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Friday, September 19th 2014
Holly Lynn Wittmayer Kittleson

NAME: Holly Lynn Wittmayer Kittleson
AGE: 53
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday – September 18, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at her home in Fort Peck, Montana
SERVICE: Wednesday - September 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Holly Lynn Wittmayer Kittleson, age 53, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at her home in Fort Peck, Montana.

Holly was born in Glasgow on July 17, 1961 to Robert and Mae (Hanson) Wittmayer. She grew up in Glasgow attending school and graduating from Glasgow High School. She was involved in many activities including Homecoming Queen and Senior Class Speaker in 1979. After graduation Holly attended the National School of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Holly went to work at Western Area Power in 1986 and was still employed there at the time of her death.

In 1986 she married her high school sweetheart Clay Kittleson. Clay and Holly resided in Fort Peck where they enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and the company of many good friends.

Clay and Holly were always together whether they were having fun, farming or working on the home they built together. Holly was the ‘Cook” of the family and hosted many family get togethers and holidays. Christmas dinner at Holly & Clay’s was a must.

Holly loved kids, dogs, and a good time. Her contagious laugh brought joy to all her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bob & Mae Wittmayer, father-in-law and mother-in-law Dorval and Blanche Kittleson, and a brother-n-law Mike Kittleson.

Holly is survived by her husband Clay Kittleson of Fort Peck, brothers Dick (Sharon) Olson of Merritt Is, Florida and Brian (Lynn) Wittmayer, and a sister Glenda (Lee) Dix of Glasgow, and many adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Holly’s service will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with interment at the Highland Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Rita Mae Brown

NAME: Rita Mae Brown Age:66
DATELINE: Wolf Point, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday - September 12, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings, Montana
VIGIL WAKE SERVICE: Wednesday - September 17, 2014 at 7 P.M. at the
Wolf Point Community Hall in Wolf Point, MT
SERVICE: Thursday - September 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the
Wolf Point Community Hall in Wolf Point, MT
INTERMENT: Chelsea Cemetery west of Poplar, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

On the afternoon of September 12, 2014, Rita passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana lovingly holding hands with her sons and encircled by other family members.

Rita Mae Brown was born in the Community of Chelsea, Roosevelt County, Montana on April 12, 1948. She was the youngest child Hubert Brown Sr. and Bessie Comesky Brown.

Being the “Baby” of the family with eight brothers and two sisters, you can only imagine the fun and complete protection she held during her younger years. Cousin Helen said she remembers all the times they had riding horseback, playing with their dolls, and making their own games within their “Chelsea Flats” playground.

Rita attended school in Poplar and Wolf Point, graduating from Poplar High School. She continued her schooling at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating as a Dental Assistant. Her education continued getting her BA from NAES College. Rita also received several certifications from Lake Superior State College, Salish Kootenai College, National American Indian Housing Council, Fort Peck Tribes, Rocky Boy Health Board, National Center for Housing Management and Homebuyer Resident Counseling from Tucson, Arizona. She was a devout Christian and served as an Elder in the United Dakota Presbyterian Church.

Rita started her working years at a young age working for the Fort Peck Tribes, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Fort Peck Housing Authority.

She enjoyed watching TV and kept current with all new movies. Rita also enjoyed reading, visiting her family and grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren to the moon and back and enjoyed listening to their daily activities, which usually had her laughing.

Rita met her love Vern Weston. They married and three sons were born to them; Brent Lee, Myron Taylor “BooBoo”, and Brian Harry “Pumpkin”.

Rita visited her favorite places; Mt. Rushmore, Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, Grand Canyon, Tijuana, San Francisco, Disneyworld, New York City, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Alaska, and all places in between.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bessie, Hubert and Mathew Eagle Boy, by all her siblings; brothers Abraham, Hubert Jr., Morris, Delmar, Mervin, Gerald, Tom Sr., Leslie Sr., and sisters Ramona and Sara Weeks, and adopted sons Lyle Miller and Corwin Four Star.

Rita is survived by Vern Weston, her sons Myron (Andrea) and Brian (Myra), adopted sons Kip Stiffarm, Anthony Archdale, special nieces Yvonne Flynn, Lois Weeks, and Linda Reddoor, grandchildren; Dillon, Brian Jr., Brent, Zander, Mathew, Orlando, Tyler, and Nick Desjarlais. She is also survived by other family too numerous to mention, and the families of Brown, Grey Bear, Eagle Boy, White Bear, Flaten, Begay, Swanson, and Weeks.

A special thank you to Yvonne, Kimberly, Telsa, Charlie, Stacee and Kaycee for all the help.

Rita’s vigil service will be Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 pm at the Wolf Point Community Hall and her service is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Wolf Point Community Hall with interment at the Chelsea Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Diana Hedegaard


NAME: Diana Hedegaard Age: 57
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Monday - September 15, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at her home in Glasgow, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Thursday- September 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the
First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
CELEBRATION OF NEW LIFE SERVICE: Friday - September 19, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at
the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Diana Charlene Ziler Hedegaard, 57, passed away suddenly at her home in Glasgow September 15, 2014. Diana was born December 12, 1956 in Hardin MT, the third of five children of Laurence and Dena (Moore) Ziler. She spent her early years in Hardin before moving with her family to Lingle, WY and then to Sidney, MT, where she graduated from Sidney High School in 1975. She married Scott Hedegaard August 2, 1975 and they moved to Missoula where she graduated from the University of Montana in 1980.

Following graduation Diana and Scott moved to Savage, MT where she was blessed to bear three children – Dena Irene, Celeste Dawn, and Emory Scott. In 1992 the family moved to Dubuque, IA where Scott attended seminary, spending their intership year in Stanhope IA. They moved to Harlem MT in 1996. During their time in Harlem, Diana took courses at MSU-Northern to pursue her passion for teaching. She served in the science department in schools in Grass Range, Frazer, and Opheim before teaching one year in Glasgow where she has resided since 2005. For several years she was the cross country and track coach in Opheim.

Diana had a great zest for life. She loved gardening, her house plants, and any living growing thing. She loved the outdoors, especially backpacking, fishing, and golf. She loved her family and absolutely adored her grandchildren. She loved the Lord and her church and was an active participant in her congregations and in the Montana Synodical Women’s Organization. She loved to share her beautiful voice and she blessed whoever heard her. She loved her students very deeply and served on several statewide boards in education. Mostly she just loved and those who knew her loved her in return.

Diana is survived by her parents, Laurence and Dena of Sidney, her husband Scott of Glasgow, her children Dena (Raul Guevara) of Kent WA, Celeste (Mitch McDonough) of Puyallup WA, and Emory (Becky Craighill) of Glasgow, her grandchildren Lexi, Joh, and Estela, her siblings Kermit (Sandi) Ziler of Sheridan WY, Linda (Gary) Karst of Ballantine MT, Eileen (Josh Marcoff) Ziler of Billings, and Scott (Lisa) Ziler of Sidney, her father-in-law Jim Hedegaard of Billings, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation service will be held for Diana Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. A Celebration of New Life will take place Friday, September 19, at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church.


Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Noreen E. Smith


NAME: Noreen E. Smith Age: 86
DATELINE: St. Marie, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday – September 13, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: A memorial bingo celebration on
Tuesday – September 30, 2014 at 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the
Glasgow Senior Citizen Center in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Veterans Cemetery in Miles City, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

The Aussie wants you to know that she did not pass away, she did not pass on and she did not pass over. She died.

And, indeed, she did. On Saturday evening, September 13, with every intention of polishing her finger nails and watching "Doc Martin" on PBS, Noreen Edith Smith, age 86, died from long-term complications of cancer at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

To most Americans, her accent gave her away . Noreen was born February 20, 1928, in Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, to Kathleen (Kit) Eva (Chew), who sang regularly on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) radio, and to Harry Montague Potts, who was a bank manager, community leader and loved to bet on the horses.

Noreen was an only daughter with three brothers, Don, who is two years younger, and two brothers who were more than 12 years older than she and Don. When old enough to wonder about the significance of this gap, a young Noreen worriedly asked her mother, "What happened? Weren't you speaking to Dad?"

Known for her large repertoire of stories, jokes, songs and stride piano style, Noreen's acting and singing career began at age three on stage as a flower, a role quickly followed by a more nuanced performance as a cat singing on a fence.

Noreen recounted that as a young teen she rode her bike to the top of a hill to wave to the Spitfires flying overhead during World War II. When the Japanese bombed Darwin (in northern Australia), she and Don were sent from Sydney to live on farms in the countryside. The bombing, she recalled, also brought in American troops whose uniforms were spiffier than the Aussies and who doled out chocolate and nylons. They were touted, she said, as Over Dressed, Over Paid, Over Sexed and Over Here.

During high school, Noreen also starred in stage melodramas whose scripts she could still quote and went on to attend a finishing school, Meriden Ladies College . Years later, as adults, Noreen and Don toured the college grounds and found that the school had been re-named Meriden College, a name change that Don attributed to a fall from grace as a result of Noreen's attendance.

After graduation, Noreen held a number of secretarial positions, from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, where she often slipped rum into her boss's coffee cup, to the police force from 1958- 1964 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, then a protectorate of Australia. After office hours in PNG, Noreen wowed audiences of various clubs by singing pop songs and standards to a live band and by often playing piano at parties.

During the Vietnam War, American servicemen often spent R & R in Sydney, Australia and that is how Noreen met the love of her life, Harley Gail Smith, Jr. He let her know that he wasn't just an American; he was a Texan! Growing up in Texas, he was known as Gail. Noreen advised him that in macho Australia, it was best that he skip the Gail and introduce himself as Harley. Thirteen days later they were engaged.

Noreen and Harley were married in Pampa, Texas, Harley's hometown, on January 30, 1970. After Harley's tour of duty and retirement from the Air Force, they settled for a time near Wyong, Sydney, Australia, and later moved to the U.S . to live in Wolfforth and Lubbock, Texas.

Her Aussie background sometimes proved too exotic for Texans. One Texan asked her once to say something in Australian. Noreen reported that Harley quietly moved away with a smile to the other side of the room before she answered.

In 1992, Noreen and Harley moved to Montana and became founding members of the fledgling Saint Marie community, then a military retirement village, forged from the former Glasgow Air Force Base.

Shortly after their arrival, Harley, who had survived a brain tumor treated while in Australia, suffered a stroke and later died. Noreen's plan to sell everything and return to Australia in 2002 was stopped short when she was diagnosed with cancer.
The intense doses of radiation she received saved her life but caused lingering health problems - all of which she met with aplomb and Aussie good humor.

Once, while viewing her heart on a monitor during a nuclear stress test, the medical team asked Noreen, then 83, to think of something that excited her. "You mean like Richard Gere?" she asked.

Playing nickel bingo on Tuesdays at the Glasgow Senior Center excited Noreen almost as much as Richard Gere. She delighted in picking cards with winning numbers -usually family birth dates plus "Jack Benny" (39), in selecting her lucky talisman - anything from a koala to the Geico Gecko - and settling in with her Bingo Buddies for a couple of hours of "competitive" bingo. Most of all, she enjoyed rousing on the caller John Dalby, threatening him with mob hits by the Gambino brothers if he didn't call her numbers.

Although Noreen in recent months hadn't been able to join her Bingo Buddies, she made her presence felt. From her hospital bed in Billings Clinic, she phoned Mr. Dalby to persuade him to bring back nickel bingo after it had lapsed for a while this past summer.

Noreen made a friend of everyone she met and brightened their day with her quips, cards and compliments. She adored her dog, her cat and her flower garden, which contains two decorative cranes named Niles and Frasier.

Noreen was preceded in death by her father Harry Montague Potts in 1959, by her mother Kathleen Eva Potts in 1976, and brothers, Norman Elmhirst Potts in 1995 and Gordon Arthur Potts in 1989. Her husband, Harley Gall Smith Jr. died July 30, 1993.

She is survived by her brother, Donald Edmund Potts, and his wife, Yvonne, of Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Noreen's wishes were to be cremated and interred with her husband Harley in the military cemetery at Miles City, Montana. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is handling arrangements.

Noreene's Bingo Memorial will be held on September 30, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center complete with Aussie tales, memories and prizes. •

Monday, September 15th 2014
Dorothy Chamberlin Orrey

LEWISTOWN/MALTA-Dorothy Chamberlin Orrey, 94, a retired sales clerk, died Sept. 10 at a nursing home in Lewistown.

Viewing will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel from noon until 6:00 P.M. Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy was born Sept. 21, 1919 at the family ranch North of Saco, the daughter of Lewis “Rabbit” and Mary Jane (Walker) Wright. Because of her father’s nick name, “Rabbit” she was called Bunny when she was younger. She graduated from Saco High School in 1936 and helped on the family ranch. She married Bartlett Chamberlin on Nov. 20, 1941 in Malta. The lived on the home ranch for six years before they moved to their ranch 20 miles East of Harlem on the Milk River. After Bartlett’s death in 1994 she married Patrick Orrey, a long time family friend on Sept. 12, 1995 in Lewistown. They made their home in Lewistown. They enjoyed attending many fiddle jam sessions and she loved to watch Pat playing and loved to dance every chance she got.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, Clinton Martin of Grass Range; two nephews and one niece; numerous cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bartlett Chamberlin in 1994 and Patrick Orrey in 2004.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014
John Douglas Garsjo

John Douglas Garsjo, 57, of Mabank, Texas, passed away Monday, August 11, in Tyler, Texas. He died from complications arising from a stroke. He was born on what was probably a cold snowy day, November 19, 1956, in Glasgow, Montana, home to the large Garsjo family. His parents, Wilma and Victor Garsjo, had another son, Mike, in April of 1958. They owned and operated the Fort Peck Bar in Nashua. Wilma was taken by cancer in April of 1967, at age 47, when John was 11 and Mike was almost 9. Her illness was lengthy, spreading over several years. For the most part, the boys were looked after by Cousin Marilyn (Garsjo) Johnson who left her job in Billings to help, their aunt Avhild, and Grandma Peck (Wilma’s mother) who lived next door. This gave Victor time to spend in Billings while Wilma was ill. Grandma Peck was in ill health toward the end of her life, and passed away in September, 1967. Marilyn and Avhild continued to watch over them after her death while Victor dealt with her passing.
When Wilma was gone, John and Mike and Victor spent much of the summers at their Uncle Hartvik and Aunt Agnes Garsjo’s farm, with the youngest six of their eight children. Victor helped with the harvest and the boys learned to ride horses, brand cattle, pick rocks out of the fields, and drive tractors. They did not learn to speak Norwegian, although they were introduced to the Norwegian delicacies of lutefisk and lefse at an early age. They spent much of their time on the Milk River fishing, varmint hunting, and built a hidden “fort” in the bank of the river. Another hideout was constructed in the attic above the garage, as well as a couple of non-sanctioned tree houses. For several summers, they rode their bikes to the swimming pool below Fort Peck Dam and took swimming lessons. The boys attended Nashua High School, and during this time Victor married Berniece (Grabofsky), their stepmother for nearly forty years. She passed away in 2011.
John graduated from high school in 1975, and went into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany, working as a helicopter mechanic. When he returned to northern Montana, he moved to Malta, and met and married a childhood friend, JoAnne Jones from Wagner. They eventually divorced.
He got a job on a seismic crew and followed them to Louisiana. He moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, in the early 1980’s, and got a job as an equipment operator with the city. He lived with a roommate who kept pit bulls in their back yard. The young family across the fence lost toy after toy to the dogs, and John crossed the fence (no doubt to apologize for the dogs or give a ball back) and joined the Vaughn family: Darla, and her three young children, Christy, 6; David, 5; and Sonya, 2; and a variety of (smaller) dogs. They had family picnics at a nearby park every Saturday, and on many occasions would visit one of Texas’s characteristic game farms, which had llamas and bison. There, he would regale the wide-eyed children with tales of animals and their behavior, and waking up with moose in his room (in Nashua). Christy, finally having a “real” dad, remembers him taking her to “bring your daughter to work day”, surprising the men he worked with but not letting her drive the backhoe.
He treated the children as his own, taking them shooting with B-B and pellet guns, and taking them fishing: baiting their own hooks was required. David remembers John teaching him to drive. He took David to work with him when he was a teenager, teaching him the construction trade; in recent years, he and David worked on houses for Habitat for Humanity in Cedar Creek, Texas.
Sonya has no memory of life without him. She also got to go to “take your daughter to work” day a few years later, and didn’t get to drive the backhoe either. Sonya loved helping him work on cars, and she can still change oil, transmission fluid, and brake pads.
John’s brother Mike, and his wife Marie, moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2000 for job promotions and the chance to be closer to John. Being only about 90 miles apart, the reunion was quick and blessed. Since then, John visited Mike and Marie’s home frequently. The boys worked on cars, fixed things, broke things, worked in the yard, shot guns, and went on fishing trips to the Gulf of Mexico.
John was shy but funny, a hard worker, a fair mechanic (trial and error), he was good with his hands, and he loved animals. He was a good father, a fabulous grandfather; in general he was a great guy who cared about the people around him, and would help anyone in need.
John most recently worked for Larry Partridge Construction. After Tropical Storm Ida, which hit the Atlantic Coast in November of 2009, Larry and John headed off to Alabama in Larry’s truck; leaving Texas with no formal plans, just the desire to help the people rebuild their lives. They spent a week there, living mostly out of the truck, working on damaged homes, and were extremely affected by the experience.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years Darla Vaughn; her daughter Christie; her son David and Porscha and their children Sarah, 8, Summer, 6, and David Junior, 5; her daughter Sonya and John Lightfoot and their children Nevaeh, 10, and Dakota, 2; his brother Mike and his wife Marie of Fort Worth, Texas, Mike’s daughter Landon of Belgrade, Montana; and the many, many members of the Garsjo family. We will all miss him terribly. He will rejoin his Garsjo and Peck grandparents, his parents, his step mother, most of his uncles, all of his aunts, and several of his cousins at the gates of heaven.
For his Texas family and friends, a memorial service was held Saturday, August 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank, Texas. Following the service, a celebration of his life was held, complete with a balloon release, burned hot dogs (his specialty) and a huge cake in the shape of a Busch beer can, and “refreshments” provided by his brother and sister in law.
As Montana always was “home” for John, a memorial service is being planned by the family to be held at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Nashua on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014
Lois Fern Jennings Lawrence

NAME: Lois Fern Jennings Lawrence Age: 88
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday, September 4, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Munday Nursing Home in Munday, Texas
SERVICE: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11a.m. at First Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Lois F. Jennings Lawrence
Lois Fern Jennings Lawrence, 88, passed from her earthly home to her heavenly home, surrounded by family on September 4, 2014. She was residing in the Munday Nursing Home, Munday, TX.
Lois was born on April 21, 1926, daughter of Milo and Dixie Feezell Jennings in the Baylor community, Valley County, MT. After many moves throughout her young life, the family settled in Opheim, where she attended and graduated from High School in 1943. Music was always a big part of her life and she enjoyed participating in all of those activities in school. After graduation, she attended Northern Montana College in Havre, MT for one year; then taught school at the Wheatland Country School for one year.

On February 3, 1945, Lois married Art Lawrence in the base chapel at Camp Roberts, CA. Lois and Art began their married life in the Opheim community where they farmed and later had a custom harvesting business. They spent many summers harvesting for farmers from TX back up to MT, where she was the head cook for the large crews. In 1983, they moved to a home in Glasgow and continued the harvesting business for a few more years in MT. In 2008, Lois and Art moved into Prairie Ridge Assisted Living facility, where they made many friends and enjoyed several years. They were able to celebrate 66 years of marriage, before Art passed away in 2011. When it became apparent that Lois needed more family to help out, her children moved her to Cody, WY to Absaroka Assisted Living, where she resided until May of 2014.

Lois was very active in the United Methodist Church in both Opheim and Glasgow, played the piano and electric organ for her own enjoyment as well as for dances in the community. She loved to play bridge, attend water aerobics, and Bible studies. Lois was proud to be a Republican Women, a 50 plus year member of Eastern Star and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a beautiful seamstress; even doing some tailoring for others. Lois had the gift of hospitality; welcoming all visitors with her famous cinnamon rolls or something else baked fresh from the oven and a cup of coffee. Lois and Art enjoyed many bus tour trips around the United States and Canada.

Survivors include three sons; Rick (Earline) of Jordan, MT, Ron (Jeri) of Seymour, TX, Brent of Spearman, TX; one daughter Bonnie (Dick) Williams of Cody, WY; One brother-in-law, Cap Czyzeski, two sister-in-laws, Trixie Floyd and Dolly Lawrence. She also had seven grandchildren; Ronda (Trey) Thompson, Rusty and Randy Lawrence, Rod (Beth) Lawrence, Josh (Heidi) Domme, Raena (Josh) Cleveland, and Kyle (Anna) Williams and 15 great grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Art, daughter, Linda Domme; two grandsons, Reg Lawrence and Kent Williams, sister Patsy Czyzeski, brother Dixie Jennings and her parents.

A memorial service will be held in the United Methodist Church in Glasgow, MT on October 25th at 11:00 a.m. with internment in the Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the Glasgow United Methodist Church, 500 1st Ave. N, Glasgow, MT or to the Munday Nursing Home P.O. Box 199 Munday, TX 76371 % of Memorial Fund-Lois Lawrence.

Thursday, September 4th 2014
Ron Selden

Ronald Selden, 58, of Glasgow, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, near Fort Peck Reservoir.

A loving father and loyal friend, he was born on May 13, 1956, in Corvallis, Oregon. He had a rich and varied life that gave him wonderful adventures that he would recount to his rapt family and friends. He was a talented writer and storyteller, which served him well as a reporter for the Missoulian, Great Falls Tribune and, later, as a freelance journalist for many publications, including Indian Country Today and the Missoula Independent. He had a strong sense of justice and strived to reveal the truth in every situation he covered. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

More recently, he went to work for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in various positions until he ultimately took the position of public information officer for Region 6 of the department in Glasgow, where he made many friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and thoroughly enjoyed every place he lived in Montana and elsewhere. He took every opportunity he could to hike, fish, boat and hunt. He felt that he was truly at home and at peace while in the wilderness.

Ron married twice in his life. In 1981, he began a common-law marriage with Lisa Fleischer, which they formalized in 1987. Together they had two daughters, Stella and Cecily. They divorced in 1995. Ron married Beth Brenneman in 1999.

A unique soul, Ron was a very kind man with a deep love of family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Ron is survived by his daughters, Stella and Cecily Selden, and their mother, Lisa Fleischer; his wife, Beth Brenneman; father, Charles Selden (Sylvia); and his sister, Karen Addington (Marc).

A memorial service and potluck meal will be held at the home of Frank and Janet Sucha, who are long and cherished friends of Ron and his family. It will be Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at 33647 Eagle Pass Trail, Charlo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ron’s name to Montana Conservation Voters or HiLine Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 933, Glasgow, MT 59230. For any questions about the memorial, please contact (406) 544-2613.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Lola Marie Wetsit

NAME: Lola Marie Wetsit Age: 68
DATELINE: Wolf Point, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday, August 30, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana
VIGIL WAKE SERVICE: Friday, September 5, 2014, 7p.m. at the Wolf Point
Community Hall in Wolf Point, MT
SERVICE: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10a.m. at United Dakota Presbyterian Church
in Wolf Point, MT
INTERMENT: Chelsea Cemetery west of Poplar, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Lola Marie Wetsit
Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, Lola Marie Wetsit, went to be with the Lord August 30th, 2014.

She was born February 13th, 1946 in Poplar, Montana to Ruth Hawk Brock.

She married an Air Force man, Victor Romero, in 1963. They lived in Tachakawa, Japan for 3 years and in that time were blessed with 2 children; Laura Romero and Victor “Jake” Romero, to accompany the oldest daughter, Ruth Williams. They moved back to the United States in 1967 where they moved around to various states. The union sadly ended.

She then married in 1971 Gerald Jackson who was also in the US Military (Army). They also traveled and had 2 children; Joshua Jackson and Leigh Ann Jackson. They parted ways.

Lola then met and married her third husband, Bootsie Wetsit, in 1982 and was with him until he passed away. This union bared no children but Bootsie was a wonderful Grandfather to the several grandchildren that came along.

Lola worked various jobs throughout her life. She was a nurse’s aide at the Faith Home.
She also worked at the Wolf Point Head Start for about 13 years. She loved and cherished every moment working with the children. She always had funny stories about how fun the kids were. She retired in 2009 due to medical problems.

Lola enjoyed fishing and attending pow-wows. She loved watching her Seattle Seahawks and playing her machines at the Silverwolf Casino.

She loved her family very much and was very proud of all of them. She always told them to be strong and proud and to stay close. She loved life and fought hard to live it right until the end.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth Brock, her daughter Laura Romero, brothers William Williams, Kermit Brock, and Kevin Brock.

Lola is survived by 4 of her 5 children; Ruth Williams, Victor Romero Jr., Joshua Jackson (Kim), and Leigh Ann Jackson (Rusty), all of Wolf Point, Montana, by 6 of her 9 brothers and sisters; Ronald Williams of Wolf Point, Ernie Christianson of Dillon, MT, Emby Christianson of Dillon, Mary Williams of Wolf Point, Eugene Brock of Wolf Point, and Sharon Brock of Wolf Point.

Lola had 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held Friday September 5th at the Wolf Point Community Hall at 7p.m. Her funeral will be held September 6th at the United Dakota Presbyterian Church at 10a.m. Please join the family for a luncheon to be held after the burial services at the Wolf Point Community Hall.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014
Vera C. Odegard

NAME: Vera C. Odegard Age: 84
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, August 29, 2014, 11a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Vera C. Odegard
Vera C. Odegard, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana of congestive heart failure.

Vera was born on June 30, 1930 in Mondovi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Engwal and Viola G. (Dahl) Hanson. She was raised and attended schools in Mondovi.

Vera married Elwood Odegard in 1947 in Mondovi and moved to Glasgow, Montana in 1951. He passed away in 1988.

She was active in the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow for many years. Vera worked as a Dietician at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for 32 years until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood Odegard, and three brothers, Vern Hanson, Bernard Hanson, and Orvin Hanson.

Vera is survived by her sons Scott Odegard of Fort Shaw, Montana and David Odegard of Glasgow, and her daughter Karen Vosen of Great Falls, Montana, 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Her service will be Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow with interment in the Highland Cemetery.

Friday, August 22nd 2014
Mitchel Bengochea

NAME: Mitchel Bengochea Age: 78
DATELINE: Nashua, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: August 20, 2014
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
PLACE OF DEATH: on his farm North of Nashua, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5p.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic
Church in Nashua, Montana
SERVICE: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in
Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Mitchel Bengochea
Mitchel Bengochea, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 while working on his farm north of Nashua, Montana.

Mitchel was born on December 16, 1935 in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Antonio and Concepcion (Burcavcae) Bengochea. He attended schools in Tampico, Grain Community, and Nashua High School. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1958, serving in Korea. After returning home he attended Montana State University in Bozeman and then worked at the Glasgow Air Force Base while starting his career in agriculture raising sheep, hereford cattle, and wheat.

On April 28, 1962 Mitchel married Marlene Brennan in Hingham, Montana. They raised their family of three children, Denise, Mark, and Jon. Mitchel enjoyed being a pilot and working on aircraft for people. His life was farming and agriculture and he was an accomplished mechanic and fabricator. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW, and Cattleman’s Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mitchel is survived by his wife Marlene Bengochea of Nashua, Montana, a daughter Denise Winchester of Glasgow, sons Mark (Kristina) Bengochea of Nashua and Jon (Erika) Bengochea of Glasgow, grandchildren; Mack and Mitchel Winchester, Anthony and Sean Bengochea, Griffin, Calvin, and Sophia Bengochea, a sister Mary Theresa Buchmann of Fort Peck, Montana, and several nieces and nephews.

His Vigil Service is Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Nashua, Montana, and his service is Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow with interment in the Highland Cemetery.

Thursday, August 21st 2014
Wayne J. Putz Jr.

Wayne J. Putz Jr.

Memorial Services to Celebrate the Life of Wayne J. Putz Jr. August. 25, 1925 to September 23, 2012.

Family, friends and community members are gathering to celebrate the life of Wayne J. Putz Jr.

The Celebration is from Saturday to Monday, August 23rd to 25th, in Glasgow. There are planned activities that reflect some of the things Wayne enjoyed doing with his family and friends in and around the area. Feel free to come and celebrate with those who knew Wayne and Shirley. Please bring your memories and stories or jokes to tell. Wayne was well known for his quick whit and jokes for every occasion.

Saturday, August 23rd
6:30p.m. – A no-host dinner at the Gateway with dancing to follow. Wayne was a bartender for many years at the Gateway. He and Shirley shared “many a dance” back in the day at this establishment.

Sunday, August 24th
9a.m. – Mass at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Wayne grew up in this Parish and was an alter boy. This will not be a funeral Mass but a celebration at the regular weekly Mass.

2-8p.m. – Picnic at Westend Shelter Building in Fort Peck. Food will be furnished. If you wish, bring your favorite dish to share and definitely bring your own adult beverage.

7p.m. – Fort Peck Theatre – Rodger and Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night for Singing” is playing for those wishing to attend.

Monday, August 25th
11a.m. – Committal Service at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, officiated by the Rev. Shirley Putz.

12noon – Lunch reception at St. Raphael’s Parish Hall.

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