HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                    Monday, November 25, 2002

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LENA BURKLAND    

           

  Lena (Tilleman) Burkland, 86, formerly of Havre, died of heart problems Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at her granddaughter’s home in Poulsbo, Wash.

  Services are private. Her family asks that anyone who knew her take a moment and remember her with their own special thoughts.

  Lena was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Chinook, to John and Stephanie Tilleman. She was raised near and attended the Fairview School.

  She married Lloyd Sonnenberg and raised her two children, Myrna and Frank, in the Paradise Valley area. She was a cook at the Jameson Ranch, Zurich School, Sweet Memorial Nursing Home and Havre Eagles Manor for many years. For a period of time, she owned and ran the Tastee Bite Cafe in Chinook. Not long after Lloyd’s death, she moved to Havre, where she was a member of the Eagles and the First Lutheran Church.

  She met Bob Burkland while enjoying one of her favorite pastimes, dancing, at the Eagles. They were married and he passed away less than one year later. In addition to dancing, she enjoyed playing the organ, traveling, cribbage and pinochle.

  In 2001, after surgical complications, she moved to Poulsbo from Havre, to be near her family and caregivers - granddaughter Lisa Thorsen and her husband, Todd, and their children, Ty and Mitchell. 

  In addition to her granddaughter, Lisa Thorsen and her family, she is survived by her son, Frank Sonnenberg of Missoula; three grandsons; three great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by husbands, Bob Burkland and Lloyd Sonnenberg; daughter, Myrna Hayes of Bremerton; and siblings Art, Hank and Charlie Tilleman, Mabel Bennett and Juliette Acher, all of Chinook.

  Memorial donations may be made to Bremerton Fire Department Rescue Fund, 817 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.            

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From posting on Chinook Connection 25 Nov 2002

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She was living in Poulsbo, Washington with her granddaughter.

Lena Burkland
  Lena Burkland, 86, of Poulsbo of heart problems died Nov. 17, 2002, at her granddaughter's home in Poulsbo.
  She was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Chinook, Mont., to John and Stephanie (D'Houghe) Tilleman. She was raised and educated in Chinook, attending a one-room elementary schoolhouse there.
  In 2001, after an extended illness, she moved to Poulsbo from Havre, Mont., to be near her family and caregivers — granddaughter Lisa Thorsen and her hus-band, Todd, and their children, Ty and Mitchell.
  A longtime resident of Havre, Mrs. Burkland was a member of the Eagles and the First Lutheran Church there. Her favorite pastimes were dancing, playing the organ, cribbage and pinochle.
  In addition to the Thorsen family, her survivors include one son, Frank Sonnenberg of Missoula, Mont.; three grandsons, Mike Hayes of Bremerton, and Chris and Max Sonnenberg, both of Missoula; five great-grand-children; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands Bob Burkland and Lloyd Sonnenberg; a daughter, Myrna Hayes of Bremerton; and siblings Art, Hank and Charlie Tilleman, Mabel Bennett and Juliette Acher, all of Chinook.
  Services are private. Her family asks that anyone who knew her take a moment and remember her with their own special thoughts.
  Memorial donations may be made to Bremerton Fire Department Rescue Fund, 817 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337, or to a charity of the donor's choice

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION              Wednesday, November 27, 2002

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Lena Burkland

   Lena (Tilleman) Burk­land, 86, formerly of Chinook and Havre, died of heart prob­lems at her granddaughter’s home in Poulsbo, WA on Monday, November 17, 2003. Services were private and her family asks that anyone who knew her take a moment and remember her with their own special thoughts. Memorial donations may be made to the Bremerton Fire Dept. Rescue Fund @ 817 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

   Lena was born on August 23, 1916, in Chinook to John and Stephanie Tilleman. She was raised on the family farm south of Chinook and attended the Fairview School. She mar­ried Lloyd Sonnenberg and they raised their two children, Myrna and Frank, in the Paradise Valley area.

    She was a cook for the Jamieson Ranch, the Zurich School, the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home, and the Havre Eagles Manor for many years. For a period of time she owned and ran the Tastee Bite Cafe in Chinook.

   Not long after Lloyd’s death she moved to Havre, where she was a member of the Eagles and First Lutheran Church. She met Bob Burkland at the Eagles while enjoyimg one of her favorite pastimes, dancing. They were married and he passed away less than a year later.

   In addition to dancing, Lena enjoyed playing the organ, trav­eling, cribbage and pinochle. She moved to Poulsbo in 2001 after surgical complications to be near her family and care-givers--granddaughter Lisa Thorsen, her husband Todd, and their children, Ty and Mitchell.

   In addition to her grand­daughter Lisa Thorsen and her family, Lena is survived by one son, Frank Sonnenberg of Mis­soula; three grandsons, Christo­pher Sonnenberg and his son Caleb of Beaverton, OR, Max Sonnenberg of Missoula, and Mike Hayes and his children Bryan and Max of Bremerton, WA; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd Sonnen­berg and Bob Burkland; a daugb­ter, Myrna Hayes; brothers, Art, Hank and Charlie Tilleman; and sisters, Mabel Bennett and Juli­ette Acher.

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