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Edna Gordon Boon

Edna Gordon Boon passed away Saturday, July 5th in St. James Healthcare.  She was born in Armstead, Montana on February 19, 1919 to Deller and Lillie (Lippert) Gordon. 

Edna was a bit of a wild child and likely enjoyed her high school years in Dillon more than her mom and dad knew about.  After graduating high school Edna worked as a switchboard operator for the phone company.  She was lucky not only to have a good job during the depression years, but she was also able to listen in on a lot of interesting conversations.  During this time Edna met Robert “Bill” Boone.  With a twinkle in her eye, she sometimes told tales of riding the train up to Butte to meet Bill who was riding the train over from Missoula.  Bill and Edna later married in Dillon and moved to California to start a family.  Bonnie Belle came first and later a son, Robert “Bill Boone IV.  The family returned to Armstead in the early 1950’s and had a small store.

Edna and Bill divorced and Edna moved with her children to Butte.  Edna was fiercely independent yet practical and worked very hard to provide for her family.  She worked as a clerk at Woolworth’s Dime Store, at Vogue Cleaners, Butte Head Start and Nancy’s Pasty’s.  She retired from Nancy’s Pasty’s several times during her long tenure and her final and well deserved retirement was at the age of 80.   

To her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Edna was called “Big Grandma”.  This is a bit of a family joke because if you ever met Edna you know the only thing big about Edna was her heart.  Edna doted on the children and their families and was a big part of their lives.  Her grandchildren have many memories of tormenting her during sleepovers and visits.  One famous family story is about the special way Edna wrangled her great-grandchild Hannah and Jesse during walks around the neighborhood.  Edna was quite healthy and lived independently in her family home until recently.  Well into her nineties, Edna could be found mowing her lawn in the summer, shoveling her sidewalk and even (to the shock of the neighbors) repairing her roof.  Speaking of neighbors, hers were a sort of extended family.  She knew and cared about each and every one of them.  The last couple of years have been hard one for Edna.  She watched with sadness as her son-in-law, Bob Wilcox became sick and died. She was at an age where she had experienced an abundance of loss and she helped us all to have perspective during those terrible times.  Edna’s own mother lived until the age of 105 and we often asked her if she wished to live that long.  “OH GOD NO!” was her response.  Edna was ready to leave this life and we say goodbye to her with love.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Aileen and Jack Chism of Dillon, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Boone, daughter, Bonnie Wilcox all of Butte, grandchildren Bob and Rochelle Boone, Brian Boone, Kari Spolar, Becky and Dennis Weis, Bob and Dawn Gordon Wilcox, great-grandchildren: Caitlyn Sheehan, Jack, Cody and Avery Boone, Mark and Angie Spolar, Roxzan Spolar, Stacy (John) Wilcox, Hannah Weis, Jessie Weis, Zora, Frankie and Inga Wilcox.  Also surviving are her great-grandchildren: Kenzie and Cashton Spolar, Henry and Louie Babcock.

Cremation has taken place.  Graveside interment services will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Mountain View Cemetery in Dillon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local food bank.   


Clara Marie Brown

Clara Marie Brown passed away Monday morning, June 16th at her home in Butte.  She was born in Butte July 19, 1941 to James and Edna (Strike) Neighbor and attended local schools.  She and William Brown were united in marriage on December 22, 1957 in Gold Hill Lutheran Church.  He passed away in 1992.

Clara worked as a nurse’s aide and later as a secretary at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.  She also worked as a dispatcher for Owl Cab and City Taxi.  She worked as an operator/dispatcher at the Montana Power Company, retiring in 2001.  Clara was active in her church, served as a board member and leader for the Campfire Girls, belonged to the Daughters of Norway and enjoyed toll painting, gardening, sewing, bird watching, scrap-booking and baking. 

Clara is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Becky and Ray Aikens of Las Vegas, NV, Kari and Chris Hauge of Stavanger, Norway, sons and daughters-in-law: Steven and Brenda Brown of Butte, William and Mary Brown of Henderson, Nevada, James and Wendy Brown of Butte, brother, James Neighbor of Butte and daughter-n-law, Toni Rouse of Helena.  Her grandchildren include: Amanda Aikens, Andrea Aikens, Brianne Aikens, Stefanie Jo Brown, Kaytlyn Brown, Bjorn Hauge, William Hauge, Even Hauge, Kevin Brown, Cora Brown, Dominick Brown and Steven Hettrick.  Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren: Matthew Rawson, Benjamin Cunningham and Luna Ray Souder, step-grandchildren, Amanda, Gabe, Shawn and Joseph as well as numerous nieces and nephews including Ricky Andres and Vicky Neighbor Rowling who both, for a time, lived with Clara.

Clara’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Friday afternoon after 4 o’clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the funeral home and interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.   Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, The American Heart Association or to Easter Seals.


Joseph Paul Rosetti Sr.

Joseph Paul Rosetti Sr. passed away Sunday, May 25th at Big Sky Senior Living.  He was born in Meaderville on September 24, 1913 to Paul 

and Desolina (Peretti) Rosetti.  He attended the Franklin Grad School in Meaderville and upon graduating from the eighth grade went on to attend the Butte Business College for 1 ½ years.  At the age of 15 he went to work for the Montana Power Company delivering gas and electric bills.  He retired as the Tax Accountant and Assistant Treasurer of Montana Power Company in 1976 after 47 ½ years with the company.  He then hired on as a consultant for two more years.

He married Alice B. Olcott in Billings on September 11, 1938 and they made their home in Butte.  He was drafted into the United States Navy and from February 14, 1945 until May 2, 1946 with a rank of SKD 3c.

Joe played baseball, bowled, golfed, fished, camped, gardened and enjoyed all outdoor activities in general. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice and brothers, Mario (Turk) Rosetti and Attilio (Till) Rosetti.  Survivors include his brother, Charles Rosetti of Seattle, WA, son and daughter-in-law, Joseph H. and Kathy Rosetti of Missoula, daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and William J. Mellinger of Gahanna, Ohio.  Also surviving are his grandchildren: Sean C. and Kathy Mellinger of Richland, WA (Dillon, MT), Holly and J. Paul Reck of Opwell, OH, Jason and Janiece Rosetti of Edmond, OK, and Jamie and Mike Sparr of Missoula.  Great-grandchildren include: Xavier Feck of Powell, OH, Jolie Rosetti of Edmond, OK and Ashlyn and Jordan Sparr of Missoula.

Cremation has taken place and no public services are planned.  A special thank you goes to Rocky Mountain Hospice and the staff of Big Sky Senior Living for all of their care.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Montana Tech Foundation.     

Sally Dawn Waldemar

Sally Dawn Waldemar passed away May 17, 2014 in a local nursing home.  She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho December 21, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell.  She attended schools in Idaho Falls and settled in Butte in the mid 1950’s.  She married James Holman but they later divorced.  Sally married Ralph Waldemar in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho in 1974 and he passed away in 1997.  Besides her husband and parents, Sally is also preceded in death by her son, Joe Holman who passed away in 2000.

Survivors include her sister: Rose Smith of Idaho, daughter, Susan Mason of Butte, step-daughters, Shelly Rydeen of Great Falls, Jean Jamison and Kim Ward both of Idaho.  Surviving grandchildren include: Debbie Yates, Cory Mason, Kim Mason, Mark Holman, Jennifer Krzan and Danny Waldemar. Numerous great-grandchildren survive including: Sara Ehman, Reed Holman, Ashley Parish, Sarah Luther, Cydney Ward, Luke Mason, Nikki Price and Jason Young.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.  Interment of ashes will take place in Sunset Memorial Park.  

Rose Cecelia Doolan

Rose Cecelia Doolan passed away October 10, 2013 at the Copper Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Butte October 7, 1916 to Jacob and Mary (Fleck) Malensek and attended schools in Butte.  On April 15, 1936 she and John Patrick Doolan were united in marriage and he passed away December 31, 1996.  Rose was a longtime member of St. Ann’s Parish and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Joan and Clarence Malone of Meridian, Idaho, grandchildren: Mike and Julie Malone of Meridian and Jim and Kari Malone of Taylorsville, Utah.  Also surviving are her great-grandchildren: Brian Malone of Meridian and Scott and Madison Malone of Taylorsville. 

Cremation has taken place.  Graveside interment service have taken place in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Rose received wonderful loving care at the Copper Ridge Health and Rehab center and her family gratefully requests that any memorials in her memory be made to the Copper Ridge Activities Fund.       

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