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Harley Abarr
IN MEMORY OF HARLEY ABARR, 88, OF FORSYTH - September 7, 1924 - December 9, 2012
Harley Everett Abarr of Forsyth, Mt passed away peacefully December 9, 2012 at the Glendive Vets Home with his brother Lorin by his side. Harley was born September 7, 1924 in Bismark North Dakota to Carl & Lillian (Jones) Abarr.
Harley enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and served in World War II. Harley was a gunner on a destroyer in Kasaan Bay in 1943, and he also served on several war ships. When Harley was discharged from the Navy he decided to continue with his passion of being a cowboy. He worked on ranches large and small in Montana and Wyoming. He met the love of his life Doris on the Valley Dude Ranch around Cody Wyoming. They were married on August 6, 1969. From this union one son, John, was born.
Harley is survived by his loving wife, Doris, Son John, two grandchildren Eric and Andromeda of Great Falls, MT., sisters Edith Bentley of Forsyth, Anna May Roan of Broadview, Mt. brothers, Don Abarr of Cody, WY, Lorin Abarr of Fallon, MT, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Harley is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lillian, and nephew Robert Abarr.
We will miss you, but will see you again when the roll is called up yonder.
Funeral Memorial, Dec. 9, 2012 - Sub by A. Pabolo



Hazel M. Alderman

Hazel M. Alderman, 89 of Forsyth, died Tuesday January 18, 2000 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
Hazel was born October 21, 1910 in Spokane, WA, the daughter of Herbert H. and Bonnie Howard Hussey. Hazel's father died in 1913 and her mother remarried Herbert A Williams in 1916, moving with her family north of Hardin in 1916. She attended schools in Hardin, graduating from Hardin High School, and later graduating from Business College. During WWII, Hazel went to work for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. Following WWII, Hazel went to Canada with a friend where she met her future husband.
On March 3, 1947, Hazel married Fred J. Alderman in Victoria, B.C. In 1949, they moved to Billings with Fred working construction and in 1952, Hazel and Fred returned to Spokane. In 1957 they moved back to Montana, settling in Myers, west of Hysham. They owned and operated the Myers Mercantile Store and ran the Myers Post Office, with Hazel serving as Postmaster. Hazel retired in 1975 when the Myers Post Office closed but continued to live at Myers. Fred died in 1979 and Hazel moved to Forsyth in the early 1980's and has lived there since.
Hazel was a member of the Treasure Chapter 119 Order of the Eastern Star of Hysham where she served as Past Worthy Matron, Bethlehem Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Forsyth, and the Forsyth Federated Church. Hazel had a special love for her nieces and nephews. She loved cooking, growing flowers and really enjoyed life.
She is survived by her sister Norma Miller of Ennis, MT; three nieces, Janice (Ken) Watson of Forsyth, Ginger (Tom) Redding of Fort Shaw, MT, Bonnie (Mike) Ellenwood of Banner, WY; five nephews, John (Carol) Williams of Boise, ID, Butch Jones of Hardin, Larry (Becky) Miller of Colstrip, Lynn (Kay) Miller of Lewiston, ID, Bemard (Dot) of Hardin; two step-kids, Kenny Retherick of Canada and Carla Hay of Bothell, WA; as well as numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service: Saturday January 22, 2000, 2:00 P.M. Beals Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Dan Houston, Officiant, Interment: Rancher Cemetery [Source: Sub by A. Pabolo - Beals Mortury Memorial]


Kent Albert Amo
Kent Albert Amo, age 93, of Forsyth passed away Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
He was born the son of Albert and Emma (Kliner) Amo on November 12, 1911 in Glendive, Montana. As a young child Kent came to Forsyth in 1924 where he attended both grade school and high school, graduating in 1930.
Following his graduation, Kent attended Northwest Trade School and graduated in 1932 in Auto Body repair. After his college graduation, Kent returned to Forsyth where he worked at Tepee Motors until joining the United States Army in 1942. He served his country until 1946. On June 28, 1940, Kent was united in marriage to Mary Schoof in Vancouver, WA. Together, they made their home in Forsyth after Kent's honorable discharge. After returning to Forsyth, Kent continued to work for Tepee Motor until starting Kent Auto Body in 1960 which he owned and operated until 1971 when he retired.
Kent was a member of the F.F.W. and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and visiting with his friends.
He is survived by his sister Barbara Dornhecker of Vancouver, WA, and many nieces and nephews as well as many good friends.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 11:00 AM Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT WITH MILITARY RITES Family Lot of the Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, May 24, 2005 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Donna Augustine

Donna F. Augustine went to be with her lord on January 18, 2013 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth [age 63].
Donna was born to Lee W. and Anna L. (Schafer) Lloyd on July 31, 1949 in Forsyth, Mt.
Donna attended and graduated from Rosebud Schools.Donna also attended MSU Bozeman.
On June 22, 1974 Donna married the love of her life Lawrence R. Augustine in Billings, Montana. From this union one son was born. Donna served for many years with the Rosebud Community Chapel Vacation Bible School as a teacher, was a board member, and was very involved in every aspect of the church.
Donna is survived by her son Larry "Sonny" (Carolyn Rose) Augustine, granddaughter Lilli Jo Tanner age 2, Lawrence "Trey" Augustine III, age 7 weeks, brother Walt (Fran) Lloyd of Tuttle, ND.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence R. Augustine, John W. Lloyd, Linda Conrad, Charles "Sonny" Lloyd.
Memorial Service will be held at the Rosebud Community Chapel on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
A private burial will be at a later date.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub. by Genie Bug]


Howard Bach
Howard Bach, 88, of Forsyth, formerly of Hysham, died Saturday December 15, at his home in Forsyth due to natural causes.
Howard was born July 26, 1913 in Duquoin, Kansas, the son of Christian and Minnie Hagler Bach. He spent his youth and attended schools in Bush, Colorado and Savage, Montana. Howard graduated from Savage High School in 1933. Following graduation, Howard worked various agricultural jobs.
On November 29, 1933, Howard married Lorraine (Ranie) Ellerman in Sidney. They farmed for three years, and worked on the lower Yellowstone ditch in the Sidney area. Howard later worked on the Kinsey Ditch before moving to Myers in 1956, where he was the superintendent on the Hysham Ditch for 25 years. Howard also worked for Dave Manning, operating heavy equipment. Howard and Ranie moved to Hysham in 1977 and continued he continued to live there following Ranie's death in 1988.
On April 9, 1989, Howard married Pearl Taylor in Hysham. They continued to live in Hysham until 1996 when they moved to Forsyth, where they have lived since.
Howard had a special love for his family. He also enjoyed fishing, doing fixer upper jobs around the house, and gardening. Howard was a member of the Hiram Lodge #52 A.F. & A.M. of Forsyth, Hysham Lodge # 129 A.F. & A.M., Hysham Presbyterian Church, and the Hysham Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife Pearl of Forsyth; his daughter Shirley (Gene) Peterson of Crane, Montana; four grandchildren, Patti (John) Berger, Elwood (Karen) Forry, Jodi Reyna, and Dion Forry; 8 great grandchildren; hi2 step great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; his brother Clifford Bach of Billings; and two sisters, Alice Koeler of Helena and Helen Jonason of Sidney. Howard was preceded in death by his wife Ranie, his brother Fred, a grandson Clinton Forry, and a great granddaughter Amanda Berger.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M. Thursday December 20 at the Hysham Community Presbyterian Church with interment to follow in the Hysham Cemetery. Beals Mortuary of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements.
[The Independent Press, Dec. 20, 2001 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Christopher Beartusk

CHRISTOPHER BEARTUSK, 42 -- Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 in Lame Deer at the Lame Deer Allen Rowland Gymnasium at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will be directly following the service at the family cemetery on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with these arrangements.
[Source: "Independent Press", Sep 20, 2012 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Warren J. Becker Sr.

Warren J. Becker, Sr., age 79, of Forsyth passed away on November 19, 2003 at the Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings. following a courageous battle with several illnesses. Warren was born on January 23, 1924, the son of John R. and Eugenia (Fink) Becker in Laurel, MT. Warren moved with his family to various areas in the United States until settling in the Howard Valley west of Forsyth. Following his schooling, Warren returned to the farm and worked until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 1944.
Warren entered the Marine Corps as a volunteer through Salt Lake City. He was sent to the Marine Corp-Base in San Diego, California, where he spent six weeks in basic training. Warren was then shipped overseas to serve in the South Pacific during World War II. He was later assigned to a unit that was involved in final combat action cleanup and surrender of enemy forces on several islands. Warren was later attached to the First Marines Unit, whish was sent into the invasion of Okinawa and Iwo Jima Islands. Warren also served in a special unit which took new and special equipment into combat for field tests. Some of the equipment that Warren and his unit tested, such as the night vision equipment, is used a great deal today. Warren was then transferred to Headquartrs Company and served with the cmmanding officer as an orderly.
Warren's unit was extensively involved with the surrender and capture of enemy forces from Okinawa. Folowing Okinawa, he was sent to Tiensen, China for over a year to disarm and take as prisoners-of-war those of the enemy that would accept a surrender and repatriation to Japan.
Warren served in two campaigns along with the thirteen months in China. Those that refused to surrender, the unit would then engage the enemy to force their surrender. July of 1946, Warren was ordered home by the Commandant Marine Corps for immediate processing and separation from service.
Shortly after Warren returned to the United States, he met Dorothy Kurkowski. They were married on August 3, 1947 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Forsyth. Together, they made their home on the family farm west of Forsyth. Warren later was a part of starting the Valley Auto Store. He was involved with the International Harvester Company as a pilot delivering parts to farmers and ranchers throughout the community, while also working as a police officer at night. He was then employed with the Electrolux Corporation as a salesperson in which he traveled throughout the eastern part of Montana. After that, Warren and his family moved to California where he worked at a manufacturing company producing concrete pumps. He later worked for the North American Rockwell Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which which made parts for the Apollo missions as well as for the Boeing 747 airplanes. They returned to Montana where Warren worked for the Hallett Minerals in Vananda, and then later he strted the Big Sky Service Station as well as the Big Sky Cafe. At the age of 59, Warren received his real estate license and was the broker/owner of Big Sky Realty. Warren also served as mayor of Forsyth for a four-year term and later retired due to failing health.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, canning, reading, but he especially enjoyed his family and friends. Warren is survived by his wife Dorothy of Forsyth, his children Vonnie Ferguson (Dick) of Forsyth, John Becker (Marcheta) of Laurel, Denise Becker of Miles City, Tom Becker (Mila) of Forsyth, Dan Becker (Carla) of Colstrip, George Becker (Janet) of Forsyth, Shelley Gross of Billings, Betsy Gehrke (Ron) of Gillette, Wyoming, and Renee Keyes (Mark) of Billings,his grandchildren Warren Becker III (Christina) of San Diego, California, Amber Uhren (Jeff) of Billings, Brandi Fowler (Jeff) of Hamilton, MT, Amber Schock of Miles City Ashley Schock of Billings, Angie Schock of Laurel, Jeremy Brockel, Justin Brockel, and Damien Brockel, all of Billings, Cameron Brockel of Miles City, Tommy Becker, Jr. of Minneapolis, MN., Jerry Becker of Alhambra, Illinois, Alexandria Becker of Forsyth, Jeffrey Becker of Fort Carson, Colorado, Jethro Becker of Phoenix, AZ., Angela Hawker of San Francisco, CA, Danny Becker (Angel) of Billings, Korry Becker of Colstrip, David Becker and Katrina Becker of Forsyth, Jana Becker of Miles City, NickGross of Saipan, Willy Gross and Ashley Gross of Billings, Kylie Gehrke and Kaylen Gehrke of Gillette, Wyoming, Courtney Keyes and Caitlin Keyes of Billings, his great grandchildren, Skylar Wanke and Cayden Fowler of Hamiliton, Brady Uhren and Emily Uhren of Billings, Colter Brockel, Mikaela Brockel and Alex Brockel of Billings, Riley Becker, Kobe Becker and McKenna Becker of Billings. Step grandchildren and great grandchildren, Sheri Seleg (Joe), Zachary, Myranda and Kelsey Seleg of Forsyth, Jennifer Johnson (Bob) and Laura of Albion" W.A. and Bobbi George (Wade) and Jakob and Garrett of Glendive, and Justin Ferfuson of Gillette, Wyoming.
Warren is also survived by two sisters, Esther Eastman and Gladine Nehus both of Great Falls, and one brother, Roderick Becker, of Belgrade, and also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Robert Becker.
INTERMENT: FAMILY LOT IN THE FORSYTH CEMETERY.
[Funeral Memorial, Nov. 24, 2003 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Leone Hope Russell Bice

Leone Bice, age 78, of Forsyth passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at in the Friendship Villa in Miles City.
Leone was born on February 26, 1932 in Forsyth, Montana to Paul and Agatha (Schelin) Russell. Leone attended schools in Lame Deer, Hardin, Bozeman and Forsyth. She attended the Wesleyan and Methodist churches when livin in Forsyth. In 1949, she married Harold Hawkinson of Cartersville, Montana. To this union two children were born: Gerald Gene and Alan Eugene Hawkinson. The family farmed and ranched and raised sheep.
Leone loved country dances, helping neighbors and friends at all occasions, whenever they were in need. Card games were usually played at the Hawkinson home, usually lasted all night. Crocheting was a big part of her life, also some embroidery projects; also she enjoyed baking for the family and all of the neighbors. Holidays were very special for the family, as all the family world gather at the home place and enjoy lots of fun. Leone moved to Miles City to be near her brother and family.
Leone was very involved in the Senior Companion Program. She enjoyed playing Bingo at Shady Lane, she would keep in contact with her "people". Leone had a new love in her life, her little brown dog named Lady. Very much needed companion, they lived a very comfortable life, loving each other.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Paul and Agatha Russell, a son Alan Eugene Hawkinson and a brother Gary Russell. She is survived by a son, Geral Alan Hawkinson, a grandson Jeremy (Corina) Hawkinson, and two great grandsons: Bryce and Cannon Hawkinson all of Seeley Lake, MT; a brother Jim (Darlene) Russell of Miles City, MT and numerous nieces and nephews.
Should friends desire, mimorials may be made to the charity of ones choice.
INTERMENT: Will follow in the family lot of the Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth, Montana.
[Source: "Funeral Memorial", 5 March 2010 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Mildred Boyer
Obit: MILDRED BOYER, 95
Mildred W. Boyer passed away peacefully Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. Patrick Hospital, after a week of sharing from her hospital bed her ninety-five years of love and wisdom to each of her children grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and lovingly caressing the check of her new great, great grandson.
She smiled at seeing all her family surrounding her for a last goodbye. She knew how to live and she knew how to died with her deep Christian values, strengthening all.
Her last five years were spent happily and independently at Burlington Square Senior Residence in Missoula, Mt. She was a natural leader, gathering so many friends together there, playing pinochle, bridge, poker and bowling tournaments throughout the week.
She was born Sept. 15th 1917 in Trenton, Missouri to Harry and Grace (Brassfield) Woodruff, then they moved to Montana to homestead near Knowlton in Custer County, MT. When she was not yet two years old, her mother became ill and passed away on her way to see a doctor in Miles City, fifty miles away.
Her father later married Bertie Jones, a nearby homesteader who had lost her husband, and together they raised Mildred and Bertie's two sons, Jim and Vern Jones, on their combined homesteads.
School was a large part of her life, having attended country schools nearby, high school in Miles City, college in Eastern Montana College, obtaining a lifetime certificate. With her lifetime certificate, she taught in the same country schools she had attended. Later, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education the same year her son graduated from college.
During her teaching career in the early 40's, she met and married Harold L. Boyer. They had a daughter Joan Annett, and a son Gary Lee. They farmed along the Yellowstone River, near Forsyth, while Mildred continued teaching in Forsyth School. They later purchased the Standard Oil Bulk Plant which Harold operated while she continued to teach well past the time her first students' children began attending school.
After they retired, they moved to Flathead Lake near Lakeside, Montana where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family, fishing, gardening, playing cards and traveling in their motor home.
After Harold died in February, 1990, she continued to live there attending church, Star, plays, jazz festivals, and traveling with her dear friend, Jo Ann Vagg and others until her move to Missoula to be near family.
Surviving family members include her daughter Joan Newman (Rod) of Missoula, her son Gary Boyer (Donna) of Darby and Dillon, grandchildren Rhonda Dolcater (Randy) of Darby, Brady Anderson-Wood (Elaine) of Missoula and Renee Morrison (Noel) of Darby and Muskogee, Ok., four great-grandchildren AJ Jenkins of Washington D.C., Miranda Simmons (Matt) of Darby, Lauren and Lacey Dolcater of Darby, and a great-great-grandson Logan Simmons of Darby. Two sisters-in-law, Wilma Boyer and Mary Lou Butcher of Washington, a special cousin Ruthie Brown of Miles City, and other cousins, nieces and nephews.
There was a celebration of her life at Burlington Square at 2 p.m., Tues., Jan. 29, 2013 and there will be one at the Knowlton Cemetery this summer. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub. by Genie Bug]


Phyllis Mae Bradley
Phyllis Mae Bradley, age 83, of Forsyth, passed away at the Rosebud Health Care Center, early Thursday morning, November 8th, 2007.
She was born May 29, 1924 in Lemon South Dakota, the daughter of John C. Sheid and Leona Klingbiel Scheid. She became a child of God through Baptism on June 29th 1924.
The family moved to Billings, MT, in 1933, where she attendedschool and graduated from Billings High School in 1942.
She married Donald Hartman in June of 1943 and to this union, two children were born Donald and Judy.
The family moved around a lot in Billings. They lived for a year on a little farm outside of Columbus and then back to Billings until 1957. She worked as a clerk at Kress's Five and Dime store before moving to Forsyth in 1957. She worked at the Elks Cafe for a few years where she met and married Don Bradley with whom she has spent 48 wonderful years. She worked at the Joseph Cafe, the Yellowstone Pharmacy and the City Water Department until she retired in 1996.
She was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church for 50 years and she enjoyed Ladies Guild and going to the rallies. Bowling was her sport. She bowled in Leagues and tournaments for years. She never did learn to actually swim but she thoroughly enjoyed the exercises in the water at the pool. She enjoyed her ceramics and having the ladies over to the house once a week to paint and fire their art work.
She is survived by her husband Don; three sons, Don Hartman (Melissa) of Miles City, MT, Gary Bradley and friend Linda of Sheridan, WY, and Jack Bradley of Rosebud and his friend Glenda of Forsyth; two daughters, Judy Blakesley (Noel) of Forsyth and Donna Brooks of Farmington, NM; one brother Miles Scheid (Rita) of El Cajon, CA; twelve grandchildren, twenty - one great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers and sister.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:00 am, Concordia Lutheran Church Forsyth, Montana
INTERNMENT: In the family lot of the Forsyth Cemetery
[Funeral Memorial, November 11, 2007 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Sadie Brewer

A Funeral Service for Sadie F. Brewer, 91, of Baker, MT will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 in the Chapel of Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker with Pastor Rod Kilsdonk of the Baker Assembly of God Church officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Forsyth Cemetery at Forsyth, MT. Visitation was from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th, at Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker and will continue on Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m.
Sadie passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Fallon Medical Complex in Baker, MT.
Sarah Mae "Sadie" Brewer was born on May 16, 1921, at Brandenberg, MT a daughter of John L. and Mabel C. (Goodale) Flowers. She grew up on the family ranch on the Tongue River in eastern Rosebud County. Sadie attended the Brandenberg country school and later attended high school in Forsyth where she graduated in 1941. While she attended high school she worked part time in the county Treasurer's office. Following graduation, Sadie worked on her parents' ranch and was an alternate bus driver for her brother, Richard, who had the school bus contract from Ashland to Brandenberg. While Richard was off to the war serving his country, Sadie's father died. Sadie took over the ranching operation until Richard's return. She also help0ed her mother with running the Brandenberg Post Office until it was closed and relocated into Miles City.
In 1956, with a little help of some friends, Sadie met Fred E. Brewer at the post office in Brandenberg and after a courtship the two were married on November 10, 1956, in Miles City, MT. After their marriage, Sadie and Fred worked on different ranches until 1959, when they moved to Miles City. In 1960, they returned to the H.L. Hunt's Ball Ranch near Brandenberg until January 24, 1964, when they moved to Baker. Sadie lived in her home in Baker until the fall of 2011, when she entered Quality Personal Care.
Sadie was a hard worker. She enjoyed sewing and made many articles of clothing for her family. Through-out the years she exhibited many of these items at the county fair. She was a great cook and at Christmas time she enjoyed making candy.
Sadie is survived by her two sons, John Brewer of Baker, MT and Richard "Dick" Brewer of Miles City, MT; her daughter, Gloria (Robert) Nelson of Garland, UT; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mabel, her husband, Fred, two daughters, Sherran Meidinger and Linda Viken, Her daughter-in-law, Laura Brewer, two grandsons, Baby Boy Witcher and Allen Dale Nelson, and great-grandson Gerald Allan Astle, a granddaughter-in-law, Krista Loutzenhiser, her sister, Carolyn Harris and her brother, Richard Flowers.
Arrangements are under the care of Stevenson Funeral Home of Baker, Montana.
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub. by Genie Bug]


Neoma A.I. Brockel
Neoma Angela Irene (Delmeire) Brockel was born on February 28, 1922 to Leonard Delmeire and Sulma (Valcke) Delmeire at Pompeys Pillar, Montana. Neoma passed away on October 2, 2008 at the age of 86 at the Rosebud Community Hospital of natural causes.
Neoma's father Leonard migrated to the United States as a single man, traveled to Belgium on a number of occasions and eventually brought his sweetheart Zulma back to the States with him. In 1923 the family settled on a farm in the Howard Valley west of Forsyth. Zulma could speak no English, therefore the language of the home country of Belgium was the primary language spoken in the household. Neoma attended school at the Howard school and when she first started could speak very little English. During her high school years she boarded with a family in Forsyth and graduated from Forsyth High School in 1940.
In 1941 she married William Brockel. They settled on a farm adjoining the farm which she had grown up on. Bill passed away in June 1976, six months prior to her mother's passing in December 1976. Bill and Neoma loved to dance, attending many dances at the Howard School. They also loved to get together with friends and neighbors and have a card party. Neoma learned to play piano and accordion although she could not read a note of music. To this union 4 daughters were born. Neoma continued to live on the family farm until moving into town. In 2003 Neoma's health began to deteriorate after having the West Nile virus.
Neoma was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her brother George Delmeire and her parents Leonard and Zulma Delmeire.
Neoma is survived by daughters Jean (David) Schmittou of Billings, Willa Arbogast, Waneeta (Virgil) Farris and Shelley (Dick) Thompson of Forsyth. Six grandchildren; Stacey Larson, Tracey Callis, Richard Thompson, Chad Thompson, Bill Shimko and Signe Andrashie and seven great grandchildren, Brock Larson, Jacob, Kim, Noah and Cody Thompson and Slexandria and Rachel Andrashie. She is also survived by one sister Margaret Schneider of Wheaton, Minnesota, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. The family world like to extend a special thank you to Verlie Langemo, Thank you Verlie for the love and kindness you gave to Mom daily.
INTERMENT: In the family plot of the Forsyth Cemetery, Forsyth, MT.

[Source: Funeral Home Memorial, 2 Oct 2008 - Submitted By: A. Pabolo]


Myrtle Brocklehurst

Myrtle Brocklehurst, 94, died Tuesday, July 29, 1997, at Rosebud Health Care Center.
Myrtle was born Nov. 28, 1902, in Sellerburg, Ind. the daughter of Albert and Cora Abbott Quebbeman She spent her youth and attended schools in Sellersberg.
On June 10, 1921, she married Leroy Brocklehurst. They came to Montana in July 1929. Afater years of farming in the Sonnette area they all moved to Forsyth in July 1939.
Myrtle enjoyed gardening and her many flowers. She was an active member of the Forsyth Federated Church and the Degree of Honor.
Survivors include three sons, Loren of Forsyth, Lowell and his wife, Maureta, of Spokane, Wash., and George of Livingston; a sister Cledis Henderson of Sellersburg; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 1, at Beals Mortuary Chapel with Don Holland officiating. Mariellen Lee, organist, accompanied Sue Forsythe on "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." Pallbearers wereOtto Bendewald, Loren Dietemann, Victor Yerger, Harvey Walter, Charles Harris and Neil Donner. Interment followed in Forsyth Cemetery. Beals Mortuary in Charge of the arrangements.
[Forsyth Independent, July 31, 1997 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Paul Leo Buckalew
Paul Leo Buckalew, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, at Rosebud Health Care Center after a long illness.
Paul was born April 30, 1916, on the family homestead north of Forsyth, the son of Purl and Maude Werner Buckalew. He attended the Hilyard school before moving to Forsyth where he completed his education.
On June 1, 1939, Paul married Lillian Agate Coole in Forsyth. During their marriage, Paul and Agate were blessed with 10 children. He spent time in the CCC until June 21, 1945, when he was drafted into the US Navy, serving during World War II in the Seabees.
Following his discharge, Paul worked in various cafes in the Forsyth area for many years before going to work for Bechtel Construction. Paul retired from Bechtel in 1984 and continued enjoying his hobbies, fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Agate of Forsyth; his sons, Joe (Anita) Buckalew of Colstrip, Stanley (Beverly) Buckalew of Forsyth, David Buckalew of Elko, Nev., Raymond (Misty) Buckalew of Maple Valley, Wash.; his daughters, Pauline (Ray) Stoll of Newport, Wash., Linda (Dennis) Kopitzke of Forsyth, Vera (Lionel) Dobler of Portland, Ore., Shirley (Gerald) Harrsch of Colstrip, Carol (Leonard) Leary of Gresham, Ore., and Vivian (Henry) Sprague of Forsyth; his brother, Lee of Glasgow; his sister, Zelona Ried of Wolf Point and Billings; 26 granchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb 14, at the Forsyth Wesleyan Church with Pastor Lance Lenards officiating. Music was "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged Cross" with Jeff Aasland, organist. Pallbearers were Mike Harrsch, J.P. Buckalew, Forrest Stoll, Keith Dobler, Allan Krueger, Warren Buckalew,, Neil Dobler and Clint Buckalew. Interment followed in Forsyth Cemetery. Beals Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
[The Independent-Enterprise, Feb. 19, 1998 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Agnes Cady
AGNES CADY OF BUTTE DIES
A native of Niobrara, Neb., Mrs Agnes Cady of 520 Holmes died Friday in a local hospital. She was 52. Mrs. Cady was educated in Nebraska schools and had lived in Butte three years. She was born Oct. 28, 1912. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Herbert of Butte; daughters, Mrs. Max Watson, Forsythm Mrs. Les Baker, Choteau, Mrs. Cletis Watson of Butte; brothers, Orville Cross, Billings, Melvin Cross, Forsyth; sister Mrs. John Stephan, Butte, and 10 grandchildren in Butte, Forsyth and Choteau.
The body is in Richards Funeral Home but services are pending in Beal's Mortuary in Forsyth. Burial will be in Forsyth Memorial Cemetery.
[The Montana Standard (Butte-Anaconda, MT), Oct. 17, 1965 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


Herbert M. Cady
FORSYTH -- Herbert M. Cady, 74, who was a retired mail stage driver, died Monday in Glasgow. Born in Moore, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cady. He attended schools in Choteau and moved to Rosebud county in 1915 where he had lived since. In 1934 he married Agnes Cross, she died in 1965. Survivors include three daughters, Grace Watson of Glasgow, Joyce Baker of Billings and Barbara Durkey of Leesburg, Fla; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Beal Mortuary with burial in Forsyth Cemetery.
[The Billings Gazette, July 16, 1980 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


Roy R. Cady
SERVICES THIS AFTERNOON FOR ROY R. CADY
Services will be held this afternoon for Roy R. Cady, 70, of Forsyth who died at his home in Forsyth Monday.
Rev. Jerry Davis will conduct the services at Beals Mortuary at 2 p.m. and burial will be in Forsyth Veterans Cemetery.
Cady was born in Mooore, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Cady. He spent his youth in Moore and Choteau and moved to Rosebud Creek where he worked on ranches before entering the Army during World War II.
He worked in the gasoline business in Lame Deer from 1945 until he retired in Roundup in 1974. He had just recently moved to Forsyth.
Survivors include a brother, Herbert of Forsyth and several nieces and nephews.
Pall bearers will be Robert Ash, Max Watson, Bruce Cady, Vance Cady, Bruce Stevenson and Cletus Watson.
[The Forsyth Independent, Nov. 2, 1977 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


Stella M. Cady
STELLA M. CADY DIES AT HER HOME AT LAME DEER LAST WEDNESDAY
Stella M. Cady resident of Rosebud county since 1920, died at her home at Lame Deer Dec. 8.
She was born a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Thomas at Princeton, Mo., March 30, 1886, and came to Montana with her parents in 1887, settling in the Judith Basin country. In 1910 they moved to Teton county.
She was married to Frank W. Cady at Moore, Mont., in 1905 and in 1920 they came to Forsyth where they remained until moving to Lame Deer in 1947.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Beals chapel with the Rev. Wayne Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Forsyth cemetery.
[The Forsyth Independent, Dec. 9, 1954 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


Penny Capra

Penny Louise Thex Capra, age 76 of Ashland passed away on January 26, 2013 at Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings, MT.
Penny Louise Thex Capra was born December 10, 1936 in Miles City, Montana to Calvin and Alice Thex.
She grew up and spent her life on the family ranch on Otter Creek. Although she was an only child, she always said she never felt like it because of the close ties with her cousins Dick, Jack, Joyce, Ted, and Jane Fletcher.
She met the love of her life, Junior Capra, while attending high school in Broadus. They were married on December 11th, 1955 and were together for 57 years.
Shortly after high school Penny graduated from Billings Business College and then worked as a book-keeper for TRECO in Ashland, MT until her retirement in 1980.
She loved all animals, especially cats and dogs, loved to ride horses, play the piano, and together with Junior danced many nights away. She was very proud of her yard and the beautiful flowers that grew there.
Penny was an amazing cook and was well known for her huge, fabulous meals and chocolate chip cookies. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
Through the years she was a member of ladies bowling and golf leagues in Broadus, and ladies Bridge Club on Otter Creek. Her biggest pride and joy were her children Cindy, Sandy, and Brad, to whom she an outstanding mother.
Her brother Sonny, parents Calvin and Alice, and husband Junior preceded Penny in death.
She is survived by her children Cindy (Tom) Marking, Sandy (Thane) Thomas, and Brad Capra, grandaughters Lindsay (Jessie) Graef, Stacy (Matt) Hagedorn, and Cori Thomas, and great-grandchildren Autumn and Mica Graef, Kassie and Anna Hagedorn.
Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 30, 2013 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Broadus, MT.
Funeral Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Powder River Congregational in Broadus, MT.
Graveside Service are at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday January 31, 2013 at Willow Crossing Cemetery.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is assisting the family with these arrangements
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub. by Genie Bug]

Loretta Carranco
The Angels have been here for sometime. Today they came and took our dearly beloved Mother home. Mom took their hands and peacefully went to a bigger, brighter beautiful place. Her family was gathered by her side.
Loretta was born on September 8, 1915 to Marcelina Gonzalez and Juan Martinez in Silas, Mexico. She came to the United States as a very small child with her Mother. They returned to Mexico when her Mother became ill and then passed away. Loretta returned to the United States and was raised by her half sister.
She married Guadalupe Carranco on January 8, 1932 in Forsyth Montana. They lived in Hysham for several years. Later they purchased a farm in Thurlow Montana and raised their family of ten children. Miles City Montana became their home when the farm was sold in 1962.
Loretta worked at Holy Rosary Hospital and the Custer County Rest Home. After retiring, she continued to do part time home care until 2001. She resided at Eagle Manor for one year. The family moved her to Billings Montana in 2005 to live with her daughter Theresa where she received the best of health care until the time of her passing.
She loved to crochet, tend to her flowers and garden and listen to music. "Grammy" adored her grand children and great grand children.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband Lupe, her eldest son Mike, and grandson David. She is survived by Mike's wife Barbara and children Machelle, Craig and Sydney, son Louie (Bonnie) and children Stephanie, Brent and Jennifer, son Tom (Cindy) and child Jeanne, daughter Helen Brabant (Fred) and children Mike, Debbie, and Jeff, daughter Theresa Carranco, daughter Mary Moeller (Herm) and children Brandon and Jacey, son John (Darlene) and child Cathy, daughter Lucy Benge (Doug) and children Kevin Todd and Brett, son Charlie (LeeAnn) and children Kerry and Ryan, and daughter Carole Higgins (Wade) and children Andrea, Matt and Chrissy. "Carole says Mom saved the best for last". Grammy is survived by 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Mom you are now in the arms of Jesus and we will give thanks everyday for having you in our lives.
The Carranco family would like to extend a very special thank you to Rocky Mountain Hospice, nurses Lindsay and Lynn for their kind and gentle care, Father David of St. Bernard Parish in Billings for his guidance and prayers. Donations may be made in Loretta's name to Rocky Mountain Hospice or to the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings.
FUNERAL MASS: Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Miles City, Montana
RITE OF COMMITTAL: Will follow in the family lot in the Calvary Cemetery in Miles City.
[Funeral Memorial, September 28, 2007, Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Virginia Cauble
Virginia (Virgie) Martinek Hall Cauble, 87
Virginia passed away on Dec. 9, 2001 at West Hills Nursing Home in Portland, Oregon.
She was born Dec. 31, 1915 in her parents home which, at the time, was known as the "Forsyth Flats" in Montana.
She attended school Forsyth, Mt. graduating from Forsyth High School. On June 19, 1934 she married "Babe" MacClean Hall. From this union she had two boys, James '"Sonny" Hall and Donald G. Hall.
She was widowed in 1942, raising her sons alone.
She worked for many ear at Jacks Supermarket and also the Yellowstone Pharmacy. She affectionately was always known as "Virgie."
She moved to Portland, Or. in 1966 marrying Walter Cauble.
They resided in Portland, Or. for five years, moving to Arch Cape, Oregon and in 1989 they retired to in Aurora, Oregon.
She is survived by her son, Donald, wife, Julie, two grandchildren, Mark and Tracy, and three great grandchildren, sisters, Ramona Johnson of Portland, Or., Vi Covarrubias, of Rosebud and Norma Bergum of Anaconda.
[The Independent Press, Dec. 20, 2001 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Joseph Choisser

JOSEPH CHOISSER FUNERAL TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY
Special to the Billings Gazette
Forsyth, Oct 21. --- The funeral of Joseph Choisser, widely known Montanan, who died early this morning, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian church here. The Rev. H. G. Kiemme will deliver the funeral sermon. Burial will be in the Forsyth cemetery.
The pallbearers will be J. E. Edwards, H. S. Withington, E. A. Cornweil, Donald Campbell, John Lindberg and Henry Grierson, all personal friends of Mr. Choisser for years.
All Forsyth is in mourning tonight. Mr. Choisser's death represents to the city the loss of one of its most valued citizens.
[Billings Gazette, page 6, Wednesday 22 October 1919, DM - Sub. by a FoFG]


Ruby Nipple - Cook
Ruby June Kohlmyer Nipple Cook, age 93 of Forsyth, passed away on May 7, 2005 at the Rosebud Health Care Center nursing home.
Ruby was born on June 19, 1911 the daughter of Arthur B. and Bessie Werner Kohlmyer in Kurksville, MO. As a baby, Ruby moved with her family north of Myers where her parents homesteaded. The family later moved to Reservation Creek. On November 4, 1926, Ruby was united in marriage to Arthur Nipple. Together they made their home in the Howard Valley where they farmed. To this union their three children were born. On September 17, 1974 Arthur passed away. Ruby later married Harold Cook on February 14, 1983. They spent their time living on her farm as well as their home in Camos Hot Springs. Harold passed away on October 6, 1990.
Ruby enjoyed crocheting, traveling, and cars. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her two sons Roy Nipple and his wife Mary Mae of Forsyth, Wayne Nipple of Hardin; one daughter Virginia Quinlan and her husband Don; nine grandchildren Stanley Nipple and his wife Lona of Adams OR, Linda Tadsen and her husband Walt of Forsyth, Shelly Driskall and her husband Joe of Manhattan, MT; Allen W. Nipple of Sheridan, WY; Judy Maseman of Big Fork, MT; Dean Nipple of Belgrade, MT; Ed Quinlaan and his wife Gladys of Miles City, MT Gary Quinlan and his wife Clenora of Forsyth, and Richard Quinlan and his wife Wanda of Miles City MT; 12 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Ruby is also survived by her sister-in-law Bonnie Kohlmyer of Shoreline, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Arthur and Harold, two brothers Leon and Gerald Kohlmyer, two sisters Zella Schenk and Mildred Schantz, her daughter-in-law Betty Tucker Nipple and two brothers-in-law Max Schenk and Jim Schantz.
INTERMENT: The Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, MT
[Funeral Memorial, May 11, 2005 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Louise H. Cooper
Louise H. Cooper, age 87, of Forsyth passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
Louise was born in Almont, North Dakota on March 7, 1917, the son(daughter) of Herman and Hazel (Adams) Bahr. She attended grade school and graduated from high school in 1936. In the 1940's, Louise married William H. Cooper. She then moved to Forsyth and later received her LPN degree and began working for the Rosebud Health Care Center where she worked for 38 years before retiring at the age of 79.
Louise was a lifelong member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Degree of Honor, and the Federated Church of Forsyth.
Louise is survived by two sons: Marlin M. Cooper and his wife Jeri of Weston, WY; and Barry E. Cooper of Forsyth, MT; and a sister, Laverne Giese-Hug and family of Mesa, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in 1981.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Interment will follow in the family lot in the Forsyth Cemetery.
[Funeral announcement, June 19, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Bertha Cope
Bertha "Bert" Cope, age 67, of Forsyth died suddenly of a dissecting aneurysm of the aorta at the Rosebud Health Care Center Wednesday,March 18, 1992.
Bert was born at Livingston, Montana on March 31, 1924 the daughter of John Jacob and Pearl Llewellyn Bleth. She attended schools in Livingston. Following she met James K. Cope and they were married on October 24, 1941 at Livingston. They moved to Ekalaka and lived there until 1951 when they moved to Forsyth where they have resided since. Bert was a very devoted mother. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and her Sheltie collies. Bert also enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling world wide. She was a member of Southeastern Montana Womens Medical Auxiliary, Yellowstone Valley Womens Medical Auxiliary and a member of the Forsyth Country Club.
Bert is survived by her husband, James K. Cope M.D.; three sons, James K. Cope Jr. and wife Connie, William M. Cope and Richard T. Cope and wife Rosa all of Forsyth, Montana; brother, John L. Bleth of Lewistown, Montana; three sisters, Nellie Brand of Los Angeles, California, Lucille Ayers and Margaret Allen of Livingston, Montana; two grandchildren, Melanie and Heather Cope.
SERVICES: Sunday, March 22, 1992 2:00 P.M. Immaculate Conception Church Forsyth, Montana Father Thomas McTague, Officiating
INTERMENT: Family Lot in Forsyth Cemetery With family members only
ARRANGEMENTS BY: Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home
[Funeral Memorial, March 22, 1992 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Dr. James K. Cope, MD
In Loving Memory Of Dr. James K. Cope
Dr. James K Cope, MD of Forsyth passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2008 at St. Vincent Health Care Center inn Billings. He was 85 years old.
James was born February 16, 1923, the son of Harold and Elenore (Neff) Cope in Akron, Ohio. He attended and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1940. Following his graduation he attended Baldwin Wallace College in Bera, Ohio and went on to Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland Ohio, where he graduated in 1948. James was united in marriage to Bertha Bleth in 1941 in Livingston, Montana. Jim and Bert were married for 51 years. To this union three sons were born; James K. Jr., William M. and Richard T. Cope.
Dr. Cope interned in Salt Lake City for one year. His first practice was at Chico Hot Springs, MT. He then practiced with his sister Betty as his nurse, in Ekalaka, MT until 1951. Jim and Bert came to Forsyth, where he practiced until his retirement in 1993. Jim and Sharon M. Onstine were married on May 1, 1993 in Forsyth.
Dr. Cope served in the armed forces during WWII. He was a member and served as president of the Lions' Club and also served a term as president of the Montana Medical Association. He served for a time on the Forsyth School Board and the Rosebud County Hospital Board. He was one of the members of the Forsyth Country Club golf course who helped develop the golf course grass greens.
James was an avid hunter. He hunted extensively through North America which resulted in achieving a grand slam of North American sheep. He was the 54th hunter out of now 1500 to achieve this feat. He also took two African safaris.
Surviving him are his wife Sharon Cope of Forsyth, three sons, James and his wife Connie of Forsyth, Bill of Billings and Dick of Ballantine. He is also survived by two step-daughters Kathy (Mark) DeCock of Forsyth and Jodi Giacomini of Billings. Also surviving are his brothers, Ellis, Jerry, Dick and David Cope all of Ohio; sisters, Betty Moullet of Miles City and Joann Speece of Ohio; four grandchildren Melanie (Chad) Johnson, Heather (Travis) Heindl, Rikki Cope and Keith Cope and their mother Rosa; six step grandchildren, Kaybree, Jordan, Cameren, Kayla, Colton and Caleb. He also has seven great grandchildren; Gabe, Mara, Taryn, Hadley, Reid and Kinsey Johnson, and Malena Heindl.
Dr. Cope was preceded in death by his first wife Bertha in 1992, two brothers, Bill and Bobby Cope, a sister, Jean Bleth and three special brothers-in-law and hunting buddies John Bleth, Bernard Allen and Bud Moullet.
VISITATION: Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 10:00am to 6:oopm in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Forsyth, MT
FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, October 17, 2008 at 11:00am, Chapel of Stevenson and Sons, Forsyth, Montana.
OFFICIATING: Reverend Conrad Lindeman
EULOGY: Tim Moullet
PALLBEARERS: Tim Moullet, Mike Moullet, John Bleth, Travis Heindl, Chad Johnson & Neil Donner
INTERNMENT: Forsyth Cemetery with full Military Honors. Forsyth, MT
[Funeral Home Memorial, October 16, 2008 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Vivian Covarrubias
Vivian Covarrubias, age 85, of Rosebud passed away on June 9, 2012 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.
Vivian was born on November 22, 1926, in Forsyth, MT. She was the daughter of James and Mary (Kabes) Martinek. She grew up and attended school in Forsyth, MT. On April 5, 1944 she married John Covarrubias. Since then she has lived in the Cartersville area, north of Rosebud. She was a 4-H leader for three years, a member of the sandcreek Homemakers for twenty-one years and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Vivian is survived by three daughters: Anita (Sonny) Buckalew, Cheryl (Howard) Ruppel and Teresa (Kirk) Montgomery; one sister Ramona Johnson of Portland, Oregon; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by two brothers and eight sisters.
VIGIL: 6 pm Thursday June 14, 2012. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, Forsyth, MT
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:00am Friday, June 15, 2012, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Forsyth MT
OFFICIATING: Father Michael Schneider
PALLBEARERS: John Paul Buckalew, Warren Buckalew, Renee Robinson, Art Holmes, Dena Dockter, Keely Montgomery, Mia Mintz & Thomas Holmes.
RITE OF COMMITTAL: Will take place in the family plot at the Forsyth Cemery.
[Source: "Funeral Home Memorial", June 14, 2012 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Alma Holmes Cunningham
Alma Holmes Cunningham, 86 of Forsyth, died Saturday December 25, 1999 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.
Alma was born December 24, 1913 in Ravana, Missouri, the daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Hilton Callen. She spent her youth and attended schools in Ravana.
In 1932, Alma married Fred Holmes in Ravana. They moved to the Cartersville area in 1934 where they farmed until 1973 when Fred died. In 1974, Alma married Ted Cunningham in Forsyth. They lived in Hysham for a few years before moving back to Forsyth, where Alma has lived since.
Alma was a member of the Forsyth Presbyterian Church, the Rebecca Lodge at Rosebud, and the Sand Creek Homemakers Club. She enjoyed doing crafts and bowling, especially with her husband Ted.
She is survived by her son Dean Holmes and wife Rose of Clyde Park; her daughter Janed Vassau and husband Joe of Forsyth; nine grandchildren, Debbie Rice, Sheri Stroppel, Mark Holmes, Dena Dockter, Arthur Holmes, Thomas Holmes, Howard Vassau, Arnold Vassau and Joe Vassau; and 8 great grandchildren. Alma was preceded in death by her husband's Fred Holmes and Ted Cunningham, and her son Ernest.
Funeral Service: Thursday December 30, 1999 -- 2:00 P.M. Beals Mortuary Chapel -- Rev. Conrad Lindeman, Officiant
Interment: Forsyth Cemetery
[Source: Sub by A. Pabolo - Funeral Home Memorial]


Walter B. "Junior" Dean, III
Walter B. "Junior" Dean, III, 89 of Forsyth, died Friday July 10, 1998 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth of natural causes.
Junior was born March 25, 1909 in Forsyth, the son of Walter B. and Grace Marcyes Dean. His mother, Grace, was the first white child born in Forsyth in 1882. He attended elementary and high school in Forstyth, graduating from Forsyth High School in 1926. Junior began college during the depression and as a talented musician, he played everything from country dances to formal balls to pay his way through college. At the University of Montana, he studied business, graduating in 1931. Junior then attended law school, graduating at the top of his class in 1934.
Following law school, Junior traveled for two years in Europe spending some time in Germany during Hitler's dominance. He had many adventures throughout Europe, visiting Mussolini's Italy as well as north Africa. Several of Junior's adventure's activities during this time were climbing the pyramids and climbing Mount Vesuvius.
On October 26, 1940, Junior married Esther Nelstead in Miles City. He later served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Lt. Commander. His duties included serving as excutive officer of a training squadron. He returned to Forsyth where he made his home and raised his family and was active in many business ventures including the Howdy Hotel, and with his partner John "Butch" Snedker for 25 years.
During the years his children were growing up, Junior built and maintained a lighted basketball court in his backyard so any child could practice day or night. He also enjoyed playing the saxophone and clarinet with his wife Esther accompanying him on the piano. They would play for many different occasions as well as organizations in Forsyth. They never missed the Holiday meals at the Howdy Hotel.
He is survived by his wife Esther of Forsyth, two daughters, Marcyes (Leo) Schmaus of Dayton, WY and their children Leo D., Marta Ostler, Jasen and Gretchen, Jan (Max) Bauer of Forsyth and their children Tori, Mathew, Sally and Beth; four sons, Walter (Lillian) Dean of Thunder Bay, Ontario and their children Sarah and Katy, Rudolph (Bonnie) Dean of Ft. Wayne, IN and their children Jed, Rachel and Johanna, Gordon Dean of Bloomington, MN and son Owen, Peter (Alta) Dean of Huntley, MT and their children Colin and Cameron; as well as his two great grandchildren Adaline and Elana Ostler.
[Funeral Memorial,July 10, 1998 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Irene Deitchler
IRENE ELAINE CORNELIUS DEITCHLER, 85, of Miles City passed away Thursday afternoon, December 1, 2005 at Holy Rosary ExtendedCare in Miles City.
Irene was born in Kaycee, Wyoming on March 8, 1920 to William W. Cornelius and Hope Ford Cornelius. She was raised on a homestead in the Kaycee area.
After attending schools in Kaycee, Gillette, Laramie, WY and in Spearfish, SD, Irene began teaching at age 18.
Irene married Donald L Deitchler on May 29, 1941. They worked on ranches in the Kaycee and Buffalo area until moving to Forsyth in August, 1946. They farmed in partnership with Irene' s brother William Cornelius and her mother Hope Cornelius. The Deitchlers moved to Rosebud in 1955 and then to Ismay, Montana until 1974 when they retired to Miles City. During these years Irene taught school in Ashland, Moorehead and Rosebud.
Irene enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, agate hunting, politics, gardening, reading and crocheting.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, her sister, Bettylu (Trix) Gilbert, brother, William Westley Cornelius and grandson James Carson DeCock. Survivors include sons Westley Floyd of Miles City, Donald Emory (Mary Jo) of Meridian ID, Larry Kenneth (Christine) of Somerville, TX, Jeffrey Wayne of Aurora, CO and daughters,Thelma Irene Beyl (Jim) and Barbara Jean DeCock of Rosebud as well as 27 grandchildren and great grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mrs. Deitchler will be held Sunday December 4, 2005 in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth, Funeral services will be Monday December 5, 2005 in the Stevenson and Sons chapel with burial following in the Forsyth Cemetery.
[Funeral Memorial, December 5, 2005 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Beverly Delmeire
Beverly (McKelvey) Delmeire passed away Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth. She was born May 21, 1919, the fourth child of Jud and Kathron (Hannon) McKelvey at Darby Hospital, Miles City.
Beverly was home-schooled by her mother until her mother's death when she was 12. Her father then sent her to live with her aunt Madge in Beverly Hills, CA where she attended school for three years. In California, she constantly dreamed of coming home to Ashland and sledding down Ashland hill. Her sister, Billy, later built a house in the middle of that great sledding hill ruining all the fun! She briefly attended school in Forsyth; however, spent her time on her father's ranch and completed her high school education graduating at the age of 16 from St. Labre Indian Mission. She attended Eastern Montana College & University of Montana receiving her teaching certificate.
After her education, she bought a few head of cows and horses and moved North. She bought a farm South of Forsyth. She always dreamedof going to Alaska but life responsibilities took over and she never made it. Beverly taught school at Bear Creek Schoolhouse where she met her husband, George Mike Delmeire, at a country dance. She bumped into him on her way to get a bucket of water, asked him to go get it, and his reply was; "go get it yourself". She then moved and taught school at Howard Valley Schoolhouse. The couple married two years later at the St. Labre Mission in June 1946. They then moved and purchased their current farm Northeast of Forsyth where she has resided for 48 years.
Three children were born to their union; Kathron Delmeire of Forsyth, Leo Delmeire of Forsyth and Beverlee Delmeire Cox of Laurel.
From 1962-1991, Beverly worked as a librarian at Rosebud County Library. She always enjoyed her independence and work life but her true passion was the children. They entertained and delighted her daily. Another joy was her endless debates with her two youngest grand-daughters. Beverly was a brutally honest person yet so compassionate and willing to assist anyone in need.
At the age of 72, Beverly decided it was time to begin receiving her Social Security. In the application processk she ordered a copy of her birth certificate only to dind out it had never officially been changed from "no name baby girl McKelvey". She formally changed it at this time to "Tom Beverly McKelvey" to fulfill her father's wishes.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Valentine McKelvey, her parents, her husband and two very dear friends; Louise Alexander and Madge Schultz.
She is survived by her sisters Margret Cole of Hysham and Billy Trusler of Ashland, her children, her son-in-law David Cox of Laurel, her grand-children Jamie Cox of Miles City, Davie Lloyd of Texas, Tiffanee Cox of Lolo and Jedediah Cox of Missoula and four great-grandchildren; Kevin Tjaden of Wyoming, Kathron and Doug Hundtoft of Miles City and Mikayla Lloyd of Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, May 7, 2007 at 10:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
INTERMENT: Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, MT
[Funeral Memorial, May 7, 2007 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Anita Pabolo Smith Dragoo
Anita "Ann" Dragoo, 46, of Forsyth, former Billings resident, died Friday, Nov. 15, 1996, in the Deaconess Medical Center at Billings following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dragoo was born May 27, 1949, in Thurlow, the daughter of Jess and Lola Martinez Pabolo. She spent her youth in Rosebud, moving to Hysham with her family in 1956 and later to Huntley in 1958. She attended schools in Hysham and Huntley.
Following her schooling, she moved to Billings where she worked in food service for various restaurants.
She was married to Dennis Smith and later to Tom Dragoo. Mrs. Dragoo continued to live in Billings until moving to Forsyth in 1991 where she had resided since.
A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Billings, she also belonged to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth and worked with crafts.
Her survivors include her son, Dennis Smith, and her daughter, Michelle Smith, both of Billings, a brother, Roy Pabolo of Forsyth, three sisters, Juanita Pabolo of Forsyth, Louise Mascarena of Billings and Isabelle Brown of Alexandria, Va.; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter and son.
Graveside services will be at 2p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996, in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Gil will officiate.
Beals Mortury of Forsyth is in charge of arrangements.
[Source: Beals Funeral Home, Nov. 15, 1996 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


Mary Eagle
Mary Katherine Eagle (Pretty Moccasin Woman), 26, went to be with Tunkasila on January 23, 2013 after battling a serious illness and the recent discovery of Lymphoma.
Mary is the daughter of LaVern Eagle and the late Mary Ann Eagle. She was raised in the Ashland area. She went to middle school at Ashland Public and graduated eighth grade and later attended high school at St. Labre Indian School. She played volleyball and basketball while attending St. Labre. She graduated from there, as well, in 2005.
After graduating high school she stayed in Ashland and worked for St. Labre at various departments. Her latest job was Security for St. Labre until July.
Mary loved to be with her children Wanbli Eagle and Milah Haugen; they were her pride and joys. She also made sure she had time for her friends and family to hang and laugh and tell jokes. She always had a beautiful smile on her face no matter what her situation was.
Mary is survived by her father LaVern Eagle, brothers Eli Eagle, Frankie James Eagle of Poplar, sister Tiffany Eagle, her two children both of Ashland MT, "A special stepmother Amy Foote and her friends she considered sisters Ashley Hopkins, Sara Big Eagle, Kittybelle Fisher, Trisha Sherman, Destinee Robinson and Roberta Hart. Mary also leaves behind her special niece Akyla Redbird and her two nephews Darall and Derryis Redbird. Her aunts Ann (Daniel) Foote, Susan Eagle; uncles Bruce Eagle, Stanley (LaDonna) Eagle, Theophile (Sharon) Eagle, Frank (Marilyn) Eagle, Benny (Mary) Eagle, aunts Barbara Bement (Harlen), Rita Shoulderblade, Ike (Henrietta) Bement, Robert Bement. Also leaves behind ALL of her nieces, nephews, and cousins. And the families of Bements, Burns, Fishers, Footes, Harris, Hollowbreast, Two Bulls, Two Two's, Shoulderblade3, and Robinsons.
She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Ann Eagle, Uncle Morris Bement and her grandparents from both sides of the family.
Wake services were at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the St. Labre Church.
Funeral Services were on Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Soaring Eagle Gym at St. Labre.
Interment followed the services at the St. Labre Cemetery in Ashland, MT.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements
[The Independent Press, January 31, 2013 - Sub by Genie Bug]


Grant L. Erickson
Grant L. Erickson, 83, a Forsyth area rancher, died Wednesday, July 17, 1997, at Rosebud Health Care Center after a courageous 11 - year battle with cancer.
Grant was born March 11, 1914, on the VOV Big Porcupine Creek Ranch, a son of Charlie F. and Carrie Erickson. He attended school in Vananda. Upon completion of his schooling, Grant, along with his father and brother Omer, owned and operated the family ranch.
On Oct. 3, 1940, Grant married Nadine Larsen in Miles City. They made their home on the family ranch where he resided until his death.
Grant served on the Vananda and Forsyth school boards for 13 years. He was appointed to the first Rosebud County Tax Appeal Board, which he served on for 13 years, several as chairman. He also served on the Rosebud Community Hospital Board for many years, serving as president during the time the present Rosebud Healt Care Center was built. Grant was a member of the Forsyth Horse Show Committee. During this time, he enjoyed cow cutting and won saddles in the Rosebud County Cow Cutting.
Grant was a member of the Elks Lodge #537 of Miles City, Hiram Lodge #52 of Forsyth, Allenby Commandery #20 and was also a Royal Arch Mason.
Grant was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to dance, especially waltzing with his partner of 56 yeaars, Nadine.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine, of Forsyth; a daughter, Janet Swanson and her husband, Bill, of Belfry; a granddaughter, Ericka Herbers and her husband, John, of Denver, Colo.; a grandson, Erick Swanson of Denver; a sister, Cornelia Mardis of Forsyth, and a brother, Omer Erickson of Billings.
Grant was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Beulah Scheuerman.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 19, at Beals Mortuary Chapel with interment following in Forsyth Cemetery. Beals Mortuary in charge of the arrangements.
[The Independent-Enterprise, July 24, 1997 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]



Vivian Marie Fitterer
Vivian Marie Fitterer, age 84, passed away May 5, 2009 at Grand Park Village Suites in Billings, MT.
Vivian was born April 27, 1925, an identical twin, to Otto and Eleanor Burggraf in Mahnomen, MN. She graduated from St. Alexius in Bismarck, ND with a nursing degree in 1946. She and William Fitterer were united in marriage on June 30, 1947 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mandan ND. They moved to Forsyth, MT where they made their home for over 50 years. Vivian worked briefly in the nursing field but was mainly a devoted mother and homemaker for 50 plus years.
The family spent many summers at White Earth Lake where they owned lake front property. Vivian loved to cook, play cards, crochet, take walks garden at White Earth Lake and going out on the pontoon boat at the lake.
In addition to her parents Vivian was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Sandy Fitterer.
She is survived by her husband Bill as well as her five children; Kathy (Lynn) Clendenen, Cassie (Harry) Manolopoulos, David (Marsha) Fitterer, Rick and Lynn; grandchildren Christopher, Joanna (Graeme), Melodie, Charissa, Tessa, Travis (Maria), Shelly, JDee, Cody, Casey, Colin (Miranda) and Lynde;great-grandchildren Natalia, Marina, Mac, Macy, Sofia, Carson and Richard.
Vivian is also survived by her twin sister Virginia and sisters Dolores, Mary Ann, JoAnn and Becky, brothers Herman and Robert and her friend Shirley Beckman.
VISITATION: Friday, May 8, 2009 from 12:oopm to 7:00pm. Family receiving friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, Forsyth, Montana.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, Maty 9, 2009 at 10:00am, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Forsyth, Montana.
OFFICIATING: Father Jolly
PALLBEARERS: Christopher Trinidad, Travis Fitterer, Colin Fitterer, Lynn Clendenen, Melodie Manolopoulos& Charissa Manolopoulos. All of Vivian's other grandchildren are considered Honorary Pallbearers.
BURIAL: Family plot of the Forsyth Cemetery.
[Funeral Home Memorial, May 08, 2009, Submitted By A. Pabolo]

Jesse Z. Florez
LAST RITES CONDUCTED FOR JESSE Z. FLOREZ
Graveside services were conducted in the local cemetery by Rev. J.L. Galour Monday, Aug 27, for Jesse L. Florez who was killed in an auto-mobile accident Aug. 22.
Mrs. Florez was born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Filicino Samona on June 27, 1905, at Vumaran, Mexico. She came to this community 40 years ago. She was married to Adolph Martinez in Houston, Texas, in 1919.
Survivors include: sons, William Martinez, Rosebud, and Raymond Martinez, Weed, Calif.; daughters, Mrs. Helen Aquilera, Mrs. Eva Zavala, both of Chicago; Mrs. Lena Sandoval, Weed, Calif.; Mrs. Mary Robles and Mrs. Lora Pabola, both of Hysham, one sister and one brother.
Pallbearers were Sabino Delgado, Jose Billa, Monico Carranco, John Covarrubias, Homer Domenquez and Jose Lopez.
[The Forsyth Independent, Aug. 30, 1956 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Martha Johnson Fourtner
Martha Carolyn Johnson Fourtner, age 55, of Forsyth, MT passed away on Sunday July 17, 2011 at Rosebud Healthcare Center.
Martha was born in Forsyth, MT on July 28th 1955 to Emanuel and Joyce Johnson. The second of three children. She was raised on the family ranch on the Big Porcupine. Martha loved the ranch and was proud of her roots, having often stated "Ingomar is my home town". The family eventually moved to Forsyth where she finished school, graduating in 1973. She was natuaral athlete, often talking about basket ball and track glory days.
On November 25, 1974 she married John L. Fourtner in Forsyth, MY. They had an unconditional love for each other. To That union they had one daughter, Andrea. She was her pride and joy. She would say "you are and always will be the miracle in my life". Martha attended college at MCC, Dullknife, and MSU-B. She was a professional student for many years, and was a gifted woman with many god-given talents. She enjoyed writing poetry, could play the piano by ear, and loved to cook. She loved to cook for others - especially old fashioned milkshakes for her granddaughters - as well as reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows. Martha enjoyed fishing, camping, and going on Harley rides with John. A favorite pasttime was to take a drive out north by the old homestead. She loved all animals and had a strong connection with them. It was amazing how they would react to her.
Most of all she loved spending time visiting with family and friends and was always ready for a party. She had a deep, unfaltering love for her daughter and granddaughters.
Martha had a compassionate, sincere spirit. Most notable in her ability to see the best in everyone. She held no bias and was open minded and empethetic toward others. She had an abundance of kindness that touched all who knew her leaving them with stories that will last a lifetime.
Martha is survived by her daughter Andrea (Jason) Pederson, grand-daughters Reana, Reese, and Remi. Brothers Lee (Diane) Johnson and Owen T. (Julie) Johnson. Aunt C. Berniece Higginbotham, who was like a mother to her. As well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband John L. Fourtner in 1989, her parents Emanuel O. Johnson and Joyce Johnson, Aunts Gurtrude Straw, Myrtle O'Brien, Olga Axberg, Vernie Anderson, Anna Mochan, and Uncle Clarence Johnson.
Her loving, kind spirit will be forever in our hearts. All who knew her were touched by her deeply. We will forever miss our mother, sister niece, grandmother, Aunt, and friend.
"FLY WITH THE EAGLES"
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:00 am Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT: Will follow in the Forsyth Cemetery
[Funeral Memorial, July 22, 2011 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Doris J. Friez
Doris Jean Friez, age 87, of Forsyth, MT passed away peacefully at her home on the family ranch south of Forsyth on Monday, February 22, 2010.
Doris Jean was born June 4, 1922 the daughter of Reginald "Reg" and Gladys (Lawrence) Pemberton in Lodge Grass, MT. She attended grade schools in Forsyth, Kent, WA, Phoeniz, AZ, Chelan, WA, and Lodge Grass, MT. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1941. Following graduation she worked at Cornwell's Hardware Store in Forsyth.
She was united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" Friez on November 25, 1943 in Forsyth, MT. Together they resided on the Friez ranch and is where she lived until her passing.
Doris Jean enjoyed being a partner on the ranch with her husband Joe. She loved her flowers and gardening, being a caregiver to her family and friends. She enjoyed doing crossword and word search puzzles.
She was a member of the Federated Church of Forsyth, a Rosebud County Election Judge, and she was an officer for the Friez Circle Four Ranch.
Doris Jean was preceded in death by her husband Joe Friez of 63 years; her parents Reg and Gladys Pemberton; her brothers Raymond and Leo Pemberton, and niece Sherry Baldi.
She is survivied by her sister Lois Kuhn of Forsyth; her sister-in-law Josephine Falcon of WA; her nephews, Favid Friez (Shelley) of Forsyth, Frank Friez of Deltona, FL., Rick Friez (Patsy) of Billings, Ron Friez (Trish) of Big Arm, MT and Bob Lamb (Jane) of Forsyth; her nieces, De Nice Lamb-Curry of Miles City, Karen Friez Ridl (Ron) of Spokane, WA, Jean Friez Graham (Mike) of Helena, MT. Carla Pemberton Eller, Jo Ellen Pemberton Hobbs, Leta Pemberton Warren and Sharon Pemberton Chin all of Washington, Doris Jean is survived by numerous great nephews and nieces who she also loved and adored spending her time with. She is also survived by ber good friend and caregiver Donna Lewis of Hysham, MT.
Doris Jean touched the hearts of so many people with her kindness and generosity. She will be truly missed by all.
Burial will follow in the Forsyth Cemetery
[Source: Funeral Home Memorial, 22 Feb 2010 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]


James L. Fulton
James L. Fulton, age 56, of Forsyth passedaway on November 17, 2004 near Dillon while on his Elk Hunting trip.
Jim was born on April 20, 1948 the son of Robert and Wanda (Reese) in Percy, IL. Jim was raised and educated in the Percy area. Following his schooling, Jim entered into the United States Navy on January 3, 1968. He served his country actively until January 18, 1970 when Jim entered the Navy Reserve. He was later honorably discharged on September 28, 1973. Following Jim's time in the armed forces, he married Gayle Stewart on July 24, 1971 at Coulterville, IL. Together, they made their home in Illinois until moving to Forsyth in 1973 where Jim worked as a carpenter in Colstrip during the construction of the Colstrip power plants. During the 1980's Jim continued to work as a carpenter in the Forsyth area until being employed at what is now Forsyth Hardware, where he worked until the time of his death.
Jim was active in the Young Men's Club as well as various other memberships in Forsyth. Jim was friendly to all and never met a stranger. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, visiting with everyone and most of all hunting. He especially loved his family and children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Gayle of Forsyth, two sons Allen Fulton (Dana) of Colstrip, Jim Fulton (Jasa) of Shepherd; two grandchildren Brayden and Brookelyn; his father Robert Fulton and his wife Peggy of Percy, IL., one brother Robert "Bob" Fulton (Louise) of Ava, IL. and one sister Jean Salger (Glenn) of Percy, IL.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother Wanda in 1983.
FUNERAL SERVICES: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home Forsyth, Montana
INTERMENT WITH MILITARY RITES: Family Lots of the Forsyth Cemetery Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, November 23, 2004 - Sub by A. Pabolo]


Lupe Gandara
Mrs. Salvador Gandara, 42, of 131 Jackson St., died Saturday in a state hospital.
She was born, Lupe Pabolo, June 12, 1925, in Phoenix, Ariz., and moved to Billings with her parents as a small child.
She was married to Salvador Gandara, November 26, 1963, at Billings. Survivors include the widower; three sons, David of the family home, Augie and Fidels Lopez both of Billings; a daughter, Mrs. Marcie Faulhaber in Nevada, three brothers Jessie, of Billings, Angel of Miles City and Joe, address unknown. Three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Garza of Woodburn, Ore., Mrs. Frances Corral of Moses Lake, Wash., and Mrs. Nellie Lopez of Rosebud and two grandchildren. Smith's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[The Billings Gazette, Aug. 31, 1967 - Sub. by A. Pabolo] (One sister, Mrs. Josephine Martinez was left out of obit.)


Genie May Garfield
Obit: IN LOVING MEMORY OF GENIE MAY GARFIELD
Genie May Garfield passed away on April 20, 2004 at Bear Creek Respite Care Center in Bozeman, Montana. She was 82. Genie was born in Forsyth, Montana on June 28, 1921, the nly child of Malcolm (Mac) and Edith May Cox (May) Philbrick. She was the second baby born in the Rosebud County Hospital. Genie was raised on the Howard and Butte ranches on the Rosebud Creek where her father raised sheep and cattle with his parents.
She attended first grade in Forsyth where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Fred and Wana Cox. Genie's mother, May, was so lonesome for her daughter that she started the Philbrick School on the Rosebud so Genie could come home. Genie attended the small country school for her remaining grade school years often riding her horse to school. Genie attended high school in Forsyth where she graduated in 1938 at the age of 16. Again, she lived away from home with the Marcellus family during this part of her schooling. Genie attended Montana State College in 1938 and 1939. There she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, an association she cherished throughout her life.
In 1940 Genie moved to Northfield, Minnesota where she worked in the admissions office of Carlton College. In 1941 Genie began work in Spokane, Washington at the Second U. S. Air Force headquarters. In 1942 the unit moved to Salt Lake City and later returned to Spokane. Genie served as secretary to several officers during her career with the Civil Service.
On May 11, 1943 Genie married Major Russell Merritt Garfield at Fort George Wright chapel in Spokane. They spent their honeymoon traveling by train to Washington, D.C. where Russell received his orders to go overseas.
Genie went on to New York City where she met two of her sisters-in-law for the first time in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel. The city was in a blackout. The three women went on to Hinsdale, New Hampshire, the Garfield's home, where Genie stayed for part of the time while Russell was away. She also returned to the ranch on the Rosebud Creek during the war.
In 1945 Russell was discharged and Genie and Russ moved to Hinsdale where Russell was the manager of the Ashuelot Paper Company. In 1952, their only child, Debra Jane, was born. Genie was very active in community interests in Hinsdale. She was a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer for the Red Cross, a member of Eastern Star, Hinsdale Women's Club, and she was the Republican Party chairwoman in Hinsdale. She also devoted many years to the Hinsdale school system serving on the planning board and as chairwomen of the school board for eight years. Genie and Russ spent nearly thirty years in New England where they had many friends and relatives. All the time, Genie maintained an active role in her father's ranch, the Diamond Ranch, and she returned to Montana nearly every summer.
In 1973 Russell retired and he and Genie fulfilled her dream of returning to Montana. They took over the operation of the Diamond Ranch following Genie's father's death. Genie was a charter member of the Northern Plains Resource Council and served on its board. Shw was president of Rosebud Protective Association. Additionally, she served on the Rosebud County Planning Board, the Rosebud County Literacy Council and she was a board member of First Interstate Bank in Colstrip.
Genie loved animals and there was hardly a time in her life when she didn't own a dog and several cats. She was a skilled horsewoman, knowledgeable rancher, and a good steward of the land. In 1982 Russell passed away. Genie remained on the Diamond Ranch until 2001 when health issues made it necessary for her to move nearer her daughter and family.
During her stay at Bear Creek Respite Care Center, Genie challenged her caregivers with her determination and evoked a chuckle with her wit and sense of humor. She unfailingly asked every day about her grandson, Tyler, while he was away at school. Foremost on her mind was the operation of her beloved ranch.
Genie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debby and Jim Bangs of Bozeman; her grandson, Tyler, also of Bozeman; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and George Hanna of Keene, New Hampshire; her brother-in-law, Dr. Jorn Worden of Brattleboro, Vermont; her brother-in-law, Ralph Burnham, of Phoenix, Arizona, her loyal ranch managers, the Davenport family of Forsyth; her nieces and nephews; her cousin Janet Davies of Plockton, Scotland; and her cousin Peter Kelsey of Surrey, England. Genie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Russell.
Burial at the Lee Cemetry, Colstrip, Montana
Arrangements by: Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home, Forsyth, Montana
[Funeral Memorial, April 24, 2004 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Stella H. Gol
Stella H. Gol, age 88, of Forsyth passed away Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth. Stella was born the daughter of Oluf and Olea (Sanstad) Wilson on June 26, 1916 in Lake Park, Minnesota. She was raised and educated in Lake Park. Following her graduation from Lake Park High School, she continued her education at Moorhead State College where she received her teaching degree. She then taught at various rural schools in the Minnesota area. Stella later received her B.S. degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings. On June 18, 1946 Stella was united in marriage to Helmer Gol in Lake Park, Minnesota. Following their marriage, Helmer was employed with the Railroad and they made their home on a rail car while working in various areas between Minnesota and the North Western Coast. In 1953 Helmer and Stella made their home in Forsyth. Stella taught in the 5th and 6th grades from 1953 until 1977 when both she and Helmer retired. They continued to make their home in Forsyth. Helmer passed away in September of 2002. After his death, Stella continued to live at the Rosebud Health Care Nursing Home and she resided there until the time of her death. Stella enjoyed baking, sewing and visiting with her friends' children. She was a member of the Forsyth Garden Club, The Pink Ladies and also a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church. She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Oren; her sisters Anna and Mildred; and her brother-in-laws Wallace and Lewis Gol. She is survived by her niece Barbara Blaine and her husband Jim of Bismarck, North Dakota; and her brother-in-law Owen Gol of Dale, Minnesota.
[Funeral Memorial, April 30, 2005 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]


Henry Goodale
Last rites for Henry Goodale
Pioneer Rancher Passes Suddenly at Ranch Home Came here in 1884
Served as Indian Agent and Post Master for Years
Funeral services for Henry Charles Goodale, 80, pioneer Rosebud County rancher were conducted Sunday afternoon at the family residence at Brandenburg, with Rev. R.R. Price of the Episcopal church of Miles City and Bishop Daniels of Montana Diocese officiating. T. W. Carolan of Forsyth sang “One Sweet Solemn Thought”
Mr. Goodale was born in Monroe Michigan, June 6, 1859, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rose Goodale. On November 25th 1880 he was united in marriage to Rachel Blair at North Platte, Nebraska. To this union six children were born, three of whom preceded him in death.
He came to Montana in 1884 to enter the employ of the Mule Shoe Cattle Company and was later employed by James Sharpe ranging horses in the vicinity of Brandenburg until 1894 when he took up a homestead on Tongue River. His ranch was designated as the Brandenburg Post Office and Mr. Goodale served as Post Master for a number of years.
[July 13, 1939, Submitted by Bradley Thomas]


Rachel Goodale
Pioneer of Brandenberg Country Is Being Laid At Rest There Today
Mrs. Rachel Goodale, long time resident of Brandenberg, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carrie Flowers, Jan. 15, 1951. She was 91 years of age.
Funeral services are being held at Beals chapel today at 2 o’clock with Rev. Eric Wright of the Miles City Episcopal church, officiating. Mrs. Jack Mee’s will sing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Lead Kindly Light”. Interment will be made at the ranch home at Brandenberg beside her husband and two daughters who preceded her in death.
Pallbearers are six of her seven grandsons: Richard Flowers, Henry J Goodale, Joe R. Phillips, James C. Phillips Jr., Gerald Phillips and William Phillips.
Rachel Margarite Blair Goodale was born at Dauphin, Pennsylvania, Jan. 10, 1860, of Scotch-Irish parents, who died when she was a small child and was reared in the home of an aunt. Her childhood was spent at Williamsport, Shamakin and Selims Grove in the beautiful Janiata and Susquehanna river country. She moved with her aunt’s family to Dunlap Iowa and later to North Platte, Nebraska, where she met and married H.C. Goodale on Nov. 25, 1880.
They came to the Tongue river country in 1886 and Mrs. Goodale had resided the continuously, rearing her family, except for brief periods, when Mr. Goodale was in the Indian services at Lame Deer, Mont., Lower Brule, S.D., and Elbowoods, N.D. Mr. Goodale passed away July 7, 1939 and Mrs. Goodale lived with her daughter. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Flowers and Mrs. J.C. Phillips of Broadus, Mont., and one son, George C. Goodale, Hysham, Mont., 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Goodale was one of the last of the real pioneers of the Brandenberg area. Her home, on the original homestead was always open to the stranger, as well as their many friends.
["Forsyth Independent", 18 January 1951 - Submitted by Bradley Thomas]





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