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Obituaries: Fredricks, Sterner

Reita J. (Donohue) Fredricks

CASPER, Wyo. –

Reita J. (Donohue) Fredricks: July 5, 1934 – April 5, 2020

Reita Josephine Donohue was born on July 5th 1934 in Casper WY to parents Thomas J and Edna R. Donohue. She completed her family when she joined two older sisters, Doris (Rand) and Margaret “Peggy” (Krippell) at their home.

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She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School K -8th grade, then NCHS where she graduated in 1952. In her high school years she was active in school activities, competing as a cheerleader and was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year.

Reita married her high school sweetheart, Eddie Kelly, in November of 1953. And together added Valerie Peak of Douglas, Michael (Maureen) Kelly of Las Vegas, and Sean (Cindy) Kelly of Casper. They moved to Las Vegas to work and raise kids, later divorcing, but remaining best friends.

Reita returned to her home town, Casper, where she met the love of her life John Fredricks. They Married in November 1963, and with this union added Kimberly (McCoy) and Stevie Fredricks to their pack, completing their family. Reita and John, together with Eddie, raised their bunch. And even added Eddie’s son, Kevin to their summer adventures.

Upon her return to Casper, Reita worked for Shell Oil Company, and later began her career at WESC for the State of Wyoming, retiring from there in 1991.

Reita was full of love and life, she was strong and graceful in all that she did. She was breathtakingly beautiful inside and out. She was fun loving, caring, intelligent and bold. She was stubborn, and feisty and loved to laugh. Her smile and elegance could light up any room.

She was a Best Friend, a Matron of Honor, a life-line to family and friends; a voice of reason, a Wife, a Mother, Aunt, Nana, and Great Grandma.

She was the glue that kept us strong and held us all together. 85 years she blessed us with her gentle, compassionate, devoted and loyal soul, and we wish we could have her for 85 more. Reita passed away peacefully in her own bed, on her own terms, carrying that tenacious spirit about her, till her last day.

Reita was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Edna Donohue, sisters Doris and Peggy, Brothers- in-law Ollie Rand and Bill Krippell, sons- in- law Patrick Peak, and Charlie McCoy. Her husband John Fredricks. Friends, Ed Kelly & Kevin Kelly.

Reita is survived by her children Valerie Peak, Mike Kelly, Sean Kelly, Kim McCoy and Steve Fredricks. Grandchildren: Travis (Sarah) Peak, Kelly (Nicholas) Benardis, Justin Kelly, Mikey (Amanda) Kelly, Lauren Henson, Conner Fredricks, Selena Kelly, Blake Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Zane Kelly, Great Grandchildren: Benjamin & Jack Benardis, Waylon Henson, Rowyn, Remi & Ryder Peak.

And numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends

*A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer.*


Edna ‘Arlene” Sterner

Edna ‘Arlene” Sterner
Born March 5, 1931 – Died April 16, 2020

Arlene was born March 5, 1931 to Edward E McCorkhill and Elizabeth Esther McCorkhill in Topeka Kansas. Arlene passed away at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY on April 16, 2020. Arlene’s Parents, four Brothers and two Sisters have all preceded her in death.

Arlene is survived by Michael (Glenda) and Steve (Sheri) Boyle of Casper, WY. Her Grand Children, Brian (Jennifer) Boyle, Brenda Rettke, Stephanie (Sean) Fred, and Brittany (Dana) Bertagnole, Brice (Melissa) Patterson, Todd (Crystal) Patterson and Annie Clark. Arlene is also survived by 9 Great Grand Children, Chase, Eric, Mattias, Lucian, Parker, Marlie, Bella, Lilly, and Adelene.

Shortly after her High School graduation Arlene married Ernest Boyle in Billings Montana on July 30, 1949. They made their home in Powell, WY. From that marriage Arlene was blessed with two wonderful Sons who she adored. Michael Lee Boyle on June 18, 1950 and Stephen Earnest Boyle on August 31, 1951, both born in Powell WY.

Ernie’s job in the oil industry took the family to live in Keene, North Dakota, Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska before settling in Casper, WY. Arlene raised her two boys with love, values and strong work ethics. Arlene’s family meant the world to her. She loved unconditionally.

As her children grew older Arlene went to work for Lou Talbert’s in Casper, WY and was later the Owner of The Hideaway Lounge in Mills, WY with her late Husband Dale.

Arlene enjoyed several years of wintering in Yuma, Arizona with close Wyoming friends. She liked to gamble and enjoyed trips to Reno where her Brother Edward lived and in later years the Casino’s in Riverton with Michael and Glenda. Arlene loved visits from her Grand Children and Great Grand Children. A day well spent was a day spent with her family and friends.

Per our Mother’s request there will be private services at a later date…