Obituaries: Kandt, Morton, Sheldon, Emerson

Alo Jean Kandt

Alo Jean Kandt was born September 7, 1935, in Lander, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Daniel and Alo (Jones) Fossey. She attended Lander Grade School and graduated as the valedictorian from Fremont County High School in 1953. On July 25, 1953, she married Elmer Kandt. They moved to Casper in 1956. She was a medical transcriptionist for Casper Radiology for five years and at Casper Orthopedics for 17 years before retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where where she served on the parish council, the music ministry, St. Anne’s Circle, and was a lector at mass. She served as president of various organizations: St. Patrick’s Council of Catholic Women, Bishop’s Guild, and Wyoming Beginning Experience. She was also active in RSVP, Wyoming Medical Center Auxiliary, Casper Civic Chorale, Stage III Theater, Wyoming Repertory Company, the Meadowlarks, and the Fine Arts Club.

She enjoyed singing, acting, and making people laugh. Even after moving into Garden Square Assisted living because of health issues, she continued entertaining and bringing joy and kindness to those around her. When she moved to Life Care because of worsening health, to cheer her up, her daughter Laurie made her a sign with a quote from the movie The Help: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Alo Jean was all of those things: kind, smart, and important to all of those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers (Daniel, Baby Boy, Leslie, David, John, and Paul), one sister Anna Goble, and her former husband and friend Elmer Kandt. Survivors include her children Gregory Kandt (Pamela) and Lisa Smith (Ernie) of Casper; Laurie Sponsler (Mike) of McDonough, GA; Mark Kandt of Temecula, CA; brother Wilson Fossey of Greeley, CO; sister Laurie Smith of Langley, WA; six granddaughters; one grandson; five great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

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Newcomer Family Funeral Home of Casper has been entrusted with arrangements. A rosary/vigil and funeral service will be held at St. Patrick’s in spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School, Central Wyoming Hospice, or the Blue Envelope Health Fund.


Shirley June Morton died peacefully in the presence of her family on November 28th, 2018 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions. Shirley was born on February 23rd, 1936 in Marion County, Arkansas to George and Golda Dobbs and was the oldest of three children. She lived in California and Kansas while growing up but was raised in Springfield, Missouri for most of her life; after graduating from high school there she worked at Commerce Bank for several years. She married Maurice Morton on July 22nd, 1962, a marriage of 54 years that gave them two children and two grandchildren.

The family moved to Casper in 1981 where Shirley and Maurice lived for the rest of their lives. Shirley was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed volunteer work over the years at Interfaith and the Natrona County Public Library. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship at First Christian Church and loved the weekly quilting work they did as well as participating in the sandwich ministry and other group activities.

Shirley was humble, considerate and kind, always willing to volunteer when she could be of assistance to others. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook and was always happy to be a good listener for others. She was devoted to her family and was adored by them in turn. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Maurice; she is survived by her children Jeff (Thea) Morton and Michele (Joseph) Perko, grandchildren Liam and Amelia Morton, siblings Georgeanne Brown and Robert Dobbs, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was deeply loved by them all and will be forever missed.

Newcomer Casper Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Newcomer Casper Chapel. Burial will be held privately at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.


Martin L. Sheldon

Martin L. Sheldon, born October 20, 1943 to Helen Mildred Dawson Sheldon and Lee R. Sheldon.

He died on November 27, 2018 following a long battle with cancer. Martin was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.
He is survived by Katherine Verline Davis, Companion and love of his life; sister Susan Russell (Jim) and brother Dennis Sheldon (Marillyn); sons Matthew Sheldon and Christopher (Lisa) Sheldon; step children Larry D. Forsberg (Jennifer) and Laura G. Conrad (Michael), six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Martin was owner and operator of Atlas Cabinet Mill and Fixtures. He was much respected for his ability to fabricate furniture, cabinets and millwork that was truly custom built and specifically designed and built for each customer. Martin was a true master of the trade.

Martin loved camping with his companion and friends, especially out of the way spots like Doyle Creek. Martin was a born again Christian and is now at rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Central Wyoming Hospice Care, Meals on Wheels, or Reach for a Star therapeutic riding association.


Ramola Jean “Jeanne” Emerson

Ramola Jean “Jeanne” Emerson passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of November 29, 2018 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born October 2, 1939 to Wesley and Esther Jensen in Omak, Washington.

At a young age, the family returned to their home town of Minden, Nebraska, where she grew up and attended school. She was musically inclined and played the coronet in her family band, “The Wes Jensen Combo.” While still in high school, she caught the eye of a charter pilot, Francis Verne “Steve” Stephenson. Steve was several years older than Jeanne and was known to “buzz” the school while on his flights. After Jeanne graduated they were married on August 16, 1959, and moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where they ran an automotive repair shop together. From there they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Pamela Jean, Penny Jo, and Stephen Douglas were born. Next was Arvada, Colorado, where Dean Bennett was born. Then to Douglas, Wyoming and finally home to Casper.

Jeanne worked with Steve as his bookkeeper and secretary in their automotive business. She was also a very active 4-H leader, who rode a horse beautifully. She loved hosting trail rides and horse fun days at their place in the country. Jeanne was the best wife and mother anyone could ask for. She was married to Steve for 28 years, and they loved each other deeply.
After Steve’s death, she married Russell James Emerson on November 27, 1987. They had just celebrated their 31stAnniversary. In those 31 years, they worked hard on their property, danced a lot, and traveled a bit. They loved one another and loved being with family. They opened their home every Christmas Eve for cherished celebrations and many other family get-togethers. They just loved spending time together.

Jeanne had a kind and passionate heart. She was always ready to help when she saw a need. She was a peacemaker, and would always say, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.”

In 2017 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease. She knew she couldn’t remember day-to-day activities, but she always knew her family and close friends. She was fearful that she would suffer for years, as her own mother had, from the disease. She tried her hardest to fight against it by making notes and trying to keep a calendar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Steve; and her brother, John (Patricia) Jensen; and 3 step children.
She is survived by her husband, Russ; her sister, Joan (Ross) Smith; daughters, Pam (Andy) Bartosh; Penny (Danny) Henderson; sons, Steve (Samon) Stephenson; Dean (Catrina) Stephenson; her step children, Robert (Sue) Stephenson; Diana (Richard) Frank; Shelby Zabielskis; Eric (Sharon) Emerson; Arne Emerson; Kristen Emerson; and 28 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, Nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jeanne will always be cherished, loved, and missed. The only thing the family requests is prayer, especially for Russ.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Paradise Valley Christian Church in Casper. Tributes and condolences many be left at