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Catherine Angela Joy - July 14, 1931 - January 31, 1931

The first of five daughters, Catherine Angela was born to Tony and Rose Joy on July 14, 1931. Being the oldest, she always felt it was her responsibility to take charge of her sisters. At the age of five, Dolly, as she was affectionately called by her father, began playing the violin and became an accomplished violinist. She pursued this passion through her high school career but opted to decline a music scholarship at graduation and entered the workforce. Music was always an important part of her life and she enjoyed playing the piano and organ into her 80’s. After high school, she worked many years as a legal secretary. Catherine then began her 30-year banking career starting as a secretary in the installment loan department and retiring as a loan officer at what is now Wells Fargo Bank. She was the first female to become an installment loan officer in the Anaconda bank. When the Elks mid-winter meeting was held in Anaconda, Catherine was asked to take and record the minutes. She continued to act as recording secretary at every Elks Convention and midwinter meeting for many years being the only woman allowed to be present at these closed sessions. Through this experience, she made many long-lasting friendships throughout the state which she cherished. Catherine was also involved with the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce, various clubs and banking organizations. She was the recipient of the Spark Plug Award for her work and dedication to the Chamber. When Catherine was called back home to heaven on January 31, 2018, she was surrounded by her family. Waiting to meet her at the pearly gates were her parents, sister Mary Ann Sanders, brothers in law Joe Rashleigh and Ray Sanders, and nephew Jonathan Sanders. She is survived by her sisters Angie (Bob) King, Antoinette (Gayland) Ida of Anaconda, and Michele Rashleigh of Butte. Nieces and nephews Crystal Ida, Jennifer (Chad) Kriskovich, Lisa (Mike) Anderson, Tina Powers, Todd Rashleigh, Jeanine Rashleigh, Kathy (Jerry) Miller, Cindy (Joe) McCarthy, Bob (Lisa) King, Mike (Roxi) King, Rosie (Greg) Garrison, Raymond (Cyndee) Sanders, Paul (Stacia) Sanders, Kenny (Chrisdee) Sanders, Joy (Drake) Scheetz, Annette Cornelly, Chris (Michelle) Sanders, and Mary (Craig) Roblyer. She also leaves behind many great nieces, nephews and their families. Catherine's family would like to thank Copper Ridge and their staff for the wonderful care and compassion she was given these last six years. Mass of Christian burial will be at Holy Family Church in Anaconda on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:30 am. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Peter’s Church Restoration Fund, Lady of the Rockies or donor’s choice.

Arlene June Spear - June 20, 1941 - January 23, 2018

Arlene June Spear, loving wife, mom, sister and gram ma passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings after a short illness. Born in Butte on June 20, 1941, Arlene attended St Joseph’s grade school and was a proud graduate of Butte High School in 1959. She then attended Butte Business College, receiving a degree in accounting and business administration. On July 7 1962, Arlene Downing became Arlene Spear when she and Roger were married at St. John’s Evangelist Church in Butte. One of her earliest jobs was at the Fox Theatre and then later working at Beneficial and Aetna Finance, Ward Thompson Paper Company, and the Butte Sheriff’s office. Working at Butte Silver Bow City Court is where Arlene truly found her passion. During the 25 years she was employed there, Arlene had the pleasure of working with 5 different city court judges. When their children, Brad and Deanna were young, Arlene enjoyed being directly involved in their activities - Cub Scout den mother, peewee baseball coach, and girls’ basketball coach to name a few. And she never missed a game or function. Later in life, Arlene enjoyed St. Joseph’s Club gatherings, Red Hats and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian, for whom she served as past state president. During summers, Arlene loved spending time boating and four wheeling with her family and friends at their cabin at Georgetown Lake. But above all, her granddaughters Amanda and Erika were her greatest joys. She treasured each and every minute she spent with them. Gram ma was always involved in their academics, athletic and social activities. Arlene is survived by her son Brad and daughter-in-law Rose Spear (Butte); daughter Deanna and son-in-law Joel Tierney (Montana City), granddaughters Amanda and Erika Spear (Butte); brother Fred Downing, Jr. and sister-in-law Kathleen Likvan (Missoula); brother-in-law Bob and sister-in-law Esther Spear (Butte) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Roger; parents Fred and Katie Downing; mother and father-in-law Joe and Catherine Spear; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Roberta and Dwaine Kennis; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and one nephew. Arlene will be sadly missed by her family, her many friends and especially by her faithful four-legged child and constant companion, Bandit. She had a wonderful sense of humor and in the time honored tradition of most Butte natives, Arlene always had a story to tell. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to St James and St Vincent’s Healthcare for their care and compassion. Friends are asked to join the family on Monday after 4:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located on Majors Avenue. Memorials can be made to the George Tierney Scholarship Fund c/o Butte High School; St John’s Parish; or Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel, PO Box 782, Butte, MT 59703.

Chad Michael Willoughby - May 21, 1972 - December 7, 2017

It is with great sorrow that the family of Chad Michael Willoughby shares his passing. Chad passed away suddenly in North Dakota on December 7, 2017.

 

Chad was born on May 21, 1972 to Christine and Glenn Willoughby in Butte, Montana. He attended Hillcrest Elementary, East Junior High, and graduated from Butte High School in 1990. He moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 2001 where he was employed by Herzog Services as a chief operator.

 

Chad was a lover of life, cars and cooking, and anything Butte. He was a loving and devoted son, nephew, uncle, cousin, and a loyal friend. The people that Chad has touched during his life will forever be changed with his passing.

 

He is survived by his mother, Christine Hepola, Aunts and Uncles Paul and Patti Hepola, Marilyn Keller of Spokane, WA, Teresa and Jim Kenneally, Julie and Dave Boyd, Steve Hepola, and Barb and Andy Burton. There are too many cousins and their children as well as extended family to mention here. For the past two years, he shared his life with his girlfriend, Jenna Martin of Moorhead, Minnesota.

 

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 16th Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Family will be available to receive guests after 12:00 PM Service will begin at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Chad's name to the charity/organization of your choice.

Lenore Rose Prigge - May 20, 1927 - December 9, 2017

Lenore Rose (McGreevey) Prigge passed away on December 9 at the age of 90 from natural causes at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 20th, 1927 in Anaconda, Montana to Patrick Joseph (“PJ”) McGreevey and Hazel (Mehrens) McGreevey, the sixth of eight children.

 

She attended school in Anaconda, and during high school she worked at the Washoe Theatre, where she developed a lifelong love of film. Lenore graduated from Anaconda Central High School in 1945 and attended college in Great Falls, Montana. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob Prigge. They married, and after Dad graduated they returned to Anaconda where Bob began working for The Daly Bank. They loved being in Anaconda close to family and created many warm memories while raising their three young children.

 

In 1956 the family moved to Butte and laid permanent roots. Bob began his career in the accounting profession and Lenore worked in several places including Hennessey’s Department Store and the women’s clothing stores of Gene’s and Maggie Ann’s. She loved being in the retail business and took great pride in helping women look their best.

 

Lenore was a fiercely independent woman to the end and the true matriarch of her family. She had a dry wit and loved a good laugh, especially with her two buddies Hazie and Dianha. She loved animals, above all her Irish Setters Brandy and Red. Her strong Catholic faith, Irish heritage, and kind, gentle spirit had a way of putting people at ease and made her an inspiration to her children, grandchildren, and friends.

 

Education was a great love of Lenore’s. In 2001, she established the Robert L. Prigge Scholarship Endowment at the University of Montana. The endowment provides scholarships for accounting students from Butte. She took great pleasure in reading the annual letters of appreciation from students who received these scholarships.

 

Lenore and Bob enjoyed traveling and had many happy memories with family and friends at their cabin at Georgetown Lake. Thirty years ago, they began living in Rancho Mirage, California during the winters, where they enjoyed the weather, developing friendships and playing golf. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bob, and all of her siblings: Marie Fenner (Bing), Dr. Virginia McGreevey DVM, Dr. Don McGreevey, Dr. Jim McGreevey (Grace), Rita McGreevey, Ed McGreevey, and Dr. Frank McGreevey.

 

She is survived by sisters-in-law Luann McGreevey and Laverne McGreevey; her children—Patty (RD) Corette, Bob (Cindy) Prigge, and Rick Prigge (Karen Stout); her grandchildren—Lorrie Campbell, Chris (Steve) Noyd, Joe (Mary) Monahan, Sean Monahan, Megan (Christopher) Wallace, Cameron Lundy, Justin Prigge, Jason (Molly) Prigge, Leigha (Peter) Hession, Jon Prigge, Leo (Jen) Prigge, and Ricky Prigge (Kyla Garcia); and her sixteen great grandchildren—Ian and Emily Campbell; Reed Noyd; Caitlin, Noah, and Seth Monahan; Paige, Kyle, and Kaylee Monahan; Trianna, Madison, and Preston Lundy; Jack and Ella Prigge; Olivia Hession, and Dash Prigge.

 

The family would particularly like to thank Diahna Sayles for the wonderful friendship and care she gave Mom over the years, as well as Amelia Davis, Sheena Hensley, Senior Solutions and Frontier Hospice for their care and guidance over the past few months.

 

Mom, we know you are happy to be reunited in heaven with Dad and your family. Your deep faith in God gave you strength in good times and bad. We all love you and will miss you so much.

 

A family greeting will be held at Holy Spirit Church on Thursday at 10:00 AM, followed by a mass at 11:00. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery following the funeral mass.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice.

Ron Hjelt - August 16, 1938 - December 12, 2017

On December 12, 2017, Ronald R. Hjelt passed away doing what he loved. He was born on August 16, 1938 in Butte, MT to Brynold and Miriam (Skut) Hjelt. He attended Butte High School, leaving in the 9th grade to work and provide for his family. On May 6, 1961, he married Arlene (Plute) Petersen. From that union, he had two children, Leann & Dale Hjelt. Even through a divorce, the two still remained great friends. From there, Ron married Kay (Spriggle) Hjelt in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Together they spent a lot of time traveling, working together, and enjoying each other’s company. If there was one way to describe Ron, it would be that he was a man tough as iron. From a young age, he knew that it was work before play. That was one of the many great traits that he passed on to his family and everyone that he crossed paths with. He loved spending his off-time fishing, hunting with his favorite hunting partner, Lee Masters, and of course “shooting the bull” with a cup of coffee in his hand. Ron was a simple man with simple pleasures. He loved his bacon and eggs, his jeans and suspenders, and his toothpicks. But to Ron, there was nothing better than putting in a hard day’s work. After retiring from Pacific Steel, Ron and his son Dale decided to start up H & H Trading Company. It has been up and running for about 12 years now, and to this day Ron never missed a beat. He not only took pride in his business, but also his employees, and customers. Ron and Dale built something from nothing, but to the both of them it was so much more than that. Ron is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Duane Hjelt. He is survived by his wife Kay Hjelt, children Leann (Tom) Loggins, Dale (Heidi) Hjelt, step children Beverly Porter, Cindy O’Connell, Mike (Shelly) Carper, and Tamie (Kevin) Kennedy. His grandchildren Dale and Shawnee Hjelt, and Levi Loggins. Jason (Terri) Gibson, Blaine (Mary) & Dennis (Amy) O’Connell, McKayla, Ricky, and Jenny Carper – and all extended family. Funeral services will be on Friday, December 15th, at 11 AM at Dugan Dolan. There will be visitation at 10 AM. Memorials in memory of Ron may be made to Action Inc., Gary Loggins National Honor Society Scholarship Fund, or the Chelsea Baily Animal Shelter.

 

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