Leonette Rudel "Ona" (Lodmell) Jaumotte

Born: Sat., Nov. 2, 1912
Died: Sat., Apr. 27, 2013

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 20, 2013
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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Leonette Rudel (Ona) Lodmell Jaumotte, died on April 27, 2013, at Teton Medical Center extended care, of natural causes.  She was 100 years old.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM July 20, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau, MT. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau.

Ona was born on November 2, 1912, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the daughter of Anders and Ragnhild (Loen) Lodmell.  The family moved to Brockton, Montana in 1916, where they managed the hotel.  After living with her brother attending her freshman year in Grand Forks, ND, at age 16, Ona graduated from Brockton High School in the first graduating class in 1929.  For the next 2 summers, she worked in a concession just outside of Yellowstone Park.  She attended the University of Montana in Missoula for one year, before transferring to Billings, where Eastern Montana college was being opened, and earned her associates degree in teaching.

Ona taught one year in each of three rural schools; first north of Joplin, then Wolf Point, and lastly, a school across the Missouri River, south of Brockton.

She and Albert Leo Jaumotte were married on December 28, 1933.  After a few years of farming in the Brockton area in the 30’s, they decided to move west, and bought the farm in the Bole area  south of Choteau.  Al seeded the fields in the fall of 1942, and the family moved in the summer of 1943. 

Ona was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.  She was a busy hard-working mother, farm wife, baker, seamstress, quilt maker, bridge player, calligrapher, crafter of everything imaginable, and a faithful Christian in raising her family.  Although her body was not up to it in the last few years, her mind continued to think of pillow or potholder designs.  She loved to give away what she made.  Her quilts are legendary and you knew you (and your children) were loved when you received one of her creations.

She also specialized in Norwegian treats that she not only served in her home and gave away to friends and family, but made it a priority to pass along those recipes and traditions to her family.   

Ona is survived by her children, Joe (Pat) Jaumotte of Pittsburgh, PA, and Julie Wolff of Choteau, MT; grandchildren, David Jaumotte of Rochester Hills, MI, Jennifer Jaumotte and Juliann Jaumotte of Pittsburgh, PA, Paul (Sunny) Fulbright of Great Falls, MT, Charlie Fulbright of Spokane, WA, Stephen Wolff of Whidby Island, WA, Thomas (Brittany) Wolff of Helena, MT, and Gary Wolff of Great Falls, MT; great grandchildren, Jacob Jaumotte, Luke Jaumotte, and Rachel Jaumotte of Rochester Hills, MI, Olivia Preto of Pittsburgh, PA, Peyton Fulbright of Great Falls, MT, Megan Fulbright, and Elliott Fulbright of Spokane, WA, Erica Wolff and Noah Wolff of Choteau, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert in 1978, a daughter, Janica Fulbright in 2002; also her siblings:  Florence Lodmell, Leonard B. Lodmell, Clarence Almer Lodmell, Walter Jergen Lodmell, Anton Merrin Lodmell, Samuel Millard Lodmell, Ephraim Ammons Lodmell, Ina Catherine Lodmell Reynolds, Clarence Reuben Lodmell, and Robert Oliver Lodmell.

Memorials are suggested to the Teton Medical Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church.  On line condolences may be left at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com

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Julia Lodmell McKnight
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Dear Julie and Joe,

it is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge there will be no more updates about Ona and her incredible will to keep enjoying life, despite her health challenges in later years. She had the authentic spirit of a pioneer Norwegian woman and even as a child, I remember admiring everything she was and stood for.

Stories of Ona will live on with my daughter Marit and her two children, Baron and Loen, who are just 23 months old. No doubt Loen has the Lodmell blood coarsing through her, as both Marit and I do.

You might notice from the names of my daughter and granddaughter that we love everything Norwegian and Ona and my father, Bob Lodmell, her younger brother, have everything to do with that.

Despite the geographic seperation (we lived in Florida, Ona and Al in Montana, they visited Florida many times, so I always felt like Ona was part of our family. Once, she even traveled to st. Petersburg, FL to babysit with Marit (age 9), when I took a ski vacation to California.

Upon my return, the three of us traveled to "Circus World," and Ona insisted on riding the huge rollar coaster with us. Marit's eyes bugged out as we crept toward the crest of the first track plunge, but not Ona's. She regaled in the excitement and she was 73 at the time!

How can you not love and miss someone like that? We will miss her terribly, but we will never forget her. Her legacy will live on in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and all the memories she created for all of us.

Peace be with you Ona, as with your family. As Daddy always said, "Love you far as numbers go!" Judy

The Revs. Barbara and Paul Birkeland
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Today we learned of Ona's death and both of us feel a gap in the history of our lives, as during our time in Choteau Ona was such an important force. Her faith, her generosity, her love, even her ability to accept incredible sorrow, will always come to mind as we continue to remember her life. She was indeed larger than life. Our thoughts are with you Julie and Joe and family, and filled with gratitude for having known her. Barbara and Paul

Ray & Arlene Anderson
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
Dear Joe and Julie, Your Mother was a really nice person. She was always kind and considerate to me. Ona is just fine in the home of our God and Savior.

God Bless, Ray

gerda leonette white
   Posted Wed May 08, 2013
joe and julie,

have lost your phone numbers.....my heart was so heavy when joe called to tell me about your mothers passing. i wish my mother, ina, could have lived as long as ona did! it was like mother died again!

my best thoughts to julie who spent so much ttime with aunt . i know there is relief that she and mom are together reliving their past! and a great void in her life...

love you and your families, gerda

gerda r. white
   Posted Wed May 08, 2013

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by gerda white.

from....Ina and Gerda Leonette With much love

Kim Wiest
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Your mother was such a gracious lady and I remember her fondly growing up in the church. What a legacy!
Kim Wiest, Conrad, Montana

Laura & Don Schrock
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Joe, Julie & families: Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Remember her with fond memoies.
Laura & Don Schrock, Chino Valley, Arizona

Betty Wilkes
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Julie and Joe, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother, Ona. I loved your Mother and remember all the great visits we had when I would visit Choteau. She was a remarkable women and I am sure you will miss her greatly.
Betty Wilkes, Southington, Connecticut

June (Dale)
   Posted Wed May 22, 2013
Julie, I have had you in my prayers and thoughts since Carol let me know of your mom's passing. I am still thinking of you. The obituary in the Acantha was so special, as was your mom. Her dedication to her faith was unwavering it seemed. Truly an inspiration. Such creative talent. Her smile was simply beautiful. Love to you and your family. June

Marilyn Marcus
   Posted Sun May 26, 2013
My sympathies have already been espressed. I am very fortunate to have known such an inspriing woman. I feel blessed that my grandchildren Erica and Noah have been able to get to know such a great lady as their Great Grandmother was. Marilyn

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