Wolf Point Herald

Albert Wilson

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Albert Lane Wilson, 89, civil and chemical engineer of Glasgow, died Tuesday June 23, 2015.
He is survived by a brother, Robert M. Wilson of San Jose, Calif.; son, Charles L. Wilson of Glasgow; daughter, Holly Danneman of Sandy, Utah; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore; and a sister, Beth Davis.
He was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He served with Patton’s Army in World War II and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin under the G.I. Bill with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering.
He was employed by Southern Alkali (Corpus Christi, Texas), Silas Mason Co. (Panhandle, Texas), C. F. Braun (Alhambra, Calif.), and Procon (McLean, Va.) as a chemical engineer and also worked on highly classified nuclear projects. He later worked as a civil engineer for the National Park Service (Washington, D.C.) and oversaw contractors installing security enhancements around the White House, before retiring in 1989.
With his wife, Lenore, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Wolf Point. He had also served in his church as elders quorum president, ward clerk, high councilor and district young men’s president.
He was an Eagle Scout, earned the Woodbadge Award (Beaver Patrol), was a member of the Order of the Arrow (Vigil), and served in many offices in the Boy Scouts of America, including Scoutmaster of Troops in Texas, California and Virginia over a period of 65 years. He was a member of an Indian Dance Team for the Order of the Arrow, including performing the hoop dance. He was a Scout leader for the 1964 National Jamboree at Valley Forge and Philmont in 1965.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 15 Airport Road in Glasgow, followed by a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery.

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Robert Garfield

Robert Garfield, 28, of Wolf Point died Saturday, July 11, 2015.
A wake will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the New Community Hall in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at the New Community Hall in Wolf Point.  Interment will follow at Chicken Hill Cemetery.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.

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Gordon Desjarlais

Gordon Desjarlais, 70, of Wolf Point died Monday, July 13, 2015, at NEMHS Trinity Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Rose Marie Friesen

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Rose Marie (Unger) Friesen, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Mont.
 Rose was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Endicott, Neb.  She was less than a year old when she moved with her parents to Lustre, Mont.
Rose attended schools in Lustre and Wolf Point and was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Her main interests and talents were sewing, crocheting, cooking, gardening and loving everyone especially children.
She sewed most of her daughters’ wedding dresses and also made their wedding cakes.  The family would do almost anything for her Vereniki, homemade noodle soup, and Zweiback, to name a few of the favorites.
Rose loved to garden and would amaze her family by planting potatoes under straw and even planting peanuts and cotton just to see them grow.
Rose married Henry “Hank” Friesen Sept. 3, 1945, and they were blessed with six children. Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Adams of Tucson, Ariz., Kathleen Rose “Jackie” (Jerry) Handran of Glendive, Mont., Denise Lucy (Tommy) Green of Belgrade, Mont., Glenn Jay Friesen of Tucson, Ariz., Carol Jean (Mel) Grigg and Stanley Hank “Stan” (Sonja) Friesen of Lustre, Mont.
Hank and Rose moved into Wolf Point from the farm 18 miles north of Oswego in 2000. In town, she kept busy crocheting afghans for all of her children, grandchildren and then some until Alzheimer’s got the best of her.  She moved to the Faith Lutheran Home in 2010 and loved every minute there because the staff was so good to her. They treat everyone like family.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Abram and Anna (Unrau) Unger; husband, Hank Friesen in 2011; her brother, Edwin “Ed” Unger; and sisters, Leatha (Brown) Unger and LaVera and Helen Unger.
Rose is survived by two brothers, LaVern “Vern” Unger of Wolf Point and Larry (Charlotte) Unger of Lustre; all six children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A luncheon will follow at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Bonnie Marie Clincher Red Elk


Longtime journalist Bonnie Marie Clincher Red Elk,  A Stupi Win,  Good Star Woman, 62, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.
She was born on July 6, 1952, in Poplar to Mercy (Walking Eagle) and Silas Clincher. She attended Poplar Schools and graduated from Poplar High School in 1971.
She attended Haskell Indian Junior College and eventually earned her bachelor's degree from the Native American Educational Services College.
She enjoyed beading, sewing, photography, music, attending pow-wows and cultural gatherings, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She began working in journalism in 1975 as a reporter for the Fort Peck tribal newspaper, Wotanin Wowapi. One year later, she was hired as the newspaper's editor. She was the watch dog of the tribal government, keeping the reservation informed of tribal government affairs. For more than 30 years, she covered all aspects of life on the reservation but her primary duty was covering the tribal government.
She was also a founding member of the Native American Press Association, which organized in 1983 on the campus of Penn State University.
The Wotanin eventually went from a bi-weekly tabloid to a full-size weekly newspaper and developed a readership that expanded off the reservation. While she was editor, the Wotanin received numerous awards including Best Native Weekly in 1994 from the Native American Journalists Association and three runner-up awards in the following years. In 2001 and 2002, she received first-place in the Best Reporting of a Tribal Government category and numerous other writing awards throughout her career.
While at the Wotanin, she was eventually fired by the tribal chairman at the time John Morales for her coverage of his controversial administration. After that time, she started her own newspaper in 2006. The inaugural issue of The Fort Peck Journal was produced in a cut-and-paste format on her kitchen table. In 2006, she received NAJA's highest honor, the Wassaja Award, which recognizes Native journalists and their dedication to a free and uncensored press. In 2008, she received the Montana Free Press Award, presented each year by the University of Montana Schools of Journalism and Law.
She is survived by her four children, Clifford Country, Vern Red Elk, Randy Red Elk and Char Red Elk, all of Poplar; two grandsons; her ex-husband, Herman Red Elk Jr.; brothers, Stephen Clincher of Poplar, Barry Beach of Deer Lodge and Brad Beach of Laurel; four sisters, Annabelle Weston of Porcupine, S.D., Carol Clincher and Marian Montclair, both of Poplar, and Barb Beach Salinda of California; and step-mother, Roberta “Bobbie” Clincher of Laurel.
She was preceded in death by brothers Abraham and Ronnie Clincher; and sister Nancy Eagle.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 4, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at Riverside Presbyterian Cemetery.

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