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Norma June Baker, 80, of Fort Peck, died Dec. 11, 2014, in Billings.
She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Great Falls to Harry and Bess (Kale) Van De Riet. She often spoke of her wonderful memories growing up in Sun River. She attended Golden Ridge Elementary and graduated from Fairfield High School where she enjoyed playing in the pep and marching bands.
She went on to attend Northern Montana College and briefly taught school in Bynum. While at Northern, she met Doug Baker of Wolf Point. They were married on July 11, 1953, in Choteau and spent the next 40 years of their life farming and ranching in the Sunny Side community south of Wolf Point. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Mike and Christy. Doug and “Normie June” were married for 61 years.
She was a master of domestic homemaking. She had a compassionate heart — loving all little children, while her grandchildren simply melted her heart. She was as a mother a disciplinarian of respect and honor.
She was a sharp keeper of the Cross N books and Doug’s partner in their farming and ranching operation. She was a caring and dedicated neighbor. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as deacon and was an inspirational member of the church choir.
She had an amazing unexpected “gotcha” sense of humor and could hold her own in a lively pinochle card game. She loved to sew, write letters to friends and family and stories. She enjoyed reading, needlework and gardening. She was very active in Farmers Union as a youth and music leader. She was as well, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and delightfully Dutch.
In 1993, they moved to Fort Peck to enjoy their golden years and make treasured family memories at the lake.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Harry Jr., Jack, Robert, Raymond and Jerry; sisters, Marilyn and Lavonne; and son, Mike Baker.
She is survived by her husband, Doug Baker of Fort Peck; daughters, Christy Stensland of Wolf Point and Ann Baker of Great Falls; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie Crary of Choteau.
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point.
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Kathryn Elizabeth (Hekkel) Miller, 100, of Froid, more recently of the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, N.D., died at the home Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
She was born Jan. 17, 1914, to German Russian immigrants Gottlieb and Anna Hekkel, southwest of Froid on the Gottlieb Schledewitz farm. She was the oldest of 11 children. She grew up among German-speaking families in the area along with their German customs.
She helped her father out on her parents’ farm at an early age by plowing, raking hay, picking rock, threshing and many other farm chores. She also helped her mother in the house by baking, cooking, sewing and caring for her younger brother and sisters.
She was baptized and confirmed at the Friedens Gemeinde church at rural Froid. She attended Dam School #5, walking three miles each way to school until she was 16, and then left home to make way for more siblings.
She worked at the Froid Hotel and at Chet’s Cafe in Culbertson, waitressing, baking, making beds and any other duties that came along. She also worked for various Froid area ladies helping out after the birth of a child. She always went back to her parents’ farm and worked, especially during harvest time.
On Christmas Day 1945, she married John D. Miller, who was a Froid area farmer, at the Catholic church in Culbertson. She enjoyed living on the farm where she raised one daughter, Ramona, and two sons, Timothy and Loren.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Froid and was involved with the altar society of that church.
She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She worked at the Froid School lunchroom when needed. She was an excellent cook and shared many German-style meals with her family. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed quilting at the Froid Lutheran Church and at St. Josephs Catholic church in Williston, N.D.
Her husband died in 1997 and in 1998 she moved to Williston next door to her son. In 2006, she became a resident of Bethel Lutheran nursing home in Williston. She always said she was going to live to be 100, and she did.
She is survived by her daughter, Ramona Stout of Manhattan; sons, Timothy Miller of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and Loren Miller of Williston, N.D.; four grandchildren; brother, Clarence Hekkel of Billings; and sister, Adeline Rasmussen of Helena.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; brothers, Gottlieb Jr., Bennie, Pete, Dave, Edward and Richard; and sisters, Pauline Engleman and Othelia Schulz.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Culbertson. Burial was in the Froid South Cemetery.
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Arthur Ray St. Germaine Sr., Tatanka Iyankahan, “Running Buffalo,” 88, died Dec. 11, 2014, in Wolf Point.
He was born May 13, 1926, in Wolf Point to Frank and Theresa St. Germaine. He attended schools in Wolf Point. He enlisted into the United States Army Air Force on July 18, 1944. He received an honorable discharge July 19, 1946.
He married Elizabeth Cantrell and to this union one child was born, Artis. He later met Donna Marie Beauchamp. They had six children, Roger, Debra, Carolyn, Teresa, Paulette and Art Jr.
After moving to Glas-gow, he worked for the railroad and briefly as a ranch hand. It was then he began working in the masonry construction business, working numerous construction projects such as Fort Peck Dam, schools, churches, hospitals and government facilities throughout Montana. He retired from the construction business in 1989 as a business partner with his son, Roger.
He loved to jig dance and was an avid pool player. He loved watching rodeos and was a bronc rider himself in his younger days, as well as an amateur boxer. He was an inspiration to his grandchildren as he encouraged them to put forth their best efforts in all their endeavors in life. He enjoyed giving oral history to his grandchildren about hard-earned life lessons and what it takes to succeed in life. He was well- known as a fun-loving, flirtatious guy.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn; son, Roger St. Germaine; brothers, Francis, Edward, Tom, Joseph, Ely, Ralph and Alfred; sisters, Marion, Emma, Mary, Clara and Josephine; and grandsons, Mike Laudato, Gator Robinson, Dakota St. Germaine and Thomas St. Germaine.
He is survived by his brother, Albert St. Germaine of Custer, S.D.; children, Artis Robinson, Debra Hamilton and Teresa St. Germaine, all of Wolf Point, Paulette St. Germaine and Art St. Germaine Jr., both of Billings; 24 grandchildren; 55 great- grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
His funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Interment was at King Cemetery in Wolf Point.
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Rose C. Miller-Lilley, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
She was born Sept. 16, 1930, to Isaac and Julia (Clancy) Miller at Lohmiller. She was given the name Holy Wing Woman by Dallas Fourstar.
She met a handsome Navy man named Joe Lilley Sr. while working as a waitress and he swept her off her feet. Together, they had 10 children: Julie, Sandra, Elaine, Steven, Lois, Joe, Jr., Terri, Perry and Stacey.
She loved the holidays and having her house decorated. She loved to be around her children and grandchildren no matter which holiday it was.
She started working for the Fort Peck Headstart in 1968 as a teacher’s aide. She took college classes and received her associate’s degree in early education and became a teacher. She loved all the little children she taught throughout her 46 years of teaching. She would say how they all made a place in her heart and it wasn’t “Teacher Rosie” but “Grandma Rosie.”
She loved to cruise around and play Bingo and couldn’t wait for August to roll around so she could go down to the Wadopana grounds and get ready for the pow-wow.
She was a lifetime member of the United Dakota Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sr.; son, Bradley Lilley; sisters, Mercyline Walking Eagle and Elsie Brugier, brother, Joe Miller; and grandson, Tanner Black.
She is survived by her children, Julie Christian, Sandra Redstone-Lilley, Elaine Barrera, Steven Lilley, Lois Black, Chicky Lilley of Ronan, Terri Adams, Perry Lilley, and Stacey Foster-Lilley; and her brothers, Willard Miller and Franklin Whitright Miller of California.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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Susan “Susie” Lee Skinner, 60, of Dillon, died Dec. 14, 2014.
She was born in Fallon, Nev., July 29, 1954, to Selma Lee Skinner and Darrell Howard Skinner. She joined a sister, Lynda.
Since their father was in the Navy, they traveled to many places in the United States until they retired to Helena. She went through high school special needs classes and several years later moved to Dillon to the group home. She had as many as three jobs at a time and loved meeting new people. Everyone was her friend and greeted her when they saw her.
When the Kambich Group home was built, she was fortunate enough to be able to move into a brand new space. She loved her life there and was very fond of all her roommates and the staff. She could put together any size jigsaw puzzle and spent many hours of enjoyment at that task. She loved the color red and her wardrobe definitely proved that. She also loved everything western. She loved going to rodeos and watching them on her TV. She loved to dance.
She is survived by her sister, Lynda Labatte of Froid.
Memorial services will be held in Dillon at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. with burial at a later date in Froid, next to her mother.