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Mary Margaret Rolles of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of 1350 Holmes Avenue in Butte, died Saturday, September 20th in Lakewood, Colorado.  Mary was born September 26, 1921 in Lima, Montana to Roy and Nellie McNinch.  She was raised and attended school in Lima.

She married Robert F. Rolles in 1939 and they lived in Dell, Montana until 1950 when they moved to Butte.  She was a den mother for the Boy Scouts and a scout leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts.  She was also involved in the Longfellow Community Center.  She was employed by the Mile High Motel, the Donna Belle Drive-In, the School of Mines, the Ramada Inn and then worked out of her home until the time she retired.  She moved to Lakewood in 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nellie McNinch, brother, Cecil McNinch, sister, Opal Kayes, husband, Robert Rolles, two sons, James and Orville Rolles, grandson, James Fitzgerald and great-grandson, Thomas Deeds.  Survivors include her sisters: Mabel Jackson of Akron, Ohio, Bessie Reeves of Dillon and Betty Tyler of Albany, Oregon, her daughter, Marjorie Kelly of Central City, Nebraska and her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Nancy Rolles of Lakewood.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 1st at 11 AM in Sunset Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Martin-Dent officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, National office, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl.17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. 
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Jeanette E. Wright

Jeanette E. Wright passed away Monday morning in a local hospital.  She was born September 30, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Ethel Rogers.  She and Oscar Wright Sr. were married June 18, 1951 in Moundsville, WV and in 1963 settled in Butte where they made their home and raises seven children. 

Jeanette worked at various restaurants including Harrington’s, the Finlen and the War Bonnet.  She also worked at Westmont and Easter Seals.  She had a passion for assisting and taking care of people.  She was always there to lend a helping hand or just to listen.  Her smile always put a smile on your face. 

Jeanette loved to go camping and travel and was always on the go!  She had to be going somewhere and if there was some place to be, she was right there with you.   She enjoyed her card making classes, crocheting and her friends at the Belmont Senior Center.  She was a longtime and active member of the Church of Christ, TOPS and the SNPJ Lodge. 

Survivors include her sons: Oscar (Dovie) Wright Jr. of Copperas Cove, TX, Ken Wright and William Wright both of Butte, daughters: Betty Hooper (Dave Ryan) and Anna (Ken) Porter both of Butte.  Grandchildren include: Khorren Mickler, Brandon Hooper, DeWayne, Nathan and Beverly Wright, Jeremy and Nicole Hayes, Krystal and Willie Wright, as well as 16 great-grandchildren.  Preceding her in death are her husband, Oscar Sr., sons, Bob and Ed, her mother, her sister, Ethel and her brother, Frank.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Monday, August 18th at 1:00 P.M. in the Church of Christ on the corner of Evans and Lexington. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.     

Kurt Amelsberg

Kurt Amelsberg 67, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula from a sudden illness.

He was born in Zap, North Dakota on February 27, 1947 to Fred and Lydia (Unruh) Amelsberg.  They moved to Butte where he was raised and attended local schools until the ninth grade.  He quit and found a job to take care of his mom.

On July 18, 1970 he married the love of his life, Nancy with whom they had two children and shared 44 years of marriage.  He loved to go camping, fishing, hunting and cooking dinners for family and friends.  He worked for the Anaconda Smelter for nineteen years until they shut down in 1983.  He went to work at Montana Resources in 1984 and retired from there on April 6, 2012.  He was a hardworking man and would do everything he could to help anyone that needed help.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Amelsberg, his mother, Lydia (Unruh) Johnson and his sister, Evelyn Hoerner.  He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, daughter Cheryl (Aaron) Grund, son, Jeff (Heather) Amelsberg, brothers, Lester Bonnet, Calvin (Maybel) Bonnet, sisters, Paulette (John) Arthur, Dianna Williams, sisters-in-law, Sue (Jim) Malcom, Joyce Moore of Washington state, Teri Williams, Randy (Lynette) Williams of Butte, Dan (Sue) Williams, Mike (Jody) Williams of Helena and numerous nieces and nephews. 

There will be no services as Kurt requested and cremation has taken place.  There will be a memorial celebration of his life at the McQueen Club on Monday, July 14 , 2014 at 3:00 P.M. 

Dr. Paul Leroy “Roy” Hodge M.D


Dr. Paul Leroy “Roy” Hodge M.D. passed away suddenly Friday morning in Butte.  He was born in Butte August 4, 1941 to Leslie “Chick” and Myrtle “Nel” (Foran) Hodge and attended local schools, graduating from Butte High in 1959.  He graduated from MSU in Bozeman in 1963 and graduated from medical school at the University of Minnesota in 1967.  Shortly after graduating he took Marlys Ahlbrecht as his bride in Lake Lillian, Minnesota on June 17, 1967. 

Roy served his country as a physician in the Vietnam War.  He received the Silver and Bronze Stars for heroism in the line of duty. 

Following his discharge he returned to serve his Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  He then went into private practice in Eugene, Oregon for 8 years and in 1980 moved to Minnesota where he continued his practice in pediatrics.  He also provided urgent care in Atlanta, Georgia and Salt Lake City before retiring. 

Roy is survived by his wife, Marlys Hodge of St. Paul, Minnesota, daughter, Michelle Hodge and her son Luke, age 4 of Chicago, Illinois, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Stephanie Hodge of Magnolia, Minnesota and their son Tyler, age 6 and his son, Lance Hodge of Minnesota.  Also surviving are his sister, Mary Harrington of Manhattan, Montana, nephew, Joe Sundstrom and Cathy Johnson of Belgrade as well as three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.  Besides his parents, Roy is preceded in death by his nephew, Nick Pardue. He will be sorely missed by all his friends in the Butte High Class of 1959.   

Dr. Hodge’s remains have been forwarded to Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector, Minnesota for services and interment. 

Memorials in memory of Roy may be made to the An Ri Ra Irish Festival in Butte.       

Edna Gordon Boon

Edna Gordon Boon passed away Saturday, July 5th in St. James Healthcare.  She was born in Armstead, Montana on February 19, 1919 to Deller and Lillie (Lippert) Gordon. 

Edna was a bit of a wild child and likely enjoyed her high school years in Dillon more than her mom and dad knew about.  After graduating high school Edna worked as a switchboard operator for the phone company.  She was lucky not only to have a good job during the depression years, but she was also able to listen in on a lot of interesting conversations.  During this time Edna met Robert “Bill” Boone.  With a twinkle in her eye, she sometimes told tales of riding the train up to Butte to meet Bill who was riding the train over from Missoula.  Bill and Edna later married in Dillon and moved to California to start a family.  Bonnie Belle came first and later a son, Robert “Bill Boone IV.  The family returned to Armstead in the early 1950’s and had a small store.

Edna and Bill divorced and Edna moved with her children to Butte.  Edna was fiercely independent yet practical and worked very hard to provide for her family.  She worked as a clerk at Woolworth’s Dime Store, at Vogue Cleaners, Butte Head Start and Nancy’s Pasty’s.  She retired from Nancy’s Pasty’s several times during her long tenure and her final and well deserved retirement was at the age of 80.   

To her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Edna was called “Big Grandma”.  This is a bit of a family joke because if you ever met Edna you know the only thing big about Edna was her heart.  Edna doted on the children and their families and was a big part of their lives.  Her grandchildren have many memories of tormenting her during sleepovers and visits.  One famous family story is about the special way Edna wrangled her great-grandchild Hannah and Jesse during walks around the neighborhood.  Edna was quite healthy and lived independently in her family home until recently.  Well into her nineties, Edna could be found mowing her lawn in the summer, shoveling her sidewalk and even (to the shock of the neighbors) repairing her roof.  Speaking of neighbors, hers were a sort of extended family.  She knew and cared about each and every one of them.  The last couple of years have been hard one for Edna.  She watched with sadness as her son-in-law, Bob Wilcox became sick and died. She was at an age where she had experienced an abundance of loss and she helped us all to have perspective during those terrible times.  Edna’s own mother lived until the age of 105 and we often asked her if she wished to live that long.  “OH GOD NO!” was her response.  Edna was ready to leave this life and we say goodbye to her with love.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Aileen and Jack Chism of Dillon, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Boone, daughter, Bonnie Wilcox all of Butte, grandchildren Bob and Rochelle Boone, Brian Boone, Kari Spolar, Becky and Dennis Weis, Bob and Dawn Gordon Wilcox, great-grandchildren: Caitlyn Sheehan, Jack, Cody and Avery Boone, Mark and Angie Spolar, Roxzan Spolar, Stacy (John) Wilcox, Hannah Weis, Jessie Weis, Zora, Frankie and Inga Wilcox.  Also surviving are her great-grandchildren: Kenzie and Cashton Spolar, Henry and Louie Babcock.

Cremation has taken place.  Graveside interment services will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Mountain View Cemetery in Dillon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local food bank.   


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