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Obituaries: Chariez; Corbet; Epler; Garvin; Martinez; Ward

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Antonia M Chariez

Antonia M Chariez: 1935 – 2024

Antonia Maria Chariez, also known as Toni, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the age of 88. She was born on June 10, 1935, in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Antonia was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Antonia was a compassionate soul who cherished her family above all else. Her unconditional love and generosity knew no bounds. She was always there to lend a helping hand, whether it was assisting with bills, preparing a warm meal, or offering a place to stay. You didn’t have to be related to her, to be the best Tia (auntie). Antonia’s door was always open, and her kind words and bright smile brought comfort to all who knew her.

She had a zest for life, especially when it came to Saturday night Mexican dances. Antonia’s cooking skills were legendary, with dishes like potato salad Menudo, Chile Colorado, and her famous tortillas leaving a lasting impression on all who tasted them.

In her professional life, Antonia held various jobs, from being a waitress and seamstress to owning her own restaurants. Despite having three strokes, and a broken hip, and knee replacement. Her final job was as a senior companion for 28 years, where she brought joy and companionship to those in need. She was also well known in the community. Antonia was nominated for the prestigious Wyoming Jefferson Award.

Outside of work, Antonia enjoyed crafting, sewing quilts, playing games on her tablet or at the casinos, and most of all, dancing. Her favorite pastime was spending quality time with her family, creating cherished memories together. Especially with her son, Leroy, who she was so proud of.

Antonia is survived by her son, Leroy Romero (Peggy); daughter, Sylvia Romero; sister, Maryann Sands; a very special friend, Bonnie Gardea; niece, Carmen Garcia; grandchildren: Chris, Eddie, Josh, Desiree Candace, Celeste, Justina, Carrolynn, Josephine, and Gabriel; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; four brothers; and one granddaughter.

Antonia’s Viewing will be on Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m., which will be held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. The funeral service will take place on June 7 at 10:00 a.m., at Restoration Fellowship, 522 Capital Ave. followed by a graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wyoming Senior Companion Program, Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center, or Davis Hospice in Antonia’s honor. Her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who were touched by her love and kindness. Although we’d like to mention everyone the family would like to Thank everyone who came forward in providing help in the time of Antonia sudden illness.

Lisa M. Corbet

Lisa M. Corbet: 1958 – 2024

Celebrating the Life of Lisa M. Corbet
July 6, 1958 – May 27, 2024
Beloved wife, daughter, sister & mother of many

Lisa was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Joseph and Saundra Cook Borghi. Lisa was married to Randy Corbet for over 37 years and together they had a son, Dustin (Erica); a daughter, Rachel; and many fur babies. This includes multiple herds of cattle. Lisa grew up with siblings: Laura (Tom), John and Patricia (Tom).

Lisa was easily loved by many as she had a heart of gold. She was always very warm and inviting to anyone she met. She would always think of others before herself. Lisa loved reading murder mystery novels and watching scary movies. She loved bougie handbags, but in every other way was very grounded and down to earth. Any day you could find her snuggling her beagle, Luna, and catching up over the phone with loved ones. She loved to laugh which Randy enjoyed assisting her with. If you had plans to meet up with Lisa, she would never arrive late; she was very conscientious of others’ time.

Lisa’s most recent favorite pastime was spending time camping in South Dakota with her husband, Randy, and her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Tom. They especially enjoyed joy riding side-by-sides by day and grilling pizza and enjoying each other’s company by evening.

Lisa worked at the post office for approximately 30 years. If you lived in Cheyenne for any length of time, prior to 2015, you’ve probably had her aid and assist you with your packages and envelopes and supplied all your stamping needs.

With her at the time of her passing were her son, daughter-in-law and husband. She fought a long battle of sickness and although she succumbed to the final effects of cancer, she still remains victorious as she received her full healing and has stepped into her glory in heaven with the rest of her family who preceded her in death. Of which is her daughter, Rachel; mother, Saundra; father, Joseph; and brother, John. She is survived by her husband; son; daughter-in-law; sisters; a plethora of nieces, nephews and her mother-in-law, Dorothy whom she loved dearly.

Lisa’s favorite color was PURPLE. Wear whatever you wish to Lisa’s memorial service, but if you have anything purple, subtle accents or full-blown outfits, it would tickle Lisa to gaze upon the crowd and see her favorite color paid tribute to.

Please consider in place of sending flowers, to donate instead to a charity organization; either the Saint Jude Children’s Hospital or the Humane Society who helped rescue 4,000 beagles from lab experiments in Virginia recently.

We would love it if you would like to share an image, story or a memory you have of Lisa.

Rest in peace dear Lisa, this is just goodnight, it’s not goodbye.

Barbara Jean Epler

Barbara Jean Epler: 1933 – 2024

Barbara Jean Epler, 91, a longtime resident of Hillsdale, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, May 26, 2024, following a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. Born the youngest of twelve siblings, Barbara’s life was marked by her love, curiosity, and commitment to her family and community.

Barbara farmed and ranched in Hillsdale with her husband, Harry L. Epler, and their three sons: Casey, Alan, and Curt. A lifelong learner, Barbara became a Reiki master, a master gardener, a jeweler, and collector.

Her commitment to her community was remarkable. Barbara played the piano at the Hillsdale Methodist Church for many years and was a vital part of the vacation Bible school. As a leader in 4-H, she mentored countless young people, sharing her wisdom and fostering their growth. Her spirituality was a cornerstone of her life, providing her with strength, comfort, and insight.

Barbara was known for her generous spirit and warm heart. She was a giver in every sense, always ready with love, energy, understanding, or encouragement. Her impact on her family and community was profound, and her legacy of kindness will continue to inspire those who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Epler; her parents, Tony (Antionette Babette) Brambora Federer (emigrated from Bohemia-Czechoslovakia) and John Federer; and her 11 siblings: Francis “Fran,” Walter, Ruth, Lydia, Johnny, Doris, Esther, Alice Mae “Betty,” James “Jim,” Kenneth “Tuffy,” Melvin “Bud;” and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Barbara is survived by her sons: Casey (Bonnie) Epler, Alan Epler, and Curt (Patty) Epler; Rex (Cindy) Dolan; her grandchildren: Reba Epler, Rhett Epler, Lani Epler, Harry Epler, Ali Epler, Paige (Cody) Anderson, Justin Dolan, Kristen Dolan Wendt, and Brian (Eryn) Dolan; her seventeen great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.  

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the Hillsdale Methodist Church Community Center, 1474 Markley Ave, Hillsdale, WY 82060, with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsdale Methodist Church, in honor of Barbara’s lifelong dedication to her faith and community.

William George “Bill” Garvin

William George “Bill” Garvin: 1948 – 2024

A Life Well Lived
Bill Garvin, a man of unwavering dedication and love, passed away surrounded by the memories he cherished. His legacy is woven into the fabric of our lives, and we celebrate the remarkable journey he undertook.

A Passion for Perfection
Bill’s meticulous nature extended beyond his yard and home—it permeated every aspect of his existence. Whether tending to his yard or maintaining his house, he found joy in perfecting the details. His pride in these accomplishments was evident to all who knew him.

The Great Outdoors
In his youth, Bill reveled in the rugged beauty of Iron Mountain. Hunting and fishing were not mere pastimes; they were sacred rituals. Bill shared these traditions with his children, passing down not only skills but also a deep love for nature. His grandkids, wide-eyed and eager, rode alongside him on his ATV through the serene Mountain Meadows.

The Collector’s Heart
Cars held a special place in Bill’s heart. Over the years, he amassed a collection that reflected his passion for craftsmanship and design. Each vehicle told a story—a testament to his appreciation for the artistry of the road.

Community Bonds
Bill’s impact extended beyond his family. As the owner of G&G Auto Parts, he built lasting friendships within the Cheyenne community. His commitment to service and camaraderie left an indelible mark. Later, he transitioned to Laramie County Schools District, where he continued to contribute, leaving behind a legacy of dedication.

Family First
Bill’s heart swelled with pride for his grandchildren. Their laughter echoed through his home, and their achievements were his own. He reveled in their milestones. His love knew no bounds.

A Farewell
Bill Garvin leaves behind a tapestry of memories—of starlit nights, roaring engines, and shared laughter. As he reunites with loved ones who preceded him, we honor his spirit. May the winds carry his legacy, and may the northern lights dance in celebration of a life well-lived.

Bill is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Bill and Betty Garvin; his sister, Sandy Lee; a nephew, Brian Lee; a grandson, Cameron Sharpe; and many aunts and uncle’s who he cherished.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his three daughters: Tana (partner Dave), Dawn Garvin, and Kimi La Rosa (Lisa); his six grandchildren: Tyler, Justin, Bryce, Ryan, Kelsey and Regan; and four great-grandchildren: Ashtyn, Aaliyah, Paisley and Addison.

Archie J. Martinez

Archie J. Martinez: 1951 – 2024

Archie J. Martinez, Sr, age 73, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, earned his wings this Memorial Day, on Monday, May 27, 2024, peacefully in the comfort of his home.

Archie was born on February 17, 1951, to Otoniel and Pacomia Rose Martinez in Rocks Springs, Wyoming.

At age 18, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War earning various medals. Archie also traveled to Washington D.C. with a fellow veteran to visit the Vietnam memorial monument Wall of Faces to retrieve his lieutenants name, they found his name, it was Joseph Byron Poe who died tragically September 20, 1971 in Long Khanh Provence while they were serving together.

After serving in the Army, he went on to earn a certificate for Automotive Body Repair from LCCC in July 1986. A few years later moving to Cheyenne where he would live out the rest of his days.

On July 3, 1973, Archie married Virginia Roy and they would’ve been celebrating their 51st anniversary this July. Their children are Michael, Archie Jr, Johanna, and Robert “Karlos”. He is survived by his loving wife; children; and his grandchildren, whom he cherished and loved very deeply: Isaiah, Echo, Kobie, McKenna, Jaiden, Devon, Ashton, and Camryn.

His memory will be cherished by all who knew him, and he will be missed by so many.

Archie was preceded by Herbert Martinez, Tommy Martinez, Jimmy Martinez Sr, and Alice Sisneros. He is survived by Benny Martinez Sr. (Sylvia), Velma Carrillo (Nick), Mae Martinez (Raymond), Ebby Jackson (Randy), and Eleanor Arnbrister (Tom). And he is also surrounded by many cousins, nieces, and nephews who he also loved so much.

Archie was known for his commitment to his family, friends, faith, patriotism, and being a die hard Denver Broncos fan. Archie will always be remembered for how kind and loving he truly was to everyone.

Services will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church 603 House Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007 on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. to reminisce and honor the memory of a loving husband, father, grandfather and soon to be great grandfather.

Colby Moore Ward

Colby Moore Ward: 1994 – 2024

Colby Moore Ward, 29, of Hillsdale, died peacefully on May 20, 2024 at his parents home in Hillsdale.
He was born on September 3, 1994 in Cheyenne.

Colby was part owner/operator for Ward Agribusiness where he worked side by side with his father and grandfather on the family farm. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter. Colby loved spending time outdoors, even if it was just tending to the trees in his yard. He spent many hours tying flies and reading western history , and of course his bible. Colby and family attended Cheyenne Hills Church regularly.

Colby was an assistant football coach in Burns up until his diagnosis in 2019. He loved the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche. Colby was an all-around sports guy.

He is survived by his wife, Cassidy; son, Noah; parents, Tim and Lisa Ward; sister and brother-in-law, Alex and Clark VanHoosier; his niece, Charlie VanHoosier; his nephew, Lander VanHoosier; his grandparents, Dale and Linda Ward, Linda Swanson and Jim and Georgia Moore; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Colby was preceded in death by his uncle, Mark Moore

Services will be Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., at Cheyenne Hills Church, followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m., at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Event Center.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Denver Children’s Hospital at 13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045, or the Davis Hospice Center at 6000 Sycamore Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009.