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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. 


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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.  

Jane Gwendolyn Fredrickson 65

Jan. 2, 2014

Janie Gwendolyn Fredrickson passed away Wednesday, New Year’s Day at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Butte October 16, 1949 to Ernest and Violet (Rowe) Richards.  She was raised in Butte and graduated from Butte High School.  On May 23, 1969 she and Allen Lee Fredrickson were married in St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Janie worked at Ben Franklin’s for five years before starting her career as a cook at East Middle School.  She enjoyed ceramics, fishing, camping and especially her family and grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, John Richards.  Survivors include her husband, Allen Lee Fredrickson, daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Dave Chamberlin, grandchildren, Kaylie Jean and Kody Allen Chamberlin, brothers and sister-in-law, Bill and Helen Richards and Bob Richards, sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Jerry Smith all of Butte and Bonnie and Dan Corder of Richland, Washington. Also surviving are her brother-in-law Bill Fredrickson Jr. and Sherri Sayler and numerous nieces and nephews. .

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands Hospice or the Animal Shelter.  

Harold John Giulio 92

Jan. 2, 2014

Harold John Giulio passed away Tuesday morning in a local nursing home.  He was born in Boulder, Montana March 26, 1922 to John and Jennie (Hansen) Giulio and attended schools in Basin and Boulder.  He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and married Helen Trettin in Great Falls on June 7, 1942.  They made their family home in Boulder.  Harold worked at mining most of his life and for him it was a passion.  He started mining with his father at the age of 5 and later owned the Rumley Mine at Comet.  He also worked mines in the Tobacco Root Mountains and at Elkhorn.  Harold operated a mining, excavating and trucking company and eventually retired in 1985. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His wife Helen passed away in 1981 and Harold married Dolly Sweet in Helena in 1983.  They had made their home in Butte since 1991.   

Besides his wife Helen and his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Jeanette Payor.  He is survived by his wife, Dolly Giulio of Butte, sons and daughters-in-law; Roger and Leonella Giulio of Boulder, Terry and Marchia Giulio of Emmett, Idaho, Dennis and Karen Giulio of Boulder, Alan Giulio of Boulder, daughters; Sandra Spence of Missoula and Lori Giulio of Boulder and Lillian and Tim Kohn of Butte.  Surviving grandchildren include: Jeff Giulio, Todd Spence, Tanya Spence, Marty Fletcher, Stephanie Dickinson, Trevor Giulio, Sacara Giulio, Leonella and Peter Johnson, James Lester, Troy Lester, Todd and Sheri Sullivan, Trent Sullivan, Chris Kohn and Ted Kohn.  Great grandchildren include: Tyler, Zach and Sabrina Giulio, Kadyn Saylor, Emma Brackett, Kloe Dickinson, Dawn Rae Spence, Sharaya and Rob Humphries, Shijia Sullivan, Bridger Sullivan and Kayden Humphries.  Harold is also survived by his sister, Betty Ann Bowser of Beaver, Pennsylvania and brothers and sister-in-law, John Giulio and Gordon and Mary Giulio of Boulder.

Mr. Giulio’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Friday afternoon after 3 o’clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock with Pastor Dave Andersen officiating.   

Beryl Grace Lewis 88

   Beryl Grace Lewis passed away December 6, 2013 in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  She was born the only child of William Thomas Toy and Judith Sjoblom) Toy on April 17, 1925, in Butte, MT. at the home of her parents, at 862 South Main St., in the middle of a terrible snow storm.  She was told telephone and power lines were down, and her father had to walk to get the doctor to come to their house and they returned in the doctor's horse and buggy.  She was then born, a very tiny baby, in the same bed and bedroom her mother had been born.  She then spent many hours on the oven door, pulled down, of a coal and wood stove in the kitchen.  She grew up in that house and the reception of her wedding to Robert Kenneth Lewis was held there.

     She met her beloved husband-to-be when she was in the 2nd grade and he was in the 4th grade of the Garfield Elementary School.  She graduated from Garfield School in 1939 and Butte High School in 1943.  She was proud to be a twirler in the Butte High band and a pianist in the Butte High Symphony, all under the direction of Henry and Jean Schiesser.

     Rather than going to college, she went to work at Metals Bank & Trust Company, as a secretary and switchboard operator, and then for Civil Service for the  War Manpower Commission (now Job Service).  This employment was all during World War Two.  She then married Thomas Kilgallan and was blessed with a baby daughter, Erin Diane.  The marriage ended in divorce several years later.

     During her childhood and teen years, she was an excellent pianist, ice and roller skater, and loved to dance.  These activities carried on through her adult years.

     She married the love of her life Robert Kenneth Lewis on May 24, 1950 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Butte, MT. by Pastor Nels Norbeck.  Bob adopted Erin and they were blessed with daughter Vicki Jean and sons David Robert and infant son William Thomas, deceased shortly after birth.

     She loved to sew, with her sewing machine, making hundreds of dance and ice show costumes, formals, square dance outfits, and even her daughters' wedding dresses, bridesmaid's dresses and her own dresses for her daughter and granddaughters' weddings.  Another hobby was collecting bells which totaled 300.

     During this period of her life, she was blessed to have two step-sisters join her life, Rosemary Dysinger and Helen Cleary, by the marriage of her mother Judith to James Keavney.  The 3 were loving sisters the rest of their lives though Helen died too soon.

     After returning to work out of their home, she returned to Metals Bank & Trust Co. and then Professional Adjusters, and then a legal secretary career with William Geagan, Roe, Kiely & Joyce, N.A. Rotering Holland, Holland & Haxby, and Alexander & Harrington, for a period of 35 years.   Retirement didn't last and she worked as a lobby hostess for Hardy's for a period of 4 years.

     Since Bob was retired then, too, they did a lot of traveling to square and round dances, even to Hawaii twice, and Colonial Williamsburg and Kotzebue, Alaska to visit Erin and son-in-law John Garlinghouse.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, step-father James Keavney, her infant son William Thomas, and her husband Robert/Bob Lewis, January 24, 2009; her son-in-law John Garlinghouse and son-in-law Peter Person.

     She is survived by her daughter, Erin Garlinghouse and her sons and their wives Brett and Melissa Lapham, Eric and Lyne Lapham; daughter, Vicki Person and her daughters and families Connie Jean and Richard Page and sons Kieren and Marcus, and David and Susan Lewis and daughter Liberty Ann and their son and daughter-in-law Jim and Michelle Lewis and their children, Breanna, Brooklynn, Maxwell, and Miles.  Also surviving is her step-sister Rosemary Dysinger.

     Beryl and Bob were active members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and WELCA and The Butte Chapter of Montana Cornish Cousins.  She was active, with her husband, as square, round, and ballroom dancers for 36 years and ice skated on Butte's Olympic oval until 2006.  She and Bob were roller-skating Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for square dance clubs and Ristene Hall's Exerdance classes.  Her second favorite outdoor activity was horseback riding, an activity taught to her by her father, who was known as "Pacer" Toy.

     They moved to Bountiful, UT in July of 2008.  Bob was a resident of Avalon Care Center for his remaining years as a result of serious surgery and recovery.  After Bob's death, she returned home to Butte and resided here until April 2012, when she moved to Thermopolis, WY to live with her daughter, Vicki.

     At her request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service & reception will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Butte, on December 21, 2013 at 1 PM  Memorials may be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; 2300 Florence Ave or the Mother Lode Theater; 315 W. Park, Both are in Butte, MT 59701.

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