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Sandi Gail (DeSonia) Gardner

Posted (Tuesday, July 16th 2024)

Sandi Gail (DeSonia) Gardner, 81, of Glasgow, Montana passed away July 6, 2024 at her home.

Sandi was born January 17, 1943 to Charles H. and Wanda A. (Utgaard) DeSonia in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended Dawson High School in Glendive, Montana and went on to attend Beautician School in Missoula, Montana.

Sandi married Marvin Gardner in 1962 in Glasgow, Montana and the couple made their home in the Glasgow Community or at the Farm near Richland.

She enjoyed arts and crafts. She will be remembered for her baking and her contagious smile. She loved her Lord and Savior and the people in her life. Her favorite job was the one at The 5th Avenue Pharmacy at FMDH.

Preceding her in death are her parents and her husband, brothers Dennis and Boyd.

Sandi is survived by her brother, Roger DeSonia; sons: Garret Gardner, Dallas (Bridget) Gardner, Corey (Jodi) Gardner and Shane (Char) Gardner, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As per Sandi’s request cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Her Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2024 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Pastor Seth Runner officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be hosted by the Evangelical Church Ladies following the burial. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.


Darleen Effie Isakson Nordhagen

Posted (Monday, July 15th 2024)

Darleen Effie Isakson Nordhagen of Glasgow, Montana, formerly of Opheim and Billings, age 84 passed away on June 24, 2024, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Darleen was born in Glasgow, Montana on September 27, 1939 to Melvin and Vivian Vick Isakson of Opheim, Montana. She spent her childhood years on the family farm north of Opheim and graduated from Opheim High School in 1957. She was employed as a nurse’s aide at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital from 1957 through 1960.

She married Darrell Phillip Nordhagen on August 15, 1959, in Fairview, Montana. They honeymooned in Yellowstone Park, experiencing, first-hand, the famous earthquake that occurred there at that time. They lived in Glasgow for two years, moved to Plentywood for two years, then moved back to the farm that she was raised on in Opheim in January 1965. In 1989, Darleen and Darrell retired and moved to Billings, Montana.

Darleen was a 4-H leader for a number of years, co-chaired the North Valley County History Book committee, and served on the Opheim Farmers Union Oil Co-op Board and the Valley County Fair Board. She was a proud member of the Opheim American Legion Auxiliary and was President of the Montana American Legion Auxiliary in 1993, served on Girls State Committee where she was a director for 2 years. She also served on the ALA Girls Nation committee for 5 years. She co-chaired the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the town of Opheim. She was instrumental in helping to get the North Valley Ambulance Service started and became a registered EMT, working and managing the ambulance service in Opheim for 10 years. She was a baptized and confirmed member of the Community of Christ Church.

Survivors include her three daughters and one son. Darla (Jeff) Larson of Glasgow/Opheim, Montana, Darlis Nordhagen of Glasgow, Montana, Darcie (Tim) Knight of Keller, Texas, and Daren (Shelby) Nordhagen of Elgin, Arizona. Eight grandchildren, Kayla Larson, Jayme (Mark) Iddins, Bryan (Rachel) Larson, Azia Smith, Dayne Smith, Reeve Smith, Braden Knight and William Knight; her sisters Joyce Devoy of Glendive, Montana and Marlis Ziskin of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister-in-law Arlee (Dick) Chamblin of Mesa, Arizona, six great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Darleen was preceded in death by her husband Darrell of 60 years, parents, Melvin and Vivian Isakson, one sister, Carrol Isakson, foster brother Chet Munger, brothers in laws Steven Ziskin, Walt Devoy, Thomas Nordhagen, sisters-in-law Marie Ann Nordhagen and Delores Nordhagen, and grandson Michael Church Nordhagen.

A memorial/celebration of Darleen’s life has been set for Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 11 am at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, Montana.

Kyle Waller

Posted (Monday, July 15th 2024)

Kyle was born New Years Eve, 1978, and left us on his mom's birthday, July 11,2024.

Kyle attended Froid Public School where we discovered our quiet son was actually
the "class clown". We were also told by a grade schoolteacher that although he was not
top of his class he had the best imagination by far! He enjoyed working on the farm with
his dad and took part in 4H. In 1992, He purchased a steer from a good friend and
rancher in Malta. That steer was to become Grand Champion at the Roosevelt Co. fair
and went on to place 4th overall in the state.

After high school Kyle attended Wyoming Tech in Laramie Wy. and accomplished his
dream of becoming a diesel mechanic. He worked in Williston N.D. for many years. In
2007 his older brother, whom he idolized, passed away and life was never the same. In
recent years Kyle lived and worked in the Glasgow area until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mary and Halles Waller, his
maternal grandparents Noel and Bertha Sundheim, his brother Russ and brother-in-law
Daniel Fettig.

He is survived by his parents Tom and Linda Waller, Nashua Mt, sister Shauna Fettig, niece Sylvie and nephew Sawyer Fettig, Laurel Mt. and a special friend Maria Sugg, St. Marie, Mt. as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Cremation will take place with inurnment at Homestead Cemetery, Homestead Mt. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Marlene Emily Yoss

Posted (Monday, July 15th 2024)

Marlene was born February 2, 1938, the only daughter of Hans and Minnie Sorensen. She was born and raised in Hinsdale Mt. alongside her four brothers Edwin, Gordon, Melvin and Harry.

In 1955, she married Delbert Johnson, and in that marriage, she had six children Rodney, Terry, Janelle, Gaylene, Darlene and Darell. They later divorced.

In 1969, she married Bill Yoss, they together had five children Edie, Ray, Arlene, Kimberly and Raylene. Yes, that was a lot of children!

Marlene was a stay at home mom and later in life worked countless volunteer hours and 25 plus years for the Senior Companion Program. It was her passion to help others. During those years she made many lifelong friends and relationships. Those who knew her knew she had a heart of gold, she considered everyone family. If she had something and someone else needed it, it was theirs, no questions asked, and she expected nothing in return. She finally gave that up two years ago, it was time for someone else to take care of her.

Marlene loved watching her grandchildren play all sorts of sports from baseball and basketball to wrestling, always cheering them on. Having her great grandchildren around and watching them grow in person and in pictures was the highlight of her life.

In 2022, she moved to Sidney and enjoyed being waited on hand and foot, as she truly deserved to be. Her hobbies included bingo days, painting and crafts at the Sidney Extended Care. And of course, her main hobby was Candy Crush or Candy Crunch as she called it, she played it on not one, not two, but three devices, always trying to beat those hard levels.

Marlene passed away quietly in her sleep at the Sidney Health Center Sidney MT.

She is proceeded in death by her husband Bill Yoss, children Rodney and Janelle Johnson, parents Hans and Minnie Sorensen, brothers Edwin, Gordon and Melvin Sorensen.

She is survived by her brother Harry (Diedra) Sorensen of Sidney MT. Children Terry Johnson of Hinsdale MT., Gaylene Karl of MN., Darlene (Linder) Hanks of Wolf Point MT., Darell Johnson of Braman OK., Edie Sereno of Dallas TX., Ray (Jenni) Yoss of Nashua MT., Arlene Sheehan of Sidney MT., Kimberly Gonzales (Ty) of Glasgow MT., and Raylene Yoss of Whitefish MT., sister-in-law Diana Sorensen of Glasgow MT. She was blessed with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly.

Life threw a lot of curves at her, but she never gave up, always holding her head high to be strong for everyone else. She was the true definition of a beautiful angel. God knew she was tired. Although we weren't ready to give her up and let her go, He needed our angel by His side. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.

Services are scheduled for Thursday July 18, 2024, at 1 pm at the Lutheran Church in Nashua MT. Inurnment will be at the Nashua Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Lutheran Church.

Stephanie Kay Fisher

Posted (Friday, July 12th 2024)

Stephanie Kay Fisher, 59, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away at her home on July 10, 2024. Stephanie was born to Pamela Rector and the late Richard Fisher. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Stanley Frederick Soper

Posted (Monday, July 1st 2024)

Our dearest friend, brother, and uncle, Stanley Frederick Soper aka Stanley Steamer aka Stan the Cement Man passed away Monday, May 20, 2024 in Malta, Montana. He was 79. Stan was the third son born out of six Soper brothers to John Westley and Margaret Elaine (Frisch) Soper.

He was born April 30th, 1945 in Glasgow, Montana. He attended school at Avondale, Larslan, Glasgow, and graduated from Opheim High School in 1965. He attended college in Bozeman, Montana. He enlisted into the United States Army and served from November of 1966 until June of 1969. He was a Services Crew Chief. He fought in the Vietnam War. After returning, he lived in the Glasgow and Malta areas for most of his life. He worked for Fossum Ready Mix in Glasgow and Malta Ready Mix in Malta. Stan was married three times and loved deeply. When asked if he would marry a fourth time, his reply was no - he would just find a woman that hated him and buy her a house.

Anyone who knew Stan, knew he was one of the kindest men. He had a heart of gold. Through the years, he enjoyed darts, pool, bowling, fishing, whist, and of course, dancing. The man could dance!!

Stan was preceded in death by his father, mother, nephews Randy Soper and Wes Soper and niece Amanda Soper.

To celebrate Stan’s remarkable life, two Celebrations of Life will be held. The first gathering will be held Saturday, June 8, 2024 beginning at 1:00pm at the Mint Bar in Malta, Montana. The second gathering will be held Friday, July 5, 2024 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the VFW in Glasgow, Montana. A military honors ceremony will be held at the VFW gathering. No formal funeral will be held. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com

Helen Burt

Posted (Wednesday, June 26th 2024)

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow for Helen Burt of Glasgow, Montana.

A reception will follow at the Glasgow Elk's Lodge.

Helen W. (Montgomery) Burt, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2024, at the age of 92 in Billings, Montana.

Helen was born on November 16, 1931, to Oliver and Viola (Johnson) Montgomery. She was later joined by her younger sisters Lona Lee and Jeanie. She often spoke of her wonderful childhood memories growing up in Wolf Point, Montana.

She attended all her school years in Wolf Point where she enjoyed playing the French horn and trumpet in the pep and marching band and singing in the high school choir. Mom loved anything involving music including dancing! She and Dad could cut a rug! During her junior year of high school (1948), she was chosen as the Wolf Point delegate to attend the first-ever Montana Girls State at Rocky Mountain College. (She also helped put on the Fiftieth Anniversary in 1998). While in high school, she caught the eye of a handsome young man, the love of her life, Jim Burt. Helen went on to attend one year of college at Jamestown, North Dakota before returning to Jim in Wolf Point. They married on September 16, 1950, and spent almost 60 years together until Jim’s death in 2010. To this union, they were blessed with five sons and one daughter: Rick, Dave, Terry, Jerry, Bob, and Marilyn.

In Wolf Point, Helen worked for Mountain State Telephone as a telephone operator (“number please”) and then as a secretary for MDU. In 1961, Mom and Dad moved to Nashua with their four older boys after purchasing the grocery store in partnership with Dad’s parents, Walt and Jo Burt. They named the new store B&B Foods and proceeded to make it a successful business by working hard seven days a week for 15 years. After selling the store in 1976 and a short break, Mom went to work at Gallagher, Archambeault & Knierim Law Offices in Glasgow for 18 years and retired in 1996.

She enjoyed many years attending her children’s and grandsons’ educational, musical, and sporting events. She wore the color purple exceptionally well as she was a proud and loyal supporter of the Nashua Porkies!

Mom was community-minded and joined many clubs and leagues. She was a 60-year member of the Eastern Star and actively involved in her church. She also held many offices, but mainly Secretary, as Mom could have been an English teacher with her precision in punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. She could hold her own in a lively pinochle game and also enjoyed bridge and whist. She was an avid reader and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. Mom also acquired many trophies from her bowling and golfing days.

Helen had a compassionate heart and always put others first. She was a caregiver, graciously looking out for her family and friends. Her kindness, loving heart, and beautiful smile will never be forgotten.

We will be forever grateful to the staff at Edgewood Vista Memory Care in Billings for their compassionate care and friendship in Mom’s final years.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband James Burt, parents Oliver and Viola Montgomery, sisters Lona Simensen and Jean Pohl, in-laws Walt and Jo Burt, sister-in-law Donna Burt and brother-in-law Hans Pohl.

Mom is survived by six children: Rick (Dena), Dave (Connie), Terry (Muriel), Jerry, Bob (Gail), and Marilyn (Doyle Stein). She is also survived by grandsons: Sean (Julia) Burt and their daughters Helen and Judy, Jeff (Marne) Burt and their family Riley, Kendal, Dylan and Sam, Trent (Bobbie Jo) Stein and their daughter Hope, and Justin (Hana) Stein, along with brothers-in-law Monty Burt and Kastor Simensen and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Services are planned for June 29, 2024, in Glasgow, Montana. In lieu of flowers please send memorials in Helen’s honor to the Nashua Fire Dept, P.O. Box 424, Nashua, Montana 59248 or the charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Earl Ralph Korman

Posted (Wednesday, June 26th 2024)

A graveside service with military honors will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday June 28, 2024 for Earl Ralph Korman of Saco, Montana. A reception will follow at the IOOF Hall in Saco.

Ralph Korman passed away on March 14, 2024, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side.

“On September 25, 1932, in the afternoon an early snowstorm was moving in and my mother decided it was time for me to greet the world. The place was Granny Korman’s house in Saco, Montana located in Phillips County. Born to Earl and Lola (Stewart) Korman. “Had a good life growing up on the Milk River below Juneburg Bridge.”

“Put two years in the Army 1954-1956. Married Alice Soennichsen on April 26, 1957, and had four kids: Karla, Kathy, Jack, and one stillborn Joel.”

Ralph spent his early years around horses and enjoyed that part of his life immensely. Later he ran a D7 Cat and scraper, building reservoirs and leveling fields, until his retirement. He was talented and liked to draw, paint and sculpt.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Alice, parents, Earl and Lola, and son, Joel.

He is survived by his daughters, Karla Sudbrack and Kathy (John) Anevski; and son Jack; sisters, Carolyn (Gus) Korb, Susan (Michael) Wendland, and Nancy (John) Sparks; Terry (Donna) Korman and Ronnie (Maxine) Korman; grandchildren; Christopher (Erica) Anevski, Michael (Deidra) Anevski, and Jenna Korman; great-grandchildren: Mikai Anevski, Daelyn Anevski, and Calvin Anevski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

“So Long see you all later!”

Wendy Sue Grant Nelson

Posted (Monday, June 24th 2024)

Wendy Sue Grant Nelson, 65, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away suddenly, on June 17, 2024, due to medical complications from underlying health conditions.

Wendy was born in Glasgow, Montana, on January 14, 1959, to Pat Woolery and John Grant. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1977 where she was on the drill team. Wendy moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1985, where she met her late husband, Arthur Nelson, who she married in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1992.

Wendy was an avid reader, rarely to be seen without a book or magazine. She loved music and her pop culture knowledge was unmatched. Wendy was a four-time cancer survivor and battled many other chronic illnesses as well. Before having health issues, she enjoyed playing pool and darts with her friends and sisters, and she also was on a bowling league team. She loved following major league sports and was a lifelong fan of the Denver Broncos. Wendy was always game for a road trip, whether to a concert or chaperoning school trips for her nieces. Wendy had various jobs throughout her life, particularly in the food service industry.

In 2019, Wendy moved back to Glasgow, Montana where she enjoyed playing Bingo and chatting up the residents and guests while living at Nemont Manor. Wendy spent hours a day working on various crafts, her absolute favorite was making diamond art for all family and friends.

Wendy was a beloved aunt, known to many as “Ninny” or “Auntie Wendy”, who will be remembered for her love and dedication to her family and friends.

Wendy is survived by her mother Patty Jimison Woolery of Glasgow, Montana; Sisters- Tammy (Tom) Chapman of Gillette, Wyoming; Holly (Joe) Dennison of Lake Forest, California; Brother- Donny (Tonya) Woolery of Dickinson, North Dakota; and bonus sister, Roxanne Plummer of Glasgow, Montana. Stepsons- Jeremy (Erin) Nelson and Robert Pederson. Nieces- Erin Whitlow, Candice DeBray Cooper, Taylor Woolery, Tessa Chapman, Lindsey Julson. Nephews- Tim Whitlow and Evan Woolery; Great Nephews-Kembren and Jett, along with numerous cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Nelson, her father John Grant, stepdad Monty Woolery, and brother Johnny Pat Grant.

Wendy will be forever loved and incredibly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

George A. Asleson

Posted (Monday, June 24th 2024)

George A. Asleson, age 90, passed away from natural causes at his home in Glasgow.

He was born September 6, 1933, and grew up on the family homestead south of Opheim. He attended grade school in Opheim but graduated from high school in Glasgow.
After graduation, George returned to work on the family farm, until enlisting in the Army in 1957. He served his country for two years and then returned to the farm where he worked alongside his uncle Elmer Asleson.

George had a wide array of interests that included: HAM radios, model airplanes, rock collecting, polishing and cutting and riding motorcycles with friends.
In his later years, George would head south for the winter, eventually landing in Queen Valley, Arizona. His hobbies here included skeet shooting, golf and pool. He stayed young at heart and possessed a vast array of knowledge. He made friends wherever he went and will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Olivia, his grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His survivors include a cousin Sam (Gail) Feezell and their children: Paul, Ryan and Kristi.

Services will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

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