Obituaries

Dorothy Evelyn Fagg, 93, of Troy

Dorothy Evelyn Fagg, 93, of Troy, MT, passed away Friday, December 7th, 2018 at Libby Care Center from health related issues. Evelyn is blessed with passage to the kingdom and to reunite with family and her husband Dale.

“When God’s people close their eyes on earth, they open them in heaven, for “to be absent from the body’ is ‘to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Evelyn was born in Faulkton, SD, on September 20th 1925 to Leslie and Dorothy (Bent) Potter. Evelyn graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen SD, then married to Dale Sr, Fagg on September 24th, 1946 and relocated to San Diego for Dale’s military enlistment. After  Dale’s Honorary Discharge, Dale and Evelyn began raising their family in Claremont, California, devoting their careers to surviving sons Dale Jr. – Eddie Fagg and later, granddaughter to Dale Jr. Britney Bradbury.

Evelyn was the last survivor to her siblings Delmer, Donald, Richard and Melvin.

Evelyn loved family “All family”. Mostly remembered by the family reunion and all the tireless planning and coordinating efforts she dedicated to that memorable event.

Evelyn embraced traditional values with strong morals and was always willing to provide for those who understood the values of respect and integrity. Dorothy’s legacy will always be remembered as a spirited life mentor for all that new her.

Evelyn’s remains will be placed at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Aberdeen SD.   Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenberg.com.

Charles O’Neil Berget , 81, of Libby

Charles O’Neil Berget passed away on December 6, 2018 in Libby, Montana surrounded by his loving family at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.  He was born on April 2, 1937 in Turtle Lake, North Dakota to Ranold and Clarissa Berget.
After serving in the Army National Guard, Charlie married Janice Johnson. They had three children Anthony (Tony), Todd, and Tawndi.
The young family came to Libby in 1965. Charlie had many jobs in the timber industry including working on logging sites, driving logging truck and spending more than 25 years with St. Regis / Champion working in various parts of the mill.
Work was Charlie’s hobby. So in his spare time, he enjoyed developing property and became a well driller. He loved all the challenges and problem solving that came with well drilling. He seemed to find a sense of satisfaction in helping people get their well established. This was the career he could never really retire from.
Charlie’s family will always cherish his very generous spirit. He was always ready to help someone in need, whether it was by providing work to someone down on his luck, or plowing the neighbors out in winter.  He was always willing to help.
But the absolute joy of Charlie’s life were his eight grandchildren. He loved to tease them with nick names and outrageous ideas. His grandchildren also adored their grandfather and have many stories of grandpa’s adventures and misadventures.
We will all miss his mischievous sense of humor and unconditional love.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Janice, his children and in laws: Tony (Tricia), Todd (Donna), and Tawndi (Zak), DeAnna; grandchildren  Trista, Charlie, Kody, Dylan, Annie, Kacie, Halle, and Kate; siblings Rueben, Russell, Roselyn, Larry, Corrine, Mary Ann, and Ronnie, and many neighbors and friends.

The family asks that this Christmas you provide an act of unexpected kindness for someone in memory of Charlie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm. at Christ Lutheran Church in Libby, Montana on January 5th, 2019.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

John A Thede, JR, 94, of Libby

John A Thede, JR, 94, of Libby, MT passed away Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Libby Care Center of natural causes.  He was born February 3, 1924 in Glendive, MT to John A. Sr. and Hilda (Belle) Thede.  He spent his early childhood in Richey, MT and in 1936, at the age of 12, he moved with his family to Libby.  The family settled on a ranch in Sheldon Flats.  John started work in a creamery when he was 12 years old and worked there for a couple of years.  He then went to work for the fish hatchery and also drove school bus, using his own vehicle as the bus!  John usually hauled 6 to 8 kids to school every day.  On June 22, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged in July of 1944.  While serving his country, John spent time in the European Theater.  He was a tank commander.  When he returned home, he went to work for the J. Neils Lumber Company and worked at the mill for 43 years.

On August 9, 1947, by the Justice of the Peace in Moscow, ID, John married Dolores Becker.  They enjoyed a good and happy life together.  John enjoyed fishing; puttering around the house; hunting; camping; and spending time with his family, especially loving on his grandkids.  He was known by many a child, young and old, as the candyman”, famous for having a sweet treat in his pocket to share with others.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Linda in 2013; and by his wife, Dolores, in 2008.  Memorials in John’s honor may be given to the Libby Care Center or the Libby Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children Dan (Jean) Thede and Carol Fuhlendorf (Russell) all of Libby; grandchildren Daniel (Jennifer) Thede of Flindhill, VA, Anastasia Cosgriff (David) of Libby, Jerad Fuhlendorf of Libby, Flavia Brown (Nathan) of ND, and Gavin Fuhlendorf (Carma) of Post Falls, ID; and 12 great grandchildren Skyanne, McKenzie, Landon, Hannah, Brook, Chelsea, Devan, Adam, Dakota, Jason, McKenna, and Grayson.

Services for John were held at  2:00 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2018, at Libby Baptist Church.  Visitation was at 1-7 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby, MT.  Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Donald N.  “Buck” Swennes, 88, of Libby

Donald N.  “Buck” Swennes, 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Libby Care Center.  He was born on December 30, 1929 in Kalispell to Sidney and Amanda (Hatlen) Swennes.  He graduated from Flathead High School.  Buck grew up working on the family farm on Reserve.

Buck married his love Bernadine Healey on January 17, 1953.  They moved to Libby in the late ‘50’s to work at J. Neils Lumber Co., St. Regis, and Stimson until he retired.  Buck and Bernadine both had a love of art.  He painted, carved Vikings, Indians and animals on cottonwood bark and taught many who wanted to learn.  He cast bronzes, made knives, tinkered with small engines, loved photography and yard sales and auctions.

Buck had a great gift of gab – in other words loved to BS!  He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle and friend to many.  He will be greatly missed.   WE love you!

He was preceded in death by his wife Bernadine, daughter Katherine Anne, son Jeffrey Lee and his wife Laura and daughter Michelle; brothers Erling and Richard and a nephew Jay.

Survivors include son Martin Swennes; daughter Kristine Berke; grandchildren Niki Wilkins, Cassie Grinder, Melissa Berke, Kyle Berke, Sara Pierce; great grandchildren Kaylee Wilkins, Blace Grinder, Elianna Jones, Parker Jones, Lauryn and Cayson Stanfield, Daniel Harmony Peirce; and niece Linda (Rick) Erickson.

Services will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Basil Canavan, 87, of Yaak

Basil Canavan, 87, died November 26, 2018 at Home Sweet Home in Eureka.. He was born July 17, 1931 to Mortimer and Margaret Canavan. He was their only child and the first son born in America. He was raised in the Yaak and continued to live on the property his parents homesteaded throughout his life. After serving in the US Army in Korea, he worked for the Forest Service and then began a gypo logging company, which he operated until his retirement.

Basil married Winifred Whitmarsh on October 11, 1956. They had 4 children, RaeAnne, Caroline, Allen and Corrine.  He enjoyed hunting, especially with his son in laws and grandsons. He was an avid trapper, and snow shoed his trap line. He loved to read.

Throughout his logging career, Basil often put his equipment on forest fires and was very interested in fighting fires. He was instrumental in starting the Yaak Fire Department and was a long time fire chief there.

Basil was the last person in the Yaak who owned the original family homestead. It will remain in the family.

Basil was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, son in law and two half-sisters.

He is survived by daughters, RaeAnne, Caroline and Corrine; grandchildren Jeff, Greg, Austin, Blake, Darby, Jamie and Owen; great grandchildren Mercedies, Tyler, Sophie, Aaron, Felicity, Devlyn and Cormac;  his niece Carrie and her family; son in laws  Frank Fifield, Dan Taasevigen and Bill Otto; a cousin Pat Canavan, Ireland; and numerous relatives in Ireland; and his beloved dogs and companions of 12 years, Patches and  Sissy.

A memorial service will be held at Boyd Cemetery, Yaak, on Dec. 30. Those who wish to join may meet at the Yaak Fire Hall, where the procession will leave at 1:00. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at the Yaak Fire Hall.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.