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Obituaries- Bender, Herstein-Bihr, Olson

Valerie K Bender (courtesy of Bustard’s Funeral Home)

Valerie Kay Bender

Valerie Kay Bender, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away Tuesday morning January 07, 2020 at 2:40 AM, in the arms of her beloved husband David Bender, while recovering from emergency surgery in Parker, Colorado.

She was preceded by her grandparents Oscar and Etta Payne, Gerald and Juanita Berry, her father Tom Berry, and two nephews Gregory and Robert Reeves.

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She is survived by her husband Dave Bender, children: Daniel Burtock, Christopher and Andrew Bender, grandchildren Aly, Amy, Ava, Abby, and Andy Burtock, mother Mary Berry, three siblings: Rebecca Pachura, Carol Reeves, Mark Berry, Family Friend – Melissa Reilly, and numerous other friends and family.

Valerie lived her life saving other people in need.  As a traveling nurse, she placed the needs of others ahead of her own.  Valerie always saw great value in every life she met, establishing two rehabilitation centers in Colorado and Nebraska.  As a traveling nurse, Valerie provided life-saving services across Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, and California.

Valerie will be forever loved and forever missed.

Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Monuments and Receptions, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


Kathleen Ann Herstein-Bihr, courtesy of Newcomer Funeral Home

Kathleen Ann Herstein-Bihr

1941 – 2020

Kathleen Ann Herstein-Bihr, 78, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020.

Kathleen was born in Rockford, Illinois on June 26, 1941 to Fred and Evelyn Martin. She graduated from TJ High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1959. She then went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska; where she met Charles Agosta Jr. Out of this union they had a daughter Colleen.

She later met and married the love of her life, George E. Herstein of Wheatland, Wyoming. They moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1975 where they enjoyed raising their three children, Colleen, Mindy and Joe. In the late 70’s, Kathy went to work for the Ramada Inn in their accounting department as the head bookkeeper. She loved working with numbers and in the early 1980’s was offered a position at Wotco in their payroll department which she accepted and later retired from.

Kathy loved to be outside doing almost anything, as long as she could feel the sun on her face. She liked to go fishing and camping. She fell in love with Alcova Reservoir. There wasn’t a weekend that would go by that she wasn’t out on the lake in her boat fishing or just relaxing at her trailer at the lake. She loved spending time with her family especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by brother, James D. Martin of Council Bluffs, Iowa and by her daughter, Colleen Foster of Casper, Wyoming, daughter, Melinda Marohn (John) of Casper, Wyoming, son, Jody Herstein (Pam) of Wheatland, Wyoming as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also, by her beloved dog, Marty. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Evelyn Martin, husband, George Herstein, brother, Ted Davis.

Cremation has taken place and services are being held at Newcomer Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Garden Square or Central Wyoming Hospice.


Vicky K (Rettinghouse) Olson

Vicky K (Rettinghouse) Olson passed away sunday January 12 2020 at home in Missoula Montana after an extended illness. She was 59.

Vicky was born April 13 1960 in Thermopolis, Wyoming to John and Iris Rettinghouse.

She married Douglas Olson Sr. on November 12, 1976 and together they had four children. Vicky is survived by her children Jennifer Olson of Midwest wyoming, Michelle (Olson) Black of Mills, Wyoming, Douglas Olson Jr. and Samantha (Olson) Hancock of Evansville, Wyoming. She is also survived by her grandchildren Erin Black, and Robert and Codi Hancock and ex husband Douglas Olson Sr.

She was preceded in death by her dad John Rettinghouse, mother Iris Phillips, brother William Rettinghouse and sister Nancy Weymouth.

Memorial services for Vicky will be held at a to be determined date.