Written by Herald-News
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.
Written by Herald-News
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.
Written by Herald-News
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.
Written by Herald-News
Peggy Lee Walker, 39, died Sept. 5, 2014, in Wolf Point.
She was born Feb. 3, 1975, to Linda Jo Hopkins and Charles Walker in Los Angeles, Calif. She lived there until she was eight years old with her sister Tracey Lynn Hopkins. They moved to Wolf Point to live with their grandmother, Eva Freeman.
She loved to meet people and visit. She was very outspoken. She had many ways of making people laugh and enjoy themselves. Peggy met Bruce Pretty Bird of Rosebud, S.D., in 1993 and they had a girl in 1994, Kenzie Jean Walker. Later, she met Francis Horselooking and had two girls, Amelia Horselooking and Caroline Horselooking. They also had a boy, Tyrell Horselooking, and all are from Rosebud, S.D.
She worked as a CNA for many years at the Faith Home in Wolf Point and she also did other numerous jobs.
She had one sibling, Tracey. They were very close and attached to each other. They would always want to know what the other was doing. She had her own adopted parents, Chic and Garry Robinson and Mavis Martell. Shemet a special friend, Melvin Martell of Wolf Point. They were inseparable.
She is survived by her children, Kenzie Walker, Tyrell, Amelia, and Caroline Horselooking of Rosebud, S.D.; sister, Tracey Hopkins of Wolf Point; brothers, Chance Robinson and Garrick Robinson; adopted parents, Chic and Garry Robinson and Mavis Martell of Wolf Point; special friend, Melvin Martell of Wolf Point; grandmother, Pearl Hopkins of Poplar; grandfathers, Arvin McNabb of Great Falls and Joe Jones of Wolf Point; and two grandchildren, Azaleah and Savanah Martell.
She was preceded in death by brother, Andrew “Gator” Robinson; adopted mother, Mavis Martell.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery in Oswego.
Written by Herald-News
Gabriel Moses "Mickey" Young Jr., 79, died Aug. 31, 2014, in Poplar.
He was born March 28, 1935, to Gabe Young Sr. and Effie Cloud in Ft. Totten, N.D. He attended school in Brockton and worked on various farms and ranches in the area.
He was a comical guy who liked to joke around with everyone. He also had a nickname for every person that he met. He enjoyed raising and spending time with his grandchildren, Stacey Star Simons being his pride and joy.
He would sit outside his house drinking coffee and visiting with anyone who would stop by. He also enjoyed cruising listening to Indian music, going to pow-wows, playing scratch cards and watching game shows.
He is survived by his children, Lahoma Young Boadle, Susie Jones, Jennifer Porras, Valerie Longtree, Vicki Dean Stark; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers, Eugene Pepper Young of Ft. Yates, N.D., and Richard Young.
He was preceded in death by his children, Michael and Jeanette; wife, Thelma Jones; sisters, Irma Longee and Jeanette LaVallie; and brothers, Wixie Young and Billie Young.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Activity Center in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.