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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.

Lenore Rose Prigge - May 20, 1927 - December 9, 2017

Lenore Rose (McGreevey) Prigge passed away on December 9 at the age of 90 from natural causes at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 20th, 1927 in Anaconda, Montana to Patrick Joseph (“PJ”) McGreevey and Hazel (Mehrens) McGreevey, the sixth of eight children.

 

She attended school in Anaconda, and during high school she worked at the Washoe Theatre, where she developed a lifelong love of film. Lenore graduated from Anaconda Central High School in 1945 and attended college in Great Falls, Montana. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob Prigge. They married, and after Dad graduated they returned to Anaconda where Bob began working for The Daly Bank. They loved being in Anaconda close to family and created many warm memories while raising their three young children.

 

In 1956 the family moved to Butte and laid permanent roots. Bob began his career in the accounting profession and Lenore worked in several places including Hennessey’s Department Store and the women’s clothing stores of Gene’s and Maggie Ann’s. She loved being in the retail business and took great pride in helping women look their best.

 

Lenore was a fiercely independent woman to the end and the true matriarch of her family. She had a dry wit and loved a good laugh, especially with her two buddies Hazie and Dianha. She loved animals, above all her Irish Setters Brandy and Red. Her strong Catholic faith, Irish heritage, and kind, gentle spirit had a way of putting people at ease and made her an inspiration to her children, grandchildren, and friends.

 

Education was a great love of Lenore’s. In 2001, she established the Robert L. Prigge Scholarship Endowment at the University of Montana. The endowment provides scholarships for accounting students from Butte. She took great pleasure in reading the annual letters of appreciation from students who received these scholarships.

 

Lenore and Bob enjoyed traveling and had many happy memories with family and friends at their cabin at Georgetown Lake. Thirty years ago, they began living in Rancho Mirage, California during the winters, where they enjoyed the weather, developing friendships and playing golf. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bob, and all of her siblings: Marie Fenner (Bing), Dr. Virginia McGreevey DVM, Dr. Don McGreevey, Dr. Jim McGreevey (Grace), Rita McGreevey, Ed McGreevey, and Dr. Frank McGreevey.

 

She is survived by sisters-in-law Luann McGreevey and Laverne McGreevey; her children—Patty (RD) Corette, Bob (Cindy) Prigge, and Rick Prigge (Karen Stout); her grandchildren—Lorrie Campbell, Chris (Steve) Noyd, Joe (Mary) Monahan, Sean Monahan, Megan (Christopher) Wallace, Cameron Lundy, Justin Prigge, Jason (Molly) Prigge, Leigha (Peter) Hession, Jon Prigge, Leo (Jen) Prigge, and Ricky Prigge (Kyla Garcia); and her sixteen great grandchildren—Ian and Emily Campbell; Reed Noyd; Caitlin, Noah, and Seth Monahan; Paige, Kyle, and Kaylee Monahan; Trianna, Madison, and Preston Lundy; Jack and Ella Prigge; Olivia Hession, and Dash Prigge.

 

The family would particularly like to thank Diahna Sayles for the wonderful friendship and care she gave Mom over the years, as well as Amelia Davis, Sheena Hensley, Senior Solutions and Frontier Hospice for their care and guidance over the past few months.

 

Mom, we know you are happy to be reunited in heaven with Dad and your family. Your deep faith in God gave you strength in good times and bad. We all love you and will miss you so much.

 

A family greeting will be held at Holy Spirit Church on Thursday at 10:00 AM, followed by a mass at 11:00. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery following the funeral mass.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice.

Ron Hjelt - August 16, 1938 - December 12, 2017

On December 12, 2017, Ronald R. Hjelt passed away doing what he loved. He was born on August 16, 1938 in Butte, MT to Brynold and Miriam (Skut) Hjelt. He attended Butte High School, leaving in the 9th grade to work and provide for his family. On May 6, 1961, he married Arlene (Plute) Petersen. From that union, he had two children, Leann & Dale Hjelt. Even through a divorce, the two still remained great friends. From there, Ron married Kay (Spriggle) Hjelt in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Together they spent a lot of time traveling, working together, and enjoying each other’s company. If there was one way to describe Ron, it would be that he was a man tough as iron. From a young age, he knew that it was work before play. That was one of the many great traits that he passed on to his family and everyone that he crossed paths with. He loved spending his off-time fishing, hunting with his favorite hunting partner, Lee Masters, and of course “shooting the bull” with a cup of coffee in his hand. Ron was a simple man with simple pleasures. He loved his bacon and eggs, his jeans and suspenders, and his toothpicks. But to Ron, there was nothing better than putting in a hard day’s work. After retiring from Pacific Steel, Ron and his son Dale decided to start up H & H Trading Company. It has been up and running for about 12 years now, and to this day Ron never missed a beat. He not only took pride in his business, but also his employees, and customers. Ron and Dale built something from nothing, but to the both of them it was so much more than that. Ron is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Duane Hjelt. He is survived by his wife Kay Hjelt, children Leann (Tom) Loggins, Dale (Heidi) Hjelt, step children Beverly Porter, Cindy O’Connell, Mike (Shelly) Carper, and Tamie (Kevin) Kennedy. His grandchildren Dale and Shawnee Hjelt, and Levi Loggins. Jason (Terri) Gibson, Blaine (Mary) & Dennis (Amy) O’Connell, McKayla, Ricky, and Jenny Carper – and all extended family. Funeral services will be on Friday, December 15th, at 11 AM at Dugan Dolan. There will be visitation at 10 AM. Memorials in memory of Ron may be made to Action Inc., Gary Loggins National Honor Society Scholarship Fund, or the Chelsea Baily Animal Shelter.

 

Tap’er Light Dad, you’ve earned it!

Leeann Marie Lundgren - September 28, 1967 - December 11, 2017

Leeann Tonkin Lundgren, 50, passed away on Monday afternoon, December 11, 2017, in the local hospital, with her guardian angels nearby.

She was born in Butte September 28, 1967, to Joanne (Rajacich) and Lee Tonkin. She attended Butte schools and worked at the Butte Sheltered Workshop 27 years. She was a dedicated and loyal worker, who was always willing to work hard.

Leeann will be remembered for engaging smile and determination to share her experience through stories. She was independent but loved being around people. She loved children and shared a special connection with them, taking every chance to shower them with her unconditional love and hugs.

She loved going places and socializing with family and friends. She enjoyed bowling, crafting, sewing and participating in Special Olympics. Her greatest gift was her beautiful and contagious smile. You just couldn’t help but feel love and acceptance whenever you were around her.

She is preceded in death by her mother Joanne, her father Lee, her sister Nicole. her brother “Little” Lee, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Survivors include her siblings Tara and (Jerry) Wood, Jamie Lundgren, Tondra and (Paul) Swanson, Todd Tonkin, Vanessa Tonkin, Steve Norbeck, Mike and (Sharon) Norbeck and Tammy Rhodes. Numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

There are many people and places that have touched Leeann’s heart and she has impacted so many in her short life with us. A special notice, filled with love, goes to Angie Pratt, who was a constant support and advocate to Leeann. And to Leeann’s young friend, Deagyn, who was an instant favorite of hers from the beginning.

Friends are asked to join the family on Friday between the hours of 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy of Montana, Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter, or donor’s choice.

William "Bill" F. Markovich - April 27, 1929 - November 24, 2017

Bill Markovich 88 November 24, 2017, the last chapter of my life was written, my journey here on earth has ended. He was a loving husband, fantastic father, brother and loyal friend. I was born on April 27, 1929, to John and Mary (Plute) Markovich, and also welcomed by my big brother John, whom I adored.

 

I went to grade school at the Sacred Heart and St Ann’s and graduating from Boys Central with the class of 1947. I started working at a very young age and continued working up till I was in my late 70’s, loving and looking forward to what that day would bring to me. Always up by 4:00 AM ready to start my day as planned. As a youngster, I sold many a newspaper in uptown Butte and helped my brother deliver milk for Miners Dairy. In the summer I would work alongside of my dad at his construction jobs, those where great days for me. I always had a few bucks in my pocket.

 

After graduating from Boys Central, I worked for Butte Tin for a short time, but my heart always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps. Loving and enjoying building, I started my own business in 1948 "MARKOVICH CONSTRUCTION" which I owned and operated for 40 years.

 

In 1978 my son Bill Jr. joined me as a partner and he still continues the operation of this business. That same year we built "YOUR KEY SELF STORAGE", we were partners till 1989 when I became sole owner.

 

In 1950 I married my high school sweetheart, Patricia (Shea) Markovich, We had four children, Bill Jr, Patti, Peggy, and Denis. We enjoyed 24 years together, she was taken from earth too soon. Pat was my first true love and I loved her with all of my heart. We had many family vacations together but the thing we enjoyed the most is the time we were together at our cabin, which we built on the Big Hole River in 1959.

 

In 1976 I met my soul mate Peggy (Richards) Markovich, I fell in love with her unconditionally, she becomes my world, best friend, partner and she fulfilled my life. The sun shined down on both of our lives. We have had 42 awesome years together; all we ever needed was to be with one another, that is when we were the happiest. We have traveled the world, loved to dance, bowl, or just sit on the ocean for hours on end. Peggy had two children David and Barbara, I welcomed them as my own, being a step parent is so much more than just a parent. We made the choice to love each other when we really didn’t have to. We have lived, loved, lost, missed, hurt, cried, laugh, trusted, made mistakes but most of all we have learned.

 

To my son Denis, thanks for always being there for me, for all the little rides you took me on, and for taking such good care of me, for our coffee at Arby’s in the AM and tea in the PM at the house. We have enjoyed lots of quality time together.

 

I do not regret the things I have done. I do regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.

 

Bill is survived by many family and friends who love him and mourn his passing. As my time with my family and friends ends, my hope is that everyone will get along as they honor my memory. Those left behind to cherish my memory are my wife Peggy, who has made my life worth living, Bill (Sidni) Markovich, Corey (Kristi) Markovich, Megan (Jason) Cowdry, Keelie and Knox Markovich, Vanderbilt and Dagny Cowdry, Patti (Bob) Burns, Bobby Pat (Katrina), Jacey (Bill) Edwards, Josh (Joanna) Burns, Lliam Edwards, Peggy (Mike) Habich, Misty (Corey) Warner, Austin (Caroline) Habich, Kadynae and Cora Warner, Denis (Linda Pautsch), Tacey (Derek) Norris, Jordyn Foster, Madisyn and Emersyn Norris, David (Aliesha) Richards, Barbara (Jeff) Brown, and Meriah Taylor and Teal Taylor. My children are the rainbow of my life. My grandchildren are the pot of gold, along with my great-grandchildren filling the space in my heart that I never knew was empty. Also survived by the sister-in-law, Donna (Bill) Thomson; brother-in-law, Jack (Darlene) Kristovich, and Frank (Penny) Kristovich; and cousin, Jim Markovich, who has been special to us both through this last journey of Bill's life. Thank you.

 

Preceding Bill in death is the mother of his four children Patricia; parents, John and Mary; brother, John; and his nephew Gary Markovich, who he thought the world of. These loved ones were waiting for him when he arrived at his heavenly home. No one enters heaven alone, there is always someone to take you home. Soar high Mr. Bill, you are free.

 

Bill’s family will be forever grateful to the staff at the Crest Nursing Home who cared and loved Bill during the first year of his journey living with Alzheimer’s. To the Springs of Butte for the loving care he received during the last stages of this disease, and for the dignity and understanding given to his soul mate Peggy. A big thank you to Highland Hospice and Dr. Yates, you are wonderful, we couldn’t have done this without your help. You all have made our journey a little easier to cope with, thank you all for your kindness, respect, and thoughtfulness. You provided such loving care to most the wonderful man that was placed here on earth, who we call husband, dad, gramps, and gonka.

 

We will have a celebration of Bill’s life for our friends and family on Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Duggan Dolan Mortuary, located at 1805 Meadowlark Lane. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am.

 

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. The only thing I’ll be taking with me when I left this world I have packed safely inside my heart.

 


 


 

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