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Obituaries: Lemoine; Sanders; Sebesta; Westedt

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Dennis R. Lemoine

Dennis R. Lemoine: 1950 – 2024

Dennis Richard Lemoine, 74, of Cheyenne, died June 30, 2024, at Davis Hospice Center.

Dennis was born February 15, 1950, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Kenneth William and Pauline Ann (Brown) Lemoine. He graduated from East High School in 1968.

Dennis spent almost his whole working career in auto finance at Halladay Motors and eventually went on to own The Great Western AutoMart/UHaul. He was always proud to have worked for Halladay Motors, achieving Sales Person of the Month multiple times and Sales Person of the Year in 2010. The friendships he made there would last a lifetime.

Following such a successful career, Dennis found comfort and satisfaction as a shuttle driver for Ken Garff Motors, until he became ill in 2023.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching sports so much that he was given the name, “Sports Den.” He had great joy in watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Notre Dame and his grandkids play sports. He loved his family very much and was one of their biggest supporters.

He is survived by his sister, Melody (Steven) Sherman; son, Kenneth (Jennifer) Lemoine; grandchildren: Brendan, Benjamin and Adelyn.

A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Beth El Cemetery in Cheyenne with Elder Jack Studley officiating.

A special thank you to Tim Joannides and family, our work family from Halladay Motors and Ken Garff Motors. We appreciate all the love and support you’ve given us.


Taran Joseph Sanders: 1992 – 2024

“A dragonfly lights beside us like a sunbeam and, for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again. And though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it.”

Taran Joseph Sanders was born on June 2, 1992, in Gillette, Wyoming. He left us on July 5, 2024, at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Taran graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 2011. He went on to earn his degree from Laramie County Community College while working in their Grounds Department. He took great pride in his work and his education. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Colorado and began working at Lind’s Plumbing and Heating. Taran loved his job and his coworkers, playing video games, and spending time with friends. He was always chatting with strangers and took great pleasure in doing it. He had a gentle heart and a quick wit and will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his father, DJ Sanders of Gillette, Wyoming; mother, Jawnie (Paul) Sanders of Fort Collins, Colorado; sister, Taylor (Tim) Miles of Fort Collins, Colorado; nephews, Maddox and Cooper; grandma, Laurie Moxley of Gillette, Wyoming; grandpa, Dewey Sanders of Gillette, Wyoming; aunt, Missie (James) Wooldridge of Gillette, Wyoming; aunt, Renae Blake of Dunedin, Florida; uncle, Loren (Noamie) Niemitalo of Gillette, Wyoming; uncle, Clark Niemitalo of Broomfield, Colorado; his cat, Hobbes; best friends, Jenn and Justice; and many aunts; uncles; cousins; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandma, Dianna Sanders; and his grandpa, Ricky Niemitalo.

On July 26 at 2:00 p.m. a memorial service will be held at:
Vessey Funeral Home
8760 6th St
Wellington, CO 80549
Reception to follow

Donations can be made to the Prevention Coalition of Colorado or the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

If you are in crisis, you are not alone. There are always options. Call or text 988.


Patti Kaye Sebesta: 1961 – 2024

Patti Kaye Sebesta (Szewczyk) was the youngest of four born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on September 29, 1961. She was called home July 6, 2024, at age 62.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Patricia Szewczyk; and her twin brothers, Robbie and Johnny Szewczyk. She is survived by her brother, Edward (Eddie) Szewczyk; daughter Diana Lynn Plante (Szewczyk) and husband, Matt Bohnen; granddaughter, Kelsey RayLynn Butler and husband, Scott Butler; grandson, Seth Ryan Kolkman; daughter, Valerie Jean Sebesta; son, Sean Creighton Clover; grandson, Wyatt Hoyt Clover; and grandson, Phineas Creighton Clover.

Mom touched the lives of many people in every facet of her life. Family was most important; her strong dedication to work and helping people exemplifies her big heart, care, compassion and determination to defy all odds. She did her job with grace, loyalty, fairness, and dignity. She was the definition of perseverance and unconditional love. If you ever crossed paths with her or met her you could just see the joy and love for others radiate from her with the reminder to always find the positive in everything. She always saw the best in everyone and loved everyone like family.

How can one find the words to captivate our beautiful mother? If you know her, you know. She is missed so much. There will never be another quite like our mom. She was an exceptional friend, wonderful mother, fabulous grandmother and will always be greatly missed by us all.

Celebration of life services: Sunday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m. Location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you honor her by planting some perennial flowers to continue to bring and spread joy year after year just like she did. Make a donation to help getting books to kids, backpacks and supplies for school or find someone who needs a hand up. Whatever you do and how ever you help, do it in Mom’s honor with joy and cheer as we need more of that in this world. Be the change.


Susan Elaine Westedt: 1938 – 2024

Susan Elaine (Hirsig) Westedt, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and cherished friend, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2024.

Susan was born February 1, 1938, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Raised on a ranch, Susan developed a passion for horses and loved horseback riding alongside her dad. After graduating from Cheyenne Central High School, Susan pursued a higher education at the prestigious Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Education in 1959. While at the U of W, she pledged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority that led to a lifelong active alumni membership and established the foundation of friendships she maintained throughout her life.

Susan’s dedication to education led her to teach in various states, including Wyoming, California, Mississippi, and Colorado. While raising her family in Mississippi, she always looked forward to returning to her beloved Wyoming.

Susan found joy and companionship with her husband, Kent Westedt, whom she married November 23, 1988. For the past 22 years, the couple split their time between Cheyenne and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, embracing the best of both locations. In both communities, Susan and Kent formed deep and lasting friendships. Susan treasured these relationships, finding great happiness in the company of their many friends in Cheyenne and Lake Havasu.

Susan was active in several benevolent organizations where she generously gave of her time and resources, including P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) and the Cowgirls of the West.

An avid traveler, Susan had a particular love for cruising. She was always eager to plan the next adventure, but her greatest joy came from organizing gatherings for her family and friends. Susan and Kent cherished every moment spent with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for her love of family, passion for education, zest for life, and the warmth she brought to her friendships.

Susan is survived by her husband, Kent Westedt; daughters: Danay Trest (Gil), Kristin Hudson (Brian), Staci Ross (Roger) and Shawn Meyers (Al); also, eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Iva Hirsig; brother, William Hirsig; son, Mark James O’Brien; and great-grandson, Corbin Wayne Goforth.

In lieu of flowers charitable donations may be made to Davis Hospice Center, Attn: Suzie, 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009 or the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 800 Southwest Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007 (or a dog shelter of your choice).

A celebration will be planned at a later date.


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