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Leona "Mae" Garten
Tuesday, April 8th 2014
Leona “Mae” Garten, the third oldest daughter of Charles and Bodil (Pedersen) Nagel, was a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend. An amazing woman went home peacefully to be with her Lord on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana, after a short battle with cancer.

Mae was born on May 20, 1935 on the family farm near Circle, Montana. Growing up, she worked on the family farm while attending country school near home. She attended High School in Circle, Montana graduating in 1953.

After her mother’s death in 1954, she moved to Columbus, Ohio with family. It was there she met Wilbur “Bill” Garten and they were married on May 13, 1958. Shortly after, they moved back to Montana. She started working in the banking business as a teller in Glendive and Missoula. She later divorced in 1970, moving to Glasgow where she went to work at First Security Bank. She retired in 1985 to help take care of her older sister. Following her sister’s passing, she went back to work. She worked at the Glasgow Credit Union, Cottonwood Inn, and Northeast Communications, finally retiring for good in 2000.

She loved to read, crochet, play cards, go fishing at Fort Peck Lake, follow her beloved Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners, was an avid gardener, and a great cook. She also loved music, playing and teaching her granddaughter to play the accordion. Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Mae is survived by her sons, Chuck (Monica) Garten of Glasgow, Mike (Tawnia) Garten of Elysian MN, granddaughters Amber (Greg Thiele) Garten of Minot ND, Lacey (Brady) Flaten of Glasgow, Alexis Garten, Chelsea Garten, and grandson Darius Garten of Elysian MN, great-granddaughters Addison and Kennedy, great-grandsons Caleb and David, sisters Gladys Helgeson of Mount Vernon WA and Laurie (Verle) VanDewerker of Hayden ID, brother Ernie Nagel of Sidney MT, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Louise Johnston and Barbara Young.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Scott Hedegaard officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery following the service.

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Nolan Scott Hughes
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
NAME: Nolan Scott Hughes Age: 64
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Sunday, March 30, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at his home south of Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:30a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in
Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Nolan Scott Hughes
Nolan Scott Hughes, age 64, passed from this life on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home south of Glasgow.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Glasgow Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Nolan was born November 25, 1949, in Miles City, Montana, the son of Scott and Grace (Dokter) Hughes. His education included first and second grades taught by his mother in the home, third grade at Lincoln School in Miles City, fourth thru eighth grades at the Monte (rural) school south of Miles City, and then four years of high school at Custer County High School, also in Miles City. He graduated in 1967, and entered Custer County Junior College that same fall. He was raised on the family ranch 22 miles south of Miles City, and in June of 1968 he joined the United States Air Force, taking his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He spent a year in Korea, and was discharged from the service in 1972 at Biloxi, Mississippi. Upon returning to the family home in Miles City, he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. Around the same time, a cute little waitress at the Redrock Village caught his attention, and on May 26, 1973, he and Darlene Jill Brost of Brockway, Mt. were married. They made their home in Miles City.

After the Milwaukee Railroad shut down in Miles City, Nolan moved his family to Glendive, where he went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1978. In the fall of 1980 he moved the family to Glasgow with his job, where they have resided for the past 33+ years.

Nolan had a real zest for life, and he loved to take his sons and his nephews on the spur of the moment and drive for hours to get to a place where there might be buried coins or some valuable treasure. Actually he really wasn't too concerned about the buried treasure, but he enjoyed the time spent with them. He especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and was quick to offer an encouraging word, a prayer, or a word of advice. One of his favorite pieces of advice was, "You can marry more money in five minutes than you can make in a lifetime." He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing poker, attending auctions and garage sales, and he enjoyed being with family. Since he became sick, he especially has enjoyed the times when friends stop by the family home to share a cup of coffee, a meal, a piece of pie, or whatever is at hand, and a good visit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Grace Hughes.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, two sons, Leighton, of Glasgow, and Jeremiah (Angela) of Aberdeen, SD, and one daughter, Ashley (Aaron) Berkram of Glasgow, two brothers, Curtis (Margi Lou) Hughes of Billings, MT and Sid (Twilla) Hughes of Minot, ND, two sisters, Sharon (Loyal) Kauffman of Glasgow, and Janice (Larry) Inches, of Aberdeen, SD and one aunt, Sylvia Hughes of Billings, nine grandchildren, Leinie, Gabriel, Stormie, Gideon, Micah, Kylee and Clair Hughes, and Addyson and Amiah Berkram, and twenty-one nieces and nephews, Denae, Bryce and Brandon (Vanessa) Kauffman, Travis (Dara), Orrin (Chantel), Carson (Jayce), Carter, Zachariah, Joshua, Josiah, Abigail, Alisha, and Amelia Hughes, Jacquelyn (Eric) Anderson, Lexi (Thomas) Hougard, Russell, Ryan (Rochelle) and Steven (Summer), and Madison Inches, Rachel (Joshua) Flaningan, and Laura (Zac) Beckner.

Nolan will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

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Clifford Raymond Keller
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
NAME: Clifford Raymond Keller AGE: 57
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday, March 29, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: at his home in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1p.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana

Clifford Raymond Keller
Clifford Raymond Keller passed away on March 29, 2014 in Glasgow, Montana, at the age of 57.

Clifford was born March 30, 1956 to Raymond and Ella Mae (Klain) Keller in New Rockford, North Dakota.

Cliff attended various schools in North Dakota until the family moved to Wolf Point in 1969. He graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1976.

Cliff met and married Mary Soholt, and to this union, a daughter, Cynthia, was born. They later divorced. Cliff met and married Anna Page in 1992. She had two sons that Cliff helped her raise. They later divorced.

He loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and camping. He could often be found in “his spot” at the Dredge Cuts fishing on Fort Peck Lake.

Cliff worked various jobs throughout his life, the latest being at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, until his health forced him to end his employment.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond.

Cliff is survived by his mother, Ella Mae, daughter Cynthia, brothers David, Paul, and Rick, sisters Beverly, Sharon, Laura, Pam, and Susan, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana.

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Harold David Buen
Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
Harold David Buen passed away in Billings on January 15th after a short battle with cancer. A funeral service will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua on Saturday, April 19th at 1:00 pm. The family invites you to join them as they remember Harold and celebrate his life.
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Hartvik Palmer Garsjo
Thursday, March 27th 2014
NAME: Hartvik Palmer Garsjo AGE: 93
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Prairie Ridge Retirement Center in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Monday, March 31, 2014, 11a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT
INTERMENT: Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana

Hartvik PalmerGarsjo
Hartvik Palmer Garsjo, 93, passed away peacefully of natural causes on March 26, 2014 at Prairie Ridge Village in Glasgow, MT.

Services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Monday, March 31st at 11:00am with burial in the Nashua Cemetery. Pastors Scott Hedegaard and Bonnie Novak will officiate. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers are: son-in-law, Earl Bartram; daughter-in-law, Sue Garsjo; grandsons, Vince Jerome, Donald Garsjo, Matt Garsjo, Zac Garsjo, Tyler Thievin and Eric Bartram.

Hartvik was born on April 6, 1920 to North Valley County homesteaders, Adolf and Martha Garsjo. His birthplace was the railroad section foreman’s house in Nashua. He was reared with seven other siblings (Marvin, Dagny, Alvhild, Helga, Alfred, Ernest, and Victor). While growing up, he attended country schools: Harding (Tomato Can) and Grain.

At Nashua High School, he was twice selected to the all-state football team and in 1939; he was a state wrestling champion. His sports trophies were lost in their house fire in 1965. His younger children were unaware of his sports accomplishments until discovering them in Nashua yearbooks. Hartvik had been offered a full ride wrestling scholarship to the University of Iowa, but he chose to follow his passion to be a farmer; a decision he never regretted.

Hartvik married Agnes Buen on October 19, 1941. Hartvik and Agnes had known each other all of their lives--their parents’ homesteads were 3 ½ miles apart. They began their married lives by living and working on his parents’ homestead. They were avid card players and loved to dance in various communities.

In 1948 Hartvik and Agnes purchased the Zick farm 7 miles north of Nashua. The house had wind charger electricity (like a car battery system), and they used oil-burning heaters and a cook stove for heat and kerosene lamps for light. They built a new house in 1956 complete with indoor plumbing. While the farm was in Soil Bank in the late 50’s early ‘60’s, Hartvik worked as the meat cutter at the Nashua Farmers Union Market.

Hartvik and Agnes were blessed with eight children: Ardis Jerome, Charleston, SC; Richard Garsjo, Nashua; Dennis (Sue) Garsjo, Glasgow; Connie (Earl) Bartram, Wheat Ridge, CO; Palmer, Glasgow, Cathy Doyon, Great Falls; Lisa (Willie) Thievin, Scobey; and Karla Garsjo, Glasgow.

Hartvik was a farmer/ rancher who had a love for children, cattle and horses. At age 55, he became certified in Artificial Insemination and provided that service for other area ranchers as well. He inseminated his Holstein milk cow with a Maine Anjou, resulting in his ‘pet’ steer, Tiny, who weighed 2,750 pounds and stood over 6’ at the shoulder. Hartvik retired from farming in 1989. As a new hobby, he started to increase his horse herd and remained on his farm until age 90 ½. Shortly after, he moved to Prairie Ridge Village in Glasgow.

Hartvik was a very strong man physically and emotionally. He was also strong in his convictions for equal opportunity and an advocate for education. He spearheaded the Valley County drive for anyone one month to 40 years of age to receive the polio vaccine, a movement that spread across Montana. He used the same fortitude to encourage integrated special education in the Nashua School system which included students from surrounding communities.

In his lifetime, he served on the boards, councils and committees of Bethel Lutheran Church of Grain, Farmers Union Oil, Farmers Union Market, Nashua PTA, 4-H, Valley County Democrats, Sons of Norway, and was an original owner in the Whittmayer Grazing Association. At the time of his death, Hartvik was the last surviving charter member of the Nashua Lion’s Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services.

Hartvik made three trips to Norway where he met and began long relationships with his Norwegian relatives. During his 2007 trip, he saw the house where his mother was born 100 years earlier. This house is now the Proysenstua Museum, which is named after a famous Norwegian poet. During an earlier trip, Hartvik learned about a Museum in Hurdal that honored his paternal grandfather’s “tall tales.” This explains why Hartvik came by his humor honestly. Asked just days before his passing how he was doing, he answered with his sly grin, “Well, I won’t be taking on any big jobs.”

A humble, quiet and inspirational man, he became a father figure and uncle to many whose parents had gone on. We all will miss his knowledge, history of family and community. We all will remember his beautiful smile, his acts of kindness, and the bright twinkle in his eyes.

Hartvik and Agnes were honored to be Godparents to many family and neighboring children.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Agnes; his son, Palmer; grandsons, Mark and Brad Garsjo, Jeremy Doyon; and over 1000 friends and family. He felt honored to serve as a pallbearer “carrying many family and friends to their final resting place.”

He is survived by 7 children; his brother Alfred Garsjo, brother-in-law Arthur (Eleanor) Buen, sister-in-law Lila Buen, brother-in-law Ernie Kummerfeldt, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 37 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to: Nashua Lions Club, PO Box 131, Nashua, MT 59248; or Milk River Building Fund, IMO Hartvik, 219 2nd Avenue South, Glasgow, MT 59230; or Bethel Lutheran Church of Grain, 2037 FAS 438, Nashua, MT 59248.

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Laramie Wayne Wallace Jr.
Saturday, March 22nd 2014
NAME: Laramie Wayne Wallace Jr. Age: 47
DATELINE: Frazer, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday, March 21, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Northeast Montana Medical Center in Wolf Point, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Monday, March 24, 2014, 7p.m. at the Frazer Community Hall in Frazer, Montana
SERVICE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10a.m. at the Frazer Community Hall in Frazer, Montana
INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery in Helena, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Laramie Wayne Wallace Jr.
Laramie Wayne Wallace, age 47, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Northeast Montana Medical Center in Wolf Point, Montana.

Laramie was born March 4, 1967 in Helena, Montana, the son of Laramie & Bernadine (Clark) Wallace. He was raised in Helena, graduated from Jefferson High School in Boulder, and worked on the family ranch in Montana City. He attended Eastern Montana College in Billings.

Laramie married Christina Guitteriz in Billings. They were later divorced. In 2000 he moved to the Frazer-Wolf Point area where he has resided since. He was an avid rider, enjoyed horses and raised cows. He also enjoyed baseball, his favorite team was the “Yankees”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Laramie and Bernadine Clark Wallace, maternal grandparents Walter and Nellie Ackerman Clark, paternal grandparents Harold and Francis (Ford) Wallace, and sisters Lynelle Wallace and Clara Grace Davis.

Laramie is survived by his sons Keaton Hawk and Wacey Hawk of Butte and a daughter Andrea Guitteriz of Billings, Montana, his sister Danna Runsabove (Bill) of Frazer, Montana, brothers Lew Wallace of East Helena, Montana, Oliver Davis Sr. of Frazer, Montana, and Randy Davis of Laurel, Montana, nieces Winona Rose Runsabove and Kayla Wallace, nephews Walter (Kassie) Runsabove, Oliver Davis Jr., Aaron Davis, and Michael Wallace, and numerous relatives in Frazer, Wolf Point, and Helena areas.
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Walter J. Siewing
Wednesday, March 19th 2014
SACO-Walter J. Siewing, 74, a retired rancher, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Missouri River Manor in Great Falls of natural causes.

The family will receive friends at 7P.M. on Friday March 21, 2014 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Funeral services will be at 10A.M., Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Saco Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Saco. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Walter’s honor to the local Gideons or Saco Lutheran Church. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Walter was born December 6, 1939 the son of Herman and Clara (Buen) Siewing in Glasgow. He was educated at the local country school and graduated from Saco High School in 1959. Walter was raised on the family farm and took it over after his parents retired. He especially looked forward to calving in the spring and spring planting. His father developed an irrigation system that was very unique to the area. Walter maintained the system for many years and where he raised and sold cleaned certified seed. Walter and his family raised a very large garden and would travel and sell the vegetables.

Walter was involved in Saco Lutheran Church, a member of the Cottonwood Grazing Assoc., and the Gideon’s.

He is survived by his nephew, Joshua Siewing, sister-in-law Linda Siewing both of Fargo, North Dakota; Uncle Arthur (Eleanor) Buen, Uncle Hartvik Garsjo, Uncle Ernest Kummerfeltt; Aunt Lila Buen; numerous close cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Roger; best friend Uncle Harold Buen.

The family would like to especially thank Cousin Linda Lassila for her special love, care and compassion. Linda is Walter’s own special angel.
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