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Irene Strubeck, February 4, 1950 – January 25, 2017

Irene Strubeck joined her mother and father, Rena and Louie, and other loved ones, in Heaven on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 after a short and courageous battle with brain cancer. Irene was born Irene Louise Govednik, in Butte, on February 04, 1950; the daughter of Alouis “Louie” and Irene Theresa “Rena” (Spear) Govednik. She was raised in the McQueen addition and attended Holy Savior Parochial School. She graduated from Butte Central, the class of 1968, and then went on to earn her degree in Nursing from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula, Montana.

Irene began her Nursing career at Silver Bow General Hospital, where she was employed as an L.P.N. (Licensed Practical Nurse). She attended St. Patrick’s School of Nursing, from where she graduated in 1973. She returned to Silver Bow General Hospital, where she worked as a Registered Nurse from 1973 to 1974. Irene relocated to Havre, Montana, where she worked at Northern Montana Hospital. Returning to Missoula, she worked at St. Patrick’s Hospital. She also worked for Park Clinic in Livingston for 10 years. She eventually settled down in Missoula, where she was employed as an Oncology Nurse at Missoula Medical Oncology before retiring and returning to Butte in 2012.

On June 22, 1974, Irene married Earl Charles Strubeck, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, in Butte, Montana. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Michelle and Eric.

Irene enjoyed traveling with her family. They traveled to Europe on several occasions, as well as, many parts of the United States. She also enjoyed attending Grizzly football games, reading, and occasionally trying her luck at the slot machines; however, Irene’s favorite past time was spending time with family and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Alouis and Irene Govednik; William J and Katherine Spear, Ronald and Francis Williams, Joseph Starcevich, and George and Stella Spear. She is survived by her husband, Earl Strubeck; daughter, Michelle Strubeck; son, Eric Strubeck; and sister and brother-in-law, Ann Marie and Kenneth Hudson. She is also survived by her very special aunt, Dorothy Starcevich; nieces, Lauren and Leigh Anna Hudson; and numerous cousins.

Friends are asked to join the family on Thursday at 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Cremation will follow Mass and Rite of Committal will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Lady of the Rockies, the American Brain Tumor Association (, the Cancer Support Community in Bozeman, Montana (, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Frank Moran, February 16, 1930 – January 22, 2017

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Anyone who knew Frank Moran could attest to the fact that he did things in his own way and in his own time. He always said that he wanted to live to be 100. Well, this time someone else was in charge of time and on Sunday morning Francis John Moran was called home. Frank was born February 16, 1930 to Peter and Helen Moran at #10 Baker Street in Worcester Massachusetts." Franni" the youngest of four sons enjoyed all of the perks of being the baby. As a child Frank had a close connection to animals of all kinds (especially birds.) This love of animals continued throughout his life. He graduated in 1948 and joined the Air Force. He was in the Air Force for 12 years where he served in Korea for one year of that time. It was in the Air Force that Frank "Chick" met the love his life Bettie Sue Davis. They were married on April 12th 1953 and began their family. The family moved where the military took them, throughout many states as well as a term in Morocco, Africa. Upon his return to the states in 1961, Frank came to settle in Butte to help his parents run their business. The family business was Moran's Grocery, Trailer Court and the NiteyNite Motel located near where the Butte Plaza Mall is today. During this time he decided to join the Army where he became a recruiter here in Butte and served time in the Army Reserve to complete his 26 year military career. Frank grew to love Butte and Butte loved Frank. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Elks Lodge, and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, swimming and ice skating. He became a well known character " Where Everybody knows his name!" Always eager to learn and change, Frank then decided to follow another passion and become a baker. He became educated and worked in bakeries in Missoula, Cut Bank and Anaconda. He retired from Buttreys in Anaconda to dedicate his time to the care of his wife. He was steadfast, never leaving her side until her passing. The last few years of his life have been spent at the Springs of Butte, formerly The Marquis Vintage Suites, where he has shared much laughter with the staff and other residents. Always true to his roots, Frank was a loyal fan to the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, and the New England Patriots. Frank will be greatly missed here by his brother Arthur Moran of Worcester, his children Frank and Connie Moran of Butte, Vicki Messick of Anaconda, Mike and Patty Moran of Cutbank, Keith Moran of Butte, Bill and Darla Moran of Butte and Jim Moran of Lewistown,his 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren as well as his nieces and nephews back East. He will be welcomed there by his wife Bettie, his parents, his brothers (Pete and Austin) and angels that have passed before him. Relatives and friends of Mr. Frank Moran may call after 5:00PM Friday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Vigil will be conducted at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00AM in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rite of Committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Frank had many charities that he supported so donations can be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

Gerald "Jerry" Bugni , May 3, 1939 – January 22, 2017

Mr. Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Bugni passed away on Sunday evening at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana. Jerry was born on May 03, 1939 in Butte, Montana, the son of Guido Louis and Virginia May (Carpino) Bugni.

Jerry attended Holy Savior Parochial School and graduated from Butte Central High School, before attending Carroll College in Helena, Montana, from where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Jerry operated the roller coaster, and assisted in planting the floral designs, at the Columbia Gardens until its closure. After the Gardens, Jerry worked as a Custodian for the ACM (Anaconda Copper Mining Company). After the closure of the ACM, Jerry went to work as a Custodian at Montana Tech until his retirement.

Jerry’s hobbies were as various and interesting as Jerry, himself. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as, golf and handball. He was a learned student of Montana History; he was especially knowledgeable about Butte and the Columbia Gardens. An excellent story teller with a wonderful sense of humor, Jerry was as entertaining as he was informative.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rose and Joe Carpino; his father, Guido L. Bugni; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his mother, Virginia, M. Bugni; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Guido and Marcie Bugni, and Bill and Janie Bugni; his nephews, Joe, Jamie (Miriam), Franco, Antonio, Michael (Ann), Owen, Guido, Oliver, Enzo, Matthew (Katy), Daniel, Andrew, Nicolas, and Matteo; his niece, Lisa Bugni; and numerous cousins.

There are so many wonderful people that the family wishes to thank, among these are Father Tom Haffey for caring for Jerry’s Spiritual needs, the staff at the Crest Nursing Home, the dialysis crew in Butte and Helena, the many doctors and nurses who cared for Jerry through all of his health issue, and to the crew of A-1 Ambulance and Medical Transport for assisting in transporting him to doctor’s appointments and dialysis. Also, a very special thank you to the many people who gave Mom rides, so she could be with Jerry during dialysis and at the nursing home.

There will be no services at the Mortuary. Friends are asked to join the family on Wednesday after 4:00 PM in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Parish vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Friends may also call after 10:00 am on Thursday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 am. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Butte Central Education Fund, Carroll College, or St. Ann’s Catholic Parish.

Anton “Tony” J. Jangula, January 25, 1932 to January 19, 2017

Tony Jangula, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, passed away January 19, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Tony was born to John and Catherine (Kelsch) Jangula in Linton, ND, January 25, 1932, the youngest of nine children.  He enjoyed spending time with his parents, siblings   and friends.  His mother passed on when he was 13.  He helped with maintaining the family farm and was a groundskeeper at local churches. 
Tony came to Butte, MT at a young age.  Tony married Donna Dalbec in December of 1952. During their 63 year marriage they raised seven children.
Tony worked as a hard rock miner for 39 years and was very good at and proud of that work.   He was 
known as one of the best contract miners on the Hill.  One of the highlights of his mining career was being part of the crew that sunk the shaft to reach the Mile High Mile Deep.  Tony also worked at New Butte Mining, the Black Pine Mine and The Bagdad Gold Mine as well as other mining operations.  He could also be found logging when necessary to provide for his family.  Tony taught love, discipline and respect to his children.  He and Donna instilled a great work ethic in their children.  Tony was a proud member of the ARCO Retirees Club where he played pool and reminisced with his fellow miners.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  He was a devout Catholic.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents John and Katherine, stepmother Magdalina, loving wife Donna, and his siblings Barbara, Joseph, Frank, John, Leona, Pius and Andrew.
Tony is survived by his children and their spouses, Kathy and Ken Schelin, Tony and Kathy Jangula, Charley and Diane Jangula, Debbie and Joe Rask, Joe and Kellie Jangula, Fred and Dicie Jangula and Barb and Jim Scott. He has 23 grandchildren, Eric Schelin, Dana Rice, Donna Rowling, Robert Jangula, Triann, Jangula, Joyce Sandefer, Kristin Wunsch, Adrianne Harrison, Jackalynn Snow, Cindi Rask, Teri Jo Rask, Amanda Jangula, Hanna Jangula, Isabella Parini, Gabriella Parini, Sophia Parini, Jennifer Basnett, Jenna Anderson, Jake Jangula, Alan Gragg, Brendan Gragg, Mercedes Scott Putra and Alexus Scott.  Great grandchildren: Abigail, Ethan, Riley, Kaden, Gage, Carter, Garrett, MaKenna, Desmond, Liam, Maylee, Hailee, Grant, Garrison, Olivia and Colt to arrive in April.  Also surviving is his sibling Katherine Fisher and sisters-in-law Dorrie Bolton, Marguerite Leason, Mary Jo Pyhel, brother in law, Fred (Vernetta) Dalbec.
A very special and sincere thanks to his daughter in law Dicie Jangula.  Thank you also to Highlands Hospice staff Julie, Pati, Tracey,Dr. Hueftle and especially, Julie, Patti, Tracey, Barb, Kathleen, and Christine. Barb, Kathleen, Christine and Dr. Hueftle, Sister Marie and Father Beretta and all who offered special prayers.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Friday January 27, 2017 at 10:00 am at St Patrick Church with funeral mass celebrated at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Highlands Hospice. Express condolences at


Fredric "Fred" Lacey, December 3, 1933 - January 13, 2017

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Mr. Fredric Frances “Fred” Lacey passed away at the Crest Nursing Home on Friday, January 13, 2017. Fred was born on December 3, 1933 in Butte, the son of Joseph Martin and Pauline (Jakavac) Lacey.

Fred was raised in the McQueen Addition and attended Holy Savior Parochial School. He graduated from Boys Central in 1951. He also attended Montana State University in Bozeman. After high school, Fred worked at the, famed, Rocky Mountain Café in Meaderville, and Ted Santum’s Auto Body Shop. When he became 18, he went to work at the Leonard Mine. After 6 months of working at the Leonard, he began his enlistment in the United States Coast Guard, serving during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge in 1956, Fred, and his bride, returned to Butte. Fred tried his hand at college, and numerous jobs, until he found his true calling as an Ironworker. For 32 years, he traveled throughout Montana, and the United States, as he said, “Building long bridges and tall buildings”, most notably the Hancock Building in Chicago.

During his enlistment, Fred met the love of his life, Patricia Marie Faith. They were married at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, in Seattle, Washington, on December 12, 1954.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed all that the Big Sky had to offer, spending countless happy days camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the McQueen Athletic Club and the Croatian Fraternal Union.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters; and his son, Dan. He is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughters; Susan Lacey, Julie (Gary) Kling, Janice Basso, Patti Jo Lacey (Nathan Kohler), and Katie (Jason) Manning; and his grandchildren, Jolene (James), Amanda (John), Richard, William, Max (Sarah), Rob (Erin), Lacey (Caleb), Josh (Kimberly), Allison (Corey), Chad, Sara (Kyle), and Jenson. He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, his sister; Mitzi Lacey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are asked to join the family on Friday after 11:00 am in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 PM (noon). In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies, Easter Seals / Highlands Hospice, or the Butte Central Education Fund.

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