Obituaries: Berchenbriter, Green, Hoshaw

Susan Lee “Sue” Berchenbriter

Susan Lee “Sue” Berchenbriter

After a bleak diagnosis with cancer, Sue lived defiantly for 4 1/2 months, skiing, traveling, making ceramics and living fully in the company of loved ones. Sue passed peacefully at home on March 2, 2019 surrounded by family. 

Sue was born June 25, 1951 to Byron Miller and Lois Ulrich Miller in Omaha, NE. She lived a life loving the outdoors. Whether gardening, hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross country skiing, swimming, going to movies or just relaxing, Sue could be found with family or friends. 

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Sue earned a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Nebraska and later a master degree in education from the University of Wyoming. Early childhood education was her passion through 40 years of teaching with the most recent years at Park Elementary School in Casper. One cohort described her as “an advocate for children like no one else I know.”

Sue married Gary Berchenbriter in 1982 in Lincoln, NE. The center of their loving partnership is their two children, Bryce and Jenny. You can see her curiosity in learning and love of the outdoors reflected in both of her adult children. 

Sue was active in Master Gardeners, Casper Women’s Hiking Group, Reach for the Stars and a member of the Casper College Early Childhood Education Board. Sue co-organized a backyard concert series in Casper. 

Sue is survived by her husband, Gary, son Bryce, daughter Jenny and sister, Linda (Miller) Chernault. She was preceded in death by her parents Lois and Byron Miller.

No service is planned at this time. 


Shirley “Jeanie” Green 

Beautiful Butterfly

Jeanie Green, age 63, died March 4, 2019 peacefully at her home in Casper, Wyoming. Born June 17, 1955 in Bountiful, Utah to J. Paul and Shirley Chase. Married Wayne Green on December 30, 1972 in Sandy, Utah. Survived by her husband, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 siblings. She was preceded in death by both parents and 1 brother.

Jeanie was a cherished, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, best friend, intelligent, lover of books, genuine, wise, happy, talkative, truth teller, beautiful butterfly, and a truth seeking Christian. She will be dearly missed.

A visitation will be held at the Newcomer Casper Chapel on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Ceremony will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Newcomer Casper Chapel. Burial will occur on Friday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery. 


Walter B. Hoshaw, 93 of Casper, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice. He was born on September 20, 1925 in Casper, WY, the youngest of four siblings, to Harry and Mary (Dodds) Hoshaw.

He spent his younger years growing up in Alcova, WY where he attended school through the eighth grade. In May of 1941, at the age of 15, Walt joined the Marine Corps and served his country until 1945. In September, on the 23rd in 1972 Walt married Elaine Leitzke. They made their home in Casper, WY.

Walt was employed for 33 years with the Wyoming Department of Transportation where for several of those years he spent being the maintenance foreman. After his retirement in 1986 he and Elaine spent much of their time at Alcova Reservoir where they enjoyed fishing and taking in the wildlife.

Walt was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a Mason. He is survived by a niece, Judy Olson of Casper, WY; nephews, Wade and Bart Olson of Casper, WY; step-daughter, Pam Robinder of Douglas, WY; two grandchildren, Shanna Wilcox of Gillette, WY and Brady Robinder of CO; and two great grandchildren, Bell and Drew Wilcox both of Gillette, WY. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elaine Hoshaw in March of 2017, brothers Harry and Wilson and sister Gertrude.

A small graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Highland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rhonda Cochran, Wade Olson, Bart Olson, Terry Salmon, Mark Sebion and Byran Drew.

Donations may be made in Walt’s honor to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, 319 S. Wilson, Casper, WY 82601.