Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Sverdrup, 60, of Libby

Kathleen Marie Sverdrup, 60, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 at her home in Libby. She was born in Anchorage, the Territory of Alaska on Feb. 11, 1958 to Lawrence and Emily Sverdrup. She grew up in Anchorage, moved frequently as an Air Force child, until the family settled in Libby, Mont.

Kathleen was a free spirit who loved music, dancing and poetry. An avid flute player, when the Libby High School Band was selected to represent Montana, she marched in the Bicentennial Parade in New York City. She enjoyed her first experience of the Big Apple and continued to play her flute throughout her life. She graduated from Libby High School in 1976.

She worked at Lincoln County Title Company in Libby for eight years. Then craving adventure, attended airline school graduating at the top of her class where she was immediately hired by America West Airlines. She worked in Colorado Springs, Colo. for ten years. While in Colorado, she married and gave birth to her son Nicholas, who was the joy in her world. Following a rough divorce, she moved back to Libby, drove school buses and firefighters until she suffered a stroke. Upon her recovery, she went back to school and graduated as a RNA from Flathead Community College, working at Libby Care Center, and Addus Home Care before retiring due to asbestosis.

Kathleen had a great work ethic and loving heart, helping whoever was in need. Up until her death, Libby residents still thanked her for the wonderful care of their parents as a RNA. May God raise her up and hold her in the palms of His hands.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her sister Marie, and niece, Jennica.

Survivors include her son, Nicholas Yeanuzzi and fiancé Emily Johnson of Yellowstone, Mont.; her parents, Lawrence and Emily Sverdrup Libby, Mont.; her brothers Larry (Mirian, kids; Kaleb, Nolan and Sierra) of San Diego, Calif.; James (Jacki; Zachary, Courtney, and Chelsea) of Lakeside, Kalispell and Sidney, Mont.; Francis (Marsha; Naia, Cora, and Lila) of St Louis, Mo.; and Eric (Rose; Austin, Andrew, Nathan) of Oro Valley, Ariz.; her sisters Eileen, (Kids; Gunnar, Emily) of Portland, Ore.; Sharron (Dave; Adam) of Libby; Sandra (Ted; Crystal) of Whitefish; Linda (Terry; Kristen and Lea) of Okla., Libby, and Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rosary was Thursday, Nov. 15, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libby; followed by celebration of Mass of the Resurrection Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at St. Joseph’s. Arrangements were under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Armand R. Hamel, 93, of Troy

Armand R. Hamel, 93, passed away  Nov. 11, 2018 at his home in Troy of natural causes. He was born July 14, 1925 to Aurore and Adelard Hamel in Warren, Ontario, Canada. When he was six months old, his parents came to Libby, Mont. where his father was employed by the J. Neils Lumber Company.

Armand’s family followed the logging operations to Columbia Falls, Kalispell, the upper Yaak and finally to a permanent home in Troy. Armand finished school in Troy.

Armand enlisted in the US Navy during WWII. He had a short stay in the states and then was sent overseas to the Palau Islands in the Pacific. He stayed there for the duration of the war. He returned to Troy after his honorable discharge and went to work for the J. Neils Lumber Company. He worked for them for four years and then left to work on the coast for Boeing Company and Pacific Car and Foundry.

When St. Regis Lumber Company started a new mill in Troy, he went back to work for them. The Troy mill later closed and he transferred to their mill in Libby, and later worked for Champion International until he retired.

Armand kept busy raising a garden, gathering firewood, fishing and hunting, and picking huckleberries. He would hike and fish the upper mountain lake like Wanless Lake and Upper Cedar Lake.

Survivors include a nephew Lance Hamel; a niece Draya Hamel; a brother Ronald Hamel and a sister in law Rita Hamel.

Services were at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 at Milnor Lake Cemetery in Troy. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Darlene Kay Shelton, 61, of Troy

Darlene Kay Shelton, 61, of Troy, Mont. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Libby Care Center of natural causes.  She was born July 18, 1957 in Spokane, Wash. to Cornielious and Opal (Tallmadge) Nicolaas.  Darlene married Richard Shelton on Dec. 11, 1998 at the Troy Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Irwin Denison and a sister, Donna Cody.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of Troy; children Jerimiah Stevens of Troy; James Rice of Vincennes, Ind.; and Shannondoah Shelton of Troy; grandchildren Jaxson Jones and Ashlynn Basham; sisters, Glenda G. Christmann and Joan Christmann; niece Corina Denison-Lloyd; and nephew David Phillips.

There will be no public services at this time. Local arrangements were under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby, Mont. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.