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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

Joan Cecilia (McGrath) Tomich 81
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.

Peter Ruscheinsky - June 30, 1944 - December 22, 2016

Mr. Peter Ruscheinsky Jr. passed away early Thursday morning December 22, 20l6 at home surrounded by his loving family. Peter was born June 30, 1944 in Flasher, North Dakota, the son of Peter and Evelyn (Miller) Ruscheinsky.
On November 05, 1962 he married his lifelong companion, Temple June Wood, at the Basilica of St. James, in Jamestown North Dakota. Most of his working career was managing grain elevators. The majority of that time was in Davenport, North Dakota. The most important people in Peter's life were his family. He enjoyed playing cards, camping, and spending time on his lawn. His happiest time was spent at home with his family.
Peter was preceded in death by his love of his life for 5l years Temple Ruscheinsky, his father Peter Ruscheinsky Sr., and his granddaughter Brittney Buckley.
He is survived by his loving mother Evelyn Ruscheinsky, his daughter and two sons: Kim (Wayne) Sterns, Troy (Wendy) Ruscheinsky, and Peter (Angie) Ruscheinsky. His grandchildren; Ashton (Calvin) Penrose, Madison (Rhyne) Bedey, Samuel Sterns, Carson Ruscheinsky, Rylan Ruscheinsky, Amy Walker, and Destin Norris. His great grandchildren; Cameron Penrose, Jada Walker, and Isaiah Walker. Sister-in-law Joan Fielzek. Peter is also survived by his siblings; Alvina Hummel, Lee (Harry) Kohler, Shirley (Bob) Schuette, Harry (Connie) Ruscheinsky, Ron (Leta) Ruscheinsky, Victor (Bonnie) Ruscheinsky, and Deacon John (Elaine) Ruscheinsky, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Prayer Service is being held on Wednesday, at l0:00 am, in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will take place at Rosewood on Broadway Chapel l35l Broadway North Fargo, North Dakota at l l:00 am on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Graveside vigil to be determined at a later date. 1

Nate Tracy - January 18, 1991 - December 24, 2016

Timothy Nathaniel “Nate” Tracy passed away December 24th, 2016. He was born on January 18, 1991 the son of Tim and Gina (Taylor) Tracy. Nate attended Whittier Elementary, East Middle School and Butte High School. He worked at Harrington’s Pepsi, CCCs Inc. and was currently employed at Montana Precision Products. Nate was an avid outdoorsman and loved the solitude of hiking in the mountains, being outdoors made him happy. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and writing music. Nate was preceded in death by his brother Joe Tracy, grandparents Ted & Geraldine Tracy and by his great grandparents George Taylor and Ruby and Mack Williams and by his good friend Cory Curran who was a great friend and fellow music lover. He is survived by his son Layne Blaise, his parents Tim & Gina Tracy, grandmother Maxine Williams Taylor “Nanny”, aunts Kristi (Mike) Linerud and Marianne (Don) Taylor. Cousins: Brian Costello (who was his Godfather) & Chase Costello, Jennifer (Chuck) Clark, Mackenzie Doto, Hailey Clark, Grace Clark, Mike and Tim Kooyman, Matt Apker, Cassidy and Myles Freeman and Godmother Wendy Boulter. Nate is also survived by his best friend Eric Ostenburg and Gene Taylor. Relatives and friends may call after 10:00Am Saturday in St. Ann’s Catholic Church for visitations. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a fund has been established for his son Layne at Opportunity Bank of Butte. To all of our extended family and special friends….we love and appreciate you all and Thank You for your Love & Support.
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