Mary “Berna/Bernie” Bernadetta Lovato, 54, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was born to Robert and Roma Lovato in Tacoma, Washington on Sunday, April 9, 1967, the 10th of 11 children. Having five older brothers and five sisters fostered her character as a charitable, dedicated, expressive, vivacious and zealous woman. Berna had an enthusiastic drive for all that she did, inspired by the lives of the Holy Saints and strove to surrender her will to the Will of God.
She was full of life. When Berna entered a room it was obvious, the atmosphere immediately brightened-up and the noise level increased several decibels with her gregarious, joyful laughter as she gave her full and undivided attention everyone in the room.
As a young girl she enjoyed Brownie Scouts and Girls Scouts especially because the skills she learned were taught by her favorite scout leader – her mother. She loved playing with her baby dolls tenderly bottle feeding, rocking and singing to them. Berna’s spirited quality showed itself when helping to build marathon-type obstacle courses in the yard with her brother, John and sisters, Robin and Ana, running non-stop around the block, riding bicycles, roller skating, or playing Barbie and GI Joe with Ana (including renaming the GI Joe’s with her brothers’ names and having marriage ceremonies for the dolls). Once while riding on the back of John’s tricycle and holding on tight, he was Bronson and Berna declared she was Pretty Bronson from the television series “Then Came Bronson”.
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Berna’s athletic abilities lead her to play on the junior high school’s soccer team. Driven to learn, she knew the technical and crucial skills of soccer before the first match. Thriving on the strenuous activity, friendships with teammates, and her love for the game, she excelled in the sport. Determined to exceed, her own goals and limitations only increased in her a deeper love of life and dedication to all that mattered including her long friendship with Linda Hvezda Spero of Meridian, Idaho who she pondered teenage details of her first junior high school dance with. Over the years they have shared many family stories, faith conversations, giggles and joy.
High school held favorite memories for Berna. Upper classmates loved her and called her Bernie. She was a favorite amongst her peers. Her outgoing personality was perfect for the Drill Team that performed at high school football and basketball games and at the Rose Bowl Festival Parade in California. Little did she know her outward zeal for life would erupt from within herself for love of neighbor and the whole World.
Raised Roman Catholic but not fully aware of or committed to the doctrines of faith, Berna at 21 discovered the Sacred Heart Prayer Group at the Cathedral of Saint Mary. All that Berna had experienced and had become up to this point drew her into a profoundly deep relationship with Jesus Christ. She developed, fortified and lived her Roman Catholic convictions, loved much, and always with a generous heart gave her time, talent, and treasures willingly. Berna was a devoted friend, faithful sidekick, “Girl Friday”, and right-hand confidant to Susan Aldana of the Sacred Heart Prayer Group. With the group, Berna was active in the community and statewide with various ministries. When asked if she could help with a project or certain need, Berna never said no. She made time to help where and when needed even if she didn’t feel like it. Multitalented she made banners, posters, skit props, helped Susan decorate the Cathedral for the Christmas season and designing an interactive Bethlehem. Berna was welcoming to others at seminars, provided refreshments as the Refreshment Ministry go to, played the tambourine with the Music Ministry, was highly engaged with the Adoration and Healing Ministries, and aided Susan with the Catechism Ministry for mentally handicapped students. She was faithful to the Pro-Life march. Not holding back, Berna was involved with Susan in cleaning the “facilities” during Cheyenne Frontier Days as penance and sacrifice for the sins of the world and to raise money for persons in the community with financial need. A 33-year member of the Sacred Heart, the list goes on and on of her involvement at Saint Mary’s Cathedral and with the Sacred Heart Prayer Group. Her faith came alive and a beautiful transformation took place.
Employed at Laramie County School District #1 for nearly 31 years, Bernie was energized by love and compassion for the PALS students she served, the computer classes she taught, and all those at the administration building she was close with. Bernie put her artistic talents to work here as well making posters, banners, flyers and tending the administrative needs of the Special Services Division.
At family reunions Berna provided uniquely fun entertainment whether it was songs performed with white gloves and a black light and signing in American sign language or dancing to the beat of Elvis Presley and the News Boys. She performed skits and involved as many nieces and nephews as possible. We didn’t have to hire entertainment, we had Berna. She was not an onlooker, but active and alive. She was a seamstress, an upholsterer and mixed media artist, a gardener, handy with power tools, restored old furniture, and best friend.
Our beloved Berna struggled with cancer and the effect of treatments on and off for 14 years and the setback of getting Covid. Her friend and sister in Christ, Mary Shirk, wholeheartedly took Berna to appointments and treatments. Berna has competed well and has finished the race; she has kept the Faith (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Berna won her place in the kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. She is preceded by her father, Robert Lovato; brothers, Otto and Ernie Lovato; and sister, Mary Robin Romero. She is survived by her mother, Roma Lovato of Cheyenne; brothers, Anthony (Paula) of Phoenix, Arizona, Michael (Linda) of Laramie, Wyoming and John (Denine) of Chandler, Arizona; sisters, Mary Judene Lovato of Portland, Oregon, Mary Roma Audiss of Rapid City, South Dakota, Mary Aurmelia Decker of Cheyenne and Mary Anjelica “Ana” Lovato of Carlsbad, New Mexico; 29 nieces and nephews; 26 great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews; Godchildren; brothers and sisters in Christ; and countless friends.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with a Funeral Liturgy to follow at 10:30 a.m. An interment service will be conducted in Olivet Cemetery.
Karen Black, 72, of Cheyenne, passed away on August 12, 2021. She was born in Patuxent River, Maryland on April 22, 1949.
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Deloras (Dee) McClure, 85, of Cheyenne, Wyoming died August 12, 2021. She was born October 25, 1935 in Torrington, Wyoming. Dee married the love of her life, Ken McClure September 29, 1956. She had a career as a valued employee with WyDOT Highway Safety.
Dee was born premature and not expected to live more than a few days. She led a full and happy life. Dee touched many lives with her generosity and kindness making friends wherever she went. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and spending time at her cabin. She especially loved her two grandchildren and her cat Toby.
She is survived by sons Terry (Bonnie) and Marty (Patty); Grandchildren Kenneth and Hannah; Sister Frani (Dennis), and several nieces and nephews.
Dee was preceded in death by her husband Ken, parents Frank and Maxine Ross, siblings Betty, Rosie and Arthur.
Per Dee’s request, no service will be held. Cremation will take place under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Roslyne “Roz” Kaufman, a well-known, active, and caring member of the Cheyenne community, passed away on Monday morning, August 16, 2021 in Cheyenne.
Roz was the eldest child of Dave and Minnie Wolf of Denver and Cheyenne, and the wife of George Kaufman, also an icon in the Cheyenne community and owner of Peoples Sporting Goods for many decades.
Roz’s life is simply defined by her devotion to family and her service to the community. She raised three daughters, one of whom was born with a severe birth defect and who only lived to be 16 years old. That child was kept at home rather than being institutionalized for her entire life, and she was made as comfortable, safe, and healthy as was possible. Roz’s devotion to family extended to her distant as well as local family members, siblings, and grandchildren, all of whom were recipients of care, kindness and concern throughout the years.
The Cheyenne community benefitted from Roz’s talents as she worked tirelessly for multiple causes and organizations. She was a founding member of the Stride Learning Center and was instrumental in finding a location for their activities as well as furnishings for their building. She was a charter member of the Cheyenne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was president, publicity chair, board member or fundraising chair for dozens of charitable organizations in the city, including chairwoman of a city-wide Girl Scout Cookie Drive. In 1985 she was named Wyoming Mother of the Year, an honor of which she was particularly proud.
Roz is survived by daughters, Helen Sumner (Tim Thatcher) of Cheyenne and Susie Perlman (Sam Cheris) of Denver; grandchildren, Stacie Perlman (Aaron Moskowitz) of New Hampshire and Giordin Perlman (Steven Rockwell) of Florida; and four great-grandchildren, Sean Thatcher, Martin Moskowitz, Madilyn Rosalie Rockwell and Caleb Rockwell. She is predeceased by daughter, Elaine Joy Kaufman; husband, George S. Kaufman; and son-in-law, Martin Perlman.
Roz will be sorely missed by her family as well as the greater community for her wit, her drive, and her sincere concern for those around her, not to mention her banana bread and frosted brownies.
A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cheyenne Jewish Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Roslyne Kaufman may be sent to Stride Learning Center, CRMC Auxiliary, Mt. Sinai Congregation, or the charity of your choice.
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