Charles Edward Beck
Charles Edward Beck, 1925-2019.
Charles Edward Beck (Charlie) left this world on the morning of October 6 at the age of 93. Mount Powell loomed at his back as it had for 60 plus years as he farmed and ranched in the Deer Lodge Valley. Charlie was born to Peter L. and Margaret (O’Keefe) Beck on November 20, 1925. His birth occurred at a midwifery on the north end of Second Street in Deer Lodge. In later years he was joined by three sisters, Marge (Shandy), Rita (Morgan), and Helen (Hallingstad). Only Marge survives. Charles was the apple of his mother’s eye. She called him Little Charlie and the name stuck for life. Whenever Charlie misbehaved the sisters remarked “Not our little Charlie.” Charlie received his primary education at a couple of one room schoolhouses, first being Bradley Tech near the family homestead at Beck Hill and later at Finn. He talked of walking to school and skiing when conditions allowed. At the tender age of 10, he was already responsible for tending the family sheep camps in the hills around Avon and Helmville. Later the family moved to Deer Lodge and lived on California Avenue. He worked at the Deer Lodge Creamery as a young man until graduating from Powell County High School at the age of 17. World War II was well underway, but despite his wishes to participate Charlie was granted an agricultural deferment. After high school he and best friends Emmett O’Keefe and Sam Beck worked construction, building highways and learning to be scraper hands.
In 1948 Charles married Rhea Farnsworth and they moved to his parents’ ranch at Helmville, the Spring Creek Ranch. They worked hard, building a new home on the ranch and welcoming their first child Diana (Warner). They had been snowed in all winter, so when delivery date drew close Charles hauled Rhea to Helmville on a horse drawn sleigh. Prior to the arrival of the next child (Pete) they managed to purchase a ranch in the Deer Lodge Valley and moved to the family ranch. Diana and Pete were joined by Charlie’s half-sister Barbara when her parents passed away, and later by younger brother Doug. Rhea passed away in 1982. Charles was known as an excellent farmer and rancher. His proudest achievement in agriculture was growing certified seed potatoes with his two sons in Deer Lodge and marketing them across the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. He was known for having some of the biggest calves in the county when marketing time rolled around.
In 1983 Charles married Karla Sherlock, and they created a beautiful home on Center Street in Deer Lodge. They had many wonderful years together until Karla passed in 2005. The couple wintered in Mesa, Arizona and enjoyed having a respite from the harsh Montana winter. One of Charlie’s final hopes was to return to Arizona for this upcoming winter. He remembered all too well feeding cows with a pitchfork from a horse drawn wagon or sleigh.
He is survived by his children Diana (John) Warner, Pete, and Doug, and half-sister Barbara (Jim) Weis. There are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Celebration of his life was held on Saturday, October 12 at First Baptist Church, 127 Sam Beck Road, Deer Lodge, MT. Viewing was at 10 am, service was at 11 am. Luncheon followed at the Broken Arrow Lounge, Main Street Deer Lodge.
Laurel Elaine Penner (Denton)
Laurel Elaine Penner (Denton), 58, came into this world March 23, 1961 the youngest of five children to Ralph and Ruth Denton. She grew up in Deer Lodge along with her four brothers. She graduated from Powell County High School at the top of her class in 1979. Laurel met Larry Penner early in life and together they started a family and had many life adventures along the way.
Laurel was a very smart, talented lady who loved life. She was always a ray of sunshine, had the biggest heart and always happy to help anyone but she was never afraid to stand her ground. She had the best laugh and sense of humor. She could make you laugh when you least expected it! She loved having fun and was always willing to try new things. When life presented challenges she would always say “It’s okay” and press on.
She loved being a part of all the special moments with her family, friends from being outside in the country with her horse (Spice), in the mountains with her family having picnics, picking huckleberries, roasting marshmallows, shopping trips, going to drive in movies or hanging out at an after work get together, but most of all were the cherished moments with her grandchildren. She loved being there for her grandkids, didn’t matter what she was doing she always made sure to be there for them, cheering them on in the stands, a member of the PIT crew, having movie nights, traveling to Texas and art projects. As the best grandmother ever, she left behind many precious memories for her grandchildren to carry with them.
Laurel could always be found participating in fundraisers anyway she could. She always was the “go to gal” and popular with the kiddos from selling candy bars, cookies, raffle tickets and popcorn. Her favorite one was the local Missoula radio stations “KyssMass” for kids, she looked forward to that event every year. She was always supportive of her friends and family, no matter what!
After a short unexpected illness, surrounded by her family, Heaven called their angel home on the rainy afternoon of August 15, 2019. She leaves behind three children whom she was very proud of and loved to tell stories about. Melissa (Jerry) Kelly, Heidi (Brant) Pierson, Russell (Alejandra) Penner each of whom carry a part of her with them. Her five grandchildren whom she adored more than anything; Skyla and Ilyana, Tyler, Axel and Olivia, who all made precious memories with her. Her brothers Jeff (Lori) Denton, Ron Denton, and Mike Denton. Her partner in life Larry Penner. Several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She reunited in death with her parents Ralph and Ruth. Cruising through the pearly gates in a corvette with her brother Barry welcomed with open arms by numerous other family members. She left a lasting mark on all those she met and is deeply missed. Her spirit will forever be a part of everyone she loved.
Death Notice: Donald Joseph Pocha
Donald Joseph Pocha, 80, of Helmville passed away October 10, 2019. The memorial service will be Friday October 25 11am at the Helmville Community Center. Luncheon to follow.
Marjorie Ruth Casey
Marjorie Ruth Casey, age 91, peacefully passed on September 25, 2019, while with family in Yuma, Ariz. She was born in Long Beach, Calif. on September 20, 1928, to George Fred and Ethel (Bayliss) Casey.
In addition to being a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, her achievements include being in the first graduating class at Sonoma State University, obtaining a B.A. degree in Political Science. Armed with a sheepskin, she then taught third grade classes at Randall Pepper Elementary School in Fontana, Calif. Later she obtained a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, in a program that combined the University of California at Riverside and Pepperdine University. Her career in education included launching a ‘pilot’ reading program, she introduced the program in a film distributed to classrooms across the Country. Marjorie retired in 1988 from her Administrative position with the Fontana School District in California.
She loved traveling with family. One of several highlights included her and sister Ethel May as they reconnected at their ancestor’s hometown in Ireland. A travel surprise came in 1981 while visiting daughter Patty in Virginia. Both were invited to the White House and also received a staff invitation into the President’s Oval Office. Another highlight was traveling by motorhome with her granddaughter Erin. They set out from their home in Alaska determined to shop every mall in Canada, then into America (the Lower 48).
Marjorie always referred to Sun Vista Resort in Yuma as her second home and was known to her many friends as ‘KC’ or ‘Margie.’ While in her hometown of Deer Lodge, she loved the long visits and hours of great conversation with grandson Douglas, the afternoons with ‘the girls’ at Lil’s and the Elks Lodge. Back at Sun Vista, KC always enjoyed the Pokeno parties she would host for her friends and then surprising them at each holiday often with bobble-head Santas, or beads at Mardi Gras, Easter baskets, candy filled hearts and American flags on Independence Day.
Marjorie is survived by her sister Ethel (Al) Jenness of Coarsegold, Calif., daughter Susie (Scott) Iden of Wickenburg, Ariz., daughter Patty (Dennis “Buzz”) Rome of Deer Lodge, grandson Douglas Rome of Deer Lodge, and granddaughter Erin (Wess) Benson and great-grandson James of Helena, eight nieces and two nephews. Marjorie’s passing was preceded by her sister June Austin, brother George Fred Casey, Jr., son Franklin Perry Walker, son Dana William Walker, and grandson Jeffrey Dale Arnold.
Marjorie’s wishes were for cremation and to have her ashes spread at sea near her birthplace at Long Beach. She wanted to have it known there would be a time when she would float forever on the tides or perhaps be lifted and blown over the land carried by the trade winds.
A portion of her ashes will also be interred at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif., with a private graveside service and marker to commemorate her life.
A spring time celebration of life memorial service is planned when her friends arrive back in Yuma, having an opportunity to say farewell and remember so many great times with their devoted friend KC. Marjorie was proud of her Irish heritage . . . Slán agus beannacht leat.
Death Notice: Charles E. Beck
Charles E. Beck, 93 of Deer Lodge, died Sunday, October 6. Services to be held at First Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 12. Luncheon at Broken Arrow following burial.
Montana State Prison inmate Joseph Foley died on October 1, 2019 at Community Hospital in Missoula due to on ongoing medical condition. Mr. Foley was 62 years old.
Mr. Foley was sentenced out of Ravalli County in 2018 for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Mr. Foley was sentenced to 5 years with 3 years and 11 months suspended. Mr. Foley was parole eligible as of March 2019
Death Notice: Adele M. Coughlin
Adele M. Coughlin 91 , of died Saturday in Deer Lodge. Parish Vigil services will be this Friday at 7 p.m. at Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Helmville. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at the Helmville Cemetery. A full obituary will follow.
Gary A. Hansen
Gary A. Hansen, 62, passed away into our Lords 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 US Navy and served from 1976 to 1980 aboard the USS Saratoga.
In 1982 he married Marika Gillette and had three 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, N.J., and Stormee Hansen of Butte. Gary is also survived by 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His brother Mike (Megan) Hansen of Deer Lodge and sister Mary (Frank) Briggs of Missoula. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Tina Hansen.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, 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 5. Any memorial offerings may be given at that time.
Raymond Anthony Mann
9-16-2019 Raymond Anthony Mann left us. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather uncle, brother, brother-in-law and friend.
Ray was born 2-27-1959 in Philipsburg to Theodore Louis Mann and Rachel Mae (Yates) Mann. He was the baby of the family.
Ray loved logging and started at an early age. He could build fence, put in cattle guards, build road then run anything on the job. In the early 80s Ray purchased a cable skidder and went to work for himself.
He loved running the skidder and the outdoors. In 2006 he bought a logging truck and started a different part of his logging company in hauling logs. He worked for himself, RAM Logging, LLC until his death.
Ray loved his family so much. In 1974 he met Julie Hawkins, his wife of 43 years at Granite County High School and they married in 1976. In 1979 their son Keith was born and in 1982 their son Timothy was born. He was proud of his two boys and always supported and stood by them.
Fishing was a pastime he enjoyed whenever possible. He caught and ate many of them in his lifetime and hopefully he is catching them in Heaven. He also enjoyed his home very much and always said being home was his vacation.
Ray was preceeded in death by both his parents, his brother Ted Mann, his father-in-law Robert Hawkins and his brother-in-law Robert Parsons.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Julie, his sons Keith (Dani Coleman) Mann, Tim (Carly) Mann, his brothers Curt Smith, Louis (Lori) Mann, his sisters Lois Tinker, L.V. (Chuck) Piling, his mother-in-law Sarah Hawkins, brothers-in-law Gary Hawkins, Cliff (Mary) Hawkins, sisters-in-law Glenda (Troy) Bauer, Peggy Gerig, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-great-nephew. His grandsons in love Ashton and Rhyan Coleman. And the joy of his life his baby granddaughter Wakely Elizabeth Mann.
My Love I Will Miss You all of my life and look forward to the day I can see you again and tell you how very much you mean to me.
William Albert Shaver
On September 18, 2019, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend peacefully left this earth to join his Savior and loved ones that had gone on before him. William was a great man. He worked hard all of his life and always took care of his family, showering them with unconditional love. He was a jack of all trades and could fix or build almost anything. He was an example to live by for other men.
William (Bill) was born on November 24, 1941 in LaGrande, Ore. to Albert and Frances Shaver. As a child he moved to Salmon, Idaho, and Opportunity; eventually settling with his parents in Deer Lodge where he helped his dad build their family home.
In Opportunity he attended Beaver Dam school for first through fourth grade. He then attended Washington School in Anaconda for one year before moving to Deer Lodge for sixth grade. He graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1960.
After graduating from high school, he decided that he wanted to see the world so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was an E-4 Seaman and Dispersing Clerk. While in the Navy, he spent time in San Francisco, Japan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. He served honorably, until he was discharged in 1964.
When he left the Navy, he moved back to Montana and worked at the Cominco mine. He decided that mining wasn’t for him so, he moved to Washington to interview with Boeing. When he arrived in Washington, he couldn’t find Boeing, so he ended up getting a job at Tri-Way Industries as a machinist. Eventually, he moved on to Western Gear, then All Fab, and finally ended up full circle at Boeing in 1985 as a CNC machinist (he finally figured out where they were 20 years later!)
On December 6, 1969 he married Beverly Hilton, whom he had met in Deer Lodge. She moved to Washington, where they lived in Tulalip, Marysville, and finally Lakewood. They had three children, Tammi, Dawn, and Jeremy.
In 2002, William retired from Boeing, and together with Beverly, they moved back to Deer Lodge. For a time he worked at Safeway where he enjoyed interacting with the customers. He also enjoyed fixing up their house, working in his shop, and keeping the lawn neatly trimmed.
He faithfully served his church, Deer Lodge Assembly, in many roles over the years. He was a Deacon for many years and also enjoyed being a camp counselor where he could continue being the kid he was at heart with the boys from the church.
In 2018, as his health was deteriorating, he and Beverly decided to move to Colorado Springs where their children were located and doctors’ offices were more convenient. Thus, he was able to spend his final year close to his children and grandchildren.
William was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Frances, his beloved gram Matilda Bishop, his sister Norma, his mother-in-law Dorothy Sinerius, brothers-in-law Austin (Bob) Hilton, David Hilton, his sister-in-law Lorri Sinerius-Lowery, his niece Nancy Waterman, and his nephews Ed Shaver and John Lowery.
William is survived by his wife of 50 years Beverly, his children (who called him Pa) Tammi Price, Dawn (Eric) Haas, and Jeremy (Riana) Shaver, grandchildren Meridian Haas, Acadia Haas, Sawyer Haas, Austin Shaver, Carson Shaver, and Ellen Price all of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by his siblings (who called him Billy Bud) Patricia Shaver of Deer Lodge, Gladys (Phillip) Waterman of Salmon, Idaho, and Richard (Loraline) Shaver of Marysville, Wash. and former brother-in-law Donald Lowery of Deer Lodge. He was a beloved uncle to Keith Waterman, Marnie Hilton, Trina (Jeff) Carpenter, Josh (Noe) Shaver, and Jamie Lowery. Great Uncle Bill also had a very special bond with Kaden and Kynzlee.
Memorial services will be held at Deer Lodge Assembly at 11 a.m. on Friday October 11. Graveside and luncheon will follow. Memorials can be made to Deer Lodge Assembly or to a charity of your choice.
Joseph A. Weber
Longtime Deer Lodge resident, Joseph A. Weber, 99, passed away September 26, 2019.
Joe was born to John and Anna Weber on July 8, 1920 in Rugby, N.D. He grew up on the family farm and recalled many experiences of hard work including working on threshing crews, plowing the fields with horse drawn plows and working with livestock.
In October of 1942, Joe joined the US Army and was trained as an Infantryman and Machine Gunner. He served in New Guinea, the East Indies and the Philippine Islands. In 1944, he earned his first Purple Heart in New Guinea and later in 1944 while leading a five-man squad in the Philippine Islands, he earned a his second. He was gravely injured in combat and earned a Bronze Star Medal for bravery. After a lengthy recovery at Camp Carson, Colorado he was honorably discharged.
Joe returned home to the farm in N.D. for a short period of time and then decided to visit his sister Barbara in Montana. While there he met the love of his life Hazel. They were married in Bozeman in April of 1950. Shortly after, they moved to Deer Lodge where Joe lived in the same house for nearly 70 years.
Joe and Hazel traveled and camped extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico prior to Hazel’s death in 2010.
Joe was a dedicated father and grandfather and an amazing friend. He enjoyed photography and working on his house and yard. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, Welch’s Truck Stop in Garrison and retired as a Corrections Officer in Deer Lodge.
Joe was a proud American and was honored to be a part of the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington DC in September of 2012.
Joe is survived by daughter, Norma (Dale) Witzel of Las Vegas, Nev. and son, Ed (Kathy) of Pueblo, Colo., numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous other relatives and cherished friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Hazel and his son, Bill (Barb) Weber of Bozeman and several sisters.
Friends are asked to join the family for services to be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Jewell Funeral Home at 601 Missouri Ave in Deer Lodge. Joe will be laid to rest next to wife Hazel and son Bill at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.
You are invited to join the family at the Deer Lodge Elk’s Club following the service.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
Memorials can be made to the Senior Citizen Center in Deer Lodge, MT.
Heartfelt gratitude to his grandchildren Ray and Valerie Weber and to his very special friends Mary Becker and Tom and Tammy Clauson for the loving attention they provided, and to the caring employees of Powell County Medical Center.
Walter Cuchine passed away Sept. 8, 2019. He was born to Noah and Irene Cuchine January 07, 1951 in Victor.
He attended schools in the Anaconda area. After 30 years, Walter retired from MT State Prison. He enjoyed hunting with his boys and grandsons, and loved watching his boys’ football and wrestling activities. He never missed his grandsons’ football games, and loved spending time with them on trips to San Diego or Silverwood.
Walter leaves behind his wife Shelia of 47 years. Sons Brian and Micheal of Deer Lodge. Grandsons Trevor and Zack Cuchine, great-grandson Cayden, great-granddaughter Kailyn Cuchine. Grandsons Tyson and Jessie Cuchine. Brothers Tim and sister-in-law Debra Cuchine of Billings. Brother Noah Cuchine of Missoula. Numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services are planned for family.
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.
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