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Donna Tervola


Donna Mae Tervola, 77, formerly of Wolf Point, died April 8, 2019, in Billings. She was born Nov. 26, 1941, to Frederick William Albert Moske and Mabel Martha Ida (Lemkuhl) Moske in Deer Creek, Minn. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1959.
After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and was employed at Milbank Mutual Company. She then returned to Parkers Prairie. She then moved to New Port Beach, Calif., and spent time with her sister.
She moved back to Parkers Prairie, where she met Edward Allen “Al” Tervola. They married Dec. 29, 1963. In the spring of 1964, they moved to Homestead. Wolf Point became their home in January 1966.
She was employed at the Triangle Cafe, Sherman Motor Inn, Bill’s Pizza Palace, Vernie Buholz’s sewing shop, Wolf Point Liquor Store, Piggly Wiggly and Faith Lutheran Home.
She and Al divorced in 1975, but remained friends. She was a foster parent for 13 years. She and her companion, Keith Sugden, were active in the foster parenting together. They moved to Rapid City, S.D., for three years before separating.
She returned to Wolf Point and opened “Donna’s Doin’s” on Main Street. She moved to Laurel in September 2005 when her health started to fail. Eagle Manor in Billings was her home until her death.
She was an excellent seamstress, crafter and painter and loved creating silk flowers for all types of projects, including announcements in formal frames and jewelry. She was an active crafter at the bazaars in Wolf Point. She was an excellent cook, baker and gardener. She had a bubbly personality, loved to visit with everyone, sing and dance the polka. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing. She was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolf Point.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Arlene, Huldena, Silvia, Ida and Albert.
She is survived by brothers, Clarence Moske of Parkers Prairie and David Moske of Minneapolis; children, Timothy Paul Tervola and Jerry Allen Tervola, both of Billings,and Lori Mae Tervola-Berger of Wolf Point; foster son, Howard Iron Leggings of Glendive; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolf Point Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m.