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Page 2 The Star September 27, 2010 More obituaries can be found on Page 10 Todd Mathew Bercier Todd Mathew Bercier was born October 28, 1966, in Rolla, to Lyman and Bonnie (Herrala) Bercier. He passed away on September 18, 2010, at the age of 43. Todd was a 1985 graduate of Turtle Mountain Com- munity High School in Belcourt. He was a graduate of California Coast University at Santa Ana, California, with a Bachelor's Degree in Busi- ness Administration. Todd was united in marriage to Brenda La- ducer on September 23, 1989, at St. Ann's Church in Belcourt. Todd and Brenda were the proud parents of Joshua Scott Bercier, Kasie Marie Bercier, and McKenzie Kay Bercier. Todd enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1989. Dur- ing this time he served in the Persian Gulf War - Operation Desert Storm. He was also a veteran of Op- eration Iraqi Freedom. Todd was the recipient of many awards during his military career. He was awarded the North Dakota Emergency Service Award, Armed Forces Reserve Com- ponents Award, Alternate Non-Com- missioned Officer-of-the-year for the State of North Dakota, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Commenda- tion Medal, Kuwait Liberation Meflal, Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal, National Defense Award, Army Achievement Medal, Army Forces Reserve Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Achieve- ment Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Humanitarian Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Joint Mer- itorious Unit Award. He was also awarded the Citizen Gold Medal for Bravery and Determination from General Secretary for State of Mi- randa, Venezuela, South America, and was personally recognized by the President of Venezuela in a Na- tional Awards Ceremony. Todd and his family lived in Lin- ton, 'North Dakota, in 1989, while Todd worked full-time for the ND Army National Guard and at Camp Grafton in Devils Lake. He retired from the ND Army National Guard with an Honorable Discharge in April of 2009. In 1992, Todd began employment with the Indian Health Service as a purchasing agent. Todd proceeded to excel in his career with the lntlian Heatth Seawice. In 2002, he was prdto Administrative Officer of the Quentin N. Burdick Healthcare Facility in Belcourt, to the present. Todd was adamant about personal and professional develop- ment. He took advantage of every opportunity to advance his knowl- edge and leadership roles through numerous classes, conferences, and workshops. Todd's passion was being the owner of Bercier Construction. He valued carrying on the tradition of his grandfather, John Bercier. He proudly displayed the "Carpenter's Cross" and the motto of "Carrying on the Tradition" on his business cards. Todd excelled in many sports dur- ing his lifetime. He was invited to try out for the Cincinnati Reds while at- tending Mayville State College. He loved his Minnesota Vikings - never missing an opportunity to attend a game. He was an avid hunter and tremendously enjoyed to fish. He al- ways looked forward to his annual fishing trip to Canada - planning the agenda for months in advance. Todd had a heart of gold. He was the type of person who would do anything for anyone. He didn't care if yo u were a friend, relative, or stranger. He helped people even if it meant he had nothing afterward. He had the spirit of giving and never expected any- thing in return. He never had enough time in the day to carry out all his du- ties of mankind and would often stay awake late at night planning the next day's agenda! He was a wonderful father, who loved his children and was so proud of them. He constantly talked about his kids and their accomplishments. He would do anything so that their lives were enjoyable. Todd is survived by his high school sweetheart, Brenda Kay La- ducer-Bercier, his son, Joshua Scott (Tonie) Bercier, and daughters, Kasie Marie Bercier and McKenzie Kay Bdrcier, all"of Rolla; parents, Lyman and Bonnie (Herrala) Bercier of Rolla; mother-in-law and father-in- law, Linus and Connie Laducer of Belcourt; his sister Brenda (Todd) Martell; brother, Travis Bercier; sis- ters, Chrissy (Patrick) Thompson, Cherie (Chris) Bercier, and Jo Jo (Jed) Bercier, "all of Rolla; brother-in- law, Linus (Selina) Laducer, and sis- ter-in-law, Bonnita (Jonas) McKenzie, both of Belcourt. He was the proud Godfather of Cherie Bercier, Wayton Lenoir, Jacob Good, and Weston Martell. He is also sur- vived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many cousins. Todd was profound in his faith, reciting the Rosary on a daily basis. He was preceded in death by his ma- ternal grandfather, Heino Herrala, paternal grandfather, John J. Bercier, and aunt, Monica Bercier-Wickre. He will be dearly missed. His presence was always so sincere and giving of his heart. May my love rest in peace with the angels that he so deserves. He will be forever in our hearts. Military honors were provided by the Lilley-Dionne American Legion Post #262 of Belcourt, assisted by the North Dakota Funeral Military Honors Program. Casket Bearers were Joshua Bercier, Travis Bercier, Linus La- ducer Jr., Barry Trottier, Ryan Grant, Todd Martell, and Rick Martell. Honorary Bearers were Ivan Bercier, Corey Bercier, John Bercier, Bill Trottier, and Alan Bercier. Altar Servers were Jared Vandal and Keaton Graber. Gifts were brought up by Joe and Delilah Gourneau. Eulogy was given by AI Nygaard. Readers were Stephanie Gillis and Shawn Hart. Music was provided by Troy De- Coteau. Funeral Mass was held Friday, September 24, 2010, in St. Ann's Gymnasium, Belcourt, with Fr. Mark Ropel, S.O.L.T. presiding. Burial will follow in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, was in charge of arrangements. (USPS 644-300) Established in 1888 Published every Monday 2010 JTN Inc. Jason Nordmark, Publisher/Editor Subscription Rates $34 per year in Rolette, Towner, 8ottineau and Pierce counties $36 per year elsewhere in North Dakota $38 per year for snowbirds $42 per year elsewhere in the U.S.A. Periodicals Mail Postage paid at Rolls, North Dakota 58367 and at additional mailing offices POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Tudle Mountain Star, Box 849, Rolls, Nodh Dakota 58367 Ph: 701-477-6495 Fax: 701-477-3182 E-maih tmstar@ Bertha Davis Bertha Davis, age 77, of Belcourt, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in her home. Bertha Vita Davis was born on July 18, 1933, in Camperville, Man- itoba, Canada, to Michael L. and Mary Rose (McKay) Davis. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 19, 2010, in her home at the age of 77 years old. Bertha attended school in Stephan, South Dakota, and returned to Belcourt to obtain a high school diploma. After her mother passed away in Canada, her father brought Bertha and her brother, Butch, to the United States to live with Grandma Davis. She was a wonderful homemaker and worked in the Valley during har- vest off and on throughout the years. Bertha resided in Belcourt and raised a little farm of her own and always had a garden. She was a good housekeeper and made the best bread. She enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, and going to the casino. Bertha was currently living at the Belcourt Retirement Home and en- joyed her time with friends there. She will be lovingly missed by all of her family and friends, espe- cially her grandchildren. Bertha is survived by her daugh- ter, Betty (Curtis Duchaine Sr.) Davis of Dunseith; five grandchil- dren, Uriah Davis, Curtis Duchaine Jr., Waylon Duchaine, Jenny Grant, and Betty Duchaine; and 19 grand- children, Elijah Andel, Keesha Davis, Jayden Davis, Dakota Davis, Chandra Yankton, Makayla Yankton, Curtis Duchaine III, Naoma Duchaine, Amira Duchaine, Wayl0n Duchaine Jr., Victoria LeDoux, Elise Spears, Reegan Duchaine, Madison Duchaine, Peighton Duchaine, Jus- tice Duchaine,'Alexander Duchaine, Sheridan Duchaine, and Zane Houle. Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; her life companion, Ken- neth Smith; brother, Albert "Butch" Davis; and great-grandchild, Kacey Rae Houle. Casket Bearers were Uriah Davis, Curtis Duchaine Jr., Waylon Duchaine, Reegan Duchaine, Lloyd LaBelle Jr., and Randy St. Claire. Honorary Bearers were all family and friends. Readers were Vincent and Leah McCloud. Altar Servers were Elias and Jaylen McCloud. Funeral Mass was held Thursday, September 23, 2010, in St. An- thony's Catholic Church, Belcourt, with Fr. Bob Cronin, S.O.L.T. pre- siding. Burial will follow in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, was in charge of arrangements. Elmer A. Thomas Elmer A. Thomas, age 68, of Bis- marck, formerly of Belcourt, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2010. in his home. Funeral Mass was Thursday, Sep- tember 23, 2010, at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Belcourt, with Fr. Scott Brossart, S .O.L.T. pre- siding. Burial will follow in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt. Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, was in charge of arrangements. Boyd Haagenson Boyd Haagenson, age 88,ofDev- held Sunday, September 26, 2010 at ils Lake, formerly of Minnewaukan, Trinity Free Lutheran Church in passed away on Wednesday, Sep- Minnewaukan. Nelson Funeral tember 22, 2010 at Heartland Care Home of Minnewaukan was in Center in Devils Lake. Funeral was charge of arrangements. ROLETTE COMMUNITY CARE CENTER Vieno Herrala, Duane Kavlie, Ronald Phillipp, Gary Mattson, Leona Davis, Frank Frederick, Rita LaFloe, Martha Frederick, Joe Barnard, Martha Belgarde, Rita Mc- Cormack, Zelda Lilley, Gladys LaFrombois, Joe Falcon. Agnes Pe- poon, Elizabeth Laducer, Jenny Best, Bill Trottier, Clara Marie Thomas, Josephine Poitra, Velma Millang, Cecelia Thomas. List compiled as of September 10. Above list includes those resi- dents who allow their names to be published. The family of Geraldine DeCou would like to -"1"1 veryone who attended her wake and funeral services. We [[ ike to thank everyone for the cards, food, flowers and all the l] of encouragement. We want to give a special thank you to II ild Welfare staff that did a wonderful job helping out in the I [ during the w,ake and funeral services. Our family great!y II ates everyone s sincere acts of kindness during our family's [ I loss. You have all shown how a community comes together !n. a time of need. Once again we thank you. , The family of Evelyn Senecha l thanks everyone for the support and love shown to her throughout her life and now during her loss. Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, cards, food and continued support. Thank you to the 3rdfloor staff at HAMC in Rugby and Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau for their love and kindness while mother was a resident. We appreciate you for taking such good care of our morn. We extend our thanks to Fr. Philip Chacko, Fr. Tom Graner, Notre Dame Parish and Little Flower Parish. We also thank Ryan Anderson, Jon Stark and Anderson Funeral Home for helping make her final tribute memorable. May God bless you for your kindness. Keith & Janet Senechal Joyce "& Joe Zunich Myron & Cheryl Senechal Diane & Jim Stangler Orlan & Carolyn Senechal Shirley & John Voeller and families Ila Marcella (Korthal) Selzler Ila Marcella (Korthal) Selzler, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Michel- son) Korthal, was born February 17, 1912, in Foxhome, Minnesota. She died at the age of 98 years on Friday, September 17, 2010, at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota. Ila was raised in the home of her parents, briefly in Foxhome, Min- nesota, then Flaxton and Crosby, North Dakota, settling in Velva, North Dakota, in 1921. She attended grade school and high school in Velva and graduated class salutato- rian in 1930. She completed her ed- ucation at Minot State Teachers College, earning her teaching certifi- cate in 1932. Folk)wing college, she taught in Westby, Montana, and moved to Towner, North Dakota, in 1935 to assist her parents in operat- ing their cafes in Towner and Velva. On May 2t, 1936, she was united in marriage to Joseph J. Sel- zler in the Methodist parsonage in Velva. Following their marriage, the couple made their home and raised their family in Towner. Ila was very active in her com- munity and church in Towner. In the late 1930s she joined the Presbyte- rian Church in Towner and became its organist, a position she held until 2003. Ila played at countless wed- dings, funerals and services over the years. From 1954 until its closing, lla was the librarian for the Towner Li- brary, was a receptionist at the John- son Clinic and was the local news reporter for the Mouse River Jour- nal. She was active in Presbyterian Women in her church as welt as on the District and State level. Ila was a charter member of the Cotrerie Bridge Club, longtime member of Towner golf club, an active and proud member of the Towner Re- publican Women, the National Fed- eration of Republican Women and served as clerk on countless election boards. When she had spare time, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles, playing the piano and walking in the great outdoors. Joe died June 13, 1987. Survivors include one daughter, Jesslyn (Donald) Hosmer of Dun- seith; one son, Gregory (Barbara) of Keller, Texas; five grandchildren, Kay Cantley, Donna Jo Larson, Joel Selzler, Darryl Selzler and Sara Engen; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret (Garnold) Rad- abaugh of San Dieg 0, California; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Rev. Jesse C. Korthal: and her parents. Funeral services were held Tues- day, September 21,2010, at the Pres- byterian Church in Tovner, with burial in the St. Cecilia Cemetery, Towner. Pastor Don Andrews offici- ated. The organist was Elaine Hen- drickson. Casket Bearers were Ernie Kouba, Loyde Krout, Arlen Mer- back, William Domres, Jerry Bailey, and Corey Pederson. Arrangements were with the An- derson Funeral Home of Towner. In Memory of John Bercier We miss you, Dad/ Love Bob and Short), Breathing Lessons And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. New K.J.V. Genesis 2:7 How much of yottr life is consumed with worrying about the future or regretting the past? Many of us worry excessively about things which we have no control over, since we cannot change tim past, and most of our fears of the future never come to pass. The real problem with spending time worrying about totnorrow or ruminating about the past is that it spoils our enjoyment of the presenr'moment. A good way to bring our locus to the present moment is to concentrate on our breathing, and simply enjoy the sheer sensation of breathing in and breathing out. Get into a comtbrtable position, either sitting or lying down, and fbcus on your breathing, making a consciotts eftbrt to make it sioux; relaxed, and deep. Breathe in deeply and slowly and then breathe out jttst as slowly. Our breath is trttly our life and focusing on breatlfing is a way to savor that life. Just fbcus on the here and now of breathing, relaxing and enjoying the motnetat. And, thank God fbr the gilt of life and the present moment, filled with the sitnple pleasure, of just breathing in and breathing out, a trtdy divine act. The businesses listed below sponsor this message and urge you to regularly attend the church of your choice, Turner Dental Office Rolla Drug 477-3821 477-3174 Dacotah Bank Member FDIC 477"3175 Theel Motors 477-3124 T,