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James G Burke of Butte, Montana | 1955 - 2020 | Obituary

 

Graveside Service - Thursday, Jul 09, 2020
James G Burke

July 26, 1955 - June 15, 2020

 

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Butte has lost one of its most colorful native sons, and with his passing, one of its brightest SMILES. After years struggling with Multiple Sclerosis, Jim Burke died June 15, 2020.

 

James Garard Burke was born at St. James Hospital to Alice (O'Brien) and Emmett Burke on July 26, 1955. The baby of the family, he was welcomed into the world by his big brother Bob and his devoted sisters Peggy and Norine.

 

Jim was deaf and unable to talk. But that didn't mean he couldn't communicate. He greeted everyone he met with a huge grin,a handshake or by sign language. He was never without reams of notebook paper filled with written messages. He attended the School for the Deaf and Blind in Great Falls where he would do well in health and mathematics. Jim's life was filled with challenges. But he worked hard to meet every one of them.

 

He was an active participant in his community. As a young man, he took up the collection at his home parish of the Immaculate Conception Church. He would inherit his Brother Bob's mechanical skills. His garage at his childhood home on North Franklin Street was always filled with bicycles and bicycle parts. Many remember Jim riding his bike up and down Butte's hilly neighborhoods near the Anselmo Mine. Jim would later move to California, where he would spend 17-years with his sister Peggy and her family as they worked to help Jim become as independent as possible.

 

He visited several hearing centers in California. A hearing specialist in Los Angeles diagnosed Jim's disorder was caused from an incompatible Rh factor during pregnancy. He lived in group homes in California and loved his time spent building things in workshops for the handicapped. His brother-in-law Mike was a Los Angeles City firefighter and Jim relished visits to the fire station. Jim later moved to Helena for several years before returning to his hometown of Butte.

 

In 2001, he was diagnosed with MS and soon after had to use a wheelchair. He competed in Special Olympics, winning medals in the 25-meter motorized wheelchair slalom, bowling and basketball. His nephew D.J. Dixon's favorite memory of those games was Jimmy dancing in his wheelchair to the Village People's YMCA. "Jimmy and his fellow athletes were enjoying "life in the moment," said D.J. Shouldn't we all?

 

Jim's later years were spent at Sampson House, a group home within the AWARE program. "Jim Burke was the sweetest, meanest man I ever met in my life," laughed home manager Jennie Weldon. "He was always about happy smiles. He always made me laugh." Jim's niece Rosemary Jones, called her uncle "a social butterfly who always had to have the front seat in the car." "He always had to be in the spotlight," she said. "He was curious and always had to be in the know." His biggest advocate was his sister Norine, his "rock, his guardian angel."

 

If you ever met Jim he was your friend for life. For Jim, family and friends were everything. His nephew Bob Burke remembers how "every special occasion made Jim happy." The Butte Irish kid "loved Saint Patrick's Day and the Fourth of July," said longtime friend Knute Oaas. "He knew everybody. He was passionate about people. It was a privilege for anybody who had an opportunity to know Jim." Jim was always decked out in T-shirts and hats, covered with medals and pins from the Butte Fire Department. For years, firefighters welcomed him to the fire house where he was beloved as a buddy and the department's "biggest fan." "Jim was one of us," said friend and retired firefighter John Paul. "He was OUR Jim Burke. That's how everybody thought of him." "We were lucky to have known Jim and to have had him in our lives," he said, "Oh my God, he was a terrific guy." "Jim was a big part of our life," said Donna and Bob. "He was always there, and he never left. He was never out of our sight." "Whenever he saw me or my kids," said his niece Debbie Burke, "he always had that infectious smile. I'll miss that." "Jimmy's best tribute was his smile and his laugh," said his niece Sis Hooten. "He loved being around people and going places, especially McDonalds. He will be missed." "He was a good uncle, and he was smart," said niece Mary Dorman "He wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a kind man." His great-niece Madison Jones said Jimmy gave her an appreciation to communicate, inspiring her to study sign in college. Jim had a "kind heart," said his nephew Dan Dixon. "No doubt, Jimmy's in Heaven where there's no wheelchair. He's hearing things that have never been heard and speaking words that have never been spoken."

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Norine Dixon, and her husband Duane. Survivors include his brother Bob Burke (Donna) Butte; sister Peggy Lannen (Mike); Fillmore, California; nephews and nieces, Bob Burke (Sandy) Helena; Deborah Burke, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Rosemary Jones (James), Bakersfield, CA.; Sis Hooten, Palmdale, CA; Mary Margaret Dorman,(Daniel) Idaho Falls, Idaho; D.J. Dixon (Sandi) Outlook, and Dan Dixon (Heidi) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; plus all their children.

 

A Rite of Committal will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, July 09, 2020 at 11:00 am Services will be celebrated by Deacon John Uggetti. God love ya' Jim! SMILES. There will be a further celebration of Jimmy’s life following services at the Cemetery. Duggan Dolan Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

SERVICES

Graveside Service

Thursday, July 09, 2020

 

Holy Cross Cemetery

Butte, MT

Aila Rose Lowney-Camp - February 26, 1953 - July 28, 2020

 Aila Rose Lowney-Camp

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Our beloved sister, Aila Rose Lowney Camp passed away on July 28, 2020. She joyfully entered the world on February 26, 1953 as the first child born to Edward and Mary (Thompson) Lowney. Much to Aila’s delight, she was soon joined by her siblings Doug, Shelly, Barbara, Patty, Audrea, and Ed. In June 1992, she found the love of her life, Jack Camp, and Jack was quickly welcomed into our family. They enjoyed many years together until Jack passed away in April of 2007.

 

Aila was a gifted educator who devoted her life to the education and development of thousands of elementary-aged children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Montana State University in Bozeman, and, while teaching on the Navajo Indian Reservation, she worked to earn her Master of Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She began her teaching career in Heart Butte, Montana and went on to teach for the Department of Defense Schools in Arizona, Japan, and Virginia. She retired in 2013 and moved home to Butte to help care for our mom.

 

Aila is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents Ed and Mary, her brother Doug, her brother-in-law Richard Wagner, her grandparents, and many cherished aunts and uncles.

 

She is survived by her siblings, Shelly (Jim) Fortune, Barbara Lowney, Patty (Dave) Marne, Audrea Wagner and Ed (Manda) Lowney. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews, Anne Rainey, Adam and Matt Lowney, Nicholas Fortune, Roshell Lee, Kirstin Gibson, David Marne, Heather Knutson, Rick and Brandon Wagner, Darby and Parker Lowney, and Macallan Box, as well as their spouses and children. She is also survived by her best friend and cousin, Linda Wayrynen Monaco, her only surviving auntie, Patricia Leskovar, and her loving cousins. She will also be missed by her many cherished friends around the world and at Big Sky Senior Living.

 

There will be a private funeral Mass on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Following the Mass, a private committal service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so.

 

Rest in peace, Aila. We will miss you always.

 

SERVICES

Family Gathering

Thursday, July 30, 2020




Machelle Rene Ryan - November 22, 1961 - July 21, 2020

 Machelle Rene Ryan

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Machelle Johnson-Ryan passed away July 21, 2020.  Machelle was born November 22, 1961 the last of six children born to Lynn and Ilean (Meier) Johnson.

 

She graduated from Butte High School and worked as a Cosmetologist following her graduation from Butte Academy of Beauty Culture.

 

Tim Ryan and Machelle were married November 5, 1988 and had two daughters, Tarayn and Amanda.

 

Machelle and Tim purchased the Beauty Boutique Beauty Salon in 1992 and operated it together until 2007. Machelle continued to work as a Cosmetologist. Machelle served as President of the MT State Cosmetology Association and held all offices locally.

 

Machelle’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Tim Ryan, daughters: Tarayn (Greg) Foster and Amanda Ryan (Barry Butori), grandchildren:  Timothy, Pennie,  Finn and Evan Foster, Evangeline and Riley Butori:  sister Rita Butler, brother Rick (Dawn) Johnson, numerous nieces and nephews. Machelle was proceeded in death by her parents, Lynn and Ilean and brothers, Dale, Lonnie, and Arlen Johnson.

 

Machelle was an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made to The Life Center NW, (the non-profit organ procurement organization for our region), 3650, 131 Ave. SE, Ste 200, Bellevue, Wash. 98006.

 

Friends may call on Friday between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel.  Funeral Services will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 am in the Mortuary Chapel.



William F Antonioli of Butte, Montana | 1921 - 2020 | Obituary


William F Antonioli
March 10, 1921 - July 22, 2020

 

William F. Antonioli passed away peacefully at the family home on July 22, 2020. Doctor Bill, as he was widely known, was born in Butte, Montana on March 10, 1921, son of Butte natives Peter and Susan (Gruden) Antonioli and grandson of Montana pioneers. He was raised on South Washington Street with his older brother Pete, surrounded by extended family and friends. As a toddler he welcomed his younger brother, Frank, with whom he would share over 90 years together. Bill attended the old Webster grade school, old Butte High and graduated from the newly constructed Butte High School in 1939. Throughout his life, he was very fond of the people of Butte, and they returned that affection many times over.

 

After high school, Bill was planning to work in the family mining business with his father and brothers. A visit from the parish priest convinced him to consider attending Carroll College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1943. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1946 and interned at Harborview Hospital in Seattle where he met and married his wife Jo, who he would remain passionately in love with for 72 years. The newlyweds returned to Butte in 1948 where they began their family. He also began an internal medicine practice that would span 7 decades, only interrupted by two years in Germany, serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service. As a physician, he treated thousands of Butte residents over the years, served as the county health officer and county physician, and was a member and staff president at both St. James Community Hospital and Silver Bow General Hospital. In later years, Dr. Antonioli became more involved with the treatment of elderly patients, developing a great respect for the staff of Butte’s nursing homes and eventually becoming the medical director of the Butte Convalescent Center. He also served as board president of Montana Blue Shield.

 

Both Bill and Jo were very active in their Catholic Faith and were long-time members of the St. Ann’s Parish community. Bill was a past member of the St. Ann’s Parish Council and served several years on the Montana Catholic Conference.

 

In many ways, Bill was a man of the mountains, not much different from his ancestors of the Italian Alps. He could be frequently found in the ranges of Southwest Montana, mountaineering, exploring rough trails with a succession of Jeeps and Toyota Landcruisers, researching the lives of the Sheepeater Shoshone, or pursuing blue grouse, deer, and elk. But a perfect day for him was counting wildflowers and fly-fishing a small, unfrequented stream, wearing out flies by catching and releasing dozens of native Cutthroat Trout. He felt most fortunate to share these experiences with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.

 

Bill was very physically active and found pursuits in every season that developed and tested his strength and stamina. He often joked that as a student (if coached effectively), he “might have made a decent middle-distance runner”. Instead, he coached himself to be a very skilled hiker, skier, and climber. As he aged, he largely credited his longevity to these activities.

 

Dr. Bill was much admired for his breadth of knowledge and his ease in making connections between disparate arts and sciences. He had a brilliant mind which he never flaunted and an insatiable curiosity. He was never bored and rarely still. He had a lifetime love of learning and was still learning in his 99th year – Ancora Imparo!

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved aunties, mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary and Bruce Carr, his brothers and their wives, Peter and Della Antonioli and Frank and Mary Lou Antonioli, nephew Mark Antonioli, and his oldest childhood friend, Dr. George Prlain. He was a remarkable presence in the lives of his family members and will be deeply missed by them. He is survived by his devoted wife Jo, children and their spouses, Bill Jr. and Susan Antonioli of Philipsburg, Jo Antonioli and Dan McLaughlin of Missoula, Ted and Michele Antonioli of Missoula, Paul and Ann Antonioli of Butte, Steve and Nancy Antonioli of Whitehall, Brian and Jane Antonioli of Helena, Marie Antonioli and Tom Schmit of Hamilton, and Alice Antonioli and Gregg Burington of Boise, ID., grandchildren Keith, Kevin, Max, Elisa, Kathleen, John, Clare, Philip, Erin, Pete, Zeb, Hannah, Sam, Gina, Sophia, Olivia, Marcus, Julia, Kira, and Shayla, and great-grandchildren Harriet, Vivian, Clementine, Lucky, Hudson, Isla, and Liam. He is further survived by nephews and nieces Peter Antonioli, Patricia Hoopes, Dan Antonioli, Nancy Hill, Tim Antonioli, Mike Antonioli, and Mary Anne Antonioli and their respective spouses and families, first cousins Rosalie Murphy and Ron Foreman, and numerous other relatives and friends.

 

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to those who cared for Dr. Antonioli in his declining years, especially Father Tom Haffey, Dr. Terrence Scott and Amanda and the staff of 406 Quality Homecare.

 

Dr. Antonioli would not want to risk the health of family and friends, and so, memorial services are being postponed at this time.

James H Britton - January 02, 1963 - July 14, 2020

 

With a final, gentle breath exhaled, James H. Britton left the world on July 14, 2020 as he lived, with grace, courage, and humility. His brilliant and beautiful mind succumbed to brain cancer after a grueling effort to beat the formidable foe. Jim was a scientist having graduated from St. Paul’s School and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and having attended graduate school at Indiana University. Jim later received his MBA from the University of Montana.

 

His incredible ability to retain information led him to become a JEOPARDY! champion in 2000. His career journey took him from genetic research in Maine to research and development of biological pesticides in Montana to business analysis at the Town Pump Corporation in Butte, Montana. It was in Butte where Jim met and married Margie Seccomb, a forever partner bound by an unwavering love. Together, they brought into the world the joy of their lives, Claire Britton, in 2001.

 

Born in New Rochelle, New York, on Jan. 2, 1963, Jim’s formative years were spent in Great Falls, Montana where his adored mother, Loretta Britton, still resides as does his younger sister, Beth Britton. His older sister, Patricia Britton, lives in Seattle with her partner Stellman Keehnel. All survive Jim along with his wife, Margie, and daughter, Claire. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Britton.

 

“Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” The words of Ernest Hemingway resonated with Jim. Those who knew and loved him know he is distinguished by courage, grace and the gentle way he made his mark on the world. We honor him in private for now until such time it is safe to gather. A memorial service will be held on a date to be announced.


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