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Obituaries: Cusick, Needham, Sostrom, Slater

Marilyn Jean Cusick

Marilyn Jean {Day} Cusick passed away November 23, 2021 at Aspen Winds in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was 91 years young. She was born on April 17, 1930 to Clarence and Ann Antonson.

Marilyn spent most of her life in Granite Falls, MN graduating as a proud Kilowatt in 1948. She was very proud of her days as a cheerleader and her reign as Homecoming Queen. Marilyn married her high school sweetheart and football star, Donald {Johnny} Day on March 27, 1949, and together they were blessed with 4 children,Vicki, Terri, Doug, and Mary Jo.
Marilyn was a dedicated wife and mom, and when she wasn’t taking care of things in her own home, she was helping friends and neighbors. Johnny passed in 1971. As a young widow she moved her family to Great Falls, MT and worked a full-time job. She met Neil Cusick and they were married April 19, 1980. She and Neil retired and moved to Cheyenne, WY. Neil passed away in 2001. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy. Always front row for school programs, dance recitals, every baseball game and track meet. “Proud of you” was heard from her with every accomplishment.

Marilyn is survived by her children. Terri {Steve) Myhre of Miltona, MN, and Mary Jo {Doug} Gale of Cheyenne, WY; her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Brent Halvorson (Jennifer) of Plano, TX, Nicole (Todd) Bruner and Jackson of Jacksonville, FL, Andrea Myhre and Mateo and Zaiya of Corvallis, OR, Tera (Allen) Gades and Tyler and Evan Montevideo, Derek Day of Manitowac, WI and Chad Day of Manitowac, WI, Jonathan Gale and Mia Jo of Cheyenne WY, Brady Gale and Lily Roux Cheyenne, WY; her sisters, Gayle Schafer and Pam Swanson; her sisters-in-law, Dar Antonson and Nancy Antonson; and a son-in-law, Dan Sparby.

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Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Donald Antonson and James Antonson; her first husband, Johnny Day; her second husband, Neil Cusick; a daughyer, Vicki Sparby; and a son, Doug Day.

Services will be Monday, 2:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

The families would like to thank Primrose, Aspen Winds and Davis Hospice for her exceptional care in the last 7 years of her life. You helped all of us on this journey.

Tammy B. Needham,

Tammy B. Needham, 58, of Sundance, WY died peacefully with her brothers by her side on November 18, 2021 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born February 11, 1963 in Newton, NJ to Wally and Kathleen Needham. At the age of 13 she moved to Cheyenne with her family. She graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1981 where she was a member of Central HS band color guard and the ROTC drill team commander.  She was also a member of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

She attended the University of Wyoming and received her Bachelors of Elementary Education. Her first teaching job took her to Weslaco, TX but her love for Wyoming led her back to teach in Sundance where she taught from 1992-2018. She has received multiple honors including the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Milken Educator Award, and the Wyoming Teachers Arch Coal Golden Apple award. She dedicated many hours to her students competing in Destination Imagination which led to many state championships and memorable bus rides to national competitions.

After her love for teaching and her students, Tammy’s biggest passion was spending time and showing her golden retrievers. She won several obedience and agility titles over the years with several of her dogs with her most proud moment finishing the championship title on her dog Sully.

She is survived by her brothers, Eric Needham (Tim Bright) of Atlanta, GA and Garry (Diana) Needham of Cheyenne; niece, Emily Needham of Cheyenne, and her two fur babies, Story and Sully.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Black Dog Animal Rescue ( or Lupus Foundation of America (

Cremation has taken place under the care of Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home and family services will be held in Sundance at a later date.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

“What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.”

Nels Oliver Sostrom

Nels Oliver Sostrom, 87, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was born in Riverton, Wyoming on August 28, 1934 to John Christian Sostrom and May Olivia (Holmberg) Sostrom. He graduated from Riverton schools and attended University of Wyoming earning his degree in civil engineering and later a Master’s degree in civil engineering. Nels joined the United States Army and later worked for the State of Wyoming, retiring in 1993.

Nels enjoyed classical music, playing trombone in the Cheyenne City Band, bird watching, traveling, the “Romeo” lunches with friends for 30 years, the annual “Red Beans and Rice” camping trips with co-workers, but most of all, his artwork.

Nels was a very talented and well-known artist.  His painting of the “Paul Smith Children’s Village” for the front of the telephone book cover won first place. The CRMC hospital commissioned him to paint four 4’ x 8’ murals depicting Wyoming scenes.

Nels was a quiet and humble man, always kind and gentle with a lively sense of humor, and always smiling. Many people loved him.

Nels married  Eleanor Anne (Blair) Buhrman on Valentine’s Day, 1998.

Nels is survived by his loving wife, Anne; brother, Leonard (Norah) Sostrom; sister, Anna (Mike) Wingert;  many nieces, nephews and cousins; step-children, Michael Helms, Lori (Mike) Zumo and Susan (John) Glass; and many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John (Shirley) Sostrom and Henry ( Glennis) Sostrom;  nephews, Fred Sostrom and Dale Coons; and a step-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cheyenne Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Jake Merriman officiating.  Interment will follow in Beth El Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cheyenne Animal Shelter or Cheyenne Artists Guild.
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Anthony Charles Slater

Anthony Charles Slater, 64, of Cheyenne passed away November 23rd, 2021 at his home.

Anthony was born July 11, 1957 in Los Angeles, California to Charles Slater and Cynthia Mays (Myree). Anthony graduated from Central High School and ran track and field. Anthony worked for many years at Burlington Northern Railroad. He was an avid fisherman.  

Anthony is survived by his mother, Cynthia Mays; children, Michael Carrera, daughter, Zoe Slater; siblings, Deborah R. (Michael) Mays Marlin of Georgia, Katrina E. Vaughn of Maryland, and Leonard Lenny Mays of Cheyenne; grandchildren, Devon, Dante, and Michael Taylor Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

Anthony was preceded in death by his father, Charles Anthony Slater; and daughter, Terri MCIntyre-Taylor.

Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, located at 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001.

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