Dorothy Anne Sinerius
On February 8th, our precious mother, grandmother, grandma-great, aunt, and friend Dorothy Anne Sinerius left this earth to meet her Savior, three children, one grandson and husband and many others who had gone on before. Dorothy was born on July 24, 1930 in Butte to her parents Ivar and Annette Carlson. She was raised in Butte and attended schools there through eighth grade. Her fondest memories were of walking or taking the bus up to the beautiful Columbia Gardens and enjoying her friends and having fun. She always commented on how much she missed going there. They moved to Hamilton, and she attended high school there.
On November 16, 1946 she married Austin Hilton. She was welcomed into the Hilton family with open arms and was treated as one of the family who taught her how to cook and later to care for her children. She was still considered part of the Hiltons even after she and Austin divorced. Together they had three children, Austin (Bob), Beverly, and David. They lived in several Montana towns and ended up in Deer Lodge.
She married Henry (Mike) Sinerius on November 2, 1963 in Deer Lodge. Together they had one child, Lorri Ann. Before Mike passed, they discovered another daughter, Patti Jo Hellmann-Sinerius. Dorothy loved her as one of her own, and they had a special bond together and blessed each other over these last several years. Mike and Dorothy bought their first home on Main St. in 1967 and were so proud to have their little “sugar shack.” With love and hard work they made their little home into a cute little cottage that brightens up that block with charm and character. She loved her home and wanted to live there until she passed. She reached that goal, and we are so proud of her.
Dorothy worked several places in Deer Lodge but ended up working in the kitchen at the Deer Lodge schools. She enjoyed her job and the people she worked with. She worked there until she retired. They made most every thing from scratch back then and served wonderful meals.
She faithfully served her church, Deer Lodge Assembly, in many capacities over the years. The longest lasting one that she worked on almost to her last day was making beautiful and unique birthday cards for all the women in the church for the monthly birthday luncheon which she and her friend Elsie Bauman started many years ago. Recently, her friend Mabelle Thompson helped her get many made ahead. Ladies have been blessed and enjoy and cherish those cards.
Friends abound in her life which has helped her with the losses of her loved ones who proceeded her in death, especially the losses of her children, Austin (Bob) Hilton, David Hilton, Lorri Ann Sinerius-Lowery, and grandson, John Lowery. She was also proceeded in death by her parents Ivar & Annette, brothers Jack Carlson, Arthur Bliss, and sister June Florea, and her husband Henry (Mike).
Dorothy is survived by her daughter Beverly (Bill) Shaver, former son-in-law Don Lowery, former daughter-in-law Lila (Hilton), grandchildren, Jamie Lowery, Marnie Hilton, Tammi Price, Dawn (Eric) Haas, and Jeremy (Riana) Shaver, and Tobi Gibson. She was loved and known as Gramma-great to Meridian, Acadia, Sawyer, Austin, Carson, Ellen, Kaden and Kynzlee. She is also survived by her special friend George DeKay who had a challenge to see which one would see Jesus first. She called him to tell him she was going to win. She will be missed by all of us!
Dorothy had a passion and it was the Lord and wanting all her friends and family to know him as their personal Savior. She spent hours in the Bible and praying every morning. She kept a journal every day of her scriptures and prayers. Her last entry was February 5. She had read scriptures Matthew 21, John 10, Psalm 37, and quoted Psalm 37:9: “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord, He is their stronghold in times of trouble”. Her prayer: “O Lord, I do need you as our stronghold at this time, it seems there are troubles all about – We need You! Be with us Lord!! Amen.” Yes, I agree, we do need Him… He is our only hope! I’ll see you again mom, and I miss you with all my heart!
Memorial services will be held at Deer Lodge Assembly at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 16. Graveside and a luncheon will follow. Memorials can be made to Deer Lodge Assembly or to a charity of your choice.
Paul I. Greany
Paul I. Greany, 91, of Drummond, passed away on February 11, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle with prostate cancer.
Paul was born in Waterloo, Iowa on February 28, 1926 to William and Gertrude (Cavanaugh) Greany. In 1938, due to the economic hardships of the depression and dust bowl, the family left Iowa and headed west. They settled in Montana and Paul grew up in Elliston, where his parents owned and operated the Last Chance Gulch Saloon. While attending school, Paul worked summers at the Luke Phosphate Mine and honed his skill of driving horses while mowing and raking hay for the local ranchers.
Paul left school in 1943 at the age of 17, enlisting in the United States Navy. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater on the USS LST 612 as a Quartermaster Third Class. The crew participated in many of the major assaults in the Pacific, including Okinawa, Japan, the Luzon Operation and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines.
Returning to Montana after the war, Paul met Wilma (Billie) Coughlin and they were married in a Thanksgiving Day ceremony in 1949 in Helmville. Paul and Billie settled in Drummond where Paul formed Paul Greany Oil Company and was a jobber for the Continental Oil Company (Conoco) until he retired in 1992. Paul’s customers knew that no matter the conditions - snow, sleet, rain, or mud - the fuel was delivered! He and Billie owned and operated the ‘Biggest Little Store in Montana’ - Greany’s Dry Goods and Western Wear with locations in Drummond and Deer Lodge. Selling western wear and work clothing to Montana ranchers, loggers, and miners for over 50 years gave Paul a lot of pride.
Paul owned and operated Swede’s Bar in Drummond for several years before purchasing the Shack Bar in Deer Lodge where he ran a successful bar and restaurant for 15 years. He was always an entrepreneur looking for opportunities to support his family and to be involved in his community. Paul and Billie raised their four children in Drummond and supported the many activities of each; music, basketball, football, track and 4-H.
Paul was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years and was a founding member and first president of the Drummond Kiwanis Club. Over the years Paul was an ambassador for both organizations, selling thousands of dollars in advertisements and raffle tickets in support of their worthwhile causes and working at the events. Paul was a strong supporter of rodeo and the western way of life, riding his horse to carry the flag or driving a team of horses or mules in the local parades proudly representing his community and Montana’s western heritage. He participated in several reenactment cattle drives, including the Montana Territorial Centennial in 1964 and Montana Centennial ‘Big Drive’ in 1989. During travels to Europe, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Paul accompanied by his wife Billie, would rarely be without his Stetson hat. His boots and hat would often bring stares and comments only to elicit a smile and a chuckle from Paul.
Paul tried many rodeo events over the years, but found his passion with chariot racing, which he started at the age of 60! At his first competition, in Bozeman, he arrived with a homemade chariot, built from a 50-gallon oil drum with wheels welded to the bottom! Despite the other team’s jokes, Paul knew he had found his true passion!
Paul won and placed at many chariot events including, Idaho State Championships, Jackson Hole Shrine Club Cutter Races and the World Championship Chariot Races. In addition, he received awards for sportsmanship, best-matched team, and oldest driver. In 2017 at the age of 90, Paul was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.
A go-pro video of Paul’s winning race at the Jackson Hole Shrine Club Cutter Races in 2016 has had over 33,000 Facebook views and has been seen around the world - Australia, France, England and India! The video has also been shown as an inspirational video to the board of trustees of a major medical center in the New York metropolitan area!
At a time of life when most people have long-since retired, Paul continued to work, to care for his property and to pursue his passion of chariot racing. When Paul was not racing his chariot team, irrigating his property, mowing the lawn or helping with a branding, he could be found tending bar at the Corner Office in Deer Lodge until he retired in 2017.
Paul was a quiet, humble, generous, extremely patient, tough, and resilient man. He is a hero to many and an inspiration to all who knew him and to those who had the opportunity to watch him compete! From the cornfields of Iowa, over 80 years ago, to the mines and hay fields in Montana, to fighting for his country in WWII, as part of America’s “Greatest Generation,” it was an incredible journey... Love of country, love of family and the love of competition as well as a strong work ethic kept him focused and active.
Paul is survived by his wife of 68 years, Billie; children, Patrick (Kathy), Augusta; Dannette (Sameer) Merchant, Morristown, N.J.; JD (Deb), Bozeman; Paula (Grant) Savage, Aztec, N.M.; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, sister Regina White, Billings; brothers, Dr. Byron J., Greenacres, Wash. and Richard, Rapid City, S.D.; he is preceded in death by his brother, Dan and sister, Helen Gill.
A vigil will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, Deer Lodge, Friday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Deer Lodge with a luncheon to follow. Internment will be at the Helmville Cemetery at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made in Paul’s name to: Drummond Kiwanis Club, PO Box 70, Hall, MT 59837.
Our beautiful mother, sister and friend to many, peacefully went home to the Father at the nursing home in Deer Lodge on February 6, 2018.
Thelma was born in Priest River, Idaho, December 4, 1933 to Edward and Elouise Krueger.
December 10, 1949 Thelma married the first love of her life James W. Cain. They had one child, Ronald J. Cain on April 9, 1950.
In 1953 Thelma and James moved to the Deer Lodge Valley area until his passing March of 1973.
Thelma had a brief marriage to Fred Howard. Then Thelma went to work for the State Liquor Store in Deer Lodge.
She met the second love of her life Forrest Bishop. They married August 4 of 1981.
She became stepmom to four beautiful daughters which she loved very much and now her son wasn’t an only child.
Thelma became very active in the Deer Lodge area. She belonged to the Eastern Star. Thelma enjoyed Bunco with her many friends as well as Bingo at the Senior Center and her church. Thelma most enjoyed her family and many friends as well as traveling and reading.
After retiring from the State she did babysitting as Thelma loved babies and little children.
Then Thelma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She went to live at the Deer Lodge nursing home July of 2007 until her recent passing.
She is survived by her son Ronald (Ronnie) J. Cain and daughter-in-law Ina. Two brothers, Charles (Charlie) and Linda and Harold and Ruthie. Stepbrothers Allen and Walt. One stepsister Mary Kay. Her much loved stepdaughters Sharon, Elouise, Debbie and Mary Lou.
Thelma also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life for Thelma at a later date.
Any donations in Thelma’s name can be made to the Powell County Senior Center or to the Deer Lodge Presbyterian Church.
Joe Edward Gordon
Montana State Prison inmate Joe Edward Gordon died on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, of an extended illness. He was 61 years old.
Mr. Gordon was sentenced out of Jefferson County in 1997 for the crime of Aggravated Kidnapping. Mr. Gordon was sentenced to Montana State Prison for the term of 80 years. He was parole eligible in 2016 and had a discharge date of 2036.