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I Page 2 Golden Valley News November 29, 2012. Mike Olienyk BELFIELD - Mike Olienyk, 97. formerly of Belfield, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at St. Luke's Home. Dickinson. Mike's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29. at St. Bernard's Catholic Chnrch. Belfield. with the Rev. William Ruelle as the celebrant. In- terment will follow at St, Bernard's Catholic Cen]etery, with military honors provided by the Belfield American Legion. William C. Blair Post No. 144. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickins, m. and continued at the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be on Thursday one hour prior to services at the church. Mike Olienyk was born May 2, 1915. oll the Olienyk homestead in Billings County. one of six children born to Prokop and Dokia (Ktytor) Olienyk. He and his siblings at- tended a one-room country school where he completed the 8th glade. Since there was no school bus and since boarding him m town would be too expensive, he did not attend high school and remtgned at home to work on the farm. At age 17, he went to work for a neighboring farmer for a year. doing general farm work for an annual wage of $250. most of which he saved. He then took a .job at Prokop's Pool Hall in Belfield for $15 per month plus free room and board. Unsatis- fied with his future prospects, he traveled to Washington state in search of other employment oppor- tunities in 1936. He worked in apple orchards and with a threshing crew, but was unable to find permanent employment. In late October, he hopped a fi'eight traii~ ,back to Belfield. He landed a job as a car salesman for McGarvey & Schnei- der. but after a few months decided he wanted to be in business for him- self. In the spring of 1937. using money he had saved and a small .loan from his father, he bought a pool hall that served beer. As the business grew. Mike changed the name of the establishment from the Wayside Inn to Mike's Bar and bor- rowed an additional $500 from his father to buy a liquor license. His personal life flourished as well. Mike married Josephine Basal'aba on Nov. 5, 1939. Their first cL:ld. Michael, was born the following year, and Mary Jane was born in 1943. With World War lI es- calating. Mike was drafted into the U.S. Arnqv in August 1943, one of the first mmTied men with children to be drafted in Stark County. Fol- lowing basic training, he served as a drill instructor and as an instruc- at . at tor in infantrs,"{~~tics,earning the rank of sergeant. In: 1945, he entered officer candidate school, but since World War II was ending he was discharged prior to being commis- sioned. Mike was honorably dis- charged from th~ U.S. Army in January 1946, an/d returned home to his family and 'his business. John was born in" 1946, Kathy in 1948, Loretta in 1950 affd Deborah in 1957. In the:late 1940s, Mike de- cided to bui~(d a movie-theatre. The Belfield Th(zatre opened in mid-De- cember 1950. The first movie shown was a musical, "'Duchess of IdahoY starring Esther Williams and Van Johnson. Prices were 50 cents for adults. 35 cents for stu- dents and 15 cents for children. Mike sold the theatre in 1971. In addition to managing his busi- nesses. Mike was active m civic af- fairs. He became a member of William C. Blair Post No. 144 of the American Legion in Belfield shortly after his discharge from mil- it~'y service. He served as post commander twice, and permanently as post chaplain Mike was named Legionnaire of the Year for the state of North Dakota in 2002, and he represented the Wm. C. Blair Post at the dedication of the World War Put Your Money . Where. Your House Is! iocal indelaendent ~ attent]~en our ousmesses are ~ communily " yolr best value ano our economy II Memorial in Washington D.C. in 2004. He was also a long-time member of the Knights of Colum- bus and was named Knight of the Year in 1993. He was elected to the Elm Grove School District Board in 1952 and served for 24 years, most of them as board president. He also served in the House of Representa- tives of the North Dakota Legisla- ture for five terms, beginning m 1963. He was a member of the Ap- propriations Committee and chair of the Veterans Committee. He served as well in various other organiza- tions. He was particularly active as a volunteer in several capacities for St. Bernard's Church and was in- ducted into the North Dakota Ukrainian Hall of Fame in 2002. Mike sold Mike's Bar in 1976 and went into semi-retirement, re- maining active in the community and St. Bernard's parish. He also took care of the large yard around the home and tended a vegetable garden during the summer, He" walked to the Dairy Queen at the in- terchange northeast of town several times per week. a round trip of about two miles, and enjoyed many games of pinochle there with friends. In 2000 at the age of 85. Mike earned his high school equiv- alency diploma (GED). Since the average age of a GED earner is about 24. this feat was quite re- markable and a newspaper article in The Dickinson Press highlighting Mike's achievement was picked up by the Associated Press and re- ceived national attention, including publication in Stars and Stripes. Ardent .patriotism was one of Mike's halhnarks. He was a proud member of what Tom Brokaw dubbed The Greatest Generation. He extolled the virtues of democ- racy and capitalism at every oppor- tunity, and often spoke of how fortunate we all were to be living in such a great country. Every morning he proudly hoisted the American flag on a flagpole in the front yard of the family home. Mike's wife, Josephine, passed away in 2002, and Mike continued to live in the family home for sev- eral years thereafter. He sold the home in Betfield in 2008 and moved into a retirement community in Dickinson in August of that year. Mike is survived by four chil- dren, John Olienyk, Windsor, Colo.: Kathy Wills. Minot; Loz'etta (Steve) Waite. Baltimore. Md.; and Debo- rah (Bob) Walker, Walnut Creek. Calif.: daughter-in-law, Margaret Olienyk, Annapolis, Md.: son-in- law. Marvin Bloedow, Ladysmith, Wise.; nine grandchildren: nme great-grandchildren; and one brother, Steve (Caroline) Olienyk, Florence, Ore. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Josephine on May 15. 2002; son, Michael; daughter. Mary Jane Bloe- dow; two brothers; two sisters; and his parents. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Heartland Hospice in Dickinson. ~, with Ladbury Arran=ements are Funeral Service. Dickinson,, Josephine Obrigewitsch BELFIELD - A Funeral Mass for Josephine Obrigewitsch, 93, of Dickinson. was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Belfield with the Rev. William Reule celebrating. Burial followed in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Visitation for Josephine was held from 2-9 p.m.. Friday, Nov. 23, at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a Rosary and Vigil service being held at 7 p.m. Josephine passed away Monday, Nov. 19. at St. Benedict's Health Center in Dickinson. She was born Aug. 15. 1919. in Belfietd. the daughter of Anton and Eugenia (Ott) Obrigewitsch. Josephine was born the fifth of eight and nephews loved her fried children. She was baptized andchicken and chicken noodle soup. confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic She enjoyed trying new 'recipes, Church, north of Belfield. and she made the best pies and Josephine grew up on the farm. her strudel in the family. father's homestead, northeast of She also enjoyed sewing and Belfield. Josephine got her eighth kept busy making quilts for her grade education in country schools nieces and nephews. Playing cards in the Green River and Spring Creek and reading were also hobbies of District. She moved to Belfield Josephine's. In 2008. the Anton and with her parents in the fall of 1947. Eugenia Obrigewitsch family cele- She spent many years helping her brated the 100th anniversary of their parents with farm chores and help- homestead. Josephine loved seeing ing in Belfield. Josephine also .five generatmns of the family gath- helped her sisters and brothers raise .ered together on the farm. Josephine {heir children, which would be her was able to enjoy the gathering with nieces and nephews. She was very her sister, Jennie: brother, Philip; proud to have.been such an impor- and sisters-in-law. Leona and Flo- tant part of their lives. After the rence Obrigewitsch. Josephine was death of her mother in December a member of St. Bernard's Catholic 1970, she moved to Bridger. Mont.. Church in Belfield, serving as treas- and begun working for Fr. Walsh of urer of the Women's Guild. She was Sacred Heart Catholic Church, as also a member oat" St. Wenceslaus his housekeeper. While there, she Catholic Church in Dickinson. was a member of St. Mary's Circle Josephine is survived by one sis- and served as secretary and treas- ter, Jennie Wanner of Dickinson: urer until moving with Walsh to two sisters-in-law. Florence Terry, Mont. After two years. Walsh Obrigewitsch of Belfield and Leona retired, so they moved to Apache Obrigewitsch of Fargo; 34 nieces Junction. Arii., for a few months, and nephews: numerous grand- Josephine moved in 1981 to nieces and nephews; and several Bridger, and made her home in great-grand-nieces and nephews. Campbell Court. In March 1998,She is preceded in death by her she moved to Pioneer Haven in parents; three brothers, Jack. Philip Dickinson. and infant George: three sisters. Josephine enjoyed growing Agnes (Albert) Streitz of South flowers and houseplants, always Heart: Gertrude (Martin) Susa of giving then] to her many friends. Golva: and Margaret (Matt) Weis- She was known for growing beau- gerber of Montana; and one brother- tiful violets and with her special in-law Nick Wanner of Belfield. touch, she could nurse the sickest Remembrances and condolences plant back to life. Josephine was a may be shared with tthe family at great cook and baker. Her meces "Light Up a Life" event planned DICKINSON - The Light Up a Life Community Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dickinson. The holiday season is often very'. difficnlt tor those experiencing loss, and this service provides an opportu- nity for reflection through inspirational readings and music. All are invited to enjoy refi-eshments and fellowship after the service in Garvin Hall. Billings County Sheriff's report Billings County Sheriff's Office re- port for October: Traffic: warnings. 20: citations. 78; accidents, 8; motorist a~sists, 5; general police calls. 49; alarms, 2; thefts. 6: bur- glaries, 1; fire assist calls. 2: hunting complaints, 1; ambulance calls. 3: agency assists. 4 Breakdown of citations: Warnings (verbal and/or written), 20: Speeding, 73; driving under suspen- sion, 2: care required, 2; drove vehicle other than permitted by class license. 1 The deadline for submitted copy and stories and all ad orders is noon on Fridays. Call 872-3755 or e-mail gvnews@ RN/LPN/CNA Want to see more of North Dakota? The Good Samaritan Society is looking for nurses and CNA's wilting to travel. For more info, call Susan Good I'! . f32q ,.,Sa.mantan at (701) 247-2902. ; ocle .ty." NORTH DAI~OTa John Orvid Nellermoe ST. CLOUD. Minn. - Graveside services celebrating the life of John Netlermoe, 84, of Trotters. will take place in the spring. John passed away Thursday. Nov. 8, 2012, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. John was born to Nornaan and Ruth (Carlson) Nellermoe on Feb. 2, !928, in Wibaux. Mont. He was raised, the eldest of seven children. in the western North Dakota area. John was a known as a jack- of-all-trades,,a handy dozit-yourself electrician and carpenter, and a help- ful neighbor who was always eager to lend a hand. He applied these skills and built a farm home. John was a recently retired farmer and rancher with many varied inter- ests. He ran the pyrotechnics for the Trotters Fourth of July fireworks show for many years and was al- ways the family photographer. John enjoyed estate sales and auctions, and his many finds con- tributed to his love of collecting. He was a member of thea National Weather Bu}eau for 61 years, a member of the Lutheran faith corn- munity, and active in his local church. John ~s survived by his siblings, Burneal Albin. Colorado; Norma Martin, Florida: Theresa (.William) Hollar. Florida: Dorothy Lingk, Minnesota: George Nellermoe, Min- nesota: Genevieve Dahl, South Dakota; nieces and nephews; and friends. He is preceded by his parents. Norman and Ruth Nellermoe, and niece Charlene Gerads. oil activity Area oil and gas well activity, Nov. 19-24. Stark, Billings and Golden Valley counties: WELL RELEASED FROM "TIGHT HOLE" STATUS: #22224 - FIDELITY EXPLO- RATION & PRODUCTION COM- PANY. KUNTZ 25-~36H, NWNW 25-140N-98W, STARK CO., 971 bopd, 355 bwpd - BAKKEN PRODUCING WELL COM- PLETED: #14713 DENBURY ON- SHORE, LLC. SOUTH FRYBURG 40-26, NESE 26-139N-101W, BILLINGS CO., 20 BOPD. 133 BWPD - TYLER port WELL APPROVED FOR "TIGHT HOLE" STATUS: #23424 OXY USA INC., SIVAK 1-29-28H-143-98, SWNW 29-143N-98W. BILLINGS CO. support your local merchants North Dakota's unemployment at 2.4 percent BISMARCK - Job Service North Dakota reports that labor statistics show North Dakota's October not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4 percent The rate is largely unchanged from the prior month (September 2.3 percent), and 0.3 percentage points lower than one year ago. The national rate in October was 7.5 percent. Michael Ziesch, labor market In- formation center co-manager said, "The state generally experiences its lowest not seasonally adjusted un- employment rates during this late fall time period. September arid October rates are usually similar and may be affected by significant weather events disrupting outside projects during the reference period." 1 Golden Valley News& Billings County Pioneer Office 1-3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 (During Beach's citywide two-day extravaganza) Purchase a gift subscription for 2013. 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