Syneva Denise Arithson, long-time resident of Bowman, ND, died on December 9, 2017 in Lone Tree, CO surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Syneva, daughter of Cliff and Ella (Njos) Heide, graduated from Bowman High School in 1956 and went on to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD and Barnes Business School in Denver, CO. She was married to Jim Arithson on November 29, 1958. Syneva was an accomplished pianist and organist and played for countless church services, weddings, and funerals. She was a member of the church choir and also sang in the Community Chorus. She taught private piano lessons to many students in the surrounding communities. Syneva was an avid supporter of the arts and loved to read.
Syneva was a rancher’s wife and later a tireless caregiver for her husband, Jim. She was a fearless mother, loving grandmother, a devoted daughter, and a faithful sister. She is survived by her three children Doug (Jayne), Patty (Jim), and Brad (Shauna); granddaughters Jacy, Bailey, and Brooke; and sister Karen (Ted). She was preceded in death by her parents Cliff and Ella; husband Jim; grandson Samuel; and sister Claudia.
Syneva chose not to have a traditional funeral service. The family will host a reception at Bowman Lutheran Church on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The family has designated both Bowman Lutheran Church and Bowman Regional Public Library for memorial contributions.