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On the night of Oct. 5, 2014, our sister, mother and grandmother slipped away from her earthly family and into the arms of Jesus. She passed away in her sleep at age 80.
Shirley Gabrielson was born March 17, 1934, in San Francisco, Calif. After WWII, her family returned to Anaconda, Mont., where Shirley graduated high school. She received her B.S. degree in nursing from Montana State University. It was there a young Phi Kap caught her eye. Shirley and Grant Gabrielson celebrated 49 years of marriage.
Along the way, two children, Jim and Kari, joined their adventure, which took them to Wibaux (Jim), Big Sandy, Fairfield (Kari), Missoula, Sidney and finally Wolf Point in 1970. Shirley resided in Rapid City, S.D., for the past six years to be near daughter Kari and husband Joe and (to spoil) her two grandchildren.
Besides being a loving, involved and dedicated mother and wife, Shirley poured her energy into her nursing career. She held various positions, served on several state boards, and lobbied for patient rights for over 50 years. As education director, she developed a national course for training nurses’ aids in rural hospitals, as well as “The Teddy Bear Clinic” designed to help children overcome their fear of hospitals. This program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is in use around the world.
Shirley also dearly loved the Order of Easter Star and her Star family. During her 60+ year membership, she served faithfully in many offices, including Worthy Grand Matron of Montana 1994-95. As a member of Wolf Point Riverside Chapter, she volunteered tirelessly for many community service projects.
She was a patriotic citizen, passionate sports fan and quick wit. She loved to bake, picnic, camp, sew, visit with friends, travel, the outdoors and keeping up on the news. She enjoyed nieces, nephews and all kids who crossed her path. She followed their activities all through life. Her wish was to make the world a kinder, more gentle and compassionate place. She did a great job!
She is survived by her children, Jim (Anissa) Gabrielson of Missoula, Mont., and Kari (Joe) Jagodzinski of Rapid City, S.D.; grandkids, Janna and Joey of Rapid City; brother, Art (Peggy) Ellison of Anaconda, Mont.; sister, Jean Stanley of Yuma, Ariz.; uncle, Irwin Mueller of Butte, Mont.; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Ellison-Marick; father, Art Ellison; and husband, I. Grant Gabrielson.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Rimrock Evangelical Free Church in Rapid City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Smile Train, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Disabled Veterans of American, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or any animal welfare organization .
Friends may sign Shirley’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.
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Michael Bad Hawk Jr., 23, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2014, at his residence. Wake services began at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy. Wake services were held in Frazer, Mont., on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. with funeral service on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.; both taking place at the Frazer Community Center. Burial was at the Frazer Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Michael’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.
Michael was born in Wolf Point on Nov. 16, 1990, to Michael Bad Hawk Sr. and Melissa Whitford. He was raised in Wolf Point and Rocky Boy, attending elementary and junior high school in Frazer, and graduating from Wolf Point High School.
Michael worked for a short time after graduation at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point and spent a great deal of time caring for his two sons. He returned to Rocky Boy full-time in 2010, and attended Stone Child College, playing basketball for them. He worked odd jobs, always trying to stay outside. Most recently, he spent his time caring for his nephew.
Michael was an outgoing young man who loved to hike and spent a great deal of time in his younger years hunting with his dad. He was a bit of a jokester, and loved to make people laugh, especially when you were frustrated with him. He was everyone’s friend, trying to pick up their spirits when they were down. Michael also liked cooking, working out and staying in shape. His favorite pastime was playing with his nieces and nephews. He was especially close to Constance, who was like a son to him. Michael’s constant concern was the kids.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Art and Mabel Raining Bird, Leslie Four Star and Dolores Four Star; his uncles, Donovan Raining Bird and Wayne Bad Hawk; and his aunt, Ralee Raining Bird.
Michael is survived by his sons, Martavis Scott Bad Hawk and Michael Scott Bad Hawk III of Texas; his adopted son, Constance Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; his parents, Melissa Whitford of Rocky Boy and Michael S. Bad Hawk Sr. of Wolf Point; his sister, Letecia Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; his brothers, Cole Bad Hawk and Clay Bad Hawk of Rocky Boy; and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and friends.
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Memphis Gabriel Keiser, 19 days, of Poplar, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Poplar Community Hospital.
He was born Sept. 10, 2014, to Misty LeMay and Hoyt E. Keiser Sr. He had a very special papa, Elvis, who called him Tennessee.
He meant the world to his father. He brought him back to who he used to be, a hard-working man. He left home to make their lives better and to be a family.
He is survived by his mother, Misty LeMay of Poplar; father, Hoyt E. Keiser Sr. of Frazer; sister, Keiaira Unique Plenty Hawk of Poplar; grandmothers, Deanne LeMay of Poplar, Fayda Simmons, Francine LeMay, Floreen (John) Person, Vonda Big Horn, Fonda (Gerald) Flores of Joshua, Texas, Sarah Johnson, Francis Clampitt; grandfathers, Elvis Eagle of Poplar, Ed LeMay, Les (Lynn) Big Horn, Loren Big Horn, Arnold (Judy) Big Hord, all of Poplar, Wilber Keiser, David Bigleggins; and great-grandmothers, Delphine LeMay of Riverside and Merle Clampitt of Frazer.
His funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 6, at the Makaicu Church in Riverside. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Betty “Marlene” Fast, 74, of Mountain Lake, Minn., died Oct. 5, 2014, at Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake.
She was born April 24, 1940, in Wolf Point to Arthur and Elizabeth (Koslowsky) Fast. In her early years, she went forward in her home church during a revival service and received Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized upon confession of faith in 1952.
She attended country school in the Lustre area and graduated from Lustre Bible Academy in 1963, several years later than expected. This was due to a diagnosis of Sydenham’s chorea in her early teen years that put her on bed rest for five years; the condition became a chronic one for her. Nonetheless, she graduated from Northern Montana College in Havre in 1967 with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
She taught various places in Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota for the next six years. Although she then left the teaching profession, she continued to have a lifelong love for children and teaching.
She moved to Omaha, Neb., in 1974, where she spent 29 years working in daycare and other positions. She formed many friendships during her time there and loved entertaining friends in her home.
She volunteered in the nursery at the Community Bible Church in Ralston, Neb., where she got acquainted with and supported numerous missionaries.
Due to health issues, she moved to Mountain Lake, Minn., in 2003 to be close to her sister, Marge. After a fall in November 2008 and surgery to repair her broken hip, she entered the Eventide Home and later the Good Samaritan Village.
She will be remembered by many for faithfully sending birthday cards and letters as long as she was able to do so. She never felt inhibited by her condition to go out and meet people. As a result, she had many friendships. Never once did she complain about her chronic condition — truly a lesson for all. Many years ago, her dad introduced the song Others to the family. It became the Fast family song and was sung every time they gathered. She truly embodied the words of the song throughout her life.
She is survived by six siblings, Marge Friesen of Mountain Lake, Martin Fast of Frazer, Marliss Busenitz of Waxahachie, Texas, Iris Troche of El Paso, Texas, Marietta Olfert of Frazer and Marla McKinley-Forbes of Chester.
Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake. Service will be held at the Cornerstone Bible Church Friday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Janzen officiating. Interment will be at the Cornerstone Bible Cemetery in Mountain Lake.
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Annie Marie Olson, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
She was born Oct. 4, 1921, at Sandcreek in a log cabin house. She was the baby of the Stalheim family. She was the closest to her younger brother, Lawrence, he seemed to get his little sister into trouble.
She walked three miles to school both ways for the first four years and then they moved to a different homestead about three miles from their first house. The school was called Coll School. In the winter, her brother would pull her through the snow.
When she was 13 or 14, she was in 4-H. She took first prize for canned peaches and received blue ribbon at the county fair in Circle. When she was 14, she went to work for the Kellys in old Vida and took care of nine children, cooked and cleaned. After the children ate, there was not much left for her. She would send her paycheck of $13 per month to her folks. She also worked at the Sherman cleaning rooms.
During the summer of July 1935, she stayed with her sisters, Bernie and Myrtle, and worked for them. That’s when she met Lawrence Olson. On Nov. 16, 1941, they were married at Wolf Point. They celebrated 68 years together and raised nine children, Ruth, Norma, Robert, Diana, Edna, Connie, Jo Ann, Donna and Julie, who gave them 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was a very hard worker, never showed having a bad day and never complained. In her younger years, she had many talents — she sewed dresses for the girls and loved helping Lawrence outside. She raised a huge garden, which dad made sure we had enough potatoes and vegetables to last the whole year. So, that meant mom cooked potatoes three times a day, breakfast, dinner and supper.
In the later years, Lawrence bought a small camper. She was so proud and kept it spotless. Even while camping, she made big meals. Also during harvest time was another food feast.
She was a kind and gentle soul and had a big heart.
She is survived by her daughters, Ruth Borg of Sidney, Norma Pawlowski of Murrieta, Calif., Diana Lawson of Spokane, Wash., Edna Niccolls of Spokane, Wash., Connie Buxbaum of Ronan, Jo Ann Olson of Rapid City, S.D., Donna Torres of New Town, N.D., and Julie Azar of Williston, N.D.; and her son, Robert Olson of Vida.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence in 2008; brothers, Clarence, Lawrence, Omar, Harry and Morris; and sisters, Bernadette Vine and Myrtle Vine.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the Vida Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.