Desiree Deavila, 28

2012-09-18T03:00:00Z Desiree Deavila, 28 Montana Standard
September 18, 2012 3:00 am

Desiree Dawn Deavila, 28, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in a tragic car accident north of Conrad.

She was born May 19, 1984, in Butte to Terrie (Phillips) Cox and Roy Stauss. She married and later divorced Josh Blaz. They had one child, Jayden Blaz.

She met Thomas Fury III and they had two children, Thomas IV and Keelynn.

Other survivors include her mother, Terrie Cox (Daniel Calcaterra); father, Roy Stauss; brothers, Grant Marshall (Jessica LaVelle) and Chris Cox; sister, Veronica Calcaterra; grandparents, Art and Arlene Vidrich; uncles, Dale (Debbie) Phillips, Tom (Lisa) Phillips, Jerry Phillips, Larry Phillips and Mark (Monica) Phillips; aunt, Pam Stauss; special friends, Sarah Butler and Caleb Cooper; and numerous cousins.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the McQueen Athletic Club.

Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Desiree’s family.

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Helen Reynolds, 92

Helen Reynolds, 92, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Lakewood, Colo., with her family by her side.

She was born in Butte, March 5, 1920, to Martin and Ann (Tonzel) Doltar. She attended local grade schools and graduated from Butte High School in 1939. She married Bill Reynolds in St. Ann’s Catholic Church April 25, 1943. They were married for nearly 60 years before his passing in 2003.

They were blessed with two children, Bill and Lauri.

Helen and Bill were owner/operators of Vogue Cleaners for more than

50 years. They were

charter members of the Georgetown Boat Club and spent every summer at the cabin with all of their

closest friends and family. Helen was an avid bowler with many state championships to her name.

She was active in PTA and St. John’s Catholic Church. She loved watching football — every Saturday was Notre Dame and Sundays were reserved for the Broncos.

Since moving to the Denver area in 2003, Helen participated in as many senior activities as possible including visits to the zoo and many of the local museums and


Her excursions also took her to more than one live Bronco game. She never missed a Friday visit to her beauty shop.

In addition to her

husband, Helen was

preceded in death by her son, Bill and grandson, Scott Reynolds.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauri (Shawn) Wetherell; daughter-in-law, Jeannie Reynolds; and grandson, Mike Liebel.

Cremation has taken place. Services will be held in Butte at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Our Lady of the Rockies or your local Humane Society.

Correspondence can be sent to Lauri at

10488 W. Arkansas Place, Lakewood, Colo. 80232.

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Arlus Marron, 84

Arlus Mildred Bjerke Marron, 84, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 14, 2012, in a local hospital.

She was born in Beaulieu, Minn., on Jan. 4, 1928, to Edwin and Katherine (Blaser) Bjerke. They lived in Minnesota for all her school years and she

married Al Hendrickson on April 15, 1947. They moved to Spokane, Wash., a year later but returned to Minnesota and Fargo, N.D., until 1952. They returned to Spokane where she lived for

24 years. While in Spokane she worked at the Elks Club for more than four years and the Domini Sandwich Shop for six and one-half years.

She also sold Tupperware, Sarah Coventry Jewelry and Watkins at various times through the years.

Arlus moved to Butte in 1976, and married Harold Marron on April 12, 1976. He passed away Jan. 13, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Alfred Hendrickson; nephew, Steven Oulman; brothers, Lester, Harold and Kermit Bjerke; and sister, Evelyn Thomas.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory Hendrickson of Butte, Douglas and Trish Hendrickson and Mark and Cheryle Hendrickson of Spokane; daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Allen Bunge of Spokane; grandchildren, Tammee and Chip Walker, and Jordan, Taylor, Tracy and Amy Hendrickson; and great-grandchildren, Katee and Will Walker and Lexie Hendrickson. Also surviving are her sisters, Marcella Gallagher and Katherine Hoyt and brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Lucille Bjerke all of Spokane.

Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Arlus may be made to Our Lady of the Rockies or the Butte Emergency Food Bank.

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Gary Marshall, 60

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Gary Darwin Marshall, age 60, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at his home.

Gary was born on Aug. 8, 1952, to Donald Marshall and Darlene Harrington. His parents, who include his stepfather, Joe Harrington, preceded him in death.

The oldest of his

siblings, in his younger days Gary worked at the Anaconda Smelter as a pipe fitter, and at Stauffer Chemical. He enjoyed fishing, camping, classic cars and music. He was a friend to all and always had an open door, and heart, to everyone. He had a strong character on the outside, but had the biggest heart, which he always wore on his sleeve. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife of 12 years, Connie (Twilleager) Marshall; siblings, Greg (Marty) Marshall of Bozeman, Holly (Tom) Vidic of Butte, Lana (Rob) Cunningham of Ohio, and Bridgett Harrington, Steven Marshall, Christina Marshall, and Acey Marshall, all of Butte; his children, Tina Marshall, Brian Marshall, Devon Marshall and Jennifer Marshall, all of Butte, Michelle Marshall of Ramsay, Shera Sendra and Paula Klompiea of Bozeman, and Chanse Paul of Great Falls; and his aunts, Lana Smith and Beverly Bryan of Bozeman. He also had numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved and cherished. Gary also had three stepchildren, Candy Reed and Lorrena Ommstead of Washougal, Wash., and Matthew Capes of Hartford, Calif.; seven step-grandchildren and three great-granddaughters, all of Washougal. He loved them all.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel, 1805 Meadowlark Lane. A potluck reception will

follow. Contact Devon Marshall for details.

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James ‘Jim’

Eddy, 93

Our beloved James A. “Jim” Eddy, 93, left this world to be united with his Lord and Master in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2012, at his residence in Butte.

Jim was born Jan. 11, 1919, in Butte, and raised there by his parents. He graduated from Butte High and later married Hazel A. Hofbauer of Butte in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served his country during World War II. His engineering degree was earned at Montana State University, Bozeman.

He worked on

construction projects throughout Montana and beyond. His talents as an engineer were utilized during the construction of the Canyon Ferry Dam. He worked for private contractors and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which took him as far as Michigan, Louisiana, and Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was a devoted husband and father. He and Hazel had a son, James Jr. and daughter, Rebecca “Becky.” The memories of holiday times together are especially dear. The family enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. They were active in the Episcopal Church.

Hazel died in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1979, after of many years of illness. He later married Jane Simon of Butte. Together they spent 20 years enjoying their retirement years — camping, fishing and traveling extensively. Jane died in 2000, leaving him once more alone. He was fortunate to find another companion in Evelyn McLeod for several years.

His younger sisters and brothers looked to him as a loving authority figure and protector. After his mother “G-G” died, he referred to himself as the patriarch of the family. His grandchildren remember him with his “Santa Claus” beard. All will remember his long farewells that always included the phrase “May God be your co-pilot ... ”

He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara; father, John; siblings, Dunnie, Bill, Jack, Frank, Jeanne and Nona; wives, Hazel and Jane, and companion, Evelyn; two infant sons; step-daughter, Diane and her husband, Lloyd; and his special canine companion, Sadie.

He is survived by his son, Jim and his wife, Karen; daughter, Becky; niece, Carol (who he regarded as a daughter) and her husband, Ken; stepson, Paul and his wife, Jackie; grandchildren, Mariah (Randy), Billy Jo (Michele), James III (Carmen), Sarah and Stephanie; and great-grandchildren, Ken, Johnathan, Rose, Abigail, Nathaneal, Arabela and Serafina. He is also survived by his sisters, Rena (Jeb) Reilly and Malina (Buck) Bruin; brother, Floyd; sisters-in-law, Daisy Hofbauer and Doris (Don) Jenkins; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and many friends across the country.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel, 1805 Meadowlark Lane. It will be followed by a brief interment service with military honors in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception in the Montana Room at the Comfort Inn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s name to the Shriners Hospital for Children — Portland, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Ore. 97239; or to the Hazel Eddy Scholarship, Health & Human Development, Montana State University, PO Box 173540, Bozeman, 59717-3540.

We know he would wish to his entire family his well-known farewell: “May God be your pilot and protector. God bless … love, love, love … ”

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Rev. James Sullivan, 78

HELENA — The Rev. James Sullivan, 78, died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Sept. 14, 2012.

He was born July 1, 1934, in Butte, to Daniel and Hannah Sullivan.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College in 1956, and was ordained a priest in 1960. He received a master of science degree in biology from the University of Oregon in 1964, and a doctorate in human anatomy in 1973. In 1974, he completed a postdoctorate degree in neuroanatomy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1986. He became a psychiatrist/

neurologist at Bergan Mercy Medical Center and founded Psychiatry Outpatient Services in 1993, in Omaha, Neb. Father Jim retired in 2006.

Father Jim loved teaching and taught at Carroll College, St. Louis University, and Creighton University. Among his many honors were the Golden Apple Award from St. Louis University and the Alumni Academic Award from Carroll College.

He said that the priesthood was the center of his life and he felt privileged to spend his days providing healing of the mind, body and spirit.

Father Jim is survived by his sisters, Eileen Murray (James) and Therese.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Hannah; sister, Marie Haggerty; and brother, Joseph Sullivan.

A vigil service will be at 11:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian burial celebrated at noon Wednesday,

Sept. 19, at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena. A reception will be held in the Brondel Center, located in the lower level of the cathedral immediately following the Mass. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Carroll College Scholarship Fund at 1601 N. Benton Ave., Helena 59601.

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    Momma2008 - September 18, 2012 8:02 pm
    This is a tragic ending to a short life. It is really sad. I cannot help but think about her children because I have three of my own. I can't guess what would happen to my children if I was to be gone. Our prayers are with you at this time.
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    Willy P - September 18, 2012 4:41 pm
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    Willy P - September 18, 2012 4:38 pm
    Dez we love & miss you

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