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Wednesday, November 14th 2018
Dr. Robert "Doc" L. Martens
Funeral services for Dr. Robert “Doc” L. Martens, age 91, of Glasgow, Montana, who passed away November 13, 2018 at Valley View Home, will be held November 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Todd Wright officiating, reception to follow services and burial will be private.

Doc was born July 7, 1927 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to Louis and Mabel Martens. Doc completed his primary education in South Dakota while working the family’s sheep farm, which prompted an extreme dislike of anything sheep related. Doc attended Northwestern University of Dentistry in Chicago class of 1954. He joined the Air Force, where he served in Alaska.

Doc practiced dentistry for a short time in Bozeman, but made his home in Glasgow, where he practiced for over 45 years, including a church mission trip to Bolivia where he assisted the locals with dental care.

Doc met Helen while in Glasgow, they married in Helen’s hometown in Farwell, Minnesota. From their union they had four children. Doc and Helen loved their time together, and were very involved in the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

His many hobbies over the years included obtaining his pilot’s license, gardening, golfing, skiing, painting and quilting. In his retirement, he enjoyed a good country dance, any card game he could participate in and traveling the world.

Survivors include his son Robert Martens, of Kalispell, Montana; daughters, Mary (Frank) Martens-Phillips of Chicago, Illinois, Julia (Kim) Martens of Glasgow, Montana, and grandson Hal Phillips of Chicago, Illinois.

Doc is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen; his sister Margaret and infant son Stephan.

Memorials can be made in Doc’s name to Valley View Home, Prairie Ridge Village or the First Lutheran Church.
Monday, November 12th 2018
Charles "Charlie" Eugene Copple
Charles “Charlie” Eugene Copple, passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on November 3rd, 2018 at the Hi Line Retirement Center in Malta, MT.

Charlie Copple was born on March 10, 1933 in Malta, MT. He was the second of five children, born to Mary Genieve Copple (Simpson) and Charles Dewey Copple. Charlie started working at a young age. He often told stories of being only 7 years old when he and his sister Ileen were in charge of 1500 head of sheep on the Missouri Breaks with only a 30/30 and a dog. Because of these extended stays, he missed so much school that he was forced to teach himself to read and write.

On July 12, 1953 he married Vivian M. Hoffman. They were married for twenty-nine years before divorcing. They had seven children: Debra, Charles “Chuck”, Tamra, Angela, Sherran, Sandra, and Barbra.

He could do anything! He worked for Gulf Oil on the Oil Rigs, was a Railroad gang-foreman, was certified in refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, tv repair, construction, and painter. He was a parts specialist in the Army stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. Even though he had a terrible fear of heights, he joined the paratroopers for the extra income. He later went to Spokane, WA where he attended Barber College. After which, he barbered in Saco, MT, Glasgow Air Force Base, and partnered with CJ Carney in the Carney/Copple Barber Shop located in Glasgow, MT. He was very proud of the fact that at one time he owned and flew his own airplane.

After severely breaking his arm in a car accident, he and his son Chuck attended Western College of Auctioneering. They started World Wide Top Dollar Auction Service. Later, Charlie became well known for auctioning at benefit auctions in and around Glasgow, MT where you would most likely hear him say, “Give until it hurts; cuz it’s only money and that’s what you’d want people to do if it was your family.”

Charlie was a member of the American Legion Post #41 of Glasgow. He was a hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He spent many hunting trips with his sons-in-law, grandsons, and friends. For a few years during the winter months, he worked for Pacific Hide and Fur where he was skinning over 100 animals some nights. He was widely known around northeast MT for dealing cards, playing poker, being a collector of everything, and dancing the two-step!

Charlie could seem tough and gruff, but he had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help others any way that he could. He could make a joke about anything (most often inappropriate) and loved to make people smile or laugh. He was known for his “one-liners” and had a nickname for everyone.

In his later years, he commented often, “Don’t matter how much a person’s got; If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” or “Good health is more important than all the money in the world.”

No doubt, he’s again happy, making others laugh, and two-stepping across Heaven, to the tune of his favorite song, “Guitars & Cadillacs”! He will be greatly missed.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles L. Copple, sisters Mary Ileen Pekovitch and Margaret Anderson, brother David Copple, and grandson Justin Nelson.

He is survived by six daughters and their families: Debbie (Walter) Nelson of Opheim, Tamra (Eric) Sonsteng of Helena, Angie (Kevin) Wersal of Glasgow, Sherran (Tim) Thompson of Windsor, Maine, Sandra Copple of Glasgow, and Barbie (Kris) Dahl of Las Vegas, Nevada, brother William (Betty) Copple of Saco, grandchildren; Jayson (Chrissa) Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Julie (Colton) McLaughlin, Nathan (Kathryn) Sonsteng, Luke (Michayla) Sonsteng, Shawn Wersal, Brittne (Jory) Casterline, Darrin Wersal, Gianna Dahl, Charlize Dahl, Ashlynn Dahl, Titus Dahl, many great-grandchildren, and many more relatives.

As Charlie would say, “Take ‘er Cool”.

Please join Charlie’s family for a celebration of his life at the Glasgow Elks on Friday November 16th starting at 11AM. Lunch will follow with fun times of reminiscing.

Monday, November 12th 2018
Nick Pankratz
Nick Pankratz
Nick Pankratz, age 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great- grandfather, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Nick was born on February 26, 1925 in Lustre, Montana, the son of Peter P and Helena (Falk) Pankratz. He was raised and attended grade school and 2 years of Bible School in Lustre.

On November 26, 1947 Nick married Irma Peters, the love of his life, in Larslan, Montana. They lived and farmed in the Ossette Community between Larslan and Lustre, where they raised their family. In 2004 they moved to Glasgow due to Irma’s failing health where he actively cared for her with love and attention. Nick was active in the community where he taught Sunday School and served on the Larlsan Mennonite Church Board, the Lustre Christian School Board, and the Norval Electric Board.

Nick was a kind and gentle man who taught his love for the Lord by his example. His faith in Jesus Christ was evident in his life and as he read the Bible to his family each morning before breakfast, he shared it. His discipline was fair and many times flexible; we always respected him because he was noncritical, loving and caring (and he could give a hard spanking!) He will always be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his sense of humor which sometime caught us off guard and tickled our hearts, his bolo tie and cowboy hat. He could give a mean pickup ride chasing cows and always enjoyed talking ranching!

Nick moved to Nemont Manner in 2012, then to Valley View Nursing home in 2017 where he was at his passing. He lived an active life on the farm helping with the farming and cattle until his move to Glasgow. He enjoyed going to the sales ring to keep up with the price of cattle, walking at the Civic Center three times a week, driving to McDonalds to meet the guys for coffee, and attending EUB Church. He enjoyed company and would never turn down a chance to go out to eat or take a drive.

He was preceded in death by his son Bruce in 1955; his wife of 64 years in 2011; brothers Pete, Londo, Walter, Bill, John, Henry, and Richard; sister Lydia Dirksen and son-in-law David Lund.

Survivors include children Bonnie (Marlin) Reddig of Wolf Point, Lorene (Brent) Hintz of Billings, Wesley (Jodie) Pankratz of Glasgow, Charles (Sonya) Pankratz of Great Falls, and Cheryl (Jody) Faul of Glasgow; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great- great- grandchild; sister Helen (Jim) Hall of Billings, and sisters-in-law Marjorie (Richard) Pankratz of Malta, Marjorie (Larry) McKay of Monroe, WA, Marion (Elmer) Kesterke of Trochu, Alberta, Carloyn (Larry) Anderson of Mesa, AZ, Norma (Neil) Cromwell of Portland, OR, Ella (Ray) Stenka of Loveland, CO, Carolyn (Lavern) Peters of Lewiston and brother-in-law Robert (Deanna) Peters of Alberta, Canada.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastors Seth Runner and Frank Lenihan. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent the LCHS ( Lustre Christian High School )

Monday, November 12th 2018
Sherry L Bradley Lersbak
Sherry L Bradley Lersbak
Sherry L Bradley Lersbak, after returning from a 6-week tour of Europe, was diagnosed with Organizing Acute Lung Injury and passed onto the Lord November 7, 2018. She was born March 11, 1945 in Gulfport, MS to Robert Earl and Hortense Bradley. She attended school in Gulfport, MS, and Calgary, Alberta. She met her husband, Wayne, by asking him to a Sadie Hawkins Dance, while at Western Montana College in Dillon, MT. They were married in 1965. She received an Accounting degree from the College of Great Falls, MT and later a B.A. from Washington State University.

Over the years Sherry supported her husband’s career in farming, teaching, and the military. Wherever they moved, they always made good friends, many of whom they keep in touch with today. While her husband pursued his career, Sherry worked as a bank teller, accountant, real estate and insurance agent. Sherry rode out the San Francisco earthquake while at work on the 13th floor in the MetLife Building.

Sherry enjoyed the Christmas tradition for 43 years of the family all spending time together at Big Sky in Montana. Sherry enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, cooking, entertaining, and gardening. In everything Sherry did she always considered others first, and would constantly sacrifice her own needs for those around her. Sherry held her family and friends dear and considered her relationships her most valued possessions.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne, her daughter Kersten (Wes) Kremer and son Mike Lersbak. Four grandchildren, Laurel Kremer, Mike Kremer, Kelsey Lersbak and Megan Lersbak. Brother Robert Bradley and sisters Fran Standen and Jackie Norton and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Robert and mother Hortence Bradley and her twin sister.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Highlands Clubhouse, December 8, 2018 @ 3PM, Marana, AZ, and at the Sonlight CRC, December 18, 2018 @ TBD, Lynden, WA.

Internment will be in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local hospice or to the FMDH Foundation, Glasgow, MT.

Monday, November 5th 2018
Elsie Belzer
Elsie Evelina Lingle Cusker Belzer passed from this world the morning of Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Sidney Extended Care, Sidney, MT. Elsie Evelina Lingle was born on July 8, 1924 to parents Earl and Ruth Thompson Lingle. She was born at home, in the community of Bodine, MT. She joined her older brother, Bert, and an older sister, Eleanor. The family grew to include four more sisters, Margaret, Jenny, Ella and Cecil, who was born on Mom’s twelfth birthday.

Mom loved the outdoors. She tagged around after her dad, riding horseback and doing all the other chores tomboys did. The family didn’t have much in the way of material possessions, but they always had enough to eat and extra to share with anyone who might stop by.

As a young woman, she took a job keeping house and caring for an elderly lady who had suffered a stroke. That lady was my dad’s mother. Mom and Dad were married on December 15 1948 in Poplar, MT. Mom thought the world of Grandma Grace and she cared for her until Grace passed away.

Mom and Dad had four children, Noela, Dawn, J.R. and Clair. Dad died in 1963, leaving mom a widow at 39 with four young kids to provide for. Mom managed to do that by working hours and hours at night altering clothing for dry cleaning and clothing stores, cooking and waitressing, babysitting or whatever it took. She was the best mother ever and would have done anything for us.

Even though Mom’s formal education ended in the ninth grade, she had a lot of native smarts and became an accomplished seamstress, furniture upholsterer, gardener and cook. She raised a huge garden. The basement held shelves and shelves of every canned food you could think of. She baked bread almost every day and made the most wonderful cinnamon rolls.

In earlier years when we were young, Mom was active in 4-H as a leader and as one of the mothers who did so much work behind the scenes, organizing everything and helping to keep the club going. During the school year, Mom rotated with the other mothers in providing hot lunches for all of us.
Mom loved to dance. She loved jazz sessions. She square danced, polkaed, schottisched, butterflied and waltzed. She made her own square dance outfits and looked beautiful on the floor. Mom also liked to visit and she loved it when company came by. She could have a meal ready for surprise guests in no time at all.

Mom made so many quilts I can’t begin to remember all of them. She made at least one quilt for everyone in her family, the favorite probably being the Pineapple Pocket pattern made from Levi’s pockets. She planned to make a quilt for just about everyone she knew, and she was working on that at the time of her accident.

Mom also loved horses, dogs and most other animals. Minnie Penny Pearl was such a good little friend to her. That’s a name a three year old great granddaughter gives a dog. Granddaughter Katie made sure Mom got to watch the baby lambs.

My brother built a log house for mom and she loved it so much. She could stand at the living room window and see all the way down to the highway. She watched deer walk across the yard. Mom was very fortunate. In spite of serious health issues, she was able to live in her own home until the summer of her ninetieth birthday. Then she needed help and we persuaded her to move into the Savage Sunrise Manor, which was the very closest thing to home that you’ll ever find. Wonderful people make it that way. At the Manor she got to know Leonard and all the ladies. Everyone was very kind. It’s hard when you have to leave your home. Leonard’s kindness and understanding helped make the transition a little easier.

Mom suffered a broken hip in September. She really never did come back to us after surgery and she was getting very tired. It was time for her to feel better. She was preceded in death by her six siblings and one daughter, Clair Brown.

She is survived by Neola Cusker of Huntley, MT, Dawn (Ted) Claymore of Sidney, MT, J.R. (Debbie) Cusker of Nashua, MT, son-in-law Darrel Brown of Sidney, MT, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Love you always Mom.

Services will be held on Friday, November 9th, 2018, at the Nashua Civic Center at 11:00a.m. Lunch will follow. Graveside services will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point at 1:30p.m.

Wednesday, October 31st 2018
Fredrick "Fred" William Eckard
Fredrick “Fred” William Eckard, 69, passed away October 25, 2018 in his sleep at home in St. Marie, Montana. He was battling multiple illnesses at the time of his passing.
Fred was born to Martin and Amanda (Bauder) Eckard, military family, in Bremen, Germany on February 4, 1949. His father was stationed in Germany after WWII and was transferred to Augusta, Georgia then to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and on to Huntsville, Alabama, where he retired.
Fred enjoyed many sports activities: Football, Baseball/Little League and High School Football. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Fred loved music, he played the drums and clarinet. He followed in the family military tradition: joining the U.S. Navy as a Medic Corpsman. Years later he often played golf with his brother Paul, fished and camped out in the beautiful Montana wilderness. Fred was a big help assisting in the care of his younger brother Paul and mother after the passing of her husband.
Fred will be remembered as a kind, giving, and generous soul. God bless you, Fred.
He is survived by his brothers Loran “Paul” Eckard of St. Marie, Montana and Doug (Margaret) Eckard of Florida, aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Amanda.
A Funeral Mass will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, in Glasgow, Montana with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding.
Wednesday, October 31st 2018
Larry "Skip" Wayne Vegge
Larry “Skip” Wayne Vegge, 73, of Cheyenne passed away October 27, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 14, 1945 in Glasgow, Montana to Arthur and Thelma Vegge. He was a water treatment technician in Saudi Arabia and retired from the Cheyenne Water Treatment Plant. He was an excellent photographer, who traveled all over the world on photography trips. Some of his most memorable trips were to Norway, Zambia, Africa and Antarctica. He was also an avid cyclist. Larry was a member of First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana.

He is survived by his brother Melvin (Betty) Vegge of Glasgow, Montana; niece Julaine (Corey) Cook and their children: Taylor (Courtney) Cook and son Sirius, Tanner (Autumn) Cook and son Zander, Levi Cook and Leksi Cook; nephew Daniel Vegge and niece Trina Vegge and her sons Chaz, Brandin and Dylan.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana. A Luncheon will be following the service at the First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Thursday, October 25th 2018
Rene Wetzel Siler
Rene Wetzel Siler

Rene' Wetzel Siler passed away early Tuesday, October 23, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She will be missed by many. Rene' was preceded in death by her beloved mom, Ione Collings Wetzel and is finally at peace and out of pain.

She is survived by her two sons, James Morth and Dan Morth of Billings, her father Roy Wetzel (Bev) of Glasgow, brothers Dan and Wade Wetzel of Glasgow. Her sister Lisa Wetzel Lehner of Billings and sister Royanne Wetzel Somers of Lake Stevens WA. She also leaves behind many dear friends and extended family.

Rene's wishes were to be taken to the Pines, where she had many special memories throughout her lifetime. We will fulfill her wishes at a private ceremony on a future date.

Condolences may be sent to: Lisa Lehner, 1740 Augsburg Drive, Billings, MT 59105.

Monday, October 22nd 2018
Sandra Kae McNulty
Sandra Kae McNulty peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Bozeman, MT with her family at her side. She battled Alzheimer’s for over 4 years and is now at peace with our Lord.
Sandy was born in Glasgow, MT on August 21, 1947 to Don & Audrey McNulty. She was the oldest of five girls and adored her sisters Patty, Deb, Tami and Kelly. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1965 where she was Valedictorian, Homecoming Queen, and Class President (among her many high school achievements). In 1968, Sandy left her beloved state of Montana and moved to Seattle, WA to be closer to her mom. There she met her soon to be husband, Richard “Van” Hale. The couple wed in 1971 and during their five year marriage they had three children, Michael, Kristen & Brandon. Sandy was a dedicated mother and raised her three children on her own in their forever home in the Magnolia community of Seattle.
Over the years she worked her way up at People’s Bank, Washington Mutual & Chase Bank and retired as a Computer Programmer in 2009. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, antiquing, going to movies, enjoying concerts, tending to her home and spending time with family and friends.
Sandy’s greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. She worked tirelessly to give her three children an amazing life and loving home. She instilled in them the value of hard work, perseverance, tradition, selflessness, and kindness but most importantly the love of family and lasting friendships.
Her four grandchildren, Celia, Charlotte, McCormick and Audrey were the light of her life! Anytime she had the chance to spend time with them, she did! She loved taking them on all sorts of adventures to the zoo, the aquarium, children’s museums, parks, and Menchies! She made an ordinary trip on the bus a memorable adventure for them! At her home, she baked cookies with them, set up elaborate tea parties for them, and always had their favorite foods on hand! She made each of her grandchildren feel like a special treasure and they are blessed to have so many wonderful memories with her!
Sandy made many dear and lasting friendships in every aspect of her life. From neighborhood friends, to work friends, to her kids’ friends, to her Montana friends and beyond, she was a special presence in so many lives. Sandy was drawn to any and every child she came in contact with, especially babies! She easily became “Grandma Sandy”, “Mum-Mum”, or “Aunt Sandy” to many beloved friends and their children.
Sandy is preceded in death by her parents, Don & Audrey McNulty, her in-law’s Richard “Dick” & Charlotte Hale, and her sister Patty (Bob) Baker. She is survived by her step-mother Diana McNulty, sisters Deb (John) Partridge, Tami (Mark) Corner, Kelly McNulty, sister-in-law Dawn (Joe) Anguiano, brother-in-law Donald Hale, her three children Michael Hale, Kristen (Kevin) Hale, and Brandon (Stef) Hale, her four grandchildren Celia Hale, Charlotte Hale, McCormick Scofield and Audrey Scofield along with many nieces and nephews.
Sandy will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed by all who knew her!
We will celebrate Sandy’s life in Nashua, MT on Saturday, October 27th at 3:00pm. Please bring your memories and stories to share as we gather to honor the life of an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Nashua Civic Center
705 Front Street
Nashua, MT 59248

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Nashua Porcupines Booster Club (PO Box 286, Fort Peck, MT 59223) in Sandra McNulty’s name.

Friday, October 19th 2018
Delores Mae (Albert) Brown
Dolores Mae (Albert) Brown, 73, passed away peacefully on March 2nd, 2018 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her friends and daughter Samantha.

She was born on July 18th, 1944 in Williston, North Dakota to Fred and Frances (Johnson) Albert. She moved to Glasgow when she was in the 6th grade and graduated with honors from Glasgow High School in 1963. She married Gordon L. Brown on June 1st, 1963. They have three children Gordon II, Samantha and Cassia.

Dolores’ first job was at the Dairy Queen in Glasgow, where she made fifty cents per hour. She worked as a bookkeeper for several different businesses in Glasgow including Adrian’s, Sam’s Supper Club, Glasgow Distributors, Sinclair Distributors and Valley Drug. When Valley Drug closed in 2004 she retired.

She was very active in the First Lutheran Church. She and her friend Kelly Archambeault started their daily walks in 1988 and continued to walk together for 25 years.

She had a very special bond with her mother-in-law Virginia Svingen and would visit her often at her home and when Virginia went to live at Valley View Nursing Home, Dolores would drive up to visit her daily. Dolores was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 and soon realized herself that she should not drive anymore.

She loved her family very much and made sure everyone was always taken care of. She hosted many Christmases over the years and absolutely loved having the whole family together. She adored her children and grandchildren and always put everyone else before herself. She was the most giving, caring, kind, honest and loving person you would ever meet.

She is survived by her loving children Gordon (Brigitte) Brown II of Billings, Montana, Samantha (Bruce) Floyd of Opheim, Montana and Cassia Ruiz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by her father Fred Albert Sr. and stepmother Betty Albert of Salem, Oregon; Brother Fred Albert Jr. Salem Oregon, sister Carol (Harvey) Loveall of Indio, California; brothers Greg (Sandi) Albert of Salem, Oregon and Jimmy (Jen) Albert of Vancouver, Washington; brother-in-laws Jerry (Judy) Brown of Texas, Robert Svingen and Jon Svingen both of Glasgow, Montana; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and her grandchildren Jay Brown, Sophie Ruiz, Joseph Ruiz, Nolan Ruiz and Sarah Fischer.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Martin; stepfather, Ralph Martin; husband Gordon L. Brown and granddaughter Alison Kay Brown.

A Celebration of Dolores’ Life will be Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow services. Inurnment in the Highland Cemetery will be private.
Friday, October 19th 2018
Mary Lillian Oliver Pattison
Mary Lillian Oliver Pattison joined her Lord and Savior on October 16, 2018. She left this world due to natural causes one week after celebrating her 95th birthday, surrounded by her three children and many loved ones. Her daughter Shirley was with her when she died.
Mary, the middle of three daughters, was born in Wolf Point on Oct. 8, 1923 to William and Helen Hines Oliver. Will and Helen established a homestead in the Grain community, north of Nashua, where they raised their children in frontier conditions. Surviving the Great Depression in those conditions instilled the unwavering faith, internal strength, resilient character and extraordinary work ethic which defined Mary. When she was fourteen, Mary’s family moved into Glasgow where she attended high school and contributed to family finances by taking a job working in the laundry at the hospital.
On December 14, 1946, Glasgow native and WWII veteran, Lyman Jacob Pattison married Mary Lillian in Glasgow where they settled and raised three children, Gloria Jean, Shirley Kay and Ronald Lyman.
While raising her family, Mary had countless hobbies and passions, such as participating as an active member of her church community, long serving on the library board, sewing and playing bridge. Mary and Lyman played bridge competitively at national events, becoming Life Masters. She was a great student and wonderful teacher of the game. Mary was instrumental in bringing Christian Women’s Club to Glasgow which kept her involved in leading bible studies and giving her testimony to a regional audience. She balanced these many activities with her life’s truest passion, motherhood, and then grand-motherhood. Her children were always the first to volunteer her as a chaperone or specialty baker for holiday parties. She never said no. She was Ronnie’s number one catcher until his fast pitch caught her in the shin and she put down her mitt, but never missed a game at any level. After the kids were raised she became Lyman’s assistant on the farm. Mary didn’t shy away from any task including tarping grain trucks and shoveling wheat, while always having prepared a well-rounded lunch and dinner for the field.
Mary and Lyman’s three children have grown to raise families of their own, instilling the values and teachings that their mother, Mary, raised them to uphold. Without question or fail, Mary was always there. She spent countless hours, turning days into weeks and months caring for her children through trying and tragic times, never expecting anything in return. She was the selfless rock of the family in so many ways, always knowing what needed to be done, and making it happen. When her first granddaughter was hospitalized in Billings, Mary maintained the night shift at Tessa’s side every night for three months. Mary’s quiet strength and unconditional support has been a pillar on which her children have built their lives.
Later in life, Mary found much satisfaction working with her daughters at the Medical Arts Pharmacy. When the Pharmacy sold to the hospital Mary continued to work there, retiring on her 90th birthday. During this time she served on the Evangelical Church Council actively promoting the building of a new church and activity center. She also loved supporting the Fort Peck Summer Theatre, devoting countless hours as a volunteer and never missing a production.
Mary had an adventurous spirit, whether it was a day skiing in an Eaglemount ski sled alongside her grandson, Jake, or taking a family friend up on an offer for an aerobatic plane ride over Fort Peck Lake in a P-51 Mustang. Mary earned her P-51 lapel pin which she wore every single day for the rest of her life. When asked about the pin, she would light up at the opportunity to describe her ride, and tell you that she wore it in honor of her grandson, Jake, who also wore his Mustang pin (on his wheelchair) every single day.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyman, sons-in-law Don Robertson and Larry Baumgartner, granddaughter Tessa Robertson and grandson Jake Etchart, as well as her sister Shirley Lucke.
Mary is survived by her daughters Patt (Joe)Etchart and Shirley (Edwin Mogan) Baumgartner of Glasgow and son Ron of Albuquerque, NM., Granddaughters Mary Baumgartner, Alexa and Christen Etchart and Marissa Pattison; grandsons John (Ashley) Etchart and Derek (Andie)Baumgartner and Lyman Ronald Pattison; great-grandchildren Lillian and Larry Baumgartner and Jacob Etchart.
Mary’s memorial service will be Monday, October 29th at Glasgow’s Evangelical Church at 11:00 a.m. Her memorial preferences would be The Fort Peck Summer Theatre and the Evangelical Church of Glasgow.
Mary’s warm smile, gentle generous heart, experienced wisdom, patient understanding, and her perfect chocolate cake will be dearly missed. We love you forever.
Thursday, October 18th 2018
Alma L. Jensen
Alma L. Jensen, age 94, of Hinsdale, Montana, passed away October 16, 2018 at Valley View Home with her family by her side. She was born September 14, 1924, to Albert and Ida (Hookland) Nelson. Alma went to school at the Hinsdale School graduating in 1942. She married Jens Frank Jensen in the First Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington on August 20, 1944. They moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where Frank was stationed in the Navy. After Frank was discharged from the Navy in September 1945 they returned to Seattle, Washington. They returned to Hinsdale when Frank decided to start a dirt construction business and purchased the River place east of Hinsdale. After he retired from his construction business he purchased Albert Nelson farm north of Hinsdale. Alma loved being back up at the homestead. Cooking meals for the harvest crew was always a highlight for family in the fall.

Survivors include: David (Voni), Tyrone (Jordan), Wyatt, Summer and Shelby Jensen, Tiffani (Mike) Ottoboni, Carol (Garth) Allingham, Tracie (Dan), Abigail, Hunter, Bridger, and Emma Beck, Darcie (Danny) Fast, Connie Osen, Dane Osen and Aden Perkins, Desi (Rob) Frank, and Ailene Benedict, Kirsten (Tim Branda) Osen, and Otto Osen, Frank C. (Dawn) Jensen and Alysa; and Alma’s sister Darlene Jones.

She was preceded in death by husband Jens Frank Jensen, grandson Daniel Black, her parents and siblings Adeline Bomsta, Edith DeWalsche, Esther Lacock, and Tom Nelson.

Alma was a member of the Hinsdale Lutheran Church and WELCA, Eastern Star, American Legion, Montana Cowbells. Alma was also a Girl Scout and 4-H Leader, Sunday School teacher.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana with burial following at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, Montana. A luncheon will follow at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
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