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Carol Joan (Peterson) Stolen, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2014, in Lewistown, Mont., under hospice care at her son’s home.
Carol was born to Percy H. and Ellen (Applegren) Peterson on Sept. 28, 1936, in Wolf Point, Mont., and was loved by her older brother (Gale) Pete. Carol grew up on the Applegren/Peterson homestead one mile north of Wolf Point, Mont., where she also raised her family. Foster siblings Les Wilhelm and Bernice Wilhelm Tollefson lived with the Petersons full time and became part of their family. Their older brother Jim Wilhelm lived with the Petersons periodically and was always welcome to call their house his home. Bernice and Carol were as tight as any two sisters could be and remained close until Bernice’s passing. Because of the location of the farm being so close to town, the Petersons often found themselves with extra “family” who stayed for various periods of time. It was never a problem to set an extra place at the table or find a bed to sleep in.
During high school, Carol received confirmation in the First Lutheran Church, a church which her mother Ellen Peterson helped to establish. Carol graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1954 and attended Concordia College. Concordia College offered for her to tour Europe with their choir group the summer after graduation; however, Carol chose to return to Wolf Point and marry her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Edward Stolen, on July 17, 1960. Ed and Carol had been together as friends and dating for 53 years at the time of Ed’s passing. To that union were born Laurie Jo, Lyle Ed and Connie Kay. Nieces Torri and Jerra Stolen spent a lot of their pre-school years being raised with Laurie and Lyle, either on the former Stolen farm (with Grandma Martha) in McCone County or in Ed and Carol’s home. Ed and Carol lived in Poplar, Mont., for two years where Carol taught school; then moved to Brockway, Mont., for eight years where Carol was a homemaker. While living in Brockway, pre-schooler Donald “Ralph” Dann began living in the Stolen home and stayed there during the week while his father Donnie Dan worked on the road crew. This continued for five years and Ralph was always considered part of the Ed Stolen family. Finally, they settled in Wolf Point, Mont., and moved to the original farm and home where Carol had been raised. Ed and Carol took over the Peterson family farm and ran that for the remainder of their lives. Carol and Ed operated the Montgomery Wards catalogue store for two years in the early 1970s. Carol then worked at various positions on Main Street as well as being a teaching assistant at the Northside School. They had been married one month short of their 49th year anniversary when Ed passed away in June 2009.
Carol loved the outdoors and working with her father. Percy had a way with horses and taught Carol to be an expert horsewoman. During one particular Stampede rodeo, one of the rodeo clowns came to her and expressed what a natural she was on a horse. There was a very prestigious club he made her a member of which was the “original “Turtle.” She was Wolf Point Stampede Queen in 1955 and rode in the Wolf Point Stampede parade many years. In the 1990s, she took her grandson (Tri) on a wagon train that was organized out of Wolf Point. That is a memory Tri will always have of his grandmother and one of the things she loved most — horses.
Carol was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, holding positions on the church council, active in her circle, singing in the choir, participating in fund raising activities. Carol and Bernice were active members in WIFE. Braces on her legs for over 30 years never slowed her down. It was once predicted she would be in a wheel chair by the age of 30; that never happened!
Carol is survived by her children, Laurie Suppes of Phoenix, Ariz., Lyle of Lewistown, Mont., and Connie (Rolly) Hankinson of Thompson Falls, Mont.; grandson, Leonard E. Suppes III (Tri) of Phoenix, Ariz.; special ex-son-in-law, Lennie Suppes of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Les Wilhelm of California; brothers-in-law, Mark (Martha) Stolen of Havre, Mont., and Dave Tollefson of Wolf Point, Mont.; nieces, Torri Tanzini of Endicott, N.Y., and Jerra (Wayne) Fjelstad of Snohomish, Wash.; and foster son, Donald (Ralph) Dann of Moses Lake, Wash.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Pete (Gale) Peterson; sister, Bernice Tollefson; in-laws, John and Martha Stolen Sr.; and brother-in-law John Stolen Jr.
Funeral services for Carol J. Stolen will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point, with interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the First Lutheran Church or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
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Mary Griswold O’Connor, 96, died Dec. 16, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
She was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Poplar to parents Luther “Pat” Griswold and Lillian Ashmore.
On May 16, 1937, she married Daniel O’Connor in Lewistown. In 1943, they moved to Tule Creek and to the current home place in 1952 where they raised their family.
She will be remembered by many for the “Cowboy Mustard” which she made and would sell at the flea markets in Poplar. She was a member of the Far Out Homemakers from its beginning.
She also ran the café at the old Jesse’s Supper Club.
She enjoyed ceramic classes in the ‘70s at Lorene Roberts. She enjoyed fixing hair for the ladies at Faith Lutheran Home right up until the time of her death and helping make quilts with the church ladies at First Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; daughter, Rosie; grandchildren, Lynn Mann, Chris O’Connor and Brady Robertson; three brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna Mann of Wolf Point; sons, Pat of Miles City and Mike of Wolf Point; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20,
at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point. Cremation has taken place and ashes will be spread at the family ranch at a later date.
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John Mervin Dirks, 86, of Savage died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Sidney Health Center in Sidney.
He was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Waldheim, Sask., Canada, the son of Abraham and Adeline Dirks.
On April 7, 1955, he married Linda Wall in Lustre. They moved to Lambert, where he worked on the farm as a young man until they moved to Mountain Lake in 1958 where he worked construction with his brother Art.
Later, they moved to Omaha, Neb., from 1959 to 1970 to work in a meat packing plant for 11 years. They moved back to Lustre to farm with his father-in-law O.J. Wall until 2005. He also worked as a bus driver for the local schools for nearly 30 years. He retired in September 2002 and moved to Williston in 2005 until their recent moved to Savage.
He attended the EMB Church in Lustre and then attended Liberty Evangelical Church in Williston, N.D. After moving to Savage, he attended Yellowstone Community Church.
His hobbies included collecting keychains, caps, old toy cars and tractors, as well as puzzle games. He enjoyed wood working and selling his wares at local bazaars. He was often found listening to the radio and keeping up with current events.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Lavonne Toews of Lustre, Cherylene Setchfield of Williston, N.D., and Valerie Fugleberg of Holdingford, Minn.; son, Kevin Dirks of Savage; 13 grandchildren; and three great- granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Lustre EMB Church in Lustre. Interment was at Lustre EMB Cemetery.
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Barbara LaMae Grandchamp, age 77, died on Dec. 21, 2014, of cancer. She was born Dec. 31, 1936, the oldest of nine children in Poplar, a daughter of Joe and Leah Bauer. She attended Frazer High School.
She married Dusette Grandchamp on Nov. 1, 1954, in Wolf Point. Over their years of marriage, the couple brought six children into their lives. Charles Bisbee came into her life and added one more son and two grandchildren to the family. Her children remember her for her abundant patience and endless kindness. Her family was everything to her and there was nothing she would not do to bring happiness and LOVE to them. She was dedicated to her family and friends and was gifted at bringing warmth and happiness to all she touched.
Barbara enjoyed gardening, writing poems, crocheting, watching western movies and reading. She loved her grandchildren. Birthday cards were given she never forgot your special day. Barbara was put in the National Library of Poetry and received numerous awards.
Barbara is survived by three daughters, Peggy Jo (Mitch) Martin of Great Falls, Shelley Marie (Keven) Johnston of Poplar and Leah Renee Granchamp of Billings; three sons, Dale Eugene (Joellen) Grandchamp and James Dusette Grandchamp, both of Oswego, Douglas Jay (Willow) Grandchamp and Loren Bisbee, both of Wolf Point; her partner for the past 14 years, Charles Bisbee; 18 grandchildren, Mike, Colette, Paulette, Michele, Mitchell, Gladys, Paige, Shelden, Tiffany, Doug Jr., Honey, Jay, Dusette, Ryan, Joshua, Alisha, Mike and Renee Bisbee; and 16 great-grandchildren, Marty, Jessie, Cole, Brandon, Barbara, Amirra, Rylee, Mason, Braydon, Kaymia, Riley, Lalla, Savannah, Lucas, Levi, Terrell, Taylor and Sunny — what an AWESOME Grandmother-Granny; four sisters, Debra Wright, Pat Arthur and Judy Fourstar of Oswego, Katie Bauer of Billings; and brothers, Joe Bauer of California and Edward Bauer of Oswego.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Leah Bauer; husband, Dusette; sisters, Joann Bauer and Joyce Stevenson, both of Oswego; brother, Sam Bauer of Oswego; and Mike Bisbee of Wolf Point.
We want to thank all her many friends who brought her so much joy and enriched her soul. Mom, rest in eternal peace, we love you. The family would like to thank all who were a care giver to mom and helped make her final days comfortable. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services were celebrated by Pastor Steve Smith at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery. A feed was held at the old Wolf Point Community Hall following the graveside services. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Wayne Richard Pawlowski, 85, lifelong McCone County farmer and rancher, died Dec. 12, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 19, at the First Lutheran Church in Circle with Rev. Wade Brinkhopf officiating. Burial followed with full military honors in the Riverview Cemetery.
A full obituary will appear in next week’s issue of The Herald-News.