Aug. 7 Barbara Nanita Rech, 82,
Aug. 6 Dorothy A. Gorham, 92, of Ten Sleep
Aug. 9 Charlotte Marie Hall, 62, of Manderson, in Casper
Aug. 12 George David Michaels, 89, of Burlington, in Cody
Aug. 9 Jacqueline Ann Wolf Shubert, 77, of Cheyenne, formerly of Worland
Aug. 20 DonElla Chesteen, 73, of Thermopolis, in Riverton
Aug. 14 Richard Neil Meisinger, 89, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Aug. 23 Helen M. Bond, 84, of Worland, in Maplewood, Minn.
Aug. 23 Eleanor “Ellie” Strickler, 89, formerly of Worland, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 27, John Holt Van Norman, 77, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Worland
Sept. 1, Marilyn E. Herman, 88, of Greybull, in Basin
Sept. 1 Mildred Ann Rayburn, 89, of Worland
Sept. 5 Ralph E. Moser, 71, of Worland
Sept. 5 David Bell, 79, of Sheridan, in Billings, Mont.
Sept. 9 Beverly A. Mazet, 78, of Worland in Casper
Sept. 9 John Thomson, 92, of Worland
Sept. 11 John William (Bill) Eckerdt, 88, formerly of Basin, in Worland
Sept. 10 Jerry E. Shryack, 76, of Worland, in Sheridan
Sept. 15 Jose Luis Aguilar, 22, of Lovell
Sept. 12 Lavern Ann Pomajzl Neihart, 80, of Worland in Salt Lake City
Lavern Ann Pomajzl Neihart, 80-year-old Worland resident, passed
away on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lavern was born on Sept. 12, 1934 at Crete, Nebraska to Steve and Anna Baloun Pomajzl. She attended school in Crete and graduated from Crete High School in 1952. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She was employed as a secretary at the Crete Mills office during her senior year of high school and after graduation.
Lavern married Donald Dean Neihart on Oct. 12, 1952 at Grace Methodist Church in Crete. They had three children: David Dean, Debra Ann and Douglas Jay. The family lived in Crete, Chadron and Gering, Nebraska before moving to Laramie in 1965 and to Worland in 1966.
Lavern worked for Federal Aviation Administration, USDA Forest Service, Farmers Home Administration, Bureau of Land Management and as director of the Worland Senior Citizens Center. She received awards for her loyal and dedicated service, outstanding accomplishments and for an employee suggestion that was adopted nationwide.
Lavern was actively involved with her family, in the community and throughout the state. She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she served as secretary, liturgist, Sunday school teacher, youth group sponsor, administrative council chairman, staff-parish relations committee chairman, finance chairman, Circle Chairman of Woman Society of Christian Services, and on the Missions and Social Concern Committee. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Bluebird leader, Girl Scout leader, and a volunteer with the Gering Junior Chamber of Commerce working with handicapped children.
She served on the American Legion Auxiliary National Executive Committee and as Northwest Division Chairman. She was president of the State of Wyoming, District 4 and Floyd Minch Unit 44 of the American Legion Auxiliary and state director of Wyoming Girls State. She served as president, corresponding secretary, and on project appointments and committees of Chapter AH, P.E.O.
She served as interim president of the State of Wyoming AARP, chairman of the AARP State Legislative Committee and was vice-chairman of Absaroka Head Start Board of Directors. She received the AARP Andrus Award for Community Builders Award and the Absaroka Head Start Humanitarian Award.
She was a caring person, always ready to help others. Her heart was filled with love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. Her pride and joy was her family. Her favorite pastimes were times with family and friends, reading, knitting, gardening, traveling, fishing and camping.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Lavern is survived by Donald, her loving husband of 62 years; sons, David (Brenda) Neihart of Cody and Douglas (Maureen) Neihart of Singapore; daughter, Debra (Brian) Eggleston of Riverton; grandchildren, Robert (Amy) Neihart of Helena, Montana and Michael (Abby) Neihart of Cody; great-grandsons, Jackson Dean Neihart of Helena and Braxston Michael Neihart of Cody; brother, Joseph (Jeanne) Pomajzl of Cody; sister, Norma (Donald) Hopkins of Escanaba, Michigan; and brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the United Methodist Church in Worland with Pastor Chuck Cooper officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Burial will be at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland. Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, 1301 Big Horn Avenue, Worland, Wyoming, 82401 or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.