Wolf Point Herald

Joseph Jones

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Joseph Harold Jones, 81, of Wolf Point, died at the Billings Clinic Oct. 4, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1932, in the Poplar Community Hospital. He was raised in the Brockton/Riverside community by his parents, William and Phoebe Fast Horse-Jones. He was the youngest of 13 siblings and is the last survivor of the Jones family.
He married Alaida Suzanne B. Hopkins in December 1963. From this union, Henry, Dana, Phoebe and Corrine were born. They made their home in Oswego, where he resided until his death.
He was an avid hunter and exceptional marksman, where he earned the nickname “Deer Hunter.”  He was an ace mechanic, and an ingenious engineer. We once witnessed him make a head-bolt heater out of a hot plate.
In his younger years, he was considered an excellent basketball player, mastering the “low-post” against well-trained competition at the Glasgow Airbase and surrounding areas. He was physically strong and filled with raw talent and a very strong will. Many knee injuries put an abrupt end to his playing career, though basketball was always in his heart.
Although the Jones family has a strong Catholic background, they’ve learned how to inner-mesh their Native traditional ways. He had knowledge of traditional medicines and spoke fluent Sioux. He also took pride in his ¼ Assiniboine blood and his ¼ German blood. He came from a long line of German fur trappers and had German relatives along waterways stretching from Plentywood to Hinsdale.
He made his living working with heavy equipment on the BIA Roads Department. He always told stories of leveling the road on Callis Hill in Fort Kipp. He took pride in his ability to do a tapered grade. He loved attending pow-wows and political rallies; listening to pow-wow and country western music; watching boxing, baseball, basketball and football; and his grandson Joey’s events. He loved the moments spent on his lawnmower and his drives to see his relatives in the Brockton/Riverside area.   
He is survived by his sons, Hank Buckles and Dana Sam Buckles; daughters, Phoebe Blount and Corinne Jones; special grandson, Joey; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Earl, Steven, Ralph and Samson; and his sisters, Virginia War Club, Lucy Spotted Bird, Gladys
Lewis, Jessie Walking Eagle, Bessie Melbourne, Alves Bird and Agnes White Hawk.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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James Sansaver

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James Leroy “Jim” Sansaver of Golden Valley, Minn, formerly of Wolf Point, died at his home Sept. 19, 2014.
He was born Jan. 13, 1935, in Poplar. He was raised in Wolf Point graduating from Wolf Point High School. He attended Gonzaga and Carroll College and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in law.
He was selected by the government to attend the University of Virginia where he received an additional master’s degree in business.
At Carroll College, he met Kathleen Willis and they were married April 2, 1956, in Wolf Point. From this union came four children, Michael, Cynthia, Alexa and Christopher.
He practiced law in various places, was county attorney in Chester and taught High School for a short time. He worked for the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs for over 35 years. He was proud to work on behalf of the Indian Affairs; made lifelong friends among the tribal leaders across the United States. He was assigned as the secretary to the Secretary of Interior in Washington, D.C.
Having a great interest in sports he was Basketball Manager in High School. Jim enjoyed playing and watching tennis and basketball. He also enjoyed playing and watching game shows, anything that challenged his mind.
He was strong in his Catholic faith and was invited to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast for many years.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Marie Sansaver.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, Michael of Fairfax, Va., and Chris of Golden Valley, Minn.; daughter Alexa Mountfort of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three grandchildren; brothers, Paul Sansaver and Don Sansaver, both of Wolf Point; sisters, Mary Ann Verwolf, and Donna Wimmer, both of Wolf Point, and Bobbie Booth of Medicine Lake.
A prayer service will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel with a funeral service Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish in Wolf Point with Fr. Julian Nix officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.

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Gregory Wallander

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Gregory S. Wallander, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
The son of Donald and Lillian Wallander, he was born April 22, 1949, in Great Falls. When he was four, the family moved to Williston, N.D., where he grew up and attended schools. The family moved to Froid while he was in high school. He graduated from Froid in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church, he was a member of Froid Lutheran. After finishing his education, he returned to Froid. He spent his working career in the bank there and retired a couple of years ago.
A history buff, he read everything he could lay his hands on, especially  about Montana and Western history. An avid musicin, he collected albums, especially of the greats in folk music.
Preceded in death by an infant brother, Timothy David, and by his father, Don Wallander, in 2000, he is survived by his mother, Lillian Wallander of Froid.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 29. Pastor Alvina Olstead officiated at the service at the Froid Lutheran Church, with interment in the Froid South Cemetery.

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Donna Yellow Hammer

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Donna Ann Yellow Hammer, 52, died  Sept. 28, 2014.
She was born in Poplar  May 9, 1962, to Ray and Susan Cheek. She grew up in Brockton and graduated from Brockton High School in 1981. She was active in basketball and cheerleading.
She was very friendly and outgoing and helped anyone that came to her for help. She loved her grandchildren and helped raise the first one, Charlie Johnnie Willa Yellow Hammer.  At the time of her death, she was working for foster home licensing.  
She loved to tease and made people laugh. She loved to gamble, always going places where there were machines.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Eriol Yellow Hammer. From this union, they had three children, Misty Yellow Hammer, Traci Yellow Hammer and Myron Yellow Hammer; and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents; two sisters, Charlene Cheek and Linda Melbourne; and a brother, Clifton Cheek.  
A vigil service will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Brockton.

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Elvira Donnice Mahto

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Elvira Donnice Mahto, age 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 21, 2014, in Billings, Mont., surrounded by her family who loved her dearly. She was born in Elbow Woods, N.D., to Leslie W. and Alma (Wells) Mahto on June 14, 1942. In honor of her being born on Flag Day, her grandmother Polly Wells gave her the Indian name Flag Woman.
She attended school in Lucky Mount, N.D.; River Dale, N.D.; Richmond, Calif.; New Town, N.D.; and Flandreau, S.D.; but spent most of her life raising her children and grandchildren in Wolf Point, Mont.
She is a woman with such wisdom, courage, patience and unconditional love. She has had an everlasting impact on each of our lives and for that we are eternally grateful.
Words, and no combination of words, could describe the woman Elvira is, was and will forever be in each of our hearts. She will be remembered for being the most caring person, her laughter, kindness, her jokes and the best frybread you ever would tear apart. She always had a story to solve every problem and a comforting smile to help pick you up when you felt down.
Elvira retired from the Faith Lutheran Home after many years. She enjoyed reading, Sudoku, listening to music (especially Elvis), jigsaw puzzles and traveling, but her most memorable moments came from spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Sandra Mahto Stracener (Mike), Dennis Mahto (Nancy), Georgia Wetsit (Gordan), George Wetsit Jr. (Glenda), Denise Zimmer (Loren), Blaine Wetsit (Sally) and Jeff Wetsit (Tamara). She is also survived by Algie Mahto (Rockee), Carlisle, Truman Mahto (Carmen), Bernadine Wilson (Norman), Ruperta “Bobbi” Larson (Galen “Bunny”), Karen Howe (Burnette) and Kathy Mahto; 35 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie W. and Alma (Wells) Mahto; one brother, Leslie Jr.; son, David Wetsit; daughters, Joan and Laurette Wetsit; granddaughters, Sayra Alise Mahto Stracener, Daveau and Mariah Azure; grandsons, Elijah Zimmer and Mason and Nathaniel Wetsit.
A special thanks to Dr. McGuire, Pam, Kim, Candy, the staff at Riverstone Hospice and to everyone who offered prayers.
Our mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again when we make our journey home. Rest easy, Elvira, you will be thought of often, remembered always and loved forever.
A wake was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting with arrangements.
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