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Wanda "Lou" Schaper Steinle


January 30, 2020

Wanda “Lou” Schaper Steinle, 83, of Thermopolis, Wyo., passed away Sat., Jan. 25, 2020, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo.

She was born on June 24, 1936, in Riverton, Wyo., to Arthur and Opal Olga (Ibach) Schaper. Lou was raised in Buck Horn Flats and attended school in Riverton. She graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 1955.

She majored in Elementary Education and Home Economics at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, with a double degree. She also attended the University of Wyoming for three years. Her teaching carrere was over 34 years in Mill Creek, Morton and Casper, Wyo.

On December 22, 1965, she married John A. Steinle in Riverton, Wyo., at her parents’ home. They were married for 51 years before John passed on October 31, 2017. John and Lou lived and ranched in the Bate Hole and Casper area.

When the couple retired, they moved to Buffalo, Wyo., then to Thermopolis where they spent the rest of their years. Lou served as the Chairman for the Hot Springs Historical Society for three years.

She is survived by her sisters, Phyllis Glass, Linda Taylor and Regina Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Opal Schaper; and husband, John Steinle.

Services will be held on Sat., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.


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