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Verna Joan (Gentry) Chapel, 82, Of Libby

Verna Joan (Gentry) Chapel, 82, passed away Wednesday, January 25, at the Libby Care Center in Libby, Montana. Verna was born on July 8, 1940, in Wilder, Idaho, to Virgil and Pearl (Thompson) Gentry.

During her life, Verna owned and ran Chap’s Video, and worked and managed the Halfway House, in Troy, Montana. She married Charles Wesley Chapel on September 6, 1958, and had four children.

Verna is preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Pearl Gentry; husband Charles Wesley Chapel; son Louis Alan Chapel; daughter Evelyn Marie Chapel – Olson; and great grandson Wesley Dakota Cross.

Verna is survived by her sister Doris Stewart; son Charles Lynn Chapel; daughter Leslie Ann Chapel of Troy, Montana; grandchildren Daniele Cross, Shane Huff, Michelle Huff, Jeremy Chapel, Tasha Chapel, Josh Chapel, and Elizabeth Morkeberg; great grandchildren Ashley Harris, J.D. Cross, Jesamin Henderson, Shawn Huff, De’ Mondre Parker, Cordilla Chapel, Joey Salomon, and Gabe Salomon; and great great grandchildren Maverick Harris, Jeffrey Henderson, Journee Bailey, Gracie Hotzel, Kaine Huff and Dallas Huff.

Services are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby, Montana. Online condolence and memories may be shared by visiting

Jay Martin Ramlo, 76, of Helena

Jay Martin Ramlo, age 76, of Helena, died of natural causes on January 30.

Jay was born Feb. 24, 1946 in Libby, Mont. to Pete and Isabelle Ramlo He was educated in Libby and graduated from Libby High School. He then attended Northern Montana College and Oregon Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a degree in Architectural Engineering.

He worked for Trus-Joist Corp in Hillsboro, Oregon for one year before returning to Montana and beginning a career with the Montana Highway Commission.

On September 16, 1972, he married Martha Baumann in Conrad. The couple lived in Helena where he worked at various positions in the Department of Transportation. Upon retiring from MDT he began working at Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home where he was awarded the title of “Director of Transportation”.

Jay was a Life member of the National Rifle Association, a thirty year Hunter Education Instructor and a member of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept’s TIP-MONT board.

Jay took great pleasure in his family, dogs, the cabin on Pipe Creek, fine firearms, mountains, streams, hunting trips with family and friends, and all the natural wonders of Montana. In 1996 Jay and his boys took the trip of a lifetime to the interior of Alaska for the purpose of hunting Caribou.

Jay is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Martha. Survivors include two sons Andrew of Bozeman and Peter of Missoula; and a sister Kay Nessland of Havre.

A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home at 2  p.m., Friday, February 17, with a coffee and cookie reception to follow in the Social Hall of the funeral home. Burial of his ashes will be held at a later date at Forestvale Cemetery. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Jay.

Kenneth L. Beckstrom, 78, Of Libby


Kenneth L. (Kenny) Beckstrom, 78, died January 30, at his home in Libby.  He was born August 19, 1944, in Newport, Washington, to Arnold and Nina Beckstrom, and came to Libby with them in 1949.  He attended school in Libby, graduating from Libby High School in 1962.  Kenneth served in the United States Army, serving at several Army installations throughout the country as a cook.

Following his discharge, Kenneth returned to Libby and worked for Remp Sand and Gravel.  As a skilled mechanic, he also owned and operated Vintage Engines for many years as well.  Kenneth was a founding member of the Igniters Car Club and an active volunteer member of Heritage Museum, working on much of the vintage historical equipment from the area.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Nina Beckstrom.  He is survived by many lifelong friends in Libby and beyond. A graveside service with military honors will be Friday, February 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the City of Libby Cemetery, in Libby, Montana. Services are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby, Montana. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting

Terry Lynn Stewart/Maling, Age 68, Of Troy

Terry Lynn Stewart/Maling, Age 68, passed away on Monday, January 16, quietly in her home located in Troy, with her husband Andrew Maling and her brother Mike Stewart by her side. Terry was born 12-22-1955, in Glen Rock, Wyoming to Louise Morarend. Terry Lynn’s brother, Michael Stewart is currently living in Douglas Wyoming with his wife Vicky. He states, she was the smart one of the family and got out of Douglas Wyoming in 1981-1982. She moved to Idaho and shortly after to Troy, Montana.

Terry is survived by her husband Andrew Maling, brother Mike Stewart, three cousins; Jackie knight, Judy Worrel and Lila Stewart. She has lots of nieces and nephews. Terry had friends all over Libby and Troy that she’s met over the years that lived her and will miss her greatly.

Terrys mother Louise Morarend proceeded her in death.

Terry Lynn met Andrew Maling in 2004 and married at a later date. Terry has a dream of owning her own home and was able to purchase her current place in 2004 with a down payment from a dear friend. She and Andrew put in gardens, flower beds, built a green house and continued to work on the place to date. She loved her garden and harvested enough food that they canned and fed them both to include other friends throughout the years. Terry’s flowerbeds, grapevines, raspberry bushes, and vegetables were striving in that little garden. She and Andrew built a home for both of them that they could be proud of throughout the years.

Andrew stated, she loved going to auctions and flea markets and she loved her animals. She had several rescue dogs over her lifetime in Troy. The current rescue she has now is Casper. Terry loved wolves. Anything to do with wolves she wanted; pictures, jewelry, trinkets and anything else. She has quite a collection. She loved silver pieces $.50 and whenever he got one she had her hand out to put it away. This also happened with wheat Pennie’s. He states, “She is the life of his life”

She met her friend in Libby in 1997. They stayed friends thru out the years. One of her highlights of her life was the horses. She was able to come to her friends house and groom them and learn how to ride around the pasture…to build up her strength in her hands and legs and stamina. She said, “ that was one of the highlight of her life.” She said “THATS WAS THE BEST.” She also came to parties once a year that met in August to just have fun, good food, prizes and laughter. This took place every year for approximately 6-7 years. What a group of ladies, we will all miss her greatly. She loves to sit by the pond in the back yard and watch the birds and squirrels come in. She would get her hair cut and shampooed whenever she wanted or needed and a trim of her bangs in between. Terry has many friends that love her and we will greatly miss her.

Terrys brother, Michael tells a story that she used to play typewriter on his chest…. She was the older sibling. Mike manages to grow up and she didn’t do that much anymore. He said, “she was sassy just like her mom.” Mike stated that they kept in contact over the years but not enough due to work. He said, “Life with Terry has always been fun and never a dull moment and she was the only one to get out of Douglas, Wyoming.”

Terry Lynn Stewart/Maling will be remembered and missed throughout the rest of our lives. God is with you.

Written by Pray

Songs: in the garden; Mary did you know; Halleluiah (Christs on the cross)


Anderine Sather, 98, of Libby

Gladys Anderine Sather, 98, of Libby, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center of natural causes.  She was born September 8, 1924, in Lakeside, MT, to Vern S. and Emma (Harrison) Asbridge.  Gladys attended Lakeside School and Somers High, graduating from Flathead High School in Kalispell in 1942.

In her youth, Gladys was a proud Girl Scout. As a teenager, she worked as a soda jerk at Kussoff’s Candy Kitchen and at Woolworth’s, both in Kalispell. Gladys met her future husband, Alfred Sather, at a barn dance in Lakeside. As teenagers, Gladys and Al won a jitterbug contest at the Grange Hall, taking home prizes of a pound of butter and a dozen eggs.  Because her fiancée was in the Army Medical Corps and stationed at Camp Ellis in Illinoise, Gladys made the decision to go to Wisconsin to find work.  She worked at the Edgerton Shoe Factory in Edgerton, making shoes for the United States Navy.   On February 5, 1944, Gladys married Alfred Sather in Edgerton, Wisconsin.  They spent about a month together at Camp Sibert in Alabama before Alfred was sent overseas.  Gladys lived there for a few months before returning to Lakeside to stay with her parents, awaiting the birth of their son and the homecoming of her husband after the war.  Gladys and Al lived in Somers until 1948, when they moved to Libby to build their home and raised their children.

Gladys was a life-time member of the United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed helping with various activities and valued the fellowship she found there.  She and Al loved camping, music, dancing, and working on home projects together. Gladys also enjoyed reading, knitting, cryptograms, Sudoku, and jigsaw puzzles. Her greatest joy came from being with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Alfred; her parents; two brothers, Norman and Ralph; and a sister, Hazel.

Survivors include her four children: Marvin Sather of Libby, Andrine (John) Haas of Glendive; Jerry (Annette) of Irvine, CA; and Lynn (Roger) Diller of Libby; grandchildren Kelli (John) Harrison of Missoula, Joel (Carmin) Sather of Ennis, Heather Haas of Dillon, Amy (Rob) Nash of Belgrade, Olivia (Kevin) Johnson of Inglewood, CA, Patrick Sather of Bellevue, NE, Elizabeth Sather of Los Angeles, CA, Leilah (Lance) Isaacson of Spokane, and Alan (Shannon) Beatty of Kill Devil Hills, NC; great-grandchildren Kira, Molli, Gavin, Riley, Sam, Jack, Sean, Cailyn, and Natalie; brother, Jack Asbridge of Castle Rock, CO; sister, Frances Emory of Creedmore, NC; sister-in-law Donna Sather of Helena; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.

Memorials can be made to the Methodist Church in Libby, or to a charity of your choice.

Services will be held at a later date to be determined. Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home & Crematory of Libby.  Online memories and condolences may be shared by visiting

Billy Dan Fenimore, 78, of Troy

Billy Dan Fenimore, 78, of Troy, Montana, passed away on Thursday, January 26, of natural causes at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana.

Billy was born on January 22, 1945, to parents Raymond D. and Katherine (Stewart) Fenimore in Chanute, Kansas.

Billy grew up in Colorado, joined the United States Marine Corps out of high school, and served his country honorably in Vietnam. He went on to study welding in college, where he made the Dean’s List.

Billy fell in love and married Elaine M. Kent on August 7, 1976, in Anaheim California.

Billy is survived by his children, Carmen Estrada and Billy Dan Fenimore II; grandchildren, Jeremiah Charles Luttrell, Wiyanna Davitta Lee Smith,  Desire Dawn Dorris,  and Winter Sky Fenimore.

Billy Dan Fenimore was a beloved father and grandfather, he will be forever missed.

Services are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby, Montana. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting

Death Notice: Phyllis Ann Woods

Phyllis Ann Woods, 75, passed away Friday, January 27, at the North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Montana. She was born on January 20, 1948, in Rapid City, South Dakota. There is no service at this time. Arrangements are made by the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby.