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Sylvia Budak Taflan, 88, a lifelong Poplar-area resident, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Faith Home in Wolf Point.
The oldest of four children, she was born at home Oct. 19, 1925, to Romanian immigrant parents Matt and Laurentia Budak in Chelsea. She attended Poplar Schools before enrolling in the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn., where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, a rare event for women of that era.
After graduation, she worked in social services in Youngstown, Ohio, while living with her mother’s twin sister, Sylvia. There, she met her future husband of 63 years, John Taflan of Salem, Ohio. They moved to Poplar in 1951 to help on her father’s farm and ranch while her only brother, George, served in the U.S. Navy. They remained in the area to begin building their own spread.
She was a member of the Poplar Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary Post 55, the Women’s Lions Club, the Elks Club, the Altar Society of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, where she was an active lifelong member.
She enjoyed playing bridge, dancing, gardening and traveling. A milestone in her life was a two-week European trip she took with her son Jeff. She also visited her cousins in Romania with husband John and son Joe. She took great joy and pride in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she visited as often as she could.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by husband, John; sister, Lucretia Popa of Columbia Falls; brother, George Budak of Poplar; children, John of Elmhurst, Ill., Jim of Helena, Joe of Bloomington, Ill., Jeff of Lake Balboa, Calif., Jane of Poplar, Jerome of Poplar and Julie of Great Falls; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services with Sunday liturgy will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point handled the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:42
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Mack C. Lack, 87, of Wolf Point, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
He was born May 20, 1926, in Mize, Miss., to Wilborn Moses and Stella McCallum Lack. He had seven siblings, five brothers and two sisters. He spoke of his brothers and sisters often and with great fondness even though there were many miles between them.
He was a veteran of World War II; a Sergeant in the 69th Infantry Division, U.S. 3rd Army, under the command of General George C. Patton. The 69th Infantry Division was involved in engagements across Europe from coastal France to Germany. The 69th Infantry Division was recognized as Holocaust liberators at Leipzig, Germany.
He returned home from the war and attended Jones County Junior College and then went on to get his bachelor of science degree in geology while attending the University of Mississippi. He worked as a point chief geologist in southern Louisiana and west Texas and then traveled at the age of 26 to Wolf Point to work as a geologist there.
There, he met and married Alvina Paulina Wagner Turner in 1952, and became stepfather to Eugene. They were together for 21 years and, during their time together, they traveled to many large Jehovah’s Witness conventions throughout the states, which were very important to them. Alvina died in 1973. He met and married Joylee Aguilar and gained four stepchildren.
Everyone who knew him knew of his intense faith in Jehovah God and in the resurrection. He was a member of the Wolf Point congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and spent many years preaching about God’s kingdom. He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s witnesses in 1952. He served as a minister in the congregation and in the community.
He never forgot his southern hospitality roots. His home was always open to visitors and strangers. They would never leave without him giving them something. His favorite saying when visitors were getting ready to leave was “What’s your hurry?”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvina Turner Lack; sister, Wilene Lack; and brothers, Colonel Wendell D. Lack, Wilborn M. Lack Jr. and Charles R. Lack.
He is survived by his sister, Jean Anne Griffing; brothers, Dick R. Lack and James H. Lack; stepchildren, Eugene Turner, Toni Lund, Tracie Aguilar, Pete Aguilar and Joaquin ‘Leonard’ Aguilar; and many grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Internment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:41
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Randolph Edwin Lambert, 76, of Cannonball, N.D., died Nov. 14, 2013, at the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
He was born to Midas Lambert and Jenny Eagle Boy in Cannonball, N.D.
He enjoyed working on cars and giving people rides when needed. He was always on the go. He loved spending time with family and friends and spoiling his grandchildren.
He is survived by a very special nephew, whom he took as a son, Jesse Baker of Wolf Point; and many grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Norma and Norene Lambert; and brothers, Guy, Stansel, Edred and Dean Lambert.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the King Memorial Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:40
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Melda Deloris Fire Moon, 57, of Glendive, formerly of Frazer, died at the Glendive Medical Center on Nov. 6, 2013.
She was born to Lyle and Leta Fire Moon on May 5, 1956. She was the oldest daughter of eight siblings. At a young age of nine months, she was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. She lived with the family until the age of 25 and, at that time, she became a resident of Eastern Montana Industries in Glendive until her death.
She had an extended family at her residence in Glendive and had numerous special caregivers that shared in her life.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lyle Jr. and Vincent Reed.
Her siblings are Dawson FireMoon, Velda Stewart, Ingrid Fire Moon, Thomas FireMoon and Lyla Law.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 16:10
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Agnes Marie Garfield, 96 years young, passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2013, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Mont., surrounded by her loving family.
Mom was born on July 29, 1917, in Williston, N.D., to Roger Moran and Theresa Morin and was the second oldest of 12 children. She attended school as a young child in Trenton, N.D., and Dagmar, Mont., where she rode to school on horseback. Mom attended high school at Flandreau, S.D., where she graduated at the age 16.
She married Daniel A. Garfield on Nov. 22, 1937, in Wolf Point, Mont., and they were married for 53 years before he passed away. From this blessed union, 12 children were born — six boys and six girls or half a dozen of one kind and six of the other as she fondly would say.
Mom was a hard worker and worked in almost every eating establishment in town as a waitress and a cook while raising her family. She started the breakfast feeding program for children in Wolf Point until the program was implemented into the schools.
She was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a member of St. Theresa Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and Katerie Tekawitha and attended several conferences throughout the United States.
Mom was well known for her story-telling and her stories were published in The Herald-News in the Christmas edition for many years.
She loved to garden, and grew vegetables that she cooked and canned, always making sure her family had plenty to eat.
Right after she graduated from high school, her mother passed during childbirth and Mom gave up her dream of becoming a nurse to help raise her younger siblings. Mom sewed and among many of the things she made were dresses for her daughters.
Mom came from a very musical family and played piano, guitar and would sing with her siblings and taught her sons how to play at a young age and they subsequently started a rock band while they were still in high school. They were known as the Rare Breed.
Mom would read the Bible to her children at night and did nightly prayers with them if she was not working. Mom always came up with ways to entertain her children by singing, telling stories or playing games with us.
She loved having parties at the house including the annual fish fry, holidays and would have Halloween block parties for all of the children on our block. When the boys were young, mom took them hunting and picking berries and taught all of her children how to be self-sufficient.
Mom loved her family dearly and she will be greatly missed by everyone. We could go on and on about memories of our mother, but we would have to write a book. Rest in peace, sweet mama, we love you.
Mom was preceded in death by our dad, Daniel Garfield; her parents; two sisters; five brothers; a son, Douglas Garfield; and a grandson, Ronnie Garfield.
Mom is survived by her sons, Daniel (Dixie) Garfield, Larry (Sheena) Garfield, Vance (Clairanne) Garfield, Chuck (Janice) Garfield and Leon (Ruth) Garfield; daughters, Joan Small, Cleo Shumway, Cecelia (Hyram) Peters, Nancy Nordwick, Marshelle Lambert and Desiree Garfield; 36 grandchildren; 99 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters and three brothers.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Cremation is to follow service. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting our website www.claytonstevensonchapel.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:22