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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.
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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 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 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.