Teresa Petrosky Wallace
1960 – 2019
Casper has lost a shining star. Longtime local counselor and perennial community theater presence Teresa Petrosky Wallace passed away at the Wyoming Medical Center on June 22, 2019 due to the effects of a massive stroke. While her passing has left a terrible void, her legacy of joy, positivity, and resilience sustains her family and many, many friends.
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Teresa was born March 23, 1960 in Rochester, Indiana, to Rudy and Carolyn Sue Petrosky. The family home was in nearby Akron, Indiana, where she grew up with her brothers Steve and Kemo. Teresa attended Akron Elementary School and Tippancanoe Valley High School and soon proved herself a bright and capable student. While at Valley, she took part in many extra-curricular activities, including track, tennis, and drama productions. Also during high school, Teresa participated in a bible study group with a number of friends who would remain her “gang” throughout her life.
After high school, Teresa went on to Purdue University, graduating with highest distinction in 1982. She then earned her master’s degree in family and child development at Kansas State University in 1986.
Immediately after graduate school, Teresa worked at youth service agencies in the suburbs of Chicago, where she encountered many rough kids and tough family situations. She won them over with her unique blend of understanding, empathy, and an insistence on accountability. In 1989, Teresa came to Casper, fulfilling the wish she first expressed as a child to live near mountains. She went to work as a therapist at the Wyoming Counseling Center. Her next job was as a house counselor at the Wyoming Youth Treatment Center in Casper. She began working at Casper College in 1991 as Grant Coordinator for Special Populations; then moved into a counselor position. She served as Director of Counseling for the last six years of her career. Teresa retired in 2017 after 32 total years as a helping professional; 26 of those years at Casper College.
In her professional career Teresa received numerous awards, including the Wyoming Counseling Association Outstanding Service Award in 1997 and 2002, the Casper College Outstanding Administrator Award in 2013, and the PMO Natrona Prevention Partner of the Year Award in 2017. Also in 2017, she was chosen as one of Tippancanoe Valley High School’s Distinguished Alumni.
Shortly after arriving in Casper in 1988, Teresa auditioned for, and received a role in, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” at Stage III Community Theatre. A few months later, she met the love of her life doing the play “Catch Me If You Can.” These were the first of many roles over the coming years. Teresa was quickly recognized as one of Casper’s most talented and versatile actresses. Theatre audiences will no doubt remember her leading performances in such productions as “Death of a Salesman” at Casper College, “A Christmas Story” at the Casper Children’s Theatre, and “Later Life,” “Medea,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Stage III. Her final performance was as Kate in “All My Sons” in March of this year.
Teresa married Dob Wallace in 1991 and they were inseparable ever after. Together they brought three wonderful children into the world: Graham, Will and Micki. Of her many accomplishments in life, Teresa was always most proud of her role as mother. She was exceedingly happy when her family grew in 2016 with the marriage of Graham and Kayla. Teresa was always an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and theatre and also volunteered her time with local branches of the American Cancer Society and the National MS Society. She has been described as an unsung hero for merely doing her daily job of caring for, listening to, and assisting individuals who were struggling mentally or emotionally. Long after the sadness of her loss has faded, the joy of having known and loved Teresa will continue to shine bright. The only thing she couldn’t do was not care.
After a short illness, Tammy K. Campbell passed from this life to the next on June 22, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions with her family by her side. Born to Dave and Gail Dunham on November 9, 1967, Tammy showed her caring nature early on by trying to help raise her brothers…with limited success! At the age of 7 the family moved to Olathe, Ks. and 2 years later relocated to Casper, Wyoming, where the family still reside.
Tammy began her care-giving career by baby-sitting for the neighbors at the age of 9. Tammy graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1986. Shortly after graduation, the family moved for a time to Colorado Springs, Co. where her parents went to Nazarene Bible College. On March 29, 1990 Tammy accomplished one of her life-time goals and became a mother. Kayla Diane was the first of two daughters born to Tammy and her husband. In November of 1991, Tammy separated from her husband and followed her family back to Casper. Kaitlyn Elizabeth was born on June 18, 1992. From that point on, Tammy’s primary focus was her girls. Whether it was birthday parties, church, camping, or school events; the girls came first.
Obtaining a CNA license, Tammy worked for a number of years at Poplar Living Center. Later she worked for Nowcap , and Youth Crisis Center. It was a work- related injury that ended her career and put Tammy on disability. Still maintaining her caring nature, Tammy befriended most of the people she met. Encouraging those she could encourage and helping those she could help, this single mom who didn’t have much gave what she could.
Despite many requests from her daughters to quit, Tammy was unable to give up smoking. After a septic infection destroyed and attached itself to a heart valve, Tammy was placed in hospice where she received the greatest of care…without restrictions.
Tammy was preceded in death by her brothers, Davy and Mark, paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, and numerous aunts and uncles. She is survived by her daughters Kayla and Kaitlyn, parents; Dave and Gail Dunham, family-by-choice, and numerous friends.
Thomas Edward Ross was born December 1st 1934 in Lusk, WY. He was the 4th of 7 children born to Henry Roscoe And Veda Overacre Ross. He was raised on the family ranch in Lanscreek and attend a country school there and later attended school in Lusk. After his mother Veda died in 1951 he attended the school of the Ozarks in Branson MO and worked in the dairy at the school. He returned to Lanscreek and graduated from Niobrara county high school. He attended a couple of years at Casper College. After college he got a job at Pacific Power and Light and only worked a short time before being drafted into the army. After his honorable discharge he returned to Casper and PP&L. He married Charline Alta Hoffman in 1965 and they had 4 children. He worked for PP&L until his retirement at 62. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, spending time with his grandkids. Nothing gave him more pleasure than giving and watching people enjoy things that he had made. He enjoyed shopping and finding bargains that he then donated to Joshua storehouse and to his daughter in law Valerie’s special education class. He was a member of the Elks Club for over 50 years. He was raised as a Master Mason 1984 in Pathfinder Lodge #42 in Casper.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Charline. His children Michael Ross of Casper, Tammy smith and spouse Tom Smith of Thermopolis, Timothy Ross and spouse Valerie Ross of Rawlins, Teena Bland and spouse Scott Bland of Casper. Grandchildren Kaylee Langager and spouse Sam Langager of Roberts MT, Shawn Smith of Thermopolis Joshua Bland of Casper, Jennifer Blanda and spouse Michael Blanda of Severance CO, Bryony Ross, Hayden Ross, and Alex Carpenter of Rawlins. Great grand children Cato, Bryson, Maci Langager of Roberts MT, and Ryan and Allison Blanda of Severence CO and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Henry and Veda Ross and his siblings Jane Manning, Mary Dickau, Marvin Ross, Riley Ross, John Ross, and Emma Ross.
In lieu of flowers donations to dads favorite charity Joshua Storehouse, or a favorite local charity in your area are welcome and appreciated.