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Page 2 January 7, 2010 Colleen J. Gasho BEACH - Colleen Joan Gasho, 70, of Beach, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Wibaux County Nursing Home in Wibaux, Mont. Visitation was l'rom 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Beach and from 12-1 p.m,, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Squaw Gap Community Hall in Squaw Gap, N.D. Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Squaw Gap Community Hall with Chaplain Burnie Kunz offici- ating. Interment followed in the South Side Cemetery in Trotters. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Beach was entrusted with arrange- ments. Colleen was born April 30, 1939. in Bainville, Mont., the daughter of William "Bill" Eschenbacher and Violet Grimes. Colleen grew up in Bainville and Culbertson, Mont., and graduated from high school in Wolf Point, Mont. Colleen worked waiting tables, doing factory work, and making bandoliers for service members overseas. After locating to Sidney, Mont., Colleen worked as a bartender at the Cheerio Lounge for 15 years. It was a job she truly enjoyed while meeting wonderful people and friends and making many memories. Several people called Colleen "Morn," and they will miss her dearly. Colleen married Harlan Gasho in Trotters, on Sept. 8, 2000, and moved to the ranch in Beach where Harlan still farms. The couple shared many years, working, play- ing, laughing, and making memo- ries with each other. Colleen had many interests such as baking, gar- dening, putting together puzzles and scrapbooking, but her biggest interests were crafting and crochet- ing. Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, Violet Grimes and Bill Eschenbacher: her son, Michael Allen Nitschke; her broth- er, Kenny Eschenbacher and his wile Pat; her nephew, David Eschenbacher; and her sister-in- law, Deloris Eschenbacher. Colleen is survived by her Won- derful, loving husband, Harlan Gasho of Beach: her daughter, Renee (Dana) Kucker of Watertown, S.D.: her grandson, Eli Plunkett of Watertown, S.D.: laer' wonderful sister, Betty (Leonard) Hustad of Bainville, Mont.: her brother, Dale Eschenbacher 'pf- Savage. Mont.; her mother-in-law,' Rose Gasho of Beach; her brothers- in-law, Jerl'y (Line!a) Gasho and Allen (Betty) Gasho; and her sister- in-law,Muriel (Don) S0k01oSki; and all her wonderful nephews, nieces and special friends. Remenlbrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silvernale-silhafuneral- home.corn or emailed to rplun- kett01 @ yahoo.com. Labor A\\;,ailat00ility Study under waY Pra4rie West Development Foundation, Beach, in partnership with the North Dakota Depamnent of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development, will be conducting a Community Labor Availability Study for the commu- nities of Beach, Golva and Sentinel Butte and the associated trade area. Comnmnities need cun'ent labor availability and skill assessment information to support business retention, expansion and recruit- ment, according to Prairie West. Low unemployment rates are used by site selectors to screen out com- munities when they are considering sites for new business locations. Because of the low unemployment rates in Golden Valley County and North Dakota in general, documen- tation of labor is critical. This doc- umentation is being provided through community labor awfilabil- ity studies (CLAS). Deb Walworth, executive direc- tor at Prairie West Development, said. "'This study will provide valu- able information on the makeup of the local labor force, underemploy- ment and travel patterns." This information is important for com- munities who are doing workforce planning and population stabiliza- tion strategic planning, she said. "The phone interview will take a few minutes, but 1 encourage those contacted to take the time to answer the questionnaire, as this informa- tion will be so helpful to move toward providing good jobs and skilled employees in our area's Racing Trivia Racing History Please support your local merchants in 2010! business sec[pL'; - aiJ; ;,Wad Nol:th. CLAS is a tool in designing career ladder training and lifelong learn- ing opportunities to help address work force and skill shortages in a community. The Social Science Research Institute at the University of North Dakota will conduct the data col- lection .for the CLAS. This data col- lection will be conducted through telephone interviews with a ran- domly selected sample of the resi- dents within the community labor market area. Data collection began on Jan. 2. The research, analysis and report writing lor the CLAS will be completed by Job Service North Dakota. These studies are made possible through a combination of comlnu- nity and matching funds from the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The linal reports will be available by Jtdy 2010. Each participating community will receive both a hard copy and elec- tronic copies of the final report. The linal reports will also be posted to the North Dakota Department of Commerce Web site at www.ndwork force.com. (( Iniroprac tic (-( linic Natural Health Center l l0 Central Ave. S, Beach, ND E. Mary Wirtzfeld Dr. Jake Dr. Kylie Holkup Simnioniw BEACtl -E. Mary Wirtzfeld, 88, of Fargo, formerly of Sentinel Butte, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Bethany Homes in Fargo in the presence of her husband and family. Visitation will be held from 9 a.ln. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Beach and 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Golden Valley Manor in Beach. A Vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Golden Valley Manor in Beach. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan.8, at St. John th Baptist Catholic Church in Beach with the Rev. David Richter officiating, Rite of Committal will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery in Sentinel Butte Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Beach is entrust- ed with arrangements. Mary was born Aug. 28, 1921, to Hjalmer and Ruth Johnson neat" Sentinel Butte. She attended Sentinel Butte Elementary and High School, graduating in 1939. Mary attended Dickinson State College, graduating with the stan- dard teaching certificate in 1941. She later earned a bachelor of sci- ence degree in education. A devot- ed wife, mother, grandmother, and '.'teacher, Mary was a lifetime mem- ber of the NDEA and NEA, as well as a former member of the Friendly Homemakers Club. Mary's first teaching position was at the Olson School north of Sentinel Butte. In 1944, she began teaching in Klickitat, Wash., returning to the Sentinel Butte area in 1948, whe, re she continued teaching in country schools. Mary taught many years at the Westerheim and Randash schools as well as Sentinel Butte Elementary schools. She also taught briefly in Tampico, Mont.; Wibaux County, Mont.: and Ollie,, Mont. In 1976, she began teaching at Lincoln Elementary School in Beach. After 36 k years, Mary retired in 1985. On Feb. 14, 1950, Mary was united in marriage to Peter H. wirtzfeld at St. Michael's in Sentinel Butte. Mary continued teaching in the area while raising their [hree oldest children, Tom. Ruth, and Cindy, on the family farm north of Sentinel Butte. Mary took a year off from teaching after the birth of their youngest son, Peter Jr. She continued to teach while raising four children and still found the time to ensure her fami- PROFESSIONAL SALES POSITION Aflac, the world leader at providing employee income protection, is looking for mid to executive level sales professionals to serve as consultants to employers in central and western North Dakota. To schedule a' confidential interview, ca11:,888-258-6040 ext. 10 or send resume to: career@btinet.net Holistic services offered include: Applied Kinesiology Acupuncture Nutrition Consultation Cranial-Sacral Therapy Foot Orthotics Pediatric and Pregnancy M, W & F- 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. T & Th - 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sat. 9a.m.'lp.m. 1-701-872-7520 ly sat down together for a meal every night. Mary spent her retirement years quilting, gardening, bird watching, and traveling many" times to Hawaii with her husband, visiting her children and grandchildren. She was extremely proud of all her grandchildren, spending countless hours baking, teaching them piano, and telling them humorous stories and anecdotes. Mary also spent many years extensively research- ing the family's genealogy, which resulted in a treasured family his- tory book. Mary was a kind and generous woman whose door was always open. With a pot of coffee brew- ing, Mary was always ready for a visit. All who stopped by were sure to find themselves with their bel- lies full and smiles on. their faces. Her neighborly hospitality and friendship will be missed by all. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and one older brother, Carl Johnson. Mary is survived by her hus- band Pete of Fargo: her four chil- dren: Tom (Bev) Wirtzfeld of Northfield, Minn.; Ruth (Richard Wolfert) Wirtzfeld of Fargo; Cindy (David Summers) Nolan of Lewisville, Texas: Pete (Laure) Wirtzfeld Jr. of Sentinel Butte; her two brothers, William "Fiddlin' Bill" Johnson of Beach; and Jim (Jan) Johnson of Sentinel Butte; her eight grandchildren: Adam (Rita) Wirtzfeld, Kelsey (Steve) Smith, Joshua (Kala Bacon) Wirtzfeld, Kate Nolan, Jacob .(Christine Roper) Wirtzfeld, Ashley (Bill Maye) Wirtzfeld, Ruth Nolan, and Tim Nolan; her four great-grandchildren: Anika Wirtzfeld, Macoy Maye, Bailee Wirtzfeld and Amelia Maye. Remembrances and condo- lences may be shared with the fam- ily at www.silvernale-silhafuner- alhome.com. Betty J. Smith TROTFERS - MemoriN service for Betty J. Smith, 77, of Trotters is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 20t0, at the Fulkerson Funeral Home Chapel, Sidney, Mont., with Pastor Paul Turek from the Faith Alliance Church in Sidney. Music will be provided by Tara Skaar and Patti Hutchinson. Honorary casketbearers are her gandchildren, Chad Smith, Casey Smith, Cody Smith, Kris Hutchinson, Cassandra Hutchinson, Amy Miller and Aaron Skaar. Ushers are Lee Hutchinson and Edward Skaar. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home. Interment of cremains will take place at a later date in the Sunnyside Cemetery. Remembrances and con- dolence may be shared with the fam- ily at www.fulkersons.com. Betty Jean was born June 2, 1932, in Beach, the first of five children born to Kyle and Lillian (Russell) Sperry of Trotters. Her siblings are Bethine, Shirley, Margie and Kyle "Bud" Jr. In 1937 alter getting through most of the 1930s, Kyle loaded up a small trailer, and with the four girls, went west to Oregon. where he worked on a dairy to support his family. In 1940 they moved back to Trotters, where Betty and the kids rode to the Trotters School on horseback every day. She attended high school in Beach where she graduated in 1951. Betty was united in marriage to Clarence Smith on Oct. 7, 1950, in Miles City, Mont. They ranched ,and farmed in the Trotters area for 56 years. To this union were born three children: Eugene, Patti and Tara. Betty worked at the Sidney Hospital for a few years as a CNA, but her heart was always in the country. In November 2006, Betty moved into Crestwood Inn in Sidney. She moved into Sidney Health Center Extended Care in June 2008. In May 2009, Betty was Resident of the Month at the Extended Care. Betty was a member of Trotters Community Church, where she served as secretary/treasurer. She was also a member of Webb Willing Workers. Betty's hobbies were sewing, crocheting and reading. She has made numerous quilts and blan- kets for her chiktren and grandchil- dren. Betty enjoyed canning vegeta- bles and fruit on the farm. Her base- ment was always full of jars in the fall. She excelled at cooking and baked wonderful homemade good- ies. Family, friends and neighbors always seemed to show up at her table ,at coffee time. Betty raised sheep, chickens and cats for many years, and a few goats, too! Betty died peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 31,2009, sun'ounded by her loved ones at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility, Betty is survived by: her husband, Clarence, Sidney; son, Eugene, Sidney; two daughters, Patti (Lee) Hutchinson, Lovell, Wyo.; Tara (Edward) Skaar, Sidney; sisters. Bethine Sperry, Beach; Shirley (Chuck) Uetz, Beach; Margie (George) Kronschnabel, Casper, Wyo.; brother, Kyle "Bud" (Marcia) Sperry Jr., Trotters; seven grandchil- dren. Chad (Janelle) Smith, Killdeer; Casey (Jamie) Smith, Beulah: Cody (Renae) Smith, Trotters: Amy Miller, Fargo; Aaron Skaar, Sidney; .Cassandra Hutchinson, Lovell, Wyo.: Kfis Hutchinson, Fort Benning, Ga.; and eight great-grandchildren. 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Tayter Malsam will run a full-time schedule in the Talking Rain-sponsored No.56 truck. "Everyone knows how much I love to race, nd the Camping World Truck Series is one of my favorite places to race, so to be a team owner in this series is a perfect match," the 24- year-old Busch said. "We started KBM two years ago with the Late Model program, and this seemed like the next natural step. rm also very pleased with our driver lineup, having young and talented guys like Tayter.Malsam and Brian Ickier." Jan. 2. 1943 - John Linville, who started 136 Nationwide races from 1982 to 1992 is 10om on this day. Linville, whose daughter DeLana married Kevin Harvick in 2001, posted throe top 10s in his career--one at South Boston and two at Martinsville. 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