Thomas Patrick Mulcahy of Butte, Montana | 1932 - 2021 | Obituary

Thomas Patrick Mulcahy

 

 

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Thomas Patrick Mulcahy

July 29, 1932 - February 23, 2021

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U.S. VeteranThomas Patrick Mulcahy, 88

 

Tom Mulcahy was born in Butte on July 29, 1932 to Catherine A. Harrington Mulcahy and Maurice J. “Dugga” Mulcahy.

 

Tom was the classic working-class Butte Irish Catholic Union Democrat, dedicated to sports, religion and doing good things for others, especially those less fortunate. Along with his sister Catherine Alice, and brother Maury, Tom was raised by his father, a fireman, and mother, a nurse, on North Wyoming Street at the corner of Wyoming and Woolman, in the shadow of the railroad bridge to the Steward Mine. The basketball hoop nailed to the bridge and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was within shouting distance, represented two anchors to Tom’s full life.

Tom attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Butte Boys’ Central in 1950, always excelling in athletics. He was inducted three times into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame - in 1993 as an individual and also in 1987 and 1993 as a member of two championship Hall of Fame teams, the 1949 State Champion American Legion baseball team and the 1950 State Champion Butte Central basketball team.

 

After graduating Butte Central, Tom spent a year playing basketball at Montana State College in Bozeman (now MSU) before entering the Navy. Shortly after entering, he was given a medical discharge after which he began a lifelong connection to Gonzaga University in academics, athletics, coaching and alumni affairs. He was inducted into the Gonzaga Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 for coaching, baseball and basketball, where he was a 3-year star and captain in both sports. Tom also served on Gonzaga’s Alumni Board and the Gonzaga President’s Council. Upon returning to Gonzaga after his period in professional baseball, Tom was an assistant coach in both baseball and basketball.

 

His professional baseball life began when he was signed in 1956 by the Pittsburg Pirates. Signing for the Pirates at that ceremony was Bing Crosby, Gonzaga graduate and part owner of the Pirates. That professional contract was the culmination of a decade of amazing baseball played at the Legion level, in the Copper league, in college, and in semi-pro leagues like the Western Canadian League and Mon-Dak League. Tom was a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America, after playing professionally for the Hollywood Stars, Lincoln and Topeka in the Western League, Spokane Indians and Lewiston in the Northwest League. Tom’s amazing baseball record is chronicled on a special page on the Western Canadian Baseball website. You can visit there by clicking here.

 

In addition to his Gonzaga degree, Tom also earned degrees from Santa Clara University and the University of California-Berkley. His advanced degrees in theology, sociology and languages served him through his life. He had a particular affinity for language, often surprising family and friends as he fluently slid back and forth between English, Irish and Serbian languages.

 

Following his graduation from Gonzaga, a Jesuit university, and a period of semi-pro and professional baseball, Tom entered Mount St. Michael’s Seminary in 1957 and following that rigorous path was ordained a Catholic priest of the Jesuit Order in 1968.

 

In his fifteen years as an active Jesuit, Tom spent time on missions to several Montana Indian Reservations, which were chronicled by a series of Native American paintings Tom did based upon the Edward S. Curtis photographs Tom acquired at that time. He counted being a wonderful artist among his many talents.

 

Blending sports, religion and academics, Tom also taught and coached football and basketball at Kennedy High School in the Seattle area; taught and coached football, basketball and golf at Jesuit High School in Portland; and, unusually as a priest, was designated an Associate Scout for the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Northwest, starting in 1969.

 

In Spokane during that period Tom, as a priest, was Director of Student Activities at Gonzaga, but also spent summers as batting practice pitcher for the Spokane Indians, then managed by Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, with whom Tom developed a lifelong friendship. Lasorda immortalized their relationship in the story he told to the LA Times in 1984: “You knew Tom used to be a priest, didn’t you”” Lasorda asked. “Father Tom was pitching batting practice for me one day a few years ago and one of the guys on the other team wanted him to hear confession. So he takes the guy down the first base line and hears his confession. What’s the guy do in the game? Bang. One home run. Bang. Two home runs. Bang. Three home runs. I told Father Tom no more confessions before games.”

 

In 1972 Tom and Shirley Pemerl rekindled a relationship from their undergraduate days at Gonzaga. They were married after he left the priesthood, a marriage of love that would last seventeen years, and their friendship has endured to this day. At that time Tom was called to work in the front office of the San Diego Padres, for whom he had scouted several years.

 

Living in San Diego and working in the Padres front office for 20 years, Tom developed programs and raised money so that underprivileged youth could attend Padres games. He became deeply involved in community and charitable affairs in San Diego. Naturally, because of his Butte Irish history, Tom was a founder of the Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade, founder and Board member of the Irish Congress of Southern California and member-at-large for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He also served on the Governing Board of Mission Valley YMCA, and on the Boards of Directors for the San Diego Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Nice Guys of San Diego (charitable), Old Mission Beach Athletic Club and the Kensington Fund for the Needy. Tom also was founder and fundraiser for the Marine Family Christmas Fund, a task to which he was dedicated to until his passing. Each winter he coordinated a fund-raising golf tournament in Yuma, AZ, to raise money to provide food assistance to active service families in the San Diego area. Tom also was a 60+ year member of the Knights of Columbus.

           

After ending his twenty years with the Padres, Tom took on restaurateur duties as co-owner of Mulcahy’s San Diego as well as being the host at Bully’s. Many a tall tale was told in those venues, often about Butte, for Tom was always expressing his pride in being from the Mining City. He then retired to his home town, where he lived in Butte’s Finlen Hotel, less than a quarter mile from where he was raised. But he was a snowbird, spending several winter months each year in San Diego working on the Christmas Fund and the last of the twenty-five Tom Mulcahy Invitational Golf Tournaments for charity. You can see a film about the Yuma golf here.

 

In Butte, Tom was a Board Member of the Friends of the Butte Archives. He was an avid historian, conductor of genealogical research, and an inveterate collector of historical memorabilia of all sorts. As such, he has a large and ever-growing collection in the Butte Archives. In Butte, Tom also coordinated biennial reunions of players from the old Copper League until their numbers dwindled.

 

Tom collected more than memorabilia. Though in essence a private person, throughout his life he collected friends – friendships that lasted a lifetime. Whether in sports, charitable work, a good golf game or just bending an elbow together, Tom was always the captain, leader, or coordinator. Many of those lifelong friends have preceded his passing and some remain to mourn his loss.

 

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Mulcahy; mother, Catherine Harrington Mulcahy; brother, Maury Mulcahy; sister, Catherine Seccomb; uncle, John “The Yank” Harrington; and aunts, Sister Mary Harrington, Rebecca Harrington, and Teresa Blickhan; nephews, Lee and Gary Seccomb; nephew-in-law Jim Britton; grandniece Erin Mailander; grandnephew Joseph Seccomb. Also preceding him in death were sister-in-law Sally Mulcahy, brother-in-law Ernie Seccomb and Mary Seccombe, as well as numerous cousins from the Mulcahy Clan.

 

He is survived by his friend and former spouse, Shirley Pemerl Mulcahy; nieces and nephews Gail (Evan) Barrett, Sandy (Jim) Regan, Brian Seccomb, Paul (Toni) Seccomb, Dan (Lilia) Seccomb, Margie Seccomb, Pat (Marie) Seccomb, Bob (Lisa) Seccomb, Jay (Kelley) Seccomb, Terri (Paul) Mailander; Karen Mulcahy, Sallyann (Michael) Mulcahy, Connie Mulcahy and Jim (Rose) Mulcahy; grandnephews and nieces Siobhan and Brendan Barrett; Jeff, Beth, Kathleen, and Patrick Regan; Samantha and Kristina Seccomb; Dylan (Kara) Shaw and Morgan (T.J.) McKenzie; Claire Britton; Emma and Anthony Seccomb; Chaz, Cati and Kyle Seccomb; Cheyenne Moulin; Tim, Madelyn, and Nick Seccomb; Kathleen (Casey) Kropp, Margie, Laura and Mark Mailander; Kirsten (Jon) Barrett and Erika Barrett Thompson; Jon Clark Spranget; Caralee and Sean Kelly; Ian Brody, Jonas and Eric McNair; and numerous great-grandnephews and nieces. 

 

Funeral is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Church on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. No visitation is scheduled and COVID protocols will be observed including social distancing and face masks. An interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be considered toward the Butte Archives, AnRiRa Irish Festival, ACTION, Inc. or the Butte Emergency Food Bank.

 

 

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church
300 W. Mercury St.
Butte, Montana 59701

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Barney "Sonny" Ronald Maki of Butte, Montana | 1945 - 2021 | Obituary

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Barney "Sonny" Ronald Maki

September 19, 1945 - February 06, 2021

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U.S. VeteranMr. Barney Ronald "Sonny" Maki passed in the arms of his Savior on Saturday, February 06, 2021, having been baptized shortly before his death.  Barney was born in Trimountain, Michigan on September 19, 1945 to Barney John and Edna (Waino) Maki.

 

Raised in the cultural center of Butte, Montana, Barney "kidnapped" his Irish gal, Charmaine Lowney, and married her on July 13, 1968.  They remained devoted to one another until his passing. 

 

Barney received his education in Welding Fabrication, Drafting, and Small Engine Repair from Butte Vo-Tech, using the benefits of his G.I. Bill.  He was employed first by the ACM (Anaconda Copper Mining Company) and later at Rhone-Poulenc, formerly Stauffer Chemical, as a Fabrication Welder.  He taught his steadfast spirit of hard work to his sons and grandsons in every mechanical need by teaching them his mechanical abilities.  "Learn to repair or you don't drive.” was his motto. Hunting and fishing was his greatest adventure.  "God's Country" was made for Barney.  Strong conviction and courage in suffering included many battles besides Vietnam.  Sonny suffered heart surgeries, seven in all, knees surgeries, two cancer surgeries, and COVID-19.  Cancer and heart failure finally led to his death.  

 

Preceding Barney in death were his parents; his sisters, Sharon Baldwin and Marlene Johnson; and his brother, Dennis Maki.  He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Charmaine; his sons, Randy and Todd Maki; his daughter, Patti (Dave) Allinson; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother, Dave Maki; and sisters, Sandy Rooney, Ginger Weinheimer, and Jane Lacey.

 

His final hunt is over. He journeys now through God’s Country in Heaven.  Remember, you are loved!

 

Friends may call on Monday after 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am.  Please observe all social distancing regulations. Masks are required. Rite of Committal will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

 

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

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Margaret Gail O'Leary | 1934 - 2021 | Obituary

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Margaret Gail O'Leary

June 04, 1934 - January 30, 2021

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Margaret Gail (Gay) O’Leary passed away on January 30, 2021.  Gay was born on June 4, 1934 in Butte, Montana to Tom and Clarice (Harrington) Loggins.  She was the oldest of three children. 

Gay attended St. Patrick’s grade school, Girl’s Central High School (class of 1952) and St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, Kansas where she studied Gregorian Chant.  She met her husband, Bob, while working at Hannifin’s Jewelry Store because he was coming in on a regular basis in the summer of 1955 to buy bonbon dishes for his friends weddings. (Bonbon dishes were the least expensive gift in Hannifin’s).  They were married on August 25, 1956 and immediately moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Bob finished law school.  Their daughter, Mary, was born in Omaha and their son, Bob, was born in Anaconda, Montana.  Gay worked at the St. Ann’s Church office, Butte Head Start Program for many years and then was a Realtor in Whitefish, MT until she retired.  Gay was President of the Butte Junior League and worked hard with a great group of women to bring diverse programs to the Butte community.  She loved getting together with “The Clubbers”, a group of women that she graduated with from high school.  Gay was a proud member of PEO and enjoyed the great friendships that were formed.  She also was a member of the SCL Auxiliary.  Bob & Gay enjoyed their lake home at Whitefish for many years.  They loved going on Notre Dame trips.  They traveled to Ireland, Peru & Ecuador.  They were “snowbirds” for years and loved traveling to Phoenix to meet up with great friends.  Gay was a member of St. Ann’s Parish for years and later Holy Spirit Parish.  She was a devout Catholic who was especially devoted to Mary, the Blessed Mother.  Gay was the best Mom, Gram, Sister, Aunt and friend.  She loved life and passed that love of life on to her family.  She idolized her great grandchildren who lovingly called her Gamma Gay.

Gay was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bob, her brother, Gary Loggins, her parents, her father and mother-in-law Barry and Honora O’Leary, her son Sean and her niece Sister Roberta O’Leary.  She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister in laws, Ted and Florence O’Leary, Mike & Lucile O’Leary and John & Alice O’Leary.

Gay is survived by her daughter Mary (Pat) Fleming and their children Patrick (Nancy) Fleming, and their children Grace and Eli, Katie (Dylan) Pipinich, and their children Emma and Isaac; her son, Bob (Noreem) O’Leary and their children Carlos & Tamara; her sister, Helen (Wally) O’Connell and their children, Kelli, Craig and Kevin; her sister-in-law Cis Loggins and her son Tom (Leann) Loggins and their son Levi.  She is also survived by her best friend of 72 years JoAnn (Jack) McLeod, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A private family service was held on February 3, 2021 at Holy Spirit Church.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Timothy P. and Florence Sullivan O’Leary Endowed Scholarship for Academics and Athletics at the University of Saint Mary, 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048, the Gary Loggins Memorial Scholarship at Butte High School, Butte Central or a charity of your choice.

Gay lived a very full life and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

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Russell Franklin Lewis | 1976 - 2021 | Obituary

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Russell FrankliN Lewis

June 15, 1976 - January 26, 2021

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Mr. Russell Franklin Lewis passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2021 in St. James Healthcare of natural causes.  Russell was born on June 15, 1976 in Casper, Wyoming.  He was the second child, but the first son, of William G. "Bill" and Leona F. (Bateman) Lewis.

 

Russell grew up in Casper, Wyoming.  At the age of 17, he was the youngest person to receive his GED at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.  He went on to receive his Associate of Technology Degree in Automotive Mechanic from Bates College in Tacoma, Washington.  In addition to his degree in Mechanics, he was also ASE Certified, a mark of excellence among Mechanics.  Always skilled with his hands, Russell also worked during his college internship building cabinetry and framing houses.

 

Russell was a proud member of the United States Army, in which he served as an E-2 between 2008 and 2014.   His pride in his country was evident in his membership in the American Legion, AMVETS, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He also enjoyed guns and marksmanship, and was a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).

 

On June 08, 1994, he married Stacy Ann Sweeney at Riverside Park in Casper, Wyoming.  They later divorced.  On August 09, 2008, with their feet in the Carbon River, he married Tina Lee Stadig at Carbonado, Washington.  They also divorced.  While they were not to be husband and wife, they always remained friends.

 

Russell was the definition of an All-American boy.  He enjoyed fast cars, big trucks, and motorcycles.   If it was made in America, and had tires, Russell was sure to love it.  Always one to live life a little on the rowdy side, he was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and loved the music of Pantera.   An advocate of tattoos, he thought a person's body should not be so much a temple as a billboard dedicated to life.  Following the Catholic faith tradition, completing Catechism in Jackson, Wyoming in 1987, Russell chose to find God's presence in all of creation, as well as in Church.

 

Russell was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his mother, Leona Lewis, in 2010,   He is survived by his Father William "Bill" Lewis of Colorado, daughters; Haly Marie (Preston) Lewis of California, Katey Lynn Lewis of Washington, and Abigail Ashlynn Leeanne Lewis of Montana; his son Tristan Alan Pantier of Laramie, Wyoming; and 1 granddaughter and 2 grandsons in Washington.  He is also survived by both his former spouses; his brothers, Glenn Lewis, Grant Lewis, and Quinn Lewis, all of Casper, Wyoming; his sister, Frances (Anthony) Johnson, also of Casper, Wyoming; and step siblings Zach Hutton, Ruth Hutton and Moriah (Andrew) Ala of all of Wyoming; 8 nephews, 4 nieces; 2 step daughters and 2 step sons from his marriage with Tina and countless cherished friends that, while not related by blood, Russell considered family.

 

Cremation has taken place in Butte.  Services will take place at a later date and will be announced by the Mortuary.  Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements. 

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James "Fluffy" Briney of Butte, Montana | 1946 - 2021 | Obituary

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James "Fluffy" Briney

September 18, 1946 - February 04, 2021

 

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U.S. VeteranOn Thursday, February 4, 2021, James "Fluffy" Briney, loving father and grandfather of five children, passed away at the age of 74.

 

Fluff was born on September 18, 1946 in Butte, MT to Joseph and Helen (Farrell) Briney. He graduated from Boys Central High School in 1964.

 

In high school, Jim was an excellent gymnast and was a member of the Butte Central tumbling team. After high school, he turned his attention to bowling and was about to turn professional before being drafted into the Army. Although his hopes of being a professional were dashed by the Army, he continued to bowl for most of his life. He also loved golfing and for many years he hosted a large group of friends for the Labor Day Classic at the Country Club.

 

Upon returning from Vietnam, he attended Montana Tech and played football - starting as a 135l b Safety.

 

In 2008, he married Charlotte “Chucky” Brock and found the true love of his life. She preceded him in death and “There’s no doubt that she tripped over the gates of heaven to welcome him in”.  

 

He worked for the Anaconda Company as a pipefitter for most of his career, and then worked for Petrolane Gas.  

 

Jim and Char loved going to Casinos and their trips to Las Vegas. Every weekend, they both loved playing “pull-Tabs” and loved making their rounds to see everyone while picking them out. They had a unique “system” for playing and now they can continue to refine it together. He was all ready for Super Bowl weekend.

 

He was a great conversationalist and storyteller and loved sharing time over a “cold one” with friends. His only mistake was when his friends introduced him to “karaoke”, and he embraced it far too often.

 

Jim was a man of routine, enough to drive his sons crazy. Each morning, he would go to mass at St. Joseph’s then breakfast at Chefs Garden. He would eat the exact same breakfast, Every. Single. Time. He loved having coffee with the guys at Chefs Garden and the “Coffee Crew” at The Depot.

 

Jim loved his grandkids more than anything. Christmas was his time to shine. Every year, he spent the entire month getting stockings ready. He somehow fit three shopping bags full of candy and other gadgets into each stocking. His house was ALWAYS stocked with candy for the kids.

 

His health struggled for several years and his fight to stay alive was an inspiration to all who knew him. After fighting very hard, and with no reserves left, it was finally time for Jim to say “Goodnight Dick” to all those he loved.  

Sincere thanks to the multiple doctors, nurses, therapists, home health teams and everyone who cared for him over the past several years.      

 

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

In addition to his family, he is survived by his very special friends Bill Spear, Gary Ugrin, Bob Farren and Chuck Delaney, who we cannot thank enough for all their love and support.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Joe, his mother, Helen, his brother Bob and his wife Charlotte, and his cousin, Mary Pat (John) Rickman. He is survived by his two sons John (Keri) and Jeff (Kate), his siblings Gary (Carol), Larry (Karen) and Susie (Briney) Hogart and five beautiful grandchildren JP, Reese, Beckett, Bria and Bodhi. As well as his nieces Erin Briney (Mark Melroy), Leah Briney (Justin Calvo), Jackie Davis (Kyle Davis), JJ Staudinger (Scott Staudinger), Jodi Blixt (Dave Blixt), Kacie Briney (Benny Bartholomew), nephews Tony Briney, Brandon Briney, Brent Briney (Steph), Joe Briney (Jen) and their families, and also by his cousins Tom Driscoll (Marlene) and his family and the John Rickman Family. Due to current COVID concerns, a private funeral service will be held at St. Joe’s.   A future celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Donations may be sent to Butte Central Catholic Schools.