Announcements

Engagements

Penkal — Pecarina

Penkal — Pecarina

Hannah Penkal of Bozeman and Anthony “Tony” Pecarina of Billings plan a Feb. 28, 2015, wedding. Their parents are Mary Jo and Russ Penkal of B…

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Dunphy — Solberg

Dunphy — Solberg

Molly Dunphy and Brett Solberg, both of Billings, plan an Oct. 11 wedding. Their parents are Amy and Paul Dunphy of Billings, the late Eileen …

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Atwood — Evans

Atwood — Evans

Rebecca Atwood and Eric Evans, both of Normal, Ill., plan a May 15, 2015, wedding. Their parents are Valerie and Bill Caton of Laurel, Keith A…

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Emmett — Megalo

Emmett — Megalo

Nicole Emmett of Billings and Daniel Megalo of Rochester, N.Y., plan a June 26, 2015, wedding. Their parents are Denise Emmett of Billings, Pa…

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Heesch — Wiedmeier

Heesch — Wiedmeier

Kelsey Heesch of Fort Dodge, La., and Daniel Wiedmeier of Hampton, La., plan a Sept. 27 wedding. Their parents are Amy and Jason Heesch of Day…

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Anniversaries

Saunders 50th

Saunders 50th

Bev and Dan Saunders of Billings celebrated their 50th anniversary with a shower of celebratory cards.

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Hulteng 60th

Hulteng 60th

Peg and Alf Hulteng of Billings celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their four sons.

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Klem — Gross

Klem — Gross

Allyson Klem and Zach Gross, both of Billings, plan a Sept. 20 wedding. Their parents are Sharon and Ron Klem of Billings and Nancy and Jeff G…

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Safty 60th

Safty 60th

Geraldine and Ronald Safty of Scobey celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary for three days in Scobey at the Saddle Club with family and fri…

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Kisch 50th

Kisch 50th

Sheri and Nick Kisch of Laurel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Onstott 65th

Onstott 65th

Reta and L. D. Mike Onstott of Sheridan, Wyo., celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

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Martinz 50th

Martinz 50th

Vern and Sharon Martinz celebrated their 50th anniversary with a three-week stay at the Pono Kai Resort in Kapa’a, Kauai, Hawaii, and then too…

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Births

Births

Billings Clinic

None reported.

St. Vincent Healthcare

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Milestones

Achievers

In the schools

(PHOTO)Benjamin Reed of Joliet, a student at Montana State University, is among 21 students nationwide selected to receive $1,000 college scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) in Troy, Mich. He has already earned certifications in Fire Service Instructor Level 1, Basic Wildland Firefighting, Wildland Fire Chainsaws and various FEMA courses. Reed is pursuing an associate’s degree in fire science and a bachelor degree in business administration at Montana State. His career goal is to become a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT).

Miles Otstot of Billings, who attends Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., was named to the 2014 Family Weekend Committee. The weekend brings parents and siblings to campus to share their student’s college experience.

Robert Novakovich of Billings has been named to the president's honor roll with a 4.00 grade point average for the summer semester at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D.

Sarah Ross of Billings earned a master of arts, education: curriculum and instruction from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.

Students from Rainbow Dance Schools attended the Dance Nationals in Las Vegas, representing Billings. Haley Ellis and Terra Price both were awarded not only the Gold Award but, also, in their solos dance numbers placed in the Top 10 in the Thunderstruck Dance Nationals. The junior competition team also took three Gold Awards for three dance numbers. These dancers were Lauren Rodacker, Brooke Berry, Ella Lane, Avery Bailly, Callia Hochhalter, Amanda Carothers, Alyssa Smith and Maddie Brown. This same junior team took the Top Creative Concept Trophy out of 250 dance numbers in the state meet in Billings earlier. Only eight top awards were given out to these 250 numbers. The creative dance was “Wishin’ I was Fishin’,” with choreography by Mercedes Hernandez of Rainbow Dance Schools.

In the service

Navy Seaman Recruit Arianna M. Hutcherson of Billings has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. She is a 2014 graduate of Billings Senior High.

Teresa M. Buerkle, an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet at Montana State University in Bozeman, has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, Ky. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. Cadets usually attend LDAC between their junior and senior years of college, and they must complete the course to qualify for commissioning as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Buerkle is the daughter of Kevin R. Buerkle of Havre and a 2011 graduate of Havre High.

(PHOTO)Air Force Airman Jacob R. Viviano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Viviano is the son of John and Elizabeth Viviano of Billings and a 2011 graduate of Billings Senior High.

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Obituaries

Reverend Nathaniel John Bourke

Reverend Nathaniel John Bourke

Reverend Nathaniel John Bourke, a Roman Catholic priest of 55-years of service to the people of God, and the 20-year pastor of St. Thomas the …

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Cornelius James Stetson Little Light III

Cornelius James Stetson Little Light III

“Stage 4 is what Champions are made for”

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Rhoda Strait

MILES CITY — Rhoda Strait, 48, of Miles City passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at her home.

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Donald West

JORDAN — Donald West, 87, of Jordan passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at his home.

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Beatrice Ann (Lucas) Parker

Beatrice Ann (Lucas) Parker

The world lost a ray of light when Beatrice Ann (Lucas) Parker departed to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior. She was surrounded by her …

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William Singer

William Singer

William Singer, age 86, passed away on Aug. 31, after courageously battling lung cancer the past three years.

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Judy Ann Sanchez

Judy Ann Sanchez

Judy Sanchez, 69, of Billings passed away Sunday Aug. 31, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

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