History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Newberg Chapel -Our History
In 1900 Moses Vatar started a Funeral and General Store business at the corner of First and Blaine Streets. In 1905 W.W. Hollingsworth joined him and they built the red brick building on the corner of First and Howard Streets. This was known as the Hollingsworth Funeral and Furniture Store. Mr. George Gwin became a partner in 1926, and later closed out the furniture part of the business.
The building was remodeled with a portion becoming the Dents Stationary and Gift Store. Through the years the funeral chapel was owned by Gene Smith and Jerry Mannenbach. Leonard Attrell joined Mr. Mannenbach in 1964 and then became sole owner in June 1966. The Attrells relocated to the building on Villa Road on January 1, 1976.
The Hodson Funeral Home was started in 1915 and sold to Mr. Gwin until it was purchased by Roy Brown in 1956. Mr. Brown retired in 1978 and sold the funeral business to Leonard and Gloria Attrell, who merged it into their new facility.
Sherwood Chapel -Our HistoryThe Sherwood Chapel has been serving Sherwood and the surrounding metropolitan area since 1966. The Sherwood Chapel was started at the present location in 1958 by Gene Smith, who also owned and operated Hollingsworth and Gwin Funeral Home in Newberg. The two-story building had formally housed Dr, Rickard’s office in 1914 and was also the home of the Rebecca Lodge.
Mr. Smith remodeled the second story with a slanted roof. In 1963, he sold both the Sherwood and Newberg Chapels to Jerry Mannenbach, who operated them until 1966, when they were purchased by Leonard and Gloria Attrell. In 1980, the Sherwood Chapel roof blew off during a severe storm. It was then that the tile roof was installed and the interior was completely refurbished. In 1987, a major remodeling and enlarging took place with a new entrance, additional visitation rooms and office area, making it a complete funeral facility with a service area seating 175 people.
Our Valued Staff
Dennis M. Marteeny, Funeral Director - Manager
Dennis was born and raised in a rural farming community in Southeast Idaho. It is there he learned the importance of serving a community by coming together to pay tribute to those who have died and help support the ones who are left to mourn their loss. He joined our funeral homes in August of 2015.
Dennis attended the University of Idaho, Mount Hood Community College and received a degree in mortuary science. Dennis is grateful for the experience gained as a student, apprentice, funeral director, embalmer and manager of funeral homes in Portland. He has been in funeral service since 2000. Prior to being a mortician Dennis was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Northeast Ohio for a few years.
Dennis enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, food and all sorts of music. He spends his spare time with family, friends and constantly working on their over 100 year old house. "I truly enjoy meeting and becoming part of the communities that are served through the funeral homes."
Mrs. Shannon Ogles, Office Manager - Pet Cemetery Representative
Shannon was born in Portland and was raised in Gresham. She attended Centennial High School, graduating in 1992. Prior to working for Attrell’s Funeral Chapels, Shannon was a self employed hairdresser for over fifteen years. She also worked part-time as a secretary in her family’s Property Management Company. Shannon has been a part of the Newberg community for over ten years. She began her career at Attrell’s Newberg Funeral Chapel in 2010 assisting families in the office. Shannon is the Office Manager for both Attrell’s Newberg and Sherwood Chapels, providing support to the Funeral Directors and is continuing to assist families in the office as well. She is also the Pet Cemetery Representative. “I have been blessed and humbled with the opportunity to help provide comfort to families during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”
In her spare time Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony and boys Kaden and Jovy. Whether it is baseball or basketball games you can find Shannon and Tony cheering on Kaden as he takes his basketball career to College level, and Jovy as he plays baseball for the Newberg Tigers. She is a huge lover of animals especially their two Boxers. Shannon and her family attend Newberg Christian Church.
Bret Chambers, Funeral Director
A native Oregonian, Bret began his career in the funeral service in 2012 after spending over 20 years as a designer and art director in the entertainment industry. The majority of that time was spent with the Walt Disney Company where he learned the importance of creating a positive guest experience.
Bret believes there’s no wrong way to celebrate a loved one and that the word “traditional” mean many things to people. Families can often feel bound by tradition and simply need to be told, it’s okay to do something different. With a blend of empathy, compassion and a light-hearted approach he helps create meaningful celebrations of life as unique as the families he serves.
Bret currently lives in Portland with his wife and two dogs and in his spare time enjoys working on motorcycles, building models and watching movies.