Donna Marie Miller Weber
Donna Marie Miller Weber, age 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Our family can all attest to our Mom’s strength and strong will for all of what life had handed her.
Donna was born in Butte, Montana, and grew up in Elliston, graduating from Powell County High School. She married the love of her life, Ronald Weber, on March 10, 1956. Donna was a homemaker most of her life but enjoyed many hobbies. She was a worldly collector of many items, including a vast salt and pepper shaker collection which can be seen at the Deer Lodge museum. She loved reading as a way to learn, and she especially enjoyed crocheting and stamp collecting, but one of the last hobbies she had spent time doing was bobbin lace. She once flew to New York to attend a bobbin lace convention and remarked that for a portion of the flight, she chatted with and enjoyed the company of a little known musician, a young man named MC Hammer.
Donna loved family events more than anything and especially enjoyed the holidays. Many, many stories came from Christmas morning, as well as Thanksgiving in Elliston and dressing up for Halloweens as a witch or any number of costumes Donna usually put together herself. She made up her granddaughter Amber as Roger Rabbit for school one year. Mom also coached her daughter Julie in sewing many costumes for Annie, Eva and Claire.
Donna always spoke highly of several families in her life — She had stories of her own children, but also spoke of the friends her own kids brought over to play. She spoke of all the neighborhood kids that we grew up with like they were her own, the kids of the sixth ward were a wild bunch. During the years spent living in Elliston, Ron and Donna were thankful for the Carroll family and their four boys who endlessly helped with many chores.
Mom had some brief employment at the Helena State Nursery as a dibbler — the person who poked holes with their finger and dropped in seeds to grow the beautiful flowers they were known for — as well as selling corn on a corn truck for Kinsey Gardens.
Her favorite stories come from when she worked for the phone company (Ma Bell) as an operator at a switchboard. Like the shows on TV, she would talk to those on one end and connect them with their other party on the other end.
Dad and Mom enjoyed traveling and fishing in their later years. The different boats they had for lake fishing made for great fun with the grandkids, along with camping at White Earth and various other lakes.
Dad said that almost every time they fished, Mom would out-catch Dad no matter what they were using. As they slowed down some, going out and cooking over an open fire with their kids and grandkids gave them great pleasure. Mom and Dad enjoyed watching the grandkids play sports for Helena High and Capital High. Mom was always with Dad at the bowling alley and she had many close friends from those times.
Donna is preceded in death by her husband Ron; and her parents John and Gladys Miller. She is survived by her sister Mary Ann Fee; daughter Julie McKenna; grandchildren Annie Waples (Daniel Renfro), Eva Andrade (Juan) and Claire Waples (Tahisha); son John Weber with grandkids Tim Draper and Melissa Wilks (Brandon); son Ron Weber (Kari) with grandkids Amber Andersen and Adam Weber; and five great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, September 18, at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.
There will be a graveside service at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison on Tuesday, September 21, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elliston Church, P.O. Box 57, Elliston. MT 59728. To offer a condolence or to share a story about Donna, please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com.
Russell Wayne Jennings
Russell Wayne Jennings passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Russ was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, on September 29, 1936, to Ayres and Edna Jennings. After graduating from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree, Russ moved to Harlowton, Montana, to teach in the high school. While there he met Peggy Fuchs. They were married on December 3, 1960.
They moved to Missoula, Montana, where Russ completed his master’s degree. Russ was then awarded an assistant teaching position at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he also completed his PhD.
Russ worked in the human resource department at the Hanford nuclear plant in the state of Washington; the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Phoenix, Arizona; and he taught classes at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Russ spent his retirement years in Gilbert, Arizona, close to his family.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers (one an infant). He is survived by his daughter Janet Pattison (Graham), his son Bryce Jennings and his granddaughter Jessica Jennings.
Dixie Elnore Wohlers Henderson
Dixie Elnore Wohlers Henderson, age 83, passed away on August 19, 2021, surrounded by her children in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Dixie was born August 8, 1938, in Deer Lodge to Richard and Elnore Wohlers.
She is survived by her sons Mike Hotchkiss of Deer Lodge, Montana, Tom (Leona) Henderson of Hamilton, Montana and John Henderson of Deer Lodge, Montana; her daughter Zana (Kevin) Hogan of Gold Creek, Montana; her grandchildren Brittany Hotchkiss of Cut Bank, Montana, Stephanie (Rodney) Hunter of Deer Lodge, Montana, Shelby Jensen of Missoula, Montana and Riley Henderson of Dillon, Montana; and her one great granddaughter Lexi Stubs of Cut Bank, Montana. Dixie is also survived by her sister Judy Matti of Stevensville, Montana, brother William (Susan) Wohlers of Portland, Oregon, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Elnore Wohlers, her first husband Richard Hotchkiss and her brother John Wohlers.
Dixie was raised on the family rancvh in Gold Creek, where she spent her time riding horses, fishing and working. She graduated from Powell County High School in 1956. She married Richard Hotchkiss in 1956 and was blessed with her son Mike. She later married Merril Henderson in 1960 and was blessed with Tom, John and Zana. She worked in the law offices of Joe McElwain and Scotty McCallmun, later working for Jim Masar. She then worked at Deer Lodge City Hall until her retirement.
Dixie was well known for her wealth of knowledge. She was a hard worker and was the family historian. She loved spending time with family, sewing and playing a good game of pinochle.
A celebration of life will be held September 17, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Rialto Community Theatre, with lunch to follow at the Elks Club.
Memorial donations may be made in Dixie’s name to the Rialto Community Theater, P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Alisha Llamas passed away Tuesday, August 31st, 2021, after a long battle with various medical issues.
She began her career as a CNA at Madison County nursing home in Ennis, Montana. She later relocated to Deer Lodge, Montana, with her four daughters. She worked as a CNA at the Deer Lodge Medical Center’s long-term care facility, spending many years there. She also worked at Beyond Home assisted living and at Aware Inc. Galen MT.
Alisha enjoyed every minute of caring for people and being able to provide the best care for every person she came across. She enjoyed spending her free time with family and friends, as well as taking trips to California to be with her family. She made many long-lasting memories and friendships along her journey through life.
She is preceded in death by her parents Isaac and Caroline Ramirez; her Aunt Babe; and her husband David Llamas.
She is survived by her sister Patricia (Roberto) Cerda; daughters Silvia Llamas, Maria (Steven Vetter) Llamas, Carolina (Edgar) Salinas, Jessica (Wesley) Sinerius. She is also survived by grandchildren Jasmine Tallon; David and Victoria Llamas; Lisa and Katelyn Vetter; Emmanuel, Alejandro, Isaac and Sofia Salinas; and Jess Marie Sinerius, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alisha will be missed by many and will forever be in our hearts. There will be a graveside service on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Judith Mavis Ask
Judith Mavis Ask, passed away on Saturday, August 21st. Judy was born June 13, 1942 to Arthur and Gladys in Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. The family moved to Montana in 1948 and eventually settled in Deer Lodge in 1952. Judy had a very close relationship with her sister Joan Cutler. She was Aunt to Joan’s four children: Loxie, Lonnie, Chuck, and Sandy Judy enjoyed many hobbies to include riding horses and motorcycles in her younger years. Judy loved animals and owned a pet grooming business for many years. Judy started working in Oct 1976 for the Registrars Bureau, of Motor Vehicles, retiring in Dec 2004.
Judy loved her nieces and nephews dearly, spending time with them during summer vacations in Kalispell, Mt. The summer activities included hiking, swimming, target shooting, fly fishing on the upper Flathead river and troll fishing on Flathead lake. Her sister and best friend Joan enjoyed traveling to Reno/Jackpot for weekend getaways to test their luck. They also enjoyed their traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner of Lutefisk and lefse bread – a taste not acquired by the rest of the family.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Joan and nephew Lonnie. She is survived by her nieces Loxie and Sandy (Kirk) “Swede”), Chuck (Jonna), grandchildren (Josh, Lance, Lacie, Shane and Robyn) and many great nieces and nephews.
Judy was kind and gentle woman who always thought of others first – her passing has left a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her. She never missed a birthday or Christmas.
Per Judy’s request, no services are planned at this time – a celebration of her life will occur with close family and friends in the future.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Judith.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Judith and her family.
James I Waite
James I Waite passed away on August 23, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born in Deadwood, ID on November 29, 1945, to Olga Marie Ivie Waite and Earl Nichols Waite Sr. He was the 5th of 7 children. James and his family lived in various cities in Idaho and Colorado growing up.
James attended numerous elementary schools across Idaho and Colorado. His high school years were mostly spent in Salmon. While in high school James worked with his father at Earl Waite and Sons performing various tasks for underground mining. This started his lifelong love of identifying different rocks and becoming an amateur geologist.
James was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for all his life, and he served a building mission when he was 19 years old in the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake City, UT. He served in various callings to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through his many years as a member. His temple service was one of his most joyous activities.
While still attending Salmon High School he met his beloved wife of 54 years, Miss Peggy Sue Corbett. They began dating while Peggy was in college at Ricks College in Rexburg, ID, and were married July 7, 1967. Together James and Peggy traveled the country working in mining for different companies, but always returning to Idaho. James also worked in excavating on the Teton Dam and other such underground pursuits. He loved to spend time hunting, fishing, and camping through the summers with his family. In 1985 James was badly injured in the Clayton Silver Mine and spent the next year recovering before attempting to return to mining in Butte, MT, but that accident ended his mining days.
In 1987 James and his family moved to Willard, UT where he worked on a cherry ranch, and they continued raising their family. And in 1989 they moved to Ogden, UT where he worked as a maintenance technician.
James continued to enjoy camping with his family and otherwise spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed growing a garden and working in it with his wife. Together they would share the fruits of that garden with family, friends, and visitors. He was known to always have a loving word and candy for his grandchildren. The many visitors to his home were always welcome and knew they were valued. He had a love of playing games with his family and teaching them to others. James loved to teach others of his love of the Savior. He spent many an hour in the Temple. He never knew a stranger, as if he met one, they were soon a friend. He touched the lives of all around him.
In March of 2020 James and Peggy traveled to Deer Lodge, MT to assist their son and daughter-in-law with family business and were still there when the pandemic hit the United States and they decided to stay in Montana for safety at that time. While there he had a significant stroke, which made the stay in Montana a permanent one. In his last year of life, he enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren and teaching them all he could.
James was proceeded in death by his parents Earl and Olga Waite, his sisters Phyllis Mae Brazzell and Mickey Marie Waite and brother George Richard Waite, and his beloved son Burton LeRoy Waite.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Sue Waite, his children Susan Kay McCollor, James C Waite (Denise), Loren Gene Waite (Cindy), and Joseph Earl Waite, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Survived also by his siblings Earl Waite Jr, Thomas Waite (Lisa), and Loretta Peck (Gary).
James is escorted by pallbearers James Waite, Loren Waite, Joseph Waite, Kobe Waite, Matthew Waite, Bronx Waite, Ross Waite, and Hudson Waite. Honorary pallbearers Earl Waite Jr, Thomas Waite, and Gary Peck to his final resting place. Services will be held on September 3, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 400 S Daisy St Salmon, ID. The viewing is at 10:00 am and the service is at 11:00 am with internment to follow. A luncheon is scheduled to follow internment at the church. The funeral service will also be available to stream on zoom. The zoom link will be available on the funeral home’s website www.jonesandcaseyfh.com. Memorials can be sent to Peggy Waite at 708 4st St Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Timothy Matthew Tolon
Timothy Matthew Tolon, 69 passed away on August 20, 2021, in Clancy, MT due to complications from diabetes. Tim was born on July 21, 1952, in Deer Lodge, MT. Tim was the eldest child of seven, born to Lois (Potts) and Richard (Moose) Tolon.
Tim attended schools in Anaconda, MT, Livermore, CA, and Helena, MT. He graduated from high school in Helena, MT and went on to work for the State of Montana for 27 years. Diabetes forced his retirement, but he continued to live a productive and fulfilling life until recent years.
In Tim’s younger years, he enjoyed working with his uncle Frank Potts on the Helmville ranch and later with Todd and Eldon Voss, helping with work related projects in the Helmville area.
Tim was a faithful and devoted Catholic, attending Mass regularly. He occasionally met with the Helmville community church to celebrate with fellow townspeople amongst his many friendships.
Tim was well known around Deer Lodge and Helmville, fondly, as his daily walks and his volunteer work at PAWHS Humane Society made him many friends. Tim’s smile and wave always gained a “Hello, Tim!”, from the locals. Tim was dedicated to the impounded and loved dogs at PAWHS, and it gave him great happiness walking them from the shelter around town… much to the dogs’ enjoyment!
Although Tim had a reading disability, his many kind acts and accomplishments came from his uncanny knack to match people with their needs. He was very worldly in his sense to spot and locate items, real estate rentals and sales, pets, vehicles, firewood, etc. for those who were looking for a match. He helped so many people with his keen awareness of what people were needing and took no time matching things up for so many.
Among his love for helping and tending to animals, going to rodeos to watch the horses, a checker champion, and collecting miscellaneous items for his enjoyment, Tim was, unbeknownst to him, a town treasure…A person who was always out to help others and give a smile and kind word or deed.
He proved that his limitations did not block him from many obstacles. He contributed to his community in so many ways, and that brought him happiness. Boundaries did not define Tim’s life. His heart did.
Tim is survived by his mother, Lois Tolon, Helmville, MT; brothers, Tom Tolon of Colorado Springs, CO, Dan Tolon of Bluffton, SC, and Mike (Lesley) Tolon of Helena, MT; sisters, Terese Penix of Omaha, NE, and Luanne Antila of Elliston, MT; nephews and nieces, Destine Tolon, Lisa (Max) Schneider, Eric (Heather) Tolon, Cory Tolon, Brett (Marlena) Tolon, Sean Tippin, Brandon (Emily) Antila, Bo Antila and many great nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Tim is preceded in death by his father, Richard (Moose) Tolon; brother, Ed Tolon; brother-in-law, Danny Antila; and nephew, Alec Tolon.
Sometimes angels are disguised as people with special needs to teach us how to be better people.
The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4th at the Saint Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, 108 Main St in Helmville, MT. Burial will follow the Mass at the Helmville Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the Helmville Community Center, MT Highway 271. Suggested donations made in loving memory of Tim in lieu of flowers: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Helmville, MT, Helmville Community Club, PAWHS Humane Society, Deer Lodge, MT, or donor’s choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Tim.
Barbara Regina Strong
Barbara Regina Strong passed from this world early on Monday August 16th, 2021; she passed peacefully at Stillwater Hospice in Billings, MT. Barb was born on October 14th, 1955 in Deer Lodge, MT to Edward and Inge Wysocki . She is survived by her son Daniel Wirth and wife Cheryl, son Aaron Wirth and fiancé Sarah, son Joel Wirth and wife Morgan, and daughter Gabrielle Strong and partner Emmanuel Lozano, granddaughters Katrina, Naudia and Nina, and one great-grandson. She also leaves behind her three siblings, brother Henry Wysocki, sister Inger Tognetti and sister Eva Curry.
Barb had a passion for life, she enjoyed gardening, hiking, cross country skiing, reading books of all kinds and the company of family and good friends. The annual “Sisters” weekend she spent with Inger and Eva was one of the things she looked forward to most.
Barb survived two bouts with cancer and throughout her battles her motto was “Keep on Truckin!” and she lived by that for long after her treatments were done, even when the road was a rough one. She is loved and missed by many and will be carried in our hearts for eternity.
Please join us in celebrating her life at Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge, Friday September 10th, 2021 at 11am followed by the interment of the cremains at Hillcrest Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at St. Mary’s Center after.
Michele “Mickie” McQueary
Michele “Mickie” McQueary, age 72, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on August 6, 2021. A celebration of her life will be held from 1-4 pm on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main St., Deer Lodge, MT 59722. Mickie will be laid to rest during a private burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Mickie. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Mickie and her family.
Death Notice for James Hansen
James “Jim” Hansen, 83, of Gold Creek, MT, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Community Hospital of Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Jim’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Death Notice for Dale Filcher
Dale Filcher, 84, of Deer Lodge, MT, died Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Community Nursing Home of Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Dale’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
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