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Obituaries: Patterson, Santistevan, Russell

Ricci Marie Patterson

Ricci Marie Patterson, age 40, of Casper, passed away September 15, 2019. Ricci was born August 30, 1979 in Douglas, Wyoming to Michael and Peggy (Bishop) Patterson. Ricci graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1997. She continued her education at Casper College and obtained her Registered Nursing Degree in 2013. She was currently working at Wyoming Medical Center on the Intensive Care Unit. She enjoyed all outdoor sports especially kayaking, hunting, hiking, fishing, and camping. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. Those that knew Ricci, knew she was free spirited.

Ricci was preceded in death by her father Michael “Pit” Patterson, grandparents, aunt Becky, her niece Erika and cousin Tara. She is survived by daughter, Emily Spence, son, Dillan Spence, daughter, Rachael Spence, mother, Peggy Bishop, sister, Soraya (Chad) Juarez, nephews, Aidan and Aaric Juarez and niece Ashlynn Juarez, and lots of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:30pm, Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel.

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Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Ricci ‘s memory.


Maria Tina Santistevan (Submitted photo)

Maria “Tina” Santistevan

Maria “Tina” Santistevan peacefully passed away September 11th, 2019 in her home at the Broadmoor Court assisted living facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tina was born on June 10, 1933 to Louis Richard Trujillo and Rebecca (Sanchez) Trujillo in Amalia, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, loving husband Dan L. Santistevan, Sr. in 1999, daughter Catherine “Kathy” Santistevan in 1975, younger brother Richard “Dick” Trujillo and older sister Edna (Trujillo) Duran.

After graduating high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she moved with her family to Casper, Wyoming, attended some college and began her 30-year career with Mountain Bell AT&T as a telephone operator and returned later as a telecommunications technician.

Tina married Dan L. Santistevan on April 25, 1955 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper, Wyoming after returning as a Korean War veteran. They made their permanent residence in Colorado Springs, Colorado relocating on July 4, 1965.

Surviving family members include Daniel Santistevan, Jr. (Anna Ostapiuk), Colorado Springs; Linda Jennings (Danny Jennings), Colorado Springs; David Santistevan (Molly Ellwood), San Diego, California; Lisa Hansen (Dan Hansen), Centennial, Colorado, and Laura Craft (John Craft), Ft. Collins, Colorado. Grandchildren include Ason and Brandon Santistevan; Christa (Honeycutt) Ward; Aidan Santistevan; Payton and Ailey Craft, and Ava and Jake Hansen. Brothers Fred, Bill, Ernie and Chuck Trujillo, and sisters Trudy Hurley and Emily Alexander, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tina was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and was a proponent of Catholic School Education. Her biggest sense of accomplishment was seeing her children graduate from University.

Tina was a life-long history buff, which inspired her desire to be a world traveler, and indeed she traversed the globe. She was able to visit 48 of the 50 United States. Some of her bucket-list international destinations included; The Vatican in Rome; Paris; London; Japan; Jerusalem; Spain; Mexico; Austria; Germany; Ireland; Greece; The Pyramids in Egypt, and an excursion to Machu Picchu, Peru at the age of 80!

Rosary services will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday September 20, 2019 at Evergreen Funeral Home located at 1830 Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Services will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church 9 El Pomar Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado at 11:00 am on Saturday September 21, 2019. Burial rites will be held at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the services.

Tina was a generous, kind, and loving free spirit touching everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Our dear Mother, Aunt, sister and friend Tina will always be missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charitable organization.


Jeanette Watkins Russell

Jeanette Watkins Russell, 64, of Casper, Wyoming, daughter of Leroy and Jo Watkins born on January 12, 1955 in Alliance, Nebraska passed away September 16, 2019.

Jeanette is survived by her husband Bruce, her children Kory and Amanda and spouses, and 5 grandchildren, as well as other family members.

Jeanette’s passion for God, family, and friends was very evident throughout her life. She was a passionate SPED Teacher. One of Jeanette’s favorite hobbies was to ride her horse with her family and enjoy the beauty of the mountains at home and throughout Wyoming.

She has touched so many lives with her loving and gentle spirit that she will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers checks for a memorial fund can be made out to Bruce.

A celebration of life for Jeanette will be held at Highland Park Community Church, Friday September 20, at 2 p.m.