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Briese, Evelyn (Kraemer)  
Briese, Evelyn (Kraemer) Age 78, of Shakopee, MN. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Loretta Kaley, husbands, Richard Kraemer and LeRoy Briese, daughter, Laurie Kraemer. Survived by children, Shari Latzke, of Chaska, MN, Mike (Kathy) Kraemer, of Chaska, MN, Michele (Don) Duncan, of Chaska, MN, Kathi (Scott) Haas, of Carver, MN; stepson, Rodney (Laurie) Briese, of Great Falls, MT; 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandson; siblings, Chuck (Mona) Kaley, of Osakis, MN, Jim (Fina) Kaley, of CA, Rosemary (Bob) Hagler, of FL, Carol Mertens, of Shakopee, MN, Elaine (Gary) Shehan, of Fl; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Monday 4-8 PM at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. 3rd St., Chaska, MN, and also one hour prior to Mass at the church. Prayer Service Monday 7:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 11 AM at The Church of St. Mark (Parish of Sts. Joachim & Anne) 350 Atwood South, Shakopee. MN. Burial at Shakopee Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, MN (952) 448-2137
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 30, 2015
Ragland, Ralph  
Ralph Ragland Issaquah —Dr. Ralph Jerome Ragland B. April 28, 1920 - D. May 25, 2015 Ralph was born in Cutbank, Montana to Rolen Ragland & Katherine O'Reilly Ragland. Ralph was one of eight siblings, including sisters Agatha, Barbara, Loretta, and Jacqueline, and brothers Rolen, Charles, and Frank. During the early years of his life, Ralph and his family worked on sheep ranches for the family held Benton Sheep Company located in the Shonkin, Geraldine, and Highwood areas of central Montana. At 14 Ralph moved on his own to Great Falls to attend high school at St. Anne's. Living in the basement of Columbus Hospital (where he also worked as a janitor to support himself and his education), he graduated in 1938 and went on to attend the University (then College) of Great Falls later that same year. Ralph graduated UGF in 1942 and later enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. His service saw him enter both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, culminating in his ship's presence at the signing of peace terms with Japan to end the war. During his service, Ralph was granted leave to marry Ann Yvonne Perusse on January 18, 1944 at Holy Family Church in Great Falls. After being in the Pacific where he witnessed (via binoculars) the armistice being signed, he returned to Great Falls and his beloved Von, and daughter Carol Ann. A short time, and three children (daughter Carol Ann, sons Thomas Ralph and Frank Michael) later, Ralph and Von packed up for Los Angeles, in order for Ralph to pursue his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Southern California. The family again returned to Great Falls following Ralph's doctoral work, where he opened up an optometric practice soon after. Over the next six years, the Raglands were graced with three more children: sons Michael Rolen and Timothy Floyd, and daughter Mary Yvonne. The family moved from Great Falls to the Seattle, Washington area in 1969, fulfilling one of Ralph's lifelong dreams. Ralph and his family have called the Seattle area home for the past 46 years. During that time, he saw his family grow to include 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and innumerable friends and acquaintances. Many of his children and grandchildren shared his passion for education, having pursued countless graduate and post-graduate degrees in a wide variety of professional fields. Ralph joined his beloved Von at 12:06 AM on May 25th of this year. He is survived by children Thomas, Frank, Michael, and Mary, and all of his grandchildren and great-children.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 30, 2015

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Crossguns, Sapphire  
Sapphire Elizabeth Crossguns Browning — Sapphire "Saphy" Elizabeth Crossguns, 9, passed away on May 24th in Great Falls after a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy. A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, she was born on June 15, 2005 in Great Falls to Lisa Lynn Four Horns and Robert Dean Crossguns. Returning home, she was welcomed by her younger brother and older sister as well as many aunties & uncles with whom she was the apple of their eyes. She was a big "Hello Kitty" fan. She also enjoyed sitting in the living room on the couch visiting & listening to the family visit. She also enjoyed listening to music in her bedroom. While living in their hearts forever, she leaves behind her parents Lisa Four Horns and Robert Crossguns; her brother Da Koda Aston Cole Crossguns, her sister Marquida Lou Crossguns, her paternal grandparents Janice & Alfred "Spoof" Still Smoking, great paternal grandparents Fred & Kay Crossguns, maternal grandparents Dave & Jennie Champine, and late maternal grandparents Russell Dean Four Horns and late great maternal grandparents Fred Makes Cold Weather & Ursula Running Crane, as well as a large extended family who loves her dearly. A wake began at the family home on Wednesday and moved to the Glacier Homes Community Center on Thursday where the rosary will be recited on Friday at 7 pm. Mass will be celebrated at 2 pm Saturday in the Sacred Heart Parish with burial following at the St. Anne's Cemetery in Heart Butte. Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 29, 2015
Kennedy, Patty  
Patty Lee Kennedy Browning —Patty Lee Kennedy, 71, passed away at her home on May 24th. A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, she was born in Browning to the late Lawrence Kennedy and parents Isabell Harwood Guardipee & Edward "Porky´Guardipee on Aug. 5, 1943. She was raised on the ranch out at Fisher Flats and Two Medicine. She attended school in Browning and graduated. Following high school education she started her family, while she continued her education eventually receiving her AA from Blackfeet Community College. Throughout the years she worked as a waitress, as a clerk in various stores, as a teacher's aid and most recently as a foster parent until health forced her to slow down. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, camping and raising children, but most of all family was everything. She is preceded in death by her parents and a son Ronald John Tatsey. Survivors include her children Mona Marie (Alfred "Josh") Embody, Sonya "Tiny" (Greg) Stephen, Montgomery Neal "Zeke" (Evelyn) Tatsey, Tammy Rae (Lyle) Salois, and Keli Ann (Aaron Scott Augare) Kennedy; brother and sisters Bonnie Kennedy, Lawrence Lane (Leta) Kennedy, Myna (Rick) McDonald, Avalon (Blue Man) Hall, Delores Stafford, Lena Cassidy, and Jo Ann (Chuck) Tellier; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild as well as a large extended family of aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and fosterchildren. A wake began at the family home with a rosary being recited Thursday evening in the Stickgame Arbor. A graveside service at Holy Family Mission Cemetery at Two Medicine will be on Friday at 11 am. Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 29, 2015
McCauley, Donna  
Donna Knettel McCauley Donna Knettel McCauley, 82, passed away at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, in Kalispell, Montana, on May 21, 2015. Donna was born on March 11, 1933 to Frank Joseph and Frieda Schilling Knettel at Eckelson, North Dakota. The family moved to Chinook, Montana in 1942 and shortly thereafter, to San Diego, California, where her father worked on North Island during WWII. They returned to Montana where she completed her schooling and graduated from Chinook High School in 1951. During her Junior and Senior high school years, she was selected as secretary for the local firm of Burns and Thomas, Attorneys at Law, and worked there for 3 years. Donna was secretary for High School District #10 in Chinook for 10 years, beginning in 1963. She married Jim Flynn McCauley at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook on August 18, 1973 and they moved to Havre where she worked as secretary for High School District #5 for 4 years. They moved to Missoula where Donna worked for the County Superintendent of Schools for 6 years, and then to Swan Lake where she was Office Manager for the Swan River State Forest for 8 years before retiring. During her first marriage she had four children: sons Steven Mangold of Graham, Washington; Audie Mangold of University Place, Washington; William Mangold of Chinook, Montana; and daughter Debra Lee Mangold of Swan Lake, Montana. She had 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She enjoyed typing, shorthand, homemaking, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, cake decorating, dancing, oil painting, trying to grow roses, and many other hobbies. Donna is survived by her husband Jim McCauley at their home in Swan Lake, her four children and their families, and sisters Evelyn Bauer (Herm) of Missoula, Montana, and Betty Finley (Victor) of Swan Lake. Her brother Jack Knettel passed away in December of 2005. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at Swan Chapel at a later date. Condolences may be given to Swan Chapel or Swan Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Donna's memory. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for Donna's family. You are invited to go to www.jgfuneralhome.com to offer condolences and view Donna's tribute wall.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 29, 2015
Wetzel, Timothy  
Timothy Howard Matt Wetzel November 8, 1984 - May 23, 2015 Timothy Howard Matt Wetzel, farmer and rancher, MMA fighter, accomplished gopher hunter, history buff, Rome Total War master, dog lover, protector of the meek, and friend of little kids, animals, and the downtrodden passed away on May 23, 2015. "Tim always stuck up for me…" "I didn't know Tim well but he looked out for me one time…" Protector. Guardian. Sentinel. This is a familiar refrain from those expressing their condolences in Tim's passing. Like a knight he walked through this world with a particular code, for those who were bullied, different, or in need of help he appeared time and time again. An imperfect anti-hero, he blurred the lines of right and wrong to do right by those who asked for his help. From Montana schoolyards to Sonoran desert neighborhoods, this was how he lived his life. Tim grew up west of Cut Bank on his parent's ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he developed a love of animals, sports, and the study of history (particularly medieval), and various cultures. He was especially proud of his German ancestry, and spent time learning the German language. At 18, he moved to Tucson, AZ. It was here where Tim's moral code was honed as an adult. He became an ardent friend and supporter of the homeless, specifically befriending two homeless veterans. Tim checked on these two men daily, making sure they had food and bedding while sleeping outside at night. He often invited them into his home for a meal, donated his own clothing to them, and on one occasion saved one's life by bringing him extra blankets and hot soup and coffee as he lay ill and freezing in the middle of an uncommonly cold winter night. He moved back to Montana for the last several years of his life, helping out his parents, taking up French, and working towards his aspiration of joining the French Foreign Legion. Tim was known among his friends and family as a comical, almost childlike figure; He was proficient in many impressions, and could imitate various people and caricatures on cue. He was known for telling long stories, and discussing virtually any historical figure or topic at length… for hours on end. For those closest to him, he was extremely humorous, loyal, and loving. According to his wishes, the family held a simple service and feed at the Matt Family Cemetery at 3:00 pm Thursday, May 28. Family, friends, and loved ones are encouraged to bring a story or to share a few words at that time. Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Grace (Matt) Wetzel, and his beloved dogs Leroy, Bruce, and Philip. He is survived by his father William (Petesy) of Seville, brothers Bill (Tucson, AZ), Rex (Missoula), and Justin (Dickinson, ND), as well as his nieces Reagan and Macee, and numerous close relatives and friends who he loved like immediate family. The Matt Family Cemetery is located 5 miles West of Browning on Highway 89. Please visit Tim's online memorial at www.whittedfuneralchapel.com to leave a message of condolence for the family
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 29, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Boadle, Betty  
Betty Lou Boadle Helena —Betty Lou Boadle (Helena) passed away peacefully on May 21, 2015 after a long battle with MS. Betty was born May 9, 1936 to Helen and Lloyd (Abe) Beatty in Havre, Montana. She grew up on a farm north of Havre, graduating from Havre High School and Northern Montana College. She worked for the Great Northern Railroad from 1956 to 1961. She married James Boadle in October, 1961 and moved to the Augusta area, working on the ranch. Betty had three children Greg, Loren, and Rhonda. She divorced in 1992 and moved to Helena in 2000. She loved dancing, watching sports, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by brother Ron Beatty (Leona), sons Greg Boadle (Charla) and Loren Boadle (Lahoma), daughter Rhonda Nordahl (Kent), 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Betty requested no funeral services. Graveside services to be held in Havre will be announced at a later date.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune from May 27 to May 28, 2015
Robbin, Charlotte  
Charlotte "Char" Robbin GREAT FALLS —Charlotte "Char" Robbin, 79, of Great Falls, passed away with family by her side at Peace Hospice on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at First United Methodist Church. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Char was born on February 27, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank and Esther Pettit. She was educated in Minneapolis, graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She then moved to Montana to be a teacher. Char taught in the Great Falls Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years. While teaching, she worked two summers in Glacier National Park, where she met R.C. "Chuck" Robbin and they were married on June 1, 1959 in Great Falls. They were married 48 years before Chuck's passing on March 8, 2007. Char was a very active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Junior League, Jaycees, Civ-aires, National Education Association and many others. Char is survived by her sons, Jeff (Peggy) Robbin of Flower Mound, TX and David (Sarah) Robbin of Great Falls; grandchildren Heidi Robbin, Emily Miller and Dustin Burnett; and great-grandchildren Annalise and Asher Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Esther Pettit; and husband Chuck Robbin. Memorials in Char's name may be made to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405 or Animal Foundation of Great Falls, PO Box 3426, Great Falls, MT 59403. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 28, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Lewellen, Charles  
Charles "Chuck" Robert Lewellen Lewistown —Charles Robert Lewellen, 79, was born September 15, 1935 in Lewistown, Montana. He passed away peacefully at his home on May 22, 2015. Viewing will be Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fergus High School in the Fergus Center for the Performing Arts. Interment will follow at Central Montana Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Fergus American Legion Post #16. A reception will be held at the Lewistown Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following the graveside service. Memorials are suggested to the Council on Aging, ER Fund, or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Chuck's family and friends can share condolences and memories at www.creelfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 27, 2015
Lower, Helen Eleanor  
Helen Eleanor Lower Great Falls —Helen Eleanor Lower, 89, of Great Falls, MT, passed away May 24, 2015 at Ruby House of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church this Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2pm with a graveside service following at Highland Cemetery. Helen was born on November 9, 1925 in Great Falls, MT to Alfred and Ida Ludtke. She grew up in Ulm, MT, attending public school in Great Falls, and graduated from Great Falls High School. Helen was a stenographer, and started work at Standard Furniture in Great Falls in 1944 through 1946, when she married John W. Lower. They moved to Helena, where she worked two sessions in the Legislature. Their next move was to Redwood City, CA where she worked for the Chamber of Commerce, and later settled in San Jose, CA for the next 25 years. She returned to Montana after the death of her husband. Helen enjoyed sewing, was an avid gardener, and loved canning the fruits of her labor. She did volunteer work in Great Falls, and was a member of the board for the Manchester Cemetery. Survivors include her two sisters Beverly J. Steen of Great Falls and Emily J. Adams of Seattle, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband John, sister Edith M. Hinebauch, and brother Vernon E. Ludtke. The family suggests memorials may be sent to Our Saviors Lutheran Church or to a charity of your choosing. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 27, 2015
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