Frank Michael Antonioli passed away peacefully the morning of Nov. 29, 2015, at the age of 91.
The son of Peter and Susan Antonioli, Frank was born in the family home in Butte on Sept. 18, 1924, and was named by his big brother Bill.
Frank grew up in Butte, served in the Army in England during WWII, received his M.S. degree in mineral dressing from the Montana School of Mines, and spent his life in pursuit of his passion, minerals exploration and mining. Frank's accomplishments in support of mining in Montana and the northwest are many, in recognition of which he was granted an Honorary Professional Degree in 1974 from Montana Tech.
Frank met his future wife and lifelong companion, Mary Lou McDonald, while she was attending the Butte Business College. There were many a night when he pulled up in front of school in his maroon Cadillac to take her out for a hamburger and fries. They married on July 8, 1948, and in the next 17 years had six children. He became the much loved “Papa” to 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Mary Lou, his children Patty (Cliff) Hoopes, Dan, Nancy (Jim) Hill, Tim, Mike (Rita), and Mary Anne (Jack Morrison), grandchildren Briana, Bridget, Meghan, Stefanie, Josie, Kate, Mike, Jared, Myles, Adria, Chris, Tasha, Calvin, Matt, Greg, Luke, Jenna and Connor, 13 great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, Bill "Doc" and Jo Antonioli, brother-in-law, Chris McDonald and many nephews, nieces and cousins are all blessed with great memories of the life and times of “the Mighty Handsome Driller.”
Frank was a man of strong faith and commitment to God. It is with this faith that he looked with joy and anticipation at meeting again those who have preceded him — his parents, Peter and Susan, brother, Pete, parents-in-law, Rennie and Sadie McDonald, as well as many other wonderful relatives and friends.
Many thanks to the Lagerquist family of Bear Grass Suites in Boulder and their staff for the care and love they gave to Frank and continue to give to Mary Lou, and to the caring staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice in Butte.
Friends are asked to join the family on Friday after 10 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Cremation will follow the Mass with interment of ashes in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to take place at a later date. Donations are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.
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