Wolf Point Herald

Anastazia Youngman

Anastazia Youngman, infant daughter of Alicia Granbois and Billy Youngman, died June 3, 2015, in Poplar.  
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment will follow at Riverside Catholic Cemetery in Brockton.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Russell

Richard Dale Russell,  48, of Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Poplar, died June 7, 2015, in Des Moines.  
Arrangements are pending at this time.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting the family with arrangements.

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John Ediger


John Alvin Ediger, 96, of Billings, formerly of Wolf Point, passed from this world on May 24, 2015.  
He was born Dec. 7, 1918, to Abe and Sarah Ediger, joining a brother, Abe, and two sisters, Alma and Tillie. He grew up 30 miles north of Wolf Point on the Volt Road where, in those early days, it took one day in and one day out to get supplies from town with the wagon and team.  He attended Lustre Bible Academy and Wolf Point Schools.  
He married the lovely Clarabelle Funk on Sept 14, 1941. A heart murmur kept him from serving in World War II, so he learned to weld in Denver, Colo., and went to work welding in the shipyard in San Diego, Calif.
After the war, they returned home with their first child and moved out to a homestead which they purchased from Melvin Jacobson. There in the Cottonwood Valley, John and Clarabelle raised wheat, cattle and seven children: Gary, Ray, Jeanie, Jo, Bonnie, Bobbie and Willie.    
John was passionate about farming as well as his many talents. He started his photography early on and has much 8mm footage taken of many different facets of life, ranging from prairie wildflowers to his children doing a staged bank robbery on horseback.
John and Clarabelle’s musical duets of sax and piano were known far and wide, playing and also singing for all kinds of celebrations. The children often joined them in song and all could play many instruments.
At 60, he took up fishing, golfing and learned to carve wood. His patient dedication to this craft left many beautiful works of art that are simply amazing.  
They left the farm in 1989 and moved to Billings where they retired and enjoyed many happy years together.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sisters, his wife and two sons.
He is survived by five children, Gary (Lynn) of Wolf Point, Jeanie (Wayne) Hathaway of Billings, Jo Harris of Billings, Bonnie (Lyle) Thorpe of Minot, N.D., and Barb (Jeff) Sansaver of Wolf Point; 22 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Family services will be held June 6 at Calvery Chapel in Billings. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
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Ruth Allman


Ruth Viola Allman, 101, formerly of Wolf Point and Valley County, passed away in Mesa, Ariz., on May 12, 2015.
She was born to Nora and Henry Fossen on Aug. 31, 1913, in Fingal, N.D. At a young age, she moved with her family to the Cottonwood area north of Wolf Point where they homesteaded. She graduated with the class of 1933 from Wolf Point High School.
While in high school, she and her sister, Liffie, formed the Fossen Orchestra and played at dances in northeast Montana, including at the Silver Star west of Scobey.
After graduation, she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Burgess in Glasgow.
In 1937, she married Ellis Allman in the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.   They moved to Wolf Point in the early 1940s and remained there until 1965 when they moved north of Nashua to the farm in the Grain community.
From that point on, they remained north of Nashua, Glasgow or Fort Peck Lake in the summers and Mesa, Ariz., in winters.
She was a member of and very active in First Lutheran Church and choir in Wolf Point and Glasgow and was a member of Bethel Lutheran during the years they lived in that community.   
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ellis; children,  Mark, Kathy, Steven and David; and her sister, Liffie Mundt Trumbull.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou Buch-
mann Wahlberg of Mesa and Sandi (Jerry) Wyrzykowski of Fort Peck; grandsons, Corby and Craig Allman of San Diego,   Calif., Jonathan Wyrzykowski of Conrad; granddaughter, Amy Wyrzykowski (Bob) Hand of Billings; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by a niece, Nola Mundt Collins in Mesa, Ariz., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  
A funeral  service will be held later in Wolf Point with burial in Greenwood Cemetery next to her husband and children.
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Marian Sundell

6.4.15.obit Marian Sundell

Marian Sundell, 89, of Billings, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2015.  
Marian was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Wolf Point, Mont., the daughter of Henry and Rekka Fredrickson. She came to Billings in 1947. It was here where she met her future husband, Leonard Sundell.  Leonard and Marian were married and lived happily together for 65 years in Billings, spending many winters in Green Valley, Ariz.
Marian was greatly loved by her family and friends. All who knew her will greatly miss her qualities of giving, loving, and caring for others. She was always able to see the best in everyone.
She was active in many community groups including being a charter member of both the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd as well as Billings Optimist Club, a member of Chapter AE PEO and her Bridge Club.
She was a source of unconditional support to Leonard and made all of his goals in life her goals as well. Friends and neighbors will fondly remember her outgoing nature and friendly smile.
Mom was a great hostess and welcomed numerous friends to her home. She set a beautiful table and filled it with friends and her delicious food. Her secret to a great dinner party was her careful list-making. She began days ahead, organizing her menu, shopping, and setting the table.  Every minute was carefully planned-out ahead, so she could enjoy visiting with her guests when they arrived. She was the “hostess with the mostest.”  
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Sundell; son, Drew (Anny) Sundell; her daughter, Julie (Del) Hopewell; her three grandchildren, Jessica (David) Wheeler, Ryan Hopewell and Leah (David) Swalley; her sister-in-law,Shirley Fredrickson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was so proud to also welcome her first great grandchild, Adalie Wheeler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rae Overs; and brother, Richard Fredrickson.
Cremation has taken place at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd or the charity of your choice.
(Paid Obituary)

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