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’The Star October 1 1, 2021 A Eulogy service for Tammy Williams, 51, of Dickinson, was held Friday, October 8, 2021, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dun- seith, ND. A rosary was led and her Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fa- ther Michael Slovak. Burial ,took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery north of Dunseith. Tammy passed away Friday, Oc- tober l, 2021, at CHI St. Alexius, Dickinson. Tammy Lynn was born in Bel- court, ND, on February 10, 1970, the daughter of Charles Martin Azure and Judith Ann (Allery) Azure. She was a graduate of Dunseith High School in 1988. ‘ Tammy continued her education at the University of Mary for a-year and then transferred to Turtle Moun— tain Community College where she studied to become a» social worker. Following college, she was an em- ployee of Circle of Nations. In 1991, Tammy moved to Wah- peton with her mom before moving to Dickinson in 2009. She went to work for KMM Manufacturing where she was currently working. During this time, Tammy met Danny Williams. They were married on Feb- ruary 14, 2014. She loved reading and doing crafts. Tammy is survived by her hus- band, Danny Rae Williams of Dick- inson ND; mother, Judith Ann (Allery) Azure of Mandan ND, sister, Michelle (Noel) Roquet of Dickinson ND; brother, Michael Azure of Fargo ND; step-mother, Laurie Azure of v Wahpeton ND; step-brothers, Brian (Shawnna) Azure of Fargo ND, Gary DeCoteau of Belcourt ND; one nephew, Carson Roquet; four nieces, Brooke (Jesse) Steingrueber, Bailey Roquet, Jersey Roquet and Kennedy Roquet; great nephews, Ashton and Tucker; great-nieces Athena and An- gelica; along with numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. ‘ She Was preceded in death by her father, Charles Azure; maternal grandparents, Frank and Ernestine Allery; paternal grandparents, Mar- tin and Irene Azure; step-sister Tracy . Azure and several aunts and uncles. .- Remernbrances and condolences may be shared. with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematory, Dickinson, was in charge of arrangements.’ Krassimira UteCht Krassimira Utecht, age 32, of Fargo, and Belcourt, ND, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021', at Sanford‘Hospital,’Fargo. " Krassimira Joy Utecht, Shooting Star, was born on January 26, 1989, in Stara Zagora, in the Republic of Bulgaria. Her parents, unable to care for her, placed her in an orphanage where she lived until shortly after her 8th birthday. Krassimira was adopted into the Utecht family and came home to live in the United States. Kassi’s Bulgarian name, Krassimira, means beautiful cross. Seon after joining the family in America, it was apparent that Kassi had a mind of her own and a very strong independent streak. Having lived in an orphanage for most the of her life she had learned how to sur- vive and was a fighter. Her courage was unmistakable as she faced hav- ing to learn a new language and fit into an entirely new culture and fam- ily that she had never known. At a very early age Kassi was ex- posed to a wide variety of what her new country had to offer. First living in Pennsylvania then traveling to Oregon and finally settling down in North Dakota she experienced Amer- ica the Beautiful and even shook hands with President Bush. One of r the most impactful events in her life was her visit to the Holocaust Mu- . .seum in Washington, DC, where she processed what the darkness of the world looks like. She had a natural kindness for children and the elderly. As a volunteer at a nursing home in Fargo, she was recognized for her ability to care for the most ’fragile among us and was presented with the Dove award._ During her Junior and Senior years of high school, Kassi’s family moved to Northern Japan where she , had an opportunity to experience yet another culture and language. She learned how to snow board on the slopes of the. Northern Japanese Mountains and even learned how to eat Sushi. Upon graduation from Edgren High School on Misawa Air Base in Japan, Kassi returned to North Dakota and entered the Job Corp pro- gram where she met Chuck Delorrne. Kassi was the proud mother of two children, Conrad and Kate. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family mem- bers and many friends. Kassi is survived by her children, Conrad and Kate Delorme; her par- ents, Jan and Rick Utecht of Ben? tonville, AR; her bothers, Jeremiah and his wife Rachel Utecht of Fargo, Richard and his wife, Susi, sons Ricky and David and daughter Amelia Utecht also of Bentonville, AR; as well as nephews, a niece, aunts and uncles. ' Casket Bearers are Joe Ree, Dal— las Morin, Lucas LaFountaine, Clay- ton Williams, Dallas Chase, and Sunny Laducer. Honorary Bearers were all family and friends. Readers were Kathleen Desjarlais and Joni Tillich. The Fall was placed by Charles Delorme, Conrad Delorme, Kate Delorme, Abigail Desjarlais, Alexander Desjarlais, and Andrew Desjarlais. Eucharistic Gifts were presented by Abigail, Alexander, and Andrew Desjarlais. A Private Family Service is being held on Monday, October 11, 2021 with a burial to follow. . Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, was in charge of arrangements. Main Avenue, Rolla in Centennial Park or in Lena's building during inclement weather EVe‘ry Wednesday and Saturday ' ‘ from July 4th to Halloween :30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Specialty markets during the winter months Follow us on F acebook for updates! More obituaries can be found on Pages 7 and 8 Joshua Peter DeCoteau Private family services will be held for Joshua Peter Decoteau of Artesia, New Mexico on October 7, 2021. . Joshua, 39, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 30, 2021, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. ' VisitatiOn for family and friends will be held at Terpening & Son Mor— tuary on Wednesday, October 6, from 2-6 pm. Joshua was born on May 27, 1982, in Rolla, North Dakota, the son of Mark E. Decoteau and Tammy In— dvik Decoteau. Joshua spent his first 11 years of school in StrJohn, North Dakota, moving to Artesia in 1999 graduating from Artesia Public High School in 2000. He enjoyed playing football for the Artesia Bulldogs. After high school he continued his education and was pursuing his bachelors’ in business. , Joshua married the love of his life, Naomi (Renee) Rolan on June 1, 2001 , in Artesia, New Mexico where they built their life, He was a loving husband and a prOud father of three. beautiful daughters Shelby, Molly and Haley. Beyond all else, Joshua cherished spending time with hiS family laughing, pulling pranks on hie daughters and always had n mine on his face. His family was his world. Joshua had a love for the outdoors ' and was an avid hunter who enjoyed camping, fly fishing and tying his own flies. He shared his love of the out- doors with his wife, daughters and family. Joshua enjoyed not only bar— becuing for his family but also was the Pitmaster of the Bear Clan Barbeque team who took First Place Brisket their second year of competition. , Joshua worked at Napa Auto Parts for six years in Artesia New Mexico. In 2007 he started his career at Holly Frontier/Navajo Refining Company as an Operator andthrough the years promoted to Training Coordinator. He was a hard working, loyal em- ployee who enjoyed his job. Above all Joshua, also known as “Pikachu,” cherished the relationships built and the camaraderie amongst his friends and co-workers. Joshua was a loving and caring person, devoted husband, father, son, brother. uncle and friend. Always thinking of others first, to know him is to love him. He was preceded in- death by his grandparents George Decoteau, Ver- non Indvik and Fay Indvik. Joshua leaves behind a loving wife Naomi Decoteau; parents Mark and Tammy Decoteau; daughters Shelby, Molly and Haley Decoteau; a sister Ramona (Cyndi) Decoteau; grandmother Marlis Decoteau; sev- eral Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Projects (Continued from Page 1) from its prOperty manager, Jessie Mickelson. The corporation owns a four-plex on the north side of town as wellas a twin home a block south of Turner Dental Office. Mickelson told the board mem- bers more ‘people involved in the “medicallpro ession’hé’i‘éfirrioi'ri'fig into I "the area and. there’s ‘a‘shortage elm :what they see.” family? hemeS. Shesaidthe “huge fii . nancial commitment” that goes with building a home is currently serving as a hurdle that many young families cannot clear. With that in mind, Mickelson pre- sented a couple of options if the RDC was inclined to construct or move-in \\ . TmleMounta'nSar (USPS 644-300) Established in 1888 Published every Monday ‘ © 2021 JTN lnc. Jason Nordmark, Publisher/Editor Subscription Rates ‘ $38 per year in Rolette, Towner, Bottineau and Pierce counties $40 per year elsewhere in North Dakota $42 per year for snowbirds $45 per year lor e-subscription $46 per year elsewhere in the U.S.A. Periodicals Mail Postage paid at Rolla, North Dakota 58367 and at additional mailing offices POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Turtle Mountain Star, Box 849, Holla, North Dakota 58361 Ph: 701-477-6495 - Fax: 701-477-3182 E-mail: tmstar@ utma.com homes or duplexes to the city. She added it’s a good problem for a town like Rolla to have. “More people are coming through town and it’s becoming more appeal- . ing to people, ” Mickelson said. “We’re seeing a new crowd and the looking at our’ lifestyle and they like » As the board meeting wound down, the RDC officially elected two new board members. Mickelson and Brock Mitchell will take over for the outgoing members, Monte McAtee and Curt Bonn. Last year, Neameyer replaced his father, Rocky, on the board. . r are he has given to RDC (Continued from Page 1) loan. The association’s board of di- rectors'at the time were Roger Bai- ley, Earl Loken, Lowell Tupa, Owen Olson, Ron Hasen,Arne Boyum and Pete Holister. Five years later, the association changed its name to the Rolla Devel- opment Corporation. That same year — 1981 — the RDC constructed the building which now- houses Ar- rowtech andin 1986 the corporation delved into the housing market, con- structing Jewel City One apartments, located across from Doug & Mary’s Jack & Jill. That was followed by- Jewel City Two, located in the south- east part of -tOWn. The Jewel City One apartments were sold around three years ago for $125,000. The RDC also helped move two eight-plex apartment buildings to the west side of Rolla. The buildings were brought from Underwood and later purchased by the Rolette County Housing Authority. The RDC was quite active on the west side of the city. The corporation constructed the buildings now owned by the Hendricksons, one of which was originally a' café owned by Pat Bercier. The larger, quonset building was used by Jose Balintona to manu- facture clothing and was later pur- chased by Joe Murphy. The current Kalix building on the west side of town also originated with the RDC. It was first used by Tom Boe as a sheet metal business and later transformed into a choco- late busineSS by Dr. Yee. I - one RDC venture that is still in partnership today involves the former Theel Motors building across from the city hall. The corporation part- nered with Arne and Janie Boyum to turn it into a substance abuse resi- dence and counseling center. It’s still in use today under the direction of Progress Enterprises and the ND. Human Service Agency. The RDC did have its share of contentions, one of which came when it planed to construct a four- I plex on the north side of town. At the time, residents of the neighborhood petitioned against the project, which was ultimately completed and still exists today. ' The corporation also ran into dire financial straits after constructing a building on the southwest part of town, near the city’s Water treatment plant. The quonset—like structure was first used as a pallet plant by a Fargo- based business. After that operation failed, it was used by a metal fabri— cation operation out of Cando, which also failed. . Both tenants left behind waste which the RDC had to clean up at a steep cost, which led to serious fi- nancial difficulties. As it turned out, another property on the same side of town helped bail the RDC out of its financial burdens: The lot in which Turtle Mountain Communications is now located was owned by the RDC and the sale toithe company netted $50,000 which went a long way in making the corporation financially well again. " role in transition of the f0 William Langer Jewel Bearing P121.“t to n‘xrnnrchip. Another example of the RDC’s modest beginnings and financial strains was. evident in the years the board members had to contribute money to pay the postage to send out notices for the annual meeting. As of December 31, 2020, how- ever, the RDC’s bottom line is strong with assets totaling nearly $1 mil- lion. 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There is no way to escape either aspect of our divided self. So long as We have bodies we are chained to their animal functions, but so long as we have a soul we are cognizant of the voice of God, continually reminding us that there is another realm, a higher realm and our true cosmic home. We should take care of the body, it is a gift from God, and we should listen to our conscience, it is the voice of God within us. ‘—Christopher Simon l The businesses listed below sponsor this message and urge you to regularly attend the'church of» your choice. Turtle Mountain Star 477-6495 Dacotah Bank Member FDIC 477-31 75 Rolla Drug 477-3174 Munro Motor Company 477-3124