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Margaret Ann Ellerkamp, 86, of Culbertson, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive.
She lived in the same house her entire adult life for 66 years.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, with Brother Bede Baldry officiating at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson with Father Martin Ezeihuaku officiating. Rite of Committal will be in the Cherry Creek Cemetery (Hwy. 16 South of Culbertson).
She was born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Beaumont, Texas, to Forrest and Levi (Bodin) Stewart the second of five children; Peggy Geraci, James Stewart, Eddie Stewart and Tony Stewart. She was raised and educated in Beaumont, graduating from St. Anthony's High School with the class of 1946.
She was united in marriage to Romie Ellerkamp on Feb. 26, 1948, in Cul-
bertson for 43 years until Romie's death.
She worked at Roosevelt Memorial Hospital in Culbertson as a nurses aide until she continued her education at the University of North Dakota in Williston, N.D., where she obtained her LPN certificate in 1970. She continued to work as a LPN for the next 23 years until her retirement in 1993.
She was a member of the St. Anthony's Altar Society, Culbertson's Women's Club, The Cottonwood Club, Sweet Adelines and was a volunteer at the Culbertson Museum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Romie Ellerkamp; her son, Chris Ellerkamp; and one brother, Eddie Stewart.
She is survived by her children, Mark Ellerkamp of Culbertson, Sandra Bishop of Glendive, Mary Fossum of Richland and Jo Murr of Havre; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; one sister, Peggy Geraci of Beaumont; and two brothers, James Stewart of Atlanta, Ga., and Anthony Stewart.
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Mary Ann Rodenberg, 91, of Wolf Point died Jan. 28, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
She was the oldest child of Josephine and James O’Connell. She grew up in Bozeman, attending Rosary Grade and High School. She worked in defense related industry in Hanford, Wash., during World War II and then moved back to Bozeman where she met and married Harry Rodenberg of Manhattan in 1947.
They moved to Wolf Point shortly thereafter and she spent her entire married life there raising a family, maintaining a home and helping friends.
Throughout her life, she was active in the community and her church. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society, Women’s Civic Club in which she served as president, local Brownies and Girl Scout leader, a member of the Montana Beekeepers Auxiliary and a supporter of her husband and family in all aspects of their beekeeping profession.
She enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing, canning, baking, visiting, traveling and being with family and friends. She attended conventions and meetings related to the family honey business for over 60 years. Everywhere she went, she would meet someone and they shared a story or connection to Montana.
She was preceded in death by a younger brother, John, who died as an infant.
She is survived by her husband, Harry of Wolf Point; brother, James of Salt Lake City, Utah; three children, John of Puyallup, Wash., Gail Dugan of Shoreline, Wash., and Jim of Wolf Point; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A rosary and prayer service were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Norma “Ruth” Leibrand Harris, 95, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
Ruth was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Verwood, Sask., Canada, to Sanford and Winifred (Mehsling) Leibrand. Her family moved to Scobey, Mont., to farm in the spring of 1929.
While at Scobey, she graduated from high school and embraced the story of the gospel which was her first love for the rest of her life. These years were known by many farmers in northeast Montana as the “Dirty ‘30s” and along with the great depression made farming difficult.
In 1937, the Leibrand family moved west to
Kalispell to start a new occupation. It was there she met her husband Alva. They married in Whitefish on June 1, 1943. They then moved to Spokane, Wash., where Alva worked on a dairy.
It wasn’t long before Alva was offered a job on the Jacobsen farm in Froid, Mont., and they headed east again. Ruth consented to the move with some reservations, hoping they would not again experience years in the ‘30s. While farming in that area, three sons were born.
In 1950, they began farming in the Sunnyside, Nickwall community where their fourth son was born. They farmed in Nickwall until February 1973 when Alva passed away. Ruth loved helping out on the farm, and she made sure her family was well taken care of.
She spent the last 35 years of her life in her own home in Wolf Point. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and working in her yard and garden. Ruth also cared for children in her home, loving them like her own grandchildren. She loved having Sunday morning fellowship meetings in her home for those 35 years.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Alva; son, Leonard; three sisters, Margaret Braaten, Blanche Brist and Muriel McDonald; and twin brothers, Bob and George Leibrand.
Ruth is survived by her sons, Lloyd (Susie) of
Bozeman, Larry of Wolf Point and Marvin of Great Falls; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Eileen Reed of Oregon; and her brother, Albert of Oregon.
Funeral services will be held at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. with Eldon Coles and Julia Brist officiating. Visitation will be held at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel from 10 to 11 a.m. directly preceding the service Saturday, Feb. 7.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Alice LaVerne Pereau Harris, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
She was born April 13, 1933, to Vernon J. Pereau and Stella Barse Pereau.
She married Roy Omar Harris Jan. 17, 1959, in Columbus. Their love for each other brought to them two beautiful children. Joseph Paul and Joan Marie both died in their youth. Despite the great loss of their children, Alice and Roy remained devoted to their faith in the Lord and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and kept an open heart and a kind word for all they knew.
She spent many years of her youth in the home of her grandmother American Horse being taught the disciplines of her Sioux culture and heritage. Early in life, she was given her grandma’s name “Good Hearted Woman” (Sioux translation) Cant’e Wa’ste Winyan. She lived up to her name throughout her life; her generosity was beyond comparison. She was deeply proud of her Sioux heritage because she was the great-granddaughter of “Chief American Horse.”
She is survived by her daughter, Roxanne Gourneau; brother, John Pereau; sister, Nancy Williams; the Redstone family; and the Smith family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; children, Joseph Paul and Joan Marie; brother, Robert Pereau; and sister, Joan Redstone.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Sunset Gardens in Billings. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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Glenn Leo Mason, age 82, of Glasgow, Mont., died at Valley View Home, Glasgow, Mont., of natural causes on Jan. 16, 2015.
He was born on Dec. 22, 1932, in Souris, N.D., the son of Laura and Paul Mason.
Glenn was educated in Souris, N.D., and graduated in 1951 from Wolf Point High School, Wolf Point, Mont., as an outstanding football player.
He served in the Army during the Korean War 1952-1954.
He enjoyed history, fishing, tied his own flies and was an avid bicycler. Glenn was awarded for the many hours that he worked as a docent at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Mont., (1998-2000). On the plaque identifying the bench that he donated along the walking/biking path leading to the interpretive center, he invites, “Sit with me a while.”
Glenn was proud of his work for Mountain Bell Telephone and received a 25 years of service plate in 1981 for his employment. He also worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. In 1989, at the age of 57, he meticulously planned and executed a 20-day, 615-mile bicycle trip across Montana. His brother Duane dropped him off in Wisdom, Mont., and Glenn rode his bike tto Fort Union, Mont. Buddy (Glenn) conditioned himself for this strenuous journey across our state in April 1989 by cycling 453 miles from Choteau through Wolf Creek Canyon, Big Hole Divide, Butte, Helena, Great Falls and back to Choteau.
Glenn loved people and animals. The photos of many friends whom he loved and respected were taped to his lamp shade and these friends found a place in his daily Bible reading and prayer. Glenn’s favorite verse: Galatians 5: 22-23.
Glenn was a compassionate man, and encountered many elderly friends while living in Choteau, as he worked with the Meals on Wheels Program while volunteering for the Teton Medical Center in the ‘90s. While living in Glasgow, Glenn lived next door to the Valley County Cat Resource Project for 3½ years and helped out by fostering special needs and abandoned kitties (Luke the Presbyterian Cat, Oreo, Patrick, Teddy Bear, Panther, Heckle and Jekyll), all of which became friends with Buffy, his loyal Lhasas Apsos.
Glenn loved to sing and to have others sing with him. He entertained people on many levels with his booming baritone voice, beginning when Whimp startled his classmates by singing Old Man River for high school graduation. In later years, he sang with the Great Falls Symphonic Choir. After moving to Glasgow in 2002, he was often asked to sing “the oldies” while living at Nemont Manor and Valley View.
Glenn was always a loving big brother, uncle and son. He called his sister, Laurel, daily and they watched and bet on their answers to Jeopardy questions.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, Duane and Vernon; and sister, Joyce.
He is survived by Laurel Jean Bradley of Great Falls, Mont.; many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces; his loyal dogs, Buffy and Dutchess; and cat, Morris.