Joseph F Parini of Butte, Montana | 1940 - 2020 | Obituary

Joseph F Parini



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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

Joseph F Parini

June 07, 1940 - October 22, 2020

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 Joseph F. (Joe) Parini

Joseph F. Parini passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening at his home. He was born
June 7, 1940, to Joseph and Antonia Parini. He grew up on Woodville Hill and spent a
lot of time on the family ranch at Elk Park. Joe at one time was offered a job to be Teddy
Kaparish’s chauffer, but Joe’s dad said, “No, he doesn’t have a license.” He started his
working career at Main Public Market as a butcher. He then went to work as a plumber
for Jolla Murphy Plumbing, and ended his career as a hod carrier for Leonard Hoschied
Masonry. He was a jack-of-all trades. Joe married Betty Peas and from that union he
was blessed with two beautiful daughters Lauri and Jolene. The marriage ended in
divorce. In 1988 he met Paula Waddell. they were married in 1995 and recently
celebrated their 25th anniversary. Joe loved hunting, fishing, gardening, riding his side-by-side with his brother Pete and family, and spending time with friends and family. Joe
enjoyed a cruise to Alaska, a fishing trip to Alaska with Jeff, Cole, Bill and BJ, and yearly
trips to Idaho to spend time with his daughters and grandchildren. He recently celebrated
his 80th birthday with family and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents Daniel and Olympia Parini’ parents
Joe and Antonia; grandson Joshua Dennett; sister Eileen Bugni; brother John Parini;
brothers-in-law ,Mel Hiltunen, John Korinko, Joe McManamon, Robert Sweeney, and
sisters-in-law Renae Parini and Donna Haxby; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joe is survived by his wife Paula; daughters and sons-in-law Lauri (Jeff)
Dennett, and Jolene (Kerry) Shipley, Idaho. Grandchildren; Cole (Justin) and Jennifer
Dennett, and Joel Shipley (Shannon French). Great grandchildren; Ruby and Grady
French, and Kensley Frisby. Brothers and sisters; Pete (Sandy), Bill, Josephine Hiltunen,
and Amelia Korinko. Brother and sisters-in-laws; Rich Bugni Pat (Martha) Sweeney, Karen (Steve)Sands, Linda McManamon, Laura (Jim Uzlic), April Sullivan, and Debbie (Bill) Thomas.Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. Family will greet people at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00pm at the McQueen Club.. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Heart Institute at St. James or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

McQueen Athletic Club


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Paulette Ann Rollman – September 04, 1948 - May 26, 2020

Paulette Ann Rollman

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Sept. 4, 1948-May 26, 2020

Paulette Ann Rollman (Lawrence), 71, of Elko, Nevada, passed away on May 26, 2020, in Elko, Nevada.


Paulette was born in Butte, Montana, on September 4, 1948, to Paul and Ann Rollman. She attended high school at Butte Central High and in 1967, married Walt Lawrence and later had four children. Paulette was known for her positive attitude and her great ability and willingness to make friends with absolutely anyone. She adored her children, grandchildren and friends, reading romance novels, travel and a good cup of coffee.


Paulette suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years and faced that challenging disease with courage and humor as she had so many things in her life. Her mantra through the progression was “it is what it is” and she did her best to roll with the waves of emotion the disease instilled. She will be remembered for her smile, inherent kindness, love of the color red and off-color language!


Paulette was preceded in death by her mother and father; sister and brother-in-law, Maridoe (Tom) Davies; father of her children, Walt Lawrence; and sister-in-law, Nickie Maloney.


Paulette is survived by her children, Temby Lawrence, Annie (Bilbo) Bessert, Michael (Lena) Lawrence and Theresa (Pete) Pacini. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Isy and Ren Pacini, Josiah (Iris), Lily and Clayton Lawrence, Meghan (Ryan), Alek, Ethan, Christy, Trey and Rory Lawrence- Hill, Tristan Lawrence, Kodi (Jason) and Jackson Largent, Skyler, Brynlee and Cooper Bessert.  She is survived by her brother and sister, John Rollman and Cathy Conroy; the Hackman, Bracco, and Brinig families in Butte, MT; the Maloney family in Livingston, MT; and the Perry and Conroy families in Washington state; along with many nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be held in Butte, Montana, later in the year. Cards for the family can be sent to 1880 Laxalt Way, Elko, NV, 89801. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the University of Utah, Hospital Fund Alzheimer’s Program in memory of Paulette Rollman at .


The family would like to thank Dena and the staff at Highland Village of Elko for their wonderful and kind care and support



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Funeral Service
Friday, October 23, 2020

Duggan Dolan Mortuary
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, Montana 59701
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Ann Stajcar-Simonich - July 14, 1923 - October 08, 2020

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Mrs. Ann Stajcar-Simonich passed away on Thursday at The Springs at Butte. Ann was born on July 14, 1923 to John and Mary Miljavac in a small village near Karlovac in Croatia.   She and her mother came to Butte in October of 1929 to join her father who had come to Butte in 1923.

Ann was a graduate of Sacred Heart School and Butte Business College. During her working years, she was employed by Metals Bank, the old Silver Bow General Hospital, and later by Hannifin’s Jewelry.

On August 05, 1942, she and Joe Simonich were married in Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Father William Joyce. Joe and Ann had three children: Jim, Merry Jo, and John. All three attended St Ann’s School where Ann became active in school and parish activities. She was president of the Home School Program and was a den mother and a Girls Scout leader for both Brownies and Girl Scouts. In later years, she volunteered for the St James Hospital Auxiliary, the photography department at the Mining Museum, Butte archives, and Our Lady of the Rockies. She and Pat Lee organized the auxiliary for Our Lady of the Rockies for which she served as president for one year. She loved the outdoors fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. She also like photography where outdoor scenes and wild flowers were her favorite subjects (next to her grandchildren).

Ann collected recipes for the Yugoslavian section of the Butte Heritage Cookbook, researched families for the St. Ann’s Parish Memory Book, and researched and wrote the Butte Croatian-Slovenian Americans book. She also organized the Yugoslavian Heritage Dinner which was held in the Butte Civic Center in 1975 with 1200 in attendance. She was also an avid knitter making everything from baby booties to coats.

Ann was proceeded in death by her husband Joe, her son John, her brother John Stajcar, her parents John and Mary Stajcar, an infant brother, her young sister Mary, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Steffie Simonich, sister-in-law Louise Casagranda and husband Earl Casagranda, and grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Slovenia and Croatia.   Ann is survived by her daughter Merry Jo (Rick) Smith and son Jim (Connie) Simonich, grandchildren Renzy (Betsy) Smith, Ashley Smith, Courtney (Travis) Gaved, Mandy (Rob) Buckingham, Bob Simonich, and Karen LaSeur, and great grandchildren Evy and Jory Smith; Zander, Keegan, Bode, and Decker Wold; and Walter John Gaved. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Tina Stajcar and Stajcar nieces and nephews Pam (Rusty) Olson, Jocko (Erin), Mike (Mary Beth), Dan, Susie (Ron) Kennison, Tom, Missy (Hal) Hoagland, Steve, and Mark (Annette). Ann is also survived by her sister, Millie Shott, nieces and nephews Julia Sobonja; Chris, Dean, and Michael (Debbie) Shott; Nancy (Mark) Bossard, Gary (Kathy) Casagranda, and Joe (Lynette) Casagranda. Ann is also survived by 25 great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews as well as Ann and Jim Roberts, cousins in Croatia and Slovenia, and special friends Anita, Ann, Debbie, Jean, Shelly, Paula and Mark.

Special thanks to Hospice Senior Solutions, the staff at the Springs, Deacon Dan McGrath, and Father Haffey.

Memorials can be made to Butte Central, Our Lady of the Rockies, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, or the donor’s choice.

Oh, for so short a while you have loaned us to each other because we take form in your act of drawing us, and we take life in your painting us, and we breath in your singing us but only for so short a while, have you loaned us to each other. (Ancient Aztec Indian prayer)

Private services will be held for Ann with a celebration of her life to be held in the summer of 2021.

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 12, 2020

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

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Robert "RD" Driscoll Corette of Butte, Montana | 1940 - 2020 | Obituary

Robert "RD" Driscoll Corette


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Robert "RD" Driscoll Corette

September 08, 1940 - October 17, 2020


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Robert Driscoll “RD” Corette, 80


RD passed away peacefully from cancer on October 17, 2020 surrounded by his dear family. He was born in Butte, Montana on September 8, 1940 to nurturing and loving parents, Bob and Lorrie Holt Corette. During RD’s formative years, his favorite memories were summers on the Corette Ranch south of Butte. There he enjoyed spending time with his Hauck and Corette cousins mending fences, haying, riding and roping. He felt fortunate to have had such a carefree time at the ranch. He credits his DIY (Do It Yourself) approach to things by working on the ranch. At the age of 12, he learned to duck hunt at the “Duck Shack” in Dillon; this tradition continued through the next six decades of his life. Every winter weekend he skied at the Butte Beef Trail. He made many lifelong friends on the Butte ski team.




After graduating from Butte High School in 1958, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves and then attended the University of Montana. While there, he was a Sigma Chi pledge and was on the Rodeo Team. He graduated in 1963 with a B.S. degree in Business Management, and in 1966 earned his J.D. degree from UM Law School. While in college, he married Bobbie Reber. From that union, Lorrie and Christine were born. After their divorce, RD became a single parent. During this time, he was introduced to the beautiful Patty Prigge Monahan by her brother Bob Prigge, who was joining the Corette law firm. Sparks flew. RD won the hearts of her children (Joe Pat, Sean and Megan) the first time he met them when he performed his famous Nels Forman egg trick. After a short courtship, the couple embarked on a 45-year adventure on July 4, 1975. They did a beautiful job blending the families together. They enjoyed family ski vacations and summer vacations at Whitefish Lake. They were involved with the kids’ interests in golf, tennis, ski and piano lessons. The family, in more recent years, created memories celebrating the Millennium at Big Sky with the grandchildren having great fun at Georgetown; Oregon Coast; Sun River, Oregon; and most recently Whitefish Lake.




In 1993, Patty and RD took on a young boy, Cameron Lundy—another example of their unconditional love. They had many adventures with Cameron and adopted him in 1998. The children considered RD (Dad, Rdad and RD) as their “rock,” who always showed unconditional love—a guy who always had their back, always in their corner, always had time for them no matter the situation. His positive attitude and zest for life were admired and had a profound impact on them. He was known by his kids as a man who lived out his faith more than anyone they’ve ever known. He was a father who led by example, teaching good manners, how to have fun, respect others and yourself. He wasn’t a helicopter parent but one who taught the kids the difference between right and wrong and trusted they would do right. He taught compassion, generosity, kindness, empathy and to follow your passions and dreams. His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.




RD and Patty shared a great love together. They enjoyed an array of activities including tennis, skiing, cross country skiing, dancing, camping and hiking. They had some great travels near and abroad, but their best times were hiking Glacier Park trails and camping nearby. Sperry Chalet was a favorite. In later years, RD and Patty enjoyed desert living and called themselves “sunbirds.” They delighted in their community at Shadow Hills in Indio, California. They made good friends, enjoyed golf, wine tasting Bocce and sunshine. They hosted many family and friends at their home.




RD was a 3rd generation Butte lawyer. He exuded integrity, respect, common sense and wisdom. He loved practicing law and was passionate about mentoring young lawyers in his 43 years of practice. He had an illustrious career in law and public service. He was admitted to practice in the Montana Supreme Court, U.S. District Court of Montana, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals-9th Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Montana, Butte-Silver Bow Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Montana Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates, Best Lawyers in America, and Fellow-American College of Trial Lawyers. He retired from the Corette Law Firm in 2009. Towards the end of his career, he was a highly sought after mediator.




RD’s love of Butte manifested itself in his service to the YMCA, Butte Town Club, Butte Exchange Club, Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce and Butte Country Club. He strongly supported Butte Central and the Butte Food Bank.




RD cherished his life as a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and brother. His grandchildren gave him great joy. A strong believer in education and fun, he encouraged and nurtured all of them. RD’s optimism, sense of humor and positive mental attitude (PMA) affected everyone who encountered him. This attitude carried him to the end of his honorable life. His footprints are firm and deep. All the lives that he touched were his success and wealth.




He is survived by his beloved wife Patty of 45 years and their children: Lorrie Corette Campbell (Ian and Emily) of Butte; Chris and Steve Noyd (Reed) of Missoula; Joe Pat and Mary Monahan (Caitlin, Noah and Seth) of Portland; Sean Monahan (Paige, Kyle, Kaylee) of Portland; Megan and Christopher Wallace of Minneapolis; Cameron Lundy (Trianna, Madison, P.J.) of Butte. He also leaves behind his sisters Connie Kenney of Butte and Susan Matule of Missoula both of whom he adored; Bob and Cindi Prigge of Billings, Rick Prigge and Karen Stout of Indio, California along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues with whom he had very close and loving relationships. RD was preceded in death by his dear brother Holt Corette in 2010.




The family thanks his caregivers at Senior Solutions in his final days and requests please no flowers. Following RD’s lead, you might consider giving a sizeable tip to a deserving person in his memory or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be on Sunday at Duggan Dolan Mortuary 3:00 to 5:00pm. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, October 26 at 1:00 pm at St. Ann’s Church in Butte with visitation from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The family understands if you’re uncomfortable attending.


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Memorial Service

Monday, October 26, 2020


St. Ann's Catholic Church

2100 Farragut Ave

Butte, Montana 59701

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Timothy Allen Gardiner, Sr. | 1958 - 2020 | Obituary



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Friday, Oct 16, 2020

Timothy Allen Gardiner, Sr.

May 27, 1958 - October 04, 2020

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Mr. Timothy Allen Gardiner, Sr. passed away Sunday, October 04, 2020, in Billings, MT.  He was born May 27, 1958, in Butte to Delmer and Kathryn Gardiner.


Tim attended Butte High School before enlisting in the United States Army.

 It was during his enlistment that he developed his skill as a mechanic.


On August 06, 1989, Tim married Teresa Anne Blevens.  She preceded him in death on April 29, 2012


An avid outdoorsman, Tim enjoyed hunting and fishing.  When not enjoying being in the great outdoors, Tim enjoyed playing in Pool Leagues with his late brother David and playing in Dart Leagues with his daughter Megan and son Timothy Jr.



In addition to his wife, Teresa, Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Estelle and Joe Sanders, Andrew and Catherine Krall, and George Gardiner; parents, Delmer and Kathryn Gardiner; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Bonnie Blevens; his brothers, George and David Gardiner; his step-son, Brian Mallo; his granddaughter, Bridget Mallo; and his brother-in-law, Marcus Redfern.


He is survived by his sons, Timothy Allen Gardiner, Jr. (McCayla Allen), and Matthew Gardiner of Butte, and Tyler Gardiner (Kaitlynn Herndon) of Billings; daughters, Elizabeth Gardiner of Butte, and Megan Gardiner (Dave Hurlbert) of Bozeman; step-son and step-daughter, Chris Mallo and Heather Mallo; sisters, Cathy Redfern and Cheryl (Don) Zemljak, both of Butte; grandchildren, Joshua Paul, Nathen Mallo, Brandon and Emma Gardiner, and Andrew and Braden Mallo, all of Butte, Kinsley and Kevin Kowitz, and Isabelle Gardiner, of Bozeman, and Tanner Emilliona Mallo and Fernando and Astian Mejia of Reno, Nevada, and Asher, who is due to arrive soon.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. 


Funeral Services will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel.  Entombment of ashes and Military Honors will take place at 2:00 PM at the Fort Harrison Veterans Cemetery in Helena, Montana.  Tim’s life celebration will continue with a time to share memories at a Pot-luck reception to be held at the McQueen Athletic Club at 4:00 PM.

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Friday, October 16, 2020