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Volume 7, Number 3 - April 12, 2007
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Jay Glenn Slagowski

Jay Glenn “Slug” Slagowski passed away Sunday morning April 8, 2007, at his home in Cora of natural causes.

Jay was born Feb. 16, 1940, in Evanston to Joseph Glenn Slagowski and Anna Elaine Slagowski. Jay was a member of the LDS Church. He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1958 and attended one year of college at the University of Wyoming. Jay was drafted in to the United States Army and served from 1963-69.

Jay was employed at Stauffer Chemical until his retirement, at which time he moved to the Upper Green River Valley. Jay married Gayle Fabiny and they later divorced. Together they had one son, Gary Slagowski. Jay later married and divorced Jackie Lee Miller. Jay and Jackie Lee retained a close relationship throughout the remainder of his life.

Jay enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, football, fishing, hunting and lighting the drinking lamp at elk camp. Jay was an avid John Wayne collector. He had a multitude of friends and touched many lives in numerous ways. Jay was a member of the Eagles, Elks and the American Legion in Rock Springs and was a regular at the VFW in Pinedale.

Jay is survived by his father Joseph Glenn Slagowski and stepmother Lou of Provo, Utah; son Gary Wayne Slagowski and wife Rhonda of Castle Rock, Colo.; stepson Richard E. Miller and wife Patty of Bend, Ore.; and stepdaughter Marae Lee Miller of Pinedale. Jay is also survived by one brother C. Blaine Slagowski and his wife Mary and son Ryan of Rock Springs; and brother-in-law Norm Davis and his sons Normie of Gillette and Rex and Dale of Rock Springs. Jay had seven grandchildren: Nickolas Mamalis; Troy, Kelley, Trevor and Courtney Slagowski; and Derek and Kaila Miller. In addition Jay is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a lifetime of close friends.

Jay was preceded in death by his mother Anna Elaine Slagowski, one sister Shirleen Davis, maternal and paternal grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles. Cremation will take place. Slug’s wishes were to have a wake at the VFW in Pinedale and one at The Wyoming Club in Rock Springs on April 12 from 5-8 p.m. and at the VFW in Pinedale on April 20 from 5-8 p.m.

Rose Treftz

Longtime Pinedale resident Rose Treftz passed away at home on March 9, 2007, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Rose was born in Turtle Lake, Wis., on Jan. 28, 1923, daughter of Henry Effertz and Angeline Backes Effertz. She celebrated her 84th birthday earlier this year. Rose was employed at the Briggs & Stratton Defense Corp. in Milwaukee, Wis., she constructed magneto components for the Mitchell B-25 bombers used for combat in World War II. It was here that she met Samuel Treftz and they married on Nov. 30, 1945. Rose was a devoted wife and mother and was the unifying factor in her family. She found joy in daily phone conversation and emails with family and friends, and strength and peace in her faith. Rose was an active member and volunteer at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Pinedale. She enjoyed church activities, dancing, needlework and reading Zane Grey novels in her spare time. She and Sam lived in Pinedale for several years in the late 1950s before moving to Wisconsin. They returned to Pinedale in 1973, where they lived until Sam passed away in 2000.

Rose is survived by children Kenneth (Jean) Treftz of Nashville, Tenn., Cecilia (Jim) Carstarphen of Santa Rosa, Calif., Samuel Treftz of Tall Timbers, Md., Michael (Nelly) Treftz of Las Vegas, Nev., Beverly (Eric) Kucera of Salisbury, Md., and Angela (Vaughn) Treftz Young of Santa Rosa Calif. She has 10 grandchildren, Richard Treftz, Garrett and Kaitlin Procknow, Samuel and Samantha Treftz, Jarvis, Andrew, Michael Jr. and Alejo Treftz and Nicholas Kucera. She also has five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren and Nathan Treftz, Raven Procknow and Isaiah Treftz. Rose is also survived by brothers Henry, Jim, George, Bob and John; and sisters Mary Dominica Effertz, Theresa Weinert and Cecilia Vobornik.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband Samuel, parents Henry and Angeline Backes Effertz, brothers Joe, Matt and Frank, and sister Angeline Joarnt.

Memorial services will be held in Pinedale at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on May 14, 2007, at 10 a.m.

Robert O. Hummer

Robert O. Hummer, 92, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2007, at the home of his daughter Jean Battaglia in Sandy.

Robert (Doctor Bob) was born July 15, 1914, to Clifford A. and Veleta B. Hummer in Cheyenne. He attended the University of Wyoming before going to medical school in Louisville, Ky. He did his residency in Toledo, Ohio. He met and married Elizabeth Bixler in 1940. To this union three children were born – Jean, Joan and Robert. Elizabeth passed away in 1973.

He became the superintendent at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston from 1940-43. He began private practice in Kemmerer in 1943 where he practiced until 1971. His military draft into World War II was waived because there were 1,500 coal miners that needed medical care. While practicing in Kemmerer he delivered over 2,000 babies. In 1971 he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he practiced until 1974 when he returned to the Wyoming State Hospital. He retired in 1983.

He married Adella Smith in January 1980. She passed away in January 2007.

His retirement years were spent traveling, camping, fishing and hunting until his health began to fail.

He lived at the Sublette Retirement Center in Pinedale until January 2007 when Adella passed away. He then moved to the home of his daughter Jean and husband Russ in Sandy until his death.

He is survived by his daughter Jean (Russ) Battaglia and son Robert Hummer, grandchildren Michael (Michelle) Vestal, Michelle Vestal, Danielle Vestal, David (EJ) Vestal, Robert M. Hummer, Mark (Angie) Battaglia and Cheryl (Mike) Adunich, and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister, wife Elizabeth, daughter Joan, and wife Adella.

Doctor Bob wished to be cremated with his remains returned to his beloved Wyoming. A private family memorial is being planned for this summer.

The family wishes to thank the Care Source Hospice, especially the loving care provided by Yolanda, Ruth and Regina.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or Care Source Hospice.

Arvel A. David

Arvel A. David, 86 passed away Monday, April 9, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Hooper LDS Chapel in Soda Springs. Friends may call on Friday evening at the Sims Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Viola, Wyoming Cemetery with military honors. Graveside Services will be at 3 p.m.

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