Montana State Prison inmate Walter Cassell died on September 3, 2019 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. Mr. Cassell was 67 years old.
Mr. Cassell was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 1995 for the crime of Deliberate Homicide Committed with a Dangerous Weapon. Mr. Cassell was sentenced to 100 years. Mr. Cassell was parole eligible as of May 2012.
DaryLynne Hellekson Day
On January 14, 1983, a hurricane was born into this world. This hurricane, DaryLynne Hellekson Day, would turn the world her way no matter what the objective. This hurricane was only with us for a short portion of life. She was taken at the early age of 36, but believe me, that 36 years was full of life from artwork, drawing, music and learning to play and master any instrument she came across. She mastered 21 different musical instruments. She had a pure love of music and singing. She dearly loved singing with Grandma Jen and singing the National Anthem for many Minor League Sports Teams, along with many local and regional events, especially for her brother’s wrestling meets and football games. One of the most recent talents was putting her artwork on skin by tattooing.
She was a graduate of Anaconda High Class of 2001. She continued her education at the University of Great Falls majoring in Art and Criminal Justice. Her drive in life was family and helping others especially those that were challenged in life. She worked at New Day Ranch by Billings then went on to work for AWARE in Billings. She then wanted to come back home to Anaconda, transferring with AWARE. Seeking more challenge, she went to work for the Warm Springs State Hospital as a Psych Tech and then as a Recreational Rehabilitation Aide. Still having a desire to help others further, she became an EMT, following in the steps of her grandparents Daryll and Jennifer Dye and her mom and dad. She started working with the Powell County Ambulance. She loved her job and had a special camaraderie with her co-workers. That is where her life story ended. She was part of the ambulance crew working the demolition derby for the Powell County Fair. She saved many lives that fateful night. Seeing danger coming, she was pushing a crowd of people out of harms way without regard for herself when she was hit by a derby car that was out of control. But her legacy and heroic deeds will be remembered forever. If you need to see the definition of a real-life hero, look up her name DaryLynne Hellekson Day.
Dary is survived by her husband, Zachary Day, children, Zion and Ember Day, her parents, Darin and Tina Hellekson, Rod and Kim Day, siblings, Seth (Rachel) Hellekson, Dylon (Heavenly) Hellekson, Chris Easton and brother in heart and soul Robert Coffey. By many adopted kids throughout the years along with DaryLynn’s self-adopted family from the heart and soul throughout the years.
Dary was preceded in death by Great Grandparents, Walter and Elane Dye, Oscar and Sylvia Funell, Great-Grama Lowell, Grandparents, Daryll and Jennifer Dye and Jim and Deanna Funell.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Washoe Theatre on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. There was one hour of visitation prior to the service at the Theatre. A reception followed the service at Beaverdam Park in Opportunity.
RIP Bum, D.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Dary’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Nina Senecal Johnson
Nina Senecal Johnson died peacefully in her room at the Deer Lodge Care and Rehab at about 4 am on Sunday the 18th of August, at the age of 85. She was admitted there March 26,2015.
She enjoyed great care from the staff, and many visits from family and friends. She had not been cognizant for some months at the end and her final days were made comfortable by Compasses Hospice Care of Butte.
Nina was born February 1, 1934 to John and Mildred Senecal of Avon. She was the sixth child of nine. Her siblings from oldest to youngest were Jack, Don, Pete, Bob, George, Margie, Jim, and Johnny. Nina was raised on the family ranch on Snowshoe Creek Road, where her youngest brother Johnny and his wife Margarette still reside. Nina’s brother Jim and his wife Jeanie also live near by in Avon. All other siblings have passed on.
Nina received her eighth grade education, along with all her brothers and sister, by walking, and sometimes riding horseback, some distance from their home to the historic Snowshoe school, which has since been relocated and is now on display at the Deer Lodge Museum and Arts Foundation. Nina received her high school diploma at Powell County High School in the spring of 1952, during which time she met and dated Billy Johnson, son of Helmer and Clara Johnson. Nina and Billy were married June 7, 1953.
In July of 1954, Billy and Nina purchased their first property together, the Milford Moore Homestead east of Deer Lodge.
In 1957 Nina gave birth to me, Doug Johnson, and in 1960 she lost son Dace at birth.
Billy and Nina pursued their career in agriculture on the home ranch that his parents purchased in 1918. In March 1965 Billy and Nina bought the ranch from his mother.
Nina has approximately 20 nieces and nephews from the Senecal side and much family on the Johnson side.
Throughout the following 30 years Nina enjoyed successful sheep and cattle ranching, always going along on high mountain pack trips and weekend drives. Artwork was one of her dearest passions. She always had her camera handy to take photos of a scene that she would later put to a painting. She loved the holidays and all the family gatherings.
Nina was the best mother anyone could ask for. As I followed her through the sheep pens and rode with her moving cattle, every day was an important but happy lesson in life. There was something about her that drew people to her, something that was very comfortable to be around. One day, in my early teen years, I was having lunch with my grandparents, John and Mildred Senecal, when it all came to light. It was a very quiet strength and wisdom and the solid set of core values that my grandparents passed down to Nina. They were extraordinary people and their life was the same because of that strength and wisdom and values.
Nina used this all through her life. Her strength was never more apparent than when she suffered a stroke in July of 1995, permanently losing the use of her left arm and leg. The experts told us that she would need total nursing care from then on. I wasn’t sure, but my dad, Bill, knew they were wrong, and after 16 months of rehab, she returned home to the ranch. She learned to climb stairs, she reorganized her kitchen, and resumed cooking meals, and we modified her car for trips to the store. Best of all, she got back on her horse, Paint, and enjoyed riding, and continued her artwork for the next eight years. She never lost her wonderful smile and the ability to enjoy every day, despite her disability. We would all be lucky to have even a small portion of her strength and fortitude.
In 2008, as her care needs increased and her husband’s health declining, Nina decided to move to town. It wasn’t as good as ranch life, but she was comforted by more available care and closer to family and friends. Nina lost her husband, Bill, after he contracted pneumonia in June of 2009. He stuck by her side throughout their entire life together. He was her main caregiver for 13 years after her stroke. They were a great team and had many great accomplishments.
She continued a peaceful, quiet life at 201 Beaumont St. in Deer Lodge, with good care and company, until she decided on nursing care at Deer Lodge Care and Rehab. She was a very special person in many people’s lives, and I truly believe that my greatest honor and accomplishment that I will ever have achieved is being Nina Johnson’s son.
A luncheon will be held, to celebrate her life, at 2 pm, Saturday, September 21 at Doug Johnson residence at 100 Emery Rd. in Deer Lodge, for all Nina’s family and friends.
Shirley Ann Nadeau Matosich
Shirley Matosich passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 24, 2019, at the age of 91 at her home on Swan Lake after a brief and blessed relatively pain-free battle with pancreatic cancer.
Family and friends will be remembering her life and honoring her memory at a Catholic vigil (wake) at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home 107 Oak St, Anaconda, MT 59711 at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of August 29, 2019. Viewing begins 5 pm. A Catholic funeral mass will be held the following morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 401 Alder St, Anaconda, MT 59711. Viewing begins 9:30 am. Burial will follow immediately after the mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Anaconda.
Shirley was born on September 14, 1927, in Butte, to Emile and Alma Nadeau, the third of their four children. Shirley spent her early years in Butte, and after the death of her mother when Shirley was 10 years old, the family moved to Anaconda, where she attended junior high and high school.
On April 3, 1948, she married Steve Matosich, who had recently returned from World War II and was attending the University of Montana. The two had met years before in Anaconda while attending high school together.
Over their 59 years of marriage, Shirley and Steve lived in Missoula, Grass Range, Lewistown, Whitefish, and Deer Lodge before retiring in 1981 to the home they built with their own hands on Swan Lake in northwest Montana. Steve and Shirley enjoyed 26 years of retirement there together before Steve passed away in 2007.
Steve and Shirley were blessed with seven children, two boys and five girls, one of whom died tragically shortly after birth in the hospital in Whitefish. Shirley was an enthusiastic, devoted, and caring mother and homemaker. She generously gave to those in need, liberally blessing others through her gift of hospitality. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and baking, and — in the days before the internet — traced and documented her ancestry back to 15th century France. She was active in each town and faith community in which she and Steve lived. She was president of the Deanery and Women’s Guild in Whitefish. She was an active civic participant, teacher’s aide, and religious education teacher in Deer Lodge, and she was a devoted neighborhood organizer on Swan Lake. She was also very active in each Catholic parish in each community.
One of her greatest joys was gathering her family and friends around her large dining table for a home-cooked meal, at which it was almost mandatory to discuss the issues of the day, share memories, laugh, and make new memories. She was a devoted woman of prayer and possessed a life-long love of reading and a passionate interest in self-improvement. She was always quick to assist others in the excitement of discovery. Music was a daily enjoyment for Shirley. She loved dancing with her husband, and together they could often be found on a Friday or Saturday night dancing at the Bigfork Inn in nearby Bigfork.
Shirley loved to travel by car throughout the western United States with her husband Steve, visiting friends and family. She and Steve were also fortunate to visit Great Britain, France, Yugoslavia, and, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998, Italy.
Shirley was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Stephanie, her husband, Steve, her older sisters, Rose and Eileen, and her younger brother “Junior”.
A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, she is survived by her four daughters, Linda Himsl, Michele Crowley, Nanice Sago, and Paula Zimmerman, by her two sons, Mike and Andrew, by 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family thanks the staff of Frontier Hospice for their kind support and requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department QRU by mail to 100 Ferndale Drive, Bigfork, MT 59911.
Travis James Pierson
Travis James Pierson, 43.
Travis James Pierson, born in Deer Lodge on April 20, 1976 to Gordon and Myra Pierson, passed on July 27, 2019 at the age of 43. He leaves behind his parents, wife Amy, his son Brandon, older brother Gordon Sr., nephew Andrew, younger brother Brandt and wife Heidi, and nieces Skyla and Ilayna
Always quick to bond with people, the many friends that Travis made throughout the years he thought of as family.
He attended school in Deer Lodge and graduated in 1994, spending the years between them and now in Deer Lodge, and eventually moved to Meridian, Idaho in 2011.
Travis loved riding his motorcycle and finally got to ride it to the Oregon coast, as he had always wished to do. Camping, hiking, duck hunting, being outdoors, and working on cars were his passions, but anything with his family and friends by his side made him fulfilled and happy.
His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving because he got to just hang around with those he loved and, most of all, got to eat good food! And of course the pie!
He was always able to make you smile no matter what day you were having. Always willing to stop and help, whether it was a friend or random stranger. If you needed him, he was there. He was known for telling the same stories over and over again, just to relive his fun memories with you. He was an amazing man all around, who loved so many people and impacted so many lives. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered.
Services will be Friday, August 30 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Luncheon to follow at the Elks. Donations can be made to donor’s choice.
Fred Baker was a WWII baby born in Pensacola, Fla. and has been living in Deer Lodge. He was born November 7, 1943 and died in a one vehicle rollover on August 12, 2019. He was the son of Elvin M. Baker and Lucy Howe Baker and raised on a ranch near Drummond. He stated that he was “ranch raised and rodeo bred.” He was high school valedictorian and held degrees in psychology, auto mechanics, and auctioneering, but he felt his most valuable education came from “the college of hard knocks.” He served in the U.S. Army after high school. He held more than 100 jobs in a dozen career fields ranging from professional rodeo to roughnecking in the oil fields to social work and underground mining.
Fred is survived by his wife: Pamela Miller Baker, Hereford, Ariz.; two sisters: Donna (William) McLean, Philipsburg, and Harriet (Calvin) Mentzer, Drummond; two beautiful daughters: Kim (Sean) Jackson, Deer Lodge, and Kari Beagley, Nampa, Idaho; plus 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one niece, and three grandchildren.
When Fred could, he would often help people in need. He had a kind heart and will be missed by many.
Kathleen Anne Shea
Kathleen Anne Shea, 67. August 2, 1952 - May 29, 2019.
Kathleen Anne Shea, 67, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2019 at Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge. She was born in Denver, Colo. to William and Mary Shea, being the sixth child out of 13 children. Her remaining 12 siblings include: Jerry, Bill, Mary, Richard, Paul, Nancy, Helen, Bea, Barbara, Tom, Robert, and Jo Anne.
She was educated in primary school in Denver at St. Rose of Lima. There are many words to celebrate her personality and talents. The following examples were compiled by her loving siblings. They include: compassion for the suffering, rebus puzzles - Kath’s life a puzzling player, music lover with a melodious voice, playful, a passion for nature, a cheerleader, a beautiful free spirit taken too soon, stubborn, lively and life of the party, an eager smile, pensive, love for children, family and friends.
A memorial and luncheon were held on August 2. The memorial at Castle Rock in Northern Calif., luncheon at her sister Barbara’s house in Vacaville, Calif. All 12 siblings and some extended family gathered in love and gratitude for Kathy. She joins her parents in our Eternal Home.
Joe was born to Earl and Virginia (Davis) Neville in Roswell, N.M. on September 18, 1944. After an almost four year battle with the Big C, he passed away at his home on August 11, 2019 in Billings.
Joe had a strong work ethic, beginning when as a junior high student; he tagged along with a good friend (Doug Crichton) to Doug’s job at the East Side Dairy in Deer Lodge. After a while, the owner (Walt Hansen) started paying Joe as well ($3 a week, $5 after that)! When he was a junior in high school, he went to work for Jens Hansen at both the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge and the Rustic Drive-In Theater, which was located about two miles south of Deer Lodge on the east side of what is now the Interstate 90 highway.
Joe attended elementary school grades 1-3 in the one-room schoolhouse on the Warm Springs campus, where his mother was employed as an RN. He attended fourth grade in Rupert, Idaho, but the draw to Montana brought the family back to Deer Lodge where he completed his elementary and high school education, graduating from Powell County High School in 1962.
He married Dena Ahl of Elliston in 1963, and from this union, two children, Theresa and Chuck were born. Joe and Dena later divorced.
He worked at the Montana Phosphate and Reylea Mines near Garrison in Powell County as well as at sawmills in Deer Lodge and Libby.
Joe joined the Navy in November of 1964 and served for six years. He was particularly proud of his service on the nuclear-powered carrier, USS Enterprise CVAN-65, as well as his time in Idaho Falls as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Prototype site. He was discharged in November of 1970, and subsequently completed a two-year course study in Industrial Electronics from Helena Vo-Tech.
Joe and Kathy met at the home of Howard and Irene Wells of Elliston in 1971 and were married at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in East Helena on May 20, 1972.
In 1972, he went to work for Western Microwave, a division of TCI (Telecommunications Inc.), a position which afforded him the opportunity to share his talents around the world, including helping install a telephone system in Saudi Arabia, attending many historic events to facilitate uplink of TV signals to satellites, such as some of the Space Shuttle launches, the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, professional tennis tournaments, baseball games and other events. When he wasn’t globetrotting, he spent many hours in the beautiful mountains of Montana and Idaho tending to microwave sites so that we all could enjoy our favorite TV programs. He retired in 2002.
After retirement, Joe became an accomplished woodworker, and received many blue ribbons and other awards for his entries into MontanaFair. He also enjoyed his Harley, family get togethers, and movies.
Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy, and their daughters: Tonna Neville, of Bozeman; Nikki Neville (Faron Running Crane); and Trina Weston (former son-in-law Seth Weston III) of Billings. He is also survived by his oldest daughter Theresa Lauri (Randy) of Boise, Idaho; and his son Chuck Neville of Aurora, Colo. (former daughters-in-law Angelia Zipplies of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Becky Foster of Firestone, Colo.); nine grandchildren: Melanie Renk (Andy) of Seattle, Wash.; Megan Fox (Tim) of Boise, Idaho; Tom Lauri (Katelynn) of Boise, Idaho; CJ Neville (Joycelyn) of Highland Park, Ill.; Paul Neville (Julie) of Chesapeake, Va.; Jett Neville of Aurora, Colo.; Brayden, Ashton, and Emma Running Crane, and Olivia Weston, all of Billings; and five great-grandchildren: Josiah and Jazmaya Neville of Highland Park, Ill.; Evelyn (Evie) and Gwendolyn (Gigi) of Chesapeake, Va.; and Tiegan Fox of Boise, Idaho.
Visitation was held at Heights Family Funeral Home at 733 W. Wicks Ln, Billings, MT 59105 on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. Graveside services with military honors were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019 At Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.
Longtime friend, Jim Walker of Belgrade will officiate at the graveside service.
Memorials are suggested to The Rialto Theatre, PO Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 (Phone: 406-846-7900); RiverStone Health Hospice, 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101 (phone: 406-651-6555) or to Friends of Montana PBS, PO Box 173340, Bozeman, MT 59717 (Phone: 1-800-426-8243). Please indicate the donation is in memory of Joe Neville; or simply enjoy a Backroads of Montana, Doc Martin, woodworking, science, history, or nature program in his memory.
Heights Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Neville and his family.
Dennis Patrick McEvoy
Dennis Patrick McEvoy, passed away at his home in Anaconda on August 3, 2019 at the age of 67. He was born September 24, 1951 to Bruce and Marion McEvoy in Lynwood, Calif. The family moved to Flagstaff, Ariz. in 1958 where he spent his growing up years with his four siblings. Dennis loved scouting and became an Eagle scout. He loved sports, particularly baseball and as a left-hander pitched in the Little League Allstars. He graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1969. After high school he spent four years in the United States Navy where he served as a corpsman. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed skiing in his younger years, hunting, fishing, camping, golfing and cooking. Dennis was an extraordinary salesman and spent his adult life in sales. He lived in Montana for a total of 17 years. He attended Christ Fellowship Church in Deer Lodge where he served as an elder. He had a deep love for Jesus Christ and for people.
Dennis is survived by his wife Norene, Norene’s three children, Rene, Shane and Gary, whom he loved dearly and six grandchildren, Cory, Sadie, Megan, Jake Josh and Anna. He is also survived by his siblings Kathy Weldon (Danny), Greg McEvoy (Hope) and Kelly Doak (Jay), several nieces and nephews and brother-in-law Chuck Godkin (Kim).
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jeff, son-in-law Randy and niece Becky.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be given to Granite County Food Pantry (12 Maxwell Rd., Philipsburg, Mt. 59858) or your favorite charity.
Services will be held Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. at Christ Fellowship Church in Deer Lodge.
Our handsome talented son Phil Wang, 39, lost his short but valiant battle with liver complications on August 9, 2019.
Phil was born in Buffalo, Wyo. on Nov. 29, 1979 to Tom and Holly (Beltz) Wang. He attended PCHS in Deer Lodge, and completed a BA degree at the University of Washington. For several years he was a proof-editor for an ad company “The Hacker Group”. Residing in Burien, Wash., Phil was a member of the local chapter of ABATE, lead guitarist in the Enfold Stone band, and game designer for the company Kung Fu Pencil. As a published author Phil loved words and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skills with others. For pleasure Phil made chain maille and relished assorted roleplaying games. He was an avid cook who enjoyed good food. His greatest passion, however, was his motorcycle--2015 found him in Sturgis, S.D.
Phil will always be remembered for his wonderful smile, generous heart and his passion for writing, music, and books.
He is survived by his parents Tom and Holly Wang of Deer Lodge, brother Mike of Bremerton, Wash., numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and his beloved pet cat, Petra. A celebration of life service will be held on Sept. 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at 500 Milwaukee Ave. 1st Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge with reception to follow. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Rialto Theater or Wm K. Kohrs Memorial Library, both in Deer Lodge.
Mildred Jean Potts was born August 3, 1923 in Helmville, and promptly decided she did not like her given first name. Jean died after a short illness July 24, 2019 at Deer Lodge Medical Center.
Jean was the fifth of eight children born to George and Mary Frances Potts. She and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father was killed in a horse accident when Jean was five. She grew up riding horses, selling ice cream hand churned by her mother, and working in the hayfields around Helmville. Jean graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula and then obtained her nursing degree from St. James School of Nursing in Butte, where she made lifelong friends. After graduation Jean joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and served during World War II.
After discharge from the Cadet Corps, Jean continued her nursing career, including in Butte and New York City. Upon returning to Montana Jean met and subsequently married James G. Haviland on September 21, 1950. For more than 51 years they were partners in raising their five sons and their tree farm at Seeley Lake. Jean loved being outdoors and her sister Terese once commented that “Jean, you have trees for eyes”.
Jean and Jim were deeply involved in the Deer Lodge community. Jean was a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge, belonged to various bridge and sewing clubs as well as the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club. Never one to sit still Jean refinished furniture and made quilts, much of which adorns the homes of her children and grandchildren.
Jean was at her best when she was a caregiver, nursing Jim through his final years, and caring for sons and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Jim, and six of her siblings, Jack, Frank and George Potts, and sisters Marie Gilbert, Terese Sewell and Eileen O’Loughlin. She was also predeceased by her son, Bill, and granddaughter Kelsey.
Jean is survived by her sister, Lois Tolon, and sons David, John (Gail), Allan (Diane), and Jeffrey (Vivian), and Bill’s wife, Kade. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with number seven to be born at any time, and numerous nieces and nephews.
At almost 96 Jean left us too soon, while the huckleberries she loved to pick were still ripening.
Special thanks to Renaissance Senior Care and Deer Lodge Medical Center for their devotion to and care of Jean.
A vigil was held 6 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge and funeral was at the church at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29 with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge, with her husband Jim and son Bill.
June Wallace, 92.
June passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke. She was born on June 8, 1927 to John and Elisabeth Perkins in Deer Lodge. She was raised at the Perkins Ranch along with her eight siblings. June attended Quinlan school and a school at the ranch. In the summer of 1947 she rode her horse down the road to the Deer Lodge Farms to get their mail and that’s where she met Richard Wallace. They married on September 25, 1947. June was a stay at home mom and enjoyed time with family. She also loved to spend time at the Perkins family cabin.
She is survived by her sister Dorothy Stone and her children Laurie (Steve) Dorvall, Don (Roxana) Wallace, Jamie (Sam) Miller, Jo Ann (Mike) Fah, and Arvie Wallace. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
June is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard of 38 years, grandson Kory Ring, her brothers Ernest Clifford, Jack Perkins, and sisters Grace Sullivan, Emma Tamcke, Lois Stav and Mal Risch.
There will be a Celebration of Life Potluck on August 10 from 1-5 at June’s home.
A private burial will be held at a later date.
Angela Lynn Menicucci-Malmberg
Angela Lynn Menicucci-Malmberg, June 17, 1967 – July 16, 2019.
This is the story of Angela (Angie) Menicucci-Malmberg. Angie was a beautiful soul that was deeply loved, is terribly missed, and will always be cherished. Our Angie was a dedicated wife, mom, daughter, and friend who touched the lives of everyone she knew.
Angie’s story starts on June 17, 1967, the fourth of five children to Louie, the 3rd and Belva Menicucci. Angie was born in Butte, lived in Anaconda, and had a childhood filled to the brim with memories of the family cabin at Sunnyside, and of antics with her many siblings and cousins.
In 1981, the family moved to Deer Lodge to open the now famous and beloved bakery. Angie was a cornerstone to the success of the business as a clerk whose friendly, efficient, and warm way made an impression on anyone who wandered in for sweets. Her work behind the scenes also kept the shop running smoothly and seamlessly. The bakery was her pride and joy and she poured her love and dedication tirelessly into it.
Those lucky enough to know Angie knew she was someone very special indeed. She was the most selfless and genuine person around and she went out of her way to take care of anyone who needed extra love and attention. Angie was generous to a fault with her love, forgiveness and possessions, teaching the people around her how others should be treated… not by words, but by actions. It’s no wonder Angie loved pixies, because she left a sparkle wherever she went.
Angie enjoyed getting into the fresh air at a mountain lake and was a skilled fisherwoman. She was always up for a drive in the hills. Angie never met an animal she didn’t love and they sensed it… proven by how they would flock to her.
We can all take comfort in knowing Angie has grasped the outstretched hands of her parents, Louie and Belva and then ran into the arms of her sister, Becky. The four of them are having a spectacular reunion and will wait patiently to reunite with every one of us. Among the loved ones that will miss Angie until they meet her again are Dirk, her husband of 31 years; son Preston (Trevor); daughter Brittany (Kurtis); sisters Dawn Wagner and Kim Jones (Dave); brother Louie IV; sister Ginny Menicucci (Steve Kremer); sister DeeDee Menicucci-Wolter (Brian); sister Susan Menicucci-Shimming (Jim).
A celebration of Angie’s life will be Sunday, July 28 at the Elk’s in Deer Lodge at 2 p.m. All are invited to come join us remember this beautiful woman.
William (Bill) D. Baker
William (Bill) D. Baker, also known as Papa Bill, passed away on July 5, 2019 at the age of 88. He made his journey home to the Lord surrounded by his family.
Bill was born in January of 1931 in Tacoma Wash. He was the son of Talbert and Maude Baker. They moved to Alberton where he attended high school before joining the army in November of 1950. During his three years in the army he was in Korea where he fought three major battles and attended culinary school. Following his time in the army he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. Over the course of 25 years with the Railroad Bill had many jobs. He worked as a fireman, brakeman, conductor, yard foreman and relief yard master. He absolutely loved riding the trains. When the railroad shut down Bill spent some time working for Grant-Kohrs Ranch as well as the local museums. He also did some post and pole work and ran a second hand store.
In January of 1966 he married the love of his life, Sharon A. Malcom. They made a home in Deer Lodge where they had one daughter, Tawni. In 1980 Bill was devastated when his beloved wife lost her battle to Cancer.
Bill was also a member of the Anaconda VFW for many years and at the age of 55 he received his high school diploma through the Anaconda Job Corps External Diploma Program. He had many hobbies some of which include hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. Bill loved eating and visiting friends at the Deer Lodge Senior Citizens Center. His family and his dogs were his whole world.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Talbert and Maude Baker, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and Gene Shows, twin sister Lois Baker and wife Sharon Baker. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tawni and Pat Campbell. Granddaughter, Jackie Campbell, grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Brian and Jamilyn Campbell. Five great-grandchildren, Damian, Brayden, Izayah, Brody and Bailey. Bill is also survived by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was a very kind, loving and caring soul and he will be missed by many. His family celebrated his life with a private get together, there will be no community services. The family is asking for you to say a prayer in remembrance of Bill, recall a wonderful memory and pay forward one act of kindness to celebrate his wonderful life.
(Anna) Jean Ellsworth Williams
(Anna) Jean Ellsworth Williams, May 16, 1924 - May 4, 2019. Resident of Palo Alto.
Jean Ellsworth Williams passed away in her home just 12 days shy of her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death in 2015 by her loving husband of nearly 65 years, Philip.
Jean was born in Deer Lodge and spent the early years of her life in the small town of Helmville. She moved with her family to Deer Lodge when she was seven years old. Jean attended Montana State Normal for college (now known as University of Montana Western) and taught for one year prior to meeting Phil when they were both working summer jobs at the Lake Lodge soda fountain in Yellowstone Park in 1950. They were engaged to be married after knowing each other for only 10 days. Following their wedding that September, they moved to the town of Menlo Park, Calif., and then purchased their first home in Palo Alto, Calif. in 1951. With the arrival in early 1955 of their third child, that prompted the move a short distance away to a larger home in Palo Alto, where they lived for the rest of their lives. As with so many women in Jean’s generation, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. At the same time, Jean was interested in continuing her education and enrolled at San Jose State in 1964, where she was invited to join the Beta Alpha Chapter of Kapp Delta Pi, a national education honor fraternity to which she was inducted in January of 1965.
Jean loved to travel with Phil up to Yosemite and loved experiencing Disneyland with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed weekends up at the family cabin in Felton, Calif., which was just an hour away and the site for many memorable weekends for the 50 years that it was owned by the family. Jean also traveled back to Montana periodically to visit friends and relatives.
Jean was always very interested in other people. She enjoyed the company of many long-time women friends in the “Coffee Group” from Van Auken Circle for decades, as well as lady friends with whom she enjoyed playing bridge. Jean was plagued by macular degeneration in later life, but always had a great attitude. She was raised in the Catholic faith and, along with her husband, Phil, attended various Catholic churches in the Palo Alto area over the years, most notably Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Albert the Great and St. Ann’s. Jean is survived by her three children, Don Williams (Suzanne) of Milpitas, Anne Santiago of Alameda and Gregg Williams (Barbara) of Sunnyvale, as well as her four grandchildren, Kristina Reynolds (Soren) of Alameda, Katherine Williams of San Jose, Danielle Williams Howard (Jeremy) of Santa Ana and Robert Kim (Melanie) of San Jose, and her great-grandchildren, Tyler Gonzales and Jackson Reynolds of Alameda.
Internment took place on June 12 at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto.
Beverly A. Young
Surrounded by her family, Beverly A. Young of Elliston passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on December 17, 2018. She was born Beverly Ellrott on December 25, 1941, in National City, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Gary Young of Elliston; their children Tamara (Steve) Turza of Rifle, Colo.; Charles McGuffie of El Cajon, Calif.; Angela (James) Seidl of Cambridge, Wis.; and Christopher (Shuli) Young of Kalispell; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Beryl Ellrott, and her son, Troy McGuffie.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the St. Theodore Catholic Church in Avon. The mass will be followed by a graveside service at the Avon Cemetery. A luncheon celebration of life will immediately follow at Gary and Bev Young’s home in Elliston. Memorials may be made in Beverly’s name to the volunteer fire departments of Avon or Elliston.
Juda Ann (Allen) Kramer
It is with great sadness that the family of Juda Ann (Allen) Kramer, 82, announce the passing of their beautiful mother on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at BeeHive Homes in Butte. She was surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, and friends as she peacefully slipped away, free from pain and suffering.
A viewing and burial were held April 27, 2019. Knowing her love of picnics, the family decided in lieu of a funeral to hold a celebration of her life so that all her family and friends could attend. The celebration will begin at the Wisdom Cemetery with the placing of her stone and the singing of her favorite songs. The family will drive to Dewey, to the home of Joyce and Will Steyh (50 Cordwood Lane). A picnic will be served, and stories will be shared. Please join us for this celebration.
Lane Ryan Mannix
Lane Ryan Mannix, 18, of Missoula, was called to be with our Father in heaven on June 17, 2019 in a car accident.
Lane was born in Missoula on November 27, 2000 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hellgate High School on June 8, 2019, shortly after receiving the Presidential Award for outstanding academic excellence. She was looking forward to attending U of M to become a radiology tech in the fall. Lane’s spirit was old beyond her years and she always put others first. To know Lane was to be loved by Lane. She poured her heart out for others and did not pass up an opportunity to be there for her friends and family. Lane carried many gifts — her inner strength was a rock to those around her, her generosity of spirit blessed her friends and family, her beautiful smile and bright eyes exuded the love of Jesus.
During Lane’s 18 years, she participated in a number of sports; including softball, soccer, flag football, basketball, swimming, track, golf, and skiing. Her hobbies included photography, art, dirt biking, shooting her grandfather’s guns, and she recently took a summer job as a barista. Lane loved animals, she loved her dog Frank, colt Sky, and yet to be named kitten. Lane was a beautiful, kind, caring, witty, stubborn, funny, responsible and loyal young woman.
John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Lane is in heaven now with her Father and she is experiencing a new freedom to be the most amazing guardian angel in heaven. She is smiling on us and if she could, she would tell you that it’s alright and she will see you again soon.
Lane is survived by her father Ryan E. Mannix, her mother Amy L. Mannix and her loyal and loving brother Jace E. Mannix. Grandparents; Jim and DeeDee Lane, Bob and Lois Barkell, Rem and Diane Mannix, uncles; Bret Mannix, Nick Peterson, Ronnie Peterson, Travis Denman, Corey Peterson, Corey Oliszcak. Aunts; Dawn Mannix, Pam Peterson, Molly Denman, Bobbie Peterson, Shonda Oliszcsak, Stefanie Peterson, Misty Sindt, Donna Peterson. Cousins; Ethan and Sydnie Peterson, Ella, Cal and Carter Denman, Teagan Oliszcak and many other loving cousins too numerous to mention.
Robert Bruce Scollard
Montana State Prison inmate Robert Bruce Scollard died on June 12, 2019 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. An autopsy will be performed. Mr. Scollard was 48 years old.
Mr. Scollard was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2014 for the crimes of Robbery and Attempted Robbery. Mr. Scollard was sentenced to 15 years with five years suspended. Mr. Scollard was granted Parole in March of 2017. In 2018, Mr. Scollard was sentenced out of Lewis and Clark County for the crime of Attempted Robbery and was sentenced to five years, with all time suspended. Mr. Scollard was currently parole eligible and had a prison discharge date in 2028.
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