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Obituaries: Dinkelman; Pierce; Sims; Steiner; Stoddard; Sunderman

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Christa-Maria Dinkelman: 1933 – 2023

Christa-Maria Dinkelman, of Cheyenne, passed away at Davis Hospice Center surrounded by her closest family members on October 16, 2023.

Chris was born in Murnau, the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany in 1933 to Eugen and Martha Steinmaier. She had many stories about growing up before, during and after World War II. Upon graduation in 1952 she moved to Munich, Germany and worked for American Forces Network AFN Radio while completing her apprenticeship in fashion design. While working for AFN Radio she was able to meet famous people of that time including Louis Armstrong and The Dorsey Brothers. During that time her love of jazz and sewing were cemented into who she became.

Whilst in Munich she met Larry Dinkelman, became engaged and immigrated to the United States . They were married in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and later settled in Fort Collins. They built and she lived in her home until 2023. Together they had three children; Erik, Mark and Anke.

ne of her proudest achievements was gaining her United States Citizenship in 1965, and soon thereafter followed by graduating with her Bachelor of Arts with Magna cum laude honors in 1970. During her time at CSU Fort Collins, she perfected her gardening skills and became a talented multi-lingualist. With her degree she taught German at UNC, Poudre High School, Fort Collins High School and retired at Thompson Valley District in Loveland and Berthoud in 1991.

Her retirement was spent traveling to as many foreign countries and places in the United States as she could. More achievements filled her list such as; climbing the great wall of China, visiting New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, Japan, United Kingdom, and countless other destinations. Her family was extended by the many foreign exchange students, student tenants and friends she made along the way on her travels.

It was during this later part of her life that she perfected her photography, artistic talents in many different media and created many beautiful pieces of art that fill her family’s lives and homes. She was a voracious reader and loved crossword puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter. She is survived by her children: Erik (Robin) Dinkelman, Mark (Natalie) Dinkelman and Anke (Tim) Crabdree; grandchildren and their spouses; and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of gifts or donations, Chris would want you to instead plant something, draw something, or create something for someone you love.


Dennis Pierce

Dennis Pierce: 1945 – 2023

Dennis Michael Pierce, age 78, passed away on October 22, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He is survived by his only child, Erin [Barry] Benedict; and his two cherished grandchildren, Dylan Hoock and Sierra [Damian] Olaveson. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Joan; and his infant son, Dylan.

Dennis was born in Rochester, Minnesota to Dennis and Ruth [Thedens] Pierce. He grew up with his older sister, Marilyn [James] Laudon, his younger brothers, Kenneth Pierce, and Paul [Arlene] Pierce.  After graduation from Minnesota State’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program, he went to work for Teleleckt, Rochester Public Service, and People’s Cooperative Power Association.  

Denny found his true passion and dedicated his career to ensuring that lights stayed on and power flowed when he worked as a lineman for Montana Power Company in Great Falls, Montana and subsequently, the town manager in Choteau, Montana.  At the end of his career, he served as a safety manager for MJ Electric, where he traveled the country ensuring the well-being of his colleagues. For the last two years of his life, Dennis lived with his daughter, Erin, where they enjoyed doing crossword puzzles together and playing cards.

Denny had a deep passion for hunting and fishing. He would spend countless hours on the water and was always excited for opening day. He found joy in passing on his love for hunting and fishing to his family and friends, especially his daughter, his nephews, and his grandchildren. You never had to ask him if he wanted to go fishing because the answer would always be, “Yes!”  His love for fishing was only surpassed by his love for his family and friends. He was known for his kindness and generosity, always willing to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, and probably a cold beer to anyone in need. His infectious sense of humor could light up any room, and he had a talent for bringing laughter to those around him.

His home was open to all, a place where memories were made, stories were shared, and laughter echoed through the late-night hours. Dennis will be remembered for his warm heart, his boundless generosity, and the way he made everyone feel welcome. He adored his two grandchildren, Dylan and Sierra, and their love for him was equally deep and enduring.  Denny touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of love, laughter, and kindness will continue to live on in the hearts of those he leaves behind.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the National Jewish Health, in honor of Dennis Pierce at https://donate.nationaljewish.org/page/30993/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=ORFY22COND.


Audrey D. Sims

Audrey D. Sims: 1962 – 2023

Audrey Dean Sims (nee Morrow), 62, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away on October 22, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was born on June 4, 1962. Audrey was an exceptional and uplifting friend, a loving and devoted mother, and a kind daughter. She loved being around people and encouraging them. She cherished each moment that she got to spend with family. Her loved ones will never forget her legacy.

Audrey is survived by her daughter, LaTrisha Sims; father, Harold Morrow; nephews, Aaron Morrow and Josiah Rayls; and niece, Angela Morrow and Michaela Runnells. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Doezene Morrow; and brother, Burt Morrow.

Audrey attended Central High School and later pursued higher education at Bible College. She dedicated her career as a Secretary for the State of Wyoming Department of Family Services. In her free time, Audrey enjoyed traveling with her daughter, laughing, talking, and praying.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 1, at Weiderspahn (Cheyenne, Wyoming) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, November 2, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ (1517 Walnut Dr.). Weiderspahn-Radomsky Chapel, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is assisting with the arrangements.


Bob Steiner

Bob Steiner: 1954 – 2023

Robert “Bob” Steiner, 69, of Cheyenne, passed away at Davis Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family on October 22, 2023. He was born March 23, 1954, in Greensburg, Indiana to Paul and Darlene Steiner.

Bob had a robust military career, including two tours overseas and service in Desert Storm. He then went on to work another 16 years at Nortrack. Bob loved to be outdoors, whether it be out hunting, sitting by the lake fishing, gardening in the front yard, or just being with family.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Steiner; four kids and their spouses: Stacey & Nick Seui, Mary & Paul Muro, Daniel & Tiffany Steiner, Joshua & Erica Steiner; grandkids: Nikolao & Ariana Seui, Phenix & Louden Muro, Skylar Steiner, Deacon & Delainey Steiner; and Danny Steiner & James Steiner.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Steiner; father, Paul Steiner; and sister, Joyce Apodaca.

Services will be held on November 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes, located at 1900 E. 19th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, with a reception to follow immediately following at The Gathering Place.


Kenneth Andrew Stoddard: 1972 – 2023

Kenneth Andrew Stoddard, (Andy) 51 of Cheyenne Wyoming, died in Casper Wyoming on October 19, 2023.

He was born in Laramie Wyoming on January 31, 1972 to Kenneth and Bertha (Gaye) Stoddard, and grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Andy attended East High School and later moved to Casper. Andy was preceded in death by Bertha (Gaye) Stoddard, mother; Margaret and Oliver (Gerald) Stoddard, paternal grandparents; Austin and Reba Honeycutt, maternal grandparents.

He is survived by his father; siblings; and children.

Andy was loved by family and friends and will be missed. A memorial will be planned and held at a later date.


Steven Sunderman: 1946 – 2023

Steven Roger Sunderman lost his battle with Mesothelioma on October 23, 2023 at his home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Steve was a real Wyoming man. He had the talent of a carpenter, strength of a farmer, and the mind of an engineer. He called Michigan, Utah, California, and Wyoming home. Steve received three Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam for the United States Army. He was a proud union worker and member of the Communications Workers of America, alongside his job as a Telecommunications Technician, for 31 years.

In retirement, Steve spent his time in leadership roles with the Scouting movement and was responsible for maintaining many campgrounds and wilderness areas used by scout troops across Southeast Wyoming.

He is survived by his bride; son; and daughter-in-law. Please share your memories of Steve with us, and be informed of Steve’s remembrance, by emailing stevefromcheyenne@gmail.com


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