Nov. 9, 1926-June 14, 2019
Mary Lou Antonioli passed away peacefully on June 14, 2019, at the age of 92.
The daughter of Rennie and Sadie (Cannon) McDonald, Mary Lou was born in St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana on November 9, 1926.
At the age of six, Mary Lou gained medical notoriety, suffering from influenza and pneumonia and “Beset by Raging Fever for Nearly a Month”, as reported in the Montana Standard. Against all odds, she fully recovered and remained thankful throughout her life to have lived to enjoy a long and eventful life.
Mary Lou met her future husband Frank Antonioli while attending the Butte Business College. She and Frank enjoyed dating during the heyday of Meaderville, dining often at the Rocky Mountain Café, dancing at the Columbia Gardens, and adventuring in Frank’s ‘26 Dodge Touring Car with Frank’s big brother Bill and his future wife Jo.
Frank and Mary Lou were married on July 8, 1948, and in the next seventeen years had six children. She later became the much loved “Nana” to eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Mary Lou was a stellar cub scout den mother, served on the Women’s Auxiliary of the Montana Tech Alumni Association, and was closely involved in the activities of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. A true city girl, Mary Lou none-the-less embraced camping in the family “leisure home”, a tiny camping trailer literally stuffed to the ceiling with family and pets. The annual family vacations at Flathead Lake produced lifetime memories for all.
Mary Lou’s home was “The Place to Be” for wonderful, elaborate meals at every occasion. Memories of her and Frank arguing over the roasting temperature of a rib roast, delivering nightly meals to the grandparents, and packing endless numbers of sack lunches offer a lifetime of smiles.
Mary Lou now joins her Mighty Handsome Driller, her parents Rennie and Sadie, brother, Jim and wife Mary Frances, parents-in-law Peter and Susan, brother-in-law Peter and wife Della and nephews Kevin and Cody. She leaves with wonderful memories her 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, eighteen great grandchildren, brother Chris McDonald, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill “Doc” and Jo Antonioli, and numerous nephews and nieces.
The family is grateful to the Lagerquist family of Bear Grass Suites in Boulder and to each and every one of their dedicated staff for the care and love they gave to Mary Lou and Frank in their final years.
Friends are asked to join the family on Tuesday, June 18, after 10:00 AM in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Cremation will follow the Mass. Rite of Committal will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Donations are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.