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Robert William Kohn

Robert William Kohn passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in a local hospital. 

He was born in Butte August 8, 1934 to Cyril and Teresa (Walgamuth) Kohn and attended St. John’s Grade School, graduated from Boy’s Central in 1952, earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Montana College and his master’s degree from the University of Montana.  He played football at Central and Western before joining the U. S. Naval Reserved where he served for eight years including service on the USS Helena. His first job was at Dorshes Poultry which was near the Civic Center. He then worked at Pay-n-Save Market.  Robert also worked as a paper boy, at Esso Gas Station, as a carpenter for Conrad Benson and at Matelich Trailer Sales before starting his teaching career.  His teaching career spanned thirty two years and included stints in Shelby, Montana and Butte where he taught at East Junior High School and worked as an administrator in several area grade schools. He was administrator at West when the school was converted from a junior high to an elementary school. 

Mr. Kohn belonged to the Carpenters, Teamsters and Teachers Unions and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the Belmont Advisory and Support Group.

He married Olive Mae Sundstrom in 1957 and together they had four children, Jean, Cyril, Kurt and Mary.  Olive passed away in 2006.  He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Cy and Kareniesa Kohn of Butte, Kurt Kohn of Hamilton, daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Steve Perusich of Butte and Mary and John Larson of Kenmore, Washington.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bob’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where Parish Vigil Services will be conducted this (Friday) evening at 6 o’clock.  Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in St. Ann’s Catholic Church and cremation will follow.  Private placement of ashes will take place at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Belmont Senior Center, the Cystic Fibrosis, Little Ladies Chapter or to a charity of the donor’s choice.     

Butte Deaths

(Butte Weekly)

Friday, Jan. 17—Joan Lee Burch Jennings, 83

Paul Eugene Davis, 90

Saturday, Jan. 18—Kimberly Louise ‘Sis’ Moody-Para, 52

Leonard William Hihnala, 62

Stephen Downey Huntington, 56

Monday, Jan. 20—Joy Mendasona, 90

Tuesday, Jan. 21—Loren Leslie Johnston, 63

Thursday, Jan. 23—Charles Anthony “Chuck” Hill, 53

Thomas Shane Murnion, 54

Helen Gross, 88

Friday, Jan. 24—Leon H. Krause, 82

Daniel King, 76

Rosalie Marguerete Lewis

Rosalie Marguerete Lewis passed away Monday evening in a local nursing home.  She was born in Butte January 28, 1923 to Francis “Frank” and Lennie (Murphy) Kiefer.  She attended local schools and married Alfred Lewis in Butte on December 2, 1946. 

Rosalie took great pride in everything she did, especially her appearance.  She worked cleaning and cooking in private home in Butte but the major portion of her work career was as a sales associate at J. C. Penney’s.  She enjoyed bowling, gardening and horseback riding when she was younger.  She also enjoyed sewing, painting and had a profound love of music.  She and Glenn enjoyed camping fishing, boating and loved spending time with their family especially attending sporting events of their grandchildren.  They loved to travel all around the United States and especially enjoyed their trip to Hawaii with their grandson. 

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Robin Lewis and John and Rhonda Lewis all of Butte, daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Al “Jiggs” Zolynski of Butte and Patricia and Mark Johnson of Absarokee, Montana.  Grandchildren include: Heather Armstrong, Heidi and Jayson McHugh, Aimee and Jay Charon, Kelly and Josh Popovich, Aubrey Reed, Shawn and Charissa Lewis, Seith and Melissa Lewis, Shay and Christine Lewis, Jason and Jodi Zolynski, Wade Zolynski and Mike Wessler, Todd and Kally Zolynski, Gerald Johnson, Jennifer and Jason Ellison, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Also surviving are her sister, Ag Giacomino and sister-in-law, Ruth Kiefer both of Butte as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Lewis’ remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call this (Thursday) after 6 P.M.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the funeral home with Father Thomas Haffey officiating.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Rosalie may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Butte Community Food Bank.    

Leonard William Hihnala

Leonard William Hihnala passed away Saturday evening in a local hospital.  He was born in Butte December 21, 1951 to Jack W. and Violet (Mattson) Hihnala and attended Grant Grade School, East Junior High and graduated from Butte High School.  Leonard worked as a correctional officer at the Montana State Prison and drove bus for School District No. 1 before taking a position as bus drive for Butte-Silver Bow.  He also served on Butte Celebrations Committee.

Leonard was proud of his Finnish heritage, enjoyed reading, jazz music, playing the guitar, traveling and was active in theater work in Virginia City as well as The Mother Lode and the Orphan Girl Theater here in Butte.  Fantasy Football was a great source of entertainment for him.

Besides his parents, Leonard is preceded in death by his sisters, Judy Jeniker and Lorna Hihnala as well as his brother-in-law, Don Gilbert and a nephew, Scott Gilbert.  Survivors include his brothers and sister-in-law, Jack E. (Bev) Hihnala of Helena, David Hihnala of Butte, Larry Hihnala of Las Vegas, sister, Sharon Gilbert of Butte, brother-in-law, Frank Jeniker of Lakeside, nieces and nephews: Kimberly (Brian) Hall of Snohomish, WA, Deb Gilbert of Billings, Don (Karyn) Gilbert of New York, great nieces and nephews: Hailey and Hannah Hall, Saige Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Logan Hall, Lane Parrot (Ryan Davey) and Trace Parrott.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with the Reverend Su DeBree officiating.  Interment of ashes will be in Mountain View Cemetery. 

“Rauha”

“Lepää Rauhassa”

Kimberly Louise “Sis” Para

Kimberly Louise “Sis” Para passed away Saturday evening in a local hospital.  She was born in Butte August 12, 1961 to Kenneth L. and Cheryl E. (Champeau) Moody and attended schools in Idaho Falls, Idaho, graduating from Bonneville High School in 1979. 

Sis married Mike Hulse in Idaho in 1979 and they later divorced.  She then married Gene Para in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1986 and together they had one son, but later divorced.  She then married Dan Kipp in Butte in 1997 and they too divorced, but all three husbands remained friends with Sis and were always a part of her life. 

While living in Idaho Falls, Sis earned her realtor license and worked as a real estate agent.  She moved to California where she raced dragsters and finally returned to Butte in 1991 but traveled to California every year to maintain relationships with her many friends there.  Sis worked at Mining City Bingo on Dewey Boulevard for several years and will be remembered for her great sense of humor, snappy wit and contagious laughter.

Sis was preceded in death by her mother Cheryl on March 9, 2011.  Survivors include her son, Adam Para of Butte, her father, Kenneth L. Moody of Butte, sisters and brothers-in-law, Melody and Kurt Walters of Idaho Falls and Michelle and David Garcia of Butte, brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Carol Moody of Yucaipa, California, nieces and nephews: Michelle and Chris Kopcho of Illinois, Brandon and Tera Moody of Idaho Falls, Nathan and Danette Walters of Idaho Falls, Brande and Adrian Smith of California, Brett and Sara Billups of California, Kari Moody and Stephen Moody both of California, Jeremy Moody, Rikki Garcia and Marcus Garcia all of Butte.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Father Patrick Beretta officiating.  Entombment of ashes will be in Mountain View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a fund for Adam’s medical expenses at Zion Bank, 1235 S. Utah Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402.  

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