Dr. John Berry Ashe, 88, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on July 16, 2019 while attempting to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
John was born in Monroe, Louisiana to Claude Sr. and Margaret Ruth (Berry) Ashe on December 31, 1930. He was a pioneer in nuclear physics, held numerous U.S. and foreign patents, and authored many publications throughout his lifetime. John held a variety of prestigious positions in the field of nuclear physics for Texas Nuclear Corporation, Searle Diagnostics, Victoreen, and most recently for Ashe Analytics, a company based in Butte, MT that he founded with his wife. John’s tireless pursuit of knowledge, both professionally and for sheer curiosity, inspired everyone he met. He was a consummate southern gentleman and held a deep respect for all things living. Above all else, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life for John on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2 pm at the Barnitz United Methodist Church Social Hall, 23 Church Lane, Carlisle, PA.
James Arthur (Jim) Fisher passed away on Monday evening, September 30, 2019, at the young age of 95, surrounded by his family.
He was born on March 6, 1924, the youngest son of Lillian (Hawke) (Fisher) Crooke. He attended public school until his junior year of high school, when he quit to help support his mother and aunt, setting pins at the bowling alley and selling newspapers.
Jim met his first wife (Phyllis Winroth) in Butte and were married July 8, 1942. They later divorced and he married Barbara Kumor-Olson on May 16, 1972. In 1943, Jim joined the Army and was in the “Americal” Division 247th Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters Battery Liaison Section. During this time, he was a Forward Observer for Field Artillery and Military Police. Jim was stationed at Ft. Ord, CA; New Caledonia and was shipped to Guadalcanal, Bougainville (Salmon Islands where a Naval Battle was fought), Leyte and Cebu, Philippines.
In August 1945, Jim was shipped to Yokohama, Japan as a Military Policeman then later to Aomori, Japan. He was among the first group of troops by sea to land in Yokohama. While in Yokohama, he inspected and disabled Japanese artillery guns. The guns could be retracted into the caves on tracks. He was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1946, given a $100 bus ticket, and returned to Butte, Montana to continue working at the print shop he left to join the military.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, his brother John P (Jack) Fisher, his wife, Barb, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his daughters: Patty (Bob-deceased) Heard, Brenda (Don) Horak, Lisa (Ron White) Olson-Edwards, son Robert (Marilyn) Olson, and brother-in-law: Tom Leprowse, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and Great-Great-Grandson: Tammy Gordon, Tracy (Kevin, Xana, Lyla, and Caly) Skocilich, Kevin (Chris) Horak, Jason (April, Jordyn, and Peyton) Horak, Jennifer (Trever, Carter, MacKay James and Brayden Fisher) Schilling, Jeff (Wendy, Jordan, and Liam) Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Bobby (Amy, Jacob, and Ashley) Olson, Cristie (Theron, Tyler Olson, and Bailee Hess) Soltis, Michelle (Joe and Olivia) Zimkus, Stefan (Jordan and Jackson) Hickethier, and Mallory Hickethier, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Crest Nursing Home and Compassus Home Health and Compassus Hospice for their kindness and compassion in the last days of Jim’s life. Always the jokester, whenever the nurses, whom he would call “Babe”, would ask what he needed, he’d always reply with “a bag of twenties, or a shot and a beer”.
WE LOVE YOU DAD/GRANDPA
Graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Jim to the Lady of the Rockies or a disabled veteran program of your choice.
Please visit www.buttefunerahome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jim. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Jim and his family.
Mary ‘Emily’ (Browne) Schulz, 82, of Anaconda and recently Missoula, Montana, passed away from natural causes at St. Patrick’s Hospital on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019.
Emily was born on November 2, 1936 in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada, to Colomb and Christopher Browne. She was raised with two brothers, Ronald and Liam. After graduating from high school she took a big step and made the decision to move to Spokane, WA to attend nursing school at Sacred Heart School of Nursing. As part of her nursing training she was assigned to work at Warm Springs State Hospital, near Anaconda, Montana. During her stay in Anaconda she met and married Gene McGuire and had two daughters, Robin and Sandi. During difficult times that followed her daughters became her life.
In 1979 she married the love of her life, Arlie E. Schulz. Arlie treated Emily like a queen. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, taking rides, skiing, long walks, dancing, and participating in events with the Anaconda, Montana State and National level of the Elks Club.
Emily was a nurse in Anaconda until she retired. She worked for Dr. Shonnard and then Dr. Lacey until 1976. She then became an Anaconda School nurse until her retirement in 1996. Her ambition led her to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Montana State University in 1981, where she graduated with highest honors.
In the late 1970’s she became a U.S. citizen and this was a very important milestone to her.
Her drive and desire to serve others led to a road of professional service including: Montana Association of School Nurses where she served as Secretary/Treasurer, Director, and 2 years as president; National Association of School Nurses where she served as a member of the Board of Directors, Professional Relations Committee, Standards and Ethics Committee, and Interdisciplinary Relations Committee; Montana Federation of Teachers, Anaconda Teachers Union – Chairman, Insurance Committee; and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Emily also cherished her time spent in community service as well, such as: Anaconda Community Intervention Board; Anaconda – Deer Lodge County Board of Heath, including numerous terms as chairman; Deer Lodge County Head Start Policy Council, including district representative; Deer Lodge County Head Start Health Advisory Board; Aids trainer; American Cancer Society, child and adolescent media chairman for Deer Lodge County; and a Hospice Volunteer Nurse.
In 1996, the same year she retired her only grandchild, Cody Randles was born. Arlie and Emily made sure they were there the day he was born. She cherished their time together, traveling to Washington State to see him early in his life to many visits, particularly in the summers when he moved closer to Anaconda. Until the day she passed away she lit up whenever he walked into the room.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie E Schulz, her brother, Ron Browne, and her parents, Colomb and Christopher Browne.
She is survived by daughter Robin (McGuire) Happel and her husband Lyle Happel (Bozeman, MT); Sandi (McGuire) Randles, her husband Scott Randles (Florence, MT) and beloved grandson, Cody Randles (Missoula, MT); brother and sister-in-law, Liam and Mary Browne (Penticton, BC, Canada), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 8, 2019 at the Holy Family Church in Anaconda, Montana. Father McCallum will officiate the services with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a luncheon in Emily’s honor back at the church immediately following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arlie Schulz Memorial Scholarship, c/o MaryLou McPhail, 515 Main St., Anaconda, MT 59711.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Emily’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Dr. John F. Lowney, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2019, just a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. Fondly known as “Jack”, he was born to John and Margaret Lowney on October 30, 1919, and grew up with four siblings in Butte, Montana. In his early years he attended St Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Boys’ Central High School. Jack always loved football, basketball, baseball, and boxing. He was the Catholic Youth Organization, 118-pound boxing champion in 1939. During the 1930s, Jack worked as a miner for the Anaconda Company and at the Continental Oil Company in Butte. He enrolled in Carroll College in 1939 and majored in pre-med. He played basketball and was on the 1941 football team that was inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He was so proud to be a part of this team that was undefeated and unscored upon.
Jack’s extended educational journey took him to Saint Louis University Medical School. During his third year, he married his high school sweetheart, Frances Elizabeth Peters, who he was married to for almost fifty years. While in medical school, working as a research assistant to Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Edward A. Doisy, Jack helped in the development of nitrogen mustards as the first effective medications for cancer chemotherapy. During his senior year, he was awarded the Borden Award for Undergraduate Research at St. Louis University. Jack completed an internship in Seattle, residency in Norfolk, VA, in Pathology, residency at John Hopkins in Hematology and Pathology, and specialized in Internal Medicine. Jack served in the Army then transferred to the Public Health Service. As a Medical Officer he achieved the rank of Lt. Commander. One of his first assignments was on a Coastguard Cutter monitoring Cuba.
Jack’s career as a Public Health Service Physician took him all over the country. Eventually, Jack accepted the position as Chief of Staff at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Miles City, Montana, from 1965 to 1970, and then transferred to the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison from 1970 until retirement in 1981. Jack was an incredibly kind, patient, and generous man who loved people and his work, especially teaching at the University of Missouri and Carroll College. While at Carroll, Jack was instrumental in establishing one of the premier medical records programs in the Northwest. He attributed part of the success of Carroll graduates being recruited by medical schools to the increasing importance of medical records technology in all fields of medicine.
Jack was an avid reader, painter and golfer. He loved golf outings with family and friends, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and took an active part in their sports and activities. Jack also enjoyed studying calculus, physics, and chemistry well into his nineties. His commitment to life-long learning is evidenced in this 1995 quote from the Carroll College Alumni News, “Carroll’s liberal arts instilled in me the idea that a person should continue to read throughout their lives. At Carroll, we focused upon our specialized fields, but we also studied religion and philosophy and Shakespeare…Carroll was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me.” Jack sported a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was always up for dessert, milkshakes, sundaes, and especially chocolates from Shepherd’s Candy.
He is survived by his brother Thomas Lowney, his son, John Francis Lowney (Lisa), grandchildren, Daniel (Annanise) Lowney, Sara (Kevin) Helvik, and Caili Lowney, his great grandchildren, Mya, Sam, Max, Leah, Drew and Addison, and many relatives from Butte. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Elizabeth Lowney, his sister, Margaret (Margie) Richardson, his brothers, William (Billy) and James (Jim), his parents, John and Margaret Lowney, and very close friend Lois Coffey.
A Vigil will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Community. Funeral Mass will be held on October 10th, at 12:10 p.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Community with a reception immediately following. Military honors and Interment of ashes will begin at Resurrection Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen Scholarship Fund at Carroll College, 1601 N. Benton Avenue, Helena, 59601; Hospice of Saint Peters, 2475 Broadway St., Helena, 59601; Saint Mary Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Avenue, Helena, 59601.
Ann Reynolds, 75 years old, born July 10, 1944 in Whitehall, Montana, spent her last day with the same humor she exhibited all her life. Her caring, humor and spirit is proven by the many, many friends she left behind and by the family who now mourn her passing.
Pony, Montana is where her spirit thrived. A place that fed her energy for canning, hand-quilting, doll collecting and travel, all intended as gifts, as sharing, her way of demonstrating that she cared for family, cherished friendships and thought kindly of those she did not know well.
Ann was preceded by her first husband, Dennis DeFrance; Jan Philips, JoAnne Philips; and parents, Fred and Helen Philips.
She is survived by husband, Harvey Reynolds, Dillon; brother, Joe Philips (Debbie Philips), Pony; daughter, Lisa Defrance (Steve Creson), Salt Lake City; sons, Travis Reynolds (Melinda) & Gary Defrance (Leanne), Harrison, Montana. And by Inez Reynolds, Grandmother, Joe Reynolds & Dave Reynolds (Mary Pat), brothers-in-law, and six grandchildren, Taya, Derik, Aaron, Fern, Riley, Madison, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. All beneficiaries of her generosity and love.
One of Ann’s bigger accomplishments is her more than two decades driving the seniors’ bus for the city of Dillon. Through her dedication and grant writing she was able to help the program grow and become sustainable. Every year each senior was given an assortment of homemade jellies.
Probably her biggest joy was sharing in the accomplishments of her grandchildren—she took them on trips, never missed a ball game, recital, concert, or academic accomplishment.
Since retiring in 2013 she and her husband traveled the West and Southwest visiting friends they’d made over the years. “As long as you’ve got your health you have to do things, I’m not gonna be bored, I can tell you that.” She will be missed.
Burial and funeral are Monday, October 7, 10.30 am. Service at K&L Mortuary, Harrison, Montana. Burial at Pony, Montana Cemetery. After-Celebration at Pony Masons’ Hall.
BARGER — Robert Barger Celebration of Life with military honors will be held on October 13, 2019. Open House to start at 12:30p.m.-3:30p.m. at the Springs of Butte, 300 Mt. Highland Dr. All are welcome.
JONES, Nancy Tait, age 91, of Butte, passed away on August 11, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence Ave. in Butte. Nancy will be laid to rest at Whitehall Cemetery during a private, family committal service. Memorials in honor of Nancy are suggested to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence Ave., Butte, MT 59701 or to Senior Solutions Hospice, 125 W. Granite St., Ste #100, Butte, MT 59701 or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 911 W 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204.
Dennis Salisbury was born in 1962 in Walnut Creek, California. He moved with his family to Idaho in 1972 where he lived until graduation from high school in Coeur d’ Alene. He attended the University of Idaho, Whitworth University, and the University of Washington College of Medicine, where he met the love of his life Jessie. He completed residency at Phoenix Baptist in 1993 and high-risk OB fellowship in Spokane, Washington in 1994. He moved to Butte, Montana in 1994 and remained in practice there until the time of his death. Dennis was highly respected in the field of Family Medicine both locally and at the state level. He was a member of a group of physicians that is monikered "Grand-doctors:” this title means he served the citizens of Butte long enough to deliver babies to women that he had delivered. He was very dedicated to the care of patients. Nationally he worked tirelessly for patient advocacy through the AAFP and on Capitol Hill; his work impacted many individuals.
Dennis had a great sense of humor and a positive attitude. He was known for his ability to build consensus with wit and thoughtful perspective. He was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and then Christ Church Anglican. He was an avid percussionist for the Butte Symphony for many years. He enjoyed reading multiple books simultaneously, dabbling in coffee roasting and telling dad-jokes. He loved his family; traveling; skiing, camping, and hiking in Montana; and collecting various watercraft. His wife and three children as well as his extended family, coworkers and colleagues will ardently miss his loquaciousness, his genuine love of the Lord and his intentionality. They will not however miss his sailboat “… if only that would have gone with him.”
Funeral Mass will be held on October 11, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m., 2100 Farragut Ave.
Please visit www.buttefunerahome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dennis. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Dennis and his family.
Arlyne Judith “Judy” St.Onge passed away Tuesday morning, October 1, 2019, at Big Sky Senior Living. Judy was born in Butte, Saturday, March 23, 1946, to Fredrick L. and Paulyne (Becker) St.Onge.
She attended schools in Hot Springs, South Dakota and Butte High School where she participated in band, playing the clarinet. She graduated from Butte High School in 1964 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Western Montana College in Dillon in 1969. She taught school at Geyser, MT and had Jon Tester as a student before taking a position with Montana Tech until her retirement in 2005.
She never married. Judy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Theodore and Lucy St.Onge of Helena as well as numerous cousins.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Monday, October 21st in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 11 AM and interment of ashes will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
Lorraine Florence (Pakka) Anderson, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 3, 1943, in Butte, to Leo R. Pakka and Florence M. (Bukema) Peterson. She attended Grant Grade School, East Junior High, and Butte High School. She loved her Finnish heritage and taught her grandkids several words, which they still use today. She married Dan Lean in December 28, 1962, and together they had three children, Cory, Coby and Camy. They later divorced. On May 21, 1994, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, she married Jeffrey Anderson, who brought three additional children into Lorrie’s life, Chad, Ryan and Casey, whom she loved as her own. She worked as an usher at the Fox Theatre, Skenders Ceramics, Metals Bank, First Bank of Butte and Allstate Insurance.
Lorrie and Jeff made their home in Cardwell, Montana, where they built their dream home by the Jefferson River. Lorrie thoroughly enjoyed the scenic beauty that surrounded them, and the peace of living in the country. She and Jeff took great pride in their beautiful flower gardens, yard and vegetable garden, making sure to give plenty to family and friends, and a pumpkin to each of the grandkids every fall.
She loved dancing at the pavilion at the Columbia Gardens and joined the Copper City Divas and Dudes Line Dancers two years ago, which she enjoyed immensely, until the time of her death. She often talked about the many friendships she formed and the fun they all had.
Lorrie was an excellent cook and enjoyed having her entire family to her home for holidays and summer barbecues. She loved working with her hands and had natural creative skills. Whatever she did she was a perfectionist and made sure it was just right, whether it was painting, drawing, woodwork, arts and crafts with her grandkids, sewing, making birthday cakes or many blankets and rugs. She had the innate ability to know how to fix, mend or alter everything and was the only one who could get a stain out of anything!
Lorrie volunteered at the Butte Food Bank for five years. She enjoyed the many people she met there where she would often give them recipes and tips on how to make the best meals.
Lorrie was a simple person who found happiness in the smaller things in life such as black jellybeans, watching her favorite reality shows, or eating a lot of ice cream, which was a staple in her freezer. She loved to laugh and had an infectious one. She never kept a smile to herself and was a true character, which is why people loved her so much.
Over the years, Lorrie and Jeff had many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, geese and a horse. She loved them all and she will be especially missed by their dog Willow and cat Suka.
She always put others before herself and willing to help anyone. She had the most giving and generous soul who touched many, many lives.
One of the Lorrie’s most special attributes was the art of conversation. She loved to talk, and could have an engaging conversation with anyone, and everyone, be it a stranger or a friend. She was in Walmart one time for five hours and a lot of that time was spent talking. Her life motto was “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” Will Rogers
Lorrie’s greatest treasures in life were her 11 grandchildren. They were her pride and joy and each of them brought great happiness to her in their own special way. The legacy of her kind, gentle spirt, compassion and thoughtfulness for others, her artistic ability and zest for life will live on through them.
Lorrie was preceded in death by her father, Leo Pakka; mother, Florence Peterson; infant sister, Lana Lee; stepfather, Forrest Peterson; brother-in-law, George Kalafatich; father-in-law, Everett Anderson; mother-in-law, Genevieve Anderson; Dan Lean, father of Cory, Coby and Camy; nephew, Eric Anderson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including Marvin Bukema who recently passed.
Lorrie is survived by, and will be dearly missed, by her loving husband of 25 years, Jeff Anderson, her children and their spouses, Cory Lean (Kim), Coby Lean (Heather), Camy Allen (Russ), Chad Anderson (Mirra), Ryan Anderson (Ericha), and Casey Shaffer (Mitch); Beloved grandchildren, Kellen, Kennedy, Kendyllen (Gussey) and Kyler Lean; Scout and Saylor Allen; Alyse, Caleb and Nolan Anderson; Mannix and Lainey Shaffer; and Jordan and Jake Salmonson; She will also be missed by her sister, and best friend, Leona Kalafatich, brother, Johnny Pakka (Fran), brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry Anderson (Lana), Dennis Anderson (Jeri), Gary Lean (Dala), Rosalie Riley and Darlene Booth (Fred); nieces, Kim Panighetti (Lance), Kelley Kalafatich, Melissa Pakka, Darice Giordanella (Richie), Laurie Anderson (Kent), Joanna Greene (Lee); Kaylee Loeffelholz (Kori); nephews, Mike Anderson (Larissa) and Drew Anderson, along with numerous nieces and nephews from her previous marriage. Lorrie is also survived by members of the Bukema, Kalarchik and Pologase families; the dancers of the Copper City Divas and Dudes and many special friends too numerous to name.
Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m.
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again -- Anonymous
Mary Lou passed away at Kalispell Health Center on September 26, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson's. Mary Lou was born August 21, 1930 in Butte, Montana to Helen and Bert Williams. Mary Lou and her husband Al raised 3 children, Debbie, Georgia, and Albert. Mary Lou loved to cook and bake for every occasion, and embroider in her free time. She also enjoyed her time gambling with her good friend Dixie and spending her summers at her home at Flathead Lake. Mary Lou will be remembered by all that knew her as a kind, caring, loving wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Bert Williams and her husband Al Davenport.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Davenport, Georgia (Richard) Zapata, her son Albert Davenport, her grandchildren Danny Horgan, Keisha (Ryan) Stosich, Alexis (Michael) Corbeille, Austin (Hannah) Zapata, Lexi (Tyson) Bickford, Levi (Rachel) Davenport and 7 great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank Melissa Coghill and Becky Rauser for the care given to Mary Lou during her final years. Her family will be holding a private service at a later date.
DOUGHERTY -- Friends of Mrs. Jeaneen Genevieve Dougherty may call this Saturday after 9:30 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Rite of Committal will follow in the Columbarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Dorothy B. Smith was called home by our heavenly Father on October 1, 2019, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Pat Connors.
She was born on December 4, 1931 to Jack C. and Kathryn B. (Lowery) Kelley in Garrison, MT. She attended schools in Deer Lodge, MT and graduated from Butte Business College with honors.
She married Leonard B. Smith on January 26, 1949. They built their home in the West Valley and had one daughter, Joy, in 1950.
Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for Marvin Funston and Young Motors Co., later called Tony Quick Inc.
Dorothy and Leonard did everything together. Both loved to fish, camp, snowmobile, ride 4-wheelers, garden, horseback ride and spend time with family and their many friends. Dorothy was known to say, “Leonard caught the most fish, but I caught the biggest.” They traveled to Alaska and Hawaii with their best friends. Dorothy’s CB handle was “Sawbuck”, given to her by Leonard, whose CB handle was “Crosscut”. He would call her on his CB radio from the boat to tell her to get dinner ready, and she would. Their two grandsons, Chris and Patrick, loved to go with them in their motorhome on fishing trips. Eventually, their great-grandchildren were also included in these outings.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Jack (Betty) and Ray (Lois); sisters, Gen (Wesley) and Gracie; parents-in law, George and Beatrice Smith; brothers-in-law, Earl (Afton) and Glen; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Mike) and Dorothy (Foots); nieces, Linda K., Sharon, Sandy, Judy and Linda M., and nephew, Jim.
Survivors include her daughter, Joy; son-in-law, Pat; grandsons, Chris (Lisa) and Patrick; great-grandchildren, McKayla, McKenzie and Nate; nephews, Ron (Nancy), Bill, Jack, Raymond, Mike (Lisa), Brent, John (RaeLynn) and Craig; nieces, Betty, Sue, Allyne, Joanie, Julie and Joan; and brother-in-law, Bruce Little.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Anaconda. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Anaconda Pintler Hospice, 118 E. 7th St., Ste 1A, Pintler Pets, P.O. Box 1204, or ACC Luncheon Committee, 217 W. Pennsylvania Ave, all of Anaconda, MT 59711.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Dot’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Loving wife, mother and Nana, Judy Hazelbaker passed away at home peacefully on October 1, 2019. The youngest of five, Hazelbaker was born to Evan and Florence Huntsman in Idaho Falls, Idaho on November 18, 1951. She moved to Armstead, Montana when she was two years old. When the family ranch was displaced by the Clark Canyon Dam project they moved to Dell, Montana. She began attending school in Dillon in 1963 and graduated from Beaverhead County High School in 1970. She lived in Montana for the rest of her life, spending time in Cut Bank, Dillon, Simms, Deer Lodge, Townsend, and Belgrade before moving back to Dillon very recently.
She married Theodore Lee Hazelbaker on June 30, 1972 at the First Presbyterian Church in Dillon, MT.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rex Huntsman.
She is survived by three siblings, her husband Lee, and two sons and their wives (Chato and Shari of Helena; Chadron and Staci of Spokane), and eight grandchildren (Cole, Taylor, Kira, Claire, Gibson, Trenton, Brantly, and Remington).
Judy was well known for her loyalty and love for her husband and family. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and friend who could be counted on to keep the conversation going with anyone she met in any situation. Proud of her work in real estate and insurance, she enjoying talking with clients, talking about the profession, and learning more. She knew the roads of Montana well from following Lee when he was coaching and her children were playing. Constant and lifelong companions, Judy and Lee were rarely apart, and enjoyed traveling for concerts, to see family, and generally explore new places. Known by her nieces, nephews, extended family and friend for her bubbly and positive personality she had many good friends throughout her life.
Services will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Dillon, MT at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. A luncheon at the church will be held after the graveside service. All are welcome. Donations may be made to the Beaverhead Animal Shelter. A guestbook is available at www.brundagefuneralhome.com.
DURKIN -- Daniel P. Durkin, 62, of Anaconda, died Thursday, October 3, 2019, at his residence. Services are pending.
SCHULZ -- Mary “Emily” Schulz, 82, of Anaconda, died Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.
DOUGHERTY -- Friends of Mrs. Jeaneen Genevieve Dougherty may call Saturday after 9:30 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Rite of Committal will follow in the Columbarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.
ANDERSON -- Friends of Mrs. Lorraine Flore Anderson may call after 10:00 am on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be conducted after 11:00 am. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Montana Standard.
SHEEHAN -- Funeral Mass for Sister Delores Clare Sheehan will be celebrated at 10:00 am on October 26, 2019, in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Montana Standard.
SMITH — Dorothy (Dot) Smith, 87, of Anaconda, she died Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Anaconda. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Anaconda. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the services at the church.
Jeaneen Genevieve (Keane) Dougherty died Monday at Big Sky Senior Living following a valiant battle with heart failure. An only child, she was born in Helena on July 5, 1935 to Sarsfield and Florence Keane. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Helena then began her studies that would lead her to her life’s work and passion. After she finished ‘nurse’s training’ at St. James School of Nursing in Butte she completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Carroll College in Helena. While studying to become a nurse she met a Butte boy, Hugh Dougherty. They fell in love and were married on August 29, 1959. Hugh’s early career with the highway department took them to a variety of small Montana towns during the first few years of marriage. Their five children were born during these years and when Hugh was finally transferred to Butte, they settled into the home on West Broadway Street where she lived for 55 years until she decided her declining health made it too difficult to stay.
Once Jeaneen became a registered nurse, she felt it was important to actively participate in the profession and had only brief departures while her children were young. She would talk about working nights at the Emergency Room at St. James when she was the only nurse on shift. Long before the days of a doctor always being in the ER, she had to decide if a patient’s condition warranted a phone call to ask a sometimes-reluctant doctor to come in. Her persuasive personality usually won out. She was a life-long advocate for nursing and kept up to date on current trends, which often dismayed her when it seemed nurses had less time for patients. She was proud to reach the status of an Old Nurse and maintained friendships with many of her fellow retired nurses. Her varied experiences allowed her to gain a deep understanding of the human condition and how things worked “in the real world.”
She finished her career at the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and began taking full advantage of the retirement years. Until Hugh’s death in 2004 they traveled and took in every family activity they could. After Hugh died, she continued her love and devotion to family and participated in many events and get-togethers, even when it was terribly difficult for her to get there. She also focused on her well-known passion for her home. Her goal was perfection and she rarely failed. Upon seeing her yard and home many people remarked, without exaggeration, that it looked like a photo shoot from House Beautiful magazine.
“Fiercely independent” barely describes Jeaneen’s level of self-sufficiency. The most painful part of her declining health over the last several months was not being able to do things for herself. Up until the week before her death, she was still shopping (using dictated lists), and visitors to her apartment would find her in the middle of some type of sprucing up.
Jeaneen was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 45 years, sisters-in-law Sister Mary Catherine Dougherty, Margaret Julian, and Barbara Dougherty, and many close cousins. Survivors include her brother-in-law Daniel Dougherty and his nine children, and numerous cousins. She was loved and adored by her children and spouses Sar and Teresa Dougherty of Missoula; Seaneen and Pat Prendergast of Butte; Danette and Bill Melvin of Butte; Barney and Nancy Dougherty of Irvine, CA; and Emmett and Michelle Dougherty of Lewsiton, ID. She felt blessed to have 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and sorted them into location when referring to a specific family; the “Missoula Kids” SP Dougherty, Ryne Dougherty, his wife Nikki and children Roisin and Liam, and Kevin Dougherty; “Butte Kids” Kiley Prendergast and her daughter Taylor, Bill Prendergast, his daughter Kaya and fiancé Sami Masica and her son JJ, Kerra Melvin and her husband Luke Rona, Hallie Melvin, and Ross Melvin; “California Kids” Bryce Dougherty, Alex Dougherty, and Kyle Dougherty; and “Idaho Kids” Katie Dougherty, Maghan Dougherty, and Micayla Dougherty.
The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Shawna Yates for the negotiation-based partnership she formed with Jeaneen, and neighbors Lynn Dennehy and Lynn Orr who were almost solely responsible for making sure she was safe and able to stay in her home for so many years.
Jeaneen’s Catholic faith sustained her throughout her life. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick’s parishes. Visitation is Saturday, October 5 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am.
Jeaneen was generous to those less fortunate than her and hoped that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in her name.
June Emily (Doolittle) Pederson, 82, was born June 9, 1937, in Butte, Montana, to Raymond Charles and Emma Leona (Mattix) Doolittle. She had 6 sisters and 3 brothers. She was taken from us on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at her residence in Butte, Montana.
June was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandma, great grandma, great-great grandma, and sister. She was a cousin, aunt, and dear friend to many. She enjoyed playing darts and cribbage.
June married Eugene Joseph Pederson on September 26, 1958. They had five children; Pam, Eugene Jr., Nettie, Roberta, and Charles.
June is survived by her children; Pam Pederson (Sam), Nettie Hughes (Jeff), and Charles Pederson; 22 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Blanche Stewart, Bernice Doris, Betty McPhie, Charlotte Nissler (Gary); and in-laws; Curt (Terry), Mary (Ken Lee), Susie (Larry), Glen (Edie) Beverly, Blanche, Jackie, Bonne, and Gary (Noreen); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene Joseph Pederson, Sr.; her son, Eugene Joseph Pederson, Jr.; her daughter, Roberta Messer; in-laws, Nettie and Joseph Pederson; sisters, Viola Morey and Vera Doolittle; brothers, Charles, Clifford and Walter Doolittle; and brothers-in-law, Kenny, Norman, Dale, Richard, and Bud Pederson. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Valeria Doolittle, and Teleford and Blanche Mattix. She will be missed by all.
Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Fort Harrison Veteran’s Cemetery in Helena, Montana.
BILLINGS — Marjorie Ryan Tatarka died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at the TenderNest Assisted Living facility in Billings. She was 88.
Marge was born on March 5, 1931, in Butte, to Loretta and Arthur “Lefty” Sullivan. She graduated from Girls’ Central High School in 1949, and went on to earn a nursing degree from Carroll College in Helena.
She married John Tatarka at St. Patrick’s Church in Butte on May 20, 1953. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Marge worked as a nurse for a time, but later excelled as a full-time mom, raising six children in the west Billings family home. She belonged to St. Pius X Church.
Marge is survived by daughters, Lynn Acra of Billings and Carol (Paul) Tash of Butte; sons, Paul (Janet) of Dillon, Brian of Aurora, Colorado, Shaun (April) of Great Falls and Chris (Mary Beth) of Woodbury, Minnesota; grandchildren, Ryan (Becky) Acra, Erin (Tim) Mundt and Kelly (Ben) Grossman, Ethan and Kathleen Tatarka, Nicholas and Jorie Tash, Karina and Emily Tatarka, Shaun (Jenna) Tatarka and Dylan Tatarka, and Delaney, Connor and Kylie Tatarka; 11 great-grandchildren; in-laws, Bill (Margie) Tatarka, Ronnie (John) Vaught and Carolyn Tatarka; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. West, Billings, with burial of cremains following in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Family Service in Billings; BACET, P.O. Box 31158, Billings; or a charity of one’s choice.
REED — Memorial services for Dean M. Reed will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in Aldersgate United Methodist Church. ATTENTION: United Veterans Council. All officers and members are requested to attend services for Mr. Reed.
TRUNNELL — Friend of Mr. Jager Oz Trunnell may call today (Thursday) after 12:00 PM (noon) in the Abundant Life Fellowship Church. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM.
ANDERSON — Friends of Mrs. Lorraine Flore Anderson may call after 10:00 as on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be conducted after 11:00 am. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Montana Standard.
SHEEHAN — Sister Delores Clare Sheehan, SCL, passed away at Big Sky Assisted living on Sunday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Montana Standard.
Fritz Duffy passed away peacefully Sept. 7 at the Beartooth Manor.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; sister, Dolores; sister-in-law, Barbara; brother-in-law, John (Judy); along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He had a building business here for many years. He grew up in Butte and always remembered his old neighborhood which consisted of many different nationalities. He learned to box at a young age and boxed for the Butte Elks Club.
We would like to thank the doctors who were there when we needed them, especially Dr. David Myers (Billings), Dr. David Kane and Dr. Cody White. We would also like to thank the caring staff at the Columbus Billings Clinic and hospital and also at the Beartooth Manor.
Thanks to our dear friends Jim and Chris, Pete, Bruce and Cheryl.
He had a deep faith in the almighty God and his son, Jesus, and what the future holds for mankind. His sense of humor and giving nature will be missed by his family, who dearly loved him.
Private services will be later at a special place.
Walter John O’Neill came into this life on November 12th, 1935 in Butte, Montana. He departed on September 26, 2019 in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Walter was the third son born to James M. and Vanka Manley O’Neill. He attended St. Joseph grade school and graduated from Boys Central High School in 1953. Walter studied Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga before completing his Boilermaker apprenticeship at the old Western Iron Works in Butte.
He married Beverly Shea in 1954. Together, they purchased Treasury State Window Cleaning. In 1964 they sold the business to Walter’s brother and left to try their fortunes in Arizona. Walter was an entrepreneur at heart started several businesses in Arizona including O’Neill Iron Works, O’Neill Pre Fab and build and sold spec homes in Scottsdale.
Walter married Martha Mason on February 12, 1977. She shared his entrepreneurial spirit and they were early promotors of solar energy through their Photovoltaics business and magazine. Together they traveled the world, had many adventures.
Walter married Carol Rogers on April 9, 2005. Together they followed their dreams of being creative artists while still traveling the world. You could see them at the many art shows throughout the state selling their pottery, sculptures, jewelry, paintings and more. Walter still had a scuba diving certification into his 70s.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, both brothers, Jim and Robert O’Neill, his daughter Jane O’Neill, grandson Ian Campbell-O’Neill, and son-in-law Bill Ryan.
He is survived by his wife Carol, daughters Mary Jo, Kate (Steve), Nancy (Tom), sons Patrick and Casey (Erica), and stepchildren Christy (Ernie), Jennifer (Mike) Michael (Becki), as well as his brother-in-law Raymond (Judy). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren Lena (Nathan), Erin (Rob), Patrick, Molly, Sean, Cody, Riley, Shea, Finn and Seamus and two great-grandsons Eoin and Connor, as well as step-grandchildren and the many O’Neill nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakeshore Mortuary and a funeral service on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeshore Mortuary, followed by a burial service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Jager Oz Trunnell passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, in Butte, Montana. Jager was born on November 01, 2002 in Inverness, Florida, the son of Bradley and Erica (Gray) Trunnell. His name, Jager, means “hunter” in German and that’s exactly what he was. When he wasn’t hunting animals with his dad, Bradley, his Uncle Scott, and his cousins, he was always on the hunt for happiness. During his short life journey, Jager brought great happiness to those around him.
Jager was still a playful kid at heart and took great joy in doing things for others. He was always surprising his family with little gifts, choosing to spend his money on others, rather than himself. He loved making others feel loved. In his spare time, he also enjoyed fishing and baseball.
Jager was a happy-go-lucky young man and there was no stopping him. If he wanted it, he went and got it. He loved and adored his family, and they loved and adored him. His nieces and nephews were a main priority for him and he loved to spend time and play with them. His imagination ran wild and his nieces and nephews almost couldn’t keep up. Before Jager passed away, he touched many, many lives. He will be very dearly missed.
Jager is survived by his dad and stepmother, Bradley and Erin Trunnell; mother, Erica Trunnell; five sisters, Honor Powell, Ashley Trunnell, Samantha Gray, Taylor Boggs, and Lyla Ferris; brother, Morgan Boggs; Aunts, Tyffannie McGaugh, Tabitha Russell, Bobbie Sahr, and Angie Costello; Uncles, Scott McGaugh James Russell, Wes Trunnell and Casey Bruno; grandparents, Margaret Gray, Wayne Bruno, and Laura Richeson, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in passing by three of his grandparents; Woody and Connie Trunnell, and Eric Gray; cousin, Leandra Baldwin, and his great-grandparents.
A celebration of Jager’s life will be held Thursday, October 03, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Abundant Life Fellowship Church. A reception will follow.
REED — Memorial services for Dean M. Reed will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in Aldersgate United Methodist Church. ATTENTION: United Veterans Council. All officers and members are requested to attend services for Mr. Reed
William J. (Bill) Rowe passed away Sunday, September 22 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on October 8, 1953, the youngest son of Bob and Helen (Sullivan) Rowe. He attended school in Butte for a few years before the family relocated to Anaconda. After graduating from Anaconda Central he attended college for a year at the University of Montana.
Bill was a proud union member, and began working as a Teamster in 1973 while driving truck for EJ Bartell's Co. He started with the Montana State Hospital in 1974 where he remained for 34 years, serving as Shop Steward for 16. He was an active member & was asked to join the executive board at Teamsters Local No. 2 in 2003, eventually working his way up the ranks and serving as Principal Officer for the last 5 years. Bill considered it an honor to serve the members.
He met his favorite gal, Donna while working at Montana State Hospital, and they married in 1979. They had one daughter, Ashleigh. He loved spending his off time riding his Harley anywhere and everywhere. He was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed attending Griz games every Saturday he could. His sense of humor and generous heart will be missed by all who knew him.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bob & Helen, and brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Donna, his daughter, Ashleigh (Cameron), and several cousins.
The family would particularly like to thank the nurses and staff at Frontier Home Health and Hospice for their kindness in the last days of Bill’s life.
Services will be held October 11 at Duggan Dolan Mortuary at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Susan J. Thomas, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed on August 14, 2019.
Born on July 11, 1960 in Bristol, PA, she lived a beautiful life, one full of compassion and care for those around her. She loved more than anything to be around her family, animals and the mountains, which she enjoyed so very much. Spending hours upon hours hanging with her horses in the barn. She was an animal lover with a huge heart.
She will be greatly missed. How blessed those who know her are, to have had such an amazing woman in their lives.
Survived by her husband, Anthony Thomer; daughters, Melissa Mobley, Caroline Thomer, Elizabeth Thomer; and grandchildren, Anna Mobley, Audrey Mobley, Darren Thomer and Zoey Wiley.
Bette L. Harrison passed away on Sept. 28, 2019 at Gallatin County Rest Home. Bette was born on May 12, 1932 in New Salem, ND to Patrick & Fern Hagarty.
Bette lived with her parents in Bismarck, ND for years and then moved to Miles City, MT where they lived for several years. Bette attended St Mary’s Catholic Grade School and was a cheerleader during her freshman & sophomore years. Her and her family moved to Hamilton, MT where she finished her high school and was president of the Pep Club at Hamilton High. Bette graduated in 1950 and met the love of her life, Ben Harrison while she was attending Western Montana College. During their engagement Bette worked at the telephone company.
Ben and Bette married at St Mary’s Mission in Stevensville, MT on July 19, 1952. Bette and Ben took their family to Oklahoma where Ben served in the military. They returned to Montana and raised their family in Deer Lodge, MT. Ben & Bette moved to Clinton, MT in 1976 and they were married for 63 years.
Bette was a loving, caring stay-at-home mom but found time to be involved in PTA, CCD & the Elks Club. Bette sold Avon for 8 years and loved to play Bridge when she found time.
Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Ben. She is survived by her three sons, Jim (Patti), Dan (Melody) and Dave (Sharon), 6 grandchildren & 11 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at Jewell Funeral home in Deer Lodge at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019 with graveside services at Hillcrest Cemetery at 2 p.m., Deer Lodge, MT
Arthur Dean “Skip” Evans passed away on Sept. 21, 2019 at his home in New Lenox, IL.
Loving husband to Patti (nee Hooper), beloved son of Frances (nee Crabtree) and the late Merritt Evans, brother to Gene Evans and Sandra Evans all of Opportunity, son-in-law to Flo (nee Kristak) Hooper, brother-in-law to Mike (Carol) Hooper, Lori (Fred) Hoegler, Andy (Cathy) Hooper, and cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He’ll be sorely missed for his friendship, quick smile and sense of humor. Private memorial service.
STARCEVICH — Friends of Mrs. Dorothy Ann Starcevich may call this morning (Wednesday) after 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am . Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies or the charity of the donor’s choice.
HOLLOW — Friends of Mrs. Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Hollow may call on Wednesday after 10:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will follow in the Columbarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
DOUGHERTY — Friends of Mrs. Jeaneen Dougherty may call from 9:30am to 10:30am Saturday in St. Patrick’s Church for visitations. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum. A complete obituary will be in Thursdays’ paper.
In Loving Memory of VIRGIL HILLS on his Anniversary, the years pass, you are never forgotten. Love, Michael, Cindy, Ryan and Tyler
Happy Birthday, ANNALYN HALVERSON, the little Mermaid Angel up in Heaven. You can now run, eat, drink whatever you want to. God bless you little Mermaid Angel, watch over all of us. Your friend forever, Dee Stevenson
Happy Birthday to our precious little miracle, ANNALYN HALVERSON, celebrating her 10th Birthday and her first time with the Angels in Heaven. We love, love, love you with all our hearts and souls, our beautiful Angel. Gramma Nancy and Pappa Joe and all your loving Family
We are keeping the families of BETTY HOLLOW in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to Linda and Stan Williams and Family. Love, Nancy and Con Sullivan and Family
Love you, MOM. From your Family
To our beloved grandma, DOROTHY ANN, you gave us life, laughter and love. Your strength will empower us and your love will inspire us all the days of our lives. We know you are among the Angels now watching over and guiding us. We love you and miss you. Chrissie, Katie and Joey
In Loving Memory of DOLORES WEATHERS on this your 6th Anniversary. We love and miss you so. Our love and prayers, Dianne, Mark and Family
In Loving Memory of our dear brother and uncle, BILL FELLOWS on his Birthday. You are missed so very much. Remembering all the love and joy you brought into our lives. We will carry you in our hearts forever. Love, Bob, Ty, Robin, Gus, Josh and Zack
In Loving Memory of PAULINE NYGAARD, our dear friend and babysitter. You were such a wonderful part of our life. Love always, Marlene Piazzola and Mary Carol Orizotti
Gary A. Hansen, 62, passed away into our Lord’s arms on September 23, 2019 with his loving brother and sister by his side.
Gary was the son of Charles Hansen and Montana (Tina Beck) Hansen. He grew up in the Deer Lodge Valley.
His early years were filled with outdoor activities with his family, along with taking care of the family farm. Gary enjoyed riding horses with his siblings.
Gary graduated from Powell County High School in 1976. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1976 to 1980 aboard the USS Saratoga.
In 1982 he married Marika Gillette and had 3 children. They were later divorced. Gary was a dedicated father.
His love of riding motorcycles and Veteran status led him to become President of The Forgotten MC, a motorcycle club focusing on POW/MIA, helping other Veterans and their families. Gary was known and respected by almost every motorcycle club in Montana and beyond. His nickname “Bear” will be remembered by all.
Gary is survived by his children: Jesse (Sheena) Hansen, Justin (Erica) Hansen of Toms River, NJ, and Stormee Hansen of Butte. Gary is also survived by 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, and his brother Mike (Megan) Hansen of Deer Lodge and sister Mary (Frank) Briggs of Missoula. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Tina Hansen.
Graveside services will be held at 11AM on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, MT, with a luncheon at the Elks Hall immediately following to celebrate his life.
There will be a Benefit/Memorial at Copper Canyon Harley-Davidson in Butte on Oct. 5th. Any memorial offerings may be given at that time.
Molly May (Howser) McLean, our treasured Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, sister, friend, and fan, was with family when she was called to be with our Lord September 26, 2019. Born in Havre on June 20, 1932, Molly was the oldest of four siblings and the daughter of Mabel and Ted Howser.
After living in Townsend, during her preschool years, her family moved to a ranch outside of Willow Creek, where she graduated from Willow Creek High School. The community of Willow Creek became her home until 2005, when she and Allen moved to Whitehall.
During her high school years, Molly played basketball for WCHS. Her love for the game was passed on to her three boys, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Soon after graduating, Molly met and married George Allen McLean, whom she loved and supported for 66 years until his death in 2017. Allen, Molly and their boys spent many days following Allen’s construction jobs where she made the camp trailer a home.
While living in Willow Creek, Molly was very involved in the community. She served on the election board and was an active member of the Willow Creek Woman’s Club and the UMC Ladies Aid. She was also a mail carrier for many years, but mainly she was “Mom” and a supporting wife. She maintained a beautiful lawn, garden, and home, and could be seen riding her lawn mower with different grandkids on her lap. She rarely missed a recital, concert, baseball, basketball or football game. Her boys, her grandkids, and her great-grandkids usually could spot her in a front row seat at each event. Molly loved making family memories, by camping, and celebrating holidays together. Her baking, cheerfulness, and compassion lured all of the family and their friends to “Grandma’s/Nana’s” kitchen for treats and love.
The hand-picked Christmas ornaments for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as, the many birthday cards for friends and family expressed her love every year. Molly’s welcoming smile and gracious attitude made everyone feel accepted. Devotion to her family was unfailing and heartfelt, as was our love for her.
Molly is survived by her sons: Barry (Trudy) McLean, Bob (Annette) McLean and Mike (Kim) McLean, her grandchildren: Britt (Casey), Beau, Zach (Sammie), Megan (Burton), Casey (Haley), Seth (Bekki), and her great-grandchildren: Miles, Colt, Ty, Melanie, Addy, Jaylee, Elly, Averi and soon to be born Watson and another baby McLean, and siblings: Sharlene, Jack (Mary), Ronny (Patty), sister-in-law, Jo, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be held on October 12, at 11:00 AM, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Whitehall. Memorial gifts can be given to Trinity UMC or your choice. Interment will take place at a later date.
STARCEVICH — Friends of Mrs. Dorothy Ann Starcevich may call this evening (Tuesday) after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies or the charity of the donor’s choice.
HOLLOW — Friends of Mrs. Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Hollow may call on Wednesday after 10:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will follow in the Columbarium at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
TRUNNELL — Friends of Mr. Jager Oz Trunnell may call on Thursday after 12:00 PM (noon) in the Abundant Life Fellowship Church. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of The Montana Standard.
DOUGHERTY — Mrs. Jeaneen Genevieve Dougherty passed away early Monday morning at Big Sky Assisted Living. Friends may call on Saturday after 9:00 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of The Montana Standard.