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William B Pesanti September 16, 1944 to March 3, 2018

On a beautiful snowy day, a great man, father, and papa saddled up his horse and galloped into heaven. On March 3rd, 2018, wearing his favorite robe and pondering about the wonderful day ahead, William Pesanti followed his normal routine, enjoyed a cup of coffee, and gazed out his kitchen window. Unbeknownst to him and to the dismay of all of his loved ones, William was about to embark on his final adventure on Earth and trot into eternal paradise.
Born September 16th, 1944 to Bill and Geraldine Pesanti, William was the eldest of 8 children, where he took the responsibility as the ultimate caretaker. Bill, was educated at St. Patrick’s school, and then graduated from Butte High in 1963. He then attended Montana State University, where he would always joke, that his horse Goldie, received better grades than he did. After college, Willy followed in traditional Pesanti fashion to serve his country, by enlisting in the Navy during the Vietnam War. During his service, he traveled the Philippines and Japan. His last assignment before being Honorably Discharged was ‘Heavy Attack Squadron 10.’
Upon his return home to Butte, Bill met his best friend and the love of his life, Julie Anderson. On their very first date, Bill being the romantic he was, picked Julie up in his blue 18-wheel Peterbilt, in front of the Pekin Noddle Parlor. His persistence finally paid off and on April 25th, 1977 Bill and Julie were married. Together, they raised 5 wonderful children and were blessed with 10 beautiful grandchildren. They celebrated 40 years of marriage, which was filled with love, integrity, and kindness.
Through his life, he was a man of many trades. He started his career working for: Safeway, where he held multiple positions, “Pesanti Trucking Company,” New York Life, Consolidated Freight, and eventually started his own cleaning business. Bill, took pride in being a strong union man and was proud to be a member of the Teamsters.
His wife, children, and grandchildren were his whole heart. He lived a fulfilling life with a constant smile on his face. He was never in a hurry and always stopped to say hello. He always meant what he said and genuinely felt happiness from other people’s success and good fortunes. We will miss his laugh, his witty sense of humor and his ability to make everybody feel as they were the most important person in the room.
He was preceded in death by his Grandma and Grandpa Pesanti, his very special Grandma Noel, Father Bill, Mother Geraldine, and Sister Laurie Pesanti.
He is survived by the love of his life Julie; daughter and son-in-law Noelle and Matthew McGree, Mistina and Rob Lee, Sheena and Clark Hensley, and sons Willy and Austin Pesanti. Grandchildren, Matilyn and Keefer McGree, Connor, Caitlin, Emry, Laiklyn and Walker Lee. Ryker Patacini, Willa, and Harrison Hensley. Brothers; Joe, Paul and Larry and Melinda Pesanti, Sisters; Carla and Clark Miller, Jerie Pesanti, and Leslie and Randy Stewart. Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call Friday after 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am in the church.
As tough as it was to let go, God needed help and we understand. He is in our hearts and we will never forget his incredible wisdom, wit, and ability to provide comfort to all. Love you, Dad.

Donald Lembke October 29, 1938 to February 28, 2018

Our family lost its patriarch, a larger than life personality with a knack for taking care of people; many others lost an irreplaceable friend and eight grandkids lost their Papa.


Don Lembke died Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Missoula, Montana surrounded by his loving family.


Don was born October 29, 1938, in Butte to Gil and Martha Lembke. He was raised in Butte, attended Emerson grade school, and graduated from Butte High School in 1956. His classes from both schools continue to have reunions that Don loved, planned, and participated in. From one said reunion he reunited with the second love of his life Lois Lynn Evenskaas. Both got a bonus love they were not expecting and enjoyed. They took care of each other until the end.


Don attended MT Tech for two years and then served in the U.S. Marine Corp. During that time, he fell in love with his wife of 49 years Jane. Don and Jane raised their three children in Butte. Don worked for Nabisco for 30 years and owned the two Butte Dairy Queens with partners that became best friends for life.


One of his greatest joys was his cabins at Georgetown Lake. He spent every weekend and the spare minute he could there. After retiring at age 50 he liked nothing more than tinkering and working on projects there and following son Chad’s Grizzly football.


He is survived by his “girl” wife Lynn; his daughter and son-in-law Donel and Jim Ludwick, daughter and son-in-law Dana and Eric Syvrud and son Chad Lembke, grandchildren Brooke, Lakyn, Marti, and Broc Ludwick, Ciera and Soren Syvrud, and Rella and Hudson Lembke. He is also survived by his niece and nephews Janeen, Kent, and Curt Lembke.


He was preceded in death by his wife Jane Lembke, parents Gil and Martha Lembke, brother Ray Lembke, and numerous cousins and great friends.

Friends are asked to join with the family on Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in Aldersgate Methodist Church for visitations.   Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 in the Church.   Entombment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.


Catherine Angela Joy - July 14, 1931 - January 31, 1931

The first of five daughters, Catherine Angela was born to Tony and Rose Joy on July 14, 1931. Being the oldest, she always felt it was her responsibility to take charge of her sisters. At the age of five, Dolly, as she was affectionately called by her father, began playing the violin and became an accomplished violinist. She pursued this passion through her high school career but opted to decline a music scholarship at graduation and entered the workforce. Music was always an important part of her life and she enjoyed playing the piano and organ into her 80’s. After high school, she worked many years as a legal secretary. Catherine then began her 30-year banking career starting as a secretary in the installment loan department and retiring as a loan officer at what is now Wells Fargo Bank. She was the first female to become an installment loan officer in the Anaconda bank. When the Elks mid-winter meeting was held in Anaconda, Catherine was asked to take and record the minutes. She continued to act as recording secretary at every Elks Convention and midwinter meeting for many years being the only woman allowed to be present at these closed sessions. Through this experience, she made many long-lasting friendships throughout the state which she cherished. Catherine was also involved with the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce, various clubs and banking organizations. She was the recipient of the Spark Plug Award for her work and dedication to the Chamber. When Catherine was called back home to heaven on January 31, 2018, she was surrounded by her family. Waiting to meet her at the pearly gates were her parents, sister Mary Ann Sanders, brothers in law Joe Rashleigh and Ray Sanders, and nephew Jonathan Sanders. She is survived by her sisters Angie (Bob) King, Antoinette (Gayland) Ida of Anaconda, and Michele Rashleigh of Butte. Nieces and nephews Crystal Ida, Jennifer (Chad) Kriskovich, Lisa (Mike) Anderson, Tina Powers, Todd Rashleigh, Jeanine Rashleigh, Kathy (Jerry) Miller, Cindy (Joe) McCarthy, Bob (Lisa) King, Mike (Roxi) King, Rosie (Greg) Garrison, Raymond (Cyndee) Sanders, Paul (Stacia) Sanders, Kenny (Chrisdee) Sanders, Joy (Drake) Scheetz, Annette Cornelly, Chris (Michelle) Sanders, and Mary (Craig) Roblyer. She also leaves behind many great nieces, nephews and their families. Catherine's family would like to thank Copper Ridge and their staff for the wonderful care and compassion she was given these last six years. Mass of Christian burial will be at Holy Family Church in Anaconda on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:30 am. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Peter’s Church Restoration Fund, Lady of the Rockies or donor’s choice.

Arlene June Spear - June 20, 1941 - January 23, 2018

Arlene June Spear, loving wife, mom, sister and gram ma passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings after a short illness. Born in Butte on June 20, 1941, Arlene attended St Joseph’s grade school and was a proud graduate of Butte High School in 1959. She then attended Butte Business College, receiving a degree in accounting and business administration. On July 7 1962, Arlene Downing became Arlene Spear when she and Roger were married at St. John’s Evangelist Church in Butte. One of her earliest jobs was at the Fox Theatre and then later working at Beneficial and Aetna Finance, Ward Thompson Paper Company, and the Butte Sheriff’s office. Working at Butte Silver Bow City Court is where Arlene truly found her passion. During the 25 years she was employed there, Arlene had the pleasure of working with 5 different city court judges. When their children, Brad and Deanna were young, Arlene enjoyed being directly involved in their activities - Cub Scout den mother, peewee baseball coach, and girls’ basketball coach to name a few. And she never missed a game or function. Later in life, Arlene enjoyed St. Joseph’s Club gatherings, Red Hats and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian, for whom she served as past state president. During summers, Arlene loved spending time boating and four wheeling with her family and friends at their cabin at Georgetown Lake. But above all, her granddaughters Amanda and Erika were her greatest joys. She treasured each and every minute she spent with them. Gram ma was always involved in their academics, athletic and social activities. Arlene is survived by her son Brad and daughter-in-law Rose Spear (Butte); daughter Deanna and son-in-law Joel Tierney (Montana City), granddaughters Amanda and Erika Spear (Butte); brother Fred Downing, Jr. and sister-in-law Kathleen Likvan (Missoula); brother-in-law Bob and sister-in-law Esther Spear (Butte) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Roger; parents Fred and Katie Downing; mother and father-in-law Joe and Catherine Spear; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Roberta and Dwaine Kennis; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and one nephew. Arlene will be sadly missed by her family, her many friends and especially by her faithful four-legged child and constant companion, Bandit. She had a wonderful sense of humor and in the time honored tradition of most Butte natives, Arlene always had a story to tell. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to St James and St Vincent’s Healthcare for their care and compassion. Friends are asked to join the family on Monday after 4:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located on Majors Avenue. Memorials can be made to the George Tierney Scholarship Fund c/o Butte High School; St John’s Parish; or Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel, PO Box 782, Butte, MT 59703.

Chad Michael Willoughby - May 21, 1972 - December 7, 2017

It is with great sorrow that the family of Chad Michael Willoughby shares his passing. Chad passed away suddenly in North Dakota on December 7, 2017.


Chad was born on May 21, 1972 to Christine and Glenn Willoughby in Butte, Montana. He attended Hillcrest Elementary, East Junior High, and graduated from Butte High School in 1990. He moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 2001 where he was employed by Herzog Services as a chief operator.


Chad was a lover of life, cars and cooking, and anything Butte. He was a loving and devoted son, nephew, uncle, cousin, and a loyal friend. The people that Chad has touched during his life will forever be changed with his passing.


He is survived by his mother, Christine Hepola, Aunts and Uncles Paul and Patti Hepola, Marilyn Keller of Spokane, WA, Teresa and Jim Kenneally, Julie and Dave Boyd, Steve Hepola, and Barb and Andy Burton. There are too many cousins and their children as well as extended family to mention here. For the past two years, he shared his life with his girlfriend, Jenna Martin of Moorhead, Minnesota.


Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 16th Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Family will be available to receive guests after 12:00 PM Service will begin at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Chad's name to the charity/organization of your choice.

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