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Obituaries: Avery; Crosley; Jahner; VanSickle

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Jeannette Theresa Avery

Jeannette Theresa Avery: 1932 – 2023

Mary Jeannette Theresa (Bocash) Avery, our loving mother, passed away peacefully of natural causes on September 6, 2023 at her care facility in Sundance, Wyoming.  Jeannette was 90 years old and surrounded by family and friends when she passed into the loving arms of our Lord.  She was the wife of Gerald E. Avery, to whom she was married for 71 years.

Jeannette was born eighth of ten children to Alfred Bocash and Malvina (Bilodeau) Bocash on September 25, 1932 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Jeannette’s joy came from her two children, Jerry Avery and Ann (Avery) Cournoyer, as well as her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  She was a loyal, strong, selfless, and amazing mother.  Throughout her working years, she had many jobs, but her favorite was working for the State of New Hampshire in the lab.  She was a hard worker and retired at age 70.  Jeannette’s hobbies included reading, bowling, and crocheting.  She treasured spending time with her family and going on cruises.

Jeannette leaves behind her husband, Gerald Avery; son, Jerry Avery (Stacey) of Moorcroft; daughter, Ann Cournoyer (Robert) of Moorcroft; sisters, Lucille Bourgeois of Manchester, New Hampshire and Cecile Demers of Hernando, Florida; five grandchildren: Jamie Gatchell, Jerrad Avery, Fawn Younkin, Cheryl Burr and Samantha Soesbe; seven great-grandchildren: Preston Snider, Avery Burr, Jaxson Avery, Bailey, Daisy, Pepper, and Weston Soesbe; one great-great-grandchild, August Vermillion.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Jeannette’s name, Care Of: Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY, 82716. 

Monita Renae Crosley

Monita Renae Crosley: 1965 – 2023

Our beautiful Monita Renae Crosley “Moe” or “Nita” passed away unexpectedly in her home in Greeley, Colorado on August 29, 2023 with her dog Bailey by her side. Monita was born on March 27, 1965 in Douglas, Wyoming to David Raymond Crosley and Charlotte June Harris.

Father deceased, mother still living. Monita graduated from Casper College with an associate’s degree in Social Work and went on to receive her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wyoming in 2016. Monita was employed by Weld County Colorado Human Services, specifically in the Child Welfare Department of human services, where she worked tirelessly for and with children and their safe keeping. She was truly a soldier for children. Monita was loyal to her belief in God, faithful to her church, Foundations Church in Loveland Colorado, and had been baptized on February 27, 2022.

She had many friends and other family that felt her loving heart as well. Monita had a fire for life and she lived it to the fullest. Her love was inescapable and she spread that love far and wide! It would be easy to say that her biggest passion in her life was helping people, which she made a vocation of, but also allowing her caring touch to family and friends alike. She enjoyed riding her Harley Davidson across the country side, rain, snow or shine she could be seen riding down the highway. You could always find Monita dancing, whether it was at the club or on the front room carpet. She danced and sang to all genres of music; dancing seemed to be one of her favorite things to do. Monita you will be truly missed, but we will have some peace in our hearts knowing you lived so fiercely!

Monita is survived by her daughter Muirenn Buckles; son-in-law Joshua Buckles; grandchildren: Kody, Marcus, and Thomas Buckles; mother Charlotte June Travitz; sister Paula Jean Crosley; brother David Wayne Crosley; step-sister Terri Ann Lesmeister; best friend and “adopted” sister Jacci Warne.

Monita was preceded in death by her father David Raymond Crosley; step-father John Ralph Travitz; and step-brother Michael John Travitz.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the North Casper Clubhouse, located at 1032 E. L Street Casper, Wyoming 82601 (we rented the club house for the day, feel free to come earlier and stay a little later).

Monita’s Colorado friends & family are planning her Celebration of Life in Greeley for Wednesday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Atlas Theater; 709 16th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631.

Thomas Ralph Jahner

Thomas Ralph Jahner: 1954 – 2023

Thomas Ralph Jahner of Surprise, Arizona passed away on August 20, 2023. He was born on April 28, 1954 to Frances and Ralph Jahner in Dickinson North Dakota.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Frances Jahner and brother Michael Jahner.

He is survived by his sister, Suzanne Jahner (Sue) and brother, Charlie Jahner; nieces Michele Jahner, Jenifer Jahner and Katie Moravec; nephews Zach Jahner and Dustin Arellano; great-nephews Dylan, Bo; and one great niece Tatum.

Tom worked for Pacific Power in Casper and Laramie Wyoming until retirement.

Graveside services will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dickinson, North Dakota on September 22, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Colleen Gaye VanSickle

Colleen Gohner VanSickle: 1960 – 2023

Colleen Gohner VanSickle, 63, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away Monday, September 11, 2023, at The Legacy in Gillette, after battling cancer.

Colleen was born January 2, 1960, in Billings, Montana to Emanual Gohner and Artina Diede Gohner. After their last son, Gary, was born in 1943, 17 years later Colleen was a bit of a surprise pregnancy. Colleen was the fourth born to Emanuel and Artina after Curtis, Allen, and Gary. Colleen’s younger sister Cathy followed in 1961.

Colleen graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1978.  In 1980, Colleen had her first child, Steven, and then in 1984 her daughter Jennifer.

In 1989 Colleen married Jace VonOlnhausen and they lived on a ranch in Big Timber, Montana where they raised Steven and Jennifer. Colleen enjoyed living in the mountains, hunting, fishing, and spending time with her family. In 1999 they moved to Wyoming and would divorce in 2002.

In 2014, Colleen met Gary VanSickle and they married February 12, 2015, in Billings, Montana. Gary meant the world to Colleen, and they tried to go camping as much as possible. Colleen also enjoyed going with Gary to Sturgis to cheer him on at his drag races.

Over the years Colleen worked at many grocery stores. She started at the IGA in Big Timber Montana where she worked while Steven and Jennifer were in school. Colleen worked the longest at Albertsons in Billings, Montana and Gillette, Wyoming.

Colleen is survived by her husband Gary VanSickle; son, Steven (Jessie) Myers of Lewistown, Montana; daughter, Jennifer Myers of Gillette, Wyoming; sister, Cathy Leary of Bozeman, Montana; niece, Jessica (Brett) Reyes of Buena Park, California; niece, Erika Haight of Roundup, Montana; grandsons, Axel Myers and Kallen Myers; and her beloved fur babies Gizmo and Jewel.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel and Artina; and her three brothers, Curtis, Allen and Gary.

Services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at Inspiration Garden in Gillette, WY at 11:00 a.m.