After a long fight, Jo Ellen Biggers succumbed to cancer on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
Jo was born on July 22, 1948 in Deadwood, SD to Ellen (Markham) and Bill Biggers. They soon moved to Butte where she and her big brother Bill would grow up and always call home.
Jo went to local schools (Kennedy and Butte High) while growing up on a ranch in Browns Gulch and on that farm, and she learned to ride and show Champion Arabian Horses. Jo rode her horse, Taffy, in many 4th of July parades and many more after Taffy was gone.
She married Sonny Hoskins and had three sons, Shawn, Shane, and Shannon. After divorcing, Jo met Art Summers and had a son, Shad. Son Brian was a Bi-Centennial surprise and the last of her kids.
She raised her family in Walkerville and was known by all the kids as “Mom” with food and Kool-Aid in hand. In the 80’s, she followed her sons to become a champion arm wrestler in her 40’s.
Jo loved God, family, her pets, Elvis and pressing the pedal to the metal in her latest “Hot Rod” which she loved to take to car shows. Jo worked many a job, mostly in housekeeping and restaurant work, once serving Andre the Giant one of everything on the menu. Jo was beautiful inside and out. She was always there if ever needed. She will be missed by all who knew here and especially her surviving family, sons Shawn, Shane, Shannon (Lori), Shad (Lisa) and Brian, brother Bill, as well as so many nieces, nephews, grandkids and great-grandkids.
No services are planned at this time.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Jo Ellen’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
In Loving Memory of ROGER OREN and GREGG OREN on this Thanksgiving. We love and miss you. Husband, dad, son, uncle, brother and grandpa. Jackie, Jeff, Beth, Zach and Amanda
In Loving Memory of our mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, great-grandma and great-grandpa on Thanksgiving, GERALDINE and CLARENCE DE DYCKER, MARG and PETE OREN. We love and miss you. Love, Jackie and Family
MOM, DAD, GEORGE and GENE, you are all missed. Mitzi
Remembering our special Angels, CASS and FLO, on Thanksgiving. We love and miss you always, but especially on Thanksgiving and during the holiday season. Your loving Family
In Loving Memory of SHIRLEY DOWLING MORTON, celebrating her 91st Birthday in Heaven with JIM, MOM(GRAM) and CAROL. In our thoughts and prayers every day and we will miss you forever. Joanie, John, Becky, Stephanie, Bob, Julie, Tom and Jim
In Memory of my mom, BEV MIOTKE and my uncle, CURT SKESLIEN, on their first Thanksgiving in Heaven. Michele Orlich
In Memory of BILL HICKEY and COLLEEN HICKEY NELSON on one of your favorite days. Think of you daily, thankful for the good times. Love, Rickey
In prayerful thanksgiving to OUR LADY, SACRED HEART of JESUS and ST. JUDE for prayers answered. Izzie
In Loving Memory of MITCH and HELEN EVANKOVICH, MAX and DOLORES WEATHERS and all our GRANDPARENTS this Thanksgiving Day. Counting our blessings for all the memories. Our love and prayers, Mark, Dianne and Family
JOHN M. SHEA, celebrating this Heavenly Thanksgiving with CHICK, HELEN and EILEEN. Memories and love, Danette, John and the Hartwicks
In Loving Memory of our parents, DORIS and ED HARVEY, VERA and SONNY BENNETT on this Thanksgiving Day. We love and miss you, MOM. Hope you have a great day with DAD on your first Thanksgiving in Heaven. Love and miss you, Fran and Phil
Dear GELL BERT NESTER, we continue to miss you deeply. We are grateful and blest to have had you for 44 years. Still missing your beautiful smile and loving heart. Happy Thanksgiving in Heaven. Love, Mom, Bill, Ree and Robert
KATIE ASCHIM, remembering you on your Birthday and missing you every day. Dick and Diana Barsness, Chris, Aly Breanne, Colten and Kaden Barsness, Kevin Barsness, Kyle, Brianna, Carter, Avery, and Teague Barsness
Remembering our family this Thanksgiving: GRAMPA TOM, GRAMMA KAY, TOMMY and BOBBY O’CONNOR. You are always in our hearts. Sharon, Paddy and our Families
In Memory of our beloved sister-in-law and aunt, MARGIE OPITZ. From the Bennets, Bongers, Opitz and Simkins Families
In Loving Memory of LAURA D’ARCY on her 74th Birthday. Sadly missed by Jerry, Jody, Jeff and Families
Happy Thanksgiving to our loved ones in Heaven; JACK and FRAN STENSON, ED and MARGE SULLIVAN, E.J. SULLIVAN. You are missed but never forgotten. Love, Carol, Bob and Family
Today we celebrate, honor and remember our Thanksgiving Day Angels, GRANDMA MARY RICHTER and BERKLIE BENJAMIN. Forever loved, forever missed. Art, Mary, Sharon, Renee, Lesley and Family
Today we give thanks for DOC and COOKIE JORDAN as they celebrate their 66th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you for going above and beyond for all you do for us. Love your Family
CAPRARA — Richard “Rich” Caprara, 84, passed away on November 22, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held November 30th at 2 pm in the event room at Star Lanes, 4601 Harrison Ave. In lieu of flowers in honor of Rich please donate to The Cancer Center at St. James or Senior Solutions Hospice.
HAMILTON — Funeral services for Bernice (Ramer) Hamilton will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
JOHNSON — Funeral services for William “Ben” Johnson will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials can be made in Ben's name to the Alzheimer's Association.
COLLINS — Elaine S. Collins passed away Monday evening in Anaconda. Cremation has taken place. Her obituary will be published when completed.
William Benjamin Johnson passed away Monday, November 25th. Ben was born in Conda, Idaho October 31st, 1934 to Benjamin K. Johnson and Lucy Ina (Skinner) Johnson. Ben was raised in Butte, attended Blaine Elementary and Butte High.
He started working for the Anaconda Mining Company right after high school. He continued working there until the mines were closed in 1983. He then went to work for Prairie Eagle Explorations. He later moved to Utah to work as an electrician at Dugway Military Base. He then transferred to Hillfield Air Force Base where he retired.
Ben married three times; his wives were Joan Rogers, Yolanda Phyfield and Sherrie Piper.
Ben was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing but most of all he was a master storyteller.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Betty Scott, Rose Philp, Ina Kittrell and Florence Cunningham.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Kevin Thon of Butte, Janelle Lafser of Butte, DeeDee and Rodney Antis of LaQuinta, California and Grace and Stephen Trefzger of Anaconda; son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Christy Henderson of Woodscross, Utah; and his grandchildren, Michael Benjamin Johnson, Laura Sandidge, Sean Thon, Alyssa Thon, Trenton Antis, Garrett Antis, Kyle Russell, Keesha Newbreast, Dillon Henderson, Bailey Henderson, Brenden Henderson and Dawson Henderson. Ben was blessed with seven great grandchildren, also a sister and brother-in-law, LaRae and Bob Auer of Bountiful, Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home Monday December 2nd at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park followed by a reception in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
The family would like to thank Continental Care and Rehab for the wonderful care that Ben received while with them. A special thank you to Kris of Senior Solutions who took such wonderful care of Ben.
Joan F. Stevenson, 86, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the Community Nursing Home of Anaconda.
She was born on June 7, 1933, to Alonzo H. and Myrtle E. (Ryan) Early in Anaconda, MT. In 1952, she graduated from Anaconda High School after which she met and married Arthur B. Stevenson on June 28, 1956. Joan spent her life as a housewife while Art worked at the Anaconda Smelter. When Art retired from the smelter in 1980, they relocated to Wickenburg, AZ. They enjoyed many years there together and in Joan’s words, “It was one good ride.” After Art passed away in April 1990, she returned to Anaconda and lived there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; sister, Betty Seely; nephew, Ray Seely; niece, Marie Seely Zarend; and uncle and aunt, James and Judy Ryan.
She is survived by her cousins, Ray, Kevin, Tim, and Ed Ryan.
Cremation has taken place. At Joan’s request there will be no wake or visitation. A private interment will take place in the family plot in Mount Olivet Cemetery Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Joan’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
CAPRARA — Richard “Rich” Caprara, 84, passed away on November 22, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held November 30 at 2 p.m. in the event room at Star Lanes, 4601 Harrison Ave. In lieu of flowers in honor of Rich please donate to The Cancer Center at St. James or Senior Solutions Hospice.
HAMILTON — The remains of Bernice (Ramer) Hamilton are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock with Pastor Ron Derksen officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
JOHNSON -- Mr. William “Ben” Johnson passed away Monday morning at Continental Care and Rehab. His remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials can be made in Ben's name to the Alzheimer's Association.
Patricia Ann, “Patty” as she was known, was born December 15, 1928, the third child to George and Evelyn Christensen in Ririe, Idaho. The revelation that her mother had carried her while grieving the loss of her infant son meant something to Patty. She once said “Poor Mom, how sad she must have been to lose him, and then I was born, a girl.” But the Christensen family grew quickly after that, and at one time Evelyn, having had back-to-back sets of twins, had five kids under the age of three. This required that Patty and her older sister, Doris, be responsible at a very young age. They were each assigned a twin to care for, and this set the stage for a lifelong love of babies for Patty. She was never more at ease than when caring for a baby; they loved her, and knew she loved them. She enjoyed her “growing-up years” (as she called them.) She loved life on the ranch, and life in a large family. Her seven siblings were always important to her, and they remained close throughout her life. Their father’s death when she was seventeen would leave challenges for their mother, and again, responsibilities that required maturity beyond Patty’s years.
After high school graduation, she attended a business college, and worked until she married Max Odell Miller, February 6, 1950. After a brief time in Idaho Falls, they moved to Divide, Montana, where she was the Post Master, and Odell worked on the railroad, in the mine, and on his family’s cattle ranch. In 1957, they moved to a ranch south of Alder, Montana. This would begin her second love affair with the land and with ranch life. Memories of her are with roses in her cheeks and a radiant smile as she carries in an armload of firewood, the scent of bread baking — or her famous apple pie. She was a lifetime active member of Saint Mary’s Parish. When college expenses for her kids loomed on the horizon, Mom went to work in the treasurer’s office in Virginia City. She would run for and be elected County Treasurer twice. Patty was generous in spirit, always ready with a smile to brighten the moment, give an encouraging word, and loved nothing more than a good laugh. She was forever gracious to those in need.
Patty and Odell were unselfish lovers of children, especially those in hardship within their own family and community. To this day, the love that flows from her nieces and nephews, and from the community is testimony of that. Their home was always open to any child whose family was undergoing change. They often had others at their table and in their lives. It didn’t seem unusual to us, because Mom and Dad included them as part of the family, and so they were. Her nephew, Coy Brown III, considers “Pat” as his mom … she took him in immediately when her sister, Donna, passed.
When Mom became aware that “something was changing” in her she said, “I want you to know that I’ve had a good life. All I ever wanted to do was have a family, and live on a ranch, and I’ve done that. I have loved my life, and I want you to know that I’ve loved sharing it with you.”
She leaves a legacy of loved ones: her children, Julie (Dave) Maddison, Christine Miller, John (Karen) Miller, and Rob (Dena) Miller. Those who will remember her as “Gram” are her thirteen grandchildren: Ryan (Dena), Justin (Patricia), Jeff (Alicia) and Patrick (Daniel) Maddison, Josie (Hickman) (Andy) Michel, Tanner (Audrey) Hickman, Amanda Hickman (Mitch), Greg Miller, Annie (Miller) (Geoff) L’heureux, Denise (Ben) Miller, Jeremy Miller, Jason Miller, and Meghann (Miller) (Thaddeus) Josephson. Those who will remember her as “Big Gram” are her sixteen great-grandchildren, Kialar, Hazalin, James, Ethan, Jagger, Conner, Myli, Izzie, Casen, Ryker, Torrie, Stevie, Aurora, Timothy, Piper, and Maxen. And in the final chapter, her circle of love grew to include those who knew her as “Grandma Patty,” the angels at Home Park Assisted Living. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the loving care she experienced there.
She traveled on in the early hours of November 22, 2019, just shy of her 91st birthday. Mom loved nothing more than gathering with friends and family, and sipping a beer. Lift one in her name, and celebrate the joy she brought to all of us. We love you, Mom, we were so blessed to share this life with you.
A Rosary and memory service will be held at K and L Mortuary, Sunday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be the following morning at 11:00 a.m., Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Laurin, Montana. Interment will follow immediately at Taylor’s Cemetery, and the reception afterward will be held at the Alder Community Center.
Patty embraced all of nature’s gifts, flowers included. For those who prefer a charitable donation, please give to Home Park Assisted Living, Sheridan, Montana.
WOCK — Funeral Mass for Isabella “Betty” Wock will be celebrated this morning at 11 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church. Her family will receive friends beginning at 10 o’clock. A reception will immediately follow at the Copper King Inn.
CAPRARA — Richard “Rich” Caprara, 84, passed away on November 22, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held November 30th at 2 pm in the event room at Star Lanes, 4601 Harrison Ave. In lieu of flowers in honor of Rich please donate to The Cancer Center at St. James or Senior Solutions Hospice.
Bernice (Ramer) Hamilton left this Earth after a short illness to be with her Lord on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Montana. Bernice was born Monday, June 7, 1937 in Deer Lodge, Montana to Joseph H. and Lois (Fudge) Ramer. Her parents settled in Sheridan, Montana in 1949 where Mrs. Ramer taught school before retiring. Bernice graduated high school in 1955 and worked at many jobs before marriage. She and R.B. “Bill” Hamilton were married on November 9, 1965 in Salmon, Idaho and Bernice was a stay-at-home wife and mother after that.
During her life, Bernice faced numerous health challenges and was wheelchair bound for many years due to MS and sarcoidosis. For over 60 years she kept her focus on the Lord and He helped her to deal with the rocky road that was her path; as she often said, “Don’t worry, God is in control”. Her faith helped her get out of the wheelchair and onto quad canes, then later a walker. She was fiercely independent and strongly believed in not letting her handicap, handicap her! Besides being active in her church and an avid Christian, she enjoyed crocheting, playing all sorts of games, reading and various hobbies. She resided the last 5 years in the Great Falls Eagle’s Manor retirement home where she was active with various committees and loved working to make the community better. She will be missed by all who knew her but she has gone on to a better place.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.B. “Bill” Hamilton on August 20, 2005, as well as her parents and all three of her brothers and sisters-in-law.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Deanna Hamilton, daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Peterson and Patricia Hamilton, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Bernice’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon, November 29th at 1 o’clock with Pastor Ron Derksen officiating. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Butte. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
Mr. Henry Edward “Butch” Lawrence passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at his home in Butte. He was born Sunday, March 27, 1947 in Bessemer, Alabama to Henry E. and June (McCracken) Lawrence. The family moved from Alabama to Butte in the early 1950’s and his father was fatally wounded in a hunting accident when he was very young. His mother later married Frank Ramey and together they raised their family in Butte. Butch attended local schools graduated from Butte High School and attended Montana Tech and Vo-Tech. He and Sharon Jurenic were married on May 29, 1969 and she passed away January 26, 2012. Also preceding him in death are his parents and a son, Jason Lawrence; his sister, Jamie Williams; brothers, Dan Lawrence and Frank Ramey; brother-in-law, Bernie Jurenic; sister-in-law, Kim Gradl; and cousin, Bob Bingston.
Butch worked for the Anaconda Company and later Montana Resources until his retirement and had belonged to the Knight of Columbus many years ago. He was also a member of the Iron Workers Union, enjoyed bowling at Marty’s and the Star Lanes, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Professional Clown’s Association with his wife’s uncle, Luigi Jurenic. Butch was also an Eagle Scout as a boy and was a life-long fan of the Chicago Bears and the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Sean and Yvonne Lawrence and Brad Lawrence and Stana Vernos, and grandchildren, Kendall Moore, Kendra Moore, Brittany Lawrence, Kevin “Kevy” McGinley and Lorna Rae. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Rachel Stearns, Brayden Johnson and Skyler Moore; his brother and sister-in-law, Tinch and Char Ramey; sister-in-law, Lori Jurenic; brothers-in-law, George Gradl and Bennett Williams; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
At his request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
Annie E. Taylor, 84, passed away on Wednesday, November 20th in Anaconda Community Hospital surrounded by the love and support of her children and grandchildren.
Annie was born March 19th, 1935 in Box Elder Montana. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Charles and Margaret Beck. She grew up in the Big Sandy, Montana area and married Eugene “Tex” Beeson in 1953 and had 3 children — Myron (Jima) Beeson of Deer Lodge, Thomas (Francis) Beeson of Chandler, AZ and Patty Saba of Anaconda. After a brief residency in Texas they returned to the Big Sandy area and the untimely death of “Tex” in 1958. Annie did find love again and married Clarence (Bud) W. Taylor in 1965. They moved to Anaconda in 1966 and had 2 more boys to grow the family — Clarence “Bud” Jr. (Hope) of Tempe, AZ and George (Dede) of Three Forks, MT.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Minnie, Robert, Charles (Rusty), Albert, Myrtle, Margaret, Ethel (Peggy), Anne, Maudie, and Martha.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Annie is survived by her 5 children, 13 grandchildren — Myron Jr Beeson, Joanna Beeson, Richard Beeson, Roxanne Beeson (Wynn), Angelina Beeson, Dustin Hanson, Cody Hanson, Colton Saba, Lyla Taylor (Hamel), Jordan Taylor, Zak Taylor, Jonathan Taylor and Wesley Taylor. She had 14 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews that will all miss her knowledge and wit tremendously. Every single one of the little ones brought great joy to her life and she would beam with pride each and every time she was in their presence or received photos.
Heaven received a special angel when Annie arrived, and we know that all of her family is celebrating the reunion — Annie will forever be in all of our hearts and memories — Rest in Peace.
A service for Annie will be held at a later date.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Annie’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Richard “Rich” Caprara, 84, passed away on November 22, 2019. Rich was born on September 3, 1935, to Frank Caprara and Myrtle Henderson. They lived in Buxton and he attended Ramsay School, and then they moved to Wise River until he was in 7th grade. The family then moved to Butte, where Rich attended Greeley and graduated from Butte High School. Rich first worked at Henry’s Gas Station in Nissler, followed by Skyline Truck Stop. He then worked for Butte City Lines, Luigi’s, Intermountain Lines, and retired from Rimrock Stages.
Rich enjoyed camping with the children and bowling. He danced with his wife every weekend at the Eagles and he was the Father of the Year.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Frank “Bud” Caprara and sister, Marion Caprara.
He leaves behind his wife, Linda; children, Tammy (Joe) Schelin, Deb (Bud) Dinius, and Kriss (Cassie) Caprara; grandchildren, Darla (Josh) Oscarson, Cody (Veronica) Schelin, Brandon Schelin and Jessie Carr, Laci Fox, Keaton (Tara) Caprara, Kaedon Caprara, Kassidy Caprara, and Kiley Caprara; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion, the family dog, “Baby Girl”.
Special thanks to Senior Solutions and its nurses, Deacon Dan McGrath, and all of Rich’s friends and family for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rich’s name to Senior Solutions Hospice or The Cancer Center at St. James Healthcare.
A Celebration of Life will be held November 30, at 2 p.m. in the event room at Star Lanes, 4601 Harrison Ave.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rich. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Rich and his family.
Margaret Roberta “Robbie” Roeber died peacefully on November 21, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Robbie was born on March 5, 1953 to Ernest (Joe) and Margaret Roeber in Butte, MT. She was one of eleven children. Robbie attended St. Lawrence School and was in the last class before closure. She then graduated from Butte High School in 1971. She attended nursing school and graduated as a licensed practical nurse in 1975. She worked at Warm Springs Hospital in the psych ward. She worked her way up to supervisor but left when she felt the administration was not protecting the nurses.
Robbie then became a licensed cosmetologist and carried that license until the day she died. She managed the Briar Patch and later Sally’s Beauty Supply. Robbie was a champion for the local Safe Space housing and worked closely with the program to help women and children of domestic violence survive. She also volunteered with Ronald McDonald House and helped with fundraising. Robbie’s favorite thing was decorating and hosting holiday events, especially Halloween. She taught herself how to decorate cakes and enjoyed being challenged on creating masterpieces for the holiday or event.
Robbie’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Bill) Martinich, Tomasine Schaefer (Chad Fowler) and Jorjean Schaefer. Her grandchildren were her most precious treasures and she loved being Nanie to them. She is survived by Michayla and Matthew Martinich, Trevon Schaefer, Kyler Yerkich, Trey Kopp, and Kylie Green-Krause. Robbie is also survived by her 6 living brothers and sisters, aunt, and many nieces and nephews, including special nephews John Mike Johnson and Randy Roeber. She will be deeply missed by all but especially by her best friend, Nola (Rich) Arvish and friend, Frank Beavis.
Cremation has taken place and A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring when all family can be together. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be sent to either Safe Space in Butte or the Ronald McDonald house.
Please visit www.buttefunerahome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Robbie. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Robbie and her family.
Michael Ardell Chapin, beloved husband, father, grandfather and stepfather and previous longtime resident of Butte and owner of Hia's Toys, died peacefully at home in Las Vegas on November 14 with his loving wife, Sandra, by his side. He was 85.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he traveled as a boy with his father whom he adored and settled into a home in Palo Alto, CA where he spent his formative years. He went on to attend the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA where he shined as a tennis and basketball player and a jovial and somewhat mischievous friend to many. Soon after, he served our country in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany. He went on to attend San Francisco State University where he enthusiastically absorbed his studies as a History major.
From then on, he captivated listeners when he discussed historical and current events. A devout lover of jazz, opera and country music, he also fascinated those he discussed these subjects with. He was a lover of a good joke “the way they used to be told” and would always give a hardy laugh right along with the listeners. A lover of animals, he is now rejoined with his canine best friend “Merle Huggard,” among other family pets and loved ones. He was kind, intelligent, genuine and extremely well-read.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandsons and step-grandchildren. He will be missed more than he could ever have imagined. The world has lost a beautiful soul and we are all blessed to have known him.
Ganel Gay Given passed away early Sunday, November 17th, while sleeping peacefully at her home. Ganel was born in Butte on February 17, 1964 to Richard and Regina Given. Ganel graduated from Twin Bridges High School in 1982 and from Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington in 1988. She dedicated her life to the legal profession for 31 years, working as a legal assistant and paralegal at law firms in Billings and Harshbarger Law Firm in Waterloo and Dillon.
Ganel was one of those special, kind and gentle, souls who we were all privileged to have in our lives. Her smile and sweet spirit would light up the room. She was an avid collector and restorer of antiques. Her favorite recent pastime was going to the Waterloo Walmart a/k/a Waterloo Dump and diving for treasures. She always loved to laugh and tell a good joke, often about herself and her OCD. For all of us who knew and loved her, she was most concerned with securing her purse, keys and tablet. She enjoyed a preoccupation with checking and checking and checking….Is the water turned off, the stove off and the doors locked?
Ganel’s most valued treasure in life was her son, Taylor John Given. Her day of greatest joy was the day he was born and continued until she took her last breath.
She is survived by Taylor; her mother, Regina; brother, Wade (Sarah) Given, and numerous family members and close friends who dearly loved her. She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Richard and often collected pinecones in his memory.
As we all know, Ganel hated having people looking at her so no viewing! Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Please come and enjoy a celebration of her life at the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges, Montana on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Ganel to the Ronald McDonald House, 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
“I fall asleep in the full and certain hope
That upon my awakening, I rest in the arms of God;
SCHWARTZENDRUBER—Funeral services for Shirley J. Schwartzendruber will be conducted this morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Knight officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
WOCK—Parish Vigil Services for Isabella “Betty” Wock will be conducted this evening at 6 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o’clock. A reception will immediately follow at the Copper King Inn.
HAMILTON—Bernice Z. Hamilton passed away Friday evening at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. Her remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock with Pastor Ron Derksen officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Her obituary will be published tomorrow.
Shirley Jean Allen was born on October 9, 1934 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Homer and Oma Allen. She went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Her father worked in the oil fields so she grew up in Oklahoma, lllinois, Texas and Wyoming. In 1949 she met and married Walter Higbie. Of that union there were born five children. After their divorce she married William Kennedy and they had one son.
She went back to school to train in nursing and worked in Casper, Wyoming. Shirley was an avid bowler. She also like to camp and fish. In later years she collected plates, spoons and dolls.
In 2003 she met and married Wilbur Schwartzendruber of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Their union was a happy one, based on their love and the desire to love and serve their GOD and Lord Jesus Christ. Her health failed in 2016 and Wilbur was a constant care giver until she entered the nursing home.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbur; son William Higbie (Debbie); son Richard Kennedy (Holly); daughter Betty Toomer (John); sister Phyllis Brown (Jim): adopted sister Edwina Parmentier, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and two step children.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother William D. Allen; baby son; granddaughter Alicia Higbie-Maes and daughter Barbara Radi.
Shirley we love you and miss you but we will see you again around the throne of our Lord.
Shirley’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call this evening beginning at 5 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Knight officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
SCHWARTZENDRUBER—The remains of Shirley J. Schwartzendruber are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call this afternoon at 5 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Knight officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
WOCK—Parish Vigil Services for Isabella “Betty” Wock will be conducted Monday evening at 6 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o’clock. A reception will immediately follow at the Copper King Inn.
Keith L. Rongstad Sr., of Butte, MT, was born on November 21, 1943 and passed away November 16, 2019. He attended Emerson, East Junior High, Butte High and Salt Lake Trade Tech.
Keith mostly worked as an automotive coachbuilder and was passionate about his chosen profession. He enjoyed the mountains, riding bicycles, going for walks and reading. He was very knowledgeable about history, especially Butte and World War II. Keith enjoyed short wave radio, classic radio programs, television and movies. He spent much of his life in Butte, but lived in Missoula for a number of years.
Keith was preceded in death by his father, Myron and mother, Viola.
He is survived by his daughter Chris, sons Keith Jr. and Kaleif, and five grandchildren. Memorials can be made to Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Keith. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Keith.
DAD, you left us 2 years ago today but you are always in our thoughts and hearts. Continue to watch over our growing family and keep us safe. We miss you and love you deeply. Love, Bill, Patti, Peggy, Denis and Families
In Memory of VIOLET BREYER GARBARINO, a terrific nurse and a lovely lady. Our love and prayers to the family. Aunt Ellyn and Family
Remembering MARGARET ROONEY MURRAY on her Birthday. We miss you especially on Sunday afternoon. Ellyn and Lexi
Nine years ago today your wings were ready, but our hearts were not. JOE LESKOVAR, JR, you are so greatly missed by so many, but not nearly as much than by us. We love you so, Vicky, Sean, Jackie, Brady, Elliot and Jodi
Remembering our mom and nana, MARIE BARSANTI, with love on your fourth Birthday in Heaven. We know you are always with us and always in our hearts. Love, Gino, Vicki, Megan and Korynn, Krista, Vinay and Ronick, Matt and Bradie
In Loving Memory of BRIAN “FATTY” ATKINS on his 47th Birthday. We love and miss you more every day. Love, your Family
May the SACRED HEART of JESUS be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world forever and ever. Amen. SACRED HEART of JESUS, pray for us. ST. JUDE, worker of miracles, pray for us. ST. JUDE, helper of the homeless, pray for us. Say 9 times, 9 day. Must publish
SCHWARTZENDRUBER -- The remains of Shirley J. Schwartzendruber are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call beginning Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Knight officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
WOCK -- Parish Vigil Services for Isabella “Betty” will be conducted Monday evening at 6 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o’clock. A reception will immediately follow at the Copper King Inn.
LAWRENCE -- Henry Edward Lawrence passed away Wednesday morning at his home in Butte. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. His obituary will be published when completed.
LARSON -- Opal “Maxine” Larson, age 68, of Butte, passed away on October 27, 2019. A visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 12:00 p.m. today, at Butte Unity Truth Center, 300 S. Montana. Memorials in honor of Maxine are suggested to the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter.
Margaret Roberta Roeber "Robbie" (age 66) has left this world after a courageous battle with cancer. Robbie has spent the last month of her life on hospice care in Great Falls, MT and surrounded by family.
She is survived by her daughters, Melissa (Bill) Martinich, Tomasine Schaefer (Chad Fowler), and Jorjean Schaefer. Robbie also leaves behind her grandchildren, which were her greatest joy, Michayla and Matthew Martinich, Trevon Schaefer, Kyler Yerkich, Trey Kopp, Kylie Green-Krause, and Emma Fowler.
There will be an obituary in the Standard soon. A memorial/celebration of life will be held in the spring when all family can be present.
Isabella (Betty) Wock died suddenly on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 in St. James Healthcare surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Dickinson, North Dakota on August 1st, 1929 to John and Pauline (Berger) Hushka. She married Nicodemus (Nick) Wock, who was the one and only love of her life, on September 25th, 1950. Isabella worked at Silver Bow Hospital in Butte and beside her husband through all of their business and personal ventures, was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and had a deep faith in God.
Nick and Isabella were blessed with a large family, Nicoletta (James) Charles, Adam Wock, Richard (Connie) Wock, Paulette Wock, Duane (Theresa) Wock, Joyce Benz, Al (Andree`) Wock, and Tammy (Mark) Shutey; grandchildren, Shane (Tamara) Charles, Bunni Rae (Harris) Maceo, Rick Jr. (Lanny) Wock, Michelle (Chase) Erickson, Duane Jr. (Jari) Wock, Tyler (Molly) Wock, Amanda (Brett) Aune, Bryan (Brittney) Benz, Samantha Benz (Chad), Siobhan Wock, Tyrell (Pam) Liebel, Matthew Shutey, Cyndel Liebel, Bryce Liebel, Marcus Shutey, and 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Polly (Gerald) Nault and Edith Norton; and brother, Floyd (Adeline) Hushka.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Nick Wock; children, Nicoletta Charles, Adam, and Paulette; son-in-law, James (Bubba) Charles; daughter-in-law, Connie Wock; grandchildren, Roy Michael Charles, and Jeremiah Michael and Joshua Daniel Benz; her parents; and siblings, Mary Ficek, Andrew Hushka, Phyllis Markell, Elaine Dobutz, and Alice Hushka.
Parish Vigil services will be held Monday evening at 6 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 329 W. Mercury Street in Butte. Her family will receive friends beginning at 10 o’clock. A private interment will take place at a later time. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
SCHWARTZENDRUBER — Shirley J. Schwartzendruber passed away Wednesday morning at the Butte Copper Ridge. Her remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call beginning Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Knight officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center. Her obituary will be published when completed.
WOCK — Isabella “Betty” Wock passed away Wednesday evening in St. James Healthcare. Cremation has taken place. Parish vigil services will be conducted Monday evening at 6 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Patrick Catholic Church where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o’clock.
In Loving Memory of TERRY CAULFIELD on his 5th Anniversary. Always in our thoughts and prayers. Your family, Juanita and Ann
In Loving Memory of mom and grandma, ELIZABETH CAREY, on her 74th Birthday. You are always on our minds and in our hearts. We love and miss you very much. Lisa, Rebecca and Jessica
Remembering TERRY CAULFIELD on his 5th Anniversary. Requiescat in pace. With love and prayers from the Family
Happy Birthday, (Pa) RICH ROZAN. I’m sure you are watching over us and wonder is it time to “take this show on the road?” So much of your wisdom and wit lives on. We miss you and one day we will have Muriel. Love, Frankie
Remembering our AUNT LOIS on her 90th Birthday. We know you are celebrating with your sisters, Erma and Marie. We miss all of you. Love, your Families