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Obituaries: Martinez, Valdez, Reicha, Weckwerth

Alizardo Lee "Sonny" Martinez

Alizardo Lee “Sonny” Martinez: 1943 – 2022

“Sonny” was born in Cimarron, New Mexico to Leandro Lee and Easter Duran Martinez. The family, consisting of brother Frank and sisters Maryann, Jeanne, Priscilla and Betty, moved from New Mexico to Wyoming in 1955. Sonny went to school in Hot Springs County, Thermopolis, Wyoming, focusing on ranching and rodeoing, earning a degree in Cowboying.

On Jan 1, 1964, he married his soulmate, Carole Christine Schaff, and they raised two sons, Reid and Griff. Through his years he managed many ranches, all the while building his own herd of cattle. Lee rodeoed in events across Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska, winning multiple rodeo titles in Bareback, Bull Riding and Team Roping events. He won his first belt buckle at the age of 14 in Bareback Riding in Meeteetse, Wyoming.

Lee never knew a stranger and always was the first to welcome someone into his family, which was his passion along with horses and cows. He loved them with a full heart and passion every day.


Beverly Ruby Valdez

Beverly Ruby Valdez: 1932 – 2022

Beverly Ruby Valdez was welcomed home on May 4, 2022 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on April 14, 1932 in St. George, Utah to George ”Ammon” Stringham and Vilate Stringham. She was the middle child of a total of five siblings.

In her teens, her family moved to the windy city of Casper and she met a strapping young cowboy by the name of Robert Northrup Turner, and the two married in May 1950. The two welcomed four children. In 1973, Robert Northrup Turner went to his final resting place. Beverly remarried in 1976 to Jose “Joe” Valdez. She worked at Natrona County School District 1 as a cook and then as a head cook for a total of 24 years.

She was welcomed home by her parents, all of her siblings, two nephews, and several other family members.

She is survived by all of her children: Ann Day (Don), John Turner (Yvonne), Robert “Bob” Turner “(Linda), and Matt Turner (Cindy). She is also survived by her stepchildren Lorenzo “Lorry” Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Luke Valdez, Frank Valdez, Virginia Chilton and Jennifer Martinez, and their children; her grandchildren from the Turner side of her family Casey Day, Jamie Leslie, Kristy Genetti, Max Turner, Ryan Turner, Lynette Johnson, Shawna Osterman, Alissa McFarlane, Dillon Turner and Cody Turner; and numerous great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids.

Her services are to be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 2627 E. 7th St., Casper, WY 82609 on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.


Charles Reicha

Charles Reicha: March 29, 1938 ~ May 6, 2022 (age 84)

Charles A. Reicha, 84, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 while at Central Wyoming Hospice. A memorial service will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 10 a.m. Pastor Dave Mondle will be officiating. Burial will follow the memorial at The Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery.

Charles was born in Suttons Bay Township, Michigan on March 29, 1938. He graduated from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and became a U.S. Navy Petty Officer first class stationed on the USS Forestall. Charles was married to Stavroula Gerochristos on April 18, 1976. They were married 34 years before her passing on July 15, 2010.

Charles spent 22 years in the Navy before retiring. He then moved to Odessa, Texas to join the oil field in 1982. After a few years, Charles joined the Texas Department of Transportation. After 20+ years, he retired and moved to Casper, Wyoming to be closer to his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Charles then married Muxiu He on November 13, 2015; they were married until his passing.

Charles enjoyed traveling and model trains. He greatly enjoyed teaching his grandson of 15 years about model trains, building them and repairing them.

Charles is survived by his wife Muxiu Reicha; grandson Anthony J. Wolford; five sisters Elizabeth Cousino, Patricia Price, Francis Price, Beverly Hughes, Teresa Grundy; daughter Christina E. Wolford; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife Stavroula Reicha, mother Susanna Reicha, and father Anthony Reicha.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 S. Wilson St., Casper, WY 82601


Christine Clausen Weckwerth

Christine Clausen Weckwerth: 1929 – 2022

Christine Clausen Weckwerth stepped into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on April 23, 2022 at the age of 92. She was born on October 30, 1929 to Sadie Berhhild Pearson and Peter Dunbar Clausen in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Christine was the youngest of seven children including two brothers and four sisters. Christine graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming in 1948. While in school, she loved sports and was involved in the swimming and diving teams. She met the love of her life, Billy, when she was in junior high school.

They were married on September 23, 1948 in Casper, after Billy returned from his Navy duty in World War II. Christine and Billy lived and raised their family in Casper, Wyoming.

They had two children: a daughter, Roxanne, and a son, Scott. Faith and family were of the utmost importance to Chris and Billy. They were very active in First Baptist Church, participating in many choirs, singing groups, fellowships, small groups, and Bible studies.

Chris was also involved in Women’s Aglow for several years. Christine had many accomplishments and, most notably, had a gift for hospitality. She was an accomplished oil painter, home decorator, seamstress, and fabulous cook. Her homemaking abilities were remarkable.

Her creative abilities were phenomenal, and she was always creating something beautiful, special, or delicious to bring joy into the world. Chris and Billy were involved in many Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operas through the years. They loved to dance and sing.

Christine loved spending time with family and friends. She was precious to those who knew her. During the years, Christine worked as a stenographic supervisor and executive secretary for several companies, including Marathon Oil and Cleveland Cliffs Iron Exploration. In 1991, Christine and Billy retired to Greeley, Colorado.

They spent the next 26 years as snowbirds, traveling and wintering in Yuma, Arizona. At the time of her homegoing, Christine and Billy had been married for nearly 74 years.

Christine’s parents and siblings preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Billy, her daughter Roxi, and her son Scott (Annie). Also remaining are her grandchildren Adam (Jessica) and Darien (Kelly), as well as her great-grandchildren Aiden and Kyler. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

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