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Funeral services for Eunice Lodahl will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 21. Rev. Tim Hutslar will officiate at the service at the Froid Community Center; private interment at Big Lake Cemetery will follow. Eunice died early Tuesday morning, December 17 at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson; she was 81.
Eunice Vivian Jacobsen was born on February 8, 1932, the first born child of Paul Jacobsen and Leona Hutton Jacobsen in Plentywood, MT. She left this earth on December 17, 2013 to reunite with Sylvan and spend Christmas and the rest of her life with him for eternity.
Eunice spent her childhood years in Reserve and attended grade school at the Reserve School. She graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1950.
In the fall of 1950 she wed her childhood sweetheart, Sylvan Lodahl. Eunice and Sylvan spent their first year of marriage in Reserve where Sylvan worked at the Farmer’s Co-op Store. In 1951, Sylvan enlisted in the US Air Force in San Antonio, Texas and was later stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he and Eunice lived for the next four years. They were blessed with a daughter, Laurie Marlene, in August of 1952, followed by a son, Gregory Ralph in December of 1953. Eunice devoted these four years to being a mother and making many new friends as a military wife.
In 1955, Eunice and Sylvan returned “home” to Reserve where they farmed, raised cattle, and Sylvan managed Jack’s Service Station. Another daughter, Colleen Sue, joined the family in July of 1957, followed by a second son, Stanley Allen in November of 1958.
In June of 1965 Eunice and Sylvan had the opportunity to purchase the Cub Tyler Farm west of Homestead, MT. Farm life was challenging but rewarding and peaceful for the entire family. Eunice and Sylvan were to spend 36 years on the Cub Tyler place. During those years they accumulated a vast collection of vehicles and equipment that Eunice spent many hours mowing around.
Eunice worked hard at raising their four children, assisting with Sylvan’s chores and was active as a Sunday school teacher in the Lutheran Church of Homestead. She loved to garden and frequently harvested more produce than the family could use and often shared with others. Flowerbeds about the farm were lovingly tended and weeded each year, lending to a most attractive yard especially when the pigs and bulls didn’t make a huntin’ dog out of it.
Eunice was a very loving mother; providing for her children and helping them to make good “life decisions” and have healthy hearts via a “spoonful of cod liver oil every day!” Many “extra” kids could often be found at the Lodahl table sharing the “evening fare” (not the cod liver oil). Anyone and everyone were always welcome at Eunice’s table.
A pen in Eunice’s hand was magic; long letters penned in beautiful script were a gift to every receiver. She spent countless hours at her kitchen table writing the most delightful, entertaining and informative letters to family, friends and new acquaintances. Every letter was personalized with anecdotal stories and photographs. She transcended the miles and many new friendships were made “via the mail.”
Upon Sylvan‘s unexpected passing in 2001, Eunice moved to their previously purchased “retirement home” in Miles City, MT. In Miles City Eunice went on to make many new friends and kept track of her dear old friends by mail and telephone. She spent much of her time in the company of Colleen’s family, who were all most thankful to have her living in Miles City.
In January of 2013, after having a stroke, Eunice chose to make her home at Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson, MT. She received amazing care from devoted staff and her family is very grateful for the loving care and friendships she made at RMC.
Her wit was particularly remarkable and she had a way of expressing life through humorous descriptions and shared the beauty of laughter. Eunice made you feel important and valued. Even strangers felt special in Eunice’s world. All those who encountered her unique mix of gracious humility and wit felt lovingly connected. She blessed those around her and thus was blessed.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband and “love of her life.” Sylvan Lodahl, her parents, Paul and Leona Jacobsen, sister Sylvia DeKaye, brothers, Arne and Glenn Jacobsen, sister-in-law Ramona Fowler and brothers-in-law Forrest Lucas and Del Lodahl and her beloved furry friend, Sitka.
She is survived by her children: Laurie (Russ) Parpart, Greg (Susan) Lodahl, Colleen (Alan) Schock, Stan (Heather Winter) Lodahl; Grandchildren, Paul (Jennifer) Parpart, Dawn (Robert) Dobson, Patrick Lodahl, Maria Schock, Natasha (Michael) Nesbit, Lesli (Zach Benoit) Lodahl, Erin (Dan) Thormodsgard, Jeff (Kelsey) Lodahl; Great-grandchildren, Jessica Parpart, Hanna Smith, Javonne, Dasani, and Vanessa Nesbit, Paige and Sophia Parpart, Quinn and Luke Thormodsgard, Zachary Dobson, and Baby Girl Lodahl due in April; sister, Marlene (Dale) Wivholm, brother, Don (Sylvia) Jacobsen, and sisters in law, Bernice Jacobsen and Marvel Lucas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends.
Eunice was dearly loved and the hole that she leaves behind on this Earth will be hard to fill. We love you Mom, Rest in Peace.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com .