Wolf Point Herald

Rose Marie Friesen

7.9.15.obit Friesen

Rose Marie (Unger) Friesen, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Mont.
 Rose was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Endicott, Neb.  She was less than a year old when she moved with her parents to Lustre, Mont.
Rose attended schools in Lustre and Wolf Point and was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Her main interests and talents were sewing, crocheting, cooking, gardening and loving everyone especially children.
She sewed most of her daughters’ wedding dresses and also made their wedding cakes.  The family would do almost anything for her Vereniki, homemade noodle soup, and Zweiback, to name a few of the favorites.
Rose loved to garden and would amaze her family by planting potatoes under straw and even planting peanuts and cotton just to see them grow.
Rose married Henry “Hank” Friesen Sept. 3, 1945, and they were blessed with six children. Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Adams of Tucson, Ariz., Kathleen Rose “Jackie” (Jerry) Handran of Glendive, Mont., Denise Lucy (Tommy) Green of Belgrade, Mont., Glenn Jay Friesen of Tucson, Ariz., Carol Jean (Mel) Grigg and Stanley Hank “Stan” (Sonja) Friesen of Lustre, Mont.
Hank and Rose moved into Wolf Point from the farm 18 miles north of Oswego in 2000. In town, she kept busy crocheting afghans for all of her children, grandchildren and then some until Alzheimer’s got the best of her.  She moved to the Faith Lutheran Home in 2010 and loved every minute there because the staff was so good to her. They treat everyone like family.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Abram and Anna (Unrau) Unger; husband, Hank Friesen in 2011; her brother, Edwin “Ed” Unger; and sisters, Leatha (Brown) Unger and LaVera and Helen Unger.
Rose is survived by two brothers, LaVern “Vern” Unger of Wolf Point and Larry (Charlotte) Unger of Lustre; all six children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A luncheon will follow at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Bonnie Marie Clincher Red Elk


Longtime journalist Bonnie Marie Clincher Red Elk,  A Stupi Win,  Good Star Woman, 62, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.
She was born on July 6, 1952, in Poplar to Mercy (Walking Eagle) and Silas Clincher. She attended Poplar Schools and graduated from Poplar High School in 1971.
She attended Haskell Indian Junior College and eventually earned her bachelor's degree from the Native American Educational Services College.
She enjoyed beading, sewing, photography, music, attending pow-wows and cultural gatherings, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She began working in journalism in 1975 as a reporter for the Fort Peck tribal newspaper, Wotanin Wowapi. One year later, she was hired as the newspaper's editor. She was the watch dog of the tribal government, keeping the reservation informed of tribal government affairs. For more than 30 years, she covered all aspects of life on the reservation but her primary duty was covering the tribal government.
She was also a founding member of the Native American Press Association, which organized in 1983 on the campus of Penn State University.
The Wotanin eventually went from a bi-weekly tabloid to a full-size weekly newspaper and developed a readership that expanded off the reservation. While she was editor, the Wotanin received numerous awards including Best Native Weekly in 1994 from the Native American Journalists Association and three runner-up awards in the following years. In 2001 and 2002, she received first-place in the Best Reporting of a Tribal Government category and numerous other writing awards throughout her career.
While at the Wotanin, she was eventually fired by the tribal chairman at the time John Morales for her coverage of his controversial administration. After that time, she started her own newspaper in 2006. The inaugural issue of The Fort Peck Journal was produced in a cut-and-paste format on her kitchen table. In 2006, she received NAJA's highest honor, the Wassaja Award, which recognizes Native journalists and their dedication to a free and uncensored press. In 2008, she received the Montana Free Press Award, presented each year by the University of Montana Schools of Journalism and Law.
She is survived by her four children, Clifford Country, Vern Red Elk, Randy Red Elk and Char Red Elk, all of Poplar; two grandsons; her ex-husband, Herman Red Elk Jr.; brothers, Stephen Clincher of Poplar, Barry Beach of Deer Lodge and Brad Beach of Laurel; four sisters, Annabelle Weston of Porcupine, S.D., Carol Clincher and Marian Montclair, both of Poplar, and Barb Beach Salinda of California; and step-mother, Roberta “Bobbie” Clincher of Laurel.
She was preceded in death by brothers Abraham and Ronnie Clincher; and sister Nancy Eagle.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 4, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at Riverside Presbyterian Cemetery.

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Janice Eggebrecht

Janice Eggebrecht went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2015.
Jan was born in Wolf Point on July 27, 1951, to Robert and Dorthy Johnson.
Jan moved to Minnesota in 1986 and lived there until she moved to Ohio in 2012.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Joey Eggebrecht; parents, Robert and Dorthy Johnson.
Jan is survived by daughter, Leah (Phillip) Elliott of Albertville, Minn.; grandson, Dillion Elliott; and brother, Richard (Kathryn) Johnson of Newport, Wash.
Jan was known for her strong Catholic faith, her love of reading and a passion for gardening.
Service arrangements will be announced at a later time.
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Paul Freeman


Marvin Lee Eagle, 48, his birth name, also known as Paul Freeman a name given to him by his foster parents in Portland, Ore., died, June 26, 2015, at Northeast Montana Health Services in Poplar.  
He lived with his foster parents from the time he was three years of age until he was 26 years old, then he returned to the Fort Peck Reservation. When he came home, he first stayed at the New Life Mission. After he became adjusted to reservation life, he learned who his relatives were. He began working with his cousin Donny Weinberger III cutting wood and helping him with numerous other jobs.  He also did yard work for many people.
He enjoyed being with his relatives and friends.  He loved going fishing with his cousin Donny and also to basketball games. He stayed with many different families and helped them with groceries. The Good Soldier family adopted him. His favorite saying “I broke my beak.” He was known as “Eaglet.” His favorite DVD was Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.
He became sick with cancer and suffered with his condition for several years. His sister Mary Ann began taking care of him, making sure he made his cancer treatments, etc.
She also began taking him to church at Morning Star Baptist Church. On Easter Sunday of this year, he gave his life to the Lord and, following this, his cancer went into remission. However, because of the deterioration of his esophagus and having to have a feeding tube in his stomach, complications set in.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann; brothers, Emmett Buckles, Richard Buckles and Arnold Eagle; son, Marvin Lee Freeman Jr.; daughter, Roberta Shine Freeman; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Alvira Eagle.
A wake will be held Thursday, July 2, at 7  p.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Keith Johnson

Keith Alan Johnson was born Dec. 30, 1953, and died Aug. 23, 2014.
He was raised in Culbertson and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation. He retired after 21 years, meeting the love of his life, Anna, while stationed in the Philippines.  
Keith, Anna and their sons James and Justin lived in California where he worked for G2 Secure Staff for 14 years until his death in 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nonie and Lucy Johnson; and his brother, Lester.
He is survived by his wife, sons, four grandchildren; and sisters, Sue Orand and Carol Finnicum.
Graveside services with military honors will take place on Monday, July 6, at Culbertson Hillside Cemetery at 10 a.m.

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