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Wednesday, January 18th 2017
Hazel M. (Bucher) Granger
Hazel M. (Bucher) Granger, age 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Glasgow, on January 17, 2017, with her family surrounding her. Hazel was born on June 21, 1936 to Steven & Helen Bucher at the family homestead in Ferdig, Montana. She graduated from Oilmont High School in 1954 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington. On July 21, 1955, she married the love of her life, Earl Granger. They were blessed with two daughters, Lynn and Kathy.

Earl was involved in the early development stage of cable television, which took them to numerous towns throughout Montana. Hazel began a career in the crop insurance industry, eventually becoming the Executive Vice President of Crop Hail Management. Staying in the crop insurance business, she worked for Crop Growers Insurance, which took her to North Carolina and Kansas City, where she eventually retired from the business. She then moved back to Great Falls and in 2004, to Glasgow, to be closer to Lynn and Kenny. Kathy joined all of them in Glasgow in 2010.

When Earl was alive, they owned several race horses and had a great time following them around the country. Hazel enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening. Her flowers gave her tremendous pleasure.

Hazel is survived by her two daughters, Lynn (Kenny) Gilbert and Kathy Granger, all of Glasgow; three grandchildren, Christopher (Diana) Bauer of Chula Vista, California, Katie Bauer of St. Louis, Missouri and Melissa (Rafe) Sigmundstad of Glasgow; and six great-grandchildren, Lexi, Gabe, Rachel, Blake, Margarita and Auggie.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Earl; her father, Steven Bucher; her mother, Helen Hall; two brothers, Pat and Clifford; two sisters, Marjorie and Mildred; a nephew and a niece.

Services for Hazel will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. A luncheon at the Cottonwood Inn will follow the service. Memorials can be made in Hazel’s honor to either Glasgow High School Educational Trust or Northeast Montana Pet Rescue.
Tuesday, January 10th 2017
Pattie Marcia (Egeland) Prewett
Pattie Prewett passed away at the age of 89 on December 30th, 2016, at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, Montana due to complications from influenza and pneumonia. She was born Pattie Marcia Egeland on May 26, 1927 to Myrtle (Woods) Egeland & Karl Egeland. Pattie grew up on the family farm in the Dovetail/Valentine community until the age of nine, when the family moved to Lewistown. After graduating from Fergus County High School in 1946, she married Thomas Allin Prewett of Simms, Montana on December 24th, 1946. Tom, a former Army Sergeant from Troop C 112th Cavalry, worked as a telegrapher for Great Northern Railroad. Their first child, Patricia Lynne (Prewett) Gamble was born Dec. 20th, 1947. Gary Karl Prewett came along four years later on May 15th, 1951. In 1953, Tom and Pattie moved to Peerless, Montana where Tom worked as the Depot Agent and as a Massage Therapist. In 1967, the family moved to Glasgow, Montana and Tom commuted to Peerless until 1969 when he retired from the railroad. It was then that Pattie and Tom started a Massage Therapy business in their home, treating clientele from Montana and Canada. In 1994, Gary passed away in an accident at the age of 43. Tom passed at age 73, from natural causes, in 1998.

Pattie and her long-time friend, Sever Belle, a farmer from Canada, had 17 wonderful winters in Arizona enjoying square dancing there, in Montana and Canada. Pattie even learned how to swim and drive a combine. A few years ago, Pattie began experiencing bouts of dementia. However, Pattie remained chipper, physically healthy, and as active as ever. She was in better shape than most 50 year olds and looked as young to boot.

Pattie had recently been living with her daughter Lynne Gamble & son-in-law Jim Gamble, of Lewistown, Montana.

Pattie was preceded in death by her husband - Tom Prewett, her son - Gary Prewett, her sister - Carlita Ferdinand Davidson, and her nephew - Jim Ferdinand. Pattie Prewett is survived by her daughter Lynne, six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Pattie believed “All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today”.

Pattie Egeland Prewett was a spiritual person who constantly educated herself on natural medicines and treatments. She enjoyed getting to know her clients, bowling, hiking, dress making, and yard work. Pattie liked to keep busy. Her true passion was square dancing, and she was very good at it. One of Pattie’s favorite quotes “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. Her wisdom will never be forgotten.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Pattie Egeland Prewett scheduled sometime this Spring.

Monday, January 9th 2017
Evelynn Matilda Garcia
Evelynn Matilda Garcia, 31, left our world far too soon on January 3, 2017. She was born on June 8, 1985 in Glasgow.

Evelynn was a strong, free-spirited woman who remained upbeat no matter what was happening in her life. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her father and stepmom, Joseph M. and Denise E. Garcia of Glasgow; her mother, Mary K. Garcia of Billings; brothers Joseph J. Garcia (Chanese) of Columbus, Sean M. Garcia of Billings, Clayton J. Flood (Melissa) of Bremerton, Washington, and Jon P. Garcia (Kenzy) of Glasgow; her half-sister, Delores Higgs of Colorado; her children, Michael of Longmont, Colorado; Eddie Jr. and E’lan of Wolf Point; Hermie of Billings, Shayne, also of Billings, and 10 nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her other family and friends in recovery groups in Glasgow and Butte.

There will be a Memorial Service for Evelynn at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow on January 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, January 9th 2017
Esther (Niehoff) Sorenson
Esther (Niehoff) Sorenson, 100, of Glasgow passed away January 9, 2017 at Valley View Home in Glasgow.

A Rosary will be prayed Friday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambil and burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. A luncheon will follow the burial. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Esther was born November 1, 1916 in Glentana, Montana to William and Mary (Suek) Niehoff. She attended school in Glentana and graduated in 1934 from Opheim High School. She earned her teaching degree from the College of Great Falls where she was also in the first graduating class. She taught school for forty years in Glentana, Richland, Opheim, Libby, Scobey, Kalispell and Glasgow.

She married Clifford Halvorson in December 1943. Clifford passed away in April of 1945. She later married Lloyd Sorenson in January 1956. The couple made their home in Glentana for a few years before moving to Glasgow in 1961.

Esther was a member of St. Raphael’s and Retired Teachers. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and traveling. She was also known as a good cook.

Esther is survived by four nieces, Kathleen (Ron) Hilbig of Great Falls, Margaret (Kenny) Pollington of Helena, Joan O’Donnell of Helena and Suzanne Bloomquist of Spokane; nephews Walt (Martha) Niehoff Jr. of Seattle and Bill (Debbie) Niehoff of Helena; brother, Walter Niehoff of Helena; and three step-children, Harold Sorenson, Marjorie Tankin and Linda Gruver; and special neighbors, friends and caretakers, Kim and Norm Girard.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford Halvorson and Lloyd Sorenson; parents, William “Bill” and Mary Niehoff; sisters, Julie Niehoff and Leona O’Brien; and niece Elaine O’Brien-Kling.
Friday, December 30th 2016
Terry D. Fuhrmann
Terry D. Fuhrmann, age 81, of St. Marie, passed away on December 25, 2016. He was born on October 11th, 1935 to Lille Walker and Kon Fuhrmann. Terry spent most of his life in the agriculture industry, and also worked for the Glasgow School District for many years. Terry also served in the Army Reserves as a cook. He loved fishing, mechanic work, and building small projects in his spare time.
Terry married Denise Birkoski on June 6th, 1970. They raised 5 children on his farm in the “north country” before moving to Glasgow. He worked many different jobs including Arnie’s Electric and the Glasgow Meat Packing Plant before becoming a custodian at the Glasgow High School. After he retired from the Glasgow school system, he started working as a hired hand on Herb Sand’s farm. Farming was his passion, and he enjoyed going to work every day.
Terry loved many things, but most of all, he loved his family. Terry was a devoted husband and father, and he was always willing to talk or lend an ear when it was needed most. He always made time for them and tried to help any way he could. Terry enjoyed fishing, working on his 1962 GMC pickup, and spending time with his wife watching Matlock and Walker Texas Ranger.
Terry passed away from an apparent heart attack while driving home on December 25th, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Denise Fuhrmann (Birkoski), his 5 children; Larry, Duane, Tammi, Bonnie, and Terry Jr; his twin brother Larry, his brother Archie, and their sister Lorraine, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Kon & Lillie; and 3 brothers, Konrad, William & Verlin.
Funeral Services for Terry will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow with burial in Highland Cemetery to follow.
Terry Delbert Fuhrmann was a very kind man, and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
Wednesday, December 28th 2016
Jackie Ann Allen
Jackie Ann Allen, 37, passed away suddenly on December 13, 2016 at the Billings Hospital, to be with our Lord and Savior. She left behind her husband, Mark Allen, and two children, Soffie Ann, age 7 and Nathan Allen, age 12.
Jackie was born August 26, 1979, she currently lived in Brockway, MT., leaving behind numerous family members and friends who will always remember her loving kindness and her ways of always making you smile.
A memorial service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1p.m. with Pastor Eddie Smith officiating.
Friday, December 23rd 2016
Evelyn Elizabeth Anderson
Evelyn Elizabeth Anderson, 87, of Glasgow, a beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on December 22, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Home.

Family will receive friends Monday, December 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Bonnie Novak officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will take place in the Highland Cemetery with Bell Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Evelyn was born in Plentywood, Montana on May 26, 1929, to Clarence Oliver and Louise Christine (Sorensen) Nayes and was raised in Froid, MT with her four sisters: Lucille, Carol, Ruth, and Betty. Being the middle of five girls, she was taught how to snare gophers and herd cows since there were no boys in the family. Her nickname Johnnie stuck with her quite a few years. Evelyn graduated from Froid High School.

In March 1947, Evelyn married Morris Ellwood Anderson of Homestead, Montana. They had six children, Morris Jr., Karen, Carolyn Jo, Rene’, Victor, and John Dennis. They lived in Homestead and Opheim before settling in Glasgow in 1958.

Evelyn worked at the Montana Bar during the Air Base years, and later was a checker at Gordon’s Foods. Working and raising 5 kids, she found time for gardening and canning. She enjoyed raising angora rabbits, chickens, cows and sheep.

Evelyn was an avid knitter in her earlier years when she made many Canadian sweaters for family and friends and also sold them at times. She made porcelain dolls in her kiln, and sewed clothes for them. For many years you could find her handiwork entered in the fair whether it be afghans, quilts, ceramics, or baby sweaters.

Morris and Evelyn always enjoyed playing cards and visiting with Roy and Mary Ann Ellsworth, and Evelyn and Mary Ann remained best friends after their husbands’ passing.

Evelyn was a member of the First Lutheran Church and before her eyesight failed, particularly enjoyed quilting with the ladies on Wednesdays. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Family was very important to Evelyn and she loved spending time with grandkids and great grandkids. She had a great sense of humor and could tell good stories. ?

Evelyn is survived by children Morris "Butch" Anderson Jr. of Harrison, Karen (Lorrie) Sampson of Glasgow, Carolyn “Jo” (Chuck) VanPatten of Harrison, Rene (Curt) Clampitt of Glasgow, and Victor (Carmen) Anderson of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren Luke Anderson, Val (Chris) Anderson-Coates, Cody Anderson, Angie (Bob) Peterson, Brandi (John) Knierim, Jay (Jenni) McAllister, Stacey (Karl) Reddies, Desiree Johnson, Chad (Lauren) Clampitt, Bret Clampitt, Amelia (Jason) Schimetz, Levi (Cara) Clampitt; 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Morris Anderson on December 26, 2010. Her sisters, Betty, Ruth, and Lucille; infant son, John Dennis; and son-in-law, Leroy McAllister.
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