Obituaries and death notices

Rose Marie (Rosie) Bock Roberts, 88, of  Libby

Rose Marie (Rosie) Bock Roberts passed away at the age of 88 on Sept. 28, 2018 at Edgewood Vista in Kalispell. She was born on May 11, 1930 in Chicago, Ill. to Garland and Elvera Bock. Rosie graduated from Lewiston, Idaho in 1947. Immediately after high school, she attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing graduating as a RN in 1950.

Rosie met her future husband, Jim Roberts, on a blind date in Libby, Mont. Married on August 16, 1952, the couple remained in Libby for the rest of their lives. She stayed at home until her youngest child started school. Rosie’s first job as a nurse was at the old Libby Hospital. She continued working as a nurse for private practice physicians until her retirement in the early 2000’s.

Mrs. Roberts was well-known as “Gramma Rosie” to family and friends. Her formal training as a nurse was evident in many close relationships as she demonstrated a tireless energy in caring for others. Rosie loved a good joke and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her hobbies included gardening and raising beautiful flowers, producing many exquisite cross-stitched pieces, and knitting afghans. She dabbled in word games and cross-word puzzles.

Rosie was preceded in death by her husband Jim; parents and in-laws; a sister; and brother-in-law.

Survivors include her children Jim (Linda) Roberts; Kathy Bauska; and Mike (Pam) Roberts; grandchildren Jay and Amy Roberts; Caron (Trifon) Demos; and Brian (Catherine) Brooks; great-grandchildren, Gianna and Johnny Demos; brother-in-law Greg, sister-in-law Ila, and numerous nieces, nephews, and many Godchildren.

Mom had an incredible love of God and her Catholic faith which became very apparent as we spent the last few days and hours with her. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Springs in Whitefish, Edgewood Vista and Frontier Hospice in Kalispell for the loving care they gave Mom.

Visitation was on Wednesday, October 3 with Rosary at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Mass of the Resurrection was  Thursday, October 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libby. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memorials may be made to

John Francis Sauer, 80, of Libby

John Francis Sauer, 80, of Libby passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center of natural causes.  He was born Dec. 18, 1937 in Cass Lake Minn. to Chris and Frances Sauer. The family moved to Libby in 1952, his father Chris worked for J. Neils Lumber Company and his mother Frances would work for St. John Lutheran Hospital. John attended and graduated from Libby High School in 1955. During his High School years John was a member of the charter 1953 American Legion Baseball team for 16 –18 year olds. John helped lead the 1955 team to the State Championship in which he was the winning pitcher, striking out 17 batters. This is an accomplishment he would so fondly remind us all about.

John served in the Army reserves from 1957 to 1964. He went to work in the logging industry shortly after High School Graduation for the J. Neils lumber company. He was employed by J. Neils, Champion, and Stimson until his retirement. He worked in the Planer, Powerhouse and Shipping Departments before transferring to the Logging department in 1962. John would be promoted to Logging Superintendent for J. Neils Lumber Company in 1975. In 1977 he started Sauer logging, which he would operate until 1979. Afterword he would return to St. Regis.

In 1957 John met the Love of his life Judy McAllister and they married in June of 1958. They would go on to raise a family of three in Libby, Mont.

John was involved in the Babe Ruth League for two years as President and he participated in the men’s softball league for several years. He also served on the City Council as the Park Committee Chairman. John enjoyed fishing and camping with the family. He also enjoyed the woods so much that he even collected Christmas trees for various families in Libby. John was quite the practical joker and often pulled pranks on his friends that knew him well.

One of the things John loved most was being a Grandfather to his grandsons, Ryan and Nick. He was a very loving husband and father. He worked tirelessly to provide the very best for his family.

He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

John was preceded in death by his parents Chris and Frances Sauer, his brothers, Charles Sauer, Chauncey Sauer and his grandson, Ryan Sauer.

His is survived by his wife Judy of Libby; his children John of Williamsburg, Va.; Scott (Allison) of Riverton, Utah; Sally Sauer of Libby; grandson Nick (Heather) Sauer of Riverton, Utah; sister Pat Carrier of Libby, Marlyn Sauer of Moses Lake, Wash. and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Wednesday, October 3 at the City of Libby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sally Sauer Medical Foundation or Wings Foundation of Libby would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.Schnackenberg

Dora Fay Martin Frazier, 89, formerly of Troy

Dora was born in Reed Springs, Mo., on April 30, 1929, to Mary Jane Ambrose Martin and Robert Allen Martin. She passed away Sept. 9, 2018 at Brendan House, Kalispell, Mont. She moved, with her family, to Oroville, Calif., as a young girl. She  married her childhood sweetheart, Walter Henry Frazier, after he returned from World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. They moved from place to place with Walter’s job with the California Fish and Game. They had three children, Connie Sue, Walter Eugene and Clifford Allen. Dora was a seamstress, made clothing for her  children, grandchildren and taught 4-H sewing classes (when Connie was in 4-H). She also worked as a waitress, caregiver and nurse’s aid. She went with Walt to the
California Old Time Fiddlers meets and competitions. Walt accompanied his friend, Ron Anglin (Ron on the fiddle & Walt on the guitar). Dora helped and supported him by
working in the kitchen. She was an excellent cook, whether it was the wild meat Walt
went hunting for (bear and mountain Lion) or beans and taters, cornbread and her great
biscuits and gravy. We never went hungry. Walt frequently invited his friends into their
home to eat. She and Walt were baptized (by Jesse James) at the Libby Christian Church in 1999. They lived in Troy many years before moving to their last home. It was a  beautiful new home on Lower Valley Road, along the river, with great neighbors, Lyle and
JoAnne Davis. Dora loved to watch the deer out in the yard and see the geese fly over into the river. She had a great view out her living room window of the sun rising over the  mountains each morning. Dora was a wonderful wife (of 71 years) and a wonderful mother, grand-mother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her first grandchildren were twins, Kevin and Dodie van Uden, Shane Frederick, Dane Frazier, Heather Montgomery, Vanessa Orrison, and Charity Becker, their children and grandchildren. She had 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. They were
all very close to her. She enjoyed fishing and camping and RVing. It seemed they had a
different RV for each year. Dementia took her away from us, but at times, she would
come back and we all looked forward to those times. She was wonderfully cared for by
the caregivers at Brendan House. We were so thankful for their loving care. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Walter, her parents, Robert Allen and Mary Jane Martin, her sister, Goldie Lee, and brother, Bill. Her sister, Mary Lou Hill, still resides at
Brendan House. Her brother, Carl, lives in Troy; Mont. Connie lives in Montana, as well as her children. Charity and her family reside in the residence along the river (keeping it in
the family). Gene, Cliff, Dane and Heather live in Calif. and Vanessa in Texas. Dora was
buried in Oroville, Calif, beside her husband, parents and many more friends and family.

We will miss her terribly, but know she is in a better place, with Jesus and the love of her life, Walter.

There will be a Celebration of Life for her at a later date, in Kalispell

John Thornton, 52, of Libby

John Thornton, 52, of Libby died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. A full obituary along with service information will be announced by Schnackenberg Funeral Home.

Sheri and Larry Paasch, of Troy

Sheri Paasch, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at the family home in Troy. Larry Paasch, 75, her husband, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 also a the family home in Troy. Arrangements will be announced by Schnackenberg Funeral Home.

Fern Dermond, 88, formerly of Libby

Fern Dermond, 88, a former Libby resident, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at Arlington, Wash. She was born at Britton, DD to Fay and Florence Tisher on March 30, 1930. A full obituary and service information will be announced by Schnackenberg Funeral Home.