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Wallace R Masters, December 17, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Wallace R. Masters died on Saturday, November 26th, 2016, in Butte Montana. He was 92. Wally was born December 17th, 1923, in Munising, Michigan where he lived most of his life. The last year was spent with his daughter Joyce and son-in-law, Terry Hettick, who lovingly took both Wally and his wife Loyola into their Montana home. Wally married Loyola Saam on April 24, 1948, in Rochester, Minnesota. They were members of Sacred Heart Parish for 62 years. He worked at the Kimberly –Clark Paper Mill for 43 years assisting the engineering crew, oiling, operating the steam engines and unloading coal freighters with a crane. Wally enjoyed the Upper Peninsula. He loved Powell Lake which was named by his father. For decades the family spent summers at the log cabin his father had built on Powell Lake when Wally was two years old. He loved walking the woods and later snowmobiling on ungroomed trails. Wally proudly served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (Camp Cusino) as a teen and enjoyed talking about his experiences there with friends and family. Nerve deafness prevented him serving his country during WW II, something he really wanted to do. As a result of Wally’s deafness, he had the habit of asking what the priest had to say during the homily at Sunday Mass. He kept his daughters on their toes, but was always in good humor when they couldn’t come up with a good response. Wally is survived by Loyola, his wife of 68 years and three daughters. They include Mrs. Dianne (Patrick)Toohey of Clarkston, Michigan; Mrs. Yvonne (Rick)Nelson of Hastings, Minnesota; and Mrs. Joyce (Terry) Hettick, of Butte, Montana; twelve grandchildren, Tim Toohey, Michael (Angela) Toohey, Ryan (Lindsey)Toohey, Mary (Dan)AuBuchon, Annie Toohey, Monica Toohey, Kim (Gerald) Swanson, Nancy (Adam) Evans, Eric (Stephanie) Nelson, Sheena (Matt) Cichosz, Kathryn Hettick and Joshua (Miranda) Hettick and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his father, Wallace Henry Masters and his mother, Agnes Isabel Masters. Relatives and friends may call from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, December 2nd, at 11 A.M at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Butte, Montana with Father Thomas Haffey officiating. Rite of Committal will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising, Michigan.

Georgia Evankovich, March 15, 1946 - November 28, 2016

Georgia Jean Evankovich, 70 Surrounded by her family, Georgia left us to join the Lord and her family in heaven on Monday, November 28, 2016. Georgia was a loving and devoted Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and friend. Always willing to give more than she received to those she loved, she lived her life as an example of strength, courage, and unconditional love. She had an amazing sense of humor, quick wit, and a knack for story telling that made being with her effortless and so much fun! Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, but our lives will never be as bright as before. Born on March 15, 1946, Georgia was the fourth daughter born to George and Odie Prescott. She attended local schools and graduated from Girl’s Central in 1965. On October 7, 1967 Georgia married the love of her life, Dave Evankovich. Though they later divorced, they remained close friends and she always said that no one could ever take his place in her heart. Georgia was grateful for the many friends she met during her career as a collections professional at the Butte Credit Bureau and later as a medical secretary at the Highland View Outpatient Surgery Center. After retiring, Georgia focused on her real passion in life…her family. She was an incredible homemaker and took enormous pride in creating a clean and “beautifully-decorated” home. She always said she loved her house, and even greet it with a “Hi house” every time she came home. She was a great cook and even earned a level of fame over the years for her pasties. Above all though, Georgia loved being “Nana”, a boy was she good at it!! Her legacy will definitely be in the love that she left us all with. Georgia was preceded in death by her parents George and Odie Prescott, her Mother and Father-In-Law Kay and John Evankovich, Aunt and Uncle Sylvia and Ed Carlson, sister Diane Vanderwind, brother-in-law Flurry McClafferty, niece Barbie Brown, nephew Dan McClafferty and son-in law Dave Serich. She is survived by her daughter Amy Serich, daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Chris Chebul, and son John Evankovich. Surviving grandchildren are Tucker Serich and his fiancée Tori Bernhardt, Gia Martz, and Jacob and Krista Chebul. Georgia in also survived by her ex-husband and dear friend Dave Evankovich, sisters Bev McClafferty and Vicky (Billy) Wagner, cousin and special friends Andrea and Pinky Lynch, and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends too numerous to mention. She loved you all so much! Funeral services will be conducted at the Duggan Dolan Chapel Friday December 2, 2016 at 1:00pm with the Rite of Committal of Ashes immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial are requested to The Lady of the Rockies Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Rest in peace and love Mom…until we are together again.

Geraldine O’Brien Rakich, August 31, 1942 – November 27, 2016

Geraldine ( Jeri ) O’Brien Rakich passed November 27th , after a courageous battle with cancer, with loved ones by her side. The second of five children of Murray Joseph and Edna Whalen O’Brien, Jeri was born August 31, 1942 in Butte, Montana. She attended St. Ann’s school, graduated from Butte High in 1960, and then attended the University of Montana. Jeri briefly worked at KXLF television and then spent the remainder of her career with the Montana Power Company, which she retired from.


 Jeri married her “Rock” Millan Rakich on March 28, 1969. Along with their son Scott, Rocky and Jeri enjoyed many trips to visit family and friends and even took in an occasional camping trip. Jeri always carried herself with a distinguished level of class and it showed through in everything she did from her decorating and entertaining skills, to her true care and love for people. Jeri was friends with everyone whose path she crossed and could “visit” with the best of them. She was known to many as “Sweet Geraldine” a name she easily lived up to. Jeri could often be found on any given weekend at the Met Tavern with her family and friends, dressed to the nines, and playing her favorite songs on the jukebox. She found great pleasure in watching gymnastics, figure skating, and especially tennis. She was naturally elated to spend valuable time with her two grandsons and watch them not only excel academically, but also in her favorite sport of tennis. She was particularly fond of her daughter in law Lisa and her niece Heather O’Brien and truly valued the time they were able to spend together. Jeri also had a very soft spot in her heart for their beloved pets, most recently her special adopted kitty “Pepsi”. Jeri always wanted to take care of less fortunate dogs and kitties.

 Jeri was preceded in death by her parents and mother in law, Julia Rakich. Survivors include her husband of 47 years Millan, son Scott (Lisa) Rakich of Dillon, grandsons Todd and Bradley Rakich, son Leo (Kathy) Smith of Pleasant Hill, California and granddaughter Katie, sisters Julie (Bob) Thullen of Shafter California and Patti (Monty) Sampson of Sequim Washington, brother Jay (Sue) O’Brien, their daughter Heather , and brother Jim O’Brien of Butte. She is also survived by her many special friends and sister-in-law’s Susan Caddy O’Brien and Mildred Rakich-McKay of Butte as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Sweet Geraldine will be missed by many. Friends are asked to join the family on Friday after 10:00 am in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to Albert’s Angel Fund at 669 Centennial Ave, Butte Montana 59701, Believe Sorini Strong Foundation PO Box 3417 Butte, Montana 59701, or contribution of donor’s choice

Susan Kramer August 14, 1951 to November 23, 2016

On November 23, 2016 Our Beautiful mother, grandmother, Wife, Friend, Susan Kramer became an angel after a long battle with cancer.
Susie was born on August 14, 1951 to Robert Hesener and Lillian (Hayden) Hesener in Steubenville Ohio. She was the apple of her father’s eye and was Lillian’s best friend in later years when she became an adult. She grew up in Southern California and was a surfer, greeser and had a wonderful childhood.
Susie was an amazing mother and had 3 children, Joseph; Robin and James. She gave them everything she had and no one had more of an amazing mother then they did. Joey made his momma proud as he is a career navy man and just recently completed his 20 years of active military service and is retiring on December 2"°' of this year. She would run around in her proud Navy momma shirt and her bumper sticker on the back of her car that said she was the proud mom of a sailor.
Robin was not only Susie's daughter, but also her best friend and confidant. No mother and daughter could be closer than these two. They were cut from the same tree and shared many special qualities, especially a healthy attitude. Robin was not the fruit that fell from the tree; she was the bark on the tree. Robin was the first in the family to graduate from college in 2001 and she has been a nurse for 15 years now. She spent the last month taking care of her mom while she was at home as her wishes were to die at home and together they shared many amazing moments together. Robin made her mom one of the proudest people in the whole world.
Robin and Joseph playfully competed for the title of "The Golden Child," Robin eventually having the cup which says, “Golden Child" on it.
Susie met the love of her life Bob Kramer in September of 1994 in Yerington Nevada. They were inseparable and what an amazing journey they had in this lifetime. They later moved to Butte, Montana in 1998 with their daughter Robin. Bob and Susie were married May 15 1999 at the Metals Bank Building. The memories they made will last a lifetime they had a love that was only to be measured as "I love you like the One Armed fisherman"... a never ending love.
Susie was very active in the psychic medium John Edward community and was an Evolve member. She would send John and the Evolve family tweets daily and they would send tweets back. She was known as "BIG HUGS FROM MONTANA" and what an inspiration and loving community the Evolve family has been for our family we cannot thank them enough.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian Hesener; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Almetta and Harold "Curly" Kramer. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Robert Kramer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Judy Kramer; Best friend forever, Ann Frazier; daughter and son-in-law, Robin &Granger Baker; Son and Daughter in law Joseph and Hailey Martinez; son, James Martinez; grandchildren, Glen Gifford, Jason Gifford, Tyler Martinez, Carter Martinez, Slade Martinez, and Lillian Anne Emma Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Madelyn Martinez, Christian Martinez as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Friends are asked to join the family on Wednesday between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Mortuary Chapel.

MARIE ALMA COTTRILL, December 5, 1920 to November 24, 2016

Marie Alma Cottrill passed away November 24, Thanksgiving Day, 2016 at Genesis Health Care. She was born December 5, 1920 in Moon, South Dakota to Albert W. and Lena (Vonderlehr) Hawkes.  The family moved to Butte when Marie was 6 years old.  She was the oldest of five children and is preceded in death by her brothers Lloyd Hawkes and Richard Hawkes as well as her sister Ella Mae Crump. 

Marie worked at the Montana Laundry in 1956 and the Taylor Laundry.  She began working in the Sears Credit Department and worked up to assistant credit manager.  She then worked at Wein's Men's Store and Montana Bank, retiring from the Credit Bureau of Butte in 1983. 

Marie married John Richard Cottrill in Butte on June 22, 1940 and he preceded her in death on December 4, 1991.  She is also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Don McDonald who passed away October 14, 1997.  Marie is survived by her son, John Cottrill of Butte, daughter, Joan McDonald of Cheyenne, Wyoming, grandchildren: Robyn and Sherwin VanKooten of Monument, CO, Kelly and Chris Townsend of Wellington, CO, and Danny and Theresa Parish of Butte.  She is also survived by four great-grandchildren including Hunter VanKooten as well as her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Ed Staat of Bend, Oregon. 

Marie's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Friday morning at 10 o'clock.  A celebration of her life will be conducted at 11 o'clock with Pastor Randy Lindgren officiating, and interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.  Memorials in memory of Marie may be made to Journey Assembly of God Church where Marie was a life-long and active member.  Express condolences at


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