Donna Reilly; wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, neighbor and friend passed away in the early morning hours of March 11, 2020. She was born on June 20, 1941, to John and Esther Turk in Butte, Montana. Donna graduated from Butte Central in 1959. She attended clerical school and worked as a bookkeeper and receptionist locally. For a brief stint, she lived in San Francisco and spoke fondly of those days. Donna kept in close contact with High School friends.
On September 04, 1965, she married her husband, Donald James Reilly. In addition to her husband; she is survived by her six children, Chuck, Ramona (Mike), Mike (Tami), Deborah, Arliss (Rob) and Jim; her eight grandchildren, Michone, Amanda, and Kenny (Dez) Jorgesen; John and Jeremy (Savannah) Reilly, Ryan Dobb, and Hayden and Colton Reilly; and her eight great-grandchildren, Trajen, Tatum, Tekae, Tesla, River, Kendyn, Bella and Gracie. She will be missed by her family, extended family, and her dog, Angel.
Donna loved her dogs and they loved her. Her grand dogs loved her as well, always happy to jump in her lap and get a treat. She loved baking, sewing, gardening, traveling to National Parks and throughout the country via motorbike. She maintained close relationships with relatives of Slovenian heritage and enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Alaska, Ireland and visiting her children and their families. Spending time with her grandkids brought her the greatest joy.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Donna had an adventurous side, and at the age of 65 achieved a lifelong dream of skydiving. Her and her husband enjoyed many trips to Sturgis on his Harley Davidson. She loved looking at the clouds as much as being amongst them and had a special affinity for birds, especially owls, and leaves quite a collection of souvenirs behind.
She loved the color purple, warm weather, El Paso, Texas, roses in any shade, except pink, potatoes and chicken. She despised the color pink, daisies, fish and spinach. She had strong opinions and wasn’t afraid to share them. She would give quite the stink eye if you mentioned her middle name but was happy to retain the nickname “Duck”, given to her by an uncle in her youth. Donna was tiny but mighty and her presence will be missed.
So here’s to Gramma Duck, Great-Gramma Duck, Mama Duck, Wifey Duck, Mother-In-Law Duck, Cousin Duck, and Friend and Neighbor Duck. May she rest in peace.
Funeral Services will be held at a later date and will be announced by the Mortuary. Donations may be made to the local animal shelter. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
Whitehall Community Icon, Mary Davis, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, just three weeks short of her 101st birthday.
Born April 12, 1919, in Butte, Montana, to Irish immigrants Alexander and Bridget Kissock, Mary Agnes was the second of seven Kissock children born in the United States. She graduated Butte High School in 1937, followed by graduation from Butte Business College. In 1940, Mary wed Herschel Davis and gave up her urban lifestyle to become a rancher’s wife. Together they raised two sons, Shawn and Joe, and two daughters, Nannette and Gail. They were married 59 years until Herschel’s passing in 1998.
Known for her tireless work ethic, impeccable hair, and notorious Irish temper, Mary helped Herschel raise cattle and sheep on their ranches in both Whitehall and the Big Hole Valley. She was a talented cook and gardener. Mary spent decades impressing visitors, ranch hands, and hay crews with her large, elaborate meals and desserts. Her fudge, sponge cake, and shrimp salad became famous at social gatherings all over southwest Montana.
Mary’s day always began at 4 a.m., following a short night’s sleep on the couch. She tended a huge vegetable/flower garden and trimmed endless hedges by hand. She mowed acres of lawn with a push mower in bare feet well into her late 80’s.
Mary loved to travel both domestically and abroad. A fearless motorist who maintained speeds that would shame NASCAR, she traveled rapidly all over Montana in any weather condition. Mary also toured extensively in Europe, cherishing her time spent in Ireland. She made annual Las Vegas appearances during the National Finals Rodeo, where she was featured dancing on the big screen under her stage name “Grandma Mary-The White Tornado”.
Immensely proud of her family, Mary would tell any listener of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments. She is survived by her four children, fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed, but it is certain she will be taking the next life by storm.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday March 25th, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., in Whitehall, for family members only. In Lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Mary’s designated charities PULSE Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue Ambulance PO Box 511, Whitehall, MT, 59759, or the Jefferson Valley Museum PO Box 902, Whitehall, MT 59759.
SCHOONEN — Anton “Tony” Edward Schoonen, age 89, of Butte, Montana, passed away on October 22, 2019. A Vigil service and Funeral Mass were scheduled for March 2020, but will be postponed until a later date. Dates and times will be announced when the arrangements are scheduled.
Dahle (Christensen) Briggs of Whitehall, passed away the same way she lived her life, peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Briggs. Dahle was born on October 10, 1935, to Clifford and Afton Christensen in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was raised in Manila, UT, where she loved to jump rope, and make up plays with her five sisters.
While growing up, Don’s cousins would pull her braids on the school bus; she swore she would never marry, “One of those Briggs boys.” When she was 17, that all changed when she married Don, shortly after he returned from Korea. For 71 years she was loyal to one man. After coming to Montana a few times to work on family ranches, the Big Sky Country got under their skin and they made Montana their home in 1966.
She was a prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and found comfort in knowing families can be together forever. She leaves behind a legacy of faith and family, Dahle has nine children, 29 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren.
She created a home where grand kids could run through the kitchen door, go to the cookie jar for a ginger cookie, or a hot meal magically prepared with no prior notice. Her donuts and cinnamon rolls were a local legend. Music was an integral part of the life she weaved. She had the voice of an angel, and was never afraid to share her talent. God gave her many talents: thriftiness, integrity and virtue. She tied countless quilts for family and friends.
One talent she was lacking in was gardening. She would plant 100 pounds of potatoes and harvest 100 pounds of potatoes. The thing she did understand about gardening though, it had a lot more to do with raising kids than potatoes. She was preceded in death by two sisters; two brothers; and her parents.
She is survived by her children, Ronda (Rich) Kotter of Spanish Fork, Utah; Wayne (Iris) Briggs of Sheridan, Wyoming; Dean (Wendy) Briggs of Whitehall, MT; Dennis Briggs of Whitehall, MT; Glade (Julie) Briggs of Douglas, Wyoming; Mark (Tammy) Briggs of Whitehall, MT; Gayla (Lance) Sieler of Three Forks, MT; Jeffery (Stacy) Briggs of Whitehall, MT; Teresa (Randy) Fridell of Goshen, Utah, and three sisters, Mary Jane Heninger, Lura Jean Youngberg, and Lois Lowell all of Utah.
A viewing and graveside service will be held Saturday March 28, 2020, at K&L Mortuary, in Whitehall MT. Due to the recent virus threat, no formal funeral can be held at this time.
Pat Orlich, 95, of Pullman, passed away March 16, 2020, at Pullman Regional Hospital. Pat was born November 7, 1924, in Helena, Montana, to Robert and Elva (McMaster) Rend. She grew up in Butte, Montana, and graduated from Butte High School.
Pat continued her education at Montana State University, where she received her Bachelor degree. She began teaching at the Washington School in Butte, when she met Donald Orlich. Don was told by his students he needed to meet Miss Rend, because she was a very nice lady. They were married in June of 1957.
They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Donald completed his Master Degree studies and then to Missoula, MT, where Pat completed her Master Degree and Donald his PhD. They moved to Pocatello, Idaho, where he took a position at Idaho State University. Pat decided to stay at home and was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother.
In 1966, the family moved to Pullman, Washington, when Donald accepted a position at WSU. Later, when the children were older, Pat went to work at WSU, where she was an associate professor in the Home Economics Department, teaching tailoring and flat pattern.
Following her retirement from WSU she taught in the Pullman School’s as a substitute teacher. Pat and Donald also enjoyed their home at Schweitzer Ski Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho. They enjoyed skiing for 40 years and were members of the Prime Timers Ski Club. Pat was active in the Pullman Investment Club, History Club, Foreign Foods Club and Gourmet Dinner Club.
She will be so missed by her family and friends. Pat is survived by her husband, Donald Orlich of Pullman; her son, Mike Orlich and his life partner Jeff Kindred of Orcas Island, Washington; her daughter, Laura Orlich (Mark) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one granddaughter, Jamie Gann (Andrew); and her great-granddaughter, Riley Amelia Gann.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy. A celebration of life will be planned for the summer of 2020. Pat will be laid to rest in Butte, Montana, at a later date.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, Washington has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 W 44th St. #609, New York, NY 10036. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimballfh.com.
Larry died in Butte, Montana, on 3/12/2020, at 90 years old. He was born in Fresno, California. During his childhood his family moved all over California. He graduated from high school in Bakersfield, attended Fresno State College and earned a BA in business. While at Fresno State, he met Marie O’Neill and they married after he served in the Army during the Korean War. After the war, Larry went to work in aluminum and steel sales in California, Texas and eventually settled in Oklahoma.
Larry was a great father to his daughters and over 90 foster children. While Larry liked working, his passion was the 20 years working and running the Claremore, Oklahoma Meals on Wheels Program. Larry was the kindest, gentlest, most hardworking person you’ve ever met. He had a strong love of family, church and living life.
Larry lived with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia in his later years, but he did not let those diagnoses define him. He embraced every day with gusto and grace. When asked what he wanted for his 90th birthday he said, “more time.”
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Roy White and Eleanor Barr White; and his siblings, Robert, James and Elaine (Sikola). His wife, Marie, died three years ago.
Larry is survived by his daughters, Therese Nesmith (Greg), Dolores Skarke (David), Cathy White (Lis), Martha Enslow (Don), Margaret White (Harriett) and Karyn Gibson; as well as eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Tulsa this summer.
Our family would like to recognize and thank, most recently, the caring staff at The Springs along with the hardworking and loving caregivers from Senior Solutions. We also sincerely thank the VA Home Based Primary Care Program for their years of support, supplies and equipment. In addition, there were many other wonderful caregivers over the eight years Larry and Marie were in Butte. We could not have provided our parents with such loving care without this group of dedicated people. Lunch will never be the same.
Charles James (Chuck, Charlie, Chuckie, Old Blue, Silver Tongue, Gramps) Starcevich unexpectedly passed away on March 9, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona. Chuck was the oldest child born to Chuck and Pat Starcevich on November 26, 1954, in Butte. Chuck was fortunate to be raised in the McQueen addition until the family relocated within Butte in 1972.
Chuck was part of the last graduating class of eight students from Holy Savior grade school in 1968, and later graduated from Butte Central High School in 1973.
Chuck married Debbie Waltee April 6, 1974. They had a beautiful baby girl named Stacy, who they tragically lost to SIDS at three months. Their prayers were answered when they were blessed with three more children, Crysta, Charlie, and Corey. Family was everything to Chuck. His love and unwavering devotion to his family remained a constant comfort and inspiration.
Chuck was employed during high school at Town Talk Bakery, then for 10 years at the Safeway Warehouse in Butte, until it closed. He later became an insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus.
In the late 1980s, Chuck and his family relocated to Tucson, Arizona. In Arizona, Chuck continued his career in the insurance field working for Geico Insurance, from which he retired in February 2020.
While growing up, Chuck and his brother John spent countless days fishing at Harrison Lake with their uncle, Bob Tokle. All the family treasured their lake days with their Aunt Lil and Uncle Bob. During this time, Chuck learned to waterski. Before wetsuits were invented, Chuck could be seen jump starting from shore on his ski wearing an army jacket to keep him warm. Even though he was an avid water skier, he did not like water! Later in life, Chuck enjoyed fishing and spending time with and raising his family recreating on Canyon Ferry Lake. He also enjoyed the Montana big game hunting season while living in Montana, dressing his kill with surgical gloves.
Chuck was the oldest of six children. He was the best brother that life could ever offer! He was kind, encouraging, and the most lovable person you could imagine; his witty personality was unmatched! For his family, the loss of Chuck is devastating and cannot be defined. His grandkids were the light of his life. Chuck was a very involved and devoted grandfather. He always put the kids first. His warmth, support, and love were unwavering through everything. He was always a source of calm in the chaos and never let us go without a hug and a "Love yas."
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, what things are true, what things are dignified, what things are righteous, what things are pure, what things are lovely, what things are well spoken of, if there is any virtue and if any praise, take account of these things.
This is the character Chuck expressed to all of us.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Pat Starcevich; daughter, Stacy Starcevich; his grandparents, and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Chuck is survived by his children Crysta Starcevich, Charlie Starcevich, and Corey Starcevich. He is survived by his cherished grandchildren, Crysta’s kids, Nicole Starcevich, Alaryk Trejo, Gvanni Barajas; Charlie’s boy, Gavin Starcevich; and Corey’s kids, Azaela, and Kai Starcevich. He is also survived by his brothers, John (Karen) Starcevich, Jim (Sheri) Starcevich, Mark Starcevich, Bob Starcevich; and sister, Cathy (Ernie) Frey. Chuck is also survived by his dear aunt, Lillian Tokle and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rest in peace, dear brother…….
The family will have a Mass in Tucson, AZ. A memorial will take place in Butte, MT in July. Details will follow.
David M. Scharler, 72, of Cardwell, MT, passed away Thursday morning, March 12, at his home. Services are currently pending and will be published with a complete obituary in a later edition of The Montana Standard.
In Loving Memory of BILL DUDDING on his 6th Anniversary and 83rd Birthday in Heaven, sadly missed by June and Logan
Remembering my dear Mom, PAT STARCEVICH, on her 90th Birthday! I’m sure you and Dad clutched your precious son, and my beloved brother Chuck’s hands and raised him up into heaven. I have gained a new angel up above. All of you keep watching over us. Hugs and Kisses, Cathy
We just miss you DAD (PAPA), it’s been 13 years since we said goodbye. All our Love, Lynn, Tara, Hope, Olivia, Cody, Erica, Makayla, Stevlyn, Jayda, Tryston
Carl Martin Rebich peacefully passed away at the age of 90, on March 9, 2020, while sitting in his recliner watching TV.
Carl was born to Michael Rebich, Jr. and Catherine Gregovich Rebich on November 11, 1929, in Butte, America. The family grew over the next 6 years to include his sister, Florence; and brother, Elmer. The children were raised on the family ranch in the Beaverhead Valley, near Dillon, MT. Carl went to school at a one-room school near the ranch. He told his kids that he was the smartest student in his grade and we soon figured out he was the only student in that grade.
Tough times came for his family when his Dad passed away in a car accident, and 2 years later, his Mom passed away from medical complications. Carl became an orphan at 12 years of age. He and his siblings moved to Butte to live with their maternal grandparents. He graduated from Butte High in 1947. He wanted to be an engineer, but could only afford one year at Montana State University, so he returned to Butte.
Carl worked in the mines both underground and as a carpenter. During this time, he met his future bride, Pauline Sullivan, on a blind date at a hayride to the “Reservoir.” They were married on June 14, 1952. This dynamic duo added 6 children to their family. Carl used his carpentry skills to build a house on Thomas Street in Butte for his growing family.
Changing career paths, he went to work for GAB as an insurance adjuster. He was promoted to manager of the Missoula office and moved his family there in 1963. After 20 years with GAB, Carl went to work as a commercial insurance salesman with Larry Larson and Associates, which later became Western State Insurance. He retired from Western States in 2002, at the age of 72.
Family was very important to Carl and Pauline. They pinched pennies to give their kids opportunities that they themselves never had, such as piano lessons, Scouts, sports, snow and water skiing. A place at Flathead Lake provided many fun summers of boating and water skiing. When Carl wasn’t pulling skiers, he could be found playing horseshoes or barbecuing for the frequent guests they hosted. Road trips with Carl at the wheel were always an adventure. Experiences included exploring Yellowstone Park, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, and our first professional baseball game.
Carl and Pauline were huge “Griz” football fans. They even followed the team to Japan and to a national championship game. They also had season tickets for Lady Griz basketball. Carl recently watched the Lady Griz-Cat game with great enthusiasm! He was a Century Club member and proud supporter of the U of M.
Carl and Pauline were also world travelers. They visited their respective ancestral homelands of Yugoslavia and Ireland. Other trips included England, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, as well as many trips to Hawaii.
Pauline and Carl’s 52-year marriage was an inspiration to their children and many others. Sadly, Pauline passed away in 2003, at the age of 72. His children were proud that Carl continued an active life and also learned how to use the washing machine!
Missoula Aging Services selected Carl as one of the 2010 Missoula Seniors of the Year. He was very active in St. Anthony Parish during his 52 years in Missoula. He volunteered for the American Red Cross and organized parish blood drives. Over many years, he donated 262 units/32 gallons of blood/platelets.
Carl moved to Big Sky Senior Living in Butte, in April of 2015. In the fall of 2018, he moved to Billings to be closer to his daughters. He resided at Liggett Cottage on the St. John’s united campus.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; his son, Michael; his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Patrick Quinn; and brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Irene Rebich. He was also preceded in death by Pauline’s parents, Patrick and Lillian Sullivan; and her siblings, Mike and Ray Sullivan; and Barbara Teixeira. In 2015, he lost his companion of 8 years, Louetta Kearney.
He is survived by daughter, Kathy Munson (David) of Red Lodge; granddaughters, Courtney (Sean), Rachel (Corey); and grandson, Adam (Katie); daughter, Barb Jette (Jerry) of Billings; grandsons, Ryan and Brett; son, Pat Rebich (Anita) of Atascadero, California; daughter, Sheila Seifert of Red Lodge; son, Marty Rebich (Phanh) of Hillsboro, Oregon; and granddaughters, Olivia and Breanna. He also has 7 great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their families, sister-in-law, Dee Sullivan; and brother-in-law, Lou (Hazel) Sullivan.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Big Sky Senior Living in Butte, you were all so kind to Carl. We are also extremely grateful to the staff of Liggett Cottage for your compassionate, loving care of Carl. You became a part of our family.
A Celebration of Life for Carl will occur this summer in Missoula at St. Anthony Church. (Date to be determined.)
Please consider donating a pint of blood in Carl’s name and then toasting his life. If you wish, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, St. John’s Foundation in Billings, MT, or a charity of your choice.
SCHOONEN — Anton “Tony” Edward Schoonen, age 89, of Butte, Montana, passed away on October 22, 2019. A Vigil service and Funeral Mass were scheduled for March 2020 but will be postponed until a later date. Dates and times will be announced when the arrangements are scheduled.
HARDING — Donald L. Harding, age 68, of Philipsburg, Montana, passed away on March 10, 2020.
Vickie Mae Bellon, age 65, of Anaconda, MT, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, unexpectedly but surrounded by family.
Vickie was born on December 8, 1954, to Charles and Virginia Wright. She was the youngest in the family of four children. She was the baby sister to three older brothers.
She attended Anaconda Senior High where she met Luther – he quickly stole her heart. They were inseparable for over 50 years and had recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.
Together they welcomed their daughter, Carla. Vickie took pride in making school treats and hand making all of Carla’s Halloween costumes.
Prior to her retirement, she is most notably remembered for waitressing at the Embassy and the Copper Bowl. She loved her customers as much as they loved her. Many customers could be found staying for hours after a meal to enjoy coffee and conversation with Vickie.
Vickie’s passion was always for her family and her home. When you stopped over for a visit you were always greeted with a smile, a cup of coffee and her opinion. You left knowing you always had a friend in Vickie and valued her honesty.
Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia Wright. The love of her life, Luther, passed away earlier this month. Although their bond was separated for a very short time, they have now been reunited.
Vicki is survived by her daughter, Carla (George) Strutzel; grandson, Aric Strutzel; brothers, Charles (Bob) Wright, Jeff (Joanne) Wright, David (Jeanne) Wright; numerous family and countless friends.
At Vickie’s request, no services will be held. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Vickie.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Vickie and her family.
Dorothy Genevieve Gronvold passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in St. James Healthcare. She was born Thursday, November 15, 1928, in Barton, North Dakota, one of eleven children to Ole and Marie Fosness. Dorothy attended schools in Barton and it was there on November 8, 1947, where she married Randolph D. “Randy” Gronvold. Together they settled in Butte, in 1953, and she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Warm Spring State Hospital for 31 years.
Dorothy was a longtime and active member of Gold Hill Lutheran Church. She was a member of The Daughters of Norway, 55 plus, the funeral luncheon committee at the church, and the Retired Nurses of Warm Springs, where she was collector of the Top Secret Dues for the Super Bowl Board. She loved to bake and can, especially pickles.
It seemed like she was always on the run and ready to go at a moment’s notice. She loved to play the Brilliant Bet machines at her favorite casinos. She loved family reunions and attended the Fosness Family Reunion in Barton, North Dakota, in July of 2019.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Gronvold; grandson, Cory Gronvold; and nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Janette Gronvold and Douglas Gronvold of Butte; daughter and son-in-law, LeAnne and Pete Steilman of Butte; grandchildren, Pete and Eileen Steilman of Butte; Lance and Nichole Steilman of Elko, Nevada; Bonnie and Jason Smith of Toppenish, Washington; Sarah and Dominique Jacques of Las Vegas, Nevada; and John and Sara Gilmore of Butte. Also surviving are ten great-grandchildren; her brother, Einar Fosness of Hobart, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family in North Dakota, as well as countless friends.
With respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, her family has decided to wait until they can be surrounded by all their family and friends to celebrate her amazing life. Her services will be conducted in Gold Hill Lutheran Church and interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, the date and time will be announced as soon as safely possible. Memorials may be made to the Barton Cemetery Fund or the Barton Lutheran Church, C/O Sheila Harper, 309 2nd St. SE, Rugby, ND, 58368, or to Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St., Butte, MT, 59701. (You can specify either the luncheon committee or the roofing committee.) Cards can be mailed to Wayne Gronvold, 2215 Massachusetts, Butte, MT, 59701. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
GRONVOLD — Dorothy Genevieve Gronvold passed away Wednesday morning in a local hospital. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Her obituary will be published when completed.