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TONI LEONA AGUILAR-PETERS June 18, 1954 – June 20, 2017

Toni L. Aguilar-Peters passed away Tuesday morning at St. James Healthcare following a long illness.  She was born in Butte June 18, 1954, to Dan and Rita (Valladolid) Aguilar and attended local schools including Butte High School and the Butte Academy of Beauty Culture. 

Toni loved being a homemaker and was an excellent cook. She loved family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was accomplished at crocheting and beading. 

Toni is preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Rita Aguilar.  Survivors include her three daughters, Rita Aguilar, Shayla Peters and Dani Peters and her son, Dane Peters, all of Butte, her grandchildren, Jacob Aguilar, Donna Clark, Myckenna Clark Jodi Weaselboy, Halo Weaselboy, Avery Peters, Xavier Ker and Dane Wesley Anderson.  Also surviving are her brother, Rick Aguilar of Bellflower, CA, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Victoria Aguilar of Butte, Debbie and Ed Newgard of Butte, Diane “DeeDee” Aguilar of Arlee and Dana and Wayne Parr of Butte and several nieces and nephews including Marcy, Deeny, Brad, Cherese, Dee Ann and Justin in California and D.J. Newgard , Preston Newgard, Devi Cole, Shanna Hockaday, Debra Parr Calli Parr and several great nieces and great nephews.

Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be conducted in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home and a celebration of her life will coincide with the family reunion on the 4th of July. 

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JAMES F. SULLIVAN August 14, 1932 – June 3, 2017

James F. Sullivan passed away peacefully at St. James Healthcare on June 3, 2017 with his loving family at his side.  He was born in Butte August 14, 1932 to Flurry “Floss” and Gertrude (Barenstein) Sullivan.  He attended local schools and honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He married his soulmate, Delores Bohnet Sullivan on July 2, 1960 and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

Jim worked as a clerk and typist at the Mountain Con and then the Anaconda Company warehouses for 30 years then relocated to Wright, Wyoming where he worked at the Thunder Basin Coal Company for another 10 years until his retirement.

Jim enjoyed his retirement to the fullest.  He and Delores were snowbirds to Yuma, Arizona for over twenty years where they made many friends and enjoyed many parties.  They loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises around the world. 

Jim was known to his family as a sweet soul with a great sense of humor and a love for his family we were so lucky to have.

Jim is reunited with his soulmate of 54 years, Delores Sullivan, his parents Flurry “Floss” and Gertrude Sullivan and a grandson, Brian Hardesty.   Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Claire and Jack Atcheson, daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Ted Selon, sons and daughters-in-law, John “Butch” and Chris Hardesty and Tom and Dianne Hardesty all of Butte.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Father Robert Hall officiating.  A reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Special Olympics or the Alex Thatcher Memorial Scholarship at Montana Tech Foundation. 

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MARY CATHERINE SEYMOUR DURAN August 16, 1930 – May 28, 2017

Our mother Mary Catherine Seymour Duran left this world in the arms of the angels on Sunday morning, May 28th. She was born at home on August 16, 1930, the first daughter of Thomas H. and Margaret A. Seymour. She attended St. John's School, graduated from there in the class of 1944, and went on to Girl's Central High School, graduating in the class of 1948. Mary continued her education at St. Patrick's School of Nursing in Missoula and graduate in 1951, as a Registered Nurse. That same year she was married to Daniel R. Duran. From that-union she had 4 children, Cathy, Dan, Anne and Connie. Mary started her nursing career at Community Hospital in Butte. For many years she was a stay at home mom, but in 1970 she returned to nursing at Silver Bow General Hospital where she was employed until its closure in 1981. For the next years Mary took loving care of many of our elderly at the Butte Convalescent Center. When Rivendell Children's Psychiatric Center opened in Butte in 1988 Mary was there to love and care for those children that were so in need. She retired from Rivendell in 1995.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Margaret, her brother Tommy Seymour and his wife Marge. She is survived by her 4 children, Cathy Corak, Dan Duran, Dr. Anne Breum (Scott), and Connie Shields. She leaves 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren as well as her sister Margaret Leary (Jim and her brother Martin Seymour (Aretta), many nieces and nephews, special friends Mary Hanley and Lavonna Baumgartner.

Mary was an active member of the Legion of Mary until she was no longer able. One of her other favorite activities was playing bridge with good friends every Thursday afternoon until her illness interrupted that. At the time of retirement she also took up the game of golf which she enjoyed playing with her daughters for more than 20 years. Many laughs were had out enjoying the warmth and wonders of God's world.

Our mom wants us to express here sincerest and heartfelt love and appreciation to all who offered prayers, came to say the rosary with her, had Masses said, sent cards, called or stopped by to visit and offer support and well wishes during her final journey.

Visitation will begin Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with a Parish Vigil to follow at 6 PM.  Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in church and cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rockies or the Highlands Hospice.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour.” Excerpt from Robert H. Smith

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MAYNARD E. STOREY JR. September 13, 1925 - May 28, 2017

Mr. Maynard Edward Storey Jr. passed away Sunday morning at Genesis Healthcare.  He was born in Butte, Sunday, September 13, 1925 to Maynard and Mabel (Dickson) Storey.  He attended local schools and served his country honorably during World War II.  He served in the US Army in Europe and received several medals including a Medal of Valor, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and a Gold Star as well as a Purple Heart for injuries he received in battle at the Rhine River. 

He and Phyllis Marjorie Phillips were married in Butte and he worked as a truck driver at the ACM Smelter until his retirement in 1980.  Maynard was a strong-willed person who refused to give up.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an accomplished horseman. 

Maynard is survived by his wife, Marjorie Storey, sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel and Cheryl Storey and John and Mary Storey, daughters and son-in-law, Coleen and Jeff LeFever and Marjorie Storey and Ken Burright all of Butte.   Also surviving are his grandchildren: Darrel Jr. and Gina Storey, Kris Polites, Greg Storey, Jonnie and Chris Doran, Tom and Tia Lloyd, Jordan and Whitney LeFever, Jessica and Andy Diric and Jocelyn and Drew Taylor.  Also surviving are 19 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Maynard and Mabel Storey, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Irene and Clarence Phillips, his sister, Pearl and Bernard McKinney, his granddaughter, Kimberly Lloyd MacDonald, as well as   Elmer and Loretta Phillips, Fran and Elsie Phillips, Jack and Jean Phillips, Darrel
and June Phillips, and Pat Murphy.

Mr. Storey’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call beginning Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the funeral home with Mr. Mike Boston officiating.  Interment will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the animal shelter.

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EDWARD PAUL DRABANT JR. November 23, 2017 – May 24, 2017

Loving son, brother and uncle, Edward Paul Drabant Jr. passed away Wednesday morning in a local hospital.
  Paul was born in Butte Saturday, November 23, 1957 to Edward Paul and Marlene (Killian) Drabant.  He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, graduated from Butte High School and earned his teaching degree from Eastern Montana College. A Paul substitute taught for many years for the School District. 

Paul was a longtime parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, was very proud of his Irish heritage and loved the Irish festivals and its music.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles and bowling.  He loved all sports, especially hockey, football, NASCAR racing and was an avid fan of Copper King Baseball as well as the Denver Broncos. 

Paul is preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Drabant and his brothers, twins, James and Michael Drabant.  He is survived by his father, Edward Paul Drabant Sr., brother, Glen Drabant both of Butte, sister, Margaret Drabant of Snohomish, Washington, nephews, Darren and Bryan Drabant, great-nieces and nephews: Keira, Mattea Ayden, Neveah and Matthew Drabant as well as aunts, uncles, and several cousins.

Cremation has taken place.  No services are planned at this time.  Memorials in his memory may be made to the Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation. Express condolences at


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