Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021
Margaret Gail O'Leary
June 04, 1934 - January 30, 2021
Margaret Gail (Gay) O’Leary passed away on January 30, 2021. Gay was born on June 4, 1934 in Butte, Montana to Tom and Clarice (Harrington) Loggins. She was the oldest of three children.
Gay attended St. Patrick’s grade school, Girl’s Central High School (class of 1952) and St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kansas where she studied Gregorian Chant. She met her husband, Bob, while working at Hannifin’s Jewelry Store because he was coming in on a regular basis in the summer of 1955 to buy bonbon dishes for his friends weddings. (Bonbon dishes were the least expensive gift in Hannifin’s). They were married on August 25, 1956 and immediately moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Bob finished law school. Their daughter, Mary, was born in Omaha and their son, Bob, was born in Anaconda, Montana. Gay worked at the St. Ann’s Church office, Butte Head Start Program for many years and then was a Realtor in Whitefish, MT until she retired. Gay was President of the Butte Junior League and worked hard with a great group of women to bring diverse programs to the Butte community. She loved getting together with “The Clubbers”, a group of women that she graduated with from high school. Gay was a proud member of PEO and enjoyed the great friendships that were formed. She also was a member of the SCL Auxiliary. Bob & Gay enjoyed their lake home at Whitefish for many years. They loved going on Notre Dame trips. They traveled to Ireland, Peru & Ecuador. They were “snowbirds” for years and loved traveling to Phoenix to meet up with great friends. Gay was a member of St. Ann’s Parish for years and later Holy Spirit Parish. She was a devout Catholic who was especially devoted to Mary, the Blessed Mother. Gay was the best Mom, Gram, Sister, Aunt and friend. She loved life and passed that love of life on to her family. She idolized her great grandchildren who lovingly called her Gamma Gay.
Gay was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bob, her brother, Gary Loggins, her parents, her father and mother-in-law Barry and Honora O’Leary, her son Sean and her niece Sister Roberta O’Leary. She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister in laws, Ted and Florence O’Leary, Mike & Lucile O’Leary and John & Alice O’Leary.
Gay is survived by her daughter Mary (Pat) Fleming and their children Patrick (Nancy) Fleming, and their children Grace and Eli, Katie (Dylan) Pipinich, and their children Emma and Isaac; her son, Bob (Noreem) O’Leary and their children Carlos & Tamara; her sister, Helen (Wally) O’Connell and their children, Kelli, Craig and Kevin; her sister-in-law Cis Loggins and her son Tom (Leann) Loggins and their son Levi. She is also survived by her best friend of 72 years JoAnn (Jack) McLeod, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held on February 3, 2021 at Holy Spirit Church. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Timothy P. and Florence Sullivan O’Leary Endowed Scholarship for Academics and Athletics at the University of Saint Mary, 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048, the Gary Loggins Memorial Scholarship at Butte High School, Butte Central or a charity of your choice.
Gay lived a very full life and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
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Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
Russell FrankliN Lewis
June 15, 1976 - January 26, 2021
Mr. Russell Franklin Lewis passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2021 in St. James Healthcare of natural causes. Russell was born on June 15, 1976 in Casper, Wyoming. He was the second child, but the first son, of William G. "Bill" and Leona F. (Bateman) Lewis.
Russell grew up in Casper, Wyoming. At the age of 17, he was the youngest person to receive his GED at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He went on to receive his Associate of Technology Degree in Automotive Mechanic from Bates College in Tacoma, Washington. In addition to his degree in Mechanics, he was also ASE Certified, a mark of excellence among Mechanics. Always skilled with his hands, Russell also worked during his college internship building cabinetry and framing houses.
Russell was a proud member of the United States Army, in which he served as an E-2 between 2008 and 2014. His pride in his country was evident in his membership in the American Legion, AMVETS, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also enjoyed guns and marksmanship, and was a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).
On June 08, 1994, he married Stacy Ann Sweeney at Riverside Park in Casper, Wyoming. They later divorced. On August 09, 2008, with their feet in the Carbon River, he married Tina Lee Stadig at Carbonado, Washington. They also divorced. While they were not to be husband and wife, they always remained friends.
Russell was the definition of an All-American boy. He enjoyed fast cars, big trucks, and motorcycles. If it was made in America, and had tires, Russell was sure to love it. Always one to live life a little on the rowdy side, he was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and loved the music of Pantera. An advocate of tattoos, he thought a person's body should not be so much a temple as a billboard dedicated to life. Following the Catholic faith tradition, completing Catechism in Jackson, Wyoming in 1987, Russell chose to find God's presence in all of creation, as well as in Church.
Russell was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his mother, Leona Lewis, in 2010, He is survived by his Father William "Bill" Lewis of Colorado, daughters; Haly Marie (Preston) Lewis of California, Katey Lynn Lewis of Washington, and Abigail Ashlynn Leeanne Lewis of Montana; his son Tristan Alan Pantier of Laramie, Wyoming; and 1 granddaughter and 2 grandsons in Washington. He is also survived by both his former spouses; his brothers, Glenn Lewis, Grant Lewis, and Quinn Lewis, all of Casper, Wyoming; his sister, Frances (Anthony) Johnson, also of Casper, Wyoming; and step siblings Zach Hutton, Ruth Hutton and Moriah (Andrew) Ala of all of Wyoming; 8 nephews, 4 nieces; 2 step daughters and 2 step sons from his marriage with Tina and countless cherished friends that, while not related by blood, Russell considered family.
Cremation has taken place in Butte. Services will take place at a later date and will be announced by the Mortuary. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
James "Fluffy" Briney
September 18, 1946 - February 04, 2021
On Thursday, February 4, 2021, James "Fluﬀy" Briney, loving father and grandfather of ﬁve children, passed away at the age of 74.
Fluﬀ was born on September 18, 1946 in Butte, MT to Joseph and Helen (Farrell) Briney. He graduated from Boys Central High School in 1964.
In high school, Jim was an excellent gymnast and was a member of the Butte Central tumbling team. After high school, he turned his attention to bowling and was about to turn professional before being drafted into the Army. Although his hopes of being a professional were dashed by the Army, he continued to bowl for most of his life. He also loved golﬁng and for many years he hosted a large group of friends for the Labor Day Classic at the Country Club.
Upon returning from Vietnam, he attended Montana Tech and played football - starting as a 135l b Safety.
In 2008, he married Charlotte “Chucky” Brock and found the true love of his life. She preceded him in death and “There’s no doubt that she tripped over the gates of heaven to welcome him in”.
He worked for the Anaconda Company as a pipeﬁtter for most of his career, and then worked for Petrolane Gas.
Jim and Char loved going to Casinos and their trips to Las Vegas. Every weekend, they both loved playing “pull-Tabs” and loved making their rounds to see everyone while picking them out. They had a unique “system” for playing and now they can continue to reﬁne it together. He was all ready for Super Bowl weekend.
He was a great conversationalist and storyteller and loved sharing time over a “cold one” with friends. His only mistake was when his friends introduced him to “karaoke”, and he embraced it far too often.
Jim was a man of routine, enough to drive his sons crazy. Each morning, he would go to mass at St. Joseph’s then breakfast at Chefs Garden. He would eat the exact same breakfast, Every. Single. Time. He loved having coﬀee with the guys at Chefs Garden and the “Coﬀee Crew” at The Depot.
Jim loved his grandkids more than anything. Christmas was his time to shine. Every year, he spent the entire month getting stockings ready. He somehow ﬁt three shopping bags full of candy and other gadgets into each stocking. His house was ALWAYS stocked with candy for the kids.
His health struggled for several years and his ﬁght to stay alive was an inspiration to all who knew him. After ﬁghting very hard, and with no reserves left, it was ﬁnally time for Jim to say “Goodnight Dick” to all those he loved.
Sincere thanks to the multiple doctors, nurses, therapists, home health teams and everyone who cared for him over the past several years.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his family, he is survived by his very special friends Bill Spear, Gary Ugrin, Bob Farren and Chuck Delaney, who we cannot thank enough for all their love and support.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Joe, his mother, Helen, his brother Bob and his wife Charlotte, and his cousin, Mary Pat (John) Rickman. He is survived by his two sons John (Keri) and Jeff (Kate), his siblings Gary (Carol), Larry (Karen) and Susie (Briney) Hogart and five beautiful grandchildren JP, Reese, Beckett, Bria and Bodhi. As well as his nieces Erin Briney (Mark Melroy), Leah Briney (Justin Calvo), Jackie Davis (Kyle Davis), JJ Staudinger (Scott Staudinger), Jodi Blixt (Dave Blixt), Kacie Briney (Benny Bartholomew), nephews Tony Briney, Brandon Briney, Brent Briney (Steph), Joe Briney (Jen) and their families, and also by his cousins Tom Driscoll (Marlene) and his family and the John Rickman Family. Due to current COVID concerns, a private funeral service will be held at St. Joe’s. A future celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to Butte Central Catholic Schools.
Friday, Feb 05, 2021
Michael Edward Kahoe - July 03, 1950 - January 23, 2021
This scourge called COVID which has impacted all of our lives, has claimed yet another victim. Michael Edward Kahoe entered into immortality in the early morning hours of January 23, 2021.
Mike was born to Edward and Connie (Lindstadt) Kahoe in Philipsburg, July 3, 1950. Mike attended grade school and high school in Philipsburg and later attended Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana.
In his youth Mike worked for Lum and Lucille Wanderer at the local IGA and as a lumber grader at the local sawmill. He worked for his father for a short time with Cypress Oil. He was able to avoid working at his father’s service station with the line, “Gee I’d love to help you but I have my good clothes on,” a phrase he attributed to his late uncle John Parker. At one time Mike was a correspondent for the Missoulian and the Montana Standard newspapers. He was a longtime member of the Butte Press Club.
Mike went on to work as hospital administrator at the Granite County Medical Center and Nursing Home and as an Executive Assistant to the Granite County Commissioners. He would serve the county commissioners for 44 years, retiring December 31, 2020. It was a job he truly loved.
Mike served on various boards including The Gold West Territory, the Governor’s Job Council and most recently Action Inc.
Mike was an accomplished pianist and organist. Mike played the organ for the Presbyterian Church where he had the good fortune to meet Father John Miller and the Reverend Peggy Kane and her late husband Donald Kane, friendships he cherished for the rest of his life.
Mike enjoyed the arts, autos and airplanes. He earned his pilot’s license and could tell you the details of all the different planes. Mike’s cars were always spotless and he could tell you all the different characteristics of all the different cars. Mike loved to cruise and took at least one cruise each year. Wherever Mike traveled he sought out the local museums and tourist attractions. Mike’s latest endeavor was parasailing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mike loved it and said he would do it again in a heartbeat.
In November of 2020 Mike and his partner John Mike purchased a home in Surprise, Arizona. Mike looked forward to becoming a “Snowbird,“ a dream stolen from him by the COVID virus.
Mike’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at St. James Hospital, Dr. Spooner, Dr. Watson and Dr. Shawna Yates. A special thank you to Dr. John Pullman for the care he provided over the last twenty plus years.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, aunt and uncle Irene and John Parker, sisters Mary Chapman and Dana Hickman, and his “other parents,” Babe and Fran O’Farrell, sisters-in-law Marilynn Benjamin and Kathy O’Farrell.
Mike is survived by his partner John Mike O’Farrell, brother Sean (Connie), nieces Sarah Chapman, Ashley Hickman and Nicole Knight (Steve), brother-in-law Russell Hickman, brothers-in-law Gary (Sheri), Dennis (Gail), David O’Farrell, Sister-in-law Terry (Mike) Button and cousins Jackie, Jeanie and Tom, and numerous other cousins and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday February 05, 2021, at 11:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located on Majors Avenue. Memorial services will be conducted at the Presbyterian Church in Philipsburg at a later date, hopefully in a safer environment.
Memorials and donations are requested to Angela’s Angel Fund, Pintlar Pets, the Butte Food Bank or the donor’s choice.
Mike’s was a life well lived and many a life has been enriched for having made his acquaintance.
Friday, February 05, 2021
St. John the Evangelist Church
Butte, Montana 59701
Thursday, Feb 04, 2021 - 11:00 AM
Marilynn "Lynn" C. Benjamin
June 16, 1957 - January 02, 2021
Marilynn “Lynn” Benjamin, 63, died at home in Havre from complications of a recent surgery. She was born in Butte, Montana. Lynn was one of six children of Frank (Babe) and Fran O’Farrell. She married Jack Benjamin on New Year’s Eve 1980. The couple had just celebrated 40 years of marriage.
Lynn Benjamin’s children include two sons: Frank and Mark (Cara) of Havre. Her O’Farrell family members include four brothers and one sister: Gary (Sherry), Denny (Gail), David (Kathy), John Mike (the late Michael Kahoe), and Terrie (Mike Button); sister-in-law Joy (Ed) Metesh; and brother-in-law, Bob Fitzpatrick. Lynn and Jack have five grand-children: Ali, Jack, Marki, Levi, and Oliver; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles who will dearly miss her.
Lynn was raised in Butte and attended local schools. She graduated from Butte High in 1975. Additionally, she worked at Robbie’s In & Out throughout that period. After high school she attended Butte Vo-Tech/Highland College. She began working at Galen and Warm Springs as an LPN. After getting married to Jack, the couple moved to Mount Lake Terrace, Washington. There Lynn and Jack had their children. In 1992, the family moved to Havre for Jack’s new job with the power company. Lynn continued her education at MSU-Northern, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (RN) in 1997. She worked nights at Northern Montana Hospital while going to school. Later as a traveling nurse she worked in Boston, San Francisco, and southern California. Lynn received a back injury on the job that ended her nursing career. Lynn held a deep desire for assisting in the care of her mother in Butte. She often traveled back and forth from Havre to Butte to assist her brothers and sister in mom’s care.
Lynn was raised in the O’Farrell skating family. They had their own rinks in the yard and on nearby family lots. So while growing up in Butte she competed in speed and figure skating. In Havre her sons competed in hockey and baseball and Lynn was a very supportive mom while her husband Jack coached the teams. Her shrill whistle and enthusiastic cheering could be heard by everyone.
Lynn enjoyed being a wife, a mom and raising her boys. She was a strong believer in her faith and the Catholic church. Lynn was a fun-loving person who enjoyed being around people. She volunteered at the Lady of the Rockies, the Folk Festival, and the Irish An Ri Ra. Lynn was also interested in shopping and collecting heirlooms, pursuing family genealogy, and traveling the world (many parts of the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and France). Her most memorable trip was with her sister to Ireland looking for cousins, a pot-of-gold, four-leaf clovers, and family plots. She lived by her constitution of POP&MM (The Power of Prayer & Mini Miracles). Those letters were on her vehicle’s license plate! Some people believe a diamond is a girls’ best friend, and Lynn had many! She was as good as any gemologist at picking and grading a “quality one.”
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 04, 2021, at 11:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located on Majors Avenue. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies Foundation or the local Food Bank. Express condolences at Butte’s Duggan-Dolan Mortuary.
Thursday, February 04, 2021
St. John the Evangelist Church
Butte, Montana 59701