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Larry Connor, 58, died Dec. 21, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services in Wolf Point.
He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 19, 1956. He was the firstborn child and the first son of Joy (Shields) and Hank Connor.
He spent his younger years in California, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. He settled and made his home in Wolf Point, where he was raised by Rusty and June Stafne. He enjoyed spending much of his time out at the Stafne’s ranch, helping with brandings and farming.
He worked numerous jobs with the Fort Peck Tribes. He enjoyed working outdoors which led to his many years working as a ranch hand. He enjoyed attending rodeos, brandings, horseback riding, watching TV and movies, basketball, football, NASCAR and especially his favorite, The History Channel. He was a major fan of the “Pawn Star” marathons.
From the time he was a young boy, he loved “tinkering” with electrical gadgets. He made a hot dog cooker and once found an old TV in the dumpster. He brought it home and after many hours in his room he had that old TV working.
He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved when his daughter Lori Jo and son Chad would stop by for a visit.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his sisters, Sabrina Reese of Hobson, Danette Baker of Queens, N.Y., and Twyla Bearcub of Poplar; brothers, Tom Stafne of Wolf Point and Grant Stafne of Frazer; sons, Chad Connor and Dustin Connor of North Dakota and Tyrell “T.J.” Connor and Cody White Bear of Wolf Point; daughters, Lori Jo Rakstad of Poplar, Billie Jo Begay Swanson, and Fern Steele of Wolf Point; grandchildren he raised, Josh and Holly Flaten; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
His funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Blue Sky Ministries in Wolf Point. Burial was at the Stafne Family Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Charlotte Anne Caldwell died Dec. 20, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.
She was born May 8, 1969, to Ronald Pennell and Geraldine Cellmer in Culbertson. She went to Ruffatto Grade School and attended Culbertson School. In 1987, Charlotte worked as a CNA until 2009.
She was a big animal lover and was into fishing, hunting, gardening, horseback riding and an avid outdoors woman. Her pets were her faithful companions, Sheba, the German Shepherd; Charlie, a Heinz 57 mix; and Lala, the cat.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 19 years. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Montana Bar in Culbertson, playing darts.
She is survived by her husband, Danny; and sisters, Janet Royan and Brenda Kostelecky.
A memorial service will take place in Culbertson next spring.
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John Timm, 66, of Culbertson, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, while working in Belcourt, N.D.
His funeral arrangements are pending with Fulkerson Funeral Home of Williston, N.D.
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Carol Joan (Peterson) Stolen, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2014, in Lewistown, Mont., under hospice care at her son’s home.
Carol was born to Percy H. and Ellen (Applegren) Peterson on Sept. 28, 1936, in Wolf Point, Mont., and was loved by her older brother (Gale) Pete. Carol grew up on the Applegren/Peterson homestead one mile north of Wolf Point, Mont., where she also raised her family. Foster siblings Les Wilhelm and Bernice Wilhelm Tollefson lived with the Petersons full time and became part of their family. Their older brother Jim Wilhelm lived with the Petersons periodically and was always welcome to call their house his home. Bernice and Carol were as tight as any two sisters could be and remained close until Bernice’s passing. Because of the location of the farm being so close to town, the Petersons often found themselves with extra “family” who stayed for various periods of time. It was never a problem to set an extra place at the table or find a bed to sleep in.
During high school, Carol received confirmation in the First Lutheran Church, a church which her mother Ellen Peterson helped to establish. Carol graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1954 and attended Concordia College. Concordia College offered for her to tour Europe with their choir group the summer after graduation; however, Carol chose to return to Wolf Point and marry her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Edward Stolen, on July 17, 1960. Ed and Carol had been together as friends and dating for 53 years at the time of Ed’s passing. To that union were born Laurie Jo, Lyle Ed and Connie Kay. Nieces Torri and Jerra Stolen spent a lot of their pre-school years being raised with Laurie and Lyle, either on the former Stolen farm (with Grandma Martha) in McCone County or in Ed and Carol’s home. Ed and Carol lived in Poplar, Mont., for two years where Carol taught school; then moved to Brockway, Mont., for eight years where Carol was a homemaker. While living in Brockway, pre-schooler Donald “Ralph” Dann began living in the Stolen home and stayed there during the week while his father Donnie Dan worked on the road crew. This continued for five years and Ralph was always considered part of the Ed Stolen family. Finally, they settled in Wolf Point, Mont., and moved to the original farm and home where Carol had been raised. Ed and Carol took over the Peterson family farm and ran that for the remainder of their lives. Carol and Ed operated the Montgomery Wards catalogue store for two years in the early 1970s. Carol then worked at various positions on Main Street as well as being a teaching assistant at the Northside School. They had been married one month short of their 49th year anniversary when Ed passed away in June 2009.
Carol loved the outdoors and working with her father. Percy had a way with horses and taught Carol to be an expert horsewoman. During one particular Stampede rodeo, one of the rodeo clowns came to her and expressed what a natural she was on a horse. There was a very prestigious club he made her a member of which was the “original “Turtle.” She was Wolf Point Stampede Queen in 1955 and rode in the Wolf Point Stampede parade many years. In the 1990s, she took her grandson (Tri) on a wagon train that was organized out of Wolf Point. That is a memory Tri will always have of his grandmother and one of the things she loved most — horses.
Carol was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, holding positions on the church council, active in her circle, singing in the choir, participating in fund raising activities. Carol and Bernice were active members in WIFE. Braces on her legs for over 30 years never slowed her down. It was once predicted she would be in a wheel chair by the age of 30; that never happened!
Carol is survived by her children, Laurie Suppes of Phoenix, Ariz., Lyle of Lewistown, Mont., and Connie (Rolly) Hankinson of Thompson Falls, Mont.; grandson, Leonard E. Suppes III (Tri) of Phoenix, Ariz.; special ex-son-in-law, Lennie Suppes of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Les Wilhelm of California; brothers-in-law, Mark (Martha) Stolen of Havre, Mont., and Dave Tollefson of Wolf Point, Mont.; nieces, Torri Tanzini of Endicott, N.Y., and Jerra (Wayne) Fjelstad of Snohomish, Wash.; and foster son, Donald (Ralph) Dann of Moses Lake, Wash.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Pete (Gale) Peterson; sister, Bernice Tollefson; in-laws, John and Martha Stolen Sr.; and brother-in-law John Stolen Jr.
Funeral services for Carol J. Stolen will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point, with interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the First Lutheran Church or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
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Mary Griswold O’Connor, 96, died Dec. 16, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
She was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Poplar to parents Luther “Pat” Griswold and Lillian Ashmore.
On May 16, 1937, she married Daniel O’Connor in Lewistown. In 1943, they moved to Tule Creek and to the current home place in 1952 where they raised their family.
She will be remembered by many for the “Cowboy Mustard” which she made and would sell at the flea markets in Poplar. She was a member of the Far Out Homemakers from its beginning.
She also ran the café at the old Jesse’s Supper Club.
She enjoyed ceramic classes in the ‘70s at Lorene Roberts. She enjoyed fixing hair for the ladies at Faith Lutheran Home right up until the time of her death and helping make quilts with the church ladies at First Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; daughter, Rosie; grandchildren, Lynn Mann, Chris O’Connor and Brady Robertson; three brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna Mann of Wolf Point; sons, Pat of Miles City and Mike of Wolf Point; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20,
at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point. Cremation has taken place and ashes will be spread at the family ranch at a later date.