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Butte Weekly founder Holt dead at 76

Norlene Holt, a founder and former owner of the Butte Weekly, died in her sleep Dec. 19 at her home in Chehalis, WA. She was 76.

She was born Nov. 10, 1942, one of the seven children of Norma (Blodget) and Graham Holt.

Holt and her dear companion, veteran newspaperman Virgil Boehler, met in Sidney in the 1980s. Boehler and Holt were involved with several print publications in Montana. In 1993 they and one of his sons, the late Cole Boehler and his wife, formed Continental Publications Management, publishers of the Butte Weekly. Virgil died in a traffic accident in Livingston in December 2000.

Holt became publisher of the Weekly, with the late Rick Foote as editor. Her attitude was a publisher did not interfere with the news side, giving Foote total freedom to write what he wanted.

Holt Publishing Group issued the late John Astle's book, "Only in Butte: Stories Off the Hill," in 2004.

She loved Butte, often saying it is “the friendliest town I've ever been in." Norlene was a people person, one reason she liked ad sales, walking to Uptown businesses and driving to others all over town, talking to owners about their problems and challenges.

She served at least a couple of terms as president of the Uptown Association, the precursor of Mainstreet Uptown Butte. Appointed by Chief Executive Judy Jacobson, Norlene served several years on the Butte-Silver Bow Parking Commission.

Norlene loved being a mother to her kids and their friends. Her youngest daughter, Kelie Wurden, graduated from Butte High School. Kelie remembers "if any of my friends needed help, they knew they could count on Mom."

For Easter 2014, Norlene drove to Chehalis to be with her sons and daughters and her beloved grandchildren. En route home to Butte, she had a heart attack; her car left the road near Olympia, and she suffered serious injuries. Doctors called her survival "miraculous."

However, it did not surprise her friends who knew Norlene was one tough cookie.

She retired to her farm outside Chehalis where she has enjoyed being matriarch of her extended family, with camping and excursions to the beach being her favorite activities.

Robin and David Taylor bought the Butte Weekly in December 2014 and sold it two years later to its current owners Linda Anderson and her husband Robert.

A graveside service was conducted Dec. 28 in Chehalis. Send condolences to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Butte friends may donate to the World Museum of Mining, one of Norlene's favorite places, or to a charity of their choice

John W. Byers - November 9, 1949 - May 3, 2018

John W Byers, Born Nov. 9th, 1949 in Havre, Mt. John was accepted to the HWY in the sky on May 3rd.


John lived a life that most people could only dream of. He possessed an uncanny ability to master anything he put his mind too, but his true passion was operating heavy equipment. John’s devoted wife Mona, and three sons Johnny, Michael, and Dillon were the pride of his life. Not a day went by when one of them wasn’t his favorite topic of conversion.

If it was fast or loud, it was for John. He is running on a bottomless fuel tank now and will be waiting patiently for the rest of us


John is preceded in the death by his father John E Byers and mother Shirley J Parent. Surviving spouse Mona L Byers (Shanahan)


Surviving children: John L Byers, Michael (Lisa) Byers, Dillon Byers Nicole (Tal) Conner. Surviving granddaughter: Peighton L Byers. Surviving siblings: Mike S Byers, Terri (Howard) Garlinger, Gary (Karen) Byers, Tim (Teri) Byers, Debbie Furman, Jeff Byers. And numerous nieces and nephews


Service will be held at Dugan Dolan (1805 Meadowlark Butte, MT 59701) at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 12th a celebration of life to follow.


Memorial Service

Saturday, May 12, 2018
12:00 PM

Duggan Dolan Mortuary 
1805 Meadowlark Lane 
Butte, Montana 59701


Sheila Patricia Sullivan Cutler, March 14, 1955 - April 16, 2018

Our beautiful Sheila Patricia Sullivan Cutler was born in a small coastal California town called Watsonville on March 14, 1955, and died in Butte at St. James Hospital on April 16, 2018, as a result of a car accident.   Her parents, Caryl and Fran Sullivan, moved from Butte to Watsonville in 1951, and after Fran’s unexpected passing in 1965, Caryl moved her four children back to Butte.

Sheila attended St. Ann’s grade school and graduated from Butte Central in 1973. Even though she became a full-fledged Buttonian, she loved that little town in coastal California and visited there frequently. She graduated from the University of Montana in 1977 with a degree in Elementary Education. Sheila always knew she wanted to be a teacher—she would play “school” as a little girl—she always seemed to know what she wanted to do with her life: teach, be a good wife, and a loving mother and she did exactly those things.

She met the love of her life Paul Cutler at a party—although they were with different dates, they managed to connect that evening and were married on August 5, 1978, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church—they would have been married 40 years this August. Sheila and Paul were natural-born teachers. Sheila taught for the Butte School District for 33 1/3 years. She loved teaching the little ones and most of her teaching career was teaching Kindergarteners and 1st graders. She touched the lives of hundreds of Butte children if she didn’t then Paul did. She absolutely loved children—especially her own: Katie, Corey, Marc and her step-daughter Stacey.

Her family loved to joke about her “F” words that were the good ones—her favorite being FUN but we would like to add: Faith, Family, Friends, Flying, Fabulous and Funerals. She was “one in a million” and just about everyone in Butte knew her and loved her sweetness and kindness. She loved the color red, sandals and capris, matching outfits, St. Patrick’s Day, crocheting baby blankets, traveling the world with Paul and Marc, French dips and her food could never touch on the plate. Sheila especially loved her Catholic faith which was demonstrated through serving the Church by being a Eucharistic minister and assisting Father Haffey with Butte funerals.

She was preceded in death by her father Fran Sullivan, her grandparents Katherine and Tim Duggan, in-laws Al and Lorraine Cutler, brother-in-laws Dale and Pat, her Uncle Fr. Bud Sullivan, and many dear aunts and uncles.

Sheila is survived by her loving husband Paul; her mother Caryl Sullivan; her children Katie (Keith), Corey, Marc, Stacey (Jason); her grandchildren Alex (Seth), Zach, Cooper, Jayci, Cutler, and Croix; siblings Kate (Ted), Tom, and Colleen (Wilbur); and many close nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation at St Ann’s Catholic Church on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m, with a vigil service following at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held on Friday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Butte High School Foundation and/or the Butte Central Foundation.




Funeral Service

Friday, April 20, 2018
11:00 AM

St. Ann's Catholic Church 
2100 Farragut Ave 
Butte, Montana 59701


Gary Allen Weldon, February 23, 1938 - April 2, 2018

On April 2, 2018, after a twenty-year battle with the debilitating disease Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome, God called to Heaven Gary Allen Weldon at the age of eighty.


Gary was born in Butte, MT Feb 23rd, 1938, to John (Jack) and Clara Weldon, the third of five boys. He grew up on the hill and attended St Lawrence O’Toole Catholic grade school. He graduated from Butte Central high school and was an adamant Maroon fan. Gary was active in many sports and two of his football teams were inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame--Classes of 1955 and 1956. Growing up, much of his summers were spent working on “The Ranch”, his grandparent’s Marcel and Bridget Marcinkowski’s ranch in Twin Bridges, MT. Early on, a love for fishing and hunting was born.


Upon graduating Butte Central, Gary enlisted in the United States Navy. After an honorable discharge, he went to work driving haul trucks for the Anaconda Company until the mine closed in 1983. He drove school buses for School District #1 serving the kids of Roosevelt drive as his main route and he worked numerous extra shifts transporting Bulldog sports teams around the State. Gary then drove Butte-Silver Bow City Buses until his disease forced an early retirement.


He married Rose Marie Rebich and they had three children Dan, Tedd, and Todd. They led a life with many sporting, camping, fishing, hiking trips and vacations across the West. Gary coached the boys’ sports teams and helped many Blaine Mustangs and North West Little League athletes hone their skills. He was a longtime member and former Captain of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Dept. He loved being outdoors and was very talented mechanically.


He later re-married his angel Kathy McDermott. Together they enjoyed twenty-six beautiful years with an inseparable bond. Kathy’s Love for Gary was truly selfless as she provided his primary care through many difficult years.


Gary’s ability to enjoy retirement was cut short by a disease, that left his mind and dreams very much alive, but a body that could not deliver. He spent much of his later years enjoying his time with Kathy and grandkids, painting, photography, chasing gold, and making countless fishing lures to land fish big and small. He loved many, forgave all, never spoke of life not being fair, and fought, fought, fought to the end. We will Miss You Partner!


Gary was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Clara Weldon, brothers George (Bud) Weldon, John (Sonny) and Lois Weldon, nephews Timmy and Shawn Weldon, step-daughter Amy Cunningham, and special uncle/aunt Charlie and Martha Day. He is survived by his wife Kathy Weldon, brothers Ken (Aleda) Weldon and Bob (Karen) Weldon, brothers/sisters-in-law Kay Weldon, Lee McDermott, Peggie (Van) Marjamag, Tim (Laurie) McDermott and Dave (Steph) McDermott, children Dan (Brandi) Weldon, Tedd (Sarah) Weldon, Todd Weldon, Blaine (Jeanette) Cunningham and Shane (Tracy) Cunningham, grandchildren Regan, Prestynn, Isaiah, and Mathew Weldon, Bradley Adreon, and Danny, Courtney, Cole, Cein and Camrie Cunningham.


Friends are asked to join the family on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, after 10:00 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 329 W Mercury. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. A further celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the McQueen Club immediately following the Mass.



Thomas (Tommy) Edward James, January 8, 1967 - April 1, 2018

Thomas Edward James (Tommy) was born on January 8, 1967, in Butte, MT to Mary Anne and Ed James. Growing up on the flats, he and his friends knew every inch of the Hawthorne School neighborhood.  In 1985, Tommy graduated from Butte High School and following in his dad’s footsteps, he went to work in the auto industry.
Tommy had a passion for working on things. He went from building with Legos as a child to working on vehicles. Many people around town remember his smiling face from the years he spent working at Lyons Motors and J & C Body Shop. After leaving Butte, Tommy went to work as a diesel mechanic working in the mines around Winnemucca, NV.
Of all the places Tom lived, his favorite place remained Butte.  He loved coming home to see friends and family and relive the good old days. He also loved Wise River.  He grew up in the Big Hole Valley hunting for the “big one” with his dad and friends, fishing the Wise River and the Big Hole River, swimming at Elkhorn Hot Springs, and camping with his fire-hall families.  In his spare time, Tommy also enjoyed cooking, riding motorcycles, and listening to music.
Tommy never met a stranger...just about every person he met became his lifelong friend.  
This past December, following an x-ray, one of Tom’s doctors told us that he had a generous heart (referring to its size). We told him yes, everyone already knew that!
Tommy’s greatest blessings in his life were his two sons, Zach and Cris.  He thought the sun rose and set on them. He truly loved spending time with his boys and being a dad.
Tommy passed away unexpectedly at home in Nevada on March 27th following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
He is survived by his sons, Zach James of Bozeman, and Cris James of Winnemucca, NV; his sisters, Colleen (Mike) Fink of Butte, and Cheryl (Frank) Wright of Circle, MT; nieces and nephews, D.J. Moritz, Anthony Moritz; Jonathan Wright, Chelsea Wright, Timothy Wright, Kyler Fink and Carley Fink, aunt and uncle, Sandy & Don James of Lewiston, ID; many cousins; and friends too numerous to count.
Friends are the family you choose, and Tommy couldn’t have picked better friends. We would like to especially thank Brian Morash, John Grace, Billy Stephenson, and of course, Penny and Mike Raffath for the endless support and love given to Tommy.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in Winnemucca at Player’s Bar and Grill on April 10th at 6:00 pm.
Funeral services for Tommy will be on Saturday, April 14th at 11 AM in Butte at Duggan Dolan Mortuary followed by a reception at the Copper King Ballroom.
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