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MATTHEW “MATT” NICHOLLS, January 9, 1924 to December 12, 2016

Matt Nicholls passed away in Butte on December 12, 2016. Matt was born in Butte on January 9, 1924 to Arthur and Louise Nicholls, who had immigrated to Butte from England. He attended Butte Public Schools and then entered the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Europe during WWII. Matt was honorably discharged on December 29, 1945 and returned to Butte. There he met his future wife Margret (Peggy) Helen Cox and they were married January 8, 1947. Matt and Peggy raised two sons, Matt Jr. and Randy.

Matt worked as a blacksmith on the hill for over 35 years and retired when the operation was closed. He was a die-hard fisherman for a better part of his life and loved the Big Hole River. Matt and Peggy loved to entertain at their home, especially on the Fourth of July.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Peggy, son Matt Jr. and his nine siblings (Art, Doreen, Rose, Jack, Charlie, Louise, Donald, Kenneth and Mona). He is survived by his son Randy, daughter in-laws Sandy Nicholls and Becky Nicholls, six grandchildren (Monica, Steve, Chrissie, Jennifer, Nicole and Melissa) and nine great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor David Andersen officiating.  Entombment of ashes will follow in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund or a charity of your choice. God bless you Matt. 

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HELEN M. WAKEFIELD, June 18, 1922 to December 13, 2016

Helen M. (Keefe) Wakefield, native of Butte, Montana, died Tuesday, December 13 at her residence in the Ave Maria Home in Bartlett, Tennessee, at the age of 94.

                She was born in Butte to Arthur and Bertha (Lotthammer) Peterson on June 18, 1922. She was raised in the loving home of her mother and step-father Bertha and Thomas Keefe, attended local schools, and graduated from Butte High School.

Helen graduated from St. Vincent Nursing School and served her community with care as a registered nurse for over thirty years.

                She married Edwin R. Wakefield of Butte in San Diego on May 18, 1943, where she worked as a nurse in a county hospital. Ed served with the 8th Division of the Second Marines, receiving the Purple Heart, and upon his homecoming the couple returned to Butte.

                Helen was very devoted to her family and friends and was known for her constancy in dedication toward her loved ones, as well as her hospitality toward all around her. She was a devout Catholic, having chosen to convert to the faith as a young teen, and held a special love for the Blessed Mother throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, horseback riding with her family, volunteering with the Food Bank and as a tutor for underprivileged youth, and was a member of the Elks Bowling League and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy prayer group. Helen was a breast cancer survivor and maintained a gentle yet resilient strength throughout her life. At the age of 87, she moved to Bartlett, Tennessee, to be closer to her daughter and family.

                Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Susan Wakefield of Mesquite, Nevada; daughter and son-in-law Mary Helen and Ronald Fennell of Bartlett, Tennessee; grandchildren Julli Wakefield, Erica and Gage Schofield, Rebecca and Mark Miller, and Janine and Louis Revenig; and great-grandchildren Rosaline and Caleb Miller.

                Helen is also survived by her nieces and nephews Francey and Dean Russell, Janet Gregory, and Patti Gregory, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

                Helen is preceded in death by her beloved husband Edwin, her infant daughter Diane Wakefield, her sister Frances Gregory, her nephew Jimmy Gregory, and her niece Debbie Gregory.

                Friends may call at the Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home on Monday, December 19 after 4 o'clock. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Thomas Haffey on Tuesday, December 20, at 11 o'clock in St. Ann Catholic Church where Helen was a longtime parishioner.

                Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Ave Maria Home, at Express condolences at

VIRGIL LEE “BUD” GLAZE JR., March 11, 1926 to December 9, 2016


Mr. Virgil Lee “Bud” Glaze Jr. passed away peacefully on Friday evening in a local hospital.  He was born March 11, 1926 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Virgil Lee and Esther (Hale) Glaze and attended school in Oklahoma.  He married Annie Joyce Hanes on June 13, 1944 in Oklahoma and began his long and successful career in the baking business.  He started as a delivery man and ultimately retired as President of Campbell Taggert Associated Bakeries in Phoenix, Arizona in 1992.  Virgil and Annie moved to Butte in 2004 to be near their daughters and Annie, the love of his life, passed away August 2, 2013 after 69 years of marriage.  Together they were devoted members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church where Bud was a Senior Deacon and an adult Sunday School teacher for 23 years and where he mentored some 250 men, leading many to salvation, including his friend and fellow golfer, Glen Campbell . 

Bud had a passion for jazz music and gold.  He was a member of the Arizona Country Club where he played gold with several PGA golfers and numerous celebrities including his dear friend Glen Campbell.  Bud was a generous man, helping so many people with not only his money but his compassion and time.

He is survived by his daughters, and son-in-law, Sandra Joy Richardson of Butte and Linda and Bill Yeagle of Meadow Gulch, granddaughters, Laura Walters, Carolyn (Chad)Howerton, Kristi Lee Steuck and Robin Trefz, and his great-grandchildren, Shannon Steuck, Tyler Steuck, Shawn Howerton,Taylor Todd and Victoria Todd.

Virgil was a loving father, grandfather and friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Private interment services will be conducted., Friends are invited to join his family for memorial services Monday morning at 11 o'clock in Floral Park Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Roueche officiating.  Memorials in memory of Virgil may be made to the I'll Be Me Alzheimer's Fund founded by Kim Campbell or to the Shriner's, of which Bud was a longtime member.  His family extends a special and sincere thank you to the ICU staff at St. James Healthcare and to Mr. Dave Fenchak.  Express condolences at

Eugene (Geno) Ardisson, June 20, 1929 - November 21, 2016

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Eugene A. (Geno) Ardisson 87 Geno beloved uncle, great uncle, great great uncle passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at St. James Health Care. Geno was born July 20, 1929, the youngest of three children born to John and Dora (Cima) Ardisson. He was raised in Walkerville with his sister Leah and brother Walter. He attended local schools, graduating from Butte High in 1948. After graduation Geno went to work as an accounted for the Texaco Company in Butte. In 1952 he joined the US Air Force, went to basic training and photography school in Texas and was stationed in Japan where he had the opportunity to visit his brother Walter who was also stationed there. Given the opportunity to change duty stations, Geno chose the furthest point north in Korea so he could be in his beloved snowy weather. He was very proud of his military service and often talked about old friends he had made and their missions and exploits. Upon returning to his home in Walkerville he rejoined the Texaco Company and remained with them until the offices were closed in 1960. He decided to take the severance that was offered rather than transfer to another office out of state and made the decision to go back to school at Western Montana College. He majored in Elementary Education and Biological Sciences and graduated in 1963 with honors and as a member of Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities. He went to work for the Butte School District until taking an early retirement incentive in 1984. Geno was a true sportsmen and he spent many hours fishing the Big Hole River, that he loved, and hunting throughout the state. He , however, spent most of his hunting hours on what he called his mountain, Fleecer. He knew every inch of that mountain and all the elk migrations and movements. He had even, over the years, named two of his springer spaniels Fleecer, and Fleecer II. He was proud of having harvested an elk every year for 53 years straight and taking every elk he got out whole. He once said the day he had to quarter his elk to get it out would be his last hunting trip. If any of his friends, and he had many, would stop by for a visit they would be thoroughly entertained with the many hunting stories he would tell, for he would explain everyone in detail. Geno was preceeded in death by his grandmother, Grunda Cima, mother and father, John and Dora, sister and brother-in-law, Leah and Bill Ries, brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Jean Ardisson, aunt, Minnie Cima, and nephew Stan McLeod. He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Irene Mcleod, Billie Jean Ries, John (Nancy) Ries, Walter (Lori) Ardisson, Linda Ardisson, and Louanne (Gene) Cutler. Great nephews and nieces, Geah (Eric) Zahler, Michelle McLeod (Glen), Marci McLeod (Norm), Geno Ardisson, Angie Serino, Abby Ardisson, and Tony (Mackenzie ) Ardisson. Great great nephews and nieces, Reece and Brooklyn Zahler, Hunter Castro, and Lyle and Becky Imberi. Geno's family would like the thank all of his friends for all of their care and visits with Uncle Geno throughout his life and their patients over the last three years. A special thank you to Kay Tutty and family for all their support and help, to Billie Calcaterra for her daily phone calls, cookies, and trips up the river, and Vanna Boccadori for checking on him and including him on many of her rides and adventures. To the doctors and staff at St. James Health Care for providing Geno with such excellent care, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Relatives and friends may call after 10AM Thursday Dec. 1, at St. Patrick's Church. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11AM. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence memorial fund, the Divide Grange, or a charity of the donor's choice.


Wallace R Masters, December 17, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Wallace R. Masters died on Saturday, November 26th, 2016, in Butte Montana. He was 92. Wally was born December 17th, 1923, in Munising, Michigan where he lived most of his life. The last year was spent with his daughter Joyce and son-in-law, Terry Hettick, who lovingly took both Wally and his wife Loyola into their Montana home. Wally married Loyola Saam on April 24, 1948, in Rochester, Minnesota. They were members of Sacred Heart Parish for 62 years. He worked at the Kimberly –Clark Paper Mill for 43 years assisting the engineering crew, oiling, operating the steam engines and unloading coal freighters with a crane. Wally enjoyed the Upper Peninsula. He loved Powell Lake which was named by his father. For decades the family spent summers at the log cabin his father had built on Powell Lake when Wally was two years old. He loved walking the woods and later snowmobiling on ungroomed trails. Wally proudly served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (Camp Cusino) as a teen and enjoyed talking about his experiences there with friends and family. Nerve deafness prevented him serving his country during WW II, something he really wanted to do. As a result of Wally’s deafness, he had the habit of asking what the priest had to say during the homily at Sunday Mass. He kept his daughters on their toes, but was always in good humor when they couldn’t come up with a good response. Wally is survived by Loyola, his wife of 68 years and three daughters. They include Mrs. Dianne (Patrick)Toohey of Clarkston, Michigan; Mrs. Yvonne (Rick)Nelson of Hastings, Minnesota; and Mrs. Joyce (Terry) Hettick, of Butte, Montana; twelve grandchildren, Tim Toohey, Michael (Angela) Toohey, Ryan (Lindsey)Toohey, Mary (Dan)AuBuchon, Annie Toohey, Monica Toohey, Kim (Gerald) Swanson, Nancy (Adam) Evans, Eric (Stephanie) Nelson, Sheena (Matt) Cichosz, Kathryn Hettick and Joshua (Miranda) Hettick and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his father, Wallace Henry Masters and his mother, Agnes Isabel Masters. Relatives and friends may call from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, December 2nd, at 11 A.M at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Butte, Montana with Father Thomas Haffey officiating. Rite of Committal will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising, Michigan.
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