Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

Stadtfeld has logged ‘a lot of overtime’

by marlys good

“My dad always said when you get to be 65 you’re living on borrowed time so I have a lot of overtime in,” laughed Louise Stadtfeld, who will turn 96 on the 14th of July.

Not only does she have 31 years of overtime, she lives independently in the house she and husband Lon moved into back in 1946. She does her own cleaning, although she admitted she had “a girl come in two or three times at one point. I’ve been thinking about getting a little help but so far I haven’t. I clean up my own messes. I can’t blame the kids anymore; those days are gone.”

Most of the time she eats lunch at the South Big Horn Senior Center, not only because she knows she’ll get one well-balanced meal a day, but because she enjoys “being with people. I don’t like being alone all the time.” She also plays bridge; her club plays at the senior center.

She watches television, listens to music and does handwork to pass the time. “I make quilts, knit, embroidery, that kind of work although I don’t have anything going right now. I guess I’m kind of lazy. I like doing things I have to figure out, plan how to do, follow a pattern. I don’t like sitting, doing the same thing all the time.”

The busy lady also raises a garden.

Louise has two children, Lonna Baird, who lives in Powell, and a son Wallace in Billings, a retired music teacher who now takes care of his wife, who has MS, as well as “a boy I raised, Warren Stadtfeld, who lives in Cody.” She also has three grandsons, a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter. She enjoys visits from her family whenever they can fit it into their busy schedules.

“I still enjoy life,” she said. And independent living is an added plus in her “overtime” years.


Mother/daughter graduate together at NWC

by marlys good

Graduation at Northwest College in Powell this year was a family affair for Susan LaFollette and Ashley Hopkin. Mom Susan (who didn’t walk through the ceremony) was awarded AA degrees in both psychology and sociology (she already holds an AA degree in communications “from a long time ago”) while Ashley, capped and gowned, received her AA degree in elementary education.

Both will begin working on their bachelor’s degrees this fall, Ashley at the University of Wyoming where she will be going into speech, hearing and language sciences and eventually plans to get her master’s degree in speech pathology. Her long-term goal is to teach speech pathology.

Susan will continue her degree work through the outreach program offered by the University of Wyoming. “I’ll do it all at home,” she explained, “online, through programs offered (via television) at the high school. I want to earn my psychology degree. I would like to (try to be) a speech therapist, but you can‘t do a lot of the majors like that online.“

The mother-daughter team didn’t have any classes together at NWC but Ashley said, “I saw her all the time. I enjoyed knowing she was there – having her around.“

Susan was about three-quarters of her way to a bachelor’s degree in social work from BYU Utah (she also attended Rick’s College) when she interrupted her career path to have her family.

Twenty-seven years and five children later, she got back on track. “I was single, raising my kids, five of them, and time-wise and money-wise it wasn’t feasible to do (return to college) until a couple of years ago.”

When she enrolled at NWC, at the urging, encouragement and push of her kids, she found that, “I took some of the wrong classes and some of the credits were so old, they wouldn’t transfer. I had to take a lot of the same classes over. It was hard to have to look at my credits and realize a lot were too old to count anymore. I just had to get over it, deal with it and go on.”

“I drove to Powell for a little while, but it was expensive to drive back and forth, so I did most of them online. What Northwest didn’t have I got through Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs, and LCCC in Laramie.”

As for sharing NWC with Ashley, Susan said, “It was kind of cool. Education is very important, definitely. My oldest daughter, Angela, attends the University of Idaho in Moscow, she’s a music education major, and son Joshua just graduated from Greybull High School and will be attending Northwest College this fall (daughter Autumn with be a GHS junior, and son Jeremy, will be a sixth grader).

Ashley has high praise for NWC. “It was a good choice for me. I actually got paid to go to school for two years, and every credit I earned transfers to UW. Coming from Greybull, Powell was a good transition for me. It was a great place to start and a good stepping stone to somewhere bigger.”

She is proud of what she accomplished, and also of what her mother accomplished. “I think it gave her a lot of confidence. It was a really, really good step for her; I supported her decision all along, and I was happy that she did it.“

Susan encourages people to step forward, follow their dream and “not get discouraged. It is harder when you are older and have a family, but I can be done. I was really, really scared to try it. I didn’t know if I could do it or not. But my daughters really encouraged me and gave me a lot of motivation.”


Celebrate the 4th in Big Horn County

by nathan oster

It’s shaping up to be a quiet Fourth of July, event wise, in Greybull.

Last year, the Greybull firemen pulled the plug on their popular fireworks show, citing safety concerns and dry conditions.

This year, the Greybull Recreation District has done the same to its Old Fashioned Fourth of July picnic in the park.  So there will be no organized events, whatsoever, this Fourth of July in the city park.

So what’s a person with fun Independence Day aspirations to do?

There are options, right here in Big Horn County.

Basin pool party

The Basin outdoor pool will be open Thursday, July 4, with open swimming from noon to 7 p.m.

Daily swimming prices are $1.50 for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; $2 for grades 6-12 and $2.50 for adults. Toys and flotation devices, which are normally rented out during open swim, will be available for use for free on the holiday.

There will be a barbecue at the pool from noon to 2 p.m. The barbecue will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, fruit and pop. The cost is $3.

For more information call 568-2113.

Day at the Lake’

The big event happening in north Big Horn County this weekend is the “Day at the Lake” celebration on Saturday, July 6.  Horseshoe Bend will be in the focal point of the celebration, which begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

There will be free boat rides into canyon.

For more information, see bighornlake.com.

A triathlon is also planned.  This year’s course will include an 800-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a three-mile run.  As in previous years, the youth division course will be half the distance of the adult course.

Additional information about the event can be found online at www.bhlaketriathlon.webs.com/, by calling Ben Zeller, (307) 254-0344, or emailing beezeen@yahoo.com.


Robert Jay Werbelow

Obit WerbelowMay 18, 1928 – July 1, 2013

Robert Jay Werbelow, age 85, of Greybull, Wyoming passed away Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.

Robert Jay Werbelow was born May 18, 1928, in Greybull, the son of William and Ruth Wamhoff Werbelow. He grew up in Emblem, attended the West Emblem grade school and in 1966 Robert received his GED diploma.

Robert was baptized June 10, 1928, and confirmed May 24, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Emblem. He was a faithful servant to his church where he served as an elder for several years. He also served on the Emblem School Board for several terms.

Robert married Martha Link August 3, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church, Emblem. They had three daughters: Cynthia, Christine and Julie. Last August they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

In 1987, when illness prevented Robert from taking care of his farm and cattle, he retired. The farm was sold in 1993 and they moved to Greybull.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, puzzles, crossword puzzles and reading. He and Martha also enjoyed traveling as much as they were able, health permitting.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lester, Louis and Vern.

He is survived by his wife Martha of Greybull; daughters Cynthia Werbelow of Aurora, Colo., Christine (LeRoy) Klitzke of Greybull and Julie (Ralph) Valenzuela of Tempe, Ariz.; five grandchildren, LeAnn (Ray) Frazier of Greybull, Robert (Kim) Klitzke of Greybull, Jessica (Harry) Pearson of Minneapolis, J.J. (Diana) Valenzuela of Tucson, Ariz. and Leah Valenzuela of Chandler, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren, Austin and Trenton Frazier, Hannah and Mackenzie Klitzke, Daniel, Anais, Joseph and Adele Valenzuela and by many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem with Pastor Jais H. Tinglund officiating. Burial will follow at the Emblem Cemetery.

Memorials in Robert’s name can be sent to Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426 with proceeds to go to the Zion Lutheran Church, Emblem.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


Boys win final two, finish summer league at 21-10

by nathan oster

A five-point win over Burlington on June 25 capped a busy — and very successful — summer league season for the Greybull High School boys.

Greybull won the overtime thriller 60-55 after Zack Zeller nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the extra session.

The boys then followed that up with a 62-52 win over Rocky which left them with a final summer record of 21-10.

“We played 31 games since Memorial Day weekend,” said Coach Jim Prather, whose team for the June 25 twinbill included Payton Gonzalez, Colten Flitner, Ryan Sylvester, Treston Tracy, Zeller, Cade Dooley, Dustin Fox, Clancy Stoffers and Dante Sylvester.

“Participation was the best we’ve ever had for open gyms and the scheduled games,” continued Prather. “We have a committed core group of players; they work hard, they are good teammates, and they want to be in the gym. As a coach, that’s what you like to see!”

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