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Charlotte A. Caldwell

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Charlotte Anne Caldwell passed peacefully on Dec. 20, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Home.
She was born on May 8, 1969, to Ronald and Geraldine (Cellmer) Pennell in Culbertson, Mont, the youngest of three girls. Charlotte went to Ruffatto Grade School and attended Culbertson School.  
Charlotte married Danny Caldwell Dec. 28, 1985, in Culbertson, Mont. They made their home south of the Missouri River next to Danny's parents, Vernon and Laura Caldwell.  
Charlotte became an avid outdoors woman. Many a time, Charlotte would catch the bigger fish or get the bigger deer or elk. She was also able to "call" for deer or elk by just using her own voice.
Gardening with Grandpa Maynard, Mom and Laura kept Charlotte busy when she wasn't hunting, fishing or camping with family and friends.
Charlotte worked as a CNA at the Roosevelt Medical Center from 1987 to the end of 2010. Many were touched with her gentle hands and caring ways.  
Charlotte was a big animal lover. Sheba, the German shepherd; Charlie, a Heinz 57 mix; and Lala, the cat; were her faithful companions and her "kids."
Charlotte was a member of the American Legion Auxilliary for 19 years.  She emjoyed spending time with her friends at the Montana Bar, playing darts.  
Diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia in January of 2012, Charlotte moved into St John's in January of 2013.  There were times she would help push people in their wheelchairs to the dining room for meals or hold a person's hand while walking down the hall. Thank you to all the staff who made Charlotte feel at home.  
Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, Danny; parents, Ronald and Geraldine Pennell; sisters, Janet (Robert) Royan and Brenda (Fran) Kostelecky; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.  
A celebration of her life will be held May 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Culbertson, Mont., at the Town Hall.  Lunch will follow.
Arrangements are in the care of the staff at Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.
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Charlotte Caldwell

Charlotte Anne Caldwell passed peacefully on Dec. 20, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Home.
She was born on May 8, 1969, to Ronald and Geraldine (Cellmer) Pennell in Culbertson, Mont, the youngest of three girls. Charlotte went to Ruffatto Grade School and attended Culbertson School.
Charlotte married Danny Caldwell Dec. 28, 1985, in Culbertson, Mont. They made their home south of the Missouri River next to Danny's parents, Vernon and Laura Caldwell.
Charlotte became an avid outdoors woman. Many a time, Charlotte would catch the bigger fish or get the bigger deer or elk. She was also able to "call" for deer or elk by just using her own voice.
Gardening with Grandpa Maynard, Mom and Laura kept Charlotte busy when she wasn't hunting, fishing or camping with family and friends.
Charlotte worked as a CNA at the Roosevelt Medical Center from 1987 to the end of 2010. Many were touched with her gentle hands and caring ways.
Charlotte was a big animal lover. Sheba, the German shepherd; Charlie, a Heinz 57 mix; and Lala, the cat; were her faithful companions and her "kids."
Charlotte was a member of the American Legion Auxilliary for 19 years. She emjoyed spending time with her friends at the Montana Bar, playing darts.
Diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia in January of 2012, Charlotte moved into St John's in January of 2013. There were times she would help push people in their wheelchairs to the dining room for meals or hold a person's hand while walking down the hall. Thank you to all the staff who made Charlotte feel at home.
Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, Danny; parents, Ronald and Geraldine Pennell; sisters, Janet (Robert) Royan and Brenda (Fran) Kostelecky; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A celebration of her life will be held May 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Culbertson, Mont., at the Town Hall. Lunch will follow.
Arrangements are in the care of the staff at Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.
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Esther Rued of Froid

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Esther Rued, 97, a longtime resident of the Froid community, passed away at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson on Monday morning, May 4, 2015. Her calming and pleasant demeanor, striking blue eyes and wonderful plates of Norwegian treats will be missed by so many that knew her.
Her funeral service was held at the Froid Lutheran Church in Froid, Mont., at 1 p.m., Mountain Time on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Rev. Alvina Oltead officiated. Interment in North Kvile Cemetery followed the funeral service.
Friends could call at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston on Monday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Central Time and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Tuesday.
In lieu of plants or flowers, Esther's family prefers that memorials be given to charity in Esther's name.
Esther was born on a farm southwest of Sisseton, S.D., on Feb. 21, 1918, to Jul and Anna Sundheim.  She was the second youngest of a large and loving family, with eight brothers and three sisters.
While growing up in South Dakota, Esther's earliest memories were those of walking to school with her siblings at a very young age, more than a mile each way.
At the age of 12, she moved to Zahl, North Dakota, to live with her sister Rose and help with her young children.          
When Esther was 16, she moved to Montana with her parents and held her first job. As a hotel housekeeper and kitchen assistant, she made $5 a week. Esther then took a job at the Schnitzler Ranch as a cook, joining her brother who was the ranch manager. While working at the Schnitzler Ranch, Esther met the love of her life, Ernest Rued. The two were married on Nov. 26, 1936.
Ernest and Esther lived in a small house in Froid, heating and cooking with coal and wood. Ernest worked in the town shop on machinery. In the spring of 1938, they started a family with the birth of their son, Manny. In 1941, they had a second child, a daughter, Mary Ann.
In 1942, the family moved to the Schnitzler Ranch headquarters, west of Homestead, where Ernest was the manager.  Esther was very busy looking after the children and cooking for the hired help, often times for as many as 20 men.
Their second son, Jimmy, was born in 1944. The Rueds lived on the
Schnitzler Ranch for eight years.
In 1949, the Rued family moved back to the family farm just west of Froid.  Ernest and Esther lived there until Ernest's retirement in 1979, then settled into a home in Froid. Ernest passed away in November of 1993 and Esther remained in their home until the time of her death.  
Esther will always be remembered for the hospitality she generously offered to her family and friends.  She was very proud of her family, being self-sufficient and her Norwegian heritage. Even in the later years of her life, she would often be seen shoveling snow or working in her yard.
Esther was very active in the Froid Community and the Lutheran Church.  She had a talent for constructing beautiful quilts and amazing Norwegian pastries, including krumkaka, sandbakkels, lefsa, and other delicious treats.  She even had a magical talent of making lutefisk, a wonderful meal during special holidays. Friends, family, and especially her grandchildren will always remember the family gatherings, smiles and pleasant treats that she smothered us with.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Jul and Anna Sundheim; her husband, Ernest; her children, Manny, Mary Ann Swan and Jim; her grandson, Mike; and her siblings, Edwin, Inga, Oscar, Rose, Julius, Ida, Ole, Iver, Arnold and Noel.   
Surviving Esther are  her brother, Marvin; sister-in-law, Joy; son-in-law, Denny Swan; daughter-in-law, Karolyn Rued; her grandchildren, Kelly Rued, Leslie Brosz, Troy Swan, Deanna Van Beek, Kurt Rued and Katie Stulce; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Of the many friends Esther leaves behind, Vonnie Ronning and Sharon Bertelsen are two whom she revered dearly.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share memories of Esther or leave condolences for her family.
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Susan Melbourne-Cheek

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Susan Beverly Melbourne-Cheek, 76, of Brockton died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She recently lost her youngest daughter Donna Ann Yellow Hammer to heart complications. Donna Ann was her “baby girl” and she found it difficult to live without her.
She was born March 29, 1939, to Thomas Warbonnet Melbourne and Bessie Jones at Poplar Hospital. She was welcomed to her family by brothers and sisters, Faye Melbourne-Bird, Wilma “Peggy” Melbourne, Calvin “Ike” Melbourne, Thomas “Turby” Melbourne Jr., Thelma Melbourne and Rebecca Melbourne-Clark.
She attended elementary and high school in Brockton and received her G.E.D. in 1980.
She is written into Fort Peck Tribes’ historical records as being one of the very first women to ever be elected to the tribal executive board. She remained involved in tribal politics throughout her life.
For several years, she was employed as a Brockton/Riverside election judge. She was elected to the Brockton/Riverside Community Organization and held various officer positions for several years.  She also worked at Brockton School, Poplar Head Start and Fort Peck Community College.  
Throughout her entire life, she devoted her time to helping and visiting her many relatives across the reservation. Whether it was lobbying for her relatives or a friend in need at the Fort Peck Tribal Board or another community agency, she was always there willing to help anyone who asked.
She married Clifton Ray Cheek Sr. at the age of 20 and from this union they had three children: Charlene Faith Cheek, Donna Ann Yellow Hammer and Clifton Ray Cheek Jr. She also has a daughter, Linda Agnes Melbourne, from a previous relationship.  
She is survived by her children, Linda, Charlene and Clifton; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters; daughter, Donna Yellow Hammer; grandchildren, Bronson Charboneau, Thomas Jerome and Johnnie McClammy; and adopted sister, Vivan Jones of Canada.
A Funeral Mass was held Friday, May 8, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

Geraldine Spotted Bird

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Geraldine Spotted Bird, 76, of Brockton, died May 4, in Wolf Point at Faith Home.  
She was born Aug. 30, 1938, to James Spotted Bird and Lucy Jones Spotted Bird in Poplar. She attended school until the ninth-grade at Brockton Schools.
She was a woman of faith and enjoyed serving the Lord and attending church regularly. She was a humble, respectful woman who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
In 1965, she married Lionel D. Boyd. To this union, Eugene, George, Helen and Patrick were born. They divorced in 1984.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister.
She is survived by her children, Eugene, George, Helen and Patrick.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 12, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment was at Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.