The Billings Outpost

Elvina Sunwall

Elvina Sunwall, 89, a longtime technician at Deaconess Hospital in Billings, died May 22, 2013, at Aspen Meadows Retirement Community, two months after her sister, Milly Sunwall, died.

She was born March 6, 1924, on the family farm south of Homestead, the 11th of 13 children born to Anders and Margarethe Sunwall, emigrants from Norway. She attended Zich School, and in 1942 earned a high school diploma at Froid Public School.

She briefly attended Lutheran Bible School in Fergus Falls, Minn., returning to the farm to help after the death of her mother.

In 1943 she moved to Conrad and worked as a clerk at J.C. Penney. In 1948 she completed a year of Bible study in Fergus Falls.

In 1949 she played the piano and sang at tent meetings held by Evangelist Clarence Haaland. She later moved to Billings and worked at Kress Dime Store as a clerk, then as head of the children’s department.

In 1950 she took a job at Deaconess Hospital laboratory as a histologic technician. She retired in 1989 and moved in 2009 to Aspen Meadows with her sister.

She attended Billings Bible Church and later Yellowstone Lutheran Brethren Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Her ashes will be interred at Sunset Memorial Gardens following the service.

Donations are welcomed to Lutheran Brethren International Missions, P.O. Box 655, Fergus Falls, MN 53567.


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:49

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Edwin ‘Ed’ Jirges

Edwin “Ed” Jirges, 82, a retired truck driver, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on May 8, 2013.

He was born near New Hradec, N.D., on Dec. 22, 1930, to Mary (Faiman) and Fred Jirges. He married Cecelia Krank on Dec. 31, 1951.

They lived on the family farm until moving to Billings in 1954.

He was an over-the-road truck driver for Kraft Foods and Consolidated Freightways, retiring in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Cecelia; children, Renee Buzzetti, Lyle Jirges, Karen Shrum and Alton Jirges; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Visitation was May 11-12 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. A vigil rosary was held May 13 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was May 13 at St. Pius X Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at St. Pius X Church, where he was a charter member.

Those who wish may donate to St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. W., Billings, MT 59102; or American Heart Association, 2812 First Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.


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Elva ‘Tiny’ Gunn

Elva “Tiny” Gunn, 86, who farmed and ranched with her husband and was an active volunteer, died Saturday, May 25, 2013.

She was born Sept. 3, 1926, to Nora (Jackson) and Mathias H. Rapstad, the fifth of nine siblings. Her early years were spent in Ingomar, where she started first grade, moving to the Pompeys Pillar area in 1934. She attended Huntley Project School, graduating in 1944.

Upon graduating, she moved to Custer and worked at the local grocery store. She married William “Bill” Gunn on Aug. 4, 1946, and they farmed and ranched in Custer.

She was active in the Order of Eastern Star Jephthah 116 Chapter, where she was a past worthy matron. She was a Peg-A-Way 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher and Billings Deaconess Hospital volunteer.

She was a member of the Custer Congregational Church, Custer Friendly Circle, North Side Do-Better Homemaker Club, Montana Cattlewomen’s Association, Yellowstone County Cowbelles, Shiloh United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and American Legion Auxiliary.

Mr. and Mrs. Gunn moved to Billings in 1978, and she worked at Rocky’s Bootery, Cole’s Department Store and Le Boutique. She cared for her husband for more than six years during his illness.

In the past year and a half, she had received care at Jensen Cottage at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Survivors include a son, Ron Gunn; a daughter, Connie Grammens; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Thelma Kratochvil and Connie Durfee.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road. Interment will be at the Custer Cemetery at 3 p.m. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Billings, 1144 North 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.


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Kathie Ann Curry

Kathie Ann Curry, 66, of Billings, who started Kitchens Plus with Mike Myers, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, from a heart attack she had suffered the previous afternoon.

She was born Dec. 8, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the first child of Robert and Mabel Curry. Her father’s Air Force career moved the family to many places. She graduated from Great Falls High School.

In 1986 she moved to Billings. In 1988 she and Mike Myers became soul mates. In 1989 they started Kitchens Plus. She was the bookkeeper for the company, retiring in 2004.

Survivors include a brother, Scott Curry of Spokane, Wash.; and a sister, Barb Carrier of Billings.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Eleanor Ann (Clellen) Ball

Eleanor Ann (Clellen) Ball, 80, of Billings, who had worked at First Federal Savings and Loan and then Tractor and Equipment Co., died May 24, 2013.

She was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Hettinger, N.D., to Connie and Laura Clellen. She was raised in Mildred and Lavina, where she graduated from high school.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Billings. She had lived at Sage Towers retirement home for the past 14½ years. She had received care from RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Ball Degel of Billings, and three grandchildren.

At her request, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.


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Erica Marie Yurian

Services will be May 31, 2013, for Erica Marie Yurian, 22, an administrator in the Denny Menholt body shop.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1990, to Mark and Paulette Yurian. She spent her young years in Gold Creek before returning to Ballantine and excelling in school and sports, especially volleyball, at Huntley Project.

After graduating from Huntley Project in 2009, she attended Montana State University Billings for one year before taking a position as an administrator in the Denny Menholt body shop.

Survivors include her parents; brothers, Robert Quanbeck and Jacob Yurian; a sister, Trisha Yurian; and grandmothers, Abbie Quanbeck and Barbara Yurian.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Harvest Church Heights Campus, 1235 Wicks Lane W. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions to her memorial fund can be made at Stockman Bank in Worden.


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Margaret P. Lind

Margaret P. Lind, 87, died at her home on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

She was born in Loman, Minn., on Jan. 17, 1926, to James and Marna Christie. She married Chet Lind, and they moved to Montana in 1956.

Survivors include a son, Bill Lind of Billings; daughters, Kathie Todd and Chrystee Ballan, both of Billings; a stepdaughter, Judi Kieper in Minnesota; three grandsons; nine great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Millie Ballan of International Falls, Minn.

Services were May 29 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.


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Nettie Marietta Michaud

Nettie Marietta Hibbard Michaud, 99, who worked with her husband on a ranch and was a custodian at Morin School, died May 8, 2013, in Puyallup, Wash.

She was born May 13, 1913, in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Newell and Edna Dority Hibbard.

Her grandparents were pioneers of Deadwood, S.D., coming there with the gold rush in 1877.

She was educated at Pringle, S.D., and Ravenna, Neb., and graduated from high school at St. Martin’s Academy at Sturgis, S.D. She married Ira Michaud in September 1933 in Custer, S.D.

They lived at the Michaud homestead in Pleasant Valley, west of Custer, and they followed construction jobs in the Black Hills and onto the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.

In 1942 they moved to a small ranch on Pryor Creek, south of Billings, where she made preserves and pies and cooked for haying and threshing crews. She also worked for many years as a custodian at Morin School.

She and her husband gathered family histories for the “Trails and Tales, South of the Yellowstone” book.

Mr. Michaud died in November 1992. She lived for a time with daughters on Blue Creek and in Puyallup, Wash.

She had received assistance from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in Tacoma, Wash.

Survivors include a brother, Bill Hibbard of Sundance, Wyo.; daughters, Monica Weldon of Blue Creek, Ramona Michaud of Tacoma, Wash., and Renee Michaud of Puyallup, Wash.; a son, Frank Michaud of Pryor Creek; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Rockvale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice, Box 1502 Tacoma, WA 98401.


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Norma Jean Anderson

Norma Jean Anderson, 69, of Absarokee, who enjoyed knitting and photography, died Friday, May 10, 2013.

She was born March 20, 1944, in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., to Oren Anderson and Irene Olson. She attended Carson High School in Carson, N.D.

In 1960 she married Jerald J. Klein of Elgin, N.D. They later divorced.

Survivors include sisters, Jeri Mae Theurer of Elgin, N.D., and Dorothy Elaine Anderson of Hastings, Mich.; a brother, Oscar Olson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters, Lynn Skiera of Helena and Karla Klein of Lewistown; a son, Jerald Klein II of Billings; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A private family celebration will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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Donna Jean Nagel

Donna Jean Nagel, 74, whose hobbies included sewing clothing for her daughters, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1939. She married James Nagel in 1955, and they made their home in Billings.

Mrs. Nagel had many hobbies, including sewing clothing for her daughters, stitch work and gardening.

She had received care from Aspen Meadows.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Sue Sherman and Jaime Carpenter; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Spilde and Alice Grosgebauer.

Services were May 17 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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