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Jean Lois Griffin passed away Wednesday afternoon at her home in Butte surrounded by her loving family.  She was literally born in a barn in Malta, Montana on July 9, 1931 to Duane and Lydia (Coello) Richter.  She was raised in Butte and attended local schools.  She graduated from Butte High School where she performed as a majorette.  Later in her life she earned a degree in computer science from Montana Tech in 1997. 

She and Dan O’Brien were married in Butte and later divorced.  She later married Clarence Griffin and he preceded her in death in 1999.  Also preceding her in death are her parents and a brother, Don Richter. 

Jean worked as a secretary for New York Life Insurance Company for many years and later worked as a clerk at Woolworth’s and K-Mart.  She liked to have fun and had a great sense of humor.  She loved trivia and was always fast with a witty remark.  She was an avid fan of the Butte Copper Kings Baseball team and never missed a 4th of July Parade.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Teri and Joe Keller of Michigan and Lori O’Brien and Rick Wojtanowski of Butte, grandchildren: Danielle and Shawn Falkowski of Butte, Bobbie and Mike Goodenow of Butte, Kelli O’Brien of Great Falls, Chrissy and Mike Colangelo of Buffalo, NY and Jenni and Mike Cromer of Beaver Creek Ohio.  Surviving great-grandchildren include: Kaylee, McKenna, Kinzie, Mason, Emily, Gabriella, Aubrey and Aiden.  Other survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Kathy Richter of Alaska, sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Bob Richardson of Seattle as well as her nieces and nephews, Bobby and Kirsten Richardson and Kim and Bob Case.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be conducted Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.  Memorial in memory of Jean may be made to Frontier Hospice.


Mary Margaret Rolles of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of 1350 Holmes Avenue in Butte, died Saturday, September 20th in Lakewood, Colorado.  Mary was born September 26, 1921 in Lima, Montana to Roy and Nellie McNinch.  She was raised and attended school in Lima.

She married Robert F. Rolles in 1939 and they lived in Dell, Montana until 1950 when they moved to Butte.  She was a den mother for the Boy Scouts and a scout leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts.  She was also involved in the Longfellow Community Center.  She was employed by the Mile High Motel, the Donna Belle Drive-In, the School of Mines, the Ramada Inn and then worked out of her home until the time she retired.  She moved to Lakewood in 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nellie McNinch, brother, Cecil McNinch, sister, Opal Kayes, husband, Robert Rolles, two sons, James and Orville Rolles, grandson, James Fitzgerald and great-grandson, Thomas Deeds.  Survivors include her sisters: Mabel Jackson of Akron, Ohio, Bessie Reeves of Dillon and Betty Tyler of Albany, Oregon, her daughter, Marjorie Kelly of Central City, Nebraska and her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Nancy Rolles of Lakewood.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 1st at 11 AM in Sunset Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Martin-Dent officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, National office, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl.17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. 
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Jeanette E. Wright

Jeanette E. Wright passed away Monday morning in a local hospital.  She was born September 30, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Ethel Rogers.  She and Oscar Wright Sr. were married June 18, 1951 in Moundsville, WV and in 1963 settled in Butte where they made their home and raises seven children. 

Jeanette worked at various restaurants including Harrington’s, the Finlen and the War Bonnet.  She also worked at Westmont and Easter Seals.  She had a passion for assisting and taking care of people.  She was always there to lend a helping hand or just to listen.  Her smile always put a smile on your face. 

Jeanette loved to go camping and travel and was always on the go!  She had to be going somewhere and if there was some place to be, she was right there with you.   She enjoyed her card making classes, crocheting and her friends at the Belmont Senior Center.  She was a longtime and active member of the Church of Christ, TOPS and the SNPJ Lodge. 

Survivors include her sons: Oscar (Dovie) Wright Jr. of Copperas Cove, TX, Ken Wright and William Wright both of Butte, daughters: Betty Hooper (Dave Ryan) and Anna (Ken) Porter both of Butte.  Grandchildren include: Khorren Mickler, Brandon Hooper, DeWayne, Nathan and Beverly Wright, Jeremy and Nicole Hayes, Krystal and Willie Wright, as well as 16 great-grandchildren.  Preceding her in death are her husband, Oscar Sr., sons, Bob and Ed, her mother, her sister, Ethel and her brother, Frank.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Monday, August 18th at 1:00 P.M. in the Church of Christ on the corner of Evans and Lexington. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.     

Kurt Amelsberg

Kurt Amelsberg 67, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula from a sudden illness.

He was born in Zap, North Dakota on February 27, 1947 to Fred and Lydia (Unruh) Amelsberg.  They moved to Butte where he was raised and attended local schools until the ninth grade.  He quit and found a job to take care of his mom.

On July 18, 1970 he married the love of his life, Nancy with whom they had two children and shared 44 years of marriage.  He loved to go camping, fishing, hunting and cooking dinners for family and friends.  He worked for the Anaconda Smelter for nineteen years until they shut down in 1983.  He went to work at Montana Resources in 1984 and retired from there on April 6, 2012.  He was a hardworking man and would do everything he could to help anyone that needed help.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Amelsberg, his mother, Lydia (Unruh) Johnson and his sister, Evelyn Hoerner.  He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, daughter Cheryl (Aaron) Grund, son, Jeff (Heather) Amelsberg, brothers, Lester Bonnet, Calvin (Maybel) Bonnet, sisters, Paulette (John) Arthur, Dianna Williams, sisters-in-law, Sue (Jim) Malcom, Joyce Moore of Washington state, Teri Williams, Randy (Lynette) Williams of Butte, Dan (Sue) Williams, Mike (Jody) Williams of Helena and numerous nieces and nephews. 

There will be no services as Kurt requested and cremation has taken place.  There will be a memorial celebration of his life at the McQueen Club on Monday, July 14 , 2014 at 3:00 P.M. 

Dr. Paul Leroy “Roy” Hodge M.D


Dr. Paul Leroy “Roy” Hodge M.D. passed away suddenly Friday morning in Butte.  He was born in Butte August 4, 1941 to Leslie “Chick” and Myrtle “Nel” (Foran) Hodge and attended local schools, graduating from Butte High in 1959.  He graduated from MSU in Bozeman in 1963 and graduated from medical school at the University of Minnesota in 1967.  Shortly after graduating he took Marlys Ahlbrecht as his bride in Lake Lillian, Minnesota on June 17, 1967. 

Roy served his country as a physician in the Vietnam War.  He received the Silver and Bronze Stars for heroism in the line of duty. 

Following his discharge he returned to serve his Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  He then went into private practice in Eugene, Oregon for 8 years and in 1980 moved to Minnesota where he continued his practice in pediatrics.  He also provided urgent care in Atlanta, Georgia and Salt Lake City before retiring. 

Roy is survived by his wife, Marlys Hodge of St. Paul, Minnesota, daughter, Michelle Hodge and her son Luke, age 4 of Chicago, Illinois, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Stephanie Hodge of Magnolia, Minnesota and their son Tyler, age 6 and his son, Lance Hodge of Minnesota.  Also surviving are his sister, Mary Harrington of Manhattan, Montana, nephew, Joe Sundstrom and Cathy Johnson of Belgrade as well as three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.  Besides his parents, Roy is preceded in death by his nephew, Nick Pardue. He will be sorely missed by all his friends in the Butte High Class of 1959.   

Dr. Hodge’s remains have been forwarded to Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector, Minnesota for services and interment. 

Memorials in memory of Roy may be made to the An Ri Ra Irish Festival in Butte.       

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