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Obituaries: Munoz Sr.; Coon; Sapienza

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Julian 'Bob' Munoz, Sr.

Julian “Bob” Munoz, Sr.: 1947 – 2023

Robert Julian “Bob” Munoz, Sr., 76, of Cheyenne, died on April 24, 2023 in Cheyenne.
He was born on February 17, 1947 in Cheyenne.

Bob worked at Keg N Kork Liquors for over 30 years and prior to that he worked at FEWAFB. Bob served in the U.S. Army between 1966 and 1969, receiving the Purple Heart medal during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed going to the gym, cooking and being in the company of his family. He was a devoted Wyoming Cowboys fan and has held season tickets for over 20 years. He was a proud sponsor of the Cowboy Joe Club.


He is survived by his son Robert, Jr. (Rosa); a daughter, Katrina; two grandsons, Robert L. Munoz and Ray Abeyta; seven stepchildren, Mona, Anthony, Frank, Ray, Danny, Anita, Diane, and their families: sister, Theresa Apodaca; brother Paul Munoz (Patsy); numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Jennie Fernandez; sister, Mary Smithers; nephews, Mario, Rudy, Dominique, and Paul; niece, Diana; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Vigil for the Deceased will be Monday, 6:15 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.


Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral with burial to follow at Cheyenne National Cemetery.

Claudia A. Coon

Claudia A. Coon: 1942 – 2023

Claudia A. Coon, 80, passed away at Davis Hospice on April 25, 2023.


She was born on December 10, 1942 in San Francisco, California to Arnold E. and Ruth Nelson Hughes.

She is survived by her daughter Robin Terrell; sons, David (Rhonda) Sabado and Frank (Melanie) Hubbard; sister Diane Fickle; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marshall Coon and her parents.


She retired from the State of Wyoming and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

A private family service will be held. Donations can be made to Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Laurie Sapienza

Laurie Sapienza: 1956 – 2023


Laurie Ann Sapienza passed away on April 20, 2023 after a brief illness, and the world lost a good, good person.

Born in Cheyenne on June 25, 1956, Laurie left Wyoming after briefly attending the University of Wyoming and moved to Arizona. She lived in Arizona for most of her adult life but returned to Cheyenne in 2004.

Laurie was the primary caregiver for her parents as they aged, and she spent countless hours devoted to their care. Laurie loved to write poetry and was a voracious reader. One of her poems was published, but many others just ended up in spiral notebooks. She loved animals, and was a frequent rescuer of dogs and birds. Each dog she rescued was treated to a wonderful life of being loved unconditionally, although it is hard to judge who profited most from the relationship. You may be sure that many animals who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge just welcomed her to Heaven.


Laurie was preceded in death by her parents, John S. Sapienza and Fern Hegler Sapienza.

She is survived by her siblings: John and Carol Sapienza of Brunswick, Maryland ; Lynn and Tim Olsen of Eugene, Oregon; Jerral and Jennifer Sapienza of Portland, Oregon; nephews Tom (Amber) Sapienza, Dan (Vanessa) Sapienza, Nathan (Rain) Olsen and niece Jenna Maria Sapienza. She is also survived by her long-time dearest friend, Karen Doty-Hudson and her husband Gary of Orange, Texas.

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