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Obituaries: Legerski; Humphrey; Levario-Herrera; Maroney

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David Albert Legerski

David Albert Legerski: 1941 – 2024

David Albert Legerski, known affectionately as Dave, passed away on April 30, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after a valiant battle with aggressive lung cancer. He was born on August 26, 1941, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to his loving parents Helen and Joe Legerski.

Dave led a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and countless joyful experiences. His career spanned 35 years, starting at Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power and culminating in his retirement from Xcel Energy in 2001. Beyond his professional endeavors, Dave’s true joys lay in spending time with his cherished family. He had a special talent for cooking, inherited from his mother, and delighted in preparing meals for his loved ones during holidays, creating lasting memories around the dining table.

A man of immense kindness and generosity, Dave was always willing to lend a helping hand without hesitation. His laughter was infectious and could brighten even the darkest of days—filling any room with warmth and joy. Dave’s interests were as diverse as they were captivating. From being hailed as the “Sauerkraut King” for his homemade delicacies to brewing beer and making wine from grapes grown in his backyard, he approached every hobby with unwavering passion.

In addition to culinary pursuits, Dave found joy in building and flying RC airplanes as a longstanding member of the Cheyenne Hillhoppers Flying club. An adept mechanic and versatile craftsman, he could fix anything that came his way—a true Jack of all trades. Music also played a significant role in Dave’s life; he played the accordion and dabbled in guitar playing while reveling in the lively tunes of Polka music.

Amongst his proudest accomplishments was constructing a house mostly by himself and serving as a volunteer firefighter while residing outside city limits—a testament to his dedication to helping others. However varied his interests were, Dave always found solace in nature through camping trips, fishing excursions, and hikes in the Big Horns—a source of immense happiness for him.

Dave is survived by children, Jeff Legerski and Anne Legerski; siblings: Charles Legerski, Richard Legerski, Don Legerski; and two sisters-in-law, Karen Legerski and Suzanne Dickerson. In their time of loss, may they find comfort in the beautiful memories shared with Dave throughout the years.

He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Mary Ann Legerski; parents, Helen and Joe Legerski; sister, Michelle Schleyer; brothers, Greg and Eugene Legerski; and two sisters in-law, Bonnie Legerski and Shirley Legerski, all watching over their cherished family from above.

Services to celebrate Dave’s life will be held at Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home on May 13 for a prayer service followed by funeral services at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 14, before a gathering at Hartmann Hall.

Though Dave has departed from this world, his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him — a beacon of light shining brightly through cherished memories woven together by love and laughter.

Carol L Humphrey: 1937 – 2024

Carol Lou (Roberts) Humphrey passed away peacefully on May 11, 2024, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. She was born January 10, 1937, in Boulder, Colorado to Faye and William Roberts. She attended elementary school in Boulder until the age of 11 when she moved with her mother to Burns, Wyoming where her mother would eventually marry Carl Weber. She graduated from Burns High School in 1955 and married William Humphrey on August 24, 1955. Together, they raised two children, Catherine and Roger. Bill and Carol enjoyed camping trips with their family, spending time with their grandchildren and tending their yard and flowers.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; as well as her mother, stepfather; sisters, Virginia Dodge, Louise White and Irene Humphrey; and brothers, Elmer and George Weber.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine, of Cheyenne; son, Roger (Kathleen) of Torrington; along with grandchildren: Matt (Shannon) Humphrey, Kelley (Dustin) Nelson, Brady (Sydney) Humphrey, Annie Humphrey, Spencer Humphrey and Connor Humphrey; great-grandchildren: Lucy and Eleanor Humphrey, and Teigyn, Christian and Parker Nelson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes on Monday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. with internment in Beth El Cemetery following the service.

Jose Guadalupe Levario-Herrera: 1954 – 2024

Jose Levario, age 70, passed away in a tragic accident, near his home north of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. He was born February 16,1954 in Mexico.  

Jose had worked in Texas and Colorado before arriving in Wyoming in 1990.  He worked for the pig farm in Albin, Wyoming. He also worked for Memo Serrano in his fencing business and Margarito Gomez in his concrete business.  He worked on the farm of Jack and Jeannie Hockersmith and for elderly residents in Pine Bluffs. No information about Jose’s family is known.

Most people knew Jose as the guy who rides the bicycle around the town of Pine Bluffs. He transported his food, his tools, and yard equipment on his bicycle for miles in all kinds of weather.  His friends knew him as a quiet and a private man. Pine Bluffs became his home. He worked hard and would do any job that he was asked to do. He also had mechanical skills and tinkered on just about anything that needed repairs. 

Jose was close to Margarito Gomez and his family from Burns, Wyoming. He sometimes would ride his bike there to visit them, a 30-mile round trip! They welcomed him as a member of their family, including him in many of their activities. 

 Jose will be missed by all his friends in Pine Bluffs and surrounding areas. There will be a Celebration of Jose’s Life on May 25, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Historic High School, 607 Elm Street, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.  A meal will be served.

Friends of Jose would appreciate any donations to help with the cremation and mortuary expenses.   Contributions may be given to Jeannie Hockersmith through Points West Bank in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

Colleen Edna (Collins) Maroney: 1950 – 2024

Colleen Edna (Collins) Maroney, 73, of Cheyenne, passed away on May 11, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 22, 1950, to James and Dela Maxine (Hayden) Collins in Laramie, Wyoming.

She was known in life to be a loving wife to Jerry Maroney. They were married for over 40 years and had many adventurous travels from New York to Hawaii and even Mexico.

She is survived be her only son, Chad Madison; grandson, Keegan Michael Chad Madison; nieces: Heidi Parr, Shanon Clutter, Jamie (Nick) Gronsky, Morgan (Bryan) Holgate; several great-nieces-and-nephews; in addition to being a great-great aunt.

Colleen was proceeded in death by her three siblings, Sharon Schiender, James “Jim” (Gayle) Collins, and Gary Collins.

A Celebration of Life service will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cheyenne Church of Christ Church, 4707 Allan Road. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at TJoe’s.