Irene DeTienne


Irene DeTienne, 75, of Billings, formerly of Fallon, died on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at her home in Billings.

She was born Aug. 27 1938, the oldest child, to Anton and Eva Bullinger Dukart at the Armburst Homestead in the Dickinson, N.D., area. She attended country schools in that area, and attend high school in Dickinson. She graduated from high school with the class of 1957 at Terry. 

After graduation, she worked at Holy Rosary Hospital and at Buffalo Rapids in Terry. 

She was united in marriage to Bob Lapp. To this marriage two children were born, Harley and Vonda Rae. Mr. Lapp was fatally injured in a farm accident.

On November 20, 1976, she was united in marriage to Mearl DeTienne at Fallon and for the next 37 years she was a house wife. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crafts and needlework. 

Mrs. DeTienne was diagnosed with cancer this past summer and moved to Billings for medical treatment.

Her survivors include her husband, Mearl of Billings; daughter, Vonda Rae Lapp of Hartly, Dela.; son, Harley Lapp of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Betsy (Gerald) Hoffer of Glendive; and brothers, Dan (Shirley), Anton Jr. (Charla) and Bob Dukart, all of Fallon.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bob; her parents; her sister, Katheren; and her brother, Jim.

A vigil service will be Sunday, Nov. 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Terry. Rite of Committal will follow in the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry.

Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice.