Valarie Elaine Klovstad Bender, 78, of Billings, who had worked as a secretary, died Oct. 24, 2014.
She was born on Valentine’s Day 1936 in Fargo, N.D., the daughter of Mattie and Elmer Klovstad. Her family moved to Billings when she was 5 years old. She was a graduate of the Billings Senior High class of 1954 and attended the 60th class reunion this past summer.
She attended Billings Business College and was a secretary for 15 years at Midland Materials, then worked for Harry Anderson, a dentist, before retiring.
In 1956, she married Richard Bender. They divorced in 1962. They had three children, Jennifer, Russell and Gregory. She had one other marriage to Edward Marlow, which also ended in divorce. For the past 30 years her partner was Ervin “Erv” Kuehn, who died in April 2014.
Ms. Bender was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. After surgery, she was told she was cancer free. In 2012 the cancer returned in her stomach. She endured another surgery which revealed that the cancer had metastasized. She had received care from RiverStone Health Services.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Jorgenson of Renton, Wash.; sons, Russell Bender and Gregory Bender of Billings; three grandchildren; a brother, Howard Klovstad of Billings; and a sister, Connie Crystal of Bozeman.
Services were at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, followed by a brief gravesite service at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:07
LaVerne Mary Dilbeck, 87, who taught school for many years, died in Jim and Nancy Nielsen’s home on Oct. 23, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Fargo, N.D., on June 24, 1927, to Vern and Myrtle Pickart. She lived most of her youth in Miles City.
She graduated from Montana State University in 1949 with a degree in education. She taught school in Glendive, Columbus, Park City, Laurel and Billings until 1992.
After graduating from college, she taught in Glendive where she married Donald Nielsen in 1950. They had three sons, Donald, Robert and James. She married Melvin Dilbeck in 1966; he died in 2008.
She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include sons, Donald of Denver, Robert of Houston and James of Billings; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Pickart of California.
Services will be at noon Friday, Nov. 7, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.
Donations in her honor may be made to RiverStone Hospice or any of the Montana State University campuses.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:06
Bonnie Jean Pagitt, 77, who was known for her ceramics and poetry, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries of pancreatic cancer.
She was born to Joseph and Gertrude Ruby on March 20, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio. She married Herman Pagitt in October 1954.
Survivors include children, Cindy Scott, Dolly Hatch, Polly Dickinson, and Rick Pagitt; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and siblings, Joe Ruby and MJ Robbins.
A celebration of her life was held Monday, Nov. 3, at St. John’s Lutheran Chapel. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:05
Pearl Theresa Kunda Nolan, 76, who taught in reservation schools throughout Montana, died early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014.
She was born Dec. 31, 1937, to Harry and Bernadine Kunda in Polson. After raising six children, she received a teaching degree and taught music, art and English.
She was active in her church for many years. She also worked with her hands crocheting, knitting, sewing, painting, drawing and writing.
Survivors include a sister, Anglie Kruckenberg; a brother, Michael Kunda; a sister, Anne Stewart; children, Robert Nolan, Beth Lawyer, Beverly Wise, Veronica Nolan, Becky Murrell and Larry Nolan Jr.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Rosary was held Oct. 24 at Little Flower Church. Memorial Mass was Oct. 25 at Little Flower Church. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials can be sent to Mary Queen of Peace Church, 210 S. 34th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:38
Tillie White, 96, of Joliet, who ranched with her husband for many years, died Friday evening, Oct. 24, 2014.
She was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Broadview. Her family moved to Shepherd, then to Roberts, where she started school, and finally to Boyd where she completed her education.
She married William “Buster” White in 1937 and after several years in Bear Creek they moved to their ranch south of Boyd where she lived until his death in 1979. She then moved to Joliet where she spent her remaining years.
She was active in the Roberts United Methodist Church as well as the Boyd Ladies Aid.
Her life was centered around her family.
Survivors include sons, Don White, Glen White and Rick White; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at the Roberts United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with interment to follow in Rockvale Cemetery. Dahl Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Roberts United Methodist Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:34
Jacqueline May Lone Miller Cherry, 83, who cared for the elderly in her home, died Oct. 18, 2014.
On Sept. 4, 1931, she was born to Sara L. Beardsley Lone and Homer L. Lone of the Beardsley family ranch in Sheridan, Mont. She moved to Butte until the age of 9, when she and two siblings were placed in the Twin Bridges orphanage.
She left the orphanage at age 14. She worked in Butte as a maid and cook for a dentist and then moved to Connersville Ind., where she worked in a drugstore.
She married Carl Miller in 1953 and Raymond E. Cherry in December 1977.
She opened her home in Livingston for more than 10 years to care for the elderly.
Survivors include children, Carl, Mark, Rich, Nancy, Christopher and Tammy; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 21 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:47
Valarie Renee Papka Slevira, 41, died Oct. 13, 2014.
She was born April 28, 1973, to Ken and Deb Papka in Billings. In 1994 she married Vincent Slevira. They raised three children and divorced after 20 years of marriage. She recently met a friend, Jody Howard, who made her happier than she had been in a long time.
Survivors include children, Nate, Marena and Marissa; their father; parents; and a sister, Mindi Hatch.
Services were Oct. 17 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the animal shelter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:46
Clarence A. “Biddo” Cosner, 87, an accountant who had held state and national offices in the Jaycees, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, after a long illness.
He was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Malta, the youngest of three boys born to Clarence W. and Rubye S. Cosner. He lived in Malta until he was 8 years old and the family moved to Bozeman.
He joined the Navy after finishing high school, then attended Montana State College in Bozeman. One summer during his college years, he drove a Jammer in Yellowstone Park.
He joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity and met Helen Hammerstrom, whom he later married. After graduating, he became a certified public accountant, moved to Billings and set up his practice.
He was extensively involved in Jaycees, holding local, state and national offices, and being chosen as Outstanding Young Man of the Year.
As a Shriner, he was a member of the GI Drill Squad. He also was a Mason, and he donated many pints of blood in his lifetime.
He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice and from St. John’s Lutheran Home.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen; three children, Chris Fischer of Polson, Steve Cosner of Laurel and Nancy DeVore of Bozeman; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harry of Sheridan, Wyo.
Services will be held Thursday October 23, 2014 at 11:00am at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings.
Memorials can be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, The Shriner’s Hospitals or The Crossings in Laurel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:46
Harold Eugene Boak, 92, who had moved to Billings after retiring, died at his home on Oct. 14, 2014.
He was born June 19, 1922, to Ross Eugene Boak and Eva Jane Gregory Boak in Koshkonong, Mo. On Sept. 22, 1945, he married Marie L. Sands in San Bruno, Calif.
He worked at EIMAC for 42 years, and they lived in the Bay Area of California until retirement brought them to Billings in 1995.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kathleen Musick of Arizona and Carolynn McCoy of Billings; a son, Robert Boak of Arizona; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials can be sent to RiverStone Hospice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:45
Irvin Raymond Herem, 83, who raised sheep and cattle most of his life, died Oct. 17, 2014, after a short illness.
He was born July 31, 1931, the youngest of seven children of Osmond and Katherine (Allen) Herem on a ranch four miles south of Absarokee. He spent his life there before moving into town in 2005.
He graduated in 1951 from Absarokee High School, where he participated in the school band and FFA. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and sang with the church choir.
He dressed as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and decorated the house with lights, winning the local award twice.
Survivors include two nephews, Larry and Norman Herem, and four nieces, Sharlene Oltrogge, Ann Parker, Beverly Herem, and Loretta Herem.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Rosebud Cemetery. Dahl Funeral Chapel had charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Stillwater Senior Center, Box 92, Absarokee, MT 59001.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:44