Bertha Hyvonen, 92, went to be with the Lord on September 16, 2015 and to join her “First Love” for 69 years, John A. Hyvonen. Bertha was born June 20, 1923 in Red Lodge, to Mike and Mary Marsyla. They had three children: son Robert (deceased), daughter LaVerne of Tucson, and son thomas of Santa Fe, N.M. They had seven grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren. Bertha was the last surviving sibling on both sides of the family.
Most important to dad and mom were family, live-long friends, and new friends made through the years. They enjoyed traveling, golf, snowmobiling, reading and crafts of all kinds.
As per Bertha’s request, there will be no services. She will be buried next to her husband and son in Red Lodge.
We were truly blessed by God for the loving parents He gave us.
Tammie Renae Hover Romine
Tammie Renae Hover Romine went to be with her father September 22, 2015 with family and friends at her side after a long battle with cancer.
Tammie was born November 4, 1961 in Deer Lodge to Forest Hover and Edna Parish Hover.
She was a member of Warwic Chapter #43 Order of Eastern Star, Newport News, Va. She was also a member of Rainbow for Girls, Job’s Daughters, and the National Honor Society. She lived in Montana, Colorado, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia, eventually settling in Phoenix.
She was preceded in death by her father Forest Hover, maternal grandparents Phoebe and Carl Parish, and grandfather Harold Hover.
She is survived by her husband Trey Romine, son Eric, mother Edna Parish Hover, all of Phoenix. Carl Parish of Deer Lodge, cousins Andrea Perkins and son Quintin of Deer Lodge, and Jodi Parish of Belgrade.
Donations may be made to donors choice.
Montana State Prison inmate Victor Snorsky #2135506 died on Friday, October 9, 2015 from an apparent suicide. Inmate Snorsky was discovered in his assigned housing unit and security and medical staff responded. He was transported to Deer Lodge Medical Center and pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m.
Inmate Snorsky was serving sentences for aggravated assault and two counts of burglary from Cascade County and assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon by a prisoner and five counts of assault with bodily fluids from Powell County.
His projected discharge date was September 1, 2073.
An autopsy has been conducted at the State Crime Lab in Missoula.
Eric Allen Holt
Eric died at his home in St. George, Utah, Sunday, October 11, 2015. He was born July 10, 1967, in Missoula, the son of Michelle Geary Holt and the late Cliff Holt. Eric enjoyed his childhood in Missoula, Bozeman, and Bonner, Eugene Ore., and Post Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Post Falls High in 1985, from North Idaho College with an A.S. in 1988, and from the University of Idaho in 1990 with a B.S. degree in wildlife biology/environmental science. Eric immediately began his wildlife- biologist profession as an employee of EG&G, a private national defense government contractor, and became part of the Yucca Mountain Nevada project, where Eric became a lead scientist in the study of the desert tortoise. In 1991 Eric married Tammy Booth. Their first son was born in 1994. When the Yucca Mountain contract was completed, Eric and family moved home to Missoula, where he worked for the Fish and Game. Their daughter was born in Missoula in 1996. While in Missoula, Eric accepted a position with the Oregon Fish and Game. After a short stay in Oregon, the family moved to Lubbock, Tex., so Eric could earn a masters’ degree in environmental science at Texas Tech. Their second son was born in Lubbock in 1999. After completing his masters’ degree, in 1999, Eric became part of the Wildlife Division of JBR Consultants (now SANTEC) in Sandy, Utah. Later he was promoted to division manager, and he established a branch office in St. George.
Eric is survived by his three children, Jeremiah, Sierra, and Bridger, his former wife, me (his mom), his step-dad Ted Hannah, his sister Heather Holt, his grandma Patricia Geary, his aunts Suzy (Martin, deceased) and Barbara (Burton, deceased) Holt, uncle Keith (Eileen, deceased) Larson, Nora and Greg Myett, Great-Aunt Maureen Geary, his mom’s Helmville first cousins regarded by Eric as aunts and uncles: Richard Geary, Mike Scott and Joyce Geary Scott, Bob Geary, Elaine Geary Olsen, Joan Geary Smith, Daniel Geary, and George Olsen; and his, as he called them, “Butte, America” cousins, Tom and Tim Geary, Meg Downey, Amy Carmody, and Patti Stein.
He also leaves behind a bunch of Geary and Holt cousins; those close to his age were also childhood buddies, Brynn Holt, Travis and Shyra Scott, Brian Olsen, Kara Olsen Libster, Ben and Tony Smith, Jake and Joe Geary, and Katie Geary Applegate. He is also survived by dozens of friends and coworkers for whom his family is so thankful for the tapestry you added to Eric’s life.
Eric is preceded in death by his grandpa John T. Geary, grandparents Ada and Clifford Holt, and, as he would say, “a whole lot of others.”
Eric lived for the outdoors. For a kid raised in the mountains and four seasons of Montana and Idaho, Eric had become a desert rat. He felt an abiding peace while traipsing through the deserts of Nevada and Utah. The canyons and mesas held a special beauty to him. Camping (countless tales here), hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and desert hiking filled his spirit as did the Yankees, Eagles, and Griz along with music—loud music, family, and traditions. Mostly, though, Eric was a devoted, doting, proud dad. His kids were his world. His goodness and his (many) quirks are living on in each of them. Always the biggest kid in the room, Eric easily became “Pops” and “Soda Pops” to his kids’ friends.
Eric left a gentle footprint on this earth. His respect for the earth began at a young age and was fostered by his Uncle Mike Scott, also a wildlife biologist. Eric never entertained a different college major, a different life’s calling. Eric left his mark on this earth through the meticulous, ethical, unbiased environmental studies he conducted and the easy rapport he established with varied clientele, a rapport based in honesty and fairness for people and for the planet.
In Eric’s memory, his family asks you plant a tree, hunt with a purpose, run a desert race, rescue a cat, love a dog, build a bonfire, or simply recall a memory of him and smile. His wry sense of humor endeared him to all.
The family may be contacted through Eric’s Facebook page and at firstname.lastname@example.org
“And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
And though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.” (Paul McCartney, “Let It Be”)
Love ‘ya, I-Rock, Mom
Lois Kolesarich 1950-2015.
Lois Kolesarich was born August 12, 1950 in Omaha Nebraska to Joseph and Marjorie Gorman. They had three girls Lois, Louise and Loretta. Loretta preceded her in death in Deer Lodge in 2005. Her sister Louise currently lives in Tumwater Washington.
Lois had two children. Ava LeAnn born in 1974 and Tanya Dawn in 1976. Ava passed away from Brain Stem Cancer in 1993. Tanya lives in Elma Washington with Lois’ three grandchildren Nykole, Trista and Brendan. Lois also lovingly helped to raise many children throughout her lifetime through Foster Care and adoption where she was additionally blessed with many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Lois spent a large portion of her life in Washington until moving to Montana in 1993 where she remained until her death. She enjoyed her job working with the public at MRC making many friends and had a very close friendship with her then boss, Tina Schowengerdt.
Lois’ greatest joy was spending time with family. She loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mountain drives and crocheting blankets for her family.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life was held Monday October 19, 2015 at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge. The family asks that any donations made in Lois’ honor be made to the Make A Wish Foundation.
Ray Gordon Masters
Ray Gordon Masters, 86, was born July 12, 1929, in Rocker, Montana, the second of three sons born to John S. and Edna Fenton Masters. Ray passed away Sept. 16, 2015.
The family moved to Butte in 1939. Ray was from an old Butte family. His grandfather, Will Masters of Cornwall, England, came to Butte in 1880.
He graduated from Butte High in May 1946 at the age of 16. He began work for the Montana Department of Highways in July 1946 in Harlem, Montana. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman during the 1947-1948 school year, then resumed employment with the Highway Department. He served in the U.S. Army from February 1951 to February 1953 as surveyor in 369th Engineer Amphibious Support Regiment. He then returned to employment with the Highway Department after Army service and retired in April 1977. The final 20 years he spent as project engineer/manager on mostly interstate highway construction projects in southwest Montana.
Ray conducted a private land surveying business in Deer Lodge area from April 1977 through December 1989. He married Afton Parks in Whitehall in February 1951, and his son Terry R. Masters was born in Butte May 25, 1952. Afton passed away in an auto accident in May 1954. Ray then married Vera E. Noble Morton in Butte, May 1954, she passed away from complications following a major surgery in Bozeman in December 1970. He then married Betty J. Norris Barton in Deer Lodge in December of 1972, she passed away in a hospital in Seattle while being treated for leukemia in January 1989.
Ray was an avid golfer, served as board member and president of Deer Lodge Golf Club and served on the board of directors for Montana State Senior Golf Association in 1994. He also enjoyed fishing and was an active sports fan. He was a retired member of Montana Assoc. of Land Surveyors. He was of the Protestant faith.
Ray met Doris Hogue (Johnston) at their 50th high school class reunion (1996). They had not met each other previously. Doris had returned to Montana to care for her mother, who passed away in 1998. They moved to California later to be close to Doris’s family and bought a home in Oceanside and enjoyed the sunny California life and family.
Ray was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Edna Masters; brother, John; son, Terry; wives, Afton Parks Masters, Vera Noble Masters, and Betty Norris Masters; and grandson, Chris Barton.
Ray leaves behind dear friend Doris Hogue of Oceanside, Calif.; brother, Lee Masters, and Lee’s daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Dale Hjelt (Dale Jr. and Shawnee), all of Butte; Patty, whom he called daughter (Steve) Flynn of Deer Lodge; grandson, Lee Barton of Butte; daughter-in-law, Sandy Masters of Belgrade; nephews, Raymond (Linda) Noble of Three Forks, Chuck (Sue) Noble of Belgrade, Bill (Karen) Dringle of Ennis and niece Donna (Ed) McCarthy of Deer Lodge.