Obituaries: Frickel, Decker, Volin, Sheridan, Shefelbine, Johnson - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Frickel, Decker, Volin, Sheridan, Shefelbine, Johnson

Mitchel Frickel

CASPER, Wyo. –

Mitchel Frickel: June 9, 1954 ~ February 14, 2021 (age 66)

Mitchel John Frickel, age 66, unexpectedly joined our Heavenly Father on February 14, 2021. Regretfully, Mitch did not get to say farewell to his family and friends who dearly love him. If he had, he would have told us how much he loved every minute on this earth and he would have provided words of encouragement to help us carry on without him. He would have hugged us and made us laugh as only he could do to help ease the pain of our loss.

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Mitch was born on June 9 in Glendive, Montana to Donna and William Kehr. His family moved to Billings, Montana where Mitch graduated from high school in 1972. In 1981, Mitch moved to Casper, Wyoming where he began his career in the oil fields, working for Tuboscope for 14 years.

Mitch met the love of his life, Kathy Leonetti, and they married in 1987.  Soon after, Mitch decided to launch his own company, ProPaint. The painting business enabled him to meet and befriend so many people in the community. He was a firm believer in giving back. He spent a great deal of his time mentoring others and volunteering whenever someone was in need.

 He had such a genuine, loving spirit. It was his nature to care about others without asking for anything in return. Even if he barely knew you, he’d reach out and give you one of his famous bear hugs. He recently said that one of his greatest achievements – being 40 years clean and sober – was mentoring so many others on that same journey.

Mitch leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Kathy Leonetti Frickel, children Dianna Frickel, Amanda Keltz (Chris), and Tony Everard (Angel). He is survived by his mom, Donna Cornett, sisters Sandy Sandvig (Scott) and Kristy Savaria, sisters-in-law Gloria Leonetti, Christine Posch (Bob), Elaine Leonetti-Guy (Steve), Trish McDaniel (Cory), Tina Knight (Jesse), grandchildren Analea and Hailey Everard, Alexys Keltz, and Keleena Frickel, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Kehr, stepfather Bill Frickel, grandparents George and Elsie Schultz, and uncle Jim Schultz.

We take some comfort knowing that Mitch is hugging family and friends in Heaven who preceded him.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer on a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to the Mitch Frickel Memorial Fund at US Bank in Casper.

~God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Amen~  

Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.

Monica “Mike” Lou Decker

Monica “Mike” Lou Decker: October 5, 1947 ~ February 15, 2021 (age 73)

Monica “Mike” (Hudson) Decker, incredible daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all passed away after a very lengthy but courageous battle with on MS and Parkinson’s, on February 15, 2021.

Monica was born to Fred and Shirley Hudson in Lander, WY on October 5, 1947. Her family moved to Casper when Monica was six where she lived until her passing. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1966 and on August 6th of that same year she married her greatest love and best friend Calvin Decker. They shared 54 plus wonderful years together.

They made their first home in Sheridan, WY, moving back to Casper in 1968. Their daughter Damara Rae was born in 1969 and Monica cared for and loved other children to be able to stay at home with Rae.

Monica had a very long and extremely varied career journey. She loved doing new things and meeting new people. Her favorite and proudest was as a realtor for 25 plus years for Equity Brokers. She helped write a contract and sell a piece of property just for a couple of months before her death.

Monica was a very active, life-long member of First Christian Church. She was very proud of being a deacon and elder in the church and served it happily in many rolls.

Monica was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Shirley Hudson.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Decker; mother-in-law, Mary Decker; sister, Shannon (Steve) Lunsford; daughter, Rae (Greg) Biggs; grandsons, John and Alexander Biggs; and many nieces and nephews and faithful friend and caregiver Ronnie.

Monica’s life will be celebrated at First Christian Church, 520 CY Ave. at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2021, with a viewing at Bustard’s on Sunday, February 21 from 4p.m. to 6p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Wills Trust Memorial Scholarship fund at First Christian Church or the Wyoming Food for Thought- food bag program. Or to truly honor my mom please do something nice for someone else and smile in remembrance of her.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601. 

Marion A “Anne” Volin

Marion A “Anne” Volin: 1958 – 2021

Marion Anne “Sissy” Volin, age 62, of Casper, passed away February 19th, 2021 surrounded by loved ones in Hospice after losing her fight to cancer. Anne was born May 22, 1958 in Worland, Wyoming to Thomas James and Anne “Nancy” (Flynn) Volin. She graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1976. Anne worked for District Court for 32 years, she was the Chief Deputy to the Clerk of District Court for 20 years and was the current Clerk of District Court at her time of passing. Anne enjoyed being outside exploring nature, planting flowers, hiking, socializing with friends and spending time with family.

In addition to her parents, Anne was also preceded in death by her brothers, Robert “Bob” Volin and Thomas “Tom” Volin. She is survived by her sister in-laws Lida Volin and Elaine Volin, nephews Mitchell, Richard, James and Ryan Volin, nieces Suzanne Von Osterheldt, Patricia Turner, Alicia Volin and Kelley Barker. Anne is also survived by 7 great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is being planned and will be held within the near future.

Memorial contributions may be made to Casper Humane Society 849 East E St.
Casper, WY 82601 in Anne’s memory.

Reverend Thomas Sheridan

Reverend Thomas Sheridan: 1939 – 2021

Father Tom Sheridan, 82, who ministered to Wyoming Catholics for 48 years, died Feb. 15, 2021 at Central Wyoming Hospice.

Due to COVID-19, private Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Casper on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Most Rev. Stephen Biegler, Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, is celebrant with priests from the diocese as concelebrants.

A vigil will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Both liturgies will be live-streamed and can be found on either the St. Patrick’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Father Tom was a giant of a man who pastored in 10 Wyoming communities – Rawlins, Newcastle, Powell, Casper (Our Lady of Fatima and St. Patrick’s), Sheridan, Ranchester, Saratoga, Cheyenne, Rock Springs and Green River.

Ordained on June 7, 1964, at St. Kieran’s Seminary, Killarney, Ireland, he retired from Immaculate Conception parish in Green River on July 1, 2012.

He considered himself the last of the Irish Connection, priests born in County Cavan, Ireland, and ordained in Ireland but who spent their lives ministering in the Diocese of Cheyenne. When he first arrived in Rawlins in 1964, almost half the priests serving in Wyoming were FBI, “Foreign Born Irish.”

In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Tom was diocesan youth director from 1975-1980, traveling constantly, sometimes 90,000 miles a year.

Christmas of 1976, while pastoring in Saratoga and also serving Hanna, Medicine Bow and Shirley Basin, he was determined to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in all of those locations. Despite a raging blizzard, he made it to Shirley Basin, where community members made a town-wide celebration in the school gym, complete with a Baptist woman playing the piano and a visit from Santa. It was one of his favorite memories.

Father Tom was born on a farm and both his parents were Sheridan’s, although from different clans. He was the second of what would be 11 children.

When he was 8, he contracted polio and was sent to Dublin to a “fever” hospital. He was left with no visible physical abnormalities, but he realized decades later that the consequences of the polio for him had been emotional.

His journey to priesthood was not a given, as it was for many young boys in Ireland, but rather a gradual process. When he attended high school, or Minor College as it was known in Ireland from 12 to 17 years old, he rode a bicycle to Cavan nine miles each way, six days a week, a day student at a primarily boarding school. He figured he cycled approximately 13,000 miles in those five years.

In retirement, he wrote a book, “Moments in Ministry.” He enjoyed fishing, golf and sports, especially football, and travel.

Survivors include siblings and their spouses, Julia (Seamus) Laheen, Margaret (Jack) Casey, Eamon (Anne) Sheridan, Charlie (Maura) Sheridan, Paddy (Patricia) Sheridan, and Gerry (Kathleen) Sheridan, as well as sister-in-law Angela Sheridan and brother-in-law John Haughey and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anne Sheehan and her husband, John, sister, Christina Haughey and brothers, Sean Sheridan and Seamus Sheridan.

At Father Tom’s, request memorials may be made to: St. Joseph’s Society for retired priests for the Diocese of Cheyenne, Diocese of Cheyenne Vocations Office, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Casper, Wyoming, 82609.

Daniel L. Shefelbine

Daniel L. Shefelbine: 1953 – 2021

Daniel Lowell Shefelbine of Glenrock, WY., passed away on February 16, 2021.

Daniel was born on July 16, 1953 in Butte, Montana after graduating from Butte High School he went on to serve his country during the Vietnam war as a USMC after his service in the military he worked in his construction business. In 1971 he met Erlinda Mambulao in the Philippines and they were married on December 11, 1973 in Subic Bay, Philippines and together they had one child named Jason.

After retiring Dan spent his time fishing, golfing, and working in their yard. Dan is predeceased by his son Jason, father Lowell, his mother Doris and grandson Mark. He is survived by his wife Erlinda Shefelbine, one sister Cheryl Sexton, and one brother Paul Shefelbine.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10:00AM , St. Louis Catholic Church in Glenrock, WY., with burial to follow at the Glenrock Cemetery. Family has asked that following the burial to join them for a reception at Diablo’s restaurant in Glenrock, 1136 US -87 Glenrock, WY 82637

Margaret Ann Johnson

Margaret Ann Johnson: 1949 – 2021

On Saturday, February 6, 2021 Margaret Ann Johnson passed away at the age of 71. Margaret was born on June 9, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Milton Levi Matthews and Margaret Catherine Matthews.

Margaret was a loving mother of three, Granny, Sister, and Friend. Margaret was preceded in death by her father Milton and her Mother Catherine, her brother Billy, her sister Myrtle, and her sister Earline.

Margaret is survived by her three children, Issaac of Casper, Destiny (Ruben) of Denver, and Anthony (Gidget) of Casper, by her brother Homer, her sister Wanda, several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
   A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Restoration Church at 411 South Walsh Drive, Casper, Wyoming.