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 History

The 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

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."


Bret Chambers

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.


Beth Pent

Beth Pent, After Care and Prearrangement Specialist

Beth is committed to meeting the life-long needs of the families she serves. She offers a listening ear, resource options to help family members meet their specific needs, and practical tools for handling the details of final arrangements.
Originally from Colorado and Wyoming, Beth has lived in the Northwest for 14 years. She loves the Northwest lifestyle, awesome and varied scenery, and Northwest cuisine. She loves to cook and bake using fresh local fruits and produce to create healthy and eye-catching authentic dishes. She is passionate about showing God's love to others, spending time in nature where she can hike or bike, traveling, and health and fitness.
Beth's talents for beauty and her passion to help people during difficult life transitions maker her a natural addition.


Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett, Receptionist


Lloyd Bjork

Lloyd Bjork, Funeral Associate

Lloyd has lived in the Newberg area for fifty years. He graduated from Newberg High School in 1973. In his spare time he enjoys taking care of his tree farm and spending time with his six grandchildren and the occasional Woodburn drag races. Lloyd finds it an honor to help families out in their time of need.


Terry Wilson

Terry Wilson, Funeral Associate


Larry Siler

Larry Siler