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Chief Robert Perry Four Star died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.
He was born Aug. 15, 1940, at Eagle Feather Hill south of Frazer. He was the son of Wallace C. Four Star and Evaline Dawson. He had seven brothers, the late Milton Four Star, Dr. Kenneth Ryan of Wolf Point, the late Donovan Shields, the late Ivan Archdale, the late Jon Archdale, the late Sheldon Archdale and the late Rudolph Oliver Archdale; and four sisters, the late Angeline Four Star, the late Leta Fire Moon, Wallis Joan Blount of Frazer and Julia Farrar of California.
In 1957, he graduated from Valier High School and then went on to further his education by receiving both associate and bachelor degrees. In August 1968, he was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. He worked many jobs throughout his life, some of which included material department manager at A&S Industries from 1977 to 1991 and faculty instructor at Fort Peck Community College from 1994 to 2001.
He held three Nakona names: Tawase Washte “Good Warpaint” he received when he was born, Wamni Sha “Red Eagle” and Tatanga Doba Inazhi “Buffalo Stops Four Times” when he was made chief in 1981 of the Hudesana/Red Bottom Band of Assiniboine at the Red Bottom Celebration. He was recognized in Montana and Canada as a traditional pipe carrier. He served his people as a singer and carrier of the traditional songs of the Red Bottom Assiniboine. He was one of the last fluent Nakona speakers on Fort Peck.
He met his first wife, Roberta Joyce Miera, and they were married June 8, 1968. To this union, two daughters were born, Victoria Adams and Olivia Imlay.
Later in life, he met his current wife, Judy Bauer, and married her Dec. 28, 1992. Upon this union, he gained four children whom he raised as his own, Roger Jr. of Oswego, Amanda of Billings, Jacob of Oswego and Kayla of Wolf Point.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Colter Imlay.
He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment with full military honors was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Narvin K. Chaser Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Poplar Hospital.
He is survived by his wife Bernice Chaser and children Lydia R. Chaser and Kurtis Narvin Chaser, along with stepchildren Emily Martin, and Robert Eder, Roxanne, Suzette and Richard Eagleman. He was a great, loving dad, husband, brother and uncle to many people who knew him. He is also survived by sisters Eldaris Alexander and family, Carol Jean Chaser and family, and Valerir Chaser and family; brother Ed Chaser and Dana Mireau; Diane Longee and boys, and numerous children he helped raise through his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lydia Conica and his father Edward Chaser, son Narvin Kurtis Chaser, Jr. and brother James Chaser.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at the Assembly of God Church in Poplar. Interment followed at Riverside Catholic Cemetery in Brockton.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
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Irene “Georgia” Ersness, age 89, passed away Oct. 3, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
Georgia graduated from Plentywood High School and began her working career at the bank in Reserve. She then moved to Helena and worked at a bank there, relishing the time she lived at the Y.
She married Calmer Ersness on Dec. 29, 1950, and they started their lives together in Scobey, moving to Wolf Point in 1954.
Georgia and Calmer had three sons, Calmer Jr., Corwin, and John.
Georgia worked as an office manager for the Department of Highways, secretary at the First Presbyterian Church, and she worked at the Production Credit Association. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Order of Eastern Star.
In her lifetime, Georgia enjoyed painting, sewing, quilting and being with cherished friends at the cabin in Fort Peck.
Georgia is survived by her sons Calmer Jr., Corwin and John. She is survived by one granddaughter, Jill; and three great-grandchildren, Logan, Colby and Kaylee. Georgia is survived by her only living sibling, her brother, Ken Domonoski.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Calmer Ersness Sr. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donn and Roy; and her sisters, Pat and Carol.
Visitation was held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Entombment in the Plentywood Mausoleum followed later in the afternoon. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Jeanette Marie Jensen, age 87, passed away Oct. 9, 2015, while bravely undergoing heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Jeanette was born on Oct. 11, 1927, to Carl and Anna Marie (Werner) Koepke at their homestead in Lustre, Mont. The family moved to Wolf Point in 1941. Jeanette graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1945 and then went to beauty college in Great Falls graduating with a cosmetology license.
Jeanette also worked for Mountain Bell and Rathert Schreiber Ford before becoming an Avon sales representative in 1968. She was an Avon Lady for 45 years receiving many president’s awards in recognition of her performance.
Lloyd (Lefty) Jensen gave Jeanette a ride home one cold winter evening while she was walking home from working late at “Ma Bell.” This started their romance and they were married on April 17, 1949. They celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2014.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Lefty Jensen; her children, Cheryl Hansen of Wolf Point, Richard Jensen (Bill Sharpton) of New Orleans, La., and Connie (Wes) Neubauer of Wolf Point. Her grandchildren are Ross Neubauer (Lindsey Ellison) and children Kelsie, Kaleb, Nevaeh and Eli of Wolf Point; Sandra (Neubauer) Idzi (Tomasz) and children Maksim and Mila of Clarksville, Tenn.; Steven Neubauer (Rebekah) and children Kate and Penny of North Bend, Wash.; Crystal Hansen of Great Falls; and Kevin Hansen of Wolf Point. Jeanette is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marie Koepke; and her sister, Dolores Hveem.
Jeanette enjoyed cooking for her family and was always mailing baked goods to her children and grandchildren. She was an active member and president of the Wolf Point Jaycees and the Elks Ladies club. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and was especially interested in sustaining the German and Scandinavian heritage meals in the annual Smorgasbord.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church, 415 Johnson St. in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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On the morning of Oct. 8, 2015, Diane Marie Corne went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 70 years old.
Diane was born in Poplar, Mont., on July 13, 1945, to John and Marie O’Connor (Ranf). She attended Poplar Schools and graduated in 1963. During her high school years, she was active in cheerleading, tumbling and pep club.
After graduation, she worked at the family business, the Korner Bar, before moving to Billings to attend the Hollywood Beauty School. She worked in Billings for a short time as a hairdresser before moving home to Poplar where she worked for Patty Lynn’s Beauty Shop.
On Nov. 26, 1965, Diane married Warren “Butch” Corne at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Poplar, Mont. To this union, three daughters were born: Nonette, Deonne and Tyree.
Butch and Diane moved to Gillette, Wyo., for a short time where he worked in the oil fields. They returned home where Butch worked as a mechanic for the Standard station. In 1968, they bought the station from Chris Tange which came to be known as “Butch’s Exxon.” They continued to own and operate the station until 2011.
Diane always wanted to travel and one of her dreams was to go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which she did the summer of 2014 to attend a destination wedding. She was currently making plans to travel to Pennsylvania to visit her baby brother, Darrell, and his wife, Virginia. She was looking forward to seeing their new home. She was also hoping to go on an Alaskan cruise this November to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary.
Diane was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. When visiting old friends or new acquaintances, she would take the opportunity to mention that two of her daughters were nurses and the youngest was a massage therapist, who had been voted “Best” in Helena three years running.
Diane loved serving her Lord and was extremely devoted to her faith. She had been very active in the church teaching CCD classes, participating in Bible study and serving as a Eucharistic minister.
Diane is survived by her husband, Butch; and children, Nonette (Thomas), Deonne (Dan), Tyree (Randy) and Thailen; her grandchildren, Anthony, Derek, Taylor, Ty, Johnathon, Jason, Blayne, Garrett and Hunter; her siblings, Wanda Trihub of Bozeman, Mont., Bob (Donna) Ranf of Missoula, Mont., Darrell (Virginia) Ranf of Pennsylvania and Joni (Ron) Sherwood of Texas.
She was proceeded in death by her father, John O’Connor; her dad, J.W. Ranf; her mother, Marie Ranf; and brother, Doodle.
She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, soft spoken voice and gentle touch.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, Montana. Interment followed at the Poplar City Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.