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Bernadine Bauer

IN MEMORY OF BERNADINE BAUER, 86, OF BILLINGS -- April 30, 1926 - December 8, 2012
Bernadine Ann Bauer, age 86 of Billings, passed away Saturday December 8, 2012 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings following a brief illness. Bernadine was born in Miles City, MT on April 30, 1926 to George and Elizabeth (Maershbecker) Bauer. Berna (or Bernie as she was known to friends) lived in the Hysham area with her parents and 7 siblings and graduated from Hysham High School in 1946. She then went to beauty school in Billings and worked at the Powder Box (now Lil's on 3rd) as a hairdresser for many years until her retirement. She attended St Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings.Berna was a kind and generous soul, giving beyond her means. She provided housing and nourishment to at least a dozen and half of her family members including brothers, nieces and nephews. Berna loved animals and often spoke fondly of caring for animals on the farm during her youth. She also doted on her cats. Berna had a sharp sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was a very giving and loving aunt, and though she had no children of her own, she was like a mother to her many nieces and nephews.
Berna is survived by two sisters; Cecelia Downey of Butte, Yvonne Olson (Norman) of Seattle, and two brothers; John of Albuquerque, NM and Mathew (Janice) of Forsyth.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, George Sr. and Elizabeth, and Brothers George Jr., Frank, James and infant sister Elizabeth.
Aunt Berna we will miss your big heart and generous and loving nature. You were a light in our lives.
[Funeral Memorial, Date: Dec. 8, 2012 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Sgt. Paul Edward Chavez
Paul Edward Chavez was born March 3, 1925 to Jose M. & Trindad Chavez at Sanders, Montana. He graduated from HyshamHigh School, and enlisted in the Marines after graduating. He served in Japan and during the Korean War.
Paul met Joanne while in Chicago and they were married in 1955. He served as a Platoon Sgt. while stationed in Hawaii, during 1962 and as the Sr. Drill Instructor with Platoons 150 and 197 during 1967 at Parris Island MCRD. He re-enlisted February 24, 1967 while at Parris Island and voluteered for duty in Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam December 16, 1967 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Amtrac Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was killed-in-action on May 5, 1968 at Hai Phong, Hai Phong Municipality, Vietnam. He served his country for 16 years.
Paul is survived by his wife; Joanne E Chavez, and two sons; Edward Jr. and Raymond P., all of Buena Vista, Duarte, CA. His parents of Sanders, MT and five brothers; Nash, Sam, Robert ,Ernest and Everett, of MT, and one sister, Mrs Felipe Roseles, of Duarte, MT
Burial was at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. Plot: Section Q Site 1122
[Source: Funeral Memorial, May - 1968 - Sub by A. Pabolo]

Jose Lopez

Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church Monday for Jose Lopez who died Friday in the Community hospital where he had been ill a week. The Rev. J.L. Galour officiated at the rites for the 72-year-old resident of Rosebud. Rosary was said at 9:30 a.m., Monday.
Mr. Lopez was born March 19, 1892, in Silao, Mexico, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Calistro Lopez. He married Cleafas Martinez on July 3, 1910, at Silao. They came to Texas in 1918 and to Treasure County in 1920. In 1934 they moved two miles north of Rosebud.
Survivies are his widow; a son, Carmen Lopez of Rosebud; a brother, Adolfo Lopez of Mexico; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery with Beals Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Monico, Lewis and Tom Carranco, Joe Faulhaber, Fred Brabant and John Salazar, Burial was in the Forsyth Catholic Cemetery.
[Forsyth Indepent, 1964 - Sub. By A. Pabolo]

Nicholas Jacob Ludwig, Sr.

Nick Ludwig was born Oct. 3, 1932, to Andrew and Rose Ludwig in Saunders. He served in the USAF from 1951 to 1953, and married Lorraine Weidner on Aug. 30, 1954.
Nick was a mechanic by trade, enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, putting puzzles together and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.
Nick passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2011, at St. Vincent Healthcare.
He leaves behind his wife Lorraine and children Cindy (Skip) Weed, Nick (Sarah) Ludwig Jr., Rose (Orlando) Ludwig, Patti (Don) Cetrone, Vicki Ferguson, Bev Ludwig, Lonny Ludwig, Lori (Art) Perez, Elizabeth (Gary) Moore, Melissa (Jerry) Bohn, Merle (Mary Ludwig, Merlin (Julie) Ludwig; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers Johnny, Harold, Tony and Stanley; and sisters Eva, Dolly, Lena, Janet, Rosie and Geri.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Rick, Chris and Joseph; four great-grandchildren and siblings Delbert, Blanch and Margret.
Per Dad's wishes, there will be no services and cremation will take place.
We love you, Dad, and you will be greatly missed.
[Billings Gazette, June 04, 2011 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Rose Ludwig

Rose Ludwig, 92, of Billings, passed away Wednesday evening, July 13, 2005. She was born April 23, 1913, in Killdeer, N.D.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Ludwig; a son, Delbert; and daughters, Margaret and Blanche. Survivors include five sons, Nick (Lorraine), John, Tony (Barbara), Harold (Paulette) and Stanley (Deanna) Ludwig; six daughters, Eva (Ralph) Hogan, Lena (Jim) LeFebre, Dolly (Hubert) Gray, Janet (Rex) Quigg, Rosie (Les) Staples and Geri (Dan) Broyles; three sisters, Betty Fourtner, Susie Pacino and Ruth Buckalew; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitations will begin Saturday, July 16, at Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th St. The vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Holy Rosary, with Rite of Committal to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
[Billings Gazette, July 15, 2005 - Sub. by A. Pabolo]

Vincent Earl Thomas, Sr.
Vincent "Red" Earl Thomas Sr., age 92 of Hysham passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the Billings Clinic.
Red was born on November 14, 1916 the son of Barney and Nancy Ann (Kennedy) Thomas in Sandsprings, MT. He grew up and attended schools in Sandsprings and Ingomar, MT, Breckinridge, MO and Davenport, IA. He entered the United States Army Air Corps on November 5, 1941 at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, UT and served our country during WWII. He was honorably discharged on December 28, 1945 in Fort Lewis, WA. During this time he was awarede the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal.
Red was united in marriage to Veronica Mary Kluk on August 28, 1943 in Forsyth, MT. To this union six children were born. Together they raised their family in Hysham.
Red worked as a mechanic in the Hysham area. He was a member of the American Legion Post 92 and served 2 years on the City Council in Hysham. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, carpentry, cards and horseshoes. He shared these joys with his grandchildren.
He survived by his children, Robert of Sumatra, Ronald (Kathleen) of Hysham, Judith (Ronald Myers) of Nebraska, Richard (Linda) of Texas, Vincent Jr. (Kathy) of Billings, Deborah (James Klessens) of Wyoming; his 10 grandchildren, Stacy (Gary Cole), Ann (Emerson Towey), Chad (Candice), Sarah, Stephanie, Andrea, Matt, Adam, Peter and Abby; his 4 great grandchildren, Tyler, Austin, Mason, Haley; his brother Johnnie and sister Cora Mae of Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Veronica and granddaughter Miranda.
VISITATION - Friday, November 21, 2008 from 4:00pm to 9:00 at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Hysham, MT
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 10:00am at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Hysham, Montana.
OFFICIATING: Pastor Jerry Bonnell
PALLBEARERS: Robert Thomas, Ronald Thomas, Richard Thomas, Vincent Thomas,Ronald Myers, & James Klessens.
INTERNMENT: In the family lot of the Hysham Memorial Vale Cemetery.

[Funeral Home Memorial, Nov. 21, 2012 - Submitters Name: A. Pabolo]

Max G. Watson
Funeral services were held Monday for Max G. Watson. He died of a heart attack Thursday night at his home in Hysham. He was 37.
He was born September 10, 1936, at Myers, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Watson. He and Grace Cady were married in 1957 in Forsyth.
He had lived and worked in the Hysham - Forsyth area all his life. He had been employed at the Hysham Community Service Station for the past several years. He was a member of the Hysham Volunteer Fire Department.
Max was well known in the community and the loss of his ebullient personality will be deeply felt by friends and family.
Survivors include the widow; four sons, Max Jr., Tracy, Randy and Robin; two daughters, Virginia and Terri; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Watson of Forsyth; five brothers, Sam, Bob and Stanley all of Forsyth, and and Melvin and Thomas of Hardin; and four sisters, Ms., Bill Mulholland, Joyce Watson, and Betty Watson, all of Forsyth, and Mrs. Warren Jessen of Colstrip.
Services were held Monday afternoon at the Beals Motuary in Forsyth. Barr Edward of the Church of Latter-Day Saints officiated. Burial was in the Hysham Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Herb Zent, Henry DeCock, James Bauer, Irv Reinke, Glen Munson and Jay McPhail.
[The Forsyth Independent, Oct. 11, 1973 - Submitted By A. Pabolo]

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