Mary D. (Denda) Miller of 2900 St. Ann St. in Butte died peacefully at her home Thursday evening.
She was born to Jacob and Janja Dencla, pio neer Anaconda residents. Mary attended local Anaconda schools and Anaconda High School. She worked at Schwartz's department store until her marriage to Peter Miller of Butte in August 1934. They were married 53 years when Pete died on June 6, 1987.
Mary was an avid bridge player and just short a couple of points of being a life mas ter when she quit playing to help in the care giving of her family. In past years, she and Pete belonged to the Butte Country Club and both enjoyed golfing. She was a marvelous cook and was always taking something to someone who was sick or in need. Friends and family were an important part of her life. She had a tremendous, unique sense of humor. Mary felt she had a full wonderful life and was ready to go home to God and also to be with Pete and other loved ones.
Mary received very special loving care from Mary Ann Nordholm whose 5 3 / 4 years of devoted service and friend ship helped enable Mary to remain in her own home.
Though Mary and Pete had no children of their own, they dearly loved all children and were a wonderful uncle and aunt to all the nieces and nephews. Mary went to St. Louis for the birth of her niece, Marilyn Rickmeyer's seven out of eight children and assisted in their care.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brother-in-law, Selma and Dan Ivankovich of Anaconda; sister, Inez Moes Boynton of Billings, who died in the earthquake at Ennis in 1959; brothers, Samuel “ Boots” Denda, Robbie Denda of Anaconda, and Nick Denda of San Francisco.
Mary is survived by her brother Michael J. Denda of Forest Hills, N.Y.; brother-inlaw and sister-in-law Stevo and Ana Mileusnic of Fair Oaks, Calif.; nieces, Eleanor Ivankovich of Anaconda and Virginia Shields of Spokane; nieces and nephews, Janet and Harry Blencoe of Renton, Wash., Marilyn and Jay Rickmeyer of Des Peres, Miss., Charlotte and Rev. Mick Gray of Corvallis, Mont., Jay Denda of Billings, Dick Denda of Seattle, Barbara and Jack Gavigan of Forest Hills, N.Y.; great nephews and nieces, Rick Ivankovich, Jack and Nancy Ivankovich, Dan and Linda Ivankovich, all of Anaconda, Mike and Lora Ivankovich of Hamilton, Ted and Jackie Ivankovich of Spokane, Lisa and Steve McLain of Portland, Gayle Terry of Spokane, Sherilyn and Dan Bare of Atlanta, Ga., Susan Hurner and Cathy Dressler of Bothel, Wash., Karen Roberts of Houston, Texas, John Gavigan of New York, Tim, Kim, Tracy, Jeff, Jerry, Lisa, Amy and David Rickmeyer of St. Louis, Rodney and Rick of Helena and Cindy of Missoula.
Several great-great nephews, nieces and godchil dren also survive.
Mary belonged to the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church and the Mother's Club.
Friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. The funeral service from Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church will be cel ebrated Tuesday, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bratislav and Rev. Al Vukovich, as celebrants. Burial committal service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 2100 Continental Drive, or to the donor's choice.
Tom Renz, 39
Tom Renz, 39, died Friday morning at home in the loving arms of his best friend and wife, Lori, after a long, coura geous battle with cancer. Tom died as he lived — with courage, strength and dignity. Although his life on this earth was short, he touched many people and left a remarkable legacy of love for his family, friends and co-workers.
Tom was born on April 12, 1961, in Butte, the son of Don and Vicki (Uggetti) Renz. He graduated from Butte High School in 1980. In June of 1984, he married Lori Alexander. Together they had three children, Jamie, TJ and Levi.
Tom's intensity and deter mination were an inspiration to all who knew him. He saw every project he started through to completion. He was a fierce competitor and found success on the football field and wrestling mat. He was a member of the first state championship wrestling team for Butte High, winning the state title in his weight class. He gave back to the sport of wrestling by serving as a coach, mentor and offi cial.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family. Tom was a skilled carpenter and with his wife by his side, built the family home. Most recently, he was employed by Butte-Silver Bow.
Tom will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father to his family and a loyal and steadfast friend. He was a straight shooter and expected the same from oth ers.
Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents Vonnie and Bill Renz, Joe Profozich, Dominic and Minnie Uggetti, his uncle Chuck Uggetti and niece Amber Jo Renz.
He is survived by his wife and children, his parents, his father-in-law and mother-inlaw William and Marian Alexander, his brothers and sisters-in-law Joe and Chris Renz and Don and Karen Renz; his sister and brotherin-law Lori and John Casey; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law Bill Alexander, Marty Alexander, Jeff and Sherry Alexander, Kim and Marty Janhunen, Sonia Moscolic and Michelle Alexander; nieces and nephews, Keli, Ashley, Chris, Mathew, D.J., and Alisa Renz, Shelby and Tyler Casey, Jason Britney, Chris, Martilyn, Michael, Josh, Justin and Alicia Alexander, Connor and Carly Janhunen and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
The world is a better place because he lived, our lives are richer for having known him. He will never truly be gone, he will live on because he has carved out a special place for himself in each heart that knew his love. May he rest in God's peace.
In accordance with Tom's wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends are asked to join with the family in St. Ann's Catholic Church on Wednesday after 10 a.m. Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrat ed at 11 a.m.
Interment of ashes will fol low in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials: the Tom Renz Memorial Fund for his chil dren c/o American Federal Bank, Easter Seals/Highlands Hospice, The Shriner's Fund for Crippled Children or the donor's choice.
Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
Vern Chandler, 76
Vern J. Chandler of 2624 Pine St. died early Saturday morning in Butte.
He was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, on Aug. 3, 1924, to Walter Thomas and Carol (Martin) Chandler and attend ed schools there. He served with the United States Coast Guard from Oct. 13, 1943, until April 8, 1946, and then served in the United States Navy from March 30, 1948, until May 31, 1953.
He married Rita L. Bannigan on May 16, 1954, in Blackfoot, Idaho, and they came to Butte in 1955. She died Oct. 9, less than three weeks ago.
Vern worked as a foreman with the Anaconda Company from 1957 until his retirement in 1980.
Vern was a cook in the mil itary and his love for cooking carried throughout his entire life. He also loved hunting, country-western music and the outdoors.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law James and Virginia McCall; sisters and brothers-in-law Virginia and Ordell Hess, Voris and Wilford Hess and Carol and Dave Copeland; his sisters-in-law, Genevieve Chandler and June Chandler; numerous nieces and nephews and his special friends John and Roberta Curnow.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters Teddy Chandler, Ralph Chandler, Edward Chandler, Marcaleen Jewett, Lynn Chandler, Roland Chandler and Walter Chandler.
In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Chandler's remains have been cremated in Butte and no services are planned. Memorials: charity of the donor's choice.