|From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT
Wallace C. (Wally” Henkel, 78, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at St. John’s
He was born at Helena on Jan. 28, 1923, to George and Ethel Henkel
and attended schools at Fargo, N.D., where he graduated from high school.
Wally enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in Europe during World
Following his honorable discharge, he worked as a carpenter in construction.
He moved from Minnesota to eastern Montana in the early 1950s.
He married Ella Mae Jacobson in 1956. Most of his work was in Montana
and he moved to Libby in 1968, retiring in 1985.
A proud veteran, Wally was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars and the American Legion.
He participated in league pool and enjoyed playing cards. He especially
enjoyed his role as father and grandfather.
Wally was preceded in death by his wife Ella.
Survivors include longtime companion Nora Sperry, Libby; son Craig
Henkel and his wife Rita and their children Amy, Jill, Brynn, Eric and
Mark, all of Missoula; daughter Debbie Munro and her husband Craig and
their children Kerry and Matthew, all of Libby; step-sons Gary Jacobson
and his wife Mary Kay and their children Brian and Max, all of Hamilton,
and Doug Tremblay, Greenbrae, Calif.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial
Funeral Home Chapel with interment and military services at the City of
Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the Libby
Volunteer Ambulance, Box 777, Libby.
Rose Pattie Pharness
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, for Troy native
Rose Pattie Pharness, 79, who had lived in the Elk/Deer Park area in Washington
The Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park was in charge of service arrangements
at the Elk Cemetery.
Rose was born on Sept. 10, 1921, at the Pattie Ranch at Troy to J.E.
and Anna Pattie. She moved to the Spokane area in the early 1940’s. She
was a member of the Elk Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Elk
Homemakers Club. She worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring
Husbands Norman Drury and Ray Howe preceded her in death, along with
her parents, son Jim Drury and sister Nellie Huisentruit.
Survivors include her husband Leslie Pharness; sons Joe and Don Drury
and Carl Beach, all of Spokane; daughters Shirley Sample, Elk, and Norma
Noyes, Limington, Maine; step-sons Charlie Howe, Elk, and Gary Pharness,
Creston, B.C., Canada; step-daughters Linda Marsh, Spokane, and Sandy Hemken,
Rockford, Wash.; sisters Ellen Salzer, Rochester, Wash.; Frannie Sales,
Sequim, Wash., and Clara Huisentruit, Troy, and numerous grandchildren,
step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, nieces
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk or Riverside Fire Departments,
Box 156, Elk, WA 99009.
Ruth E. Seifert, 78, of Polson, died May 26, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital
She was born on March 16, 1923, at Jasper, Iowa, to Joseph and Winifred
She grew up and attended schools in Judith Gap and Polson, graduating
from Polson High School in 1941.
Ruth worked as a bookkeeper in Washington, D.C., and at various other
locations before returning to Polson.
She married Edward Seifert on April 16, 1948, in Missoula. They recently
celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Ruth was a postal worker for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years.
She also worked on the family ranch in Reservoir Valley near Polson.
She loved to golf, bowl and fish and enjoyed going deep sea fishing
with her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother
She is survived by her husband Ed in Polson; sons Steve Seifert and
his wife Mary, Libby, and Lee Seifert, Polson; daughter Teresa Marcoulier
and her husband John, Grants Pass, Ore.; brother Si Westfall, Missoula,
and five grandchildren, Jody Seifert, Jeremy Seifert and Tommy Seifert
and his wife Jodi, all of Polson; Travis Marcoulier and Claire Marcoulier,
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the
Grogan Funeral Home in Polson with the Rev. Gerry Ouellette officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.
Memorials may be made to the Heritage of Faith Disciples of Christ
Church in Polson.
Florence E. Zwang, 73, died Friday afternoon, May 25, 2001, at her
home in Libby.
She was born in Libby on July 25, 1927, to Joseph F. Fennessy Sr.,
and Audie Foote Fennessy.
Raised and educated in Libby, Florence graduated from Libby High School
with the Class of 1945.
Florence attended Marylhurst College in Oregon and later worked in
the Lincoln County Courthouse and for the U.S. Forest Service in the regional
office in Missoula.
She married Willard F. Zwang on Feb. 26, 1949, at Libby.
They started the Corner Drug Store in Libby in 1953 and owned and operated
Center Drug until their retirement.
Her husband Will preceded her in death in 1989.
While raising her family, Florence was involved in many community activities.
She was a Cub Scout den mother and a “second mother” to neighborhood children.
She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish.
She is survived by daughters Carol Waters, Taiwan, and Marilyn Ryan,
Missoula; sons David Zwang, Libby; Robert Zwang, Corvallis, Ore.; Bruce
Zwang, Libby, and Brian Zwang, Boise, Idaho; sister Margaret Schwartz,
Sacramento, Calif., and brothers Joseph F. Fennessy Jr., and Dr. Thomas
Fennessy, both of Libby, and 12 grandchildren.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday
at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Ray Hannigan as celebrant.
Interment will be in the City of Libby Cemetery.
Parish vigil and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson &
Vial Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Kootenai Winter Sports Memorial Fund,
Box 210, Libby.
Former Libby physician Dr. James Fisher Graham, 71, of Corvallis, Ore.,
died in a single vehicle accident on Montana Highway 56 in Sanders County,
on Sunday, May 20, 2001.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1929, at Brooklyn, N.Y., to Ben and Gladys
He grew up in New York and following high school he moved to Delaware,
Ohio, where he completed undergraduate study and was accepted to the College
of Medicine, Ohio State University in 1951.
He graduated in 1955 and served his internship at Seaside Memorial
Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., and his residency at Mountain View General
Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
During this time Dr. Graham served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical
Corps, January 1957-December 1958.
In 1960 he moved to Libby where he had a private medical practice until
1982, when he moved to Corvallis and was associated with the immediate
care division of the Corvallis Clinic.
He married Judy Williamson at Libby in 1976.
Dr. Graham enjoyed golfing, bass fishing, hunting and training his
Survivors include his wife Judy, Corvallis; mother Gladys Graham, Dayton,
Ohio; sons Jim Jr., and his wife Becky, Idaho Falls, Idaho; John and his
wife Michelle, Idaho Falls; Steve and his wife Tori, Gaston, Ore., and
Leigh Williamson, Corvallis; brother Ben Graham of Dayton; sisters Ellen
Ball in Ohio and Joan Whittier, Madbury, N.H., seven grandchildren and
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son Ben.
Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited, in care of McHenry Funeral
Home, 206 NW 5th St., Corvallis, OR 97330.
Memorial services will be announced later.
Richard L. Allenberg
Richard L. Allenberg, 60, of Troy, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, of natural
He was born on April 8, 1941, at Moyie Springs, Idaho, to Frank and
Lila Billingsley Allenberg.
He grew up and attended grade school in Moyie Springs.
After graduating from Bonners Ferry High School with the Class of 1959,
Richard worked in the woods as a logger.
He married Rose Raan on Sept. 1, 1969, at Troy.
Richard worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 15 years, beginning
in 1970, until an injury forced his retirement in 1985.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fly tying, driving his Model A and spending
time with his friends and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank.
Survivors include his wife Rose Allenberg, Troy; son Terry Mieley,
Boise, Idaho; daughters Tina Jantz and her husband Tim, Bonners Ferry,
and Lila Knoepke and her husband Jon, Livingston; mother Lila Allenberg,
Moyie Springs; sisters Virginia Cowley and her husband Tom Roy, Bonners
Ferry, and Luana McUne, Moyie Springs, and five grandchildren, April Moriah,
Spencer, Hunter and Sarah.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God
Interment will be at the Boyd Cemetery in the Yaak.
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Andrew Jackson Wright, 78, of Libby, died of asbestosis on Sunday,
May 13, 2001, at his home in Libby.
He was born on May 31, 1922, at Armstead, to Walter and Flora Craver
Andy grew up at Silver Star and attended school at Twin Bridges.
He married Jane Hughes on May 18, 1941, at Boulder.
Andy joined the U.S. Army in June 1944 and was honorably discharged
in December 1944.
He worked for the Great Northern Railroad and in the woods before taking
an apprenticeship as a machinist in the oil fields in 1949.
He worked on the Shelby police force before coming to Libby in 1956
to work for W.R. Grace.
Andy owned and operated a machinist and blacksmith shop in Grangeville,
Idaho, worked construction and after he retired in 1972 worked part time
as a gunsmith.
He and his wife Jane were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints and served a mission in Birmingham, Ala., 1990-1991.
Andy was a concerned citizen who kept up on local politics. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing, photography and working on guns. He was a life member
of the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by son Robert Everett, one brother and two
Survivors include his wife Jane Wright, Libby; daughter Beth Burrell
and her husband Louie, Libby; sons Paul Wright, Spokane, and Jerry Wright
and his wife Cheryl, Rathdrum; brothers Phillip Armstrong and Carl Armstrong,
both of California, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under direction of the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Mary Margaret Cassidy
Mary Margaret Cassidy, 66, a resident of the Libby-Troy area, died
May 9, 2001, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, following a long
She was born on July 26, 1934, at Crawford, Texas, to Thomas and Amie
French Elkins. She was raised and educated in Texas, graduating from Olgesby
High School in 1950.
Cassidy worked for many years as a bartender at the Home Bar and the
Club Bar in Troy before moving to Superior where she worked as a cook at
She lived briefly in Colorado and Ohio before returning to this area
Cassidy enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping
with her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband James Cassidy Jr., Libby; sons Robert
Robinson, Seattle, and William Robinson, Libby; daughters Diane Caves,
Brighton, Colo., and Sheila Haessly, Massillon, Ohio; sisters Eula Seals,
Artesia, N.M., Erma Graves, Red Bluff, Calif., and Ona Fisher, Joliet,
Ill.; brother Joe Elkins, Tyler, Texas; niece and nephew Dorothy and Rodger
Hale, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Troy Church of
God with the Rev. Gene Bushnell officiating.
Interment services will follow at Milnor Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Former Libby resident Jean N. Nelson, 70, died Jan. 24, 2001, in Sun
City West, Ariz.
She was born and raised in Oregon, attending school in Albany.
She worked as a florist in Tillamook, Ore., for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by a son and a step-daughter.
Survivors include her husband Bob Nelson, Salome, Ariz.; children Sherry
Rhodes and her husband Joe of Forks, Wash.; Craig Baxter, Apopka, Fla.;
Allen Murry in Michigan; Bob Nelson, Phoenix, Ariz; Peggy Nelson, Farmington,
N.M.; and Edd Nelson, Salome, Ariz., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2001, at
the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Libby.
Lillian J. Dockery, 78, of Troy, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at St. John’s
She was born on July 6, 1922, at Thermopolis, Wyo., to Martin and Anna
Lillian grew up in Thermopolis, where she attended school.
She married Maurice Dockery in June 1946 at Red Lodge and they lived
on Owl Creek near Thermopolis and at Hardin in Montana before moving to
Libby in 1967 and to Troy in 1977.
Lillian worked with hospice and with the museum at Troy. She also enjoyed
working with stained glass and crocheting.
Survivors include her husband Maurice, Libby; son Don Dockery and his
wife Katie, Susanville, Calif.; daughter Lois Berger and her husband Gary,
Rathdrum, Idaho; brothers George Odde and his wife Jennie, Thermopolis,
Wyo., and Norris Odde and his wife Louise, Thermopolis; sisters-in-law
Reba Odde and Elizabeth Odde, both of Thermopolis; nephews Dennis Woody
and his wife Georgina, Libby, and Allen Woody and his wife Cindy, Renton,
Wash.; niece Norma Thomas and her husband Roger, Billings, and four grandchildren,
Martin, Neil, Rhenda and Kevin.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson &
Vial Funeral Home Chapel.
Former Libby resident Carroll O. Munson, 87, died April 15, 2001, at
He was born on Nov. 6, 1913, at Flatwillow in Montana. He homesteaded
at Kelly, where he lived until 1945, when he moved to Hamilton.
From 1950-1961 he lived at Libby, where he worked for J. Neils Lumber
Company as a top loader.
Since 1961 Munson has lived at Ashland.
He worked as groundskeeper for the Ashland School District and was
president of the Oregon State Employees Association. He retired in 1976.
He also raised cattle, sheep and chickens, tended vegetable and flower
gardens and enjoyed reading and traveling.
He had a full life and happy retirement, visiting all 50 states, Canada
and Mexico with his wife Muriel.
Survivors include his wife Muriel Munson, Ashland; children Paul E.
Munson, Puerto Vallerto, Mexico; Norman D. Munson, Ridgecrest, Calif.;
Annette R. Myers, Federal Way, Wash.; Keith I. Munson, Ventura, Calif.,
and Charlotte A. Munson, Federal Way, and three grandchildren.
Carole L. Warzeka, 59, the daughter of a Libby woman, died April 28,
2001, at Belgrade, after a long battle with diabetes.
She was born on Nov. 12, 1941, at Hardin, to Herbert and Marlys Livingston
Zimmer, the first of seven children.
She attended school in Colstrip and graduated from Hardin High School
in 1959. She attended business school in Billings and worked in the insurance
business for many years, retiring in 1986.
Carole married Edward Chavez at Hardin. They had two children and were
later divorced. She raised her children as a single parent before meeting
Ron Warzeka, the love of her life.
Carole and Ron were married at Boise, Idaho on Aug. 24, 1984 and they
moved to Bozeman.
Carole loved the Gallatin Valley and the Bridger Mountains, calling
them “My Bridgers.” She and Ron enjoyed many happy hours on their boat
fishing at Hebgen and Canyon Ferry Lakes. An avid Bobcat booster, she attended
both football and basketball games, enjoying tailgate gatherings with friends
and maintaining her interest in Bobcat sports after failing health made
it impossible for her to attend the games.
Carole was preceded in death by her father Herbert Zimmer, daughter
Rhonda Barrett, niece Michelle Critchlow and nephew Ryan Caron.
She is survived by her husband Ron Warzeka, Belgrade; mother Marlys
Zimmer, Libby; son Ron Chavez and his wife Paige; step-son Matt Warzeka
and his wife Peri; step-daughter Pamela Wade and her husband Steve; two
brothers, four sisters, 10 grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Carole will also be missed by her black Cocker spaniel Middie, her
constant companion during her illness.
Services were conducted on May 2 at the Christian Assembly of God Church
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Montana
Office, 3203 3rd Ave. N, Suite 203, Billings, MT 59101-1945.
Former Libby resident Sylvain Alex (Skid) Beaudoin, 77, died April
13, 2001, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.,
He was born on June 19, 1923, at Rolla, N.D., to Alex and Ella Williams
Skid attended school in North Dakota, Idaho and Montana and graduated
from Gildford High School in Montana.
He joined the U.S. Army on Dec. 6, 1941, and served for 30 months in
the Southwest Pacific, earning nine Battle Stars and four Citations.
He married Wanda Carlson on Dec. 6, 1947, at Lewistown.
Skid worked as a letter carrier and radio announcer before beginning
a 21-year career as a Job Service representative for the state of Montana.
He retired in 1985, and had lived in Walla Walla since October 2000.
He was a life member of the VFW Post at Shelby and the Elks Lodge at
Preceded in death by his wife Wanda, his parents and two sisters, Skid
is survived by daughter Denise and her husband Gary Marr, Walla Walla;
son Barry Beaudoin and his wife Ginny of Lewiston, Idaho; grandchildren
Brooks Beaudoin, St. Paul, Minn., Brianna Beaudoin, Lewiston, and David
Marr, Walla Walla.
Family graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May
8, at Highland Cemetery in Great Falls.
Arrangements are under care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home Inc.,
Sheila Jean Holt Clark, 52, of Libby, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at
Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, following a brief illness.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1949, in Missoula to Leonard and Ramona Holt.
She attended Missoula schools, graduating from Sentinel High School
in 1967. She later attended St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula,
graduating in 1975.
Sheila moved to Libby in 1977 and worked at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital
She started studying for a master’s degree at Gonzaga University in
1989 and graduated with honors in 1992. She belonged to the Alpha Sigma
Nu Jesuit Honor Society.
She became a family nurse practitioner in 1995, graduating with honors
from Gonzaga and belonging to the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society.
Sheila hung out her own “shingle” in 2000 and opened her clinic known
as Women’s Health Focus, where she was able to do what she loved the most,
directly caring for people and touching many hearts along the way.
Sheila was preceded in death by her mother Ramona Holt and brother
She is survived by her husband Norman, two daughters, Jennifer and
Megan Clark; her father Leonard Holt; grandmother Lily Jean Holt; grandson
Errin Patrick Glencross Jr.; sisters Nikki Loudermilk and Suzette Albert;
nieces Shallon Loudermilk, Sheila Morris and Krysta Green, and nephews
Roger Loudermilk, Robert Green and Korey Green.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Souse Gulch
at Libby Dam.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel Vache Carpio
Ethel (Gum) Vache Carpio, 94, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at her home
She was born on July 15, 1906, at Philadelphia, Pa., to George and
Valera Olson Vache. She attended nursing school and became a registered
She married Eugenio (Gene) I. Carpio on Aug. 17, 1932. They came to
Libby with their daughter and her family in August 1964.
Due to her love and respect of the Divinity in all life, she was a
vegetarian, used no leather or animal products. She liked to garden and
do handwork, knitting in particular, and made many beautiful sweaters and
Ethel enjoyed reading fantasy and philosophy and her favorite authors
were Carl Sagan and Allan Watts.
She also enjoyed traveling and had a big hand in raising her granddaughters.
She always tried to please and be helpful.
She was a member of the United Lodge of Theosophists and NARFE.
Preceded in death by her husband, she is survived by her daughter Eugenia
(Jane) V. Cline, Libby; three granddaughters, Wenonah (Nonah) Grinde, Havre;
Ramona (Ronnie) Nores and her husband Keith, Libby; and Rosalie Cline,
and three great-grandchildren, Rico, Frank and Felicia Ciccone, great-great-granddaughter
Phadra Star Ciccone and another due soon, all of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
and three cats, Lotus, Lhasa and Feather, at her home.
Private family arrangements are being made at the Nelson & Vial
Longtime Libby resident Wesley Cornell Cooley, 87, died April 22, 2001,
in Beaverton, Ore., where he had lived for the past few years.
He was born on April 26, 1913, in Kurtz Township, Clay County, Rustad,
Minn., to Elza Wallace Cooley and Mabel Edna Cornell Cooley.
He attended Rustad Consolidated Schools.
He married Nora Leona Ladwig on Aug. 31, 1934, at Moorhead, Minn.,
and they moved to Montana in 1934.
They lived at Eureka for a year, on the Bull Lake Road near Troy for
a year, and for 13 years in Troy before moving to Libby in June 1951.
Cooley worked for the Tom Wilkie Tie Mill and the Great Northern Railroad
before starting in the J. Neils Lumber Company’s truck shop in Troy in
He worked for J. Neils and St. Regis for 34 years as mechanic, truck
foreman, shop foreman and shop superintendent, retiring in November 1975.
Cooley was affiliated with the First Methodist Church, the Masons and
the Good Sam RV Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and grandchildren.
He lived at his home on Nevada Ave., in Libby, until the last few years
when he lived with children, mostly in Beaverton. In September 1999, he
moved to Lucas Foster Care in Beaverton.
Cooley was preceded in death by his wife Nora in April 1995; his parents,
brothers Gordon, Herbert and Virgil Cooley, sister Marcella Christenson
and grandson Kenneth Cooley.
He is survived by son Ellis Wayne Cooley, Sequim, Wash.; daughter Darla
Jean Howard, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Libby; and daughter Sharon Lee
Keeney, Aloha, Ore.; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Ervin L. Kinney, 84, longtime Eureka resident and the father of a Libby
man, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Heritage Place in Kalispell.
He was born on April 24, 1917, at Pinkham Creek, near Eureka, to Amos
and Orah Caldwell Kinney.
He attended school at the Pinkham Creek Schoolhouse.
After school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on
numerous jobs throughout northwest Montana, including jobs in Glacier National
He later worked as a logger, operating heavy equipment, and worked
at the Plum Creek mill in Eureka until retiring.
He married Beatrice Burlingham on Oct. 3, 1940 and she preceded him
in death in 1977. He married Edna Smith DeShazer on Feb. 14, 1978 and she
died March 12, 2001.
He was also preceded in death by daughter Delores Hall in 1990.
For the past three years Ervin lived at Mountain View Manor until moving
to Heritage Place a short time ago.
Survivors include son Gary Kinney, Libby; daughter Sharon Peterson
and her husband Kenneth, Eureka; brother Albert Kinney, Eureka; son-in-law
Roger Hall, Eureka; six grandchildren, Raymond Peterson and his wife Deb;
Randy Paterson and his wife Val; Ricky Peterson and his wife Lisa; Rocky
Peterson and his wife Lily; Tom Hall and his wife Jessie, all of Eureka,
and Allen Hall, Missoula, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the First
Church of God in Eureka.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Libby.