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Marian Becker

Marian J. Becker passed away Saturday evening in a local nursing home on the first anniversary of her son’s death.

She was born in Tyler, Montana April 8, 1929 to Joseph C. and Rose E. (Ouellette) Rotter.  She was raised in that area and graduated from Sims High School.  She married Felix Wicka in 1949 but later divorced. 

Marian worked as a secretary at the Payless Drug in Great Falls, the Fox Theater and Rialto Theater in Butte and the National Electrical Contractors Association before attending the Elderkin Beauty College in Butte in 1960.  She married the love of her life, Bob O. Becker in Sacred Heart Church in Butte on August 13, 1960 and he passed away in 2007.  She is also preceded in death by her son Darwin “Mike” Becker, and her sister, Francie York. 

Marian had a 50 year career as a beautician working at several shops in Butte.  She worked over 15 years at Angie’s before she and Joy Nebris opened the Ravin Red Salon in 1978. 

Equally as comfortable with a curling iron or a rifle in her hands, Marian was a multi-facetted woman.  She and Bob loved to travel and had traveled throughout the Orient, Central America, Europe and Australia, she enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing (although she hated baiting hooks) and loved to play golf.  They belonged to the Elks Lodge, the Porsche Club the Continental Club and dance clubs in Butte and Bozeman.  Marian and Bob taught ballroom dancing for many years starting in the rotunda of the courthouse and soon outgrew it moving the classes to the civic center.  She was an avid skier, loved to gamble and it was on a gambling trip to Nevada where she met Jim Strander.

Marian is survived by her daughter, Sharon Milner of Port Orchard, Washington, daughter-in-law, Jenefer Becker of Rocker, grandchildren: Erin Milner of Port Orchard, Courtney Finch of Puyallup, Robert Milner of Port Orchard, Jason and Jennifer of Port Orchard, Kariann Jorgenson of Renton, WA, Kristie and Ryan Ryf of Chehalis, WA, Brian Becker and Stacy Watkins-Becker of    Sammamish, WA, Carl and Sherry Fish of California, Keith and Sarah Fish of Sacramento, CA, 16 great-grandchildren, special friend, Jim Strander of Butte and her beloved Dachshund, Sheba.   

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. 

Michael L. Schneider

Mr. Michael L. Schneider passed away Saturday morning at a local nursing home.  He was born in Linton, North Dakota May 19, 1930 to Sebastian and Catherine (Wolf) Schneider.  He attended schools in North Dakota and then joined the United States Navy.  Following his discharge Michael came to Butte to work in the mines.  On Christmas Eve, 1954 Michael married Ethel Marie (Neugard) Hinch, and she preceded him in death on February 15, 1997.  Also preceding him are two sons, Tim Hinch and Kenny Schneider, his parents, brothers, Jerome, Louie and Joe, his sisters, Betty Fettig, Mary Shuck and Theresa Miller. 

Michael worked as a truck driver for Consolidated Freight for 35 years until his retirement.  He enjoyed his annual trips to Wendover, Nevada.  He loved to tell a good joke but was usually laughing too hard to finish the punch line and he liked to walk in the mall and visit with his “Liars Club”. 

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Dave and Sally Hinch, Mickey Hinch and Dan and Melissa Schneider all of Butte, grandchildren: Zack and McKenzie Schneider, Stacy Comba, Shauna Hinch, Erin Peacock and Josh Wattles.  Also surviving are 7 great-grandchildren, his brothers, Pete Schneider and Tony Schneider, his sisters: Maggie Kuntz, Christine (William) Heier and Katie Miller, sisters-in-law, Christine Schneider, brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Sherry Berger and Marion Alexander as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Father Thomas Haffey officiating.  Interment of ashes will take place in Mountain View Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.   



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.     

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