brother Ed (Marilyn) Cox; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous special nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Lillie Cox.
Tillie was preceded in death by her husband Floyd; parents Joe and Julia (Grandchamp) Cox; sisters Lenora Red Elk, Loretta Adams, Genevive Cox and Darlene Cox; brothers Joseph JR. Arlee, Julius, Nelson, Melvin, Raymond, Alvin and Donald Cox and son Parker.
Tillie was much loved and will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Visitation will be Thursday February 9, 2018 from 6 – 8pm at the Bell Chapel. Services will be Saturday February 10, 2018 at the Frazer Community Hall with a viewing at 11:00am and the service beginning at 1:00pm.
Allen was born in Glasgow, Montana to Henry and Ann (Waldhal) Sevareid July 8, 1944. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963. After high school he went to neon sign school in New York. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and received an honorable discharge in 1969. He married Julia Nelson in 1968 and they made their home in Glasgow.
Allen was a well-known sign painter in the Eastern Montana area. He enjoyed woodworking, planes, trains and painting. He was a member of the VFW, Jaycees, and Elks.
Preceding him in death are his parents Henry and Ann, his sister Arlene, and wife Julia.
Allen is survived by his sons, Allen (Theresa) of Belgrade, Montana and Eric (Kristi) of Billings, Montana; five grandchildren Kayla (Travis), Ryan, Alex, Sara and Tyson; and two great-grandchildren Paityn and Zoey.
A memorial service will be Thursday February 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Bell Mortuary. Luncheon will follow at Bell Mortuary. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow at 12:30 p.m.
Heather Anne Swanson Monson, age 49, passed away Friday, January 26th at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, CO from a severe AVM rupture.
Heather was born on March 22nd, 1968 to Mick and Sharon Swanson in Baker, MT while her father was the Vo-Ag teacher in Plevna. She and her family moved back to the family ranch north of Hinsdale shortly after she turned three. She grew up there with her sister and brother where she enjoyed the many aspects of ranch life. Riding horses, working cattle, putting up hay and milking the cow!
Heather graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1986 at the top of her class. She went on to attend Eastern Montana College and there met many friends that would be special to her throughout her life. She worked at the Soda Fountain and First Citizens Bank in Billings. During this time she met her first husband Grant ‘Gus’ Sinclair. They were married on October 16th, 1993. They celebrated the birth of their son, Boyd in December of ’94. They divorced after only three short years of marriage, but Gus continued to be an important part of her life.
She and her young son moved to Glasgow shortly after the divorce where she worked at CHMS. On August 22nd, 1998, she married Kelly Monson. They had a small ceremony looking out over Fort Peck Lake, one of their favorite places. They lived in Glasgow for several years, her working at Earl’s Body Shop, Quick and Tastee, Glasgow Irrigation and most recently Sand Electric. She and Kelly bought a house with a few acres just outside of town where she was able to dip back into her farming background. She loved to talk about irrigating, haying and working on their haying equipment. She was really pretty handy with repairs and enjoyed the fact that she was usually able to figure out what was wrong with it!
Throughout her work experiences she made numerous friends. You couldn’t go out in public with her without stopping several times to chat with pretty much everyone around. She loved her pets, her one and only niece often referred to her as the crazy cat lady, and she was fine with that. She wasn’t just a cat person, but also a dog person. She loved the beagles that she and her husband had and was absolutely thrilled to become the adoptive family for a beautiful Chow, named Alice, who doesn’t really like anyone to touch her, except Heather.
Heather followed Boyd and his classmates and friends, as well as her nephews and niece through all of their many sports and other activities and supported them with enthusiasm and sometimes even coffee. She claimed many of Boyd’s friends as her own and treated them just as she did him, either with hugs or by chewing them out when they needed it.
The end of Heather’s life was the beginning for many. She was generous enough to be an organ donor and we are comforted by the fact that she will be helping so many families be able to enjoy their loved ones for many more years to come.
She is preceded in death by her father, Mick and her brother, Russell. She is survived by her beloved son Boyd Sinclair, his wife Courtnee and her first grandbaby who will join us in May of Glasgow. Her mother Sharon Swanson of Absarokee, her sister Heidi (Mark) Johnson of Hinsdale, nephews Brady, Lukas and Trey and her favorite niece, Mickayla, all of Hinsdale. Her husband, Kelly Monson (Glasgow) and nephews Dillon and Jacob Billman. Her many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and friends too numerous to mention.
There will be a short funeral service at 11:00 on Saturday, February 3rd at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church with a luncheon to follow at the Legion Hall.
Wayne was born to Vernon and Francis (Hulbert) Jacobs July 8, 1931 in Malta, Montana.
On January 21, 1958 Wayne married Elsie Edna Math, who passed away September 16, 2015.
Wayne is survived by four sons Clarence (Irene), Clinton (Cindy), Dale (Lori), and Wes; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; brother Francis (Delores); a cousin and several nieces and nephews.
Wayne is proceeded in death by his wife, Elsie; parents; two sisters and a step great-grandson.
Visitation will be Friday January 26, 2018 from 1-4 pm at Bell Mortuary Chapel.
Don was born January 8, 1934 in Glasgow to George and Anna (Pulaski) Bauer. Don graduated from Glasgow High School and upon completion served in the Military. Following military service, he attended the school of engineering in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He returned home to Glasgow and worked for two companies.
On August 2, 1958 Don married Janet Evelyn Cowart a future nurse student he met while in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1960, Don started working for the Glasgow Post Office, and after 30 plus years he retired to travel and go fishing with good friend Mike Murphy in Alaska.
Don and Jan made many trips to Florida to see her family, to Vancouver Washington to visit David, Laura and their two precious granddaughters.
Don spent many years with good friend Gail Johnson on the farm and with their two families visiting or on picnics at Fort Peck lake.
Don is survived by his wife of almost 60 years of marriage, Sons; Paul of Glasgow, David (Laura) of Vancouver Washington; granddaughters Claire and Megan of Vancouver, Washington; sister Marlene Jackson of Glasgow, and brother Tom Bauer of Mukilteo, Washington.
Don is preceded in death by his parents George and Anna Bauer, and two sons Tim and Brian Bauer.
Memorial service will be Tuesday April 17, 2018 4 P.M. at Bell Chapel, a luncheon will follow the service at the Cottonwood Inn. Private Family inurnment the next day.