Obituary Details

Anna Josephine Wasserburger

(10/27/1900 - 08/09/1977)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 08/11/1977

Anna Wasserburger killed

Anna Wasserburger, 76, a lifetime resident of the county, was killed Tuesday afternoon in a freak accident 30 miles north of Lusk.

Mrs. Wasserburger had pulled over to check the mail box along U.S. 85 near her home. According to Duane Verley, patrolman for the State Highway Patrol, she stopped the car but didn't get the automatic transmission solidly into the "park" position. Apparently when she got out of the car and slammed the door it knocked the gear shift lever back into reverse and the car began backing up. The left front corner of the bumper caught her right leg below the knee, knocking her to the pavement. She suffered head and chest injuries. She was killed almost instantly.

A passing motorist radioed ahead to the police department and an ambulance was summoned.

A full obituary will appear in next week's Herald.

There will be a funeral rosary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Peet Mortuary. The funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Lusk.

The Lusk Herald
August 18, 1977
Service for Wasserburger held here last Friday

Funeral service for Mrs. Anna Josephine Pfister Wasserburger, 76, who died last week in a freak accident north of Lusk, was held August 12 at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Lusk. She was a lifelong resident of Niobrara County.

She was born October 27, 1900 at Node, to Ellen J. Arnold and John Pfister. She received her schooling in the Academy of the Holy Child Jesus in Cheyenne and graduated from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1923.

June 26, 1929, she married Henry L. Wasserburger at Douglas and they lived their entire married life on their ranch north of Hat Creek.

Mrs. Wasserburger was an accomplished pianist and organist. She was a lifelong member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society serving as president for many years. She had been a member of the Pioneer Extension Club.

She was a former teacher at the Chugwater, Royal Valley, Hat Creek and Siekert schools and she also gave piano lessons throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband Henry, children, Henry L. Wasserburger, Jr., Hat Creek; John W. Wasserburger, Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Mrs. Livis Martin, Covena, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Jane Jay, Hood River, Ore.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her parents, three sisters, and eight brothers preceded her in death.

The service was presided over by Fr. Bartholomew Svete and Fr. Terrence McGovern. The organist was Mrs. Jim Serres and the soloist was Mrs. Jim Willson.

Honorary bearers were Dick David, Jack Pfister, Charles Pfister, Leonard DeGering, Jimmy Serres, Jim Meng, Sr., Bob Serres, Horace Graham, Andrew McMaster, Carl Bruch, Jake Wasserburger, John Wasserburger, and Lloyd Rhay.

Pallbearers were Tom Wasserburger, Jeff Wasserburger, J. D. Wasserburger, Jerry Wasserburger, Jim Wasserburger, Jim Pfister, Donald Olinger and Richard G. Pfister.

Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

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