Tina reunites with loved ones

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Tina Aberle

Tina Aberle

Mass of Christian Burial for Christine “Tina” Aberle, 75, of Mobridge will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Christine passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Christine Elizabeth (LaFloe) Aberle, known as Teen or Tina by many, was born on Jan.7, 1939, in Belcourt, N.D.  The daughter of Rosalie (Delia) and Robert LaFloe, Tina grew up on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.  She attended school at St. Ann’s Mission School until the eighth grade.  When she was a sophomore, she was bussed to Marty Indian School but she missed her family and stayed only one year.  She graduated from high school and went to the Aberdeen School of Commerce, where she was the school’s homecoming queen during her sophomore year. She received a certificate of completion and moved back to the Turtle Mountains and began a job at the Belcourt hospital working in administration.  She was then asked to help at the Fort Yates, N.D., hospital for a short term.  While there, she and Jerome Aberle both attended a church sponsored function but were not yet introduced.  She returned to Belcourt shortly after, and because Jerome had contracts with IHS to dig wells in the Turtle Mountains, they finally met in 1965.
They courted for four years and finally Tina and Jerome were united in marriage on Sept. 27, 1969, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in rural Belcourt.
They made their home in Mobridge and their first son Jerome Pius (J.P.) was born one year later on their first wedding anniversary. Mary Beth was born in 1973, Juli Faye was born in 1975, Delia Ann was born in 1976, and Robert Jerome was born in 1981. J.P. died when he was seven in an accident on May 5, 1978, and Jerome and Tina’s lives were forever changed by the immense sadness this brought.
The well drilling business took off which meant that Tina was kept busy with keeping books for the business and cooking and cleaning for the hired hands. At the height of the well drilling business, they had five rigs and employed up to 20 hired hands.
When Jerome was out on a job, he would sometimes come across wild berries of some sort, bring them home and he and Tina would can syrups and jellies. They also had a big garden for many years that they would harvest and preserve, but sometimes there was too much and the kids would have to throw out what had gotten old. They also made wine from the grapes they grew in their backyard. Very rarely was the wine forgotten or thrown out as it was always shared with friends and family.
Tina was involved in and held positions in the Altar Society and was the president for the ARC of our region.  She also loved to bowl, was in the Thursday afternoon bowling league, and would go to state bowling tournaments and always return with a trophy.  She and Jerome also loved to dance and belonged to the local dance club.
She also enjoyed being with friends in her earlier years and would get together with them to put together quilts, paint or put up wallpaper, play cards, or just to visit over a coffee or Diet Coke.  She also enjoyed visiting with her sisters on the phone in their first language, Metis, as they could talk and no one else could understand what they were saying. She loved going back to visit her family in Belcourt, no matter the occasion. They always welcomed her with open arms and a large meal to gather around.
When Delia graduated from high school, Jerome and Tina did not want her to live anywhere but at home.  Whenever you saw one of them, Delia was always with but sometimes far behind, eyeing books or pens she could “borrow.” Tina and Jerome would sometimes have to intervene by telling Delia she couldn’t take things she didn’t ask for.
If ever a problem arose in one’s life, Tina would always suggest that prayer was the answer as it helped to get them through the grief of J.P.’s and other family members’ deaths.  Even though she may not have always talked about it, she knew when someone needed her to pray for them.  It was her way of caring for others and her faith in prayer never wavered.
After Jerome died in an accident in 2004, it affected Tina greatly and she became depressed and lost her zest for life. She then began having health issues and went for a procedure in Bismarck.  Because of her poor health, the procedure went badly. By Thanksgiving of 2008, Tina had to have her first amputation.  Delia had to move to Rapid City to live with Juli and Joel.  Tina’s health continued to fail and she ended up having both legs amputated.
She lived with Mary and Chris until September of 2012, when she had her first stroke.  She was in and out of the nursing home after the first stroke so she could regain some strength.  She seemed to be doing well for a while but had another stroke a year later and her strength continued to diminish.  All of her health issues strengthened her faith even more and her prayers of reuniting with loved ones gone before her were answered on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
She was so very proud of all of her grandchildren and loved hearing stories and laughing about their funny antics.  She always preferred to be pushed in her wheelchair by one of her grandchildren and they enjoyed doing it.  Some of her happiest moments were when her grandchildren were baptized.  We are grateful they were able to know her.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mary (Chris) Fried and their children Noah, Ellie, Simon and Peter; Juli (Joel) Freidel of Watertown and their children Justus, MacArthur, Sullivan, and Merrick; Delia of Watertown; and one son, Robert (Courtney) and their children Raelyn, Adalyn, and Irelyn; sister, Ella (Alvin) McLeod of Belcourt; and brother, Dennis (Cheryl) LaFloe of Belcourt.
Preceding her in death were J.P., Jerome, her mother and father, her sisters Evelyn Delorme and Angela Allery, and brothers Gill, Louis, and Chuck LaFloe.

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