Barbara Margaret Sterkel


WHEATLAND – Funeral services for Barbara Margaret Sterkel, 82, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Scott Firminhac officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Barbara died Sept. 19, 2021, at University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Memorials may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Torrington, Platte Valley Lutheran Church in Saratoga or St. Luke Lutheran Church in Worland. Visitation will be Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com. 

Barbara was born May 22, 1939, in Wheatland to Alba and Margaret (Baker) Pense. She was brought to her home on Iowa Center Flats. She attended Iowa Center grade school and graduated from Chugwater High School. She attended Goshen County Community College, now Eastern Wyoming College, and while there met her true love Ted, and they were married in the Torrington Congregational Church. Ted and Barb lived in Ogden, Utah for five years. In 1965 they bought Pepsi and moved back to Torrington. They were married for fifty-seven years. 

Barbara is survived by her daughters Melodie (Neil) Foos, Diane (Shawn) Booth and Lauree (Chris) Schmeltzer; her nephew whom she thought of as her son Rick (Mary) Sterkel; sisters Gloria (Jim) Lawrence and Rita (Leo) Urbanek; sixteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ted; her daughter Teri Stellpflug; and her great granddaughter Margaret Keith. 

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