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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.


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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.




Robert Renz - October 3, 1933 - November 20, 2017

Robert “Bob” Renz, 84, passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2017, in his own home.


Born and raised in Butte, Bob was the son of Waldemar “Bill” and Veronica (O’Brien) Renz. Growing up in Butte, Bob loved participating in sports. He developed this talent and was an outstanding tri-sport athlete for Butte High, earning nine letters and All American Honors his senior year. He was later inducted into the Montana High School Hall of Fame. This is an honor he cherished and relived on numerous occasions as he retold stories to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His success in football led to 16 scholarship offers before his decision to play for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.


He was united in marriage to Shirley Menghini on February 3rd, 1962, in Great Falls. They were blessed with 55 years together, living not only in Montana but the Seattle area and eventually retiring and spending the winters in Sun City, Arizona.


Bob was the owner/operator of R&R Construction and Bob Renz LLC. Building and developing properties was a passion for Bob. His work is appreciated throughout Montana and Washington. He was a 50-year honorary member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiner’s of America and he and Shirley were 50-year members of the Elks Club where they enjoyed dining and dancing. He was a Butte High Golden B, having earned that first varsity football letter 50 years ago.


As an avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed hunting many species, from birds to big game. He could also be found on the water: rafting, fishing, and trapping.


Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley; children; Rose, Curtis, Gene, and Pam; ten grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and one great-great-grandchild.


He is preceded in death by his father, Waldemar “Bill” A. Renz; mother, Veronica Renz-Ellis; Daughter, Debora Claahsen; brother, Don Renz; and two great-granddaughters Katarina Cortez and Jeneca Sweet.


Bob’s life will be celebrated by loved ones in a private service. Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.



Mary Jean Pelletier - September 24, 1929 - November 1, 2017

Our loving mother Mzzry Jean Flanick Pelletier passed away on November 1, 2017, surrounded by the warmth and comfort of her family. Mary Jean was born September 24, 1929, to Matthew and Mary (Ferriter) Flanick. She was born and raised in Butte, MT. with her two sisters JuleAnn Winston, Barbara Holter, and brother Matt Flanick. She always loved and adored her family and stayed close to them all her life. Mary Jean attended St. Ann’s Grade School and Girls Central High School and graduated in 1948. She was very proud of her high school experience and remained a faithful friend to all her classmates throughout her life. She met the love of her life Joseph (Spike) Pelletier while attending high school. Mary Jean was crowned the gridiron queen in 1947 and Spike made the presentation and this is where the love story began. They were married in April 1950 and as their love and happiness unfolded they brought their seven children into the world, Joseph, Thomas, Sheila, Kevin, Matthew, Mary, and Pam. She was most proud of all her children. Throughout her life, Mary Jean’s character was bigger than life. She was a friend to all and never met a stranger. Our mom was a caregiver, she always reached out to those less fortunate and those in need. She had a heart of gold. Her wit and sense of humor touched many lives. Even though her recent struggles and declining health she brought joy and laughter to all those who surrounded her. Mary Jean was preceded in death by her faithful husband Spike and her parents, her sister Barbara Holter, and brother Matt Flanick. Many of mom’s relatives on the Flanick and Ferriter side preceded her in death including Sister Virginia Flanick, Sister Agnes Celine Dooley, John & Lucile Ferriter, and Martin & Mary Ferriter. Her in-laws Harvey and Annie Pelletier, Paul & Louise Pelletier, Blanche & Bud Erickson, Myra Pelletier and Jeanette & Ryan Trythall. She is survived by her loving children Joseph, Tom, Sheila (Ross) Richardson, Kevin (Joni) Pelletier, Matthew (Rose) Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral, and Pam Pelletier. Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren Jenna (Asa) Pruit-Amira, Asher, Ayla, Shane Pelletier, Meghan (Frank) Little-Frankie, Rylie, Rykker, Ross (Raenelle) Richardson-Grace, Sarah, Ryan (Tori) Richardson- Grier, Mazzie, Mandi & Mariah Richardson, Tara Pelletier-Trey, Jaeger, Jersi, Brady Pelletier, Amber (John) Pierce- Rheanna, Brayden, Brody, Ashley (Nick) Neighbor-Mattison, Maverick, Matthew Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral-Christina (Bobby) Walsh-Bella, Michelle (Ronnie) Mejia, Joshua, Joe, Mary Ann, Danielle, Julia, Courtney, Cole, Cein, Camry Cunningham. Sister JuleAnn (Jim) Winston, Sister-In-Law Peggy Flanick, brother-in-laws Ray Pelletier, Tom Holter, and her East coast kids Muriel and Kathy Ortiz-Elliget and family. Our loving mother will be most remembered for some of her following qualities, her ability to bring all of our family together where we enjoyed her delicious meals, laughter, and love. She had a long list of friendships she enjoyed all her life. She actively participated in two clubs for over sixty years-she loved her club ladies. Her commitment to her Catholic faith dominated her life and she was a lifelong member of her parish and active in the Daughters of Isabella. Of note was her knowledge of Butte family history with her sharp mind and quit wit of heritage. Her most outstanding quality was being a mother and no one could have been a better mother or loved more. Our family is so proud of our mother who loved life and lived it to the fullest. She taught us how to love with all of our hearts, find the humor in each of life’s lessons, always be humble, and to never judge another. She has taught us the importance of family and always being there for each other. Her beauty and grace have shined throughout our lives. Her stories, humor, and love will never be forgotten. She has taught us the importance of faith. She will continue to live in our hearts. Her stories and her life will be shared by us all as she has left us with an everlasting and unforgettable mark. Memorials may be made to the Lady of The Rockies or a memorial of your choice. Friends are asked to call at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday evening, November 6th beginning at 5 P.M. Vigil for Mary will be at 6 P.M. The funeral mass will be on Tuesday at 11 A.M. in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.



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