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Alfreda Drabbs, 93, died Sunday, May 17, 2015.
She was born June 10, 1921, to Alfred and Eleanor Sigg near Joliet. She was the second of seven children. She attended school in Joliet and then the Montana State College in Bozeman, graduating in 1943.
She was proud of the fact that she worked at the fish hatchery in Yellowstone National Park for a summer. She also attended Columbia in New York for a year. She taught in Big Sandy before accepting a teaching position in Hinsdale, where she met and later married Foran Drabbs. They raised six children — Mary Eleanor, Francis, Charles, George, Aline and Nancy. They farmed and ranched north of Hinsdale, selling the ranch and moving into town in 1967 where she returned to teaching.
When she retired from teaching in 1974, she accepted the position of Valley County Superintendent of Schools. After she retired as superintendent, she traveled visiting friends and family. She enjoyed her work, her students, and the comradery of her fellow teachers. She liked trying crafts of all kinds including knitting and crocheting, but she loved quilting. Foran died in 2001 and she later moved to Malta.
She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Warddrip of Billings and Carolyn Pilgrim of Wolf Point; brother, Jake Sigg of San Francisco, Calif.; daughters, Mary Drabbs of Albuquerque N.M., Aline Yergler of Kellogg, Idaho, and Nancy Salsbery of Malta; sons, Frank Drabbs of Malta, Chuck Drabbs of Three Forks and George Drabbs of Malta; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Foran; and her sisters, Julia Slack, Martha Neutgens and Audrey Larson.
A gathering for friends and family will be held at 5 p.m. Friday July 3, at the home of Frank and Khristi Drabbs, 424 S. Second Ave. E., Malta.
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Arabelle May McMullen, 82, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
She was born in Hins-dale March 20, 1933, to Lars Marius and Hazel Larsen. She attended schools in Hinsdale and Malta. She attended one year of college in Havre.
She married John F. Dolphay June 23, 1950, and together they had 10 children. After his death in 1962, she married Ray McMullen May 29, 1964. They have lived north of Whitewater on the family farm for 51 years.
Survivors include her husband, Ray McMullen; children, Perry Dolphay of Whitewater, Marilyn Taylor of Malta, Edith Allen of Wolf Point, Connie Liese of Turner, Lorrie Cofer of Havre, Tim Dolphay of Reed Point, Dora Jones of Malta, Tony Dolphay of Havre and Vivian Stolle of Great Falls; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Leslie, Virginia, Jeanette, Russell, Jerry, Rodney, Vera and Elaine.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John; and daughter, Denise.
Her memorial service was Tuesday, May 26, at the Malta Lutheran Church.
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Mardelle A. “Mitzi” Lambert passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Missoula, Mont.
She was born in Ortonville, Minn., on Oct. 26, 1927, to Joseph and Mazel Petrick. As the daughter of a military man, her early education was in Georgia and California. She was valdictorian of her graduating class in Pacific Grove, Calif. Her education continued at Hamlin University in St. Paul, Minn., where she received a degree in nursing.
In April of 1957, she married Jack Lambert in Mason City, Iowa. They moved to Montana, living in Townsend, then settling in Wolf Point to raise their family. Her professional career started as a registered nurse. She worked at Trinity as both a private nurse and regular staff member.
Later working for Indian Health Services, she dedicated her time for 24 years. While working and raising a family, she obtained her nurse practioner license. Her compassion and care is still remembered by those she served.
In retirement, she enjoyed splitting time between Wolf Point and her second home in Yuma, Ariz.
Her passing was proceeded by her parents; brother-in-law, Alan Lambert; her father- and mother in-law, Leo and Kathleen Lambert; daughter-in-law, Lori Lambert; and granddaughter, Reanna Lambert, and her two children, Kevin and Amanda.
Survivors include her husband, Jack; children Barbara (Nick) Beery, Stephen (Cecelia) Lambert, David (Maureen) Piersak, Jay Lambert and Kathy (Dennis) Buckles. She is also survived by a sister, Gail Simonitch; grandchildren; and great-grand children.
At her request there will be no funeral. A private gathering of family will be held in Missoula, with cremation to follow. To view and sign her guestbook, please visit www.missoulafuneralhomes.com.
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Clifford Leon Page (nickname Satch) passed away on May 7, 2015, in Wolf Point at the age of 70. He was born on Feb. 16, 1945, to Marion and Clyde Page in Opheim, Mont.
Cliff was raised in
Opheim until 1951. He moved to Glasgow, then Washington state. He continued on to Pennsylvania and lived there for three years until ending up in Wolf Point in 1956 where he fell in love with baseball. Cliff attended WPHS and graduated in 1963. He went to college at MSU-Bozeman.
Cliff loved the sports he played in high school, both basketball and track. In the summer, he played Legion Baseball.
In 1964, Cliff married Judith Marie Boysun and had four children. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 26, 2014, by taking a trip to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with Cheryl and Tom.
Cliff had many jobs which included working at Rothe’s Dairy, the Roosevelt County Courthouse, Camrud Motors, Farmers Union Lumber and Eddy Bauer Sales. In 1975, Cliff managed the Tip Top Motel and VFW Lanes. Cliff took great pride in managing the VFW Lanes. He loved to bowl. Cliff’s most recent job was working part-time for Dr. Kolstad.
Some of Cliff’s favorite hobbies included watching his grandchildren in all their sporting events, cruising around, throwing knuckle balls, hunting, and fishing. Cliff was known for his tinkering and “do-it- yourself” projects. He also enjoyed golfing.
His passion for baseball turned into a love. He continued with baseball as a coach for a number of years and enjoyed teaching his love of the game to his players.
Cliff is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his sister, Barbara Hustad; brother, David Nichols; his children, Mark Page and his four children Kade, Madison, Easton and Bradyn, Gregory (Jill) Page and their three children Jon, Alex and Jake, Cynthia (Jon) Kolstad and their four children Jake, Abbi, Josie and Jack, and Robert (Joelle) Page and their four children Katie, Ashley, Nick and Charlie; his in-laws, Tom and Cheryl Sievers, Penny and Chris Kolstad and Grant and Jackie Boysun; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St., Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials in Cliff’s name may be made to the Yellowjackets youth baseball program and can be mailed to 205 East Indian St., Wolf Point, MT 59201. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Donald R. Weinberger III, “Makpiya Pe’ta Ma’ni,” “Walking Fire Cloud,” 43, died May 3, 2015, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born to Rena Eagle and Donald “Babes” Weinberger Jr. on June 24, 1971, in Poplar. He was raised by his mother, Rena, and his step-father, Edwin.
He was raised in Poplar and went to school from Head Start to high school. He graduated from high school in 1989 and, after graduation, went firefighting and worked for the Fort Peck Housing Authority, for director Moose Lambert.
He graduated from Sage Truck Driving School in Billings. He worked for Frank Gourneau for about five years, then he went to work for Riverside Construction of Missoula and worked for them for 12 years until he developed health problems.
Although he was sick, that did not stop him from working or providing for his family.
He married Waynette Boyd Weinberger and from this union three children were born.
During dialysis treatment, he went back to work for Frank Gourneau up until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Waynette of Poplar; four children, Marshelle Weinberger of Minot, N.D., Donald R. Weinberger IV, Hannah Weinberger and Gabrielle Weinberger of Poplar; one granddaughter, Neveha Houle of Minot, N.D., whom he helped raise; his father, Donald “Babes” Weinberger Jr.; step-father, Edwin Chaser of Poplar; brothers, Chuck and Cody Weinberger of Poplar; and grandparents, John and Rose Morsette, Gloria Chopper, Pearl Hopkins, Elouise Ell and Mayme Dupree, all of Poplar.
He was preceded in death by a baby brother.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, at the Assembly of God Church in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.