Paul W. Bronson - October 19, 1943 - December 04, 2020


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Paul W. Bronson passed away peacefully at home on December 4, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Paul was born in Butte, MT on Oct. 19, 1943 to John and Ethel Bronson. He had 3 older siblings: John, Joan (Guindon), and George.  

Paul had several careers on his life’s journey. He joined the Air Force at age 17 and served for 5 years. After the military, Paul came home to Butte and worked in the Kelly mine for a short time before realizing that working underground was not for him. He then worked at the Berkley Pit as a shovel operator until 1975, when he and his wife Linda (Briggs) decided to trade the mining life for ranching. They bought an 80 acre ranch in Charlo, MT which they termed as “just enough land to go broke on”. They raised their kids on the Charlo ranch until 1986. For the last 25 years of his career, Paul worked for the Montana Dept. of Transportation beginning as a truck driver in Charlo and eventually earning his way up to Maintenance Chief of the Billings division.   Upon Paul’s retirement, he and Linda moved to a home they built in the mountains outside Anaconda. Paul became a member of the Anaconda Sportsman’s Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Paul and Linda spent a few winters being snowbirds to Arizona, but in the end, they returned full time to Paul’s birthplace and bought their final home in Butte, MT.

Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda, their two children Jon and Karin, and a niece, Dori, whom he regarded as a daughter. Paul also has 4 grandchildren, Ryan, Tucker, Lauren, and Marshall, and one great grandchild, Benjamin.

Paul enjoyed many things in his life including sky diving, hunting, fishing, golfing, and 4 wheeling. He will be remembered for his countless stories of adventures, often involving a combination of hilarity and risk of peril.   Those who shared in adventures with him, or were fortunate enough to hear the stories, will remember him well. A remarkable man loved by many, Paul was strong and retained his sharp wit to the very end.

Services for Paul will be delayed until such time as it is safe to gather. Reach out to the family for details of a future service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to your local food bank.

 

John "Jack" W Whelan -- May 23, 1930 - November 21, 2020

 

John "Jack" W Whelan

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 Send Sympathy CardU.S. VeteranJohn (Jack) William Whelan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 21, 2020.

 Dad was born May 23, 1930 to Laurence and Irma (Sansouci) Whelan, the fifth of nine children. He attended St. Ann’s grade school, Boy’s Central High School (Class of 1948), School of Mines, University of Montana and graduated from the University of Montana Law School in May 1965.

 Dad was deeply rooted in his Catholic faith. As a young boy he was an altar boy and sang in the boys’ choir. He taught catechism for more than 15 years, was a lector and served as a eucharistic minister at St. Ann’s and Holy Spirit parishes.

 Dad enlisted in the Marine Corp in January 1950, completing boot camp in San Diego and combat training at Camp Pendleton. In November 1950, he shipped out to Korea serving in the 1st Marine Division (as a staff Sargent), an artillery arm of the Marines. Dad returned home in December 1951. He was honored to serve his country and was a proud Marine.

 He met the love of his life Roberta (Bobbie) Eleanor O’Connor on December 30, 1954 as she was walking across Park Street with fellow nursing students. When they crossed paths just outside the Cherry Bar, he offered to buy her a drink. She told him she didn’t drink so he said – “then will you marry me”! Dad asked mom out on a formal date the next day and they celebrated New Year’s Eve dancing at the Rose Garden. They were engaged later in 1955 and married September 1, 1956 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Butte.

 Their first five children (Joan, Kathy, Mary, John and Janet) were born while working and going to college. He said his friends kept getting new cars and he kept getting new additions! After graduation, they made their home in Butte and soon welcomed their youngest son (Bob) to complete their family. They celebrated 64 wonderful years of marriage!

 Dad started his law career with Burgess, Joyce, O’Leary, Prothero and Whelan, P.C. His practice continued for 29 years welcoming young attorneys in as the original partners retired. In 1983 Dad was appointed a parttime U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Montana and served until 1992. His son Bob joined the practice of Burgess, Joyce and Whelan, P.C. in 1993. Dad was elected District Court Judge, taking the bench January 1995. He served in that position for 12 years retiring in December 2007. The Montana Supreme Court called him out of retirement for the specific purpose of swearing in Bob as he took the bench in 2019. It is our understanding this was the first time in Montana history a father presided over his son’s swearing in ceremony.

 Dad was a skilled handball player competing with some of the best players in Butte and across the state. Whether playing singles or doubles, it was a chance to compete with good friends and respected competitors. Dad loved to golf, and we found he really was a morning person if it involved golfing! In 1968, Dad resurrected the Legion baseball program. Together with the help of good friends like Jim Hanley, Frank Kinsella, Jimmy C. Davis and Jack Cavanaugh they ran the Miner and Mucker programs for nearly 50 years. He also served as a State Commissioner of Baseball.

 Dad received many acknowledgements and honors over the years from various organizations whether through his law work or his volunteer work. He was honored and humbled by each one. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. The dedication of Three Legends Stadium honoring Dad and his buddies was a shining moment in his life! This past year, Dad along with the family were honored by Special Olympics Montana.

 Dad was a humble man. He never took things for granted. He had an unending drive to help others and be involved. He volunteered and was an active member of so many organizations including the Elks, American Legion, Kiwanis, Special Olympics, Montana Amateur Speed Skating Association (MASSA), Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Marine Corp League, Butte Central and VFW. He believed if we all do a little, we can achieve great things. For years, many of our friends never knew he had a law practice as they just knew he was always driving the bus whether for Legion baseball, Butte Central events, or speed skating trips to Canada. He loved Butte and all it had to offer families especially the youth of this town. It was one of the reasons he volunteered at so many events and stayed an active member of so many organizations. Dad served on various boards and committees for Butte Central including the Education Foundation. He was a member of the MT Tech Local Executive Board. He also served as a board member for the Butte School District including one year as Chairman of the Board.

 

Whether a music competition, an athletic event, drill team, celebrating a sacrament at church or selling candy for speed skating, Dad was there. This continued with the grandkids with football, swimming, soccer, wrestling, dance, orchestra or band concerts, or an awards night. Dad loved his family and welcomed each new addition (as well as their extended families) with open arms and a loving heart.

 Dad was an avid storyteller. He had so many memories to share, we wish we had recorded them to be sure we could pass them to the next generation. When he got together with his sisters, so many wonderful stories would flow. Dad had a knack for making up silly little “diddlies” and singing them to the kids and grandkids. He knew how to make you smile!

 Dad passed on what would have been his mom’s (Nana’s) birthday. We found it very fitting that she would call him home to be with her and Papa. He also joins his sisters Mary Lou Olson, Kathleen Janney and Jean Ellis and brothers Larry and Patrick Whelan, brother-in-law Bob Olson, (father-in-law and mother-in-law) Robert and Mary O’Connor, brothers-in-law Clifford and Tommy Joe O’Connor, and nephews Pat Janney, Tom Whelan and Rick Olson as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 Dad is survived by his wife Roberta (Bobbie), daughters Joan Whelan, Kathy (Mike) Sampson, Mary (Mike) Crowe, Janet (Brian) White, sons John Whelan and Bob (Lana) Whelan, grandchildren Patrick (Sarah) Sampson, Kiely (Bob) Thoen, Shaun (Mariah) Sampson, Michael (Ashley) Crowe, Matthew (fiancé Chelsea) Crowe, Jenae White, Julianne White, Connor (fiancé Shelby) Whelan, Keegan Whelan and great grandchildren Shane, Bryce, and Chase Sampson, Natalie Crowe, Lane and Kalan Thoen and Miles Sampson, sisters Betty (Charlie) Merrifield, Peggy (Jim) Maloney and Donna (TJ) Furshong, sisters-in-law Mary (Rich) Bertolina and Barbara Whelan, brother-in-law Ed Janney and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 We want to express our sincere gratitude to the First Responders for all your visits to the house to help with Dad. Your help and compassion allowed Mom to have Dad stay home through some challenging times. Special thanks to Rick Jensen for the physical therapy home visits. Aside from the invaluable physical therapy workouts, Dad loved to converse with you on the topics of the day. Lastly, we can’t say enough about the help from Senior Solutions/Hospice. Sheena, Sonny, Heather and Dan, you are amazing, caring and compassionate angels. Thank you to all from the bottom of our hearts.

 While it’s hard to say goodbye, Dad had an incredible 90-year run! He was truly blessed to have Mom at his side throughout his journey. He credited her for his success and happiness. They shared an unending love with one another and to our family.

 Due to COVID, a private family service has been held. A celebration of Dad’s life will be held at a later date when safety guidelines will allow for a larger gathering.

 Donations may be made to the Butte Central Education Foundation (9 South Idaho, Butte, MT 59701), Butte Sheltered Workshop/Butte Special Olympics (845 Wyoming Street, Butte, MT 59701), American Legion Baseball (P.O. Box 3592, Butte MT 59702) or an organization of the donor’s choice.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

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

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Carol Ann Stefanich Coty of Butte, Montana | 1938 - 2020 | Obituary

 

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Saturday, Nov 28, 2020

Carol Ann Stefanich Coty

June 01, 1938 - November 21, 2020

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Carol Ann Stefanich Coty passed away on November 21, 2020 at St. James Healthcare following a courageous battle with a series of illnesses. Carol was born in Butte Montana on June 1, 1938 to Martin and Jule Stefanich. She attended Harrison Grade School and graduated from Butte High School in 1956, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and a delegate to Montana’s Girls State.

After graduation, Carol worked as a legal secretary for Butte attorney George P. Sarsfield. Carol married Burt Coty in 1960, and his job took them to many different locations including Spokane, Seattle, and Southern California. During this time Carol continued to work in the legal field. They later divorced, and Carol returned to Butte where she continued her career until she retired to take care of her parents.

After their passing she then moved to Columbus Plaza and enjoyed her retirement years there.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Judy and Don Hawkinson of Butte; nieces Patti Hawkinson Boltz of Denver, CO and Dana Bunney of Butte; great-nieces and great-nephews Brandon (Kayla) Boltz and great-great-niece Drew Elizabeth Boltz of Great Falls; Kelcie Boltz (Ben) of Denver, CO; Kendyl Boltz (Cole) of Billings; Zachary Bunney (Kayla) of Layton, UT. Also surviving are aunt and uncle Esther and Bob Spear of Butte and many cousins in Anaconda, Washington, and California.

Cremation has taken place and the funeral mass will be Saturday November 28, 2020 at 10 am at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial of ashes will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery following the conclusion of mass. Due to COVID-19 we ask that everyone observe mask and social distancing protocol. Family requests that any memorials

for Carol be made to Our Lady of the Rockies or a charity of the donor' s choice.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

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

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Joseph, Dr. A. Herzog of Butte, Montana | 1932 - 2020 | Obituary

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Joseph, Dr. A. Herzog

September 19, 1932 - November 17, 2020

  

Dr. Joseph A Herzog passed away peacefully  at  home  Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Butte.  He was born in Butte September 19, 1932, to Dr.  Joseph A. and Bertha (Brunk) Herzog.  He received his education in Butte’s Catholic Schools and went on to pre-dentistry at Carroll College and then to Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was a member of Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity and graduated in 1956. Following graduation, Dr. Herzog served the Navy as a dentist on the USS AJAX repair ship for two years, earning the rank of LT DC USNC.  Following discharge, he returned to Butte where he started his private dental practice.  Fifty-three years later he retired.

In 1960 Joe married Lou Anne  Brogan in Butte.  She passed away in 1975.  He married Maureen Niklas Mee February 16, 1985.

Joe was a member of the Third District Dental Society and served twice as its president.  He was also a member of the Montana Dental Association,  American Dental Association,  and served on the Montana Board of Dentistry for five years. He was also a member of BPOE.

Joe was passionate about  quality time with his family and for anything having to do with the outdoors: hunting, fishing, and horses.  He enjoyed hosting great times at “the cabin”.  He found his greatest peace and relaxation at his personal heaven, also known as “the cabin.”  He was a role model for faith, humility, patience, and a  shared a great sense of humor.

Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Lou Anne Brogan Herzog, son John Herzog, parents Bertha and Dr. Joe Herzog, sister Pauline Herzog Semmens, parents-in-law Bill and Isabel Niklas, sister-in-law Betty Sue Niklas Remily, and brother-in-law Don Niklas.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Maureen, children and spouses: Joe and Laura Herzog, Seattle, WA; Dr. Jim and Cindy Herzog, Butte; Mary Anne Herzog, Butte, Mike Herzog, Missoula, and Dr. Mike Sullivan-Mee, Albuquerque, NM.  He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Jessica Herzog, Dallas, TX; Taylor Herzog, Bozeman; Charlie and Hailey Herzog, Seattle, WA; Mark and Matthew Herzog, Missoula; Kyle and Luke Harding, Butte;  and Daisy, Maddie, and John Mee, Albuquerque, NM.  He is also survived by sister-in-law Judy Brogan and Mike Johnston, Butte;  brother-in-law John Semmens, Helena;  brother  and sister-in-law Marty and Kathy Herman, Cedar Falls, Iowa; and numerous nieces, and nephews and cousins..

Services will be Monday, November 23, 11 a.m.   at St. Ann’s Parish.  Due to Covid-19, we ask that everyone observe mask and social distancing protocols.

The family extends gratitude to the first responders and Duggan Dolan’s for their professional and compassionate care.

Memorials may be to the Niklas Family Endowment at Carroll College, Helena; Butte Central High School, Shriners Crippled Children,  Lady of the Rockies, or a  charity  of choice.

 

 

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Monday, November 23, 2020

St. Ann's Catholic Church
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Butte, Montana 59701

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Marguerite "Ami" R Tresidder -- December 12, 1933 - November 15, 2020


Marguerite "Ami" R Tresidder

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Mrs. Marguerite R. "Ami" Tresidder passed away early Sunday morning in Copper Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Marguerite was born in Butte, Montana on December 12, 1933 to Raymond and Rosella (Janskovich) Flick. 

Marguerite enjoyed a happy childhood in Bear Creek, where she was raised by her Uncle and Aunt, Poley and Jean Janskovich.  She later moved to Meaderville, where she lived with her parents.  She graduated from Butte High School and then went on to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. While attending Gonzaga, she worked at Sacred Heart Hospital. She then transferred to Carroll College in Helena, MT where she earned her Registered Nursing degree. After earning her degree at Carroll, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Silver Bow General Hospital and St. James Hospital.  After that for more than 30 years, she worked at Butte Orthopedic Clinic, from where she retired the first time.  Her dedication to nursing and her love of caring for people did not end with her retirement.  She continued her career as a caregiver at Beta Factor until the age of 80 when she retired for the final time.

On July 12, 1955, Marguerite married Leonard S. Tresidder in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  They later had their marriage blessed by the Catholic Church and had their four children: Linda, Judy, Bill and Scott. After Leonards’ retirement he accompanied Marguerite on her trips around town as a caregiver for Beta Factor and they remained constant companions until his death in 2001.

As a young woman, Marguerite recounted happy hours spent as a salad girl at Lydia's and was very proud of her ability to make the sweet potato salad just like her mom.  Her life was devoted to the care of others, be it her patients, her family, or her beloved dogs.  Many wonderful memories were made camping at Georgetown Lake with her family and friends at the Piney Campground for many summers.  She will always be remembered for her kindness to people and pets.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Marguerite was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert and Ray Flick, her sister-in-law Marie Flick, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Jean Tresidder.  She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Neil Shaw, and Judy and Joe Seymour; her sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Julie Tresidder, and Scott and Laura Tresidder; and her grandchildren; Jenna, Brandon, and Kelsey; Jason, Jamie, and Jordan; Addisyn and Allisyn; and Taylor, Julia, and Tucker.  She is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many extended family members.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Copper Ridge for taking care of Marguerite during the last year as well as Dr. Kirwan Webb and Dr. Charles Buehler for the wonderful care that Marguerite received these past few years. 

Friends are asked to join the family on Tuesday after 10:00 am in St. Ann's Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am.  Rite of Committal will follow in the Bertoglio Family Plot at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A Celebration of Life at the Copper King and Hotel will follow. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society. Due to COVID-19, please wear a mask and practice social distancing policies.

We love and miss you already Ami, give Poppi a big hug and kiss from all of us!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Butte, Montana 59701
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