Wolf Point Herald

BRETT NORMAN

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Brett Norman, 17, of the Lustre area, died in a motor vehicle accident east of Nashua, Mont., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
Services will be at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Mont., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 10 a.m. Interment will be on his family’s farm near Lustre, Mont.
Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Mont., is in charge of arrangements.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Herald-News.

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Anita 'Midge' Toavs

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Anita “Midge” Toavs was born on April 10, 1946, to C. R. and Ailee Thiessen in Glendive, Mont. Early morning on Oct. 30, 2014, at home with her loving husband, Will, and special sister Fran by her side, she took Jesus’ hand and went home to be with the Savior she loved and served.  Her courageous battle with cancer was over. She has “fought the good fight, she has finished the race, she has kept the faith.”  II Timothy 4:7
Anita attended elementary and high school in Lambert. After graduating from high school, she attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, for a year. Then, she attended and graduated from the college of Coiffure Arts in Billings, Mont.
Will and Anita were married Sept. 3, 1966.  Their first years were spent in Larslan, Mont., working on a farm. Then in 1969, they purchased a farm north of Wolf Point, where they raised three children, Kelly, Brent and Janelle. The joy of their lives are their wonderful grandchildren!
Every one of our blessings originate in the kind thoughts of our loving, heavenly father. One of our greatest blessings was in having Anita as a loving wife and mom. It is hard to put into words the essence of a life which brought us so much love, joy and happiness.
Many of us knew Anita in positions such as church pianist at Bethel Mennonite Church, Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, worker in the Ladies Aid and Christian Women’s Club. She was also active in the local 4-H club.
Her love for people, her generosity and her hospitality were outstanding qualities. She was very compassionate to all the people in her life and very kindhearted. She had a sensitive heart, observant eyes and loving hands. She saw people through the eyes of Jesus. She would be His hands and feet. She had a servant’s heart. She took time for people.
Anita is survived by her loving husband, Will; son, Kelly (Michelle), their three children, Wolf Point; son, Brent, Wolf Point; daughter, Janelle (Josh), their five children, Fairbanks, Alaska; her mother, Ailee Theissen, Lambert; and brother, Jim (Judy) Thiessen, Lambert.
Anita was preceded in death by her father, C. R. Thiessen; and her sister, Corlea.
In memory of Anita Toavs, memorials can be given to Lustre Christian High School, 294 Lustre Rd, Frazer, MT 59225.
(Paid Obituary)

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Leola Van Atta

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One of eastern Montana’s last pioneering women, Leola M. Van Atta, 92, of Vida, Mont., passed away from natural causes on Nov. 6, 2014, at St. John’s Nursing Home in Billings.
Leola was born in Wolf Point, Mont., on Oct. 16, 1922, to Paul and Ina (McFarlane) Schillinger. She attended the Schillinger country school, Wolf Point High School and graduated from Billings Senior High School in the first graduating class at the current BSHS building, which then was considered to be on the edge of the fast-growing city.
Leola worked as a dental assistant, attended beauty school, and became a beautician. She and James Robbins Van Atta were married at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, Fla., on Jan. 26, 1944. They made their home in Florida until Jimmy completed his duty with the Army Air Corps, moving back to Billings in 1946. The family then moved to Vida, where they worked the family farm. Although slight in build, Leola was a strong woman, working every aspect of the farm — especially after her husband’s death in 1977 — well into her 80s.
Leola was an active member of the Vida-area
community and will be widely missed, especially for her generous spirit, lively conversation and marvelous sense of humor. She was a longtime member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church Alter Society, Vida Homemakers Club, Wolf Point Elks Club, Vida Bridge Club and was a 4-H leader. She was known for her large, lush gardens and fabulous country meals.
Leola permanently moved to Billings in 2003.
Leola is survived by her sons, Larry (Shelley) and Duane (Terry), both of Billings; daughter, Judy Adams (Mark) of Springboro, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Jayne Van Atta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy; her son, Clint; her parents; and siblings, Cleone (Don Sass), Clyde (Monica), Thelma (Ray O’Donnell) and Clair (Edith).
Leola will be missed by all, but now is reunited with her loving husband after 37 years apart.
A vigil was held at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. in Billings, on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services were at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 2055 Woody Dr. in Billings on Monday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Montana Talking Book Library, PO Box 201800, Helena, MT 59620-1800; Blind & Low Vision Services, PO Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604; or the charity of your choice.
(Paid Obituary)

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Bernard Youpee

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Bernard Noel Youpee,  Istah Pēsto, “Sharp Eyes,” born Dec. 25, 1965, to Melvene Spotted Bird and Louis Youpee Jr., died Nov. 6, 2014, at the Poplar Community Hospital.
He enjoyed his last days living along the Poplar River near his father’s residence. His battle with diabetes was inspirational to many. He comes from a well-defined legacy of the Miniconjou, Hunkpapa and Cheyenne people.
He attended public schools at Lame Deer, Lake Forest, Tri-Cities, Brockton and Poplar. He enjoyed a number of outdoor occupations including land surveying, seismograph geo-transmitter stomper and construction laborer. When necessary, he would assist his father’s business, Louie’s Tow Service. He worked for Fort Peck Tribal Industries. He enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard in the 1980s and was honorably discharged.
Generous, kind, loving, with a heart overflowing with compassion, his influence cast a wide net. He cared about social justice on a personal, local and national level. He had a fine and whimsical sense of humor. He, and companion Dee Crow, welcomed many into their family for a day, a week and a short lifetime.
He loved hunting, fishing and sports. In 1976, he bagged his first deer in the Big Sheep Mountain range. He was an accomplished pool player. He was an avid Harley rider and liked to cruise the countryside.
He had a fond respect for the Boxer breed of dogs which he raised. He followed the example of his parents as pow-wow dancers and became a traditional dancer. He traveled the pow-wow circuit throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a traditionalist, he enjoyed his culture and traditions through sundancing, sweatlodges, ceremonies and singing. When not dancing, he liked to drum hop.
He and Cheryl Sutherland had two daughters, Britney and Marlene. His time with Becky Bird also gave him a son, Edmond, and a daughter, Jewel.
Through his trials of relationships, he finally met  Dee Crow, who brought much comfort to his life in a time of his greatest challenges.
He was predeceased by his mother; and brother, Mervin Curtis Youpee.
He is survived by his companion, Dee Crow; father, Louis Youpee; brothers, Charles “Rocky” Youpee of Poplar and Paul White Bear of Brockton; sisters, Lois Youpee of Parshall, N.D., Lana Jackson of Frazer, Amber White Bear and adopted sister Candace Spotted Bird, both of Brockton; children, Britney Cloud and Marlene Youpee, both of Poplar, Edmond Youpee and Jewel Youpee, both of Brockton; two grandsons; and grandfathers, Lester “Jim” Youpee of Brockton and Lloyd Youpee of Poplar.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Brockton Cultural Center. His funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at the cultural center at 11 a.m. with burial at the Fort Kipp Cemetery with Pastor Dean Big Horn officiating.

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Lavone Mason

Lavone “Vonie” Mason of Wolf Point, formerly of Lodge Grass, passed away Nov. 7, 2014, at Faith Home.
She was born in Forada, Minn., May 13, 1914, the youngest of seven children.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Vandall of Wolf Point and Jessie (Ron) Krodel of Williston, N.D.; four grandchildren, Debbie Vandall and Scott (Andrea) Vandall of Wolf Point, Lisa Krodel and Rob (Tammy) Krodel of Williston; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Lodge Grass.
(Paid Obituary)

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