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Obituaries: Strausner, Ridgeway, Grosenheider

Mavis Leigh Strausner

CASPER, Wyo. –

Mavis Leigh Strausner: 1941 – 2021

Mavis Leigh (Armstrong) Strausner went home to be with her Lord on March 30,2021. She was the loving wife of the late Paul Strausner, who passed away in 1998.

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Mavis was born in Wake County, NC on February 22,1941, and was the daughter of Percy and Gladys (Dorset) Armstrong.

Mavis loved the lord and attended church faithfully and shared her love of Christ with anyone who would listen. As an avid reader she enjoyed spending her time reading the Bible and was truly a woman after God’s own heart, hiding his word closely in hers.

She was fiercely independent and could turn even the simplest of tasks into an adventure to tell everyone. When she was not creating her own adventures, she was going on one through her favorite Louis L’amour books. Mavis loved Wyoming and although the wind would scare many away, she would say that it made her feel young. She would never pass up the opportunity to sit on her porch or go for a walk on the path as she would hum a favorite Hymn.

Mavis will be remembered for her smile that could bring sunshine to your heart, a laugh that could make anyone giggle and a zeal for Christ we can only pray to have.  

Mavis is survived by her daughters Cindy Truitt, Juanita Berrier, Delores Bucher, and Amanda Dresang; her sons John Kenneth Bucher, Joseph Daniel Bucher, and Michael Bucher, her 14 grandchildren; her 11 great-grandchildren and 1 soon to be great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother Bernard Brantly; her sister Janice Packet; and 1 grand dog. In addition, Mavis is survived by many brothers and sisters in Christ that she held so closely to her heart.  

A service in celebration of Mavis’ life will be held Sunday April 11th at 6:00pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S Conwell St, Casper Wy 82601.


Marylou Ridgeway

Marylou Ridgeway: 1938 – 2021

On Friday, April 2, 2021, Marylou Ridgeway, peacefully passed away at age 82. Her tired heart could not see her through another day.

Marylou was born May 11, 1938 in Caribou, Maine, to Marian Louise Ginn (aka Nana) and Phillip Leavitt Laffaty, and was thus the daughter of a potato farmer. She married Epimenio Doreteo Santistevan on June 10, 1955 in Andover, New Brunswick, Canada. Marylou and Eppie had 5 children, whom she continued to raise in Casper, after his untimely death in 1962. She was subsequently married over the years to Hal Roy, Huey Knudsen, Leonard Phillips and Don Ridgeway. All have predeceased Marylou.

She was a devoted wife throughout her life, enjoying the hobbies and interests of her spouses over the years. After retiring from Mountain Bell/US West, she enjoyed her Summers in the Pedro Mountains, feeding the birds, tending her yard and friends, wandering the hills looking for arrowheads and dabbled with piano playing on rare occasions. She was a little bit shy in crowds, but had an easy enjoyable wit, and made friends easily in all her circumstances. She was a lifetime VFW member, and, later in life, a hospice volunteer. She was faced with Alzheimer’s a few years ago and was happy to find a comfortable home and supportive team at Edgewood/Meadow Winds on 12th Street, where she continued to develop new friendships.

Marylou was also preceded to the Angels by her brother Paul, by her infant daughter Marian, and later by her adult daughter, Nita. She is survived by her 3 remaining children, Phil Santistevan, Mike Santistevan, and Rita Coltrane, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. If you were a friend, the family invites you to join us at the memorial service.

Donations in memory of Marylou may be sent to Casper Wyoming Hospice,319 South Wilson Street, Casper, WY 82601, or www.cwhp.org and Select Donate Now.


Gail Louise Grosenheider: 1950 – 2021

Gail Grosenheider, 71, passed away on Thursday, April 1,2021 at Central Wyoming Hospice.

Gail was born in Le Mars, Iowa on March 30, 2021 to Roscoe and Evelyn Small. She was the oldest of five children. Gail was an extraordinary big sister to Janet (Jim) VanLeeuwen, Kim (Mike) Westergard, Vicki (Mike) Livermore, and Kevin (Tammy) Small. She was raised and attended school in Le Mars where she met her husband William (Bill) F. Grosenheider, Jr.

Gail and Bill were married on November 16, 1968 and started their wonderful life of 52 years that was filled with love and many adventures. They had three children, Lori (Mike) Tomlinson, Chris Grosenheider, and Dawn (Travis) Togstad. Gail was incredibly loved by her eight grandchildren, Amanda (Stacy) Stevens, Stephanie (Dave) Fountain, Michael Tomlinson, Christopher (Hailey) Tomlinson, Meghan Tomlinson, Caitlin Grosenheider, Jonathan Togstad, and Emily Togstad. She was, also, adored by her eleven great grandchildren, Kason Stevens, Brekken Stevens, Alicia Hammond, Hunter McDaniel, David Fountain Jr., Aspyn Tomlinson, Finnley Stevens, Wesley Fountain, Cooper Fountain, Kallen Tomlinson and Chloe Dimas.

Gail was the foundation of love, strength, and support to her family and friends. She always put others before herself to the very end. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sibling, and friend who will be so greatly missed.

There will be no service or memorial.