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Obituaries: Kessel, Cuthill, Maher, Zimmers

Agnes Pearl Cuthill

Dietra M. Kessel: August 26, 1970 – November 7, 2021 (age 51)

Dietra Mary Kessel, beloved daughter, wife, and mother, was received into the arms of Jesus on November 7, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming.

She was born on August 26, 1970 in Redondo Beach, California to Hienz (John) Dieter Smolij and Carolyn (Peck) Smolij. She grew up in Wickersham, Washington and attended Mount Baker High School, graduating in 1988.

She moved to Casper, Wyoming in the early 1990s and continued her education at Casper Community College in business. After college, she went to work for Jack Bradley at Manx Oil for over 20 years, where she wore many hats and filled many roles.  

Dietra passionately volunteered across Casper in many places, from CASA of Natrona County to Victim Service Advocate for the Casper Police Department.

Dietra loved helping kiddos at First Baptist Church and Mills Elementary, crafting cards and other works of art. She was enthusiastic about scrapbooking and networked around the world with many that enjoyed the same craft.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. They took many trips, from Washington D.C. to Hawaii and even out of the country to Ecuador. Camping on Casper Mountain with close friends was an anticipated highlight of every summer.

Dietra is survived by her husband Cory, her son Tyler, her mother Carolyn Smolij, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bustard & Jacoby on November 20 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor John Marshall officiating. Fellowship will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to CASA of Natrona County (535 W. Yellowstone Highway, Casper WY, 82601).

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


Agnes Pearl Cuthill

Agnes Pearl Cuthill: 1925 – 2021

The world lost a beloved mother as Agnes Cuthill, 95, a Casper resident of 78 years, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 at Central Wyoming Medical Center.

Agnes was born Agnes Pearl Sadvar to Mattis (Matthew) and Pearl Wimberly Sadvar in Craig, Colorado on December 12, 1925.

After her mother’s death in 1926, she and some of her six siblings — Frank, Ella, Bill, Marguerite, Jack, and Betty — were sadly split apart from one another and raised by separate families.

She married her first husband, Milan (Mike) McLain, in 1942 and shortly after he was drafted into the Army. Later they settled in Casper and had their son Jimmy, who sadly drowned in the North Platte River at 12 years old. In 1966, they adopted their two daughters, Patti and Valerie. Her husband passed away of heart disease at 56 years old.

She later met and married the love of her life, Alex Cuthill Jr, in 1977 at Evansville Christian Church. She often joked it was her famous ham hock and beans that reeled him in. After Alex’s retirement, they bought a motorhome and spent several years touring around the United States and Southern Canada.

In 1997, they bought a retirement home in Yuma, Arizona and for the next nine years divided their time between Casper and Arizona. Her husband passed away in July 2013.

The world lost a beloved mother. When Agnes’s children were young, the phrase “stay-at-home-mom” didn’t exist. It was usual for women to stay home with the children while their husbands worked, but even by the standards of the era, Agnes was an exceptional wife and mother. She dedicated her life to her family.

Agnes’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the caring and committed staff of Meadow Winds.

Agnes is survived by her daughter Patti Sue Cuthill of San Diego, CA and grandson Richard (Nicole) Cuthill of Riverside, CA.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husbands Milan McLain and Alex Cuthill Jr, son Jimmy McLain, daughter Valerie Jean Creek, and six siblings Frank (Alma) Sadvar, Ella (RJ) Lott, Bill (Susan) Lacy, Marguerite (Ernest) Snell, Jack Hartford, and Betty (Hartman) Peter.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, Casper, Wyoming.

Funeral services will be held at Highland Park Community Church, Monday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m.

A reception will be held at the church after the cemetery rites. The family requests that you bring a favorite memory picture to share with everyone. They will be displayed at the reception.

Interment will be at Wyoming Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in Agnes’s name directly to Central Wyoming Hospice and Casper Meals on Wheels.


Ron Maher

Ron Maher: 1948 – 2021

Mr. Ronald Maher, 73, of Casper, WY was born January 20, 1948 and passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Ron was born and lived in Casper most his life. He was a wise and caring man who loved his kids and grandkids very much. He was married back in the ’80s to Jackie Maher, and they had 3 kids together. He loved to take his kids fishing and bowling. He also loved to tell stories of when he was younger to his grandkids. He enjoyed writing and playing the guitar and piano, at which he was very talented, playing mostly songs he learned through listening to the radio. Ron loved his grandchildren with everything he had and was proud of his children, supporting them no matter what.

Ron is survived by brother Steven Maher of Casper; daughter Marcella Maher of Casper; son Michael Maher of Wisconsin and his children Alex Nation, Xavier and Stephany; and son Robert Maher and Mary Maher of Casper and their kids Charles, Patrick, Raiden, and Robert Maher, Jr.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Edith Maher and Cecil Maher and siblings Bob, Linda, Donna, Leroy, Sandra, and Carol.


George Zimmers

George Zimmers: 1931 – 2021

George Zimmers, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Casper, Wyoming on November 7, 2021. 

The youngest child of Harry and Mary Zimmers, George was born on September 2, 1931 in French Camp, California.  

He grew up in Stockton, CA; Casper, WY; and on his uncle’s ranch on La Prele Creek near Douglas, WY.  

After attending Natrona County High School, he spent four years in the Navy. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1958 with a degree in English, and in 1961 with another in law.  

George practiced law in Laramie for 35 years, eight of which he served as the Albany County Attorney.  

After retiring in 1995, George split his time between living in Casper, Wyoming and El Huerfanito, Baja California, Mexico.

George loved history, law, literature and lyrics. In the words of Kris Kristofferson, “He was a walking contradiction.”

He was frugal — “why give your money to someone else if you don’t have to?” and generous — he would loan a friend money and never expect repayment. He almost always fought for the underdog but he hated special interest groups. He said he didn’t like pets but somehow adopted several stray cats and a dog that he loved.

“Partly truth and partly fiction,” he was a wonderful story-teller who never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

George was an excellent cook who enjoyed feeding people. If he invited you to dinner, he would tell you, “Dinner is at 6:00. Come when you want but if you’re not here at 6:00 we’re eating without you.” And he did. Many times guests showed up fashionably late and ate leftovers.

George is survived by his son Dorn Zimmers of Casper and his daughter Leah Bruscino (Mark) of Powell.  

Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will take place on a windy Wyoming day.

In remembrance, please consider a donation to Central Wyoming Hospice (https://cwhp.org/) or a charity of your choice.


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