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Obituaries- Hartman, Apodaca, Barlos

Donna Lou Mitchell Hartman

Donna Lou (Mitchell) Hartman

Donna was born July 1, 1928, in Fort Collins Colorado to Herbert R. and Mildred A. (Kerns) Mitchell. She grew up in Fort Collins and graduated from High School in 1949. She trained to be a retoucher for portraits and cuts and worked for Fishback Studios in Fort Collins.

Donna and her sister Darlene sang on the radio in both Fort Collins and Denver Colorado. They made recordings in Fort Collins.

She enjoyed playing her violin and guitar in church orchastras.

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On June 15, 1952 she married Clarence Paul Hartman. Paul graduated from Colorado A&M College and accepted a teaching position at the High School in Berthoud, Colorado where Paul and Donna lived from 1953 through 1956.

They welcomed their baby daughter Paula Kaylene Hartman into their hearts and home on March 11, 1953. During this time Donna continued to work for Fishback Studios out of her home.

In 1957 they moved from the city Berthoud to a farm west of Loveland, Colorado. At that time Donna discontinued her employment with Fishback Studios, who then had to send their retouching work to Denver, Colorado. Donna was not done working though. She took on the responsibility of helping her husband with the farm.

1965 found the Hartman family in Casper, Wyoming where Paul joined the faculty of Casper College.
Donna was a victim of polio when she was only 1 1/2 years of age. She dealt with the after effects of the polio the rest of her life with Post Polio Syndrome.  

With the family’s move to Casper they joined the First Church of the Nazarene. Donna taught Caravans, which is a scouting program, for 17 years. She taught kindergarten and first grade Sunday School at the Free Methodist Church in Loveland Colorado. She also served on the Church Board. Donna and Nita Becker began the Prayer Chain ministry where she served for so many years no one can remember.

Donna and her beloved husband Paul started a bus ministry which operated for many years.

Donna loved her Lord supremely and was determined to show her love to Him in everything she did. She worked diligently to memorize and present many chapters of the Bible.

Donna was very creative in artistry and creating clothing.

She is survived by her daughter Paula Kaylene and her husband Rev. James Knight, grand daughter Krista Caylene Knight, grandsons James Knight Jr. and wife Ashley, Kyle Philip-Paul Knight, 4 great grand children James, Christopher, Izak, and Kane

Donna was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Paul Hartman, her parents, and infant grandson Christopher.

Service: July 6, 2019; 1:00 pm; First Church of the Nazarene- 2020 S. Jefferson Casper, WY 82601

Vincent Apodaca

Vincent Apodaca

Vincent A Apodaca, age 59, died on Wednesday June 26th 2019. Vince was born to Mary Ann Apodaca and Remigio Duran on February 12th 1960. Raised by Mary Ann Apodaca in Cheyenne Wyoming.

He received his GED in the 1980’s. He was a really hard worker throughout his life. He was a fantastic father, a loving husband, great father in-law and a jokester.

On December 21st 2003, he married Cherica Weese. They had three beautiful girls together, Merissa Apodaca, Nevaeh Apodaca and Kitana Apodaca. Cherica had two girls from a previous relationship, Hariah Weese and RayAnn Weese. Vince had two children from his previous marriage, Vincent Apodaca Jr. and Brenda Apodaca.

He was loved by many. Missed by all, but never forgotten.

Antonia Vlahogiannopulos Barlos

Antonia Barlos

Feb 10, 1925 – June 27, 2019

Antonia was born in Kokkinos, Greece in 1925. Growing into a woman with a sweet nature and a caring heart, she worked as an aide in various clinics in Kalamata, and in Athens she worked as a nanny for several high-ranking U.S. military families. 

She arrived in Casper in the 1960s, where she met her husband-to-be, Christos V. Barlos. For years they worked side by side in various business ventures, starting with a property on Durbin Street (the oldest standing structure in Casper – built in 1888) and expanding to several other properties around town, including the old Lavon Rooming House, which was on Durbin as well, and the Galley Motel on Center Street.

In later years, Antonia enjoyed going to church, taking care of the family properties on North Durbin, and being with friends and family, especially if babies, children or animals were around! Her face would light up, which in turn brought a smile to the faces of everyone who was lucky enough to know her. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her grandchildren. Affectionately referred to as Toni or YiaYia, she was a fiercely caring mother and a devoted grandma. 

Antonia is preceded in death by her husband, Chris Barlos, her son-in-law Robert P. Garner, her parents, and her five siblings. She is survived by her only child, Nikki Barlos-Garner, her two loving, beautiful granddaughters: Christina Jean Barlos-Garner and Antonia Jean Barlos-Garner, a brother and sister and their families in Greece, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. 

Trisagion Service will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 11:30 AM, with interment and Meal of Mercy to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church where a memorial fund has been established in her honor.

Everyone who knew YiaYia loved her. Family and friends know she has found the peace she deserves, and will carry her in their hearts forever.

Services: July 3, 2019 11:30 am; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church- 1350 East C Casper, Wyoming 82601