Bernice Marinovich of Butte, Montana | 1925 - 2020 | Obituary


 Bernice Marinovich - January 11, 1925 - October 05, 2020

Funeral Service -- Saturday, Oct 10, 2020


Bernice McCord Marinovich passed away on October 5, 2020 at Copper Ridge Nursing Home. She was born January 11, 1925 in Grassland, Texas to Marvin and Amanda (Barnett) McCord, the tenth of eleven children.


 Having grown up on a cotton farm in West Texas, she lived a life rich with experiences, leading to wonderful stories she would later share with her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren. One event that would shape her later years happened when she was just two years old. Chasing after her siblings she was hit by a car, damaging her knee, and spending many months in bed. Bernice attended Plains High School until moving to Santa Rosa, California in January of 1941. As with many families fleeing the “Dust Bowl” Bernice, along with sisters Aurelia and Mary Sue rode in the back of a one-ton farm truck loaded with all their possessions. Bernice graduated from Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, California at the age of seventeen.


Upon graduation, she went to work on the graveyard shift for the 12th Army Air Corps at McClellan Field, Sacramento in the warehouse. This lasted two weeks until the Army realized she was ‘underage’ to work nights and transferred her to supply as a typist. She became the supply clerk where a Captain and she supplied the 12th Army Air Corps for the early part of WWII.


Mom met Tom Marinovich while he was stationed at Camp Kohler. They were married on election day, November 1944, in Springfield, Missouri, while Tom was attending X-ray tech school. Over the years Tom and Bernice were blessed with the birth of sons Michael and George in Santa Rosa, and in Butte daughter Barbara, twin sons Anthony and Thomas, and son John. As her children grew older, Bernice worked outside the home at J.C. Penney’s and the Shoetorium in uptown Butte.


Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thomas Michael Marinovich, son Thomas Martin Marinovich, parents Marvin and Amanda McCord, brothers/sisters-in-law Claude/Rosalee McCord, Charles/Alice McCord, Brooks/Shirley McCord, Travis/Wynn McCord and Ivan/Bernice McCord, Sisters/brothers-in-law Leona/Charles Bogar, Madelaine/Ronald Ketchum, Aurelia/Charlie James and Mary Sue/Roger Boyer.


Bernice is survived by her daughter Barbara (Skeez) Sullivan, sons Michael (Marie) Marinovich, George (Lou) Marinovich, Tony (Billie) Marinovich, all of Butte, and John (Carolyn) Marinovich of Papillion, Nebraska. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her Baba, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grandma and Grandpa’s home was always the center of family activity filled with love.


The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Copper Ridge Nursing Home for their support in taking care of Bernice.


Friends may call on Saturday after 9:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.


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Funeral Service

Saturday, October 10, 2020


St. Ann's Catholic Church

2100 Farragut Ave

Butte, Montana 59701

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Jesse Lee Hafer of Butte, Montana | 1982 - 2020 | Obituary

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Friday, Oct 02, 2020

Jesse Lee Hafer

February 13, 1982 - September 26, 2020

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Heaven welcomed another angel on Saturday, September 26, 2020 with the passing of Jesse Lee Hafer. Jesse was born on February 13, 1982 in Livermore, California to Steven and Carol Hafer. At the age of 2, the family relocated to Long Island, New York and later to West Townsend and Pepperell, Massachusetts where his deep seeded love for his favorite sports teams, the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, and the Celtics, as well as his home ties to Massachusetts were instilled. His greatest desire was to someday take his family back to Massachusetts and introduce his boys to all the special memories he had growing up.

At the age of 10, Jesse moved to Butte carrying along his beloved childhood memories. He attended Butte schools, including Montana Tech, where he formed sincere, long lasting friendships. With one joke, one smile, a helpful hand, or one laugh he always had the ability to light up a room. He was the life of the party, but also had a mischievous side. He loved playing cards and board games with family...including some cheating too!

Valentine's Day was an important day in his life. This was the day he met the love of his life, Brenda. Their love continued to blossom  through the years, especially when they welcomed their three amazing boys; Ethan, Tristan, & Nathan.

Jesse had a fond love of baseball, football, fishing, camping, and music. As time went on, he became more involved in teaching his three boys the ins and outs of these hobbies. He took pride in being there for his boys and their sports activities/special events. He often commented, "Are we almost to the off-season?"

Jesse is survived by Brenda (wife); Ethan, Tristan, and Nathan (sons); Carol Hafer (mother); Steven and Paula Hafer (dad and step-mother); Jacob and Jason Hafer (brothers); Beth Gadaire, Becky (Jack) Hook, Laurie (Rich) Loghry (aunts); Bruce (Nicole) Rowe, Eddie (Liz) Lopez, Keith (Becky) Lopez, Tom Hafer (uncles); Cheri Meier (Rick Riley) (mother-in-law); Albert Lopez (grandfather);  numerous cousins, extended family, and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents  Allen Rowe, Carolyn Lopez, Dale  and Carolyn Hafer; Father-in-law Dave Meier; and special friends Jim Pollock and Mike Brown-Silva.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the amazing healthcare providers from Highland Hospice, St. James Healthcare, Sound Inpatient Physicians, Dr. Pullman, Dr. Rogers, and especially Dr. Wendy Grace. 

Friends may call on Thursday between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday at 12:00 PM (noon) in the Mortuary Chapel. Cremation will follow the service and interment of ashes will take place at Sunset Memorial

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Friday, October 02, 2020

Duggan Dolan Mortuary 
1805 Meadowlark Lane 
Butte, Montana 59701

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Mary Lorraine Richards of Butte, Montana | 1922 - 2020 | Obituary

Mary Lorraine Richards

Mary Lorraine Richards


Family Gathering - Monday, Sep 28, 2020

Mary Lorraine (Doyle) Richards, 98

March 3, 1922-September 23, 2020


     Mary L. Richards passed away peacefully, with her son by her side, on Sept. 23. Mary was born in Butte on March 3, 1922, to Irish immigrants James and Bridget (Dudley) Doyle, the fifth of five children. Her father died when she was 3, leaving her mom to raise the family during The Great Depression, in their three-room homestead, at the 3 Mile. Mary (aka Pet, Tossie, or Spud) attended the Longfellow school and graduated from Butte High.


     In 1942, she moved to Seattle to help in the war effort as a true “Rosie the Riveter”, at Boeing. After returning from Seattle, she worked 12 years for Skaggs Drug Store where she met Al “the bread man” Richards. They were married July 31, 1956 and had four children.


     Her favorite pass time was a daily 4- or 5-mile walk with her dogs along the East Ridge. She developed, and defeated colon cancer at 88 years of age and was back mowing the lawn until she was in her early 90’s.


     She was a member of St. Ann’s Parish for over 60 years. Placed above all was her love and devotion for God and family. She was a true Irish Catholic Butte girl. Mary enjoyed being the host to most holiday family gatherings. She lived at home until April 2020, when age and dementia finally won out and she moved to the Beehive Homes.


     Mary was proceeded in death by husband of 52 years, Al, son James, infant son Paul, sisters: Frances (Sulo) Mykanen, and Lucille (Ed) Smigel, and her brothers: James and Richard.


     She is survived by son Al (Cheryl), Rock Springs, WY, daughter Mary Lisa (Mitch) Evans, Hardin, MT, daughter-in-law Rosie Stimatz Richards, grandchildren: Lucy, Molly, Annie, Mathew, Daniel, and Andrew, and great grandchildren: Aleah, Easton, and Laurel, and nephew John McLaughlin, Lovington, NM.


     Private services will take place on Monday, September 28, at Saint Ann’s Church, followed by internment at Holy Cross Cemetery.


     Special thanks for the care from the staff of Highlands Hospice and the Beehive Homes, Butte. Memorials may be made in her name to a charity of the donor’s choice.




Family Gathering

Monday, September 28, 2020

Mary Kathleen Craig – August 29, 1942 – September 11, 2020

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Funeral Service - Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020


Mary Kathleen Craig

September 11, 2020

Beloved wife, sister, aunt and friend, Mary Kathleen “Mary Kay” Craig passed away due to complications of surgery at St. Vincent’s Health Care in Billings on Friday, September 11, 2020.


Born August 29, 1942, Mary was the fifth of seven children of Margaret Harris Craig and Anthony J. Craig.  Mary Kay graduated from St. Joseph School in 1956 and Girls Central High School in 1960. Mary Kay enjoyed speed skating as a child and competed in many city skating meets. She was the ladies Bay Area Champion speed skater as a member of the San Francisco Striders. After her return to Butte she continued to skate at the Butte High Altitude Speed Skating Center. After High School she worked for Cannon Brokerage in Butte before moving to San Francisco in 1962. There she embarked upon a career in marketing, achieving high-level positions in organizations such Del Monte Corporation, William A Robinson Agency and GNC Stores.  She spent two years working for GNC in Pittsburgh, PA before moving back to her favorite place on earth, Butte, Montana.  In Butte she continued her marketing efforts for various national nutrition companies while becoming passionately involved in environmental justice issues through her work with Butte's Citizens Technical and Environmental Committee (CTEC). In 1996, she married Montana Tech professor George Waring who shared her commitment to Social Justice and together they worked to make this a more just world.



Mary Kay's overriding passion in life was that she needed to make things better. Whether working for clients and coming up with creative marketing solutions or in her passion in her hometown of Butte working to develop solutions to address Butte’s environmental issues, she was a courageous and compassionate peace and environmental activist. In the late 1990’s Mary Kay served as president of the Rocky Mountain Lung Association. As a founding member of various peace and environmental groups - Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions [TAPS), Citizens for Labor and Environmental Justice, and Restore our Creek Coalition (ROCC), Mary worked tirelessly and fearlessly to help lead the fight for a better Butte.  In 1999 she earned a degree in Public Policy, graduating Summa Cum Laude, at Montana Tech.  Since 2000, she has worked as an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), helping the sisters communicate their justice seeking agenda. In 2004 the Montana Chapter of Amnesty International presented Mary Kay with the Montana Human Rights Award for her work on peace, justice and environmental issues. Amnesty’s members saluted MK for her extensive work on everything from “entering a peace float in the July 4th Parade and campaign finance reform to speaking out against violent video games.” On the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, she was one of the hundreds of Pax Christi protestors arrested at the huge federal nuclear reservation near Las Vegas. Mary’s creative endeavors included self-taught painting, creative writing, July 4th parade entries, (“Wishing for Fishing in Silver Bow Creek”) and events to support causes such as protecting Snow Geese. Mary Kay was immensely proud of her Irish heritage and, with her sister Suellen, resurrected the Butte Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.



Preceding Mary in death were her parents and siblings, Tony, Pat, Suellen and God-daughter Trinity Berry.  Surviving are her husband, George Waring; siblings Hugh Craig, Katie Craig Hanson (Tom) and Mike Craig; nieces Theresa Craig, Meghan Hanson (Mike), Kathleen Hanson (Steve) and Nora Hanson (Phillip); Nephews Dan and Joseph Gassenberg, grand nieces and nephews; Maille, Dillon, Tyson, Nell, Torran and her life-long friend Patsy Harper Dunfee, cousin Sister Toni Harris, along with many cousins and dear friends. 


Thank you, Mary, for your many timely reminders to us to always do the right thing!


Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  Social distancing protocols will be in place.  A celebration of Mary’s life will be held when the Pandemic is over.  No flowers please.  Memorials may be made to many of the good causes in which Mary Kay was involved.


Funeral Service
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Rachelle Rose Sando | 1956 - 2020 | Obituary

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Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020


December 08, 1956 - September 17, 2020


Rachelle Rose (Brisbin) Sando, our loving mother, sister, and friend, passed away September 17th, 2020 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.


Rachelle was born December 8th, 1956 in Butte, Montana to Robert and Ruth Brisbin. It was at an early age that Rachelle’s love for animals became evident. All of the photos taken of her usually included a dog, cat, or a horse. During her childhood, she spent lots of time with her best friend, Rita Keenan. They were nearly inseparable, and to this day, Rita and Rachelle shared a special bond similar to that of sister’s. In Rachelle’s younger years, she enjoyed horseback riding and O-Mok-Sees with her older brother, Bob, and father, Big Bob.


She graduated from Butte High School in 1975 and then started her career at Montana Power Company. In 1989, she married John Sando. Two years later, they welcomed their daughter, Shandell. Shortly after having their daughter, Rachelle left her job at the Montana Power and became a stay-at-home mom. In 1993, they were blessed with their son, Sonny. Rachelle lived life through her kids eyes and always supported them in their extracurricular activities. Sonny enjoyed sports and Shandell took after her mom’s love for animals. Rachelle and Shandell could often be found riding their horses together. Rachelle was also an active member in the Butte Petticoat Patrol.


After years of being a stay-at-home mom, Rachelle rejoined the work force and started working at Quality Supply. She then went to work for A.W.A.R.E where she eventually ended her working career.


Rachelle always lived life to its fullest. As she got older, her interest in horses turned into an interest in horse power. She enjoyed taking rides on her Harley Davidson with her boyfriend John Woods. She was always up for a good time. Rachelle honestly never met a stranger. Wherever she went, she always managed to strike up a conversation with someone or make a new friend. She was always up for a challenge and liked to show people what she was capable of. She frequently surprised her family and friends with her ability to ski (both water and downhill) and ice skate. Her outgoing, kind, and bubbly personality will be greatly missed. Rachelle left this world proving what a strong and courageous person she was.

Rachelle is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Shelby Sando.


She is survived by her daughter, Shandell Sando, and her son, Sonny Sando; Nick Briese, Shandell’s significant other, who she also called her son; Her brother, Robert L. Brisbin, Jr.; and her boyfriend, John Bob Woods.


A sincere thank you is expressed to her brother, Bob, for the care and support he gave Rachelle during the last six months. Rachelle’s family is beyond grateful for everything you helped her through. They would also like to thank Gail Jory for her endless friendship and support to Rachelle throughout the last several years.


Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at Sunset Memorial Park. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Rachelle’s wishes were to have donations made to Gail’s Small Dog Rescue, 2112 Gaylord Street, Butte, MT 59701.



Graveside Service

Wednesday, September 23, 2020