Michael Edward Kahoe of Butte, Montana | 1950 - 2021 | Obituary

 Michael Edward Kahoe

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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.

 

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Friday, February 05, 2021
11:00 AM

St. John the Evangelist Church
1500 Majors
Butte, Montana 59701

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Marilynn "Lynn" C. Benjamin of Havre, Montana | 1957 - 2021 | Obituary

Marilynn "Lynn" C. Benjamin

 

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Marilynn "Lynn" C. Benjamin

June 16, 1957 - January 02, 2021

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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. 

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Thursday, February 04, 2021
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St. John the Evangelist Church
1500 Majors
Butte, Montana 59701

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Geraldine Rose Mihelich of Butte, Montana | 1940 - 2020 | Obituary

Geraldine Rose Mihelich

 

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Geraldine Rose Mihelich - January 14, 1940 - December 22, 2020

 

Geraldine Rose Mihelich

January 14, 1940 - December 22, 2020

Just a few weeks short of her 81st birthday, and after having lived at The Springs of Butte for almost two years, Geri died, peacefully, in her sleep due to complications from dementia and COVID-19. She was a proud 1953 graduate of Emerson Grade School and a just-as-proud 1957 graduate of Girls' Central High School. She always, and fondly, remembered her freshman year at Central. In 1953 the Maroons beat Butte High, 6-0, for the first time in 28 years.

 

Following her graduation from Girls' Central, she attended Western Montana College in Dillon for two years, before she embarked on a teaching career that would take her first to Shelby, MT and then to Billings, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education at Eastern Montana College. After receiving her degree, she returned to Butte, where she taught, for a short time, at the Washington School on East Granite St. After her stay in Butte, she managed to find her way to Terry, MT where she served, primarily, as a substitute teacher.

 

Her life was not without its trials and tribulations, but through it all she endured. Finally, and after having lived in Denver for several years, she brought herself back to Butte where she began a successful second career working for the pre-Release Center and, eventually, for its Connections program. In her role at Connections she proved that she could fill beds with the best of them, and she kept at it until she retired at 70. She cherished her years with Connections and the relationships she created with her co-workers and with various parole officers throughout the state of Montana. It seemed that everyone in the state knew Geri. She was missed when she retired, and she will be just as missed now by those who knew her and laughed with her. Fittingly, Geri died where she belonged, in Butte, Montana -- always The Richest Hill on Earth.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Tony Mihelich, and mother, Rose Mihelich, along with Aunts Elsie McCoy, Steff Toshoff, Evelyn "Tootsie" Shea and Helen Lynch and Uncles Albert Polich, Tony "Tots" Polich, Emil Ozanich, Jim McCoy Jack Lynch and John T. Shea as well as by cousin Gerianne Shea. She is survived by her brother Emil, her three sons, Mark Prater (Miquela), John Mihelich (Debbie Storrs) and Dean Prater, her two daughters Mona Rubino (Chris) and Angela Prater. Also, she is survived by various cousins, both male and female, seemingly scattered throughout the West.

 

Once our world is safe from COVID and once a sense of sanity returns, the family will have an appropriate memorial service for Geri. In the meantime, memories of her, and her smile, will live on.


Joan Beverly Richards of Butte, Montana 1934 – 2020 Obituary

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Joan Beverly Richards

January 12, 1934 - December 21, 2020

 

The world lost a little spitfire when Joan Beverly Richards passed away on December 21, 2020 at The Springs of Butte after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and a short battle with COVID.

Her journey began on January 12, 1934 in Butte. She was born to Doris & Ed McGurk, joining big brothers Ed and Pat. Her little brother Terry joined a few years later. At the age of 5, her father passed away unexpectedly.   Her mother married Leo Spetter and from that union; she was blessed with her sister Leeann and her brother Sam. Joan attended Sacred Heart and graduated from Girls Central.

On September 25, 1952 she married the love of her life, Ed Richards at St John’s Catholic Church.

Together they raised seven children. As a family they enjoyed camping, fishing & snowmobiling. Ed and Joan had many friends and spent countless nights playing cards with them. Ed and Joan had 34 wonderful years together before he passed away in 1986.

Joan was always up for an adventure. She enjoyed traveling, taking trips to Europe, Japan, and Hawaii. Her and her best friend, Pat Kane, enjoyed their trips to Wendover and getting into all sorts of shenanigans. She especially enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren in New Hampshire & Oregon.  

She was kind and welcoming to every person she encountered and never met a stranger. Always lending a hand when needed and never thinking twice about it. She was a great caregiver, taking care of her Mom, Dad Leo, aunt & her mother-in-law for many years.  

Joan had many talents, she was a skilled seamstress, little miss-fix-it- always tinkering with a leaky faucet, a washer that wasn’t working quite right or scraping a ceiling to redo it.

Joan worked at Bernie’s Pharmacy later known as Bernie’s Hallmark for over 30 years. She made many lifelong friends there & really enjoyed her work. Everyone knew who “Joanie” was-she could find a present for anyone, for any occasion & was the quickest & best gift wrapper in town.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ed, son Eddie, her brothers Ed, Pat & Terry. Her mother-in-law Jean Richards, sister-in-law Shirley Keltz & son-in-law Ron Kinman.

She is survived by her children: Teri Kinman, Michele (Lance) Hicks, Jodi (Frank) Toews, Paul Richards, Dori (Butch) Harrington and Jeff (Kim) Richards.

Joan was an amazing grandmother to 17 grandchildren: Rick (Tina) Johnston, Kurt (Stacy) Johnston; Angela Lyons, Keri Delugach, Alyssa Toews; Jessica Richards, Tracy Kendall, Michele (Olin) Erickson, Sara

(Nate) Lester; Claire, Aidan, and Anna Richards; Bryan Harrington, Heather (Randy) Sholey; JT (Nora), Levi (Andrea), and Zach (Abigail) Richards. She was blessed with 28 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.   Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Sheryl McGurk; her brother-in-law, Dave Keltz; brother-in-law Dan Remington her daughter-in-law, Susie Richards; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan’s family would like to thank The Springs of Butte for taking such great care of “Grandma Joan” especially Shelly, Ashleigh & Jeanine. She truly loved all of you. Also, a special thanks to Senior Solutions for taking care of “gramma”. You all treated her like your own.

MOTHERS HOLD THEIR CHILDREN’S HANDS FOR A LITTLE WHILE…AND THEIR HEARTS FOR EVER.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will only be a private family service at this time. Family will have a memorial service next summer. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Solutions, Our Lady of the Rockies, or a charity of the donor choice.

I’M FREE

DON’T GREIVE FOR ME FOR NOW I’M FREE

I’M FOLLOWING THE PATH GOD LAID FOR ME.

I TOOK HIS HAND WHEN I HEARD HIM CALL.

I TURNED MY BACK & LEFT IT ALL.

I COULD NOT STAY ANOTHER DAY,

TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO WORK OR PLAY.

TASKS LEFT UNDONE MUST STAY THAT WAY.

I FOUND THAT PLACE AT THE CLOSE OF DAY.

IF MY PARTING HAS LEFT A VOID,

THEN FILL LIT WITH REMEMBERED JOY.

A FRIENDSHIP SHARED, A LAUGH, A KISS,

AH YES, THESE THINGS I TOO SHALL MISS.

 BE NOT BURDENED WITH TIME OF SORROW,

 I WISH YOU THE SUNSHINE OF TOMORROW.

 MY LIFE’S BEEN FULL, I’VE SAVORED MUCH.

 GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD TIMES, A LOVED ONE’S TOUCH.

 PERHAPS MY TIME SEEMED ALL TOO BRIEF.

 DON’T LENGTHEN IT NOW WITH UNDUE GRIEF.

 LIFT UP YOUR HEART AND SMILE WITH ME.

 GOD WANTED ME NOW.                                                                            

 HE SET ME FREE.

 

Lewis Blaskovich | 1926 - 2020 | Obituary

 

 Lewis Blaskovich

 

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Lewis Blaskovich - June 02, 1926 - December 19, 2020

 

U.S. VeteranWe are all gifted in life with one talent or asset at which we excel. Dad was an artist, sometimes in black and white, other times in color. Our beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Lewis Howard Blaskovich, passed in the early morning hours of December 19, 2020 from Covid. We, his children, want to draw a picture of him for you with our history and our memories.

 

Mabel and Lewis Blaskovich were blessed with their first child, a son on June 2, 1926. He was the eldest of 4 children.They named him Lewis Blaskovich Jr. Dad later became known to family and friends as Junie. He lived his whole life in Butte,”a local kid,” who was raised on the flats.

 

Lou, Lewis, Louie, or Junie, was an artist early on, he drew comics but his passion for cowboys and the wild west took over. Eventually, his love for the outdoors gave new meaning to his canvas, wildlife. Many vacations were spent following the artist circuit with Ace Powell showcasing their talents. Dad also dabbled in portraits. 

 

The Navy adopted Dad at age of 17 and took him from Butte during World War II. His ability to repair just about anything was honed in the engine room of the U.S.S. LST938, a landing ship that hauled soldiers and tanks. The boat took him throughout the South Pacific, Okinawa, Philippines, and Iwo Jima. The pencil, pens and acrylics would have to wait until he arrived back in Butte after his tour of duty.

 

Dad married Evelyn Geremia and they would have celebrated 73 years together this June 22. Geri and Lou lived on Second Street, Matt Street in Meaderville, and then 9th Street in the McGlone Heights. They started a family and didn’t stop until 8 children later. With the expanding family came the need for expanding space. 

 

We aren’t sure where he learned about the fine artistry of dynamite. The whole family and neighborhood benefited from this newly acquired skill. Using dynamite, mattresses, buckets, and conveyor belts, he along with his eldest son, Rick, blasted out our basement. Yes, the house shook some but in the long run, no one lost life or limbs. He did it later in the morning with respect for the neighbors, and us kids had one hell of a play area.

 

Just like his artwork, his career changed over time. Some careers were more exciting than others. Truck driver for F&S, Milkman for Butte Community Dairy, landscaper in the summer with Curly Spolar putting in many of Butte’s lawns. It was as a gas station attendant for Community Gas on Front Street where his 15 minutes of fame came twice in his life. Robbed and shot at two different times, Dad and his pistol became famous when during the second robbery he shot and wounded one of the robbers. Blood was found but they never did find the wounded robber. We all spent a great deal of worried nights praying he would come home from his graveyard shift. Dad eventually finished his careers working for Butte Silver Bow at the treatment plant.

 

For years Dad and Mom would spend their weekends square dancing with the Silver Belles and Beaus, wearing matching outfits that Mom made. Every wedding,  one could find them cutting the rug. Some of us kids learned how to dance the old fashioned way by teetering on Dad’s shoes.

 

Mom was the schoolteacher and made sure we all graduated from high school, but it was Dad that taught us many skills. We all learned how to fish at his favorite spots Skinner Meadows and Berry Creek. We camped out under the stars, in a tent, rented travel trailers, and eventually he and Mom purchased a 5th wheeler. We hiked, and hiked and hiked some more. If you didn’t like to eat fish, sauerkraut and spareribs, pear pie or poveticia you went hungry. We learned how to groom a lawn, repair a car, gut a fish, solder, and hunt.

 

It was after us kids started to grow up and could learn to swear that Dad’s brush strokes changed. The unwanted became the “Dirty Louse”. It didn’t matter whether you were the kid that “hooked” his truck in the winter, the overheated Suburban in the desert on one of our many vacations, or a spilled glass of water. They were all dirty louses.

 

In between all of the births, careers, and keeping the truck running, he painted and painted, honing his talent of pen and ink and acrylic drawings, sometimes in his studio in the basement, and other times up at the lake.

 

He and Mom would spend a great deal of time at their cabin at Georgetown Lake. Many weekends were spent with the kids and grandkids spending the nights laying all over the floor as there never was enough beds. Dad adored his grandkids, and built them a tree house, complete with a fireman pole and an army climbing net.

 

Dad spent his remaining days after the death of our Mom February 2,2020 at the Springs Assisted Living. We were blessed when he moved to his last home. The staff adopted Dad as one of their own. Their kindness, compassion, tenderness, and humor kept Dad going through some extremely tough times. For this we can’t even begin to express our gratitude. Thank you seems so trivial in comparison for what they did for him and for us.

 

Dad, Grandpa, Lew’s picture hasn’t ended. It is still being created by his survivors  Rick and Sue Blaskovich, Laurel, Shelly and Terry Wold, Butte, Meri and Marty Hovan, Las Vegas, Cathie and Dave Sheldon, Silver Star, Phil and Kathy Blaskovich, Butte, Christine and E.G. Leipheimer, Anaconda, and Frances and Paul O’Neill, Missoula, 21 grandkids, and 20 great-grandkids, his younger brother, Jim and Linda Blaskovich in Great Falls and sister Gayle Vires of Bothell, WA. Dad was preceded in death by his loving wife Geri, parents, Mabel and Lewis Blaskovich Sr. and sister, Betty Garwood.

 

A memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers,  please consider a donation to the Butte Food Bank, Butte Rescue Mission, St Jude’s Hospital or Samaritan’s Purse, as this was something our Dad would request, the care of others.

 

We are all currently thinking about Dad transporting to heaven at warp speed griping about how he never wants to do that again. He gets to heaven and runs into Mom in the parking lot because that’s as far as she got before she ran into someone she knew. He says once more, “Come on Ger, let’s go.” Like Shelly said, can you imagine the Christmas they will have? Merry Christmas Dad and Mom.