Charlotte Wigness

Nov. 30, 1914-Dec. 21, 2016

Charlotte Isabella Wig-

ness, 102, passed away at

Prairie Ridge Village in

Glasgow, Montana on De-

cember 21, 2016 sur-

rounded by family.

Funeral services will be

held December 28th at 2

pm at Writing Rock Luth-

eran Church south of For-

tuna, ND with Pastor Ron

Dahle officiating. Burial

will follow at Fortuna

Cemetery. Visitation will

be 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on

Tuesday, December 27,

2016 at Stakston-Martin

Funeral Home in Crosby

and also one hour before

the service at the church.

Charlotte Isabella Lein-

inger was born on No-

vember 30, 1914 to John

H. and Margaret I. (Hone)

Leininger in Prescott,

Wisconsin.  She was

raised and educated in

Fortuna, ND.  Charlotte

was married for 60 years

to Porter Wigness and

they raised 5 children on

their farm in Fortuna.

Porter and Charlotte en-

joyed dancing, trips in

their motor home to the

hot springs, and playing


Charlotte was an in-

dependent farm wife who

helped with all the farm

duties, including hauling

grain, delivering fuel, pro-

viding meals, and unload-ing trucks during harvest.

During the summer

months, her home was al-

ways filled with

grandchildren coming to

enjoy grandma’s house,

learning to drive a stick

shift, working, and always

having to toe the line.  At

96 years old she was still

helping her son-in-law

Carl unload a grain truck

and take the empty truck

back to the field.  She also

hauled her own water for

the cistern in her home

until she was 97 years

old.            Charlotte

loved entertaining and

cooking for large family

gatherings. Many Wigness

family gatherings were

spent at Porter and

Charlotte’s home. She en-

joyed knitting and knit an

afghan for all her children

and grandchildren.  Other

things Charlotte found im-

portant and thoroughly

enjoyed were attending

school programs, basket-

ball games, volleyball

games, and other events

of children, grandchil-

dren, and many great

grandchildren.  She was

active in the Fortuna com-

munity including 4-H,

senior citizens, and

church activities.  She

was known around the

Fortuna community for

her flat bread and lefsa


At 97, she moved to the

Kensington Assisted Liv-

ing Center in Williston.

The Kensington closed in

2012 and at that time she

moved to Prairie Ridge

Village in Glasgow, Mon-

tana where her daughter

Sharon and family lived.

Her room at Prairie Ridge

was known as the

“casino” because of the

daily card and board

games she hosted.  The

evenings always ended

with an ice cream cone.

Family: Charlotte is

survived by 3 of her 5

children, Sharon Thomp-

son, Glasgow, MT, Gerald

(Marilyn) Wigness, Thief

River Falls, MN, Susan

(Carl, Jr) Dahl, Williston,

ND.  Other survivors in-

clude daughter-in-law

Ruth Wigness, Fortuna,

ND; and 14 grandchil-

dren, Debby Cornwell,

Brian Thompson, Diana

Boyle, Tom Thompson,

Lisa Legare, Scott Wig-

ness, Kent Wigness, Kristi

Cooney, Kim Williams,

Mike Wigness, Steve Wig-

ness, Barbara Mead,

Justene Kulseth, and Car-

men Banta.  She is sur-

vived by 33 great

grandchildren, 25 great

great grandchildren, and

numerous nieces and


Charlotte was preceded

in death by her parents,

loving husband of 60

years Porter, and sons Ar-

den and Porter Alan,

son-in-law Kenneth

Thompson, and

grandson-in-law Lynn

Cornwell, brothers John,

David, George, Harold,

and Edwin Leininger, and

several nieces and


Stakston-Martin Fun-

eral Home of Crosby is in

charge of funeral arrange-

ments and caring for the