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.