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

Mary Kathleen Craig | 2020 | Obituary




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.



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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Lawrence Gene Descharme - August 23, 1974 - September 12, 2020

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Lawrence Gene “Boo” Descharme passed away at his residence on September 12, 2020. Boo was born in Havre, Montana on August 23, 1974, the son of Phyllis Jean Descharme.

Many hearts are broken. Boo was a son, brother, father, uncle, and grandpa. So many lives have been affected by his passing. To his sisters and brothers, the loss is crushing; the thought of never seeing Boo again hurts our hearts more than anything anyone could imagine. Our family is hoping everyone will remember the fun-loving person he was, always there to lend a hand. Boo loved his children more than life. They were always number one. His place in our hearts will last forever.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelby “Baby Boo Boo”. He leaves behind his daughters, Elizabeth, Dallas, and Kaylee; and his sons, Steven, Donovan, Samuel, Brandon, and “Baby Larry”. God will hold them in his arms forever. In addition to his children, Boo is survived by his mom, Jean Descharme; sisters, Annie Descharme and Judi (Scott) Olsen; brother, Steve “Jack” Descharme; Aunt, Linda Descharme; Uncle, Bill Descharme; nieces, Jami Salcido, Demi, and Lexi; nephews, Juston (Cindy), Don Salcido, and Demetre: great niece, Ali; great nephews, Calvin and Floyd; grandchildren, Macey, Arayia, Hopel, and Arorya; and numerous cousins.

Boo always had a special family that was part of his life; Linda Henry, whom he called “mom” and two brothers, Gregory and Steve Henry, and never to be forgotten, his Auntie Lolo, with whom he always kept in touch.

Funeral Services will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Rite of Committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. There will be a further celebration of Boo’s life at the McQueen Club.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020


Patrick ‘Shy” G. Shea of Butte, Montana | 1956 – 2020 | Obituary






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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020

Patrick "Shy" G. Shea

March 25, 1956 - September 10, 2020


Patrick “Shy” Shea reunited with his son Keegan on September 10th, 2020 holding the hands of his three other children. He was 64 years old.

Shy was born on March 25, 1956 to Corinne and Joseph “Gubby” Shea. He started his life of mischief in Centerville attending Butte Central Schools and graduating from Montana Tech. He was a true Butte Boy.

Shy started his lifelong career of being a storyteller and friend to all with Pat Williams in the United States Congress. After years of traveling he decided to plant his roots in Butte where he transitioned to the Bert Mooney Airport from which he retired in 2016.

We all knew Shy and his stories and looked forward to hearing, “you want to know something” or “I’ll tell you what.” To say that Shy’s stories were embellished is an understatement. He never let the truth get in the way of a good story and could make a trip to the grocery store sound like Gulliver’s travels! We all learned to recognize that when he had that mischievous grin and sparkle in his eye you better swallow your drink and get ready for the punch line!

Shy was more than just a storyteller, though. He was a father, uncle, brother and most dear to him was the title Papa! Shy valued his family and his friendships above all else. He was more generous than his means and would give you the shirt off his back in a blizzard if he thought of you as a friend. It was not uncommon to travel nearly anywhere in the country and once someone found out you were from Butte, MT the odds are they would ask you if you knew Paddy Shea. Shy loved to roam and was comfortable in any crowd from the biker bars in Sturgis, to the highbrow lounges of Washington D.C. He could make a friend anywhere and ultimately did have friends everywhere!

As hard as the COVID quarantine has been his family is thankful that during his time in “lock-down” he was able to spend some long quality time with his kids and grandkids. During that time, he made sure to have nightly ice cream with “his little girl” Charli, saying “that damn Charli got me addicted.” In reality, we all know who got who started on ice cream. He would “smuggle” popsicles to Owen and Bode, and claim he was just going to have one bite!

Shy was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary and son Keegan. Shy is survived by his children Kyle (Jessica), Dara (Sean), and Taryn (Joshua); beloved grandchildren Owen, Bode and Charli; siblings Tim (Debbie), Mike (Lisa), Shelley, Ann (Rene) and Jim (Kathy); best friend/cousin David “Stemmy” Starcevich; nieces and nephews Natalie (Matt) Weimeister, Autumn (Jason) Lancaster, Kelly Shea, Karly Shea (Solomon Hafer), Kate Shea, Moira Shea and Dylan Shea; as well as numerous beloved friends.

This is an unusual time and these circumstances call for prudent measures. Of course, Shy would want to have everyone send him off in style, so his family would like to request that those who would like to pay their respects do so during the visitation hours on Wednesday from 9:00AM – 11:00AM at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. We invite all relatives and close friends to join us in the celebration of his life at the 11:00AM Mass. A reception will follow at the Butte Country Club. Please be respectful of COVID restrictions with social distancing and masks.


Funeral Service

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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



Robert F Jenkins of Butte, Montana | 1934 - 2020 | Obituary






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Friday, Sep 18, 2020

1:00 PM


Robert F Jenkins - August 05, 1934 - September 09, 2020


Mr. Robert Fayette “Bob” Jenkins passed away on Wednesday, September 09, 2020, at his residence. Bob was born on August 05, 1934 in Butte, Montana, the son of William “Bill” and Lois (Sullivan) Jenkins.



Bob attended the Immaculate Conception Parochial School and graduated from Boys Central. He worked at the Excelsior Meat Market for the Noonan brothers, who were close family friends. For many years he was employed by the ACM (Anaconda Copper Mining Company) as an Equipment Operator in the Berkeley Pit. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Butte-Silver Bow Water Company, from where he retired. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Union and also the Knights of Columbus, for which he served as Grand Knight of the Butte JFK chapter.



Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Lois Jenkins; his brothers, Bud and Denny Jenkins; his infant sister, Elizabeth Jeanette Jenkins; and his brother-in-law, Matt Flanick. He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy Flanick, Anne and Louie Theofelis, and Gayle and Clem Patritti; his sisters-in-law, Sharon Jenkins and Linda Jenkins; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.



Friends may call of Friday after 12:00 PM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 PM. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Rockies, or the charity of the donor’s choice.   Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements


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Funeral Service
Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM

Immaculate Conception Church 
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410 N. Western Ave.
Butte, Montana 59701