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Mary Ella (Finlayson) Wolcott

Casper, Wyoming / March 21, 1932 — September 7, 2017

Mary Ella (Finlayson) Wolcott, age 85 died peacefully on September 7th, 2017 at home in Casper. She was born March 21st, 1932 to Kenneth and Margaret (Mackay) Finlayson in Lander, Wyoming. She was the fifth child of six children. She had a happy childhood and felt fortunate growing up when and where she did enjoying her family and friends. Mary Ella was a very kind and caring person and will be missed by all. Mary Ella graduated Lander high school in 1950, then proceed to Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana acquiring her Registered Nurses Degree in January of 1954. She practiced her nursing profession in Billings, Casper, Bishop Randall Hospital in Lander and as a substitute nurse at the North and South Lander Grade Schools. During her years of nursing she practiced in many areas including, surgery, obstetrics, emergency room and ambulance care.

Mary Ella married Donald Dean Wolcott in the Methodist Church of Lander on December 22nd 1957. Mary Ella and Donald were married nearly 60 years. Donald was a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator in the Fort Washakie, state department of education, Lander and Natrona County schools. They raised four children.

During her life Mary Ella stayed involved with activities of the community, enjoyed crafting, social and genealogy organizations and her family. She was an active member of the Wyoming Family and Community Education Homemakers Club, Natrona Country Home Makers Club and Sage Glenn Club. She held many offices in the state, county and within the clubs. She enjoyed her leadership for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Mary Ella served for more than 20 years as a voting Election Judge Coordinator organizing and managing voting activities for local, state and federal elections. Her love of writing included correspondence with many Veterans over the years.

Mary Ella is survived by her husband, Donald; her son, Donald (Karina) of Alaska; two daughters, Lisa of Colorado and Karen (Jerry) Shepherd of Utah; four granddaughters, Brenna, Hailey, Kimberley, and Brianna Wolcott; two grandsons, Dylan and Lev; and two step grandchildren, Jerry and Jamie Shepherd; sister, Catherine Smail; two sisters-in-law, Jacque and Marijane Finlayson; many nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Cathma Thomas of Scotland.

Mary Ella was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Kenneth Finlayson; three brothers, Duncan, Kenneth (Korean War), and Charles; sister, Margaret; her son, Kenneth; and a nephew, George Finlay.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in her name to the Casper Humane Society, the Lander Methodist Church, Wyoming Homemakers Scholarship or charity of your choice.

Family and friends services will be held on Thursday, September 14th, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper. Memorial service will be held Friday, September 15th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM with a dinner reception to follow at the Lander Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander, WY on Saturday, September 16th, at 10 AM with a picnic in the Lander City Park following.

Town Crier: Helping Others

Fleece blanket project

The Fleece Blanket Project meets on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 520 CY Avenue. Everyone is welcome to come for an hour or two, or for the entire time. Dates are Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

We have made 438 blankets since we started on Jan. 30, 2016. The blankets are fringed and tied so we need people who can cut and people who can tie. If you haven’t tied a blanket before, we can show you how.

The blankets that are made are given to people in need of comfort and warmth. Blankets have been given to people who are homeless, to those who are struggling, and to people who need to know that someone cares about them. We also give blankets to organizations that provide services to those in need.

We can use donations of fleece as we use two yards of printed fleece and two yards of a solid color fleece per blanket. If you have any questions, please call First Christian Church at 234-8964 or email Debbie Mestas at

Chorale board selected

The 2017-2018 Casper Children’s Chorale Board has been selected. Serving this year will be: Shawn Galles, president; Michelle Thompson, VP public relations; Caridee True, VP contributions; Caitlin Vondra, VP children’s projects; Melissa and Ryan Klinger, VP trip coordinators; Linda Fittje, publicity; Johnna Ward, secretary, and Laura Skiles, treasurer. These positions are volunteer and require a time commitment from each board member. We thank each of them for their service to our community and to the children and families of the Casper Children’s Chorale.

Hogadon Tune-Up Day Sept. 16

The annual Hogadon Basin Ski Area annual Tune-Up Day is 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Join in beautifying and preserving the local ski area. Registration is at 8:30 at the lodge with breakfast items provided. Lunch will be served at noon with door prizes and T-shirts. For more information, call Hogadon Basin Ski area or visit

Garden help needed

Wyoming Food for Thought Project invites anyone who is interested in getting their hands dirty, learning and giving back to join our garden committee.

The garden committee will help us “grow” our gardens, with expertise and human energy.

We are seeking help at each of our four gardens, as well as help with our partner’s community gardens. A desire to help as well as learn, and work in the garden year-round, is required.

Call Jamie or Cassandra to join the committee at 307.337.1703 or send an email to

Register for mental health conference

The Wyoming Counseling Association is in high gear preparing programing and training that Wyoming mental health professionals need in order to be successful. Planners are very excited about the lineup for Oct. 12-14 in Cody. Register today for early bird pricing. Special pricing expires on Friday, so don’t wait.

Holy Cross Center needs help

Holy Cross Center, Inc. has fed hungry families in the Casper area for many years without any formal fundraising. Due to the downturn in our economy, the demand has increased substantially. We are currently serving an average of 622 needy families per month. As a result, we are struggling to meet the current needs. Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please send your donations to: Holy Cross Center, 1030 N. Lincoln Street, Casper, WY 82601. Thank you for your continued support and help to feed God’s hungry people.

Help Joshua’s

Joshua’s Warehouse needs help with its new thrift store. If you need to put in hours for community service or fine conversions, or if you have time to help with a worthwhile project, we can use you.

Sheet rock, plumbing, electrical work, general help. If you can donate any time to help, please contact Kim Perez, CEO, at 265-0242 or text her at 215-6683.

Summer clearance at Methodist thrift

The summer countdown clearance sale has begun at the Methodist thrift shop, 611 W. Collins St., in Casper, one block west of the NCHS football stadium.

All merchandise and clothing is half price now. The prices get lower as time passes, but the selection gets smaller. Shop soon for best bargains in men’s, women’s, kids clothing, fabrics, linens, kitchenware, dishes, wall art, books and miscellaneous knick-knacks.

Open store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clean, usable clothing and items are gratefully accepted during open hours.

Cleaning and re-stocking closure is Sept. 21 to 30 with a re-opening Oct. 2, with an all-new fall inventory.

The thrift shop is staffed with volunteers from the Methodist church however the net proceeds go to Interfaith and Holy Cross Brothers. Your support enables us to do this and is greatly appreciated. For more information, call 234-6611.

Sponsor Holiday Square lighting

Keep Casper Beautiful is seeking sponsors for the 2017 lighting of Conwell Park, known as Holiday Square. Last year, with the help of sponsors, Keep Casper Beautiful was able to help add a light show and enhance the lighting event. With the help of community sponsors, the light show will be enhanced and displays will be added, as well as an official countdown clock. Sponsorship levels start at $100 and must be received by November 3. In addition to sponsors, Keep Casper Beautiful is also seeking food vendors for the lighting event on Nov. 19. Vendor spaces are free but limited. Sponsorship levels and more information can be found at

Become a ski patroler

Casper Mountain Ski Patrol is recruiting for candidate patrolers.

Individuals who enjoy skiing and boarding who would like to join the team of outdoor emergency care technicians are welcome to inquire.

For more information, time and place of the informational meeting, contact Mark Bower at 307-215-6075.

Quilts of Valor every Wednesday

The Central Wyoming Chapter of Quilts of Valor meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to sew at the Central Wyoming Senior Services Center, 1831 E. Fourth St. Quilts of Valor are made by volunteers. Donated fabrics, supplies or monetary donations are appreciated. The chapter awards quilts to veterans who reside in the Central Wyoming region. Dues are $5 per year, and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Yung Hui Torske at 258-5578, Sandy Elliott at 307-554-0331 or any chapter member.

Scarves for Special Olympics

Special Olympics Wyoming invites those who knit and crochet to make scarves for the Wyoming Special Olympics athletes to wear at State Winter Games in February 2018. Please use black, gray and white in the scarves, which should measure approximately 6 by 60 inches in any pattern. The deadline to receive the scarves is January 2018. Please send scarves to Special Olympics Wyoming, attn. Scarf Project 2017, P.O. Box 624, Jackson, WY 83001. There is more information available at

Food of the month

Wyoming Food for Thought Project has announced its food of the month suggestions for the nearly 1,000 weekend food bags its volunteers prepare for food-insecure school students in Natrona County each week. Often, schools, churches and other groups designate certain collection days for a specific type of food as a donation.

The suggested food items may be taken to program headquarters at 900 St. John, but it’s best to call ahead.

September, Chef Boyardee products; October, cereal; November, soup; December, chili.

For more information, call Cassandra at 337-1703.

Disabled vets need volunteer drivers

The Disabled American Veterans need volunteer drivers to take veterans to their medical appointment at the VA hospital in Cheyenne. The volunteer driver will transport them in a VA vehicle. If you are interested, please call the DAV transportation office in Cheyenne at 307-778-7577 for further information.

Toni Rae Senstock

Casper, Wyoming / July 12, 1968 — September 9, 2017

Toni Rae Senstock, 49, of Casper, Wyoming passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Toni was born July 12, 1968 in Casper. She married Roger Senstock on April 11, 2005 in Jamaica. She worked for 19 years as a Registered Nurse.

Toni is survived by her loving husband, Roger, and her children, grandchildren, mother, sister, brother, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Glenrock Town Park with Pastor Tim Adams officiating. A reception in the Park will immediately follow the service.

Louise Alice (Gordon) Wright

Casper, Wyoming / April 27, 1925 — September 8, 2017

Louise Alice (Gordon) Wright was born April 27, 1925 to Lon and Bernie Gordon, in Marbleton, WY. She attended school in Big Piney and graduated in 1943. She was also a cheerleader for the Piney Punchers. Louise was well loved in her community, and known for her ability to teach anyone how to dance.

She married L.G. Wright on January 28, 1956. They moved briefly to Oklahoma, and then returned to Casper where they remained and raised their daughter. They adored each other, and though L.G.’s job kept him on the road, their love never wavered.

Louise had many interests such as crafting, canning, dancing, fishing, traveling, gardening, leading Brownie troops, and bowling. Even though she always remained active, her main focus was her family. She was an adventurer, and took vacations every year.

In 1970 Louise, with the help of her sister Esther, took over the Tip Top Café in Casper. They employed several family members during her two-year ownership, and made a lot of friends.

Louise’s pride and joy was her family, and pets, both of which she showered with love and attention.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Jill Wright; grandchildren, Cody Neubauer and Christopher Neubauer (Sarah); great-grandchildren, Tristyn Bunton, and Hazel Neubauer; along with nieces and nephews too numerous to count. She is also survived by her cats, Kiki and Nakita, and dog, Doogey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lon and Bernie; ten siblings; and husband of 60 years, L.G.

Services will be held at 1:00pm, September 15, 2017 at the Oregon Trail Veterans Chapel. Reception following at the Evansville Community Center. Wear something colorful.

Chad Anthony Shero

THERMOPOLIS -- Services for Chad Anthony Shero, 44, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the Community Federated Church. He died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mortimore Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Town Crier: This Just In

Chad Prather

tickets Friday

Comedian and armchair philosopher Chad Prather brings his Star Spangled Banter Tour to the Casper Events Center Summit Room at 8 p.m. Dec. 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 11:30 a.m. Eighteen and older are welcome. Tickets are $26 in advance, $29 day of show, with early bird tickets only $20. Meet and greet tickets are $76. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

Prather is known for his way with words. He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician, and observational humorist.

Tickets will be available online at, charge by phone at 577-3030 and (800) 442-2256 or in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or statewide SinclairTix outlets.

Coyotes host

UW hockey

The Casper Coyotes host the University of Wyoming hockey team at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Casper Ice Arena. Coach David “Smoke” Cole returns to the hockey bench as coach of the Coyotes. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids.

Senior dance

at Eagles

Senior Dance is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Hall, 306 N. Durbin St. Dance to the melodic and easy dancing music of SwingSounds Band featuring true country, country swing, pop, oldies and jazz tunes. Potluck snacks are served at 8 p.m., and door prize drawings at 9 p.m. Admission $5, under 15 free. Entrance at side door in north parking lot, additional parking across the street and the entire parking lot at A and Durbin.

Bel Canto auditions

Bel Canto, the primer group of the Casper Children’s Chorale, is holding open auditions for students in grades 2-5 to join this year’s choir.

Bel Canto Choir provides young singers an opportunity to improve vocal technique, musicianship, and performance skills. Bel Canto rehearses every Tuesday from 4:15-5:15 p.m. and performs four concerts during the school year, including two with the Casper Children’s Chorale. To schedule an audition, please text conductor Terry Schreckengost at 797-1218. Singers should prepare the first verse to “America” (My Country ‘Tis of Thee). There is no cost to audition. However, if selected, members pay semester dues.

Share the

stars with your kids

So you haven’t been to the Casper Planetarium since you were a kid? Come see how things have changed. Our 360-degree multi-media system makes each show an animated and immersive experience. Shows average about 45 minutes, but plan to spend some time before or after looking at our interactive science exhibits in the lobby, too. We recommend kids be at least 7 to attend our shows. Each show is just $3 per person (cash or check only, please).

Fall schedule (good through Dec. 11):

“Stars:” Discover the awesome beauty and destructive potential of these galactic powerhouses. Tuesday through Friday at 4:15 p.m.

“Sunstruck:” The sun fuels our planet, but also threatens some of our 21st century technology. Saturdays at 7 p.m (except for the first Saturday of each month).

“Eclipse: The Sun Revealed:” The history, science, and experience of a total solar eclipse. Saturdays at 8 p.m.

“Totally Live:” A live tour of the current night skies, featuring stars, planets, and stories of the constellations. The first Saturday of each month at 7 p.m.

Free telescope viewing session

The Casper Planetarium will host a free public telescope viewing session on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m, weather permitting. Several telescopes will be set up on the Planetarium lawn, and people are welcome to bring their own telescopes as well. If the skies are clear, we should have a good view of the moon, Saturn and several star clusters. Join us at 904 N. Poplar for a close-up look at our fall skies.

Vital Network goes

to the dogs

Casper’s Vital Network invites women for “The Best Dog-gone Breakfast!” Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m. Susan Thomas, widow of Senator Craig Thomas and founder of the family’s foundation, shares her experiences raising service dog puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. Local pet author Gayle M. Irwin will share some inspirational words, including a short story published last month in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That?” Her books will be for sale with a percentage donated to the Casper Humane Society. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pet supply item for the CHS in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month; their names will be entered in a drawing for a free book from Irwin. Local musician Diane Lynn will lend her talents to the morning. Cost of $5 includes a light breakfast. Questions about this event, held at Highland Park Church, should be directed to Amy: 473-8633 or Julie: 235-8848.

Professional Development Day

for women

Tickets for the Professional Development Day on Oct. 6 at the Casper Events Center are now on sale. Full-day tickets include continental breakfast, lunch, coffee bar, one martini, all speakers and Girls Night Out at the Women’s Expo on Friday evening.

Speakers include Dr. Laurie Nichols, president of the University of Wyoming; Sandy Widmer of Casper; Lorie Eichert, Micah Larsen and Donna Hartley. Keynote speaker Oya Thomas will present from noon to 1 p.m. on “Shine Like the Star You Are.”

Tickets are limited and should be purchased by Oct. 2.

Full-day tickets are $90; half-day with check-in at 11 a.m., is $55. A full day table of eight is $630; half-day table of eight is $385. Tickets are on sale at, by phone at 577-3030 or 1-800-442-2256, in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at SinclairTix outlets throughout the state.

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