Mary Lee Lingenfelter

MaryLee “Myu” Lingenfelter passed away Saturday afternoon in a local nursing home.  She was born in Butte September 3, 1941, one of five children to Eino and Helen (Hill) Hakala.  She attended local schools including Butte High School and married Charles Cleverly in 1957.  They later divorced in 1984 and on July 22, 1990 she and Al Lingenfelter were married in Shelby. 

Myu worked as a waitress and cook at several local establishments including Gheonn’s Pizza, The Hong Kong Restaurant, Martha’s Café, The Freeway, Terri’s and Jacquelin’s.  She also worked as a maid at the War Bonnet Inn and was co-owner, with her sister in their business, G&M Save-a-Penny.

She was very accomplished at and loved to crochet. She was an excellent cook and incredible host.  Christmas was her favorite time of year and she welcomed everyone.  She bowled on several leagues over the years, loved fishing and growing both vegetable and flower gardens.  She had an incredible sense of humor and above all else loved her family.

Myu is survived by her husband, Al Lingenfelter of Butte, sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Dorothy “Pat” Cleverly of Butte, Bill Cleverly of Butte, Robert and Kathy Cleverly of Shelby, daughters and son-in-law, Geri Gail “GG” Lewis of Butte and Tammie and Steve Farren of Great Falls, step-sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Patsy Lingenfelter of Butte, Terry and Kathy Lingenfelter of Great Falls, Allen “Speedy” and Tabatha Lingenfelter of Sheridan, step-daughters and sons-in-law, Regina “Jeanie” and Lynn Milton of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Rhonda and Dave Phillips of Las Vegas, Nevada, 30 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her sisters, Geri Murinko of Butte and Hazel Turner of Libby, MT, numerous niece and nephews and her beloved dog, Tassi.  Besides her parents, MaryLee is preceded in death by a son, Tony Cleverly, brother, Walter Dale Hakala and Sister, Gail Lester.


Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Gold Hill Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Christensen officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Highlands Hospice.     

Loyd Rowe-90

 Loyd Neil Rowe, 90, a life-long resident of Butte and Silver Bow County, died September 12, 2013 to await his awaking in the Lord.

Loyd was born in Butte, Montana December 18, 1922, the sixth child of seven, the son of Arthur C. Rowe and Rose Alma (Gilman) Rowe. 

The family soon moved to and worked the “Old Bates Place” in Victor, MT.  His family returned to Butte while he was still a child, finally settling in Rocker, MT.  Loyd started the second grade in Rocker in 1930 and attended grade school there.  In 1937 the family moved back to Butte where Loyd attended Butte High School until his graduation in 1942. 

Loyd served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945 in Europe during WW II and spent time in France, Belgium and Germany, serving for a time with Patton’s 3rd Army.  Upon discharge Loyd married his longtime sweetheart Bessie June Stearns on March 10, 1946, and they soon moved to the Kalispell, MT area. There he found work as a lumberjack but returned to Butte after the birth of his first child.  

The couple’s union of 65 years produced two children, a son Loyd A. and a daughter, Deborah.  Loyd found work at the Anaconda Company’s Rocker Mill.  When the second child arrived, Loyd decided he needed to better his opportunities so he studied for and passed the requirements to become a boiler engineer. He then went to work at numerous Butte mines.  In 1957 he qualified to operate the many different mine hoisting engines both above and below ground.  When the ACM began operating the Berkeley Pit in 1959, Loyd was hired as a shovel operator. He remained in that position until until his retirement in 1983. 

Loyd and Bessie lived on West Silver Street from 1952-2011 where they raised their two children.  Loyd loved to river fish and enjoyed many years of camping and fishing with family and friends.  In the early 1960’s, Loyd applied for a lot lease, and he built and maintained a cabin on the west shore of Canyon Ferry Lake. There, his family enjoyed boating, fishing, water skiing, and basking on the beach for forty years. 

Loyd was preceeded in death by his parents, all four brothers and two sisters, his wife of 65 years, a grandson and granddaughter.  He will be missed by his children, Loyd A. Rowe and wife Roxanne, Debbie R. Horne and husband Marvin, grandchildren, great grandchildren, multiple family members and friends. 

Because of his need for assisted care, Loyd was unable to spend the last two years of his life in his beloved Butte, but he was deeply proud of his community, and he would tell all that it was the best and only place to live, and he defended Butte against all who would try to defame it.  

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 12 noon in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor Lanny Rounds officiating.  Internent will be at Sunset Memorial Park. 

Margaret Rajacich

 Margaret “Margie” Rajacich passed away Friday in Butte. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday from 10:00AM to 11:00am in St. Patrick’s Church for visitations. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM in St. Patrick’s Church. Interment of ashes will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rocky Mountain Hospice, the Rolling Dog Ranch and the Humane Society