Karen passed away on August 29, 2019. She was born April 1, 1942, in Butte to Edward and Vivian Judd.
Karen always loved spending time in Waterloo with her parents on their ranch. To Karen, it was the kind of place she wanted her three boys, Joseph, Jeffery and James, to grow up and in 1977 purchased Granny’s County Store in Silver Star, Montana.
Karen owned the store and worked in the post office until selling the store in 2003. Karen was always very grateful of the communities’ support of her small business and enjoyed visiting with all that stopped by.
Karen lived and worked in Butte until she retired in 2016.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Vivian Judd and her brother, Lawrence Judd.
Karen is survived by her two sisters, Bonnie (Barren) Brown and Lee (Bob) Black; sons, Joe (Marlys), Jeff (Becky) and Jim (Tawnya); grandchildren, whom she cherished spending time with, Lindsey (Bill), Courtney (Jimmy), Brandon, Derek, Shelby, Sami and Tony; and great grandchildren, Zandria, Paisley, Easton, Link and Piper.
Per Karen’s request no memorial services will be held.
Dr. Larry “Jake” Jacobson passed away at his residence on August 15, 2019. Jake, born Lawrence King Jacobson on May 31, 1939, was a humble philosopher. He will forever be remembered as the kindest, most intelligent dad ever. He was a friend to all.
Dr. Larry King Jacobson was a Professor of Liberal Studies at Montana Tech. He started teaching at Tech in 1977. Before coming to work at Tech he taught from 1968 to 1972 at the University of Minnesota. He spent an immense amount of time learning, attending Montana State University, earning both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Philosophy. He attended graduate school at the University of Montana, Stamford University, and finally the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctorate in American Studies. He was immensely proud of his book, The Grammarian Agenda, which was published in 1983. Dr. Jacobson taught classes in Writing, American Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, and History. He was also well known to take esoteric debates off campus with the Teague O’Reagan Philosophical Society.
Please attend a Celebration of a life lived fully and unapologetically at the Knights of Columbus on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 3:00 PM.
Monte J. Bridgewater, age 63, left this world to be with the angels on September 5th, 2019 with his wife by his side.
Monte was born in Anaconda on January 30, 1956 to Jack and Peggy Bridgewater and was raised in Opportunity and Anaconda. When his mother died in 1968, he went to live with his Aunt Alice Charney in the west valley and was embraced by the whole Charney family.
Monte wasn’t a soft-spoken man, but he could be. He had a heart of gold and if you were his friend, he made sure you knew it. He loved riding his motorcycle, hunting with friends, telling a good story (mostly true) and spoiling his dogs Brutus and Koda.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Melinda; his son, Monte Jay (Lindy) and two grandsons, Maverick and Bearett of California; nephews, Tristan, Skylar, Jerry, and Rory; nieces, Satari, Jenny, and Cory; numerous aunts and cousins; bruddas Tom (Tiona), Mark, and Matt; Michael and many friends too numerous to mention them all.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his beloved daughter Maggie, her mother Dawn; and great friend Tom Weaver.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at Hope Lutheran Church on Thursday, September 12th at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Pintler Pets or the charity of your choice.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Services is entrusted with Monte’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
JACOBSON — A Celebration of Life for Dr. Lawrence King "Larry" Jacobson will be held on Friday at 3:00 PM in the Knights of Columbus Hall. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Montana Standard.
In Memory of MATTHEW D. MARKS, January 10, 1982 – September 8, 2009. Always loved and remembered. Family and Friends
In Loving Memory of my grandma, SKIP, on this Grandparent’s Day. I am so thankful you are my grandma and now my Guardian Angel. Love and miss you, Nicki
In Memory of JAMES CLARK, from his Friends in the BHS Class of 1970
“Friendship is a very comforting thing to have”, said Christopher Robin. To my dear friend, CAROLE, on her 1st Anniversary in Heaven. Thinking of you today and missing you every day. My classmate, “partner in crime”, fellow nurse, friend through many years. Love, Tracy
Eleanor Margaret Fetters, 100, of Butte, Montana, passed away peacefully on September 3rd at Continental Care and Rehab Center. She was born August 16, 1919 to William Carl Smyers and Viola Zufall in Punxsutawney, PA. She spent her childhood and youth in Brookville, PA where she graduated high school in 1936.
Eleanor married William Alexander Fetters in 1937 and they had 7 children: William A. Fetters, Butte, MT, David E. Fetters (deceased), Lana M. Westfall (deceased) Alan C. Fetters (deceased), Karen (John) Dutton, Janice T. Brooks, and Kurt (Debbie) Fetters.
Eleanor was a waitress for many supper clubs in Butte. She was also a proud member of the Gold Hill Lutheran Church. Eleanor started working in a pennant factory at 15 which turned into many years of embroidering bowling shirts. She and her husband, Bill, ran the Butte to Lima mail run for years. Even with multiple jobs and children she always managed to have a homemade meal on the table every day. She loved oil painting crocheting and waiting on restaurant patrons until 88 years old.
Eleanor is survived by William Fetters, Karen (John) Dutton, Janice Brooks, Kurt (Debbie) Fetters, William Carl Smyers, and 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by William Carl and Viola Smyers, David Fetters, Lana Westfall, Alan Fetters, David Smyers, Lillian Martz, and Todd Atcheson.
Please visit https://buttefuneralhome.com/ to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Eleanor. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Eleanor and her family.
Muriel M. Zeren was born in Beulah, North Dakota, April 29, 1934, to Francis F. and Decater L. Ford. She and her family moved to Butte, MT when she was eight years old.
In Butte, Muriel met her life-long partner of 67 years, Norman “Ray” Zeren. The two met in 1950 and were married February 25, 1951. In her lifetime, she accomplished many achievements including graduating from Butte Business College, supervising laundry at Silver Bow General Hospital, until its closing, obtaining her Real Estate licensure, managing day to day operations, as well as bookkeeping for Master Cleaners, and working at the Crest Nursing Home for over 20 years. Above all else, her greatest joy was raising and loving her family, alongside her husband, Ray.
Muriel was a hard-working, warm, witting, kind-hearted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a woman of many names and was affectionately called Mama, Auntie, Gram, Gunga, and Mom, just to name a few. She will be forever remembered for her culinary skills. You would often find her curled up with a book. She loved baseball, especially her beloved Atlanta Braves. Muriel was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with the family.
Muriel is survived by her children: Linda (Larry) Ruckdaschel, Raymond Zeren, and Nancy (Mike) Maddock, as well as numerous nieces and nephews she helped raise. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Ray Zeren, her siblings: “Hank”, Bob, Roxy, Pauline, and Peggy.
Muriel’s contagious laugh, beautiful smile, and generous heart will be missed by all who knew her.
Our family would like to give a special thank you to Compassus Hospice and staff, Easter Seals, Charlene “Kipper” Nuttall and Natalie West for the love and compassion they gave our parents.
We welcome family and friends to a Celebration of Life for our Mom and Dad, Norman “Ray” Zeren, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at noon in Parish Hall of St. Ann’s, corner of Farragut and St. Ann’s., Butte, Montana. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of your favorite charities; a few organizations close to her heart were: ASPCA, Chelsea Bailey, Our Lady of the Rockies, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Please visit https://buttefuneralhome.com/ to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Muriel. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Muriel and her family.
James Paul (Jimm) Kilmer went home to his Heavenly Father September 4, 2019, which coincidentally was the last Cruise Night of the season, an event for locals to showcase their cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Jimm was born July 9, 1936 in Butte MT to Elsworth and Dorothy Kilmer. It was just Mom, Dad, Jimm and “baby sis” Joyce growing up. He attended Butte schools, graduating from Butte High School. Jimm loved his time in the band, working at the A&W making root beer and of course, spending time with his car club, the Copper City Road Angels. A while after high school the U.S. Army looked good to him and he trained in New Jersey and served in Germany. Jimm fell in love with, as he called it, the Father Land. After his military time Jimm worked several years in the financial industry and always loved telling stories of how much he enjoyed helping families out in tough times, especially the miners in times of strikes. Jimm had a life full of friends that he cherished very deeply. Fred and Suzy Stradinger, Jim (Buck) and Gaye Copenhaver were partners in crime when they put on the West Yellowstone Rod Run. And of course, in his last years his best friend and savior Vicky Struznik, without her who knows what would have happened to him. But, without a doubt, Jimm's greatest love was always the automobile. He was a Ford man through and through with a slight bit left over for the BMW motorcycle. Until most recently he could tell you the exact number of cars that he owned and even when he attained them, it was in the hundreds. A number as amazing as those that will miss him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you Janelle, her husband Aaron, and the staff at the Bee Hive Homes.
Jimm was preceded in death by his dad and mother, Elsworth “Al” and Dorothy.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Kilmer (her partner Vickie); children, Mitchel (Barb) Kilmer, and Heather (Joe) Copenhaver; stepsons, Bob (Karen) Kilmer, and Jimm (Peggy) Kilmer; and numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
John L. Stoppler, 78, died unexpectedly on August 4 at his home in Anaconda, Montana, doing what he enjoyed most – puttering in his shop. John, more fondly known as Red, Pops and Papa Red, was born on November 29, 1940, in Dickinson, North Dakota, to John and Betty Stoppler, joining a large blended family that eventually included 4 girls and 3 boys.
John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18, launching his 35-year military career first as a Flight Engineer/ Crew Chief that stationed him at several bases including Blytheville AFB in Arkansas. It was during his time in Arkansas he became smitten with a young beauty, Bertha, and her small daughter, Robin. It was also during this time that he became the “favorite son” of Bertha’s close-knit family. They married in Blytheville, Arkansas and here they welcomed John L. Stoppler Jr. to their family. Four years later he moved his new family to northeastern Montana for an assignment at the Glasgow Air Base, after which they moved to San Bernardino, California. During his career with the USAF, John completed hundreds of flights transporting both troops and supplies overseas during the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from active duty, he entered the Air Force Reserves where he was a Squadron Commander at Norton Air Force Base. Upon retiring from military service, he began his Civil Service career where he played a pivotal role in the development of several top-secret military programs including the B-1 Stealth Bomber, the Space Shuttle and numerous Missile Defense Systems.
In 1994, John’s life changed forever with the passing of Bertha, and he eventually decided to relocate to Anaconda to be near his brothers and sisters. They enjoyed the outdoors, family picnics and water fights. With his insatiable desire to help others, John became an active and dedicated volunteer of the Anaconda Pintler Search and Rescue, the American Red Cross and the Acacia Lodge #33 of the Masonic Lodge. He also became a pivotal influence in the lives of his young grandchildren -- John III, Justin and Lauryn Stoppler. It was at this time John met and married the next love of his life, a Missoula beauty named Jackie expanding his family to include her brothers, her two sisters, brothers-in-law and her two children, Chuck (Angie) and Sandy and grandchildren Coby, Amanda, Nicole, Amber and Justin. John and Jackie spent countless hours together hunting, fishing, loving rivalries on the golf course and simply enjoying their time together. John often said he was lucky to have the good fortune to have met and married two wonderful women in his lifetime.
John was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Bertha; his parents; his sisters, Mary Loback, Eva Renfield, Angie Laws and Delores Hurlburt; and his daughter, Robin and her son, Keith.
John is survived by his wife, Jackie; her son, Chuck and daughter, Sandy and her grandchildren, Amber, Justin, Coby, Amanda and Nicole; his son, John, daughter-in-law Maria and his grandchildren, Johnny, Justin and Lauryn; his brothers, Marty (Susie) Mavrinac and family and Joe (Diane) Mavrinac and family; and his extended family in Blytheville, Arkansas. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends who all will miss Red, Pops and Papa Red’s unending generosity, sweet smile, gentle demeanor and unconditional love.
A celebration of John’s life will take place at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, Anaconda on September 12th from 3 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane Washington 99210-2472.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with John’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
REYNOLDS—Celebration of the Life for Earl Reynolds will be conducted this (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating. His family will receive friends beginning at 1 o’clock. Entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center. ATTENTION: United Veterans Council. All officers and members are requested to attend services for Mr. Reynolds this afternoon in Mountain View Cemetery.
Gloria A. Erickson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 25, 2019. She was born Friday, April 29, 1932 to Harry and Doris Parson in Frederika, Iowa. She grew up and attended schools there and moved to Butte in 1953.
She and Ralph Erickson were married in 1966 in Salmon, Idaho and they lived at Nissler Junction for 40 years until his death at which time she moved into Butte.
Gloria worked at JC Penney’s for seventeen years, then owned and operated Montgomery Wards in Butte.
She was a 54-year member of the First Baptist Church, served as Worthy Matron of Butte Chapter # 39, Order of the Eastern Star and joined the Wet Hens of Fairmont’s Red Hat Group in the 1980’s.
She was a very giving and generous lady and was known by family for her homemade gifts, belt buckles, bolo ties and necklaces, not to mention the states’ quarter collections. She never got over or forgave the Montana Power for what happened to her and the other stockholders.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Ralph A. Erickson; son, Richard Paul Miller; stepchildren, Warren Erickson and Susan Tangmo; sister, Mary Jean Card and brother, Harry Parson.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Lynn Tinsley and family; daughter-in-law, Shirley Erickson and family; sister, Maxine Evers; numerous nieces and nephews; and her constant companion and caregiver, “Cheesy” the cat.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m. in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.
We wish to thank Home-Senior Solutions Hospice for the excellent, compassionate care they provided Gloria. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.