Birth – April 5, 1946
Death – January 4, 2022
The “candle of life” burned out for a beautiful East Side Finlander girl, Gay “Wattula” Daily! She was very proud of her Finlander heritage and had many fond memories of growing up in their East Side neighborhood. The neighborhood and people always had a special place in her heart! Gay has battled many health issues over the past several years including a kidney transplant surgery back in the summer of 2017. Gay dealt with her health issues courageously and with dignity and was a fighter right to the end, before succumbing to COVID. She was an incredible woman!
Gay was born April 5, 1946, to Taino and Geraldine Kauhanen, who later divorced. Geraldine remarried Andy Wattula and together they raised Gay and brought into this world Gay’s little sister Edie Wattula. When Gay’s sister Edie started school, her mother simply changed Gay’s last name to Wattula because she did not believe it was good for two children in the same family to attend school with two different last names.
On September 11, 1965, Gay married her first husband Willie Johns. They later divorced but this marriage brought into this world Gay’s pride and joy…her daughter Cindy who was born on March 19, 1967. While it is cliché that obituaries state your greatest assets are your kids and grandkids, to Gay it was absolutely not cliché. Her love in her life was her daughter Cindy and her husband Scott, her grandchildren Tyler and Jaimee and her new great granddaughter Charlie Ann. Following both Tyler and Jaimee in their many academic and athletic endeavors brought her such joy and happiness! Gay couldn’t have been prouder of their many accomplishments in life. With her beautiful smile, she always told Tyler “That he was her favorite grandson”.
She was also extremely proud of graduating from Butte High School. Gay was a member of the Class of 1964. Following graduation Gay embarked on an amazing fifty-year career working for The Montana Power Company which she thoroughly enjoyed. She worked in the Real Estate Department and later as a consultant.
On August 17, 2000, Gay got remarried to Fritz Daily. They had an amazing run for almost 22 years and have shared many incredible and wonderful memories over the years! Fritz called it a little bit of love and lust. She was beautiful both inside and out!
Gay was an excellent seamstress who was taught those skills by her mother Geraldine. She passed that skill on to her daughter Cindy who is also a very accomplished seamstress. Gay enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and could also be found spending an evening playing at the local casinos. Her love of life included her 1964 Butte High and Butte Central classmates! She especially enjoyed planning and organizing the reunions shared and attended by both schools. Her organizing skills were unequaled and the class reunion committee fondly referred to her as the “Chief”! Gay was meticulous at recording and sharing class obituaries. Her’s will now be included, and at the top of the list.
Gay was preceded in death by her Mother Geraldine Wattula, her Dad Andy Wattula, her birth father Taino Kauhanen, her two sets of grandparents Eli and Hilma Kauhanen and Robert Evans and Ethel C.R. Heil…as well as numerous cousins and extended family. She is survived by her loving husband Fritz Daily, her daughter Cindy (Scott) Paffhausen, her grandson Tyler (Jacqueline) Paffhausen, her granddaughter Jaimee (Chuck) Richards and her great granddaughter Charlie Ann Richards. Gay is also survived by her loving sister Edie (Joe) Moses and her very special nieces Angie Ashby and Amy Moses.
We would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at St. James Hospital for all of their hard work and compassion shown to both Gay and us right up to the end. We truly appreciate what you do! We would also like to thank Chuck Richards and the entire Duggan Dolan Mortuary Family for guiding us through this difficult process. Finally, thank you to all of our friends and family who have reached out to us during this very difficult time…much love to you all! Cremation has taken place and a private family ceremony will be held. Gay will be peacefully laid to rest. A celebration of her life will be arranged and take place at a later date.
As her life comes to an end always remember…Life throws you ups and downs along the way. Most importantly, enjoy and embrace what you have. Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Especially, embrace your family and your friends!
Thursday, Jan 6, 2022
Riley Michael Giacoletto
May 29, 1991 - December 31, 2021
Riley Michael Giacoletto- Age 30
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they are gone the light remains.”
Our beautiful Riley went to be with Our Heavenly Father on December 31, 2021. The love and joy he brought to his family and friends will illuminate their hearts and lives forever.
Riley was born on May 29, 1991, to Sherry Carpino and Mark Giacoletto.
Riley was blessed at an early age with an extended family. He gained the love of two fabulous and loving stepparents, his mother’s husband Bob Carpino and his father’s wife, Terry O’Keefe. With the gift of a Stepfather, he was also blessed with two brothers, Bobby Carpino and Kyle Carpino, as well as two sisters, Holly Carpino and Keri Carpino. With the gift of a Stepmother, he was also blessed with two brothers, Dan Thomas and Sean Thomas. Other close family members include Josh Pesanti and the Pesanti family, Brysen Svejkovsky and the Svejkovsky family, and his nephew Mikey Regan. Riley embraced each member of his new woven family as parents, brothers and sisters and he proudly claimed each one of them as, “his family”.
His Parents and Stepparents played instrumental roles in his life, and he was the center of their lives. Riley grew up with the warmth and love of his mother Sherry nurturing him throughout life and the support and love of his father Mark who was his mentor and best friend.
Riley attended Hillcrest Grade School, East Middle School and he graduated from Butte High School. He studied at North Idaho College and Butte Vo-Tech.
Special times that Riley had spent with his grandparents growing up were lasting memories that Riley cherished. His grandparents Mickey and Connie Graham taught Riley to hunt at young age and this became a passion of Riley’s throughout his life.
Riley married Shantyl Hollingsworth on September 4, 2016. With their union a beautiful family was created. They have two daughters, Aria (5), Brooklyn (3) and a son Reid (1). Riley relished playing the parenting role--feeding, playing, teaching, bathing, reading and loving his children. He never viewed caring for his children as a duty, but rather as a privilege. They indeed were the center of his universe.
Riley learned the trades from his father Mark and put his talents to work in a variety of jobs throughout his adult life. Riley joined O'Keefe Drilling as a Pump Technician in 2012, where he flourished in his trade and ability to connect with all types of people. Riley took great pride in his craftsmanship; he received the most handwritten positive comments from customers that any employee at O'Keefe Drilling had ever received. He will be deeply missed by his O’Keefe Drilling family of co-workers. Riley was also very talented with his hands which was evident in the woodwork furniture he created with his father-in-law Shane who served as another mentor to Riley. Many people throughout the community have Riley’s beautiful creations in their homes.
He experienced many joyful, memorable moments throughout his life. Riley especially loved spending time with his family camping and at the lake enjoying gatherings with family members and friends. Recreational sports were a thrill to Riley, he enjoyed everything from hunting, fishing, camping, wakeboarding, flyboarding, boating, snow skiing, snowmobiling and extreme side-by-side trail riding with his close friends, including Brysen Svejkovsky, Jeff D’Arcy, Cole Bugni, Levi Davenport, Jonny Tomich and Colton Walter and countless others. The faster the better and to be in the company of family and friends was the ultimate experience.
Riley will forever be remembered for his kind heart, his love of family, his loyalty to friendship and his infectious smile. Riley was such a generous, outgoing person that would do anything to alleviate the pain of another. He was quick to laugh and make friends and would always brighten other people’s days with his sense of humor, practical jokes, and thoughtful gestures. Riley took many of his younger relatives under his wing and served as a role model to Gradeigh and Bridger O’Keefe, Mikey Regan, Timmy Hollingsworth, Colby and Preston Jensen, Kasen Carpino, Conner and Colter Espelin, Morgan Pavlovich.
Riley was preceded in death by his Grandfather Michael Graham, Uncle Tony Graham, Grandparents Louie and Cindy Giacoletto, Ed and Lue O’Keefe, Roberta Carpino and his Aunt Robbie Hanni, and his dear friend David Carpenter.
Riley is survived by his wife Shantyl, their daughters Aria and Brooklyn, and their son Reid. He is also survived by his parents, his Mother and Step-Father Sherry and Bob Carpino and his Father and Step-Mother Mark Giacoletto and Terry O’Keefe. He is also survived by his Brothers Kyle and Nicole Carpino and Bobby and Jen Carpino, Niece Hallie Carpino and Nephews Brekon Finnigan and Kasen Carpino, Sister Keri Carpino, Nephew Mikey Regan, Sister Holly Carpino, Nephews Colby and Preston Jensen, Niece Emersyn Carpino, Brother Dan Thomas and brother and sister-in-law Jaimie and Sean Thomas. Additionally, Riley is survived by his father-in-law Shane Hollingsworth and his mother-in-law Darcy Shields, Nephews Conner and Colter Espelin, mother-in-law Brandi Bennet Stajcar and Trapper Stajcar, his brother-in-law Joel Hollingsworth and Savana Panich, Niece Leighton Hollingsworth, his sister-in-law Payton Hollingsworth and Kade Calkins and grandparents-in-law Bremer and Donna Hollingsworth.
He is survived by his aunts and uncles Maggie & Jim Pesanti, Sharon Hanni, Sandy McEnaney, Michelle and John Pavlovich, Sandra and Gary Svejkovsky, Audrey O’Keefe, Dan and Irene O’Keefe, Sonny Holland, Clyde and Robin Carpino, Staci and Kevin Anderson, Jami and John Sestrich. Grandparents Connie Graham, and Bill and Teri Tregear.
Riley is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Riley’s family holds a deep belief in their Christian Faith and find comfort knowing that Riley is alive for all eternity, and they will be reunited with him again one day in Eternal Life.
The Wake for Riley will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on Wednesday, January 5th receiving from 4 PM to 6 PM with the Vigil starting at 6 PM. The Funeral for Riley will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on January 6th receiving at 10 AM with Mass beginning at 11 AM. Following the Funeral, a Reception will be held at the Copper King Inn from 1 PM to 4 PM. All friends and family of Riley are welcome to attend. There will be a side-by-side procession leaving from the funeral and culminating at the Reception at the Copper King Inn.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be made in Riley’s honor to the Butte Rescue Mission: www.ButteRescueMission.org
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Thursday, January 6, 2022
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
300 W. Mercury St.
Butte, Montana 59701
John W. McNeill
December 6, 1937 - December 31, 2021
John William McNeill (Bill) was born in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada on December 6th, 1937 to his parents John H. and Phyllis McNeill. He was the oldest of 5 children. Bill graduated from University of Montana -Western in Dillon where he met and married Velma Wallace. They had two children, Vanessa and Curtis. He was a teacher in Whitehall for many years, spending his summers as a tour guide at the Lewis & Clark Caverns. Some of his volunteer work over the years included road clean-up at Quake Lake. In his later career, he went to work for the state Job Service.
Bill was a very civic-minded person, having retired as a Sergeant First Class in the Montana National Guard, he also was very active in Kiwanis Club, Rotary, and his church. He was a gifted musician (accordion) and had a beautiful singing voice, performing in barber shop quartets, church choir, and other venues.
He was a very devoted father to his children and would take them on mountain adventures every chance he could. Backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains was an annual event! He was an outdoorsman and a respectful steward to the lands. He taught his children how to appreciate nature. He taught them to cross-country ski, hunt, fish, and swim. He spent years as a very active member of the Whitehall Methodist Church, where he did everything from performing sermons when the minister was out-of-town, to organizing sledding parties.
He is survived by his wife Tomasina Marie, his daughter Vanessa McNeill, grandson Evan Escovedo, son Curtis McNeill (Doreen), grandson Charlie McNeill, and sisters Irene Miller, Kathy McNeill, and Chris Elgin (John). His sister Dorothy Serada preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life is planned at Fort Harrison, Helena, Montana in June 2022.
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Mrs. Renee V. Burns, 91, devoted wife cherished mother and adored grandmother and great grandmother passed away Friday, November 26th, 2021 at Peace Hospice House in Great Falls, MT. Renee was living with her daughter in Great Falls at the time of her death and spent her final days surrounded by family.
Renee was born September 4th, 1930 to Earl Williams and Mary Hollick in Butte, MT. However, she was orphaned around age 8 and given to Bill and Hazel Murphy to be raised. It was not a happy home, but somehow, she developed a strong foundation of faith and prevailed. It was evident in her everyday life that she was rich in her faith and it was her salvation. She went through school and graduated from Butte High School in 1949.
Renee worked at Mountain Bell Telephone Co. as an operator for three years before getting married. She then worked for Eddie’s Bakery for a year checking on delivery drivers. She then dedicated herself to her family, they were always first are foremost in her life. She returned to Mountain Bell seventeen years later and worked until the company transferred offices to Helena in 1978.
Renee married the love of her life, Raymond D. Burns on June 28th, 1952. They became the proud parents of six children. They were able to celebrate 59 years of marriage before Ray passed away in April 2007.
Renee enjoyed gardening, loved all the flowers in any array of color. She was a pet lover, but especially loved the birds. She liked to watch old movies and Disney. She was accomplished at her letter writing and never missed an opportunity to keep in touch with her kids or grandkids. Holidays were always made special by her whether it was a yearly ornament, an outfit, the decorations or her perfect Christmas trees and special gifts or good food.
She took great pride in attending all her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. God was good to give us 91 years; countless memories were made, and endless amounts of unconditional love has been spread throughout her family. Renee will be admired for her courage, great strength, faith, and above all her love. She was a mighty invincible, God fearing woman who was loved beyond measure.
Renee is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Burns, son, Danny Burns and daughter, Candice Burns. She is the last survivor of most, if not all her relatives.
She is survived by her four remaining children; Ray Burns of Missoula, Caron Skilling (Dave) of Missoula, Paul Burns (Becky) of Butte, and Mary Winkler (Keith) of Great Falls. Renee has 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews as well as her sister in law, Mrs. Phyllis Burns, the last remaining matriarch.
Parish Vigil will be recited on Friday at 7:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located on Majors Avenue. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A reception will be held following graveside services.
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Saturday, December 11, 2021
St. John the Evangelist Church
Butte, Montana 59701
Born to Tom and Helen Paul on Main Street in 1950, he attended St. Joes elementary and Butte Central High School. In his youth he enjoyed his family, neighborhood, friends, cars, shenanigans and playing sports. Mike was a multi-talented athlete as well as an incredible human being.
Mike married the love of his life JoAnn Clark on January 13, 1973, and they welcomed their only child Jamie a few years later.
He had left home for the first time to serve in the Army during the Vietnam war. On his return he went to work for the ACM company in the machine shop becoming a journeyman machinist. After the Company shut down, he served the people of his hometown working for the Butte Fire Department and proudly served as the union president for a period of time. Mike cut short his career as a Fireman after a serious injury while fighting a fire.
Despite this setback, he moved on as he always did with everything, “in his own way”. He went back to school earning an associate degree in environmental health and safety at MT Tech. He then enjoyed a long stint working at CCCS. Inc where he ended his career retiring in 2016.
Mike was a character whose personality, dedication and loyalty to friends, family and Butte endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Mike was a lover of life and fought hard for it. Most important to him were his family and friends. He was a presence around town you could find him at the K of C, walking Cap’n Jack and Jilly Jo with his pals at the dog park, at lunch with his friends, helping anyone and everyone with whatever they needed, and never missing a celebration or summer festival. He enjoyed supporting local activities and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus #668. He was also very proud of his Irish and Lebanese heritage.
Mike is survived by his daughter Jamie and her husband Greg Garwood, his sisters, Mary Ann (husband Rob Smith-Trisha, Tasha, Craig, Dylan) Peggy (husband Jim Dallaserra-Kayla, Rissy, Cole Kallie) brothers Tom (wife Carolyn- Tommy, Jenny) Jerry (wife Sara-Dan, Kate, Kelly) Bernie (wife Cathe-Jessica, Maddy) Numerous grand nieces and nephews, cousins and a lifetime of deeply valued friends who were his chosen family.
He was preceded in death by his dear wife JoAnn, her parents Ken and Helen Clark. His father and mother Tom and Helen Paul.
Mike would be the first to say, “hey, we can’t leave without thanking those folks who took care of me, gave me hope the last ten months and helped me leave with dignity.
With a deep heartfelt appreciation, we wish to thank the unbelievably caring staffs at Senior Solutions, The Crest, The Community Hospital of Anaconda, The Community Medical Center in Missoula, The Rehabilitation Hospital of MT, The Advanced Care Hospital of MT and SCL (Butte & Billings).
Their care and dedication during this time has been remarkable. The community of Butte has lost one of its prized sons, but his spirit will remain in the lives of those who loved and treasured him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Mike are suggested to the Knights of Columbus #668, 224 W. Park St, Butte, MT 59701 or to Action Inc. (Mining City Christmas), 25 W. Silver St, Butte, MT 59701, or to the charity of donor's choice. A celebration of his life will take place at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday December 4 at 11am.