Josephine L. (Bushnell) Chapel, 84, of Troy, better known as “Gramma Jo,” went to be home with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2019, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.
She was born to Ray and Leona (Boomhauer) Bushnell on Feb. 20, 1935, in Minot, N.D. She was the fifth of eight children. Josephine graduated from Minot High School in 1953 and moved to Troy. There she met and married the love of her life, Lonny Chapel on July 2, 1954. Together, they had five children and one adopted daughter.
Gramma Jo found happiness in serving the Lord, her family and the community. She showed it through her love of children; volunteer work; service for the Troy community; and the kindness she gave to everyone.
Gramma Jo enjoyed bowling, church, the choir, being a Sunday school teacher, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, volunteering at the Troy food pantry, JCs, Kootenai Senior Citizen Center, Takema Club and the Women’s Auxiliary. She was one of Troy’s earliest volunteer dispatchers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonny, adopted daughter, Willie, sons-in-law, Don and Roger, daughter-in-law, Billie, and granddaughter, Shannon.
Survivors include her five children: Larry (Teri) Chapel, Loni Swanson and Dave Chapel, all of Troy, Cathy Pease-Briggs of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Lola (Jeff) Penniman, of Spokane, Wash. She also is survived by several grandchildren, one adopted granddaughter, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and the community she loved so much.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Nov. 23 at the Troy Community Baptist Church. Viewing will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church before services. A potluck will follow graveside services. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.