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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.

Thursday, March 26th 2015
Ruth Alyce Gilbertson
Ruth Gilbertson, age 96, passed peacefully on to the great dance floor in the sky on March 25, 2015. She had been a resident of Valley View Home since 2011.

Funeral Services for Ruth are Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with interment at the Highland Cemetery.

Ruth Alyce Fuhrman was born March 21, 1919 at the family home in the Baylor community in North Valley County. She was the third child of ten born to Peter K. and Pauline (Miller) Fuhrman. She was raised on the family farm/ranch and had many stories to tell of growing up with her 9 siblings and numerous cousins that lived near them. She often told of scaring her mother to death when she was little by climbing to the top of the windmill – quite the tomboy.

Ruth attended the Fuhrman School in Baylor as a young child, moving to Glasgow during her high school years. She graduated in 1936 – one full year ahead of schedule.

She met her future husband – Olaf Gilbertson – through mutual friend. He had come to Valley County from Stanley, North Dakota to work on the Fort Peck Dam. They married July 27, 1940 and moved to Niehart, Montana where he worked in the mines. They soon decided that was not where they wanted to be and returned to Glasgow to be near family. Other than a short span of years when they lived in Tucson, Arizona, they spent their entire married life in Valley County. They farmed and ranched northeast of Glasgow from 1958 until they retired in the 1980’s.

Anyone that knew Ruth, knew of her love of dancing. Ruth and Olaf loved to waltz and two-step. After he passed, you could always find her wherever Cap Holter or Dudley and the Deadbeats were playing. She danced right up until having a stroke – while dancing at the Elks Club – in 2011.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Olaf in 1998, parents Peter and Pauling Fuhrman, son Leslie in 2013, grandson Lance, siblings Walt, Clarence, Melvin, Earl, Jim, and Kenny Fuhrman, Lenore Alden and Phyllis Campbell.

She is survived by children Deanna Jones of Glasgow, Kristi (Ted) Schulz of Sacramento, CA, Gordon Gilbertson of Roundup, Ron (Cary) Gilbertson of Glasgow, and Jeff (Rosario) Gilbertson of Missoula; sister Barbara Bales of Scottsdale, AZ, 16 grandchildren including Tracey Jones Waarvik of Glasgow, Julie Jones McGehe of Snoqualmie, WA, Scott Gilbertson and Lori Barnett of Miles City, Cody Gilbertson of Bozeman, Tawne Gilbertson Sweet of Castle Rock, WA, Rod Cornwell of Okinawa, Shana Gilbertson Myren of Kalispell, Trina Cornwell Hill of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Russ Gilbertson of Glasgow, John Gilbertson of Whitefish, Nick Schulz of Portola, CA, Katie Schulz of Cotati, CA, Carli Schulz of Chico, CA, Jessica and Michael Gilbertson of Missoula, as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Dance on, Mom….Happy you are free of pain.

Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Iona Mae Frost Faraasen Sonsteng
Iona Mae Frost Faraasen Sonsteng
Iona Sonsteng (Grandma Havre) age 86 passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Iona was born January 4, 1929 at the home of her grandparents William and Cloe Anderson south of Hinsdale, Montana, (Now known as the Mix Farm). She was raised by her parents Myron and Dorothy Frost 15 miles south of Hinsdale in a cement house on a small ranch with abundant grasslands and wildlife. Iona loved all animals. She had a pet antelope until he decided to see what marbles tasted like. She attended the Steen School until the 8th grade. Growing up Iona was an accomplished horsemen training and riding several horses; even keeping a couple of them long enough for her own children to enjoy. Along with her parents and 8 siblings they worked from sunup to sundown in order to provide for their needs. On November 7, 1946 she married the love of her life, Arvid Faraasen. Together they had 5 children. They resided on the Faraasen farm south of Hinsdale until Arvid passed away in 1960. In those 14 years she planted and harvested huge gardens as well as canned all the produce she could for her family. It was nothing for her to take the 22 rifle out to hunt sage hens for dinner. Mom could make a tasty dinner out of those poached sage hens! At times she prepared toasted grains for breakfast straight from the grain bin. In 1962 she married Milo Sonsteng of Havre, Montana where her youngest son Melvin was born completing her family of 6 children. Iona worked very hard and never once needed any kind of assistance to provide for her children. She was employed at Havre High School as a custodian for several years. Later she worked as a custodian at Mountain Bell Telephone in Havre and Great Falls. She retired and moved to Hinsdale to live closer to her children and grandchildren. Iona was very patriotic and a supporter of Veterans of America. Iona loved yard work, fishing and anything the great outdoors had to offer. She loved to knit, crochet, and do many crafts. In fact she just started an afghan days before she passed away. In February 2015 Iona decided it was time to move to Valley View. She could not say enough about the wonderful care she received there.
She was proceeded in death by her husbands, Arvid & Milo; parents, Myron & Dorothy; siblings, Boyd, Harold, Marjorie, Myron, & Lucille.
Survivors include her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, nieces,& nephews; Myron Faraasen of Glasgow, Gloria Jacobson (Jack) of Hinsdale, Scott Klind & Jaime Ottun,(Cassidy, Kylee, & Caitlyn) Macy & Toby Klind (Randi Jo, Trevor, & Huxley) Tom Faraasen of Helena, Linda (Gene) Hartsock of Glasgow, Peter Mogan & Theresa Haynes, Brian & Alissa Mogan (Taylor, Kynley, & Casen) Marcus Mogan, Dorothy (Paul) Jensen, Jarid & Diane Jensen (Kallen), Shannon & Darin Hauck, (Rhiannon & Anistyn) Brad Jensen, Melvin Sonsteng of Helena, (Nicolas.) Siblings Lawren "Frosty" Frost, of Glasgow, Walt (Marian) Frost of Steilacoom, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 27 at 2p.m. at the Legion Hall in Hinsdale, MT. Burial will follow at Hill View Cemetery.
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Phillip Roy Sudbrack
SACO- Phillip Roy Sudbrack, 60 passed away March 23, 2015 at the family farm north of Saco. Services will be Sat. March 28, 2015 at 11a.m. at the Saco Lutheran Church. Memorials for the family may be left to the charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Phillip was born April 9, 1954 to Reinhard and Hattie (Iverson) Sudbrack in Glasgow, Montana. He grew up on the family farm/ranch being very involved in agriculture at a young age. During his years in Saco schools, Phillip was active in 4-H and FFA, earned awards in both. He was on the Saco Panther basketball team that earned second place at the state tournament in 1971. After graduation he attended Montana State University, returning to Saco to help his parents with the farm/ranch because of his father's failing health. He became the third generation on both his grandparents' homesteads (Iverson in 1909 and Sudbrack in 1910).

On Valentine's Day 2000 he married Karla Korman in Saco. Together they continued to raise registered Angus Cattle at the Heart R Angus Ranch until 2012 and concentrated on raising grain, hay, and other crops until his death. He was a member of the American Angus Association, Montana Stock Growers and, Montana Grain Growers. He did custom farming for the area farmers and ranchers, enjoyed building and/or modifying equipment, as he could fix anything whether it was electrical, plumbing, welding, or carpentry. He was always willing to help anyone solve a problem or mentor young farmers and ranchers. They attended MATE and MAGIE for many years, he enjoyed farm auctions, even if it was to visit, he also enjoyed puzzles, and spending time with his nieces and nephews and family gatherings.

Phillip was very active in Saco Lutheran Church and Prairie Lutheran Parish, holding positions on the church council, and helping with many building and repair projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Curtis, and mother-in-law Alice Korman. He is survived by his wife Karla; sisters, Rene (Charles) Worley of Wolf Point, Norma (Ted) Kelly of Malta; brothers Cecil (Sharon) Sudbrack of New Holland, PA. Dale (Elena) Sudbrack of Saco; father- in-law Ralph Korman of Saco, sister-in-law Kathy (John) Anevski of Billings, brother-in-law Jack Korman of Sanger, CA. and numerous nieces and nephews, also a great niece and great nephew.
Friday, March 20th 2015
Renee Knudson
Visitation for Renee Knudson from Saco is Saturday & Sunday, March 21st & 22nd, at Bell Mortuary from 10a.m. - 5p.m. both days. A memorial service will be held in July.
Tuesday, March 3rd 2015
Marlene Rose Blanchard-Sensiba
Marlene Rose Blanchard-Sensiba, age 77, passed away at her home in Glasgow on February 25, 2015.

Marlene was born and raised in Glasgow where she grew up on the family dairy farm. The Riverview Dairy Farm was owned by her parents, Willis and Rose Blanchard. The Blanchard’s provided milk to Valley County.

She was the oldest daughter of the four children. In 1951 she completed the 8th grade and graduated from St. Raphael’s Catholic Church; she graduated from Glasgow High School; and in 1955 she earned her certificate in speed writing from Parks School of Business in Denver, Colorado. She returned to Glasgow and married Bill Sensiba on August 1, 1960 in Miles City, Montana by the Justice of the Peace.

Marlene worked at Sam’s Supper Club for 30 plus years. She was known for her waitressing skills and often the patrons requested her to be their waitress.

She was also known for her huge garden. She enjoyed sharing her vegetables with her friends and family. She loved to cook and have family gatherings at the farm. Her other hobbies included dancing, playing cards, embroidering, fishing, canning, and crossword puzzles.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She spent most of her time with her companion Donald Kinzell traveling back and forth between Glasgow and Grandville, North Dakota taking care of their gardens and fishing together.

She is survived by a sister, Savola Blanchard of Billings; she is survived by her four children: Ross (Val) Sensiba of Devils Lake, North Dakota, David (Laura) Sensiba of Aurora, Colorado, Gary Sensiba of Denver, Colorado, and Mary (Dan) Humbert of Glasgow. She is survived by grandchildren Kyle C. Humbert, Heather (Nick) Dulaney, and Bryant and Shane Sensiba. Marlene is survived by great grandchildren Kimber and Trevor Dulaney as well as cousins, and local nieces Doreena Blanchard and Georgie Kulczyk.

Marlene is preceded in death by her parents Willis and Rose Blanchard, her sister Sandra Mercil, her brother Myron Blanchard, and several aunts and uncles.

Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow. A luncheon will follow at the St. Raphael Parish Center.

Monday, March 2nd 2015
Gordon J. Brown
NAME: Gordon J. Brown

AGE: 92

DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana

DATE OF DEATH: Friday – February 27, 2015

PLACE OF DEATH: at his home in Glasgow, Montana

CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes

SERVICE: Friday – March 6, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Glasgow, Montana

INTERMENT: Private burial at a later date

Gordon J. Brown, age 92, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home in Glasgow, Montana.

Gordon was born on July 29, 1922 in Hinsdale, Montana, the son of Howard and Clara Brown. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1942. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 3 years during World War II in North Africa and the European Theatre. He served at D-Day (2nd Day) and in the Ardennes and Rhineland arriving in Berlin in April, 1945.

After the war he worked as a carpenter / general contractor from 1946 to the time of his death. Gordon was considered a Master Craftsman who worked on hundreds of homes and businesses in the area.

Gordon married Edna Aitken on July 14, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. They have lived their entire lives in Glasgow. He was a life-long member of the VFW, a committed husband and father of four sons. In his work he was well known for his work ethic and honesty. His favorite motto was “Be reasonable, do it my way”.

He is survived by his wife Edna Brown of Glasgow, four sons; Harvy Brown of Billings, Montana, Gerald (Linda) Brown of Denver, Colorado, Ron Brown of Missoula, Montana, and Mike Brown of Glasgow, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Gordon was preceded in death by sisters June Castleberry Coleman and Dot Morrison and brothers Warren Brown and Myron Brown.

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