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Tom and Toni Bugni

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Tom and Toni Bugni

Tom and Toni (Basovsky) Bugni celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23, 2014, at the Butte Country Club.

Over 125 family and friends, some from out of town, enjoyed a party and buffet dinner.

Tom and Toni were married in North Chicago, Ill., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Aug. 22, 1964. Toni grew up in North Chicago, Illinois and met Tom when working at Sears in Waukegan, Ill.

Tom grew up in Butte and graduated from Boys Central High School. Tom attended Carroll College and graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1961 with a degree in business and a minor in wildlife.

After college Tom joined the Navy and attended Navy Officer School in Newport, R.I. He spent the following two years working at the Naval Exam Center in North Chicago, Ill.

After the Navy, Tom joined his father as partners at the Shanty Bar and Cafe for eight years. Tom then was employed by the Anaconda Co., in Butte as their Workers Compensation coordinator until 1983, when the company shutdown.

Tom then started his own sports shop, Tom’s Sports Shop, now Bugs and Bullets. He also started Tom’s Guide Service. Tom enjoyed 30 years fishing and 20 years of birds as an outfitter and guide.

Tom and Toni have a daughter, Michelle (Mark) Kaelke and two grandchildren, Sophia and Emma Kaelke, who live in Juneau, Alaska. Their son, Chris Bugni resides in Butte and is a sixth-grade teacher at West Elementary School.

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