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Obituaries: Jarvis, Schrader, Hansen, Kalbfleisch III

Sandra L. Jarvis

Sandra L. Jarvis: 1952 – 2021

It was a running joke among Sandra’s family that you never wanted her to tell you about a movie. So thorough was she, that seeing the movie was redundant. And if you watched the movie with her, you had to be able to tune her out. “Oh, watch this part! Watch! Watch! It’s coming up. Watch! This is so funny!” But that was Sandra. If she found joy in something, she wanted to share it.

Sandra found a lot of joy in her life. Some joys were big: her family, her daughter, her grandchildren, her personal faith. Some joys were small: a warm spring day, a tart margarita, the tick of a clock, a colorful bouquet of flowers. But she took pleasure in them all without reservation. She was a warm and open person who made others feel good simply by being herself. To meet her once was to feel like you’d known her your whole life; to know her your whole life was to feel blessed.

Sandra took a lot of ribbing for being innocent and naïve, but she was in on the joke. She’d faced her share of tragedy and hard times in her life, but she made the conscious decision to choose hope and optimism over cynicism and despair. It was a brave choice. It takes courage to see the good in the bad, and the fact that she made it seem so natural and effortless was a testament to her strength of character and an inspiration to anyone who knew her.

Wherever she lived, her home was cozy and inviting, like a favorite blanket. Anyone was welcome at any time, and spending time with her was always fun. She was a fun person, and funny to boot. She recognized the absurdities in life and chose to find the humor in them. She was fiercely loyal and a steady source of support for anyone who needed it. She was inspired and inspiring and a comforting presence. The world is darker without her in it, but all the brighter for having had her in it.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Shirley and her brother-in-law John. She is survived by her sister Sharon and her two children; her brother Joe, sister-in-law Linda, and their four children; her sister Cynthia, brother-in-law Roberto, and their three children; her grand nieces and nephews; and her daughter Elisa and grandchildren Spenser and Kelly.

A service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions.

Flowers may be sent for the family to Newcomer Funeral Home or you may make a donation in memory of Sandra to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Mary Etta Schrader

Mary Etta Schrader: 1958 – 2021

Mary Etta Schrader, 62, of Casper, Wyoming passed away peacefully on September 20, 2021 with her loving family by her side.

She was born in 1958 to the late Jesse “Ike” and Patricia Denny of Benkelman, Nebraska. Mary Etta graduated from Benkelman High School in 1977 and received a BA in Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1981.

She married Jim Schrader in 1982, and they lived together in Benkelman, Nebraska for 18 years before relocating to Casper, Wyoming. In 1987, Jim and Mary Etta welcomed their son Eric. Mary Etta is survived by her husband Jim of Casper, Wyoming, son Eric of Parker, Colorado, and favorite granddog Bronco.

Mary Etta was an accomplished Rangeland Management Specialist for NRCS/USDA. In her later years, she became the Assistant State Conservationist for NRCS in the State of Wyoming before enjoying retirement. Mary Etta also enjoyed working part-time for Liberty Tax after she retired, doing many office duties and helping customers. Mary Etta spent most of her spare time gardening, keeping up her flower beds, and gold prospecting with her husband Jim throughout Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. Mary Etta and Jim were able to take a summer long trip to Tok, Alaska in 2019 to prospect for gold and do one of Mary’s other hobbies: photography.

Mary enjoyed sightseeing throughout Wyoming and Montana, taking photos and viewing wildlife. While visiting Yellowstone one summer with her sister Penny and son Eric, Mary Etta was out taking pictures of the buffalo and ended up running with the herd. Yes, she got the photo! We will miss the yearly Christmas scuffles, cherry pie, and other baked goodies Mary Etta was known for.

In her younger years, Mary Etta was the go-to aunt for all her nieces and nephews when they received toys that needed to be put together and have all the stickers added. She also enjoyed playing HORSE with them. In her high school years, she was one heck of a softball catcher and athlete.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper, Wyoming on September 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. At a later date, a celebration of life ceremony will be held in her hometown of Benkelman, Nebraska. Those details will be announced when available.

Esther Anna Hansen

Esther Anna Hansen: 1920 – 2021

Esther Anna Hansen, 101, was called home to her Savior Sept. 19, 2021. She died at Cheyenne Davis Hospice Center.

Esther was born Sept. 10, 1920 in Farmington, Minnesota to Harry and Hanna Mickelson Hansen. She grew up on the family farm. She married Harold K. Hansen in 1941.

The couple moved to Greybull, Wyoming, where Harold managed a grocery store and then worked for the CB&Q Railroad. Their children Lois and Bill were born in Greybull. Esther worked at several jobs but counted managing the school lunch program as her favorite. She kept a beautiful home for her family and enjoyed quilting and sewing, church activities, and camping and fishing. Esther worked hard and idle time was not a part of her life.

Harold followed his railroad job to Casper while Esther remained in Greybull until Bill graduated high school. In Casper, Esther became an avid golfer, quilter, angler, and friend to her many acquaintances. She loved craft shows and garage sales. She was a very active member of Mount Hope Lutheran Church. She moved to Primrose Retirement Community in Cheyenne in 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, four sisters and one brother. She is survived by daughter Lois Miller (Don) of Cheyenne; son William (Lynda) Hansen of Roswell, NM; grandchildren Garrett (Jessica) Hansen of Kyle, TX, Segen (Justin) Albertson of Niles, MI, David (Kimberly) Miller and Michelle (Michael) Ottoes, both of Cheyenne, WY; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Mount Hope Lutheran Church, Casper at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24 with the Rev. Dr. Christian Preus officiating. Memorials may go to Mount Hope Lutheran School.

Albert Courtenay Kalbfleisch, III

Albert Courtenay Kalbfleisch, III: 1932 – 2021

Albert Courtenay Kalbfleisch of Casper, Wyoming died of natural causes on Monday, September 20. He was 89. He was not afraid.

Al served in the United States Army before graduating from the University of Maryland, where he met his beloved wife Mary Carol. With her by his side, he went on to be an aeronautical engineer, a freelance professional photographer, an artist, an inventor, and a Bluegrass Banjo teacher. Together, they served on the board of Wyoming Make-a-Wish and hosted legendary musical jam sessions in their home.

The hallmarks of his life were humor and generosity of spirit. He was a kind and gentle teacher with knowledge spanning a wide array of disciplines. Any moment of any day spent with him could lead to a playful lesson. “Bring me a paperclip and a handful of washers,” he’d say. “Bring me a piece of paper at least eighteen inches long and a roll of tape.” As an artist, he always sought to expand his creative boundaries. A champion banjo player, he helped form a band that fused Bluegrass and Latin music. He was most interested in what was happening behind the eyes of his photography subjects. His scratch-built model of USS COWPENS is on museum display.

Al’s best friend and wife of 60 years passed away in 2018. He is survived by his son Kurt; daughter Kate White; son-in-law Joe White; daughter-in-law Lynnette Morrow; granddaughters Heidi Peabody, Alanna Kalbfleisch, and Clara White; and great-grandson Grady Peabody. Al and Mary were the chosen grandparents of DeMetri Moon-Nance as well as Anna and Rachel Merchant.

Al asked that donations in his honor go to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.