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Mary Finnicum Roberts Parkins, 84, of Culbertson, died at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and a complete obituary will be announced at a later date by Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D.
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On the evening of Aug. 11, 2015, John Alvin Toavs passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home north of Wolf Point, Mont. He is survived by his wife, Irene; four children, Kay (Travis) Lovelace, Cheryl (Joe) Ryan, Johnny (Patricia) Toavs and Cathy (Doug) Madison; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lilly Baker.
John was born on the 13th day of September, 1925, the 13th child of 15 children to Abraham and Maria Toavs. He was raised on the homestead 14 miles north of Wolf Point. He attended Wide Awake Country School for eight years and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1943. He joined the service during World War II. On his way overseas to Japan, the war ended and he spent his military service in Hawaii.
He returned home and married the love of his life, Irene (Rensvold), who loved him from the time she was six years old when she first saw him at the wedding of his brother and her sister. They were married and moved two miles east of his childhood home where they farmed and ranched together for 68 years. During their time together, John and Irene truly enjoyed an active and full life.
He was an avid reader and also served on the county library board for many years. He had a passion for reading almost anything he could get his hands on from mystery novels to westerns and periodicals including Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. His reading always kept him on the cutting edge of modern technologies and innovations. The joys of his life were his home, family, friends, horses, a dance shared with his wife and any cup of coffee. You rarely ever saw him without his cowboy hat.
As John was born the 13th child on the 13th of September and had 13 grandchildren of which, his first grandchild shares his birthday of Sept. 13th, you could say 13 was a lucky number for him.
Funeral services were held at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. at 415 Johnson St. in Wolf Point. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given to the First Lutheran Church “Raise the Roof Fund.”
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Mass of the Christian Burial for Clara Dschaak, 83, of Fairview was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Fairview, Mont., with Father Jim O’Neil, Father Carlos Malaver-Parda and Father Martin Ezeihuaku as co-celebrants. Wake services were at 6 p.m,, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Fairview. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, N.D., under the direction of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney. Visitation was on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour before Mass at the church. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Clara Ann was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Martin, N.D., to Leo and Katie (Feldman) Duda. Clara moved with her family to Fairview, Mont., and that is where she met and married the love of her life, Edwin “Eddie” Dschaak.
Clara and Eddie made Fairview their home for all of the 60 years of their marriage. Together, they raised seven children. Clara worked as a homemaker as well as a babysitter for 28 years. She lovingly cared for many, many children out of their home. Over the years, she enjoyed watching so many of her babysitting kids grow up to adulthood and become parents themselves. It always made her so happy when they would bring their babies by the house for a formal introduction to the special snuggles that only Clara could give.
Clara was a dedicated member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Fairview. She served the church in many capacities but her favorite and most notable position was “Gravy Maker” at the annual fall dinner. Everyone loved Clara’s gravy.
Her hobbies included crocheting, embroidery, gardening and watching the hummingbirds buzz around the many feeders that she and Eddie had hanging in their yard. Clara also dearly loved spending time with family and attending their grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s birthday parties, concerts, graduations, and weddings.
In May of 2014, Clara moved to the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Mont., where she quickly won over the hearts of the staff as well as her fellow residents with her sparkly personality. Her laugh and smile were very infectious. It was at Faith Home that she became a fierce competitor at BINGO and maintained a very busy social calendar. Her children thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all of her bible study, yoga, craft, music and social hour adventures. She adored the staff that cared for her as well as the many friends that she made during her time as a resident.
Clara died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the Billings Clinic, Billings, Mont.
Clara is survived by five of her seven children, Shirley (Frank) Thomson, Rapid City, S.D., Eldon (Sharon) Dschaak, Wolf Point, Mont., Doug Dschaak, Fairview, Mont., Edwina (Ronnie) Hurley, Fairview, Mont., Kristi (Brian) Kimble, Eau Claire, Wis.; her two sisters, Betty Seader, Quincy, Wash., and Marge Deming, Fairview, Mont.; her two brothers, Don (Ann) Duda, Missoula, Mont. and Dennis (Janet) Duda, Fairview, Mont.; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Clara was greeted in heaven by her sweetheart, Eddie; her son, David; her daughter, Jayne; her grandson, Jordan; and her daughter-in-law, Sally, on Aug. 4, 2015. (Paid Obituary)
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Michael “Mike” A. Lamey, 47, of Shelby, died Aug. 11, 2015.
He was born Nov. 7, 1967, to Joan and Clint Lamey in Havre. He attended schools in Havre until 1982 when his family relocated to Shelby, where he graduated from high school in 1986. He was active in football, wrestling, track and his favorite activity, choir. He won many awards for his musical talents and, in 1985, toured Europe with the Montana Youth Choir.
In 1986, following his high school graduation, he began his career in law enforcement, beginning as a dispatcher. In 1988, he became a deputy sheriff for Roosevelt County, where he worked until 1991, and then joined the Toole County Sheriff’s Office. He served first as a deputy, and then as chief deputy and finally as undersheriff, where he served until his death.
He received many awards and commendations for his tireless efforts serving the community including the Jaycee’s Citizen of the Year Award, twice and many advanced law enforcement administrative certifications. He also was proud to serve as the Dare officer in Toole County from 1998 until 2012.
In 1990, he married the love of his life, Karen “Kari” Savage. In 1994, they gave birth to their first child, Kress. In 1996, their daughter, Maesynne, was born and, lastly, in 1997, their son, Kraye, was born.
He was a friend to everyone who met him and had an uncanny ability to help people even in the worst situations.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kari Lamey; children, Kress, Maesynne and Kraye; mother, Joan Lamey; sisters, Kathy Lamey and Dawnie Lamey Adkins; and brothers, John and Keith Lamey.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clint Lamey; and a brother, Craig Lamey.
Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at the Shelby High School auditorium. Special Law Enforcement Honors followed.
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Sara Jennie Thomsen, 90, died Aug. 14, 2015, at St. John’s Chapel Court in Billings, where she has been a resident for the past four years.
She was born in Musselshell County June 20, 1925, and lived 16 miles north of Musselshell with her four sisters and parents. She attended Billings Business College after high school.
After working in Billings a brief period, she moved to Culbertson, where her sister Ruth was teaching school. She worked as a secretary at the county agent’s office and met her husband Arnold the first day she was in Culbertson.
On Sept 13, 1946, Sara was united in marriage to Arnold in Atlanta, Ga., where he was serving in the Army. Her sister, Martha Herness, and Herman Jensen were attendants. The couple lived in Fayetteville, La., until Arnold was discharged from the Army. Then, they moved back to Culbertson to live on the family farm with Jake, Carrie, Clifford and Pat Thomsen.
She had four sons and one daughter and stayed home to care for the children until 1967 when she starting working for the Culbertson School District. She enjoyed working and knowing all the children that attended school. After working for 29 years Sara retired at the end of the school year in 1996.
Over the years, she was a member in many clubs, Lady’s Aide, Home Demonstration, Hospital Guild, Senior Citizens, Council for Aging and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Dane Valley.
She is survived by a son, Alan of Billings; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Mattelin of Billings and Lida Kluezek of San Jose, Calif.
Preceding Sara in death were her parents, husband Arnold, children: Sue Ann, Owen, Doug and Phillip and a great grandson.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Chapel Court, 3940 Rimrock Rd. in Billings, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.