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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:00 am

The following obituaries appeared in our Nov. 18 print edition.


Dorothy Counts, 95, of Bottineau, N.D., died Monday, Nov. 10. She was born Oct. 19, 1913 at Pipestone, Manitoba, Canada, a daughter of Percy and Jennie (Mitchell) Keneady.

In 1915 she moved with her parents to the Souris, N.D., area and attended school at Souris. On May 11, 1933 she was married to Allan Counts at Bottineau, N.D. They moved to Montana in 1938 and returned to Bottineau County in 1944.

Dorothy implemented the hot lunch program at the Souris school and continued to work there for 23 years.

During the summer months she was as a cook at the Lake Metigoshe 4-H camps, bible camps, and other events held at the park. Dorothy worked at the Souris grocery store for many years. In 1981 at the age of 73 she started working at the Good Samaritan center in Bottineau.

Allan died Aug 3, 1986. Dorothy moved to Bottineau in 1988. She worked at the Good Samaritan Center until the age of 92.

She is survived by a son, Bill Counts and his wife, Alison, of Belgrade; a daughterm Shirley Counts of Minot, N.D.; sons-in-law, Layton Gimbel of Souris and Lowell Fafnis of Seattle, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Audrey Grover of Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Allan; daughters, Connie Gimbel and Marvel Fafnis; a son, Donald; brothers, Preston, Lloyd, and Howard; and a sister, Beth.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Souris. Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery of rural Souris.


Frances Buell Jochem, 91, died Monday, Nov. 10. She was born Oct. 8, 1917 north of Buffalo, Wyo., to Miles William and Helen White Buell.

She worked at the HF Bar Ranch and Paradise Ranch, and later for the state of Wyoming in Cheyenne, where she met and married Robert Jochem, April 29, 1943.

After Bob returned from overseas duty, the couple moved to Billings, where they lived for more than 55 years. In 1999 the couple moved to Belgrade to be near family members. Recently, Frances was living at Birchwood assisted living facility in Bozeman.

Frances was active in volunteering for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H and other children activities. Later she volunteered to visit shut-ins.

Her husband, Bob died May 28, 2000. Also preceding her were her parents, brothers John, Harold, Walter, and Miles Jr., and sister, Beverly McInerney

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Bill) Jacobson, of Missoula; daughter Teresa (Mike) Riggs of Belgrade; Robert Jochem Lanier of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Dan (Nancy) Jochem of Bozeman. Grandchildren include Mike, David, and Karl Jacobson and their families; Marin Caribia Lanier; Jason, Brian and Kendra Riggs; and Miles and Emily Jochem; 5 great-grandchildren; and three brothers: Charles of Buffalo Wyo., Ralph of Cheyenne Wyo., and Eldon of Sheridan Wyo.

Funeral Mass was held Friday in Bozeman.

Memorial in Frances’s name can be given the charity of one’s choice.


Lillian Miller, 83, of Bozeman died Tuesday, Nov. 11 surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 27, 1925, as the only child to Frank and Dorothy (Gaffga) Davis in Greenport, N.Y.

She attended Greenport school from kindergarten through high school and graduated with honors from Lennox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.

During nursing school she was a lieutenant in the Air Force Cadet Corps. Her career included director of nurses at St. Peters Hospital in Brooklyn N.Y.

Lillian was united in marriage to Dr. Howard M. Miller on Oct. 12, 1947. Together they raised three children.

Lillian worked as a nurse in Indiana and in New York to put her husband through medical school. She worked in her husband’s obstetrical practice for 30 years in Newburgh, N.Y. While working and raising her family, Lillian found time to volunteer for the Newburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps as an EMT and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years.

While vacationing during the early ‘60s, Lillian and Howard developed a love for Montana and the Yellowstone area, prompting them to move to Bozeman in 1986 to semi-retire.

Following the birth of her only grandchild, Lillian became active in the Bozeman community and schools. Volunteer activities included taking blood pressures at the Senior Center and assisted with the hearing and vision screening in the Bozeman public schools.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Howard.

Survivors include her children: daughter Linda and husband Ken Collins of Beacon, N.Y., son Bruce Miller of San Diego, Calif., and son Scott and wife Heidi Miller of Belgrade; granddaughter, Alexandria (Alex) Miller of Bozeman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. An open house to celebrate Lillian’s life was held Saturday.

At Lillian’s request, a scholarship fund has been set up in her name to be awarded to a high school student who has attended Emily Dickinson Elementary School and is pursuing a career in nursing. Donations to this scholarship may be made to the Lillian D. Miller Scholarship Fund, First Security Bank, P.O. Box 910, Bozeman 59771-0910.


Jessie A. Mockel died Wednesday, Nov. 12 at her residence in McMinnville, Ore. She was born July 16, 1914 in St. Paul, Minn.

Her father, Rasmus Detlef Rasmussen, came to the United States at the age of 18 from Denmark. Her mother, Elida Oslin Rasmussen, who was originally from Norway, died in the flu epidemic of 1919 in Minneapolis.

Jessie accompanied her father to Bozeman, where she was cared for in family homes. She attended high school in Fresno, Calif., for two years and returned to Bozeman, where she graduated from Gallatin County High School with honors in 1932.

She married Clifford Mockel in 1933. They resided on their ranch in the Crow Creek Valley near Toston for many years. Later they moved to Townsend, Bozeman and Dillon, and spent many years in Fresno, Calif., before retiring in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

In 1991, they moved to Oregon to be near their daughters.

Jessie was an active member of the Episcopal Church; a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Three Forks; a lifelong member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood; and a two-time president of the Fig Garden Federated Woman’s Club in Fresno. She was also the Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls during her daughters’ high school years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, and her parents.

She is survived by her daughters: Marilyn K. Mockel of Bozeman; Carol L. Jones, McMinnville, Ore., and Bette A. (Everett) March, Manhattan. Grandchildren include Paula Kim Peterson of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Peggy L. (Bill) Ryan, Belgrade; David A. (Lianne) Peterson of Granite Bay, Calif.; Dawn K. (Eric) Andrade, Fountain Valley, Calif.; Bradley C. (Kim) Tolson, Manhattan and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Interment will follow the service in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Dokken-Nelson.


Marin Rose Parker, infant daughter of Michael and Julie Parker, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 13. She was born Aug. 3, 2008 in Bozeman.

Marin is survived by her parents, Julie Todd and Michael Parker; her brother, Seth Parker, and her sister, Alivia Parker. Grandparents are Dick and Charmaine Parker and Gene and Marian Todd.

Aunts and uncles include Craig and Kristi Parker, Renee’ and Drew Schoening, Valerie Todd and Eric Wandishin, Denise and Lynn Montgomery, Lisa and Richard Herrygers, Kristen and Mike Cole and Rebecca and Shane Reno. She is also survived by her cousins: Samuel, Rashelle, Kallie, Briana, Kelton, Austin, Callie, Rachel, Peter, Carter, Riley, Tanna, Alec, Kaylee, Quinn and Kale as well as many great uncles, aunts and second cousins.

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