JACOBSON — A Celebration of Life for Dr. Lawrence King "Larry" Jacobson will be held on Friday at 3:00 PM in the Knights of Columbus Hall. A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Montana Standard.
In Memory of MATTHEW D. MARKS, January 10, 1982 – September 8, 2009. Always loved and remembered. Family and Friends
In Loving Memory of my grandma, SKIP, on this Grandparent’s Day. I am so thankful you are my grandma and now my Guardian Angel. Love and miss you, Nicki
In Memory of JAMES CLARK, from his Friends in the BHS Class of 1970
“Friendship is a very comforting thing to have”, said Christopher Robin. To my dear friend, CAROLE, on her 1st Anniversary in Heaven. Thinking of you today and missing you every day. My classmate, “partner in crime”, fellow nurse, friend through many years. Love, Tracy
Eleanor Margaret Fetters, 100, of Butte, Montana, passed away peacefully on September 3rd at Continental Care and Rehab Center. She was born August 16, 1919 to William Carl Smyers and Viola Zufall in Punxsutawney, PA. She spent her childhood and youth in Brookville, PA where she graduated high school in 1936.
Eleanor married William Alexander Fetters in 1937 and they had 7 children: William A. Fetters, Butte, MT, David E. Fetters (deceased), Lana M. Westfall (deceased) Alan C. Fetters (deceased), Karen (John) Dutton, Janice T. Brooks, and Kurt (Debbie) Fetters.
Eleanor was a waitress for many supper clubs in Butte. She was also a proud member of the Gold Hill Lutheran Church. Eleanor started working in a pennant factory at 15 which turned into many years of embroidering bowling shirts. She and her husband, Bill, ran the Butte to Lima mail run for years. Even with multiple jobs and children she always managed to have a homemade meal on the table every day. She loved oil painting crocheting and waiting on restaurant patrons until 88 years old.
Eleanor is survived by William Fetters, Karen (John) Dutton, Janice Brooks, Kurt (Debbie) Fetters, William Carl Smyers, and 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by William Carl and Viola Smyers, David Fetters, Lana Westfall, Alan Fetters, David Smyers, Lillian Martz, and Todd Atcheson.
Please visit https://buttefuneralhome.com/ to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Eleanor. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Eleanor and her family.
Muriel M. Zeren was born in Beulah, North Dakota, April 29, 1934, to Francis F. and Decater L. Ford. She and her family moved to Butte, MT when she was eight years old.
In Butte, Muriel met her life-long partner of 67 years, Norman “Ray” Zeren. The two met in 1950 and were married February 25, 1951. In her lifetime, she accomplished many achievements including graduating from Butte Business College, supervising laundry at Silver Bow General Hospital, until its closing, obtaining her Real Estate licensure, managing day to day operations, as well as bookkeeping for Master Cleaners, and working at the Crest Nursing Home for over 20 years. Above all else, her greatest joy was raising and loving her family, alongside her husband, Ray.
Muriel was a hard-working, warm, witting, kind-hearted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was a woman of many names and was affectionately called Mama, Auntie, Gram, Gunga, and Mom, just to name a few. She will be forever remembered for her culinary skills. You would often find her curled up with a book. She loved baseball, especially her beloved Atlanta Braves. Muriel was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with the family.
Muriel is survived by her children: Linda (Larry) Ruckdaschel, Raymond Zeren, and Nancy (Mike) Maddock, as well as numerous nieces and nephews she helped raise. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Ray Zeren, her siblings: “Hank”, Bob, Roxy, Pauline, and Peggy.
Muriel’s contagious laugh, beautiful smile, and generous heart will be missed by all who knew her.
Our family would like to give a special thank you to Compassus Hospice and staff, Easter Seals, Charlene “Kipper” Nuttall and Natalie West for the love and compassion they gave our parents.
We welcome family and friends to a Celebration of Life for our Mom and Dad, Norman “Ray” Zeren, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at noon in Parish Hall of St. Ann’s, corner of Farragut and St. Ann’s., Butte, Montana. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of your favorite charities; a few organizations close to her heart were: ASPCA, Chelsea Bailey, Our Lady of the Rockies, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Please visit https://buttefuneralhome.com/ to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Muriel. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Muriel and her family.
James Paul (Jimm) Kilmer went home to his Heavenly Father September 4, 2019, which coincidentally was the last Cruise Night of the season, an event for locals to showcase their cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Jimm was born July 9, 1936 in Butte MT to Elsworth and Dorothy Kilmer. It was just Mom, Dad, Jimm and “baby sis” Joyce growing up. He attended Butte schools, graduating from Butte High School. Jimm loved his time in the band, working at the A&W making root beer and of course, spending time with his car club, the Copper City Road Angels. A while after high school the U.S. Army looked good to him and he trained in New Jersey and served in Germany. Jimm fell in love with, as he called it, the Father Land. After his military time Jimm worked several years in the financial industry and always loved telling stories of how much he enjoyed helping families out in tough times, especially the miners in times of strikes. Jimm had a life full of friends that he cherished very deeply. Fred and Suzy Stradinger, Jim (Buck) and Gaye Copenhaver were partners in crime when they put on the West Yellowstone Rod Run. And of course, in his last years his best friend and savior Vicky Struznik, without her who knows what would have happened to him. But, without a doubt, Jimm's greatest love was always the automobile. He was a Ford man through and through with a slight bit left over for the BMW motorcycle. Until most recently he could tell you the exact number of cars that he owned and even when he attained them, it was in the hundreds. A number as amazing as those that will miss him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you Janelle, her husband Aaron, and the staff at the Bee Hive Homes.
Jimm was preceded in death by his dad and mother, Elsworth “Al” and Dorothy.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Kilmer (her partner Vickie); children, Mitchel (Barb) Kilmer, and Heather (Joe) Copenhaver; stepsons, Bob (Karen) Kilmer, and Jimm (Peggy) Kilmer; and numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
John L. Stoppler, 78, died unexpectedly on August 4 at his home in Anaconda, Montana, doing what he enjoyed most – puttering in his shop. John, more fondly known as Red, Pops and Papa Red, was born on November 29, 1940, in Dickinson, North Dakota, to John and Betty Stoppler, joining a large blended family that eventually included 4 girls and 3 boys.
John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18, launching his 35-year military career first as a Flight Engineer/ Crew Chief that stationed him at several bases including Blytheville AFB in Arkansas. It was during his time in Arkansas he became smitten with a young beauty, Bertha, and her small daughter, Robin. It was also during this time that he became the “favorite son” of Bertha’s close-knit family. They married in Blytheville, Arkansas and here they welcomed John L. Stoppler Jr. to their family. Four years later he moved his new family to northeastern Montana for an assignment at the Glasgow Air Base, after which they moved to San Bernardino, California. During his career with the USAF, John completed hundreds of flights transporting both troops and supplies overseas during the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from active duty, he entered the Air Force Reserves where he was a Squadron Commander at Norton Air Force Base. Upon retiring from military service, he began his Civil Service career where he played a pivotal role in the development of several top-secret military programs including the B-1 Stealth Bomber, the Space Shuttle and numerous Missile Defense Systems.
In 1994, John’s life changed forever with the passing of Bertha, and he eventually decided to relocate to Anaconda to be near his brothers and sisters. They enjoyed the outdoors, family picnics and water fights. With his insatiable desire to help others, John became an active and dedicated volunteer of the Anaconda Pintler Search and Rescue, the American Red Cross and the Acacia Lodge #33 of the Masonic Lodge. He also became a pivotal influence in the lives of his young grandchildren -- John III, Justin and Lauryn Stoppler. It was at this time John met and married the next love of his life, a Missoula beauty named Jackie expanding his family to include her brothers, her two sisters, brothers-in-law and her two children, Chuck (Angie) and Sandy and grandchildren Coby, Amanda, Nicole, Amber and Justin. John and Jackie spent countless hours together hunting, fishing, loving rivalries on the golf course and simply enjoying their time together. John often said he was lucky to have the good fortune to have met and married two wonderful women in his lifetime.
John was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Bertha; his parents; his sisters, Mary Loback, Eva Renfield, Angie Laws and Delores Hurlburt; and his daughter, Robin and her son, Keith.
John is survived by his wife, Jackie; her son, Chuck and daughter, Sandy and her grandchildren, Amber, Justin, Coby, Amanda and Nicole; his son, John, daughter-in-law Maria and his grandchildren, Johnny, Justin and Lauryn; his brothers, Marty (Susie) Mavrinac and family and Joe (Diane) Mavrinac and family; and his extended family in Blytheville, Arkansas. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends who all will miss Red, Pops and Papa Red’s unending generosity, sweet smile, gentle demeanor and unconditional love.
A celebration of John’s life will take place at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, Anaconda on September 12th from 3 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane Washington 99210-2472.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with John’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
REYNOLDS—Celebration of the Life for Earl Reynolds will be conducted this (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating. His family will receive friends beginning at 1 o’clock. Entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center. ATTENTION: United Veterans Council. All officers and members are requested to attend services for Mr. Reynolds this afternoon in Mountain View Cemetery.
Gloria A. Erickson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 25, 2019. She was born Friday, April 29, 1932 to Harry and Doris Parson in Frederika, Iowa. She grew up and attended schools there and moved to Butte in 1953.
She and Ralph Erickson were married in 1966 in Salmon, Idaho and they lived at Nissler Junction for 40 years until his death at which time she moved into Butte.
Gloria worked at JC Penney’s for seventeen years, then owned and operated Montgomery Wards in Butte.
She was a 54-year member of the First Baptist Church, served as Worthy Matron of Butte Chapter # 39, Order of the Eastern Star and joined the Wet Hens of Fairmont’s Red Hat Group in the 1980’s.
She was a very giving and generous lady and was known by family for her homemade gifts, belt buckles, bolo ties and necklaces, not to mention the states’ quarter collections. She never got over or forgave the Montana Power for what happened to her and the other stockholders.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Ralph A. Erickson; son, Richard Paul Miller; stepchildren, Warren Erickson and Susan Tangmo; sister, Mary Jean Card and brother, Harry Parson.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Lynn Tinsley and family; daughter-in-law, Shirley Erickson and family; sister, Maxine Evers; numerous nieces and nephews; and her constant companion and caregiver, “Cheesy” the cat.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m. in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.
We wish to thank Home-Senior Solutions Hospice for the excellent, compassionate care they provided Gloria. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
REYNOLDS — Celebration of Life for Earl Reynolds will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating. Entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
Kathleen Rae Duffy sadly lost her battle with cancer on August 28, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was born October 13, 1948.
Kathy and Don Duffy of Butte were married on October 8, 1988.
She graduated from Greeley Central and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado University in Colorado Springs. She retired after 34 years of teaching and counseling in the Widefield District 3 in Colorado Springs.
Kathy was an avid golfer, winning numerous awards and trophies.
She was preceded in death by her father, Don Buel.
Kathy leaves behind her loving husband, Don; mother, Lola Buel; sister, Nancy; and brothers, Rich and Ted.
She is also survived by two stepsons Tony and Tim Duffy whom she raised with her husband; numerous grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held September 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors in Colorado Springs.
MISSOULA -- Elizabeth “Betty” Verlanic, passed away on Aug. 30, 2019, of natural causes. She was 86.
Betty was born Feb. 3, 1933 to William and Margaret Anderson in Anaconda, Montana and graduated from Anaconda Central High in 1950.
Betty married Orville Verlanic on June 24, 1950 and they were married for 63 years.
Betty raised 7 children, cooked and took care of the whole family. She was the very “best,” mom a family could have. She moved with Orville during his railroad career making many friends in Anaconda, Livingston, Missoula and Laurel.
Betty was a sports fan and closely followed her children and grandchildren in all sports. She most recently attended grandson Jon’s football games at UM-Western, and her great-granddaughter Addie’s basketball and softball games. She rooted for Notre Dame, the Grizzlies, the Bobcats, and the Lady Griz, but especially any team where a child, grandchild or other relative or friend was playing.
Betty was a great cook and baker. Cooking was her passion. She lived to bake and cook good food. The family had delicious meals and treats every day, and once the kids were grown, she worked as a cook at a number of restaurants and St. Patrick’s Hospital. Her son Jim coined the phrase, often repeated by many, “Mom, that was the best you ever made!” Which was true — every time! In the 2 days before she got sick, she helped her daughters Mary and Gail, prepare over 50 jars of huckleberry and raspberry jam. And the morning before she went into the hospital she made two beautiful peach pies. And they were the best she ever made.
After her husband passed away, she moved into the Clark Fork Riverside Manor, making many new friends, playing cards and games, and was manor’s champion “Wii” bowler. Her schedule of activities, visiting friends, and going out to eat made her busier than ever—and she “loved,” her independence.
Betty was also a natural teacher and volunteered tutoring students in reading and math at Russell, Lewis and Clark, and Target Range schools.
She kept in touch with friends and relatives in Anaconda, attending class reunions, and a few weeks ago was at the Verlanic family “cousin-fest,” in Anaconda.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville; sister, Eleanor; her daughter, Joanne; and half-brother, Tom Anderson.
Betty is survived by 6 children, 8 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Most are in Missoula: son Orville Jr. “Butch” Verlanic (Lynn), of Thomson Falls, with Butch’s daughter Adriene (Suzanne) of Helena; Mary and Mike Hamlin, and children Mike (Arwyn), Cassie (Zack), and Markie; son James Verlanic (Barb) of Lolo; daughter Gail Verlanic (Dave Severson) with their daughter Kelsie (Boe); son Paul Verlanic and daughters Jenna and Brooke; son Mark Verlanic (Beth) in Laurel, with sons Jon (Taijah) and Nick (Hannah); son-in-law George Scherger; Cassie’s daughter, and first great-grandchild, Addie Nault; sister-in-law Sheila Verlanic in Drummond; special nephew Harold and his wife Mary Lou in Anaconda; half-sister-in-law Carolyn Bossard; and many other nephews, nieces; cousins, relatives and friends throughout Montana.
A Catholic Rosary for Betty will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 217 Tremont in Missoula and everyone is welcome to attend to meet the family.
A Mass of the Resurrection will at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 217 Tremont, in Missoula. After mass there will be a reception and luncheon in the parish hall.
Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Missoula following the mass and reception.
Please dedicate memorials to the St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, or the St. Anthony’s Parish, or a charity of your choice.
HAL, honey, thinking and missing so much on our 27th Anniversary. Love you forever and the weekend. Vickie
In Loving Memory of our mom and gram, FRANCES DOWLING, on her 24th Anniversary in Heaven, always in our thoughts and prayers. We will love and miss you forever, Sis, Joanie, John, Becky, Stephanie, Bob, Julie, Tom and Jim
COUNTER — The family of Marlene Counter will receive friends today at 12 noon in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where memorial services will follow at 1 o’clock with Deacon Bernie McCarthy officiating. A reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
REYNOLDS — Earl Reynolds passed away Saturday evening at the Copper Ridge. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating. Entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
Herbert “Earl” Reynolds, 96, passed away surrounded by family on August 31, 2019 in Butte, MT.
Earl was born in Butte on May 12, 1923 to William and Marie Reynolds. One of 7 siblings he spent his formative years living on the “East Side” of Butte, attending grade school and high school in Butte, MT. He lived during the “Great Depression” which taught him some valuable lessons that he used all of his life. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a landing craft mechanic in Hawaii during World War II. After his honorable discharge he returned to Butte where he met the love of his life -- Lois Herr. They were married in 1952 and several years later (1957) with 3 young boys at home he fell suddenly ill and was hospitalized for 6 months having been stricken with Polio. While in the hospital, his wife gave birth to their 4th child, a girl, the 5th child, a boy was born a few years later.
Earl worked in several locations in Butte in the 50’s, including the Milwaukee Railroad and Newbro Drug – a pharmaceutical warehouse. Sadly in 1987, he lost his wife at the young age of 55 & never truly got over it. Earl, despite his hardships, remained a cheerful generous, engaged and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His loss is deeply felt among all who remain.
He really enjoyed playing the guitar along with his wife. They played in several bands around Butte, and especially loved to play music with their dear friends, Shirley and Cecil Karber. Earl loved fishing, camping and exploring the outdoors. Many a day was spent taking road trips to all corners of Montana. During his last years he truly loved being with his family. Earl “the Pearl” had great wisdom after living such a long life and passed on many wise thoughts.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois; sons, Robert and Thomas Reynolds; his parents, Marie & William; sisters & spouses – Merle (George) Archer, Genevieve (Don) Swan, Helen (Bee) Nevin, Betty (Ray) Crook; and his brothers & spouse – Russell & Carol Reynolds, and Donald Reynolds.
He is survived by his children, John (Helen) Reynolds, Barbara (Tom) Coyle, Michael Reynolds, and stepdaughter, Pat (Len) Jacobsen; his sister-in-law, Carol Reynolds; grandchildren, Stephanie (Andy) Schell, Heather (Will) Best, Chelsie (Jerimee) Cortez, Emily (Randy) Thompson, Caleb Coyle and Katie Coyle; as well as six great grandchildren (Ellie, Madison, Jaxson, Mia, Wyatt & Sawyer), along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home and entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. A reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
Barbara Jean (Sagar) Sears, 76, graced this earth on March 23, 1943 and left a giant hole in our hearts on August 25, 2019, with family and friend by her side.
Barbara was born in Butte, Montana to Joseph and Helen (Severs) Sagar. She was raised in Butte and graduated from Girls Butte Central High School in 1961. She then attended Carroll College, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Education. What we have heard from numerous friends, is that she was placed at Carroll College by God as a test for the staff of Carroll College. Barbara was offered her first job in Libby, Montana in 1965 and was only going to stay a couple years. The elementary school system, the children she taught and the people, who had the privilege of working beside her, will never be the same. Barbara devoted 40 plus years to teaching the young children in Libby until her retirement.
Barbara was blessed with a son, Shane, in 1969. Barbara and Shane recently enjoyed the special gift of spending his 50th birthday together with family in Post Falls, Idaho.
There is nothing she enjoyed more than a card game or board game with her grandchildren, Jakob and Dylan. Throughout their growing up “Nana” was quite the competitor during games and they have carried this love of cards and games to adulthood.
Barbara had so many special friends. She was always making time for lunch and dinner dates, card games, church events or enjoying a play, it was all about spending time with her family and many friends. Just look around – none of us that knew her say we were untouched by her love. Barbara had amazing grace – no – Barbara was amazing grace.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Esther Sagar; her sister, Betty Dean and nephew, Jimmy Dean. Her Aunt and Uncle, Evelyn and Bill Richards and cousin, Billy Richards.
Barbara is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Tonya Sears; two wonderful grandsons she loved being Nana to, Jakob and Dylan Sears, all of Post Falls, Idaho; brother-in-law, James Dean; cousin, Nancy Hodel of Portland; nieces, Laurie Sullivan of Libby, Sherrie Carriger of Melrose, Karrie Sagar of Butte, Mary Beth Davis of Eldorado Hills, CA and nephew Joe Sagar of Elko, Nevada; her scrabble opponent Shannon Wolleat of Libby; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. We are all so blessed to have had her touch our lives.
Cremation has taken place and a service and celebration of Barbara’s life will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libby on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 am and a reception will follow at the VFW in Libby.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to Wings, St. Joseph Catholic Church or call your friends and enjoy a lunch or a game of cards in her honor.
CLARK — The remains of James Clark are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call this morning after 11 o’clock. Funeral services will follow at 2 o’clock with Deacon Ron Fournier officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
COUNTER — The family of Marlene Counter will receive friends Wednesday at 12 noon in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where memorial services will follow at 1 o’clock with Deacon Bernie McCarthy officiating. A reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.
DAN and LOVEY SHEA, dad and mom, your marriage was truly blessed by God and an example for all of us. Happy Anniversary. Love, Dan, John, Maureen, Linda and Colleen
In Memory of JOYCE GRADY, 16 years all to myself, I think of you, think of the things we used to do, think of things we used to say, think of each happy bygone day. Love always, Elsie
My dearest friend, KIRK TOCHER, well another year has gone by, I’m sure you are not getting any older, I am a little. God bless and watch over you always. Have a great Birthday my friend. God bless you always. All my love a d prayers always, Dee S