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Irene Marie (Torgerson) Panasuk, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Greg Peed in Redmond, Ore. She spent the last nine years of her life in the care of her daughter with a debilitating illness.
She was born Aug. 13, 1929, on the family farm of her parents, Ole Michael and Inger Marie (Huso) Torger-
son, second generation Norwegian immigrants and early homesteaders northeast of Bainville. She was the youngest of seven children.
She grew up on the farm and started school at the Huso School, a small country school, until it was closed in 1936. Then, she attended school at Bainville Public School. When the weather turned cold and the roads were impassable, she boarded in Bainville.
She remained close with her siblings throughout their lives, especially her sisters, Hazel and Violet, and brother, Virgil.
She graduated from Bainville High School in 1947 and attended a year at Montana State College. She never finished college, instead returning to the farm to care for her parents. She married George Panasuk Feb. 5, 1949. They lived on the original homestead of the Panasuk family before buying land and building their own farm nearby.
For almost 55 years, they built their farm, were active in the community and raised seven children. She was proud of her family and their achievements which included many college and professional degrees and several military service records.
She will be remembered by everyone as a friendly, generous and community-oriented woman. She took great pride in her home and her farm and anyone who visited her would find a home meticulously cared for and clean, yet welcoming and comforting.
She loved visitors and was quick to offer coffee, sweets or an entire meal to anyone. She also loved calling on others and had a wealth of loyal friends.
She was involved in many school, community and church activities and, in the early years, she was a member of the First English Lutheran Church. She was on the building committee for the new Bainville Public School built in 1986.
She had many other interests, as well, including, reading, music, refinishing furniture, canning, collecting hair receivers, playing games and enjoying delicious sweets. She also enjoyed laughing, especially at Norwegian jokes.
As important as family and community were to Irene, the core of her life, and the source of her love for the people around her, was the Lord Jesus Christ. In the early 1980s, she became involved with Bainville Faith Fellowship Church where she was a constant presence and longtime member. She taught Sunday school for many years and was involved in many Bible studies. She had a rich and deeply-committed prayer life, and she could be counted on to pray whenever a need was expressed.
She is survived by her seven children, including her two daughters, Mary Katherine Peed of Redmond, Ore., and Amy Beth Marie Miller of Tijeras, N.M.; and her five sons, Dana George Panasuk of Williston, N.D., Miles Gordon Panasuk of Bainville, Mark Timothy Panasuk of Douglas, Wyo., Scot Tracy Panasuk of Bainville and Todd Michael Panasuk of Bainville. Also, she is survived by 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Orvin, Hazel, William, infant Violet, Violet and Virgil; and her husband, George Panasuk on Jan. 29, 2004.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. (Mountain Time) in the Bainville High School gymnasium. Pastor Lyle Thorpe will officiate and burial will follow in the Bainville Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D., on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Central Time) and at the school for the hour preceding the service on Sunday.
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Roseanne Left Hand Gray Hawk Boyd, Yu yutapi waste winyan, Good to look at Woman, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
She was born in the family home of 12 children in Old Kenel, S.D., on May 4, 1934, to Mary Jane (Poitra) and Henry George Left Hand. She attended schools at Fort Yates Boarding School and Marty Mission School.
She came to Poplar in 1954 to babysit for her aunt Flora Culbertson and met Benjamin Gray Hawk Jr. The two were married in 1955 and to this union seven children were born. Even though they later divorced, they remained close friends until Benji’s death Feb. 1, 1998. In 1986, she married James A. Boyd, whom she later divorced.
In her early years, she helped her father break horses and helped her mother doctor many people as well as helped to deliver many children. She was a tough cowgirl and was still chopping her own wood at the age of 60.
She loved to visit and enjoyed cooking and fed many people over the years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards and sewing and she made many western shirts, dancing outfits, patchwork and star quilts. In her early years, she enjoyed beading and taught her children to bead. She raised chickens and turkeys and had a garden.
She was preceded in death by her son, Henry Gray Hawk Sr.; sisters, Alberta Rough Surface, Elsie Martin, Minnie La Fromboise and Esther Silk; adopted sister, Leona Claymore; and brothers, Theodore, Benny and Ambose Left Hand.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen Frislie, Tote Gray Hawk, Jolene Walles, Brad Gray Hawk, Lennie Gray Hawk, Ben Gray Hawk III and Cedric La Fromboise, all of Poplar, Terrie Lee Green of Iola, Texas; adopted children, Pete Dupree, Terry Gray Hawk, Justin Gray Hawk, Jason Gray Hawk, Melda Gray Hawk, Lisa Wettlin and Shantree Escarcega, all of Poplar, Joyce Growing Thunder of California, Ceya Long Hair and Sandra Yellow Hammer of Fort Kipp and Tommy Baker of Kenel, S.D.; sisters, Germaine Demery, Elaine St. John and Shirley Poitra, all of Kenel, S.D.; one brother, Clayton Left Hand of Kenel, S.D.; 63 grandchildren; 89 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Her funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at the James Black Dog Community Center in Fort Kipp with burial at the Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Rita Mae Brown, 66, died Sept. 12, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.
She was born in the community of Chelsea on April 12, 1948, the youngest child Hubert Brown Sr. and Bessie Comesky Brown.
Being the “baby” of the family with eight brothers and two sisters, all can only imagine the fun and complete protection she held during her younger years. She spent much time riding horseback, playing with dolls and making her own games within their “Chelsea Flats” playground.
She attended school in Poplar and Wolf Point, graduating from Poplar High School. She continued her schooling at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating as a dental assistant. Her education continued getting her BA from NAES College. She also received several certifications from Lake Superior State College, Salish Kootenai College, National American Indian Housing Council, Fort Peck Tribes, Rocky Boy Health Board, National Center for Housing Management and Homebuyer Resident Counseling from Tucson, Ariz.
She was a devout Christian and served as an elder in the United Dakota Presbyterian Church.
She started her working years at a young age working for the Fort Peck Tribes, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Fort Peck Housing Authority.
She enjoyed watching TV and kept current with all new movies. She also enjoyed reading, visiting her family and grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren to the moon and back and enjoyed listening to their daily activities, which usually had her laughing.
She married Vern Weston and three sons were born, Brent Lee, Myron Taylor and Brian Harry.
She visited her favorite places, Mount Rushmore; Disneyland; San Diego Zoo; Grand Canyon; Tijuana; San Francisco; Disneyworld; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Alaska; and all places in between.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Abraham, Hubert Jr., Morris, Delmar, Mervin, Gerald, Tom Sr., Leslie Sr., Ramona and Sara Weeks; and adopted sons, Lyle Miller and Corwin Four Star.
She is survived by Vern Weston; sons, Myron and Brian; adopted sons, Kip Stiffarm and Anthony Archdale; and eight grandchildren.
Her vigil service was Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Point Community Hall and her service is Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Point Community Hall with interment at the Chelsea Cemetery.
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Bonnie Jo Wischmann, 93, died Sept. 15, 2014, at the Teton County Nursing Home in Choteau.
Bonnie Jo Sander was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Bozeman. She hailed from Boze-man, Frazer, Circle and Billings to name a few. She married Hans Wischmann in Bozeman in 1951.
She often said she lived a wonderful life; she loved her children and enjoyed reading mysteries. She achieved her dream job later in life working for 20 years as the McCone County librarian in Circle. When she was younger, she loved music and dance. She played the piano and performed as a ballerina in Bozeman. In college, the fraternities in Bozeman hired her to come and teach their members how to dance. She also taught dance to many children in several Montana towns. The most important thing Bonnie and Hans taught their children was to judge people on the content of their character.
On Bonnie’s 50th birthday, she lived in Frazer and, for her birthday party, all made party hats from construction paper. That same day, a large prairie fire consumed Oswego. The family is sure the two events were not related. For Bonnie’s 90th birthday, they recreated their hats for her birthday celebration. To the best of their knowledge, no towns burned to the ground that day.
A born and raised Montanan, she did leave the state twice — the first was when she attended the Christian Female College (now Columbia College) in Columbia, Mo., and during World War II when she and her sister Virginia went to work for Western Union in Sacramento, Calif.
Many years ago, at Christmas, the game Trivial Pursuit was popular and her family enjoyed answering the questions, even after she went to bed they could hear her voice from her bedroom answering (correctly) any and all questions relating to literature.
She earned two bachelor’s degrees from Montana State College (now Montana State University) — the first in home economics and the second in elementary education. Her vocations were teaching dance, elementary education and librarian. She was baptized into the Christian Church in Bozeman and was a member of the Lutheran churches in Frazer and Circle. She was also a member of Eastern Star and a Lutheran prayer group in Circle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby Haysel (Letchworth) Sander and Theodore John Sander; siblings, Catherine Virginia McDonald and Theodore John Sander; and her husband, Hans Wischmann.
She is survived by her children, Diane Sands of Missoula, Teddi McCon-
nell of Billings, Susan Wischmann of Billings, Sally Stiffler of Fairfield and Wayne Wischmann of
Tualatin, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Inurnment will be next to her husband Hans
Wischmann in the Veterans Circle of the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Her wish for her end of life was to not have a funeral service but for her five children to get together and talk about their lives with their parents and the places they lived.
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Eric Shane Red Bull, 45, of Poplar, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at the Poplar Hospital.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.