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St. Mary's Cemetery
Courtenay, ND

Anna Helen (Gurski)

First wife
Peter Paul

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23 Dec 1882-
21 Aug 1910

Courtenay Gazette, Aug 25, 1910

Sunday evening Dr. Shepard was called to the home of Peter Falk, who lives on the late Chas. E. Raney farm.  Upon the doctor's arrival he found Mrs. Falk in a bad condition of health.  Organic heart disease accompanied by hemorrhages had brought about such condition that her life was despaired of.  Returning to Courtenay he prescribed treatment but before the medicine could reach her she had expired, leaving her young husband grief stricken to mourn her loss.

Helen Gurski was born in 1882 and was 28 years of age at her demise. She was married to Peter Falk on January 11th, 1910, and her sudden death is a great blow to the bereaved husband, their happy union having so early been severed by the grim reaper of death. Her body was place in its last resting place in the catholic cemetery, burial being held on Tuesday forenoon. The Gazette joins with the many friend of the deceased in extending sincere sympathy with the bereaved families in their time of sorrow.



Anton P.
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29 Jul 1912-
14 Dec 1989

Arlene Clara
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8 Oct 1938-
17 Feb 1944

Stutsman County Record, Jamestown, ND
February 24, 1944, page 2


Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church, Courtenay, Saturday for Arlene Clara Falk, 5, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Falk, Courtenay, who died at Trinity hospital Thursday. She was a hospital patient for two days and death was caused by spinal meningitis. 

Rev. John Thiel conducted the services and the choir sang. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery with the pallbearers four young cousins of the little girl: Paul and Louis Kouskowski, Raymond Falk, and William Wagner.

Little Arlene was born Oct. 8, 1938 and is survived by her parents and three brothers.

Daly funeral home was in charge of Arrangements.

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Bernard &
Barbara (Godfrey)

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25 May 1938-
20 May 2003

6 Jun 1931-
20 Jan 2011

The Jamestown Sun
May 22, 2003

Barbara Falk, 64, Jamestown, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at her home.

Barbara Kay Godfrey was born May 25, 1938, at Butler, Mo., the daughter of Warren H. and Ruby B. (O’Rear) Godfrey. She married Lloyd B. Falk on Aug. 27, 1983, in Jamestown. She was a registered nurse for more than 40 years.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Deborah (Tony Jr.) Carlascio, Jamestown; two brothers, Don (Charlotte), Richmond, Kan., and Art (Connie), Paola, Kan.; four stepdaughters, Carol (Gene) Maessner, Gackle, N.D., Paula Scott, Evergreen, Co., Teresa Clark, San Francisco, Calif., and Mary Ann (Tony) Williams, Little Rock, Ark.; a special friend, Matt Nitschke, Jamestown; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infants.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, The Basilica of St. James, Jamestown.
Prayer service: 7 p.m. Friday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.
Visitation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Courtenay, N.D.
Memorials: in lieu of flowers, to the Humane Society, F.A.C.E. or charity of choice.
The Jamestown Sun, ND
Monday, January 24, 2011

Lloyd Bernard Falk, 79, Jamestown, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, N.D.

Mr. Falk was born June 6, 1931, at Courtenay, N.D., the son of Albert Frederick and Emma Marie (Wagner) Falk. He attended Corrine Township School, Courtenay Elementary School and graduated from Courtenay High School in 1949. He worked with his father on the family farm until 1953. He moved to Yankton, S.D., in 1953 and worked for Means Athletic Co. until 1959 when he moved to Wichita, Kan. He worked for the Royal Athletic Co. until 1967. He moved to Jamestown in 1967 and was employed by the North Dakota State Hospital for 26 years until he retired in 1993. He married Barbara Godfrey on Aug. 27, 1983, at St. James Basilica, Jamestown. They lived in Jamestown. He was a member of St. James Basilica, Jamestown Eagles and NDPEA.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Deborah Sue Carlascio, Jamestown; and two sisters, Lois (Ronald) Harding, McHenry, N.D.; and Joann (Richard) Graham, Jamestown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a brother, Harold.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. James Basilica, Jamestown.
Prayer service: 7 p.m. today, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.
Visitation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Courtenay, in the spring.

Bernard F.

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3 Jun 1939

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Clarence Martin

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27 Jul 1910-
21 Jan 1951

Stutsman County Record, Jamestown, ND
January 25, 1951, Page 5

C. M. Falk Dies in Denver, Colo; Funeral Friday

Requiem mass for Clarence M. Falk, formerly of Courtenay, who died in Denver, Colo., Sunday evening, will be offered in St. Boniface Catholic church, Wimbeldon, Friday at 10 o'clock.

Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Courtenay.

Rosary will be recited tonight at the Daly-Peterson Funeral home.

Mr. Falk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Falk of Courtenay, was born July 22, 1910 in Courtenay, where he attended school. He enlisted in the army medical corps in March of 1942 and served with the 25th Division in the South Pacific. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Mr. Falk re-enlisted for three years, receiving his discharge in October of 1950. He had resided in Denver for some time.

Survivors are his parents, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Matt Tanata, Wimbledon, Mrs. Adolph Neva, John and Anthony Falk of Courtenay. One brother is dead.


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16 Nov 1881-
5 Oct 1958

Wife of Martin J. Falk

The Jamestown Sun
October 6, 1958, Pg 3

Mrs. Martin Falk, 77, Wimbledon, Dies Here Sunday

Mrs. Martin Falk, Wimbledon, died Sunday morning at Trinity Hospital, where she had been a patient since the preceding Thursday.  She had been in poor health for some time.

Rev. Patrick Healy will officiate at funeral service Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Courtenay.  Rosaries will be said at the Daly-Peterson Funeral Chapel tonight at 8 p.m. and St. Mary's Church Tuesday at 8 p.m.  Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Courtenay.

Born Nov. 16, 1881, in Russia, the former Floratina Spinarski came to the United States at the age of 10 with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John Spinarski, who homesteaded four miles north of Courtenay, where she attended rural schools.  Her marriage to Martin Falk took place Aug. 11, 1901, and they resided on his farm three miles west of Courtenay until they retired from farming in 1942 and moved to Wimbledon, where they lived since.  They Celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary last August.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and of Circle No. 2 at Wimbledon.

She leaves her husband, two sons, John F. Falk and Anton Falk, Courtenay, and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Neva, Jamestown, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Mrs. John Schwalk, Kensal; Mrs. Martin Albrecht, Fergus Falls, Minn., and Mrs. Isaac Rognrud, St. Ignatius, Mont.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis and Clarence, and a daughter Mrs. Matt Tanata (Josephine), who died a year ago.

Fred &
Clara (Wagner)

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Harold & 
Jean (Rose)

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Jean -
24 Jul 1926
24 Nov 1983


Harold -
10 Feb 1927
4 Aug 1986

     Funeral services for Mrs. Jean Y. Falk, 57, Courtenay, will be Monday at 10:30 am in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Courtenay.  A prayer service is set for Sunday at 7:30 pm at the church and interment will be in the church cemetery with Daly-Peterson-Lisko Funeral Home in charge. She died Thursday at Courtenay. [24 Nov 1983]  
     Mrs. Falk, the former Jean Rose was born July 24, 1926, in Courtenay, daughter of John and Susan (Bultema) Rose.  She moved with her parents to the Wimbledon community where she was graduated from high school.  She attended Valley City State Teachers College and taught two years in Brimer and Spring schools in Barnes County.  She was also employed in Mercy Hospital in Valley City.  She and Harold Falk, Courtenay, were married June 20, 1950, in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Wimbledon.  They farmed in the Dazey area until 1956 when they purchased a farm near Courtenay where the home had been since.  From 1971 to 1974 they owned and operated the Lantern Supper Club near Ottertail, Minn.
     Mrs. Falk was active in the community affairs, she was president of the Durham Homemakers Club, organized the first annual Barbecue Day in Courtenay and was presently Durham Township assessor.  She had served on the state board for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped; was present president of the Stutsman County Library board, and president of her local TOPS Club.  A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Society, she served on many committees during the years.  Active in state and local politics, she was a member of the Democratic NPL party and served in various post on both district and state levels, including two terms as district chairperson.  She had been a candidate for the State House as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention.
     Survivors include her husband Harold and their seven children, Mrs. Robert Reeck (Lynn), Staples, Minn., Neal, Williston, Gary, Thomas and Mrs. Calvin Gruebele (Lori), all of Jamestown; Karen Falk, Minneapolis; and Mrs. Marvin Heisler (Sandra), Vergas, Minn.; two brothers Jack Rose, Wimbledon, and William Rose, Rothsay; a sister, Kathleen Wright, Valley City; and seven grandchildren. Her parents and one daughter preceded her in death.

Unknown Newspaper - November 24, 1983

Joseph M.

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9 Jan 1945

Son of Joseph and Lucille (Skroch) Falk


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15 Jan 1857-
5 Oct 1936

Stutsman County Record
October 8, 1936, Page 1

Mrs. Martin Falk, Pioneer Resident of Courtenay, Dies

Mrs Augustina Falk, widow of the late Martin Falk, a resident of Courtenay vicinity for many years, passed away October 5 at her home three miles west of that town.  She had been ailing for about two weeks with heart trouble and complications but had not been confined to her bed.

Funeral services will be held this morning at the Courtenay Catholic church with Father Thiel, Wimbledon, reading the requiem mass.  Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary's cemetery.

Mrs. Falk, whose maiden name was Augustina Spinarski, was born in Germany, January 15, 1857 and was married there to Peter Koushkowski, whose death occurred in that country.  Deceased and four  children came to Courtenay vicinity in the late eighties and in 1892her marriage to Martin Falk of Courtenay occurred.  Mr. Falk, who died Dec. 23, 1932, was born in Germany but lived in Russia a number of years before coming to Courtenay in 1891.

Deceased is survived by ten sons and daughter, Peter Koushkowski, Goldwin; John Koushkowski, Handel, Sask., Canada, Frank Koushkowski, Mrs. Peter Leigman, Courtenay, children by her first marriage; Anthony, August, Fred, Albert, Gertrude and Joseph Falk, all of Courtenay, and seven step-children, Mrs. M. Degen, Mrs. Anton Scheler, and John Falk, Jamestown; Jacob Falk, Canada, Peter and Martin Falk, Jr., Courtenay, and Mrs. John Saleski, Sask.  She is also survived by her brother, Frank Spinarski, Courtenay, 27 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a nephew John Spinarski, Jamestown.  Two children are buried in St. Mary's cemetery.

Joseph & Lucille (Skroch)

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Louis A.

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13 Aug 1908-
3 Jul 1932

6 Jul 1932

The Jamestown Sun
July 5, 1932, Page 1

Louis Falk of Courtenay Was Killed Saturday
Investigation Exonerates Driver of Car Which Ran Into His

Louis Falk, 24-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Falk, whose farm home is near Courtenay was instantly killed Saturday night about 9:30 o'clock when the car he was working on was struck by on driven by Morris Dunwoody of near Edmunds.

Mr. Falk, his brother, Tony, Arnold Schroeder and his sister, Emily and Lottie Schroeder, were going to a dance at Kensal.  One of the tires was punctured and the young men parked the car on the right side of the highway, one half mile south of the Flax Tow Mill which is one half mile west of Kensal.

Mr. Dunwoody of Edmunds, who works for Al Jackson on the grading outfit , was driving a Chevrolet coupe north also to the dance. A car was coming from the south, the opposite direction, and the lights blinded Mr. Dunwoody.  He kept to the right side of the road and since the car driven by Mr. Falk had no lights on it he did npt see it until he hit it.  The car with the bright lights of course passed him and the driver did not know that a catastrophe had taken place.

Mr. Falk's chest was crushed and his neck broken.  The young ladies were in the car when it was struck and were brushed and badly shaken up.

H. A. Brastrup, Stutsman county coroner, and H.F. Rittgers, assistant states attorney, went to the scene of the accident and after a thorough investigation declared that the death was due to accident and that there was no criminal negligence.  no inquest will be held.  The body was taken to Kensal.

Marion L.

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19 Apr 1816-
12 Feb 1895


* Falk, 
[Anton] Martin

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2 Nov 1847-
22 Dec 1932


Funeral Services Will Be Held At Catholic Church Saturday

Martin Falk, who since 1891 has lived in the vicinity of Courtenay passed away at Trinity Hospital early this morning where he has been a patient just a few days, his death being caused by complications.

The deceased was born in Germany and came to America in 1891 settling on a homestead near Courtenay.  In 1871 Mr. Falk and Miss Anna Regina Smith [Schmidt] were married in Germany.  Mrs. Falk passed away in 1892 just  a year after they came to their new home in the western hemisphere.  Later Mr. Falk and Mrs. Peter Kowshowski of Courtenay were married.  To the first union there were 12 children born and of these seven are living.  To the second union there were eight children, six of whom are living.

Survivors are the widow and 13 children.  Two daughters, Mrs. Michael Degen and Mrs. A.A. Schaller, and a son John Falk, live in Jamestown.

Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church in Courtenay Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.  Burial will be made in the cemetery at Courtenay.

The body will be at the Daly and Gehlhar Funeral Home this evening and will be taken to Courtenay in the morning.

The Jamestown Sun December 22, 1932, Page 1

Martin J.

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28 Sep 1877-
21 Feb 1962



25 Jun 1947-
27 Jun 1947

Stutsman County Record, Jamestown, ND
July 3, 1947, Page 2


Grave side services were held in St. Mary's cemetery, Courtenay, Saturday morning for Mary, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Falk [Eleanor Sabinash], who died at Trinity hospital the 26th [27th].

Father Ryan of Wimbledon officiated. Daly-Peterson Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

The little one is survived by her twin brother [Marvin], a sister, Arlene, and a twin brother and sister, Louis and Louise.

Peter Paul &
Anna Marie
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Peter Paul-
15 Sep 1881-
16 Mar 1972

4 May 1884-
13 Oct 1967

Peter Paul Falk Sr., 90, retired pioneer farmer of Courtenay community, died Thursday afternoon at Jamestown Hospital.  He had been failing health for the past ten years,  

Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Courtenay a d interment in St. Mary's cemetery there.  Prayer services will be Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Daly-Peterson Chapel.

Mr. Falk was born Sept. 15, 1881, in Russia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Falk Sr.  When he was nine years old he came with his parents to North Dakota when they homesteaded in Durham Township near Courtenay.  He received his education in local rural school and later farmed with his parents for a time before beginning to farm for himself.

On Jan. 23, 1912, he and Anna Sazama were married at Vergas, Minn.  They farmed in Courtenay community until retiring in 1957 when they continued to reside on the home farm with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sabinash.  Mrs Falk died on Oct. 13, 1967, and Mr. Falk had continued to reside on the farm.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Courtenay.

Survivors include three daughter, Mrs. Robert Fredricks (Anne), Mrs. Chester Sabinash (Florence), both of Jamestown, and Mrs. Joseph Sabinash (Mary), Courtenay; two sons, George Falk, New York Mills, Minn., Peter Falk Jr., Courtenay; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one half-sister, Mrs. Ben Stahl (Gertrude), Fargo; [also three half-brothers, Fred, Joe, and Tony]; one stepsister, Mrs. Madaline Liegman, Wimbledon; and one stepbrother Peter Koushkouski, Buchanan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Unknown newspaper (The Jamestown Sun?)

Anna Regina
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19 Jan 1847-
23 Dec 1892

Wife of Martin Falk and the first burial in the St. Mary's Cemetery.  The land was donated by her husband, Anton Martin Falk.
Robert M.
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20 Aug 1972

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Tracy Ann
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2 May 1961-
3 May 1961

Daughter of Harold and Jean (Rose) Falk
Ben &
Gertrude (Falk)
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Allan & 

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4 Sep 1943-
7 Apr 2005



Jamestown Sun
Monday, April 11, 2005

Allan Peter Tanata, 61, Courtenay, N.D., died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at his home.

Mr. Tanata was born Sept. 4, 1943, in Jamestown, the son of Peter and Virginia (Edwards) Tanata. He grew up on the family farm in Durham Township near Courtenay and attended Courtenay schools. He married Diana Attleson on July 8, 1967, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Courtenay. They lived on the Tanata family farm and farmed for 38 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he served on the church board. He was also a member of Courtenay Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Courtenay, Kensal and Wimbledon. He served on the Courtenay Barbecue Committee and as Durham Township Treasurer for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Robert (Nicole), Fargo, N.D., and Steven (Judi), Jamestown; three sisters, Barbara (Jim) Skinner, Keokuk, Iowa, Rosemary (Dennis) Gasal, Jamestown, and Peggy (Mike) Manley, Mitchell, Neb.; a brother, Jim (Patti), Julietta, Idaho; two sisters-in-law, Kay Tanata, Courtenay, and Julayne Tanata, Hawarden, Iowa; and four grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Fred and Tony.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Courtenay.
Prayer service: 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Visitation: 5 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown; at the church Sunday evening and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Courtenay.

Dennis John

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8 Sep 1943-
19 Feb 2011

The Jamestown Sun, ND
Monday, February 21, 2011

Dennis J. Tanata, 67, Jamestown, formerly of Edmunds, N.D., died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at his brother’s home in Jamestown under hospice care.

Mr. Tanata was born Sept. 8, 1943, at Courtenay, N.D., the son of John F. and Theresa (Degen) Tanata. In 1946, the family moved to Jamestown. He graduated from St. John’s Academy in 1961. After high school, he attended St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minn. He joined the Navy and served four years aboard a destroyer as a fire control technician. He was Vietnam veteran. In 1968, he moved to Rockford, Ill., where he lived for 27 years. In 1970, he married Loretta White. He was employed by various machine tool companies, working as production control supervisor and manufacturing engineer. In 1979, he married Wilma Lonidier. In 1994, he moved to a farmstead east of Edmunds and worked as a farmhand for the Posey Farm. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 9759 in Illinois. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, attending auction sales and adding to his various collections.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; three daughters, Diane Parnell and Theresa Boucher, both Henderson, Nev. and Denise (Gary) Ashby, Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Elaine (Dick) Gillingham, Pidgeon, Mich., Norma (Charles) Grant, Nashwauk, Minn., and Maryann (Donald) Siebert, Jamestown; a brother, William, Jamestown; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents. [buried at Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown]

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.
Visitation: one hour before the service at the funeral chapel.
Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Courtenay, in the spring.


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Peter &

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Peter -

Virginia -
12 May 1917
8 Feb 1999

     Virginia C. Tanata, 81, Jamestown, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Central Dakota Village, Jamestown.
     Virginia Claire Edwards was born May 12, 1917, at Fargo, the daughter of John and Nellie (Posey) Edwards.  She grew up on the family farm and attended Corrine Township school.  She worked with her parents on the farm.  She married Peter Tanata Oct. 20, 1937, at Courtenay, ND.  They lived on a farm near Courtenay.  In 1967 they retired from farming and moved into Courtenay.  He died in 1969.  She was an active member of the community.  She worked as a sales person for Avon products for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's  Catholic Church, Courtenay; the Altar Society; the Seventeen Club; and Durham Homemakers.  She served on the town board; was active in Courtenay Senior Center; was a volunteer member of the library board; and volunteered for the American Cancer Society.  She enjoyed traveling and sharing her cabin at Ottertail Lake, Minn.
     She is survived by four sons, Fred (Jane), Spiritwood, ND, Allan (Diana), Courtenay, James (Pat), Juliaetta, ID, and Anthony (Kay), Courtenay; three daughters, Barbara (James) Skinner, Keokuk, IA, Rosemary (Dennis) Gasal, Jamestown, and Peggy (Mike) Manley, Buchanan, ND; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a sister and a half-brother.
Services: 10:30 am Friday, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Courtenay.
Prayer Service: 8 pm Thursday at the church.
Visitation: 6 to 9 pm Wednesday and 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, and 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday at the church.
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Courtenay.

Jamestown Sun, February 10, 1999


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