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Duane Vincent Steen, 87, of Wolf Point, formerly of Sidney, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at NEMHS in Wolf Point.
He was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Alexander, N.D., to George and Ida Steen, the fourth child of seven.
He worked as a farmer and helped neighbors with cattle during the winter. He also worked for Boeing in Renton, Wash., for a short time then returned to farming in North Dakota.
In his youth, he enjoyed rollerskating and ice skating, swimming and riding horses. He also enjoyed family gathering and playing cards. He was a pleasant guy who got along with everyone. His nieces and nephews were special to him. He lived in Wolf Point for the past 25 years with his sister, Verda.
He is survived by his sisters, LaVern Hinman and Verda Richard.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Dean and Kenneth; and sisters, Arlene Rhodes and Alta Bingen.
Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, Feb. 13, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Sidney with Father Jim O’Neil officiating. Interment was in Richland Memorial Park Cemetery in Sidney.
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Lenore Elizabeth Haase, 100, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Williston, N.D.
She was born at the Knudtson farm three miles south of Homestead, on May 6, 1914, to Carl and Mary Alice (Gerhold) Knudtson. She lived in the Homestead area her entire life except for the past year when she lived in Williston with her son Norman Haase.
She lived to celebrate her 100th birthday, which she expected a big party for and, of course, her family threw her a grand party.
Growing up, she enjoyed learning to play the pump organ as taught by her mother. Her music talents gave her enjoyment, as she would play the piano often. Her children remember her rarely being gone when they came home from school but many times there would be fresh bread made with love. She always had a wonderful garden and beautiful flowers in the flowerbeds during the summer.
She always enjoyed listening to her children and grandchildren play instruments and singing when they were home. She took pleasure in serving her children and grandchildren through cooking and baking and, of course, endless cookies in the cookie jar. Her frequent correspondence with many family members kept a close family connection.
She enjoyed visiting folks in the nursing home through her years. As she got older, she was so young at heart that she would casually say she would like to go play piano and visit the old people in the nursing home, even though she was older than many of them there. She said the secret to living to be 100 was don't smoke, don't drink and eat your meat and potatoes.
She found fulfillment in reading her Bible and attending church services and Bible studies. She was selfless, thoughtful, and smart. Her examples of love and faith in Jesus have greatly impacted her family in such a positive way.
She is survived by her children, Rosalyn Haase of Fargo, N.D., Dolores Conover of Lakeport, Calif., Wayne Haase of Valley City, N.D., Donald Haase of Miami, Fla., Norman Haase of Williston, N.D., and Kenneth Haase of Homestead; 26 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sister, Evelyn Nelson; brother, Roscoe Knudtson; sister, Leona Nordwick; husband, Curt Haase; and son, Rollin Haase.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 8. Ralph Summers officiated at the service at the Faith Farm Fellowship in Froid. Interment was in Big Lake Cemetery.
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Richard Lee “Dick” Frerich, 86, of Billings died Jan. 31, 2015.
The son of Fred and Mary, he was born in Clear Lake, Minn. As an infant, the family homesteaded to Poplar, where Dick grew up with his sister Mary Jane. He studied engineering at Montana State University and University of Montana, returning to Poplar to join the family wheat farmers.
He met Gwen Anklam in Culbertson and they married on Nov. 7, 1949. Together, they built their own home, raised three daughters and lived there until 1993, when he retired and they moved to Billings. For the past five years, they’ve resided at Morningstar retirement community. They celebrated 65 years of marriage in November.
He was an active member of the Catholic Church, Holy Name Society and the Cursillo movement.
Always a deep thinker with an engineer’s mind, he designed and built a four-wheel-drive tractor by connecting two tractors. His creative skills led him to making his own blends of homemade wine and numerous remodel projects on the family home. He was an accomplished bowler and skilled cribbage player.
Many happy hours were spent boating and waterskiing on the Poplar River and Nelson Reservoir. It was a challenge to keep up with his reading habit as he averaged three books a week. His talent and love of music has been passed down to all his children and grandchildren. He was a caring friend and a good neighbor.
He was a man of few words, but many dimpled smiles and silly antics. You may not remember what he said to you, but you remembered how he made you feel.
His sister preceded him in death.
Survivors are Gwen; daughters, Ann Berg, Mary Lee Smith and Connie Schulz; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was held Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Thomas in Billings.
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Bernadine Ruby Torgerson, 83, died Feb. 4, 2015, in Billings.
She was born on the family farm south of Dagmar Nov. 23, l931, to Elsie (Henke) and John Miller. She attended Sunny Hill Grade School and graduated from Medicine Lake High School in May l950.
She loved living on the farm, helping her dad with the farm work, helping her mother with the cooking and she enjoyed playing with her older sister Eunice and younger sister Maxine.
On June 29, 1950, she married Victor Torgerson at the Volmer Church and was a devoted wife for 64 years. They had four children, Russell, Mavis, Stuart and Debbie.
She was a farm wife who worked hard from sunup to sundown. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, canning, gardening, traveling, raising chickens and helping with the baby calves. She enjoyed bringing dinner out to the field during harvest and was always ready to give a hand in moving from field to field. In the spring, she loved taking her children down to the creek to see how high the water was and pick flowers. She also enjoyed playing softball on the Volmer ladies team and later bowling in Medicine Lake.
Vic and Bernadine loved to dance and they would glide over the floor so effortlessly. She was a keeper of memories, faithfully keeping a diary all her married life. She loved having company and always had bars or cake ready for anyone that dropped by.
She lovingly took care of her mother and also neighbor Louie Gladue.
She was a member of the Big Sky Church of Froid and their womens’ group. She was a member of the Volmer Helping Hands Club and belonged to the Women of the Moose. She and Vic enjoyed following their children and grandchildren in their school activities. They were faithful Medicine Lake Honkers fans.
In 2004, they moved to Williston, N.D., where they both enjoyed their new home, gardening and their apple trees. In September 2014, they moved to Aspen Meadows Retirement Home in Billings. Bernadine enjoyed her time there and felt like a queen being pampered by all.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Lloyd; and sister, Eunice Torgerson.
She is survived by her husband, Victor; son, Russell of Dagmar; daughter, Mavis Johnson of Bismarck, N.D.; son, Stuart of Dagmar; and daughter Deborah Frank of Billings; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandsons; and her sister, Maxine Tucker of Surprise, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Pastor Len Shatkus will officiate the service at the Volmer Lutheran Church in Dagmar, with interment in the Volmer Cemetery.
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Rita Louise (Youngman) Longchase, 81, died Feb. 1, 2015.
She was born Dec. 28, 1933.
She was married to Joseph Alfred Foote and from this union four children were born: Myrna Foote, Albert Foote, Sr., Laura Foote and Kiefer Foote.
She married George DeMarrias and from this union came Frank DeMarrias, Georgia Yellow Hawk, George Jr., James and Denise.
She attended Fort Peck Community College and graduated at 50 years old. She encouraged continued education for all, no matter what age you are. “You are never too old to learn.”
She was a very good maker of star quilts and had many of them all over the world. She always went out of her way to help out, especially cooking for the people. She was one of the few women who still cooked traditional foods.
She lived by the Dakota values: respect, compassion, caring, sharing, honesty and humbleness.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Keifer and James; and daughter, Laura.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.