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Robert Renz - October 3, 1933 - November 20, 2017

Robert “Bob” Renz, 84, passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2017, in his own home.

 

Born and raised in Butte, Bob was the son of Waldemar “Bill” and Veronica (O’Brien) Renz. Growing up in Butte, Bob loved participating in sports. He developed this talent and was an outstanding tri-sport athlete for Butte High, earning nine letters and All American Honors his senior year. He was later inducted into the Montana High School Hall of Fame. This is an honor he cherished and relived on numerous occasions as he retold stories to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His success in football led to 16 scholarship offers before his decision to play for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

 

He was united in marriage to Shirley Menghini on February 3rd, 1962, in Great Falls. They were blessed with 55 years together, living not only in Montana but the Seattle area and eventually retiring and spending the winters in Sun City, Arizona.

 

Bob was the owner/operator of R&R Construction and Bob Renz LLC. Building and developing properties was a passion for Bob. His work is appreciated throughout Montana and Washington. He was a 50-year honorary member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiner’s of America and he and Shirley were 50-year members of the Elks Club where they enjoyed dining and dancing. He was a Butte High Golden B, having earned that first varsity football letter 50 years ago.

 

As an avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed hunting many species, from birds to big game. He could also be found on the water: rafting, fishing, and trapping.

 

Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley; children; Rose, Curtis, Gene, and Pam; ten grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and one great-great-grandchild.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Waldemar “Bill” A. Renz; mother, Veronica Renz-Ellis; Daughter, Debora Claahsen; brother, Don Renz; and two great-granddaughters Katarina Cortez and Jeneca Sweet.

 

Bob’s life will be celebrated by loved ones in a private service. Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.


 


 

Mary Jean Pelletier - September 24, 1929 - November 1, 2017

Our loving mother Mzzry Jean Flanick Pelletier passed away on November 1, 2017, surrounded by the warmth and comfort of her family. Mary Jean was born September 24, 1929, to Matthew and Mary (Ferriter) Flanick. She was born and raised in Butte, MT. with her two sisters JuleAnn Winston, Barbara Holter, and brother Matt Flanick. She always loved and adored her family and stayed close to them all her life. Mary Jean attended St. Ann’s Grade School and Girls Central High School and graduated in 1948. She was very proud of her high school experience and remained a faithful friend to all her classmates throughout her life. She met the love of her life Joseph (Spike) Pelletier while attending high school. Mary Jean was crowned the gridiron queen in 1947 and Spike made the presentation and this is where the love story began. They were married in April 1950 and as their love and happiness unfolded they brought their seven children into the world, Joseph, Thomas, Sheila, Kevin, Matthew, Mary, and Pam. She was most proud of all her children. Throughout her life, Mary Jean’s character was bigger than life. She was a friend to all and never met a stranger. Our mom was a caregiver, she always reached out to those less fortunate and those in need. She had a heart of gold. Her wit and sense of humor touched many lives. Even though her recent struggles and declining health she brought joy and laughter to all those who surrounded her. Mary Jean was preceded in death by her faithful husband Spike and her parents, her sister Barbara Holter, and brother Matt Flanick. Many of mom’s relatives on the Flanick and Ferriter side preceded her in death including Sister Virginia Flanick, Sister Agnes Celine Dooley, John & Lucile Ferriter, and Martin & Mary Ferriter. Her in-laws Harvey and Annie Pelletier, Paul & Louise Pelletier, Blanche & Bud Erickson, Myra Pelletier and Jeanette & Ryan Trythall. She is survived by her loving children Joseph, Tom, Sheila (Ross) Richardson, Kevin (Joni) Pelletier, Matthew (Rose) Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral, and Pam Pelletier. Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren Jenna (Asa) Pruit-Amira, Asher, Ayla, Shane Pelletier, Meghan (Frank) Little-Frankie, Rylie, Rykker, Ross (Raenelle) Richardson-Grace, Sarah, Ryan (Tori) Richardson- Grier, Mazzie, Mandi & Mariah Richardson, Tara Pelletier-Trey, Jaeger, Jersi, Brady Pelletier, Amber (John) Pierce- Rheanna, Brayden, Brody, Ashley (Nick) Neighbor-Mattison, Maverick, Matthew Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral-Christina (Bobby) Walsh-Bella, Michelle (Ronnie) Mejia, Joshua, Joe, Mary Ann, Danielle, Julia, Courtney, Cole, Cein, Camry Cunningham. Sister JuleAnn (Jim) Winston, Sister-In-Law Peggy Flanick, brother-in-laws Ray Pelletier, Tom Holter, and her East coast kids Muriel and Kathy Ortiz-Elliget and family. Our loving mother will be most remembered for some of her following qualities, her ability to bring all of our family together where we enjoyed her delicious meals, laughter, and love. She had a long list of friendships she enjoyed all her life. She actively participated in two clubs for over sixty years-she loved her club ladies. Her commitment to her Catholic faith dominated her life and she was a lifelong member of her parish and active in the Daughters of Isabella. Of note was her knowledge of Butte family history with her sharp mind and quit wit of heritage. Her most outstanding quality was being a mother and no one could have been a better mother or loved more. Our family is so proud of our mother who loved life and lived it to the fullest. She taught us how to love with all of our hearts, find the humor in each of life’s lessons, always be humble, and to never judge another. She has taught us the importance of family and always being there for each other. Her beauty and grace have shined throughout our lives. Her stories, humor, and love will never be forgotten. She has taught us the importance of faith. She will continue to live in our hearts. Her stories and her life will be shared by us all as she has left us with an everlasting and unforgettable mark. Memorials may be made to the Lady of The Rockies or a memorial of your choice. Friends are asked to call at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday evening, November 6th beginning at 5 P.M. Vigil for Mary will be at 6 P.M. The funeral mass will be on Tuesday at 11 A.M. in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.


 


 

Mary Lou Louise Mansanti - (March 7, 1928 - October 20, 2017)

Mary Lou Mansanti On October 20, 2017, Mary Louise Garbarino Mansanti peacefully passed away in the presence of her family. Mary Lou was born on March 7, 1928, in Butte, Montana, the first of two daughters to John and Marie (Buckley) Garbarino. She was 89 years old. She spent her early childhood in Hail Columbia Gulch, Walkerville and the Buckley boarding house on North Wyoming street. Mary Lou attended grade school at St. Mary’s and St. Lawrence O’Toole’s. As part of the only class that spent all four years at war, she graduated from Butte High School in 1945. Three years later she graduated from the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing. Her career in nursing began at St. James Hospital, working in pediatrics and obstetrics. Later, she worked in a similar capacity in Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. She returned to Montana working at St. James again and after marriage and the arrival of children became a vacation relief nurse. While her children were growing up she worked as a private duty nurse and in 1978 she became a Community Health nurse. She then found her true passion as a Lamaze instructor by combining her nursing skills and her love of teaching. With humor and skill, she instructed many of Butte’s young couples through the delivery process and helped make the miracle of life miraculous. She continued in this role until her retirement. Mary Lou married Louis Marcelino Mansanti on September 11, 1954. Together they had four children, John, Loren, Joe, and Michele. In 1955 she lost her mother to cancer and several years later her father married Madeline Gibson Garbarino instantly expanding Mary Lou’s immediate family. Mary Lou and Louie moved to Daly Street in Walkerville shortly after their marriage where they raised their children. Louie passed away after 44 years of marriage. Mary Lou continued to live in Walkerville living in the same house for 61 years. After recovering from a broken hip and a hand she decided to pursue other living alternatives, leaving her home in Walkerville to live at the Big Sky Living Center. She adapted to the Big Sky with ease and grace, becoming reacquainted with old friends and becoming new friends with staff and residents alike. A grade school friend and fellow resident, Marie Hubley, became a special companion to Mary Lou bringing joy to her days and support to her final months of living at the Big Sky. Mary Lou was proudly Irish, proudly Italian and proudly Catholic. She was a member of the Hibernians, the Daughters of Isabella and Butte Community North. St. Patrick’s Day was one of her special days. She was also proud to be a cancer survivor. All about family, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren she would entertain them with story and song. She was especially good with small children and could amuse them for hours with stories, Tupperware and whatever else was at hand. Few things were as special for a child as an invitation to a Grandma Lou tea party. She was a den mother, a religious education teacher, and an avid fan, following her children and grandchildren across the state in support of their sports. She enjoyed traveling and a trip to Ireland with her sister Florence was one of here fondest adventures. She was recognized for her creativity and enjoyed contributing poems and songs to nursing school reunions, to her ladies' clubs, and to other social events. She enjoyed the sing-alongs of the old days, cooking for crowds (big and small), fishing, antiquing, collecting pink dishware and bells, and anything competitive with a deck of cards or a game board. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and Madeline; her husband, Louie; her close aunt, Eleanor Buckley Shea;, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathryn Mansanti Martina and Gene Martina; Winfred “Biddie” Holman; Bill Gibson; Harold Zigrang; her nephew, Bobby Martina; and her two grandchildren, Peter and Paul Loomis. She is survived by her sister, Florence “Queen” and Rich Alden, Nancy Zigrang, John and Pat Gibson. She is also survived by her children and their spouses John and Margaret Mansanti, Loren and Danise Mansanti, Joe and Tamie Mansanti and Michele and Stephen Loomis. She has 15 grandchildren, Daynen Lalicker and Tom Davis, Marcie and Josh Jany, Scott Mansanti and Jennifer Casey, Stephanie and Ryan Donahue, Meghan and Sal Giovenco, Johnny Mansanti, Joanna, Katie, Thomas, Joseph and Emilie, James, Grace and Joshua Mansanti, Nathaniel and Noah Loomis. Mary Lou is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, Shea and Sudha Davis; Elizabeth and Kathryn Lalicker; Alyssa, Cade and Cole Jany; Marly and Henly Mansanti; Giovanni and Nina Giovenco; and Norah, Coryn, and Asher Donahue. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews who she dearly loved. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to those who helped Mary Lou her during her years of living without Louie in Walkerville, especially Tony Jangula and Tudo Stagnoli. They would also like to thank the many friends and family members that would look in on Mary Lou from time to time and lighten up her day at the Big Sky. Friends and family are welcome to gather at St. Patrick’s Church on Friday October 27th for visitation at 5 p.m. to be followed by a decade of the rosary. Mary Lou’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 28th. in St. Patrick’s Church with the Rite of Committal to follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Montana Association for the Blind, P.O. Box 465 Helena, MT 59624, to a hospice association or to a charity of people’s choice.

DONALD FRANK DAVID, April 6, 1926 – October 10, 2017

Mr. Donald Frank David passed away Tuesday evening at his home in Butte surrounded by his loving family.  A proud Italian, Donald was born in Butte April 6, 1926 to second generation American Italians Dominick and Caroline (Consoni) David.  He grew up on Leatherwood Street in McQueen and attended Butte schools including the Franklin School and the Butte Business College.  
Don worked for the Montana Power and National Biscuit Company while in high school and then served his country in the Army-Air Corp.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Butte and married Betty Louise Osterman in Mountain View Methodist Church on August 24, 1947.  She preceded him in death on August 16, 2012.
Don worked as a machinist for the Anaconda Company, then Western Iron Works. He worked there for many years as a machinist and ultimately a salesman until his retirement.
He and Betty enjoyed traveling together in their r/v and were member of the Good Sam’s.  They were members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and both very active in the Butte Elks Lodge, BPOE # 240. Don was a 65 year member and served on the board of trustees and as chairman of the board.  He was honored as Elk of the Year in 1973.  He and fellow veterans were also honored as participants aboard the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2013.  
Besides his wife and parents, Don is preceded in death by his brother, Carl David.  He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judi and Randy Vetter of Butte, son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Rebecca David of South Jordan, Utah, grandchildren: Amanda and Corey Cortez of Billings, Lisa Hansen of Butte, Jessica David of Denver, Jeffery David of Pullman, WA, Aaron and Brandon Smith of West Jordan, UT, Abby and Rich Peltomaa of Butte, McKenna and Jamie Czerneski of Pennsylvania, and great-grandchildren: Tyller Cortez, Charlotte Cortez, Jake Vetter, Tanner Hansen, Cooper Hansen, Canyon Smith, Jackson Smith, Casen Peltomaa, Cameron Peltomaa, M.J.  and Tanner Czerneski.
Cremation has taken place.  Visitation for Donald will begin Monday evening at 5 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, October 17th at 10 AM in Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Pastor Melissa Engel officiating.  Interment of ashes will take place in Sunset Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the United Veterans Council of Butte.  
Mr. David’s family expresses deep and sincere gratitude to the staff of Highlands Hospice as well as the Cancer Treatment Center in Anaconda for all the kind and gentle care afforded Donald during his illness, and request any memorials made in Don’s honor be made to Highlands Hospice.  Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
 

MARIA D. ROSENBLUM


 

Maria Dolores Rosenblum passed away on a Saturday morning last fall in a local nursing home. She was born in Puerto Rico April 14, 1946, to Masinusio and Eudis (Calderia) Rosado. She grew up in New York City and Stanford, Connecticut and served as a motor transport operator with the United States Army. She was honorably discharged in 1981. At the age of 57, Maria returned to school, pursuing a higher education at Montana Tech as the first person in her family line to graduate from college! She was an active volunteer in the schools where her daughters attended over the years and later in life with the Red Cross – passionate about helping those in need. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at NCAT and was a member of the United Congregational Church. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, April and Michael Stoltz of Butte and Nicole and Ryan Gauger of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, grandchildren, Molly and Alexander Stoltz and Jordyn Gauger. Also, surviving are her sister, Judy Hill, and brother, Joseph Gorrin both of South Carolina. She is preceded in death by both her parents.

Cremation has taken place. In true Maria fashion (“any excuse for a party”), a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 3th, 2017 at The Grand Hotel (above Quarry Brewing) in Butte, Montana. We will be honoring her proud Latina heritage with a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party. Interment of ashes will be in Fort Harrison Veteran Cemetery in Helena, Montana on Friday, December 8th, 2017. Memorials in honor of Maria may be made to curepsp.com.

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