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MARIAN PICKEL, May 26, 1922 to December 30, 2016

Marian L. Pickel, 94, died Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Springs of Butte Assisted Living Facility.

She was born in Butte on May 26, 1922 to Clyde Reed and Elizabeth (Barrett) Reed. Her grandfather, Frank M. Barrett, a Union Civil War Veteran, came to the Montana Territory in 1866 in search of gold and lived for a time in the Highlands mining camp south of Butte. She attended local schools and graduated from Butte High School in 1940. She worked at the Sigman Meat Plant in Butte and also in Denver during World War II. She returned to Butte and worked at a variety of positions at the Safeway Division Office until she retired in 1983.

She married William Pickel in September, 1947. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in December, 2006, her parents, and her brother Bill and sister-in-law June Reed.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling, and the many visits from her family. She lived at the family home on Grand Avenue for nearly 60 years before moving to The Marquis (now The Springs) Assisted Living Facility in 2012.  She was active in several local social organizations for many years. She was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church

She is survived by her son Gary and daughter-in-law Sarah of Littleton, CO.; daughters Joan of Spokane, WA, and Gail Joyce and son-in-law Tom Joyce of Bonners Ferry, ID; grandchildren Jason Pickel of Orlando, FL. and Brian (Lisa) Pickel of Chandler, AZ.; Marica (Jason) Kinne of Auburn, WA; and great-grandchildren Avery Pickel; Jaden and Autumn Kinne; and close friend Lois Blanchette of Spokane, WA. 

Cremation has taken place in Butte.  Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.  Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

LISA BRIEN-MANKINS, June 1, 1965 to December 30, 2016

Lisa Brien-Mankins passed away on December 30, 2016 in Butte, MT at the age of 51. She fought a heroic battle with cancer, but sadly leaves behind her husband, Mark Mankins; her daughter, Larissa Durkin (John Strahan); step daughters Regan Bartholomew (Bryan) and Michelle Mankins (Tony). Grandchildren Madison and JJ Strahan, Karisma and Samantha, Devin Mankins.

Lisa was born on June 1, 1965 in Great Falls, MT, to John and Gladys Brein, who predeceased her. She grew up in a loving family with many children for Lisa to love and care for. Her heart was big and she made sure to spread her happiness to everyone around, especially her “grandbabies”. She enjoyed spending time up at Canyon Ferry Lake with her family, and was also an avid “thrifty shopper” who went with everyone but herself in mind. 

Together for 20 great years, Mark and Lisa shared a love and compassion that extended through to each others’ children and grandchildren. 

Lisa was a very loving individual and will be missed everyday by her entire family. Surviving siblings; Linda Butler, Terry Brien, Dan Brien, Nicole Webster, and Rosalie Wolters, also numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her siblings; Annalee Brein, Debra Lochrie, Theodore Brein, and Michael Brein.

Following Lisa’s wishes she will be cremated. Services will be held at Wayrynen-Richards funeral Home on Saturday morning at 11o'clock with a celebration of Lisa’s life following; all are welcome.  Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

 

Stella Spear - November 21, 1919 - December 25, 2016

Stella Spear, lifelong resident of Butte passed away December 26, 2016, she was 97. Stella was one of six children born to Alex and Sophie (Pichnor) Sekovich, November 21, 1919. She attended 1st and 2nd grades at Washington School and then transferred to the Grant School. Stella graduated from Butte High School in 1937. She was a member of the National Honor Society and assisted Thula Rader, Dean of Girls in her office. Her class was the last class to graduate from the old Butte High School. Immediately following graduation, she was employed as a Legal Secretary in the office of Meyer and Meyer. Later she became the Secretary to Superintendent Lowell Johnson for 12 years. When the Butte Community Memorial Hospital opened she became the secretary to Administrator Dr. Bruce Talbot and the first employee of the new hospital. At this time that she renewed the friendship of an old-time friend George Spear, a widower with an adorable 3 year old blond boy. Four years later George and Stella were married and Stella legally adopted Georgie, who has been her pride and joy for sixty-two years. While she enjoyed staying home, the legal law business still intrigued her, so she went to work for the law firm of Hennigson, Purcell and Genzberger. In retirement she pursued her passion for golf with a group of great ladies, “The Bonnie Highlanders.” Stella is survived by her loving family, George and Patricia Spear, Vancouver, WA., and their family; grandson Ryan (Jaline) Spear of Seattle, WA., her great grandson Henry Spear; grandson Stephen Spear, granddaughter, Anastasia (Alan) Barta of Seattle, WA., brother George Sekovich of Freemont, CA., nephews: James Sargen; Dr. Nick Sargen; nephews and nieces, Bruce and Jackie Hodgens and their families. Cousins: Dr. Don (Marianne) Hanson of Whitefish, MT., Diane (Pete) Peterson, Bozeman; Sister-in-law Dorothy Starcevich of Butte. Nephews and nieces, Joseph (Susan) Starcevich and their children Katie, Beth and Joey; Jo Ann Sustarsic. Great niece and husband, Christone and Kurtis De Shaso, Mary Ann Spear, William (Lorrie) Spear and their children: William (Kristen) Spear, John Spear, Stephanie Fortune (Mike), Mary Spear; Irene (Earl) Strubeck and their children Eric and Michelle; Ann Marie (Kenneth) Hudson and their daughters Lauren and Leigh Ann; Georgene (Bill) Mather; Linda (Tim) McCarthy; Gary (Georgia) Pericich and daughter Sarah; Ann Fran (Jim) Seidensticker and Scott. Cousins: Frances Muffich and family, Isabel Spear and family; Ann Barlow. Stella was preceded in death by her beloved husband George M. Spear, parents Alex and Sophie Sekovich; sisters: Sylvia (Thor) Birkeland, Rose (Peter) Sargen; Mary (Jim) White, Angeline Sekovich; and numerous other extended relatives. Relatives and friends may call after 5:00PM Sunday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Vigil will be celebrated at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10:00Am in St. Ann’s Church. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Ann’s Church, Our Lady of the Rockies, or to a charity of donor’s choice.

Joan Tomich - March 21, 1935 - December 27, 2016

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On Tuesday December 27, 2016 our dear Mother and Grandmother went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Joan was born to Kathaleen Burke McGrath and Al McGrath. She was the oldest of the three McGrath children, her brother Tom and her sister Mary. Her Mother later married John Sweeney who became her step-father. Joan with that union was blessed with another sibling her youngest brother Daniel R. Sweeney. Joan attended local grade schools and was a graduate of Butte High School. She attended Western Montana College of Education and received a bacheIor’s of science degree and went on to attend Montana State University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Joan made a life career of teaching elementary school in Butte, Montana working for School District #1. Joan taught students at the Longfellow Elementary School, Blaine Elementary School, and she ended her career teaching at the Margaret Leary elementary School. She enjoyed her students and was proud of her accomplishments as an educator. Joan married William Donald Tomich on August 22, 1960. Joan and Bill made their home in Butte, Montana raising their two children William Donald Jr. and Davene Cecilia. They were blessed with three grandchildren that filled their lives with joy. Joan and Bill later moved to Missoula, Montana after their retirement in 1989. Bill passed away in December of 2012. Joan and Bill were married fifty-two years. Joan enjoyed her visits to Butte visiting her daughter Davene, son -in-law Bill and their family. Joan enjoyed her last years watching a new generation being brought into her life having two great-grandchildren and the excitement of two more on the way. The last two years being able to enjoy her great-grandson Jaxon Duncan brought her joy and always a smile to her face. During her last days Jaxon gave her comfort when he would stand next to her and tell her a story or give her a drink of water. Joan was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and in earlier years enjoyed bowling. Joan was preceded in death by her Husband William Tomich and their infant daughter Anna Marie, her Father Al McGrath and her Mother and Step-Father Kathaleen Sweeney and John P. Sweeney, her Father-in-law and Mother-in-law David and Mary Tomich, her sister Mary Allen, her nephews Tom McGrath, Steven Allen and Dave Sutey and her sister-in-law Phyllis Sutey. Joan is survived by her son William D. Tomich of Butte, her Daughter Davene (Bill Rundle) of Butte, her grandchildren Brett (Jessica) Rundle of Missoula, Brittney (Kevin) Duncan of Butte, Jon( Haley) Tomich of Missoula, Great Grandchildren Finley Estelle Rundle, Jaxon William Duncan and a great-granddaughter and great-grandson who will be due in 2017, her brothers and sisters-in-law Tom and Sue McGrath and Dan and Kathy Sweeney, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call after 11:00AM Tuesday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon in the Duggan Dolan Chapel. Private placement of ashes will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Easter Seals Highlands Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Douglas Scott Duncan - March 10, 1959 - December 25, 2016

Douglas Scott Duncan, 57, of Butte died on Sunday, December 25 2016. Doug was born on March 10, 1959 in Butte to Don and Marg Duncan. He was the youngest of eight children.
 
Doug attended McKinley Elementary School, West Junior High School, and graduated from Butte High School in 1977. Doug married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Royse, on June 07, 1980. Doug and Nancy welcomed their only child, Kevin Scott, on July 28, 1986.
 
Doug started his career working at Mountain Bell Telephone Company. He held other positions at Yellow Front Store, Montana Tech, and Tetragenics. Doug started working at REC Silicon in 1999, and was still employed thereat the time on his death.
 
Doug obtained his pilot license in 1992. He truly enjoyed flying his own plane. It brought him much freedom and peace. He could be found in the air most Friday mornings, when the weather allowed. He would take his 2-way radio and Nancy would have the other radio, so Doug could keep her posted on his travels. She would always know when he landed safely.
 
Doug and Nancy became grandparents, known as Amma and Bumpa, to their grandson, Jaxon William Duncan on July 03, 2014. Jaxon was Doug’s pride and joy. He loved to be on the floor, or in the grass, rolling around with Jaxon, the two of them giggling. It brought a smile to your face just to see them together.
 
Doug was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ron and Randy Duncan; brother-in-law, Dan Royse; and uncle, Jimmy Stinnette. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy Duncan; son, Kevin (Brittany) Duncan; grandson, Jaxon Duncan; granddaughter, who is due in April of 2017; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bud and Donna Royse, all of Butte; sister, Patty Hoy of Edmonds, Washington, Cary (Celestine) Duncan of Helena, Montana, Dick (Cathy) Duncan of Longmont, Colorado, Tom Duncan of Bellevue, Washington, Pam (Mike) Rudolph of Butte; aunt, Kitty Stinnette of Bend Oregon; sister-in-law, Judie VanKooiman of Winthrop, Massachusetts, brother-in-law, Doug (Dorrie) Royse of Butte, sister-in-law, Tracy Royse of Butte; and numerous nieces and nephews, which include, Kayla (Dan) Lacey, Tiffany Mayson, Nicole Sestrich, and Markus Royse.
 
Cremation has taken place. In accordance with his wishes, no services are planned at this time. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society, Cancer Research, Highlands Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
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