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Jerie Lee Philp - September 15, 1941 - January 19, 2020

On Monday September 15, 1941 at 5:07 a.m., a 5 lb., 14 oz., 24-inch long little girl was born to Ruth and Bud Huffer. They named her Jerie Lee, and so her story began.


Born at the old Saint James Hospital, and arriving home on Silver Bow Blvd., was only the beginning of a childhood spent with extended family in the nearby Greeley School neighborhood. Summers were spent sliding down hay bales at her Grandma Durkees family ranch near Avon.


In 1952 her sister Cathy joined her and the other cousins in the fun.


She attended both Greeley and Butte High Schools where she made life-long friendships. After a brief stint at MSU-Bozeman, Jerie moved back to Butte to find a job. Her work history consisted of a brief, 30 years, working for the State of Montana in both the Employment and Unemployment Divisions. After those 30 years she thought it best to follow in her Mother’s foots steps and give waiting tables a try. After 5 years at Copper City Casino, she spent 20 years working for Lenny's Casino. This was in addition to side jobs from time-to-time, from working at the corner grocery store to working private parties as a cocktail waitress with Pat McCall. She was no stranger to hard work and making it on her own.


Jerie married Dick Hafer in the 1960's and welcomed son Dave Hafer in 1968. She remarried in the 1970's where she and then husband Robert Rebish welcomed Michaelann (MIKIE) Rebish, later she married John Philp. Throughout this time she also welcomed into her home her namesake cousin from Seattle, Geri Diane, who spent all most of summers as part of her family.More Close More Close 


Jerie was a tough Butte girl. We “joked” that when the “Bad Boys of Butte” was printed, she read it and suggested a few names that could be added to each “job”, proving that behind every Bad Boy of Butte, was a good girl. (Her copy is for family eyes only.)  She had some amazing times, incredible stories and fantastic friends. She experienced life in a different era, when things were much simpler and more real, and much safer since there was no photographic evidence.


Jerie was preceded in death by the light of her life and her mini-me, Michaelann; parents, Ruth and Bud Huffer; special Aunt and Uncle, Betty and Rudy Varelia, and we should mention she outlived all of her ex's (proclaiming herself a “widow”, versus a divorcee).


She is survived by sister, Cathy Huffer; son, Dave Hafer and his husband Mike Lewis, all of Butte; Granddaughter Alysha Nichols and husband Adam of Weston Missouri; special sister-in-law, Gere Hafer Speer and husband Steve of Polson, MT; special cousin Geri Diane Leighton of Seattle; and numerous cousins and many friends.


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Services will be held at Duggan Dolan on Thursday Jan 23 at 1:00 p.m. 


Funeral Service
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Duggan Dolan Mortuary
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, Montana 59701

Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Sullivan - May 15, 1936 - January 15, 2020

Dorothy Marie Sullivan, 83, went to her eternal rest on January 15, 2020 at Brookdale Spring Meadows Retirement Community in Bozeman. Dottie was born on May 15, 1936 to Jack and Dorothy (Sullivan) Pomroy.
Dottie married her childhood sweetheart, Gerald F. Sullivan, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Married for 61 years, Dottie and Jerry raised seven children of whom Dottie never tired of expressing her pride. They remained constant companions until his death in August of 2015.
At the young age of 27, after giving birth to her youngest twins, Dottie suffered a tragic leg amputation that nearly ended her life. The family will always be indebted to Dr. Lester Savage, a renowned surgeon, who pioneered bypass graft surgery; he is credited with saving her life. In-spite of the difficulties and health complications she endured as a result, she remained strong, and tried to live life to the fullest.
Dottie was a wonderful mother who faithfully cared for her family and friends and was very close to her siblings. She loved to sing and dance, pray and dote on her beloved grandchildren. She enjoyed crafting and baking and she deeply loved the Lord. Her unwavering faith in God was shaped by her close Catholic friends and Charismatic prayer group. Her strong will to live and her love of family carried her through her final days. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered for her beautiful smile, her optimistic attitude, and joyful personality.              
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Brookdale Spring Meadows Retirement Community, who cared for Dottie so tenderly.
Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; and her twin brother, Jack. She is survived by her seven children; Debbie Sullivan, Cindy Rutherford, Cheryl Sullivan, Jerry Sullivan Jr., Mike Sullivan, Denise Reely, and Deanna Zangenberg. She is also survived by her brothers, Tom Pomroy and Jim Pomroy; her sister Pat Dixon; and her seventeen grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.
Friends and relatives may call on Thursday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Butte. Rite of Committal will follow in the Mausoleum of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies.
Funeral Service
Friday, January 24, 2020
St. Ann's Catholic Church 
2100 Farragut Ave 
Butte, Montana 59701


Mark William Ahlborn April 03, 1957 - December 15, 2019


Mark William Ahlborn was born on April 3, 1957, in Warren Ohio to William “Pap” Ahlborn and Joan “Doamie” Hastings Ahlborn and passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his home on December 15, 2019, in Butte Montana at the age of 62. Mark was fortunate enough to move around from Ohio to Michigan and then to Pennsylvania in his youth. He graduated from Upper Saint Clair High School, Pittsburgh in 1975. After high school, Mark began his career as an underground coal miner at the Vesta5 Mine in Vestaburg, PA. In 1977 Mark met his future wife, Karla J. Brombacher. On January 1, 1979, Mark and Karla left Pennsylvania and moved to Winter Park Colorado. They then moved to Greeley Colorado where Karla finished her degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Their next move was to Wallace Idaho where Mark worked at the Sunshine mine as an underground silver miner. Mark and Karla were married in Wallace Idaho on September 5, 1979. They moved to Missoula Montana in 1983 and in October 1984 they welcomed their first child Aynsley. His interest in furthering his career and education in mining lead him to “Harvard on the Hill” Montana Tech in Butte Montana. During this time Mark and Karla welcomed their second child Brant in June 1995. Mark graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering in 1997. From there the world was his mine. Mark mined in Alaska, Ireland, Nevada, Canada, and Mongolia.


Aside from mining, Mark was an accomplished musician and home chef; most of which was inspired by his extensive travels. However, his greatest accomplishment and pride was being a dad. In 2007 Mark and Karla adopted their daughter Callie. A year later they adopted their daughter Hailey. In 2010 they adopted their daughter and son Lily and Will. Not stopping there, they welcomed into their home their final son, Jesse. To him family meant teaching his children that no matter what, “You are who you are and your journey is yours.”-Mark.


To those who had the pleasure of being in Mark’s presence they knew him as “The King of Fun”. Mark had several interests and hobbies including hiking, fishing, camping and the great outdoors and he was a collector and connoisseur of “ugly shirts”. Mark was a Jack of all Trades and could fix anything while improving upon the original design. Mark enjoyed sharing all his ideas and thoughts with everybody around whether you listened or not. Mark always asked, “What’s going on?” because he cared about others before he cared for himself.


Mark is survived by his wife, Karla, sisters: Sandra Roderick, Jenifer Donnelly, Leslie and Holly Ahlborn. His children: Aynsley, Brant, Jesse, Hailey, Callie, Lily, and Will. His grandchildren: Genevieve, Octavian, Xavier, and Brittany Downey and Jacklyn Jae. His in-laws: John Roderick, Tom Donnelly, J.B. and Karen Brombacher, Bob Brombacher, Carolyn Brombacher, Edward Downey, Kate Reinke, and his mother-in-law Anna Young. His nieces and nephews: Kelly and Hannah Donnelly, William Roderick, and Bria and Jaden Brombacher. Mark was proceeded in death by his parents William and Joan Ahlborn, father-in-law Fred Brombacher, his sister-in-law Barbara Brombacher and his grandparents Mary and Henry Relihan Hastings and Josepha and Ray Ahlborn.


The visitation will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m.


In honor of Mark, memorials may be made to Butte Central Education Fund or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.


“Tap ‘er Light” and Rest in Peace our King of Fun, Mark Ahlborn.




Funeral Service
Monday, January 27, 2020


Holy Spirit Parish
3930 East Lake Dr.
Butte, Montana 59701

Lee Elliot Masters February 10, 1933 - December 28, 2019

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Mr. Lee Elliot Masters passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, surrounded by his family. Lee was born on February 10, 1933 in Rocker, Montana to John Sampson and Edna Annie (Fenton) Masters. Lee was the grandson of Will Masters who came to Butte in 1880, from Cornwall, England, to work in the Bluebird Mine.




Lee started school in Rocker, Montana, then moved to Butte in 1939. He attended Monroe Elementary School, then went on to Butte High School from where he graduated. Lee worked at Hub Clothing Company and the Rocker Timber Framing Plant. He entered the United States Army in 1954 and served in France, with SCARWAF (Special Category Army with Air Force), and was honorable discharged in 1956. Lee then went to work for the ACM (Anaconda Copper Mining Company) in the Leonard Mine working construction, as well as in the Berkeley Pit. Finally, Lee found his place at the Butte Post Office in 1959. He later retired in1988.




Lee was a member of multiple clubs. Some of these included the Skyline Sportsman and Branch 621 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, of which he was Past President, Butte Clerks Union, Butte Miners Union, the Operating Engineers Union, the Butte Saddle Club, the Sheriff’s Posse, the Silver Bow Democratic Central Committee, Burrows Club, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), and NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees). Lee was also passionate about being a member of the Montana Wildlife Association of Public Land and Water, the Montana Cornish Cousins, and the Mile High Federal Credit Union, of which he was also Past President. When he wasn’t attending a club meeting, Lee loved hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling with his family and friends 




Lee is survived by his daughter, and best friend, Heidi (Masters) Hjelt; son-in-law, Dale Hjelt; grandkids, Dale Hjelt, Jr.and Shawnee Hjelt, and Doris Hogue. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Ray, and his nephew Terry.




The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Compassus Hospice for their care.




Friends may call on Thursday after 2:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies, or the charity of the don


Funeral Service
Thursday, January 02, 2020


Duggan Dolan Mortuary
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, Montana 59701

Colton John Mitchell Spindler March 20, 2000 - December 27, 2019

On December 27th, 2019, Colten John Mitchell Spindler, a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, and friend, passed away at the age of 19. Colten was born on March 20, 2000 in Butte, Montana to Corey and Londa (Lean) Spindler.


Anyone that knew Colten knew he had a strong passion for camping, hunting, and fishing with his friends and family, but most importantly with his dad, Corey. When Colten wasn’t working, he enjoyed being with his friends and loved listening to music.


If you ever got the opportunity to meet Colten, you probably saw his shy smile come out. If were able to get to know him, you saw that shy smile turn into an infectious laugh. Colten had a special sense of humor and loved telling jokes. He always lit up any room that he walked into. His smile was contagious and will never be forgotten. Colten had a warm loving heart and loved his family. Heaven now has a very special angel.


Colten will be fondly remembered by all that crossed his path. His cousin Savanna tenderly writes “Colten was my best buddy at Truzzolino’s. We worked hard together, and we laughed and joked together. Colten’s smile brightened everyone’s day. I love you and will miss you, little buddy.”


Colten is survived by his parents, Corey and Londa Spindler; sisters: Ashley Matteson and Kaylin Spindler; Brother-in-law, Nathan Matteson, grandparents including maternal grandfather, Jack Lean, maternal grandmother Jann Bartzen, uncles and aunts including, John and Janel Truzzolino, Shaun and Candi Holm, Gina Brulla, and Chad Spindler; niece, Embry Matteson; cousins Savanna Truzzolino, Taylor Stafford, and Jackson Holm, as well as numerous others; and several close friends including CJ and Jake Pickett.


Colten is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mitch and Cheryl (Starin) Spindler, his paternal great grandparents Jack and Willene Starin, and his maternal great grandparents Louie and Anita Herron.


Services will be on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 beginning with visitation at 10:00 am followed by services at 11:00 am. There will be a reception following in which all are invited to attend. Details will be given after services.


Funeral Service
Thursday, January 02, 2020


Duggan Dolan Mortuary
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, Montana 59701


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