Wibaux Pioneer-Gazette – March 30, 1977

Requiem Mass for Pioneer Wibaux Lady

Requiem Mass was celebrated Monday morning March 28 at 10 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church for Mrs. Cecelia Stewart, 95, who passed away suddenly at her home last Wednesday afternoon. Father Michael Kelly was celebrant. Burial was made in the Wibaux Cemetery. Pallbearers included Francis Hollar, Charles Meyers, Arleigh Meek, Jr., Howard Vinquist, J. D. Barnaby and Carl Knutson. This highly respected venerable lady was born February 28, 1882 in Main Prairie, Minnesota, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ethen. She was the lone survivor of a large family which included 9 sisters and 3 brothers, one half-brother and 3 half-sisters. She grew up and was schooled in Sterns Co., Minn. and was married to Joseph Stewart on January 7, 1905 at Buckman, Minn. After their marriage they lived at Aneta, N.D. before coming to Wibaux County in 1910 where they homesteaded and ranched. She lived on the ranch for 57 years until 1967 when we purchased a home in Wibaux and lived there until her death. She dearly loved to have company and visited with relatives and friends in other communities, which she did until her death. She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Church, the Altar Society and the Senior Citizens Group, and a loving wife and mother. The profusion of floral offerings, masses and memorials and those who attended her last rites were a silent tribute to this pioneer lady who was loved and respected by all who knew her.

Survivors include four daughters: Mrs. Kirby (Eleanor) Guillory of Lake Charles, La.; Mrs. Roy (Rosella) Stromberg, Ovando, Mt.; Mrs. William (Marion) Potts, Missoula, Mt., and Mrs. Cliff (Leona) Jendro of Wibaux; two sons, James of Wibaux and Donald of Stockton, Cal.; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, and two sons, Leo and Raymond.

Rosary was recited at the church at 7 p.m. Sunday night. The Crescent Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Out of town relatives here for the funeral were Joe Petermann of the U.S. Navy, wife and two children from San Diego, Dal., George Petermann of the U.S. Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama, Ann Amos and son, Clyde, from Brainard, Minn., Lestina Hermann of St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Barbara Nelson, San Francisco, Cal., Mrs. and Mrs. Don Stewart, Stockton, Cal., Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Guillory, Lake Charles, La., Mr. and Mrs. Bill Potts, Missoula, Mt., Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McCormick and five children, Missoula, Mt., James Stromberg, Dixon, Mt., June Parks and daughter, Kim, of Bismarck, N.D., Dick Stromberg, Murray, Nebr., and Patty Mosier of Helena, Mt.

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