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Pasquale 'Pete' Cavalli


November 14, 2019

Pasquale “Pete” Cavalli, 89, passed away suddenly November 6, 2019, at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis.

Born June 21, 1930, in Gebo, Wyo., he was one of three children of Bertolo and Maria (Lazzaroto) Cavalli. He graduated Thermopolis High School and then joined the National Guard in 1948. Called into active duty during the Korean Conflict, Pete’s artillery battery was called the Cowboy Canoneers. Following his discharge in 1952, he attended the University of Wyoming acquiring a degree in geology. Returning to Gebo he was co-owner of Roncco Coal Company. After it closed Pete became a foreman for Fred C. Hanson Construction. He then worked for the Wyoming Highway Department. In his later years he worked maintenance and grounds for NWBOCES.

 On September 7, 1957, he married Iris Lee Carter in Laramie, Wyo. The couple lived in Thermopolis during the 62 years of their marriage.

Pete was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, BPOE and was a life member of the VFW. In 1964-65 he was named All American Commander. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening (known for his garlic expertise) and was a familiar figure seen on his daily walks.

He is survived by his wife, Iris; son, Pete of Pinedale, Wyo .; daughters, Piera Cavalli-Nesmith of Thermopolis, and Marisa Stephenson of Marion, Iowa; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. 

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph; sister, Rose Andreen; nephew, Craig Cavalli; and niece, Gina Cavalli.

Mass of Christian Burial was held November 12 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Rosary was recited November 11 with Father Randy Oswald officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to VFW Post 2281, 302 Broadway or St. Francis Church, P.O.Box 272, Thermopolis, 82443.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family and messages may be offered at


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