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Dan Graber, 66, formerly of Culbertson, residing recently in Gillette, Wyo., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.
Services were held in Gillette.
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Beverly “Bev” Ann Rowe, 75, returned to her heavenly home on Sept. 26, 2015. She was born Dec. 3, 1939, to Magdalena and William Brown. She was the youngest of eight children.
After graduating from Richey High School, she went on to work for the telephone company in Wolf Point, Mont. While living in Wolf Point, she met her soul mate, our dad, Jerry Rowe. They were married June 8, 1963. After they were married, they moved to Sidney and started our family. Mom stayed at home while Dad worked as a highway patrolman. They made Lewistown their home from 1979 to 1990, finally moving to Billings after Dad’s retirement to be closer to their children.
Married for 52 years, Mom and Dad raised three children: Troy Rowe (Melissa), Tracey Laber (Scott) and Tana Flint. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Mom faithfully cared for her family and friends. A woman of faith and the heart of the Rowe family, Mom shaped our spirituality by her tireless Christian examples. She lived her life in the most positive way. She saw the good in everything and encouraged others to do the same. Her actions and the incredible example she showed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are behaviors that should be emulated by all. She was a true role model.
Mom was known for her ease in frequent conversation even with total strangers, but some may be surprised to learn of the extreme shyness in her youth. Yet even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile and a quick-witted sense of humor. Throughout her life, she maintained a simple and sweet demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.
Mom cared deeply for everyone she knew, whether you were her family, friend or a member of the community. She was always willing to help out someone in need. She had the kindest heart and her house was always filled with friends and family. All of our friends called her “Mom;” friends were always treated as if they were one of her own. She adored her grandchildren, Candace, Triciann, Josh, James, Jacob, Beau, Derrick, Kenda, Kylen, Konner, Kevin and Karley, and great-grandchildren Rider, Zaden, Jaymz, Corderro, Aaliyah and Carson. Each one of them had a special bond and connection with her.
We will miss her with all of our hearts and will always cherish the times we spent together. She was always there when we needed her and she was the most loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was selfless and always put others ahead of her own needs. She never wanted people to go out of their way for her. She has touched the lives of so many people and even though she is gone, her memory will live on in all of our hearts forever. Her spirit has not left us. Everyone she touched in her lifetime should have faith that she will be watching over them.
The funeral mass will be led by Father Dave at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. A luncheon reception to celebrate Mom’s life will be provided in the basement of the church immediately following. Rite of committal will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting smithfuneralchapels.com.
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Craig Elvsaas, 42, of Billings, died Sept. 22, 2015.
He was born July 20, 1973, in Sidney. He was raised in Froid on the family farm. He attended Froid School, graduating in 1992.
After high school, he moved to Billings and began work for “Uncle Larry” at Fahn’s Asphalt. He continued to work in the asphalt business until the time of his death. He had recently started his own asphalt striping business called Straight Line Striping and was having great success with the work.
He was a famously particular person, always having everything just right and in perfect place. His vehicles and house were known for being immaculate at all times. Even as a child, his toy tractors were washed with precision after every playing session.
He loved to spend time with friends, ride his Harley Davidson and watch Tarheels basketball.
He is survived by his parents, Donn (Rosann) Elvsaas of Froid and Carol (Jerry) Thompson of Rapelje; grandfather, Joe Fahn of Harlowton; brother, Shawn Elvsaas of Froid; and sister, Erica Anderson of Froid.
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Inside every older person there is a younger person wondering what the heck happened. Mary Louise Andreasen was born Aug. 13, 1925, to Orena and Gordon C. Gardner in Los Angeles, Calif. She passed away peacefully Sept. 27, 2015, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood.
As a child, Mary Louise lived the Navy life, living in Kansas, Panama and San Diego, Calif. She met her future husband Virgil Andreasen, a Marine, while being a telephone operator in San Diego. They were married Feb. 2, 1946, after Virgil returned from the war. The city girl, who was used to running water and electricity, entered the country life outside Dagmar, Mont. Virgil promised if she did not like it, they would move elsewhere. And, boy, are we thankful she was very adaptable as she loved the farm life and this land.
Mary Louise had a green thumb which was evident in her large garden and beautiful flowers. She loved to cook and could always pull off a meal at a moment’s notice. The young fellows they hired to help with the seeding, haying and harvest still marvel about the food. Everyone knew there was always a fresh pot of coffee at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
She enjoyed staying home, working on cross stitch, playing cards and doing word puzzles. As a member of Nathanael Lutheran Church, she was always behind the scenes helping with projects and events. The Nisse and Danish traditions were very important to her. To Mary Louise, “Family was everything, and everything was about family.”
Virgil and Mary Louise loved to travel, fish and hunt Montana agates with family and friends. Virgil passed away in 1998. A stroke in 2014 brought a new chapter to Mary Louise’s life as she moved to the Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home. The amazing staff quickly became part of the family during their care for Mary Louise.
She enjoyed going through family photos and adapted to the new age of technology watching videos of her numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and “Facetiming” kept her in everyday contact.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; daughters, Clairena and infant Holly Jean; her brother, George Gardner; and son-in-law, Richard Nygard.
Mary Louise is survived by her daughters, Rita Nygard, June Walsh and Signe (Jim) Bannister; grandchildren, Michele and Lloyd Nygard, Samantha (Cory) Johnston, Matt (Melissa) Walsh, Justin (Catrina) Walsh, Andrea (Fred) Fritts, Daniel Bannister, Theresa (Jon) Bailey, Virgil (Michelle) Smith, Mary F. (William) BlackDog and Suzann Smith; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; nephew, Gordon Gardner; and son-in-law, Frank Smith.
Funeral services for Mary Louise Andreasen will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Nathanael Lutheran Church near Dagmar. Interment will follow at the Nathanael Lutheran Cemetery. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
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Twyla Daun (Chell) Picard, 63, died Sept. 17, 2015.
She was born April 14, 1952, the oldest child to Harvey and Josephine Chell, in Webster, S.D. When she was still little, Harvey and Jo moved their small family to Froid, where she would spend her childhood, grow up, make many lifelong friends and go to school. She was very proud to be a Froid Cardinal.
Froid is where she would meet Samuel Lee Picard of Bainville. They had a whirlwind romance and were married in the Lutheran church in Froid Aug. 16, 1969. They spent many hardworking years on the family farm north of Bainville and east of Froid.
She was renowned for her cooking and baking skills and they never had any trouble finding help on the farm. She could also get out and work the cattle and sheep and drive truck with best of them.
In 1983, after their daughter Tawny Jo was born, Twyla and Sam moved their family to Billings. They bought Al’s Bootery and the Redwing shoe store. They had many successful years selling western and work boots to the people of Billings and the surrounding area. They also started a successful residential construction company soon after moving to Billings that is still going strong today.
She loved to look at and be in the mountains of Montana. She and her family spent many days up and around Cooke City.
Her grandchildren were her heart and joy. Time spent at Nana’s house was very special for her "grandbabies" and parents were discouraged from hanging out too long.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marie Ann Picard; and her sister, Renette Chell.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Lee Picard; mother, Josephine Chell; daughter, Tawny Jo Picard; son, Shay Christon Picard; seven grandchildren; brother, Dwight Chell; and sister, Becky Lubbers.