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Thursday, April 23rd 2015
Aloysius "Al" Pratt
Vigil for Aloysius “Al” Pratt is April 23, 2015 at 6p.m. at St. Raphael's Church, Glasgow,MT

Services: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11a.m. at St Raphael’s Church, Glasgow, MT

Committal at Highland Cemetery following services. Luncheon after committal will be at St. Raphael's Parish.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015
Kevin Ellis
Service for Kevin Ellis is Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30a.m. at the Queen of Angels Church in Nashua, MT. Committal to follow at Nashua Cemetery.
Thursday, April 23rd 2015
Edmund Birkoski
Vigil: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6p.m. at St. Raphael's Church, Glasgow, MT

Services: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11a.m. at St. Raphael's Church, Glasgow, MT

Committal to follow at Highland Cemetery.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015
Roy P. Christenson
Roy P. Christenson, 87, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 1st Congregational Church, 629 2nd Ave N, Glasgow with Pastor Rick Thompson. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Roy’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.

Roy was born on May 11, 1927, in Hanks, ND, to Peter and Esther (Sovold) Christenson, and was raised on the family farm outside of Hanks. Following his school years, Roy enlisted in the US Army, and served in the Korean War until he was honorably discharged from the service. Following his return home, Roy moved to Glasgow and worked for a short time for Elmer Johnson Plumbing before purchasing the Buckhorn Bar in Wheeler, and he relocated to Wheeler. Roy remained in Wheeler for several years, and while there began fishing commercially on Fort Peck Lake. He also began working as a plumber during the off season. Eventually, Roy stopped fishing commercially, and simply operated his thriving plumbing business, which was located in Nashua. He retired from plumbing, and relocated to Idaho Falls, ID, for a short time. Making his way back to Montana, Roy then moved to Fort Benton, where he remained for just a couple of years. He moved on to settle in Big Sandy for a number of years to be closer to his sons and grandchildren, and spent his last three years in Havre.

Roy enjoyed playing cribbage and pinochle, hunting, fishing, golfing, watching older comedy shows and westerns, and reading his aviation magazines and war history books. He loved playing with his grandchildren.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Esther Christenson; his sister Evelyn Herness; and his brothers Paul and Gordon Christenson.

He is survived by his sons Peter (Sarah) and Jason (Laci Keller) Christenson, all of Havre; his grandchildren Gavin and Tryg Christenson and Emerald Tinsley; his siblings Ellavon Weber of Phoenix, AZ, Phyllis (Stan) Newton and Dale (Darla) Christenson, all of Billings, and David (Cindy) Christenson of Glasgow; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015
Patricia Ann (Farley) Hayes
Patricia Ann Farley Hayes, 79, of Glasgow, passed peacefully surrounded by her family after a short illness, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
Pat was born on July 14, 1935 in Havre, Montana to Michael & Marion (Weeks) Farley and was the fourth of five children. She attended Havre High School. In 1952 she married Edward Kirchdoerfer and they had two children, they later divorced. On June 25, 1960 Pat married Robert Cook, together they had 4 children. After her divorce from Robert, she met and married Jim Hayes.
She dedicated her life to helping others and became the first CNA at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. She also lived and worked in Havre for several years. The most important thing in her life was family and was known by many as Grandma Pat. She loved to cook, read, bowl and do search-a-words. Spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids was what made her happiest in life. She enjoyed travelling all over with her sister Junie and brother-in-law Ted.
Pat is survived by her children Pam (John) Dodson, Carole Kickland (Jay Brownson), Scott Cook, Diana (Jubal) Cole all of Glasgow and Julie (Steve) Jenssen of Pierre, South Dakota; siblings William ‘Bill’ (Ellen) Farley of Hayden, Idaho and Virginia ‘Junie’ (Ted) Lilly of Pasco, Washington. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 2 special adopted grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Marion, her son William ‘Willie’ Kirchdoerfer, siblings Joyce McNabb and James (Dolly) Farley; and grandchildren Hanna and Ty Cook.
Services will be at the Assembly of God Church on Wednesday, April 15, at 2pm in Glasgow. Reception to follow at the Cottonwood Inn at 4pm. A memorial fund has been set up at Valley Bank.
Monday, April 6th 2015
Arnold Wingenbach
Arnold Wingenbach
Arnold E Wingenbach, 61, Glasgow MT passed away peacefully with his family and friends by his side on March 28, 2015 at Riverstone Hospice in Billings MT.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10a.m. CDT Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant and Deacon Bob Wingenbach assisting. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery. There will be a luncheon to follow at the Mandan Moose. Visitation will be held Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5-8p.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church. There will be a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

A Celebration of life will be held in Glasgow April 12, 2015 at El Cor Del Lanes at 2p.m.

Arnie was born on October 16, 1953 to Edwin and Cordella (Gustin) Wingenbach in Bismarck ND. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School. He married the love of his life Karen Hoffman on August 25, 1978 in Bismarck. They were married for
36 years and made great memories that will be cherished. They raised four strong, beautiful daughters while living in Glasgow, MT. This ultimately led to him having four fantastic son in laws and ten wonderful grandchildren. Arnie worked with the BNSF railroad for 35 years as an Engineer. He will be remembered every time we hear that whistle blow.

Arnie was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was really proud of his family and would share stories of how great they are. One thing he liked to say while raising his daughters is "If you don't know what a word means, look it up!” He had a great sense of humor and would tell his friends and family "I'm the fun one and don't hate me because I'm pretty!" Arnie had a passion to live life to its fullest. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved to camp at Fort Peck Lake. Arnie also liked to sing and dance to any good song. He enjoyed taking his lovely wife Karen for a ride on their Harley. While on the Harley he would speed and slide in, put the kickstand down and say, "whooooo wheeee, what a ride". One thing he wanted to let everyone know, was that he loved to have a good time with all of you that knew him. This includes friends and family while growing up, to his neighbors that are thought of as his family. You have all made his short life of 61 years a special one.

Arnie will be deeply missed by his wife Karen, Glasgow, MT, daughters Stephanie (Syed) Zaidi, Bismarck, Jennifer (Gabe) Staack, Syracuse NE, Lisa (Jason) Sides, Billings MT, Leann (James) Kruckenberg, Sultan WA; grandchildren Ethan, Kaleb, Kendal, Noah, Calli, Sophia, Kameron, Tyrus, Saif, and Kate; his mother Cordella Wingenbach, Beulah ND, sisters Jane (Frank) Schultz, Minot ND, Yvonne Wingenbach, Bismarck, Diane (Bruce) Gehant, Minnetonka MN, Joyce Hoffman, Coon Rapids MN, Donna (Wendelin) Bullinger, Mandan ND, and Lori (Duane) Flemmer, Beulah ND. Mother in law Irene Hoffman, Bismarck, sister in laws Kathleen (Bob) Bahmiller, Bismarck, Linda Baumgartner, Gwinner, ND, Marilyn (Butch) Seig, Granite Falls WA, Cindy Hoffman, Sidney MT, and Michelle (Tony) Schaffer, Bismarck. Brother in laws Larry (Becky) Hoffman, Sumner WA, Mel Baumgartner, Forman ND, Roger (Laurie) Hoffman, Dickinson ND, Jeff Hoffman, Cloquet MN, and Mel Hoffman, Sidney MT along with many nieces and nephews.

Arnie was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Wingenbach; nephew, Andrew Bullinger, and father in law, Roy Hoffman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Riverstone Hospice, Billings MT or
a charity of your choice.

Sunday, April 5th 2015
Robert Stordahl
Robert Peter Stordahl, age 80, passed away on March 28, 2015 at Rose Linn Care Center in Portland, OR.

Bob was born on August 8, 1934 in Sidney, Montana. He was the oldest of 6 children born to Peter and Dolly (Raab) Stordahl. He was raised in the Fairview, MT area.

On August 8, 1954 Bob married Irene Gabel in Sidney, MT. They soon moved to Fort Lewis, WA where Bob enlisted in the Army. He was enlisted from 1954 to 1956 spending some time in Germany. In 1956 they moved back to Sidney where Bob worked for the Red E Mix Company and Thirud Office Supply.

When Bob was hired by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks he moved his family to Billings. Bob and Irene raised their two children, Colleen and Cindy, as they moved around eastern Montana. They moved to Glendive, Glasgow and Miles City as he advanced in his career. He retired in 1993. He and Irene moved to Fort Peck and enjoyed retirement there.

Bob had many hobbies including carpentry, leather work, lapidary and wood carving.

Bob and Irene were married for 50 years. They attended many graduations and weddings of their nieces and nephews, family reunions and watched sporting activities of their grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter Cindy Nass (Greg) of Walla Walla, WA. Brothers Richard Stordahl of Billings, Jim Stordahl of Great Falls, and Tom Stordahl (Dixie) of Loring. Sisters Beverly Haagenson (Lou) of Billings and Lila Birgenheier of Kansas. Grandchildren Michelle Ozark of Glasgow, Jenny Haskin of Billings, Tyler Nass of Oregon and Blake Nass of Washington. Great grandson Eli Feezell of Glasgow and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Irene and daughter Colleen Haskin Matthews.

A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings on April 11, at 11:00 am. Interment of cremains will be at Riverview Cemetery in Savage.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015
Edwin L. Hersel
Edwin L. Hersel, age 86, of Billings Montana formerly of Richland Montana died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

He was born on April 17, 1928 in Tioga, North Dakota. Edwin farmed and ranched at Peerless and Richland Montana.

Edwin is survived by one daughter, Aquina Beck, three sons, Bernhard, Leonard, and Andrew and their families. He had 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation with family will be on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with Funeral Service held at 11:00 after visitation in the Scobey Catholic Church. Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will be at a later time.

Friday, March 27th 2015
Lois Ann Nichols
Lois Ann Nichols, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, of natural causes at her residence. Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at First Lutheran Church in Havre with Pastor Linda Rose officiating. Her family has requested that memorial donations be made in Lois’ name to the Nicholas Mader College Fund in care of Independence Bank, 435 3rd Street, Havre, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Lois’ online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at www.hollandbonine.com.

Lois was born on January 23, 1963, in Wolf Point to Donell and Ardis (Eliason) Nichols. She was raised on the family farm outside of Frazer, attending elementary school in Frazer. In 1976 Lois attended Junior High school in Glasgow and went on to be a Scottie, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1981. She continued her education at Northern Montana College that fall, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1985. Lois moved to Helena and worked for the Catholic Diocese there for a year before returning to Havre to work for the Hill County Commissioners. She remained with the County Commissioners office until her death. She worked countless hours helping everyone who came into the court house, greeting them with a smile and hello.

Lois enjoyed embroidery, genealogy, and spending time with her partner working with the horses on the farm at Sunburst. Lois always remembered special occasions for others, making graduation quilts for all of her step-children and son, and remembering birthdays and holidays. Decorations always lit up her area and were worth a good chuckle. Her laugh was infectious. Her company was delightful. Many claimed her as a daughter, more as a sister, all as a friend. She was an aura of love to all who knew her. Lois had a way of making you laugh until you cried. She will be deeply missed by all.

She made multiple trips to Helena to see government in action, and enjoyed time with her family. She loved traveling to visit family and friends, for work or pleasure. Lois spent endless hours researching an adventure she was planning to have in England. Travel was a passion of hers. Her greatest pride and joy and the apple of her eye is Nicholas. She raised him to be a gentle courteous man with her wisdom. He carries on her sweet legacy and she does not leave us.

Lois was preceded in death by her father Donell O. Nichols. She is survived by her son Nicholas Mader of Havre; her partner Gwen Marshall of Sunburst; her stepsons Ben (Lindsey) and Colby (Kelsie) Mader, all of Havre; her stepdaughters Ashley and Kendra Mader of Arizona; her mother Ardis Nichols of Glasgow; her sisters Donna Nichols of Glasgow, Janet (Al) Irwin of Lincoln, NE, Paula Nichols of Spokane, WA, and Elaine Nichols of Bozeman; her brother Loren Nichols of Billings; her uncle Gordon (Alice) Eliason of Billings; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Friday, March 27th 2015
Leslie Charles Gilbertson
Leslie Charles Gilbertson was born March 27, 1943 in Glasgow, Montana to Olaf and Ruth (Fuhrman) Gilbertson. He passed away of natural causes on January 4, 2013 in Tucson, AZ.

He grew up in Glasgow and Tucson, AZ. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines where he served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged after serving 6 years and was very proud of his military service.

Les lived an adventurous, unconventional life and enjoyed every minute of it. He was quite the world traveler and story teller and could entertain people for hours on end. While he did not have a family of his own, children were mesmerized by him and would sit and listen to his endless stories. The neighborhood children knew he always had candy, and would knock on his door several times a day for a treat. He would trade a piece of candy for a piece of trash which was how he taught them to keep the complex clean. He was quite the charmer and he always made a point to make old people feel special. He was never in too much of a hurry to sit and shoot the breeze. Whenever grandparents, aunts, or uncles heard Les’s name they would always get a little smile, shake their heads, and tell a story of something he had pulled on them.

He lived most of his adult life in Tucson, the city he loved. He was featured on the Tucson nightly news in 1997 where a reporter did a segment on him regarding his cleaning up the neighborhood and protecting people in a disadvantaged area of Tucson. He made sure his family got video recordings of the interview!

He wanted his memorial service to coincide with his beloved mama’s. He is survived by siblings Deanna Jones of Glasgow, Gordon Gilbertson of Roundup, Ron (Cary) Gilbertson of Glasgow, Kristi (Ted) Schulz of Sacramento, and Jeff (Rosario) Gilbertson of Missoula. He is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 1998, nephew Lance, and longtime companion Juanita Fugate.

We have no doubt he is up in heaven entertaining everyone around him and was there with a big hug when his mama arrived.

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