Christine “Tina” Aberle

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January 7, 1939 – February 15, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial for Christine "Tina" Aberle, 75, of Mobridge was Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mobridge. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Christine passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Mobridge Regional Hospital. Christine Elizabeth LaFloe, known as Teen or Tina by many, was born on January 7, 1939, in Belcourt, ND to 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 Aberdeen School of Commerce, where she was 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, ND hospital for a short term. She met Jerome Aberle, who had contracts with Indian Health Service to dig wells in the Turtle Mountains in 1965. They courted for four years and were united in marriage on September 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. Tina was busy 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. They made wine from the grapes they grew in their backyard. Tina held positions in the Altar Society and was the president for the ARC of the region. She also loved to bowl and would go to state bowling tournaments and always return with a trophy. She and Jerome belonged to the local dance club. She 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. 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. After Jerome died in an accident in 2004 Tina became depressed and lost her zest for life. By Thanksgiving of 2008, she had her first amputation. In September of 2012, she had her first stroke. She was in and out of the nursing home. She seemed to be doing well for a while but had another stroke a year later and her strength continued to diminish. She was very proud of all of her grandchildren and loved hearing stories and laughing about their funny antics. Some of her happiest moments were when her grandchildren were baptized. 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; and Delia of Watertown; one son, Robert (Courtney) and their children— Raelyn, Adalyn, and Irelyn; a sister Ella (Alvin) McLeod of Belcourt; and a brother Dennis (Cheryl) LaFloe of Belcourt. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jerome; son “J.P.”; her mother and father; two sisters, Evelyn Delorme and Angela Allery; and three brothers— Gill, Louis, and Chuck LaFloe.

 

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