LANDER – Phyllis Helen (Feist) Kriese, 91, died Jan. 8, 2020, at Sage West Health Care in Lander.
Phyllis was born on April 3, 1928, to Joseph and Ruth (Olson) Feist. She grew up in Velva, N.D., with her six siblings. She attended schools in Velva and then enrolled at Minot State Teachers College, earning her degree in education.
In 1949, Phyllis married Glendon Kriese. They had two children, Joan and Diane. They divorced in 1983.
She earned her master’s degree in English from Greeley State Teachers College. Throughout her career, she taught all grades and shared her knowledge with children in North Dakota, Panama, California and Wyoming. Her career spanned 40 years and impacted the lives of so many.
Her final years in teaching, before retiring in 1988, were at Ft. Laramie-Lingle Middle School where she taught English. She truly enjoyed her teaching years in Ft. Laramie with the wonderful colleagues she had who became her treasured friends.
Phyllis enjoyed a full and long retirement. She lived in Ft. Laramie until she moved to Torrington in 1992. She had many adventures travelling in the United States and abroad. She was a wonderful gardener and raised bountiful vegetables and beautiful flowers. She was a member of the Goshen County Master Gardners. She played bridge often and enjoyed her time with a couple of bridge groups – with women who were wonderful friends to her. She loved to read and hosted a book discussion group at her home for many years. She was a member of the Community Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed tending the rose garden. In 2013 she left Torrington to live near her daughter, Diane.
She is survived by her daughter Diane (Jim) DeLozier of Lander; sister, Ramona Cain, North Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers Neal (Virginia) Feist, Velva; Eugene (Mary) Feist, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Donovan (Annette) Feist, St. George, Utah; and Curtis (Bonnie) Feist, Velva; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joan Kriese; sister, Marcella Ramsbacher; and parents, Joseph and Ruth Feist.
Graveside services will be at Ft. Laramie in the Spring. Condolences to the family may be sent to Jim & Diane DeLozier, PO Box 571, Lander, WY 82520.