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(July 8, 1871 - August 21, 1956)
Lusk Free Lance
August 30, 1956
M. J. Kuester Laid at Rest in Lusk Cemetery Following Funeral Rites Friday Morning at St. Leo's Church
Requiem mass was conducted for the late M. J. (Mike) Kuester, at ten o'clock Friday morning by Father M. J. McBrien at St. Leo's Catholic Church.
Rosary services were held Thursday evening August 23rd, at eight o'clock by Father McBrien, from the chapel of the Peet Funeral Home.
Bearing the remains to their final resting place in the Lusk cemetery were Earl Criss, Harry Burnham, Francis Clapham, Mahlon Peterson, Andrew McMaster and Kenneth Sturman.
Survivors include his wife, Stella of this city, and a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelso of Douglas, Wyoming.
Michale Joseph Kuester was one of a family of six children, born to John H. and Catherine Kuester on July 8th, 1871, at Elmira, New York, and departed this life August 21, 1956 at Lusk, Wyoming having attained the age of 85 years, one month and 13 days.
His early life was spent in New York state, and as a young man in 1903, he came westward to Lead, So. Dak., where he established a hardware store. In 1913, he came to Wyoming and established a hardware and implement business in the then growing community of Van Tassell. For several years, he operated stores in both Lead and Van Tassell, and then disposed of the business in Lead to make his home in Van Tassell.
On October 26, 1920, he was united in marriage to Miss Stella Cribbis at Omaha, Nebr. They became the parents of one daughter, "Mickey."
They family continued to make their home in Van Tassell until 1947, when Mr. Kuester retired from business and they moved to Lusk, where they have since made their home.
Out-of-town relatives and friends here for services were Mr. and Mrs. Harry McDonald of Idaho Springs, Colo., Mrs. Fred Roeder of Berthoud, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Deen of Mineola, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelso of Douglas, Wyo.
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