Obituaries: Folz, Brewer – Casper, WY Oil City News


Melissa Marie Folz

CASPER, Wyo. –

Melissa Marie Folz: 1968 – 2021

Melissa Marie Folz (Misty) was born 21 June 1968, in Virginia, Minnesota. She was adopted at the age of 3 by Delbert and Goldie Folz of Benson, MN. She grew up with her two adopted brothers, Delmon and Lawrence. She attended school in Benson. She went to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church until she moved from MN. She moved so frequently that her family lost track of her whereabouts until her death in Casper, WY February 11, 2021. Melissa lived in Nevada, Florida, S.C. and WY, to name a few states. She was employed as a nanny & a cook; she also held various jobs in the National Parks and tourism industry. She worked in the ski industry in Jackson and possibly other ski areas. After Jackson, Melissa found refuge at the Rahab House in Myrtle Beach, SC, making close friends and confidants.

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In 2015, Melissa moved to Casper. She joined Grace Reformed Evangelical Presbyterian Church in May 2016 and was a member until her death. She considered the members her friends and family, especially the ladies in her Bible study group. She loved being a part of church activities when she was able, from women’s retreats to making treats for the fellowship hour. She was to have been a volunteer in the AWANA children’s ministry but her health prevented her from continuing. Melissa earned her GED diploma in May 2016 at Casper College. Her desire was to continue at Casper College, possibly in Wildlife Management. She loved animals and the outdoors, especially the mountains. As her health declined, she had to postpone college plans.

Melissa enjoyed pro football (the Patriots!), and often wore her pom pom-topped Patriots ski hat to church on a snowy morning. She liked crafting, watching movies at home, and reading. Later, when her vision failed, she enjoyed library audio books. Misty was scheduled for cataract surgery in March and looked forward to being able to see wildlife on Casper Mt. She loved the mountains and dreamed of being free of her wheelchair and taking a hike at her friend’s mountain cabin once she had much-needed back surgery.

Melissa never married and had no children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Goldie Folz. She is survived by her brothers Delmon Folz of Seeley, CA, and Lawrence (Rebecca) Folz of Spicer, MN, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Melissa will be missed!

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27th at 11 AM at Grace Reformed Church, 834 S. Wolcott, Casper. Interment will be at a later date.

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Cremation under the care of Newcomer Funeral, Cremations and Receptions ~ Casper

JoAnn Brewer

JoAnn Brewer: 1931 – 2021

Our beautiful mother and grandmother, JoAnn Brewer, age 89, crossed over to Heaven on February 20, 2021. She died at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, following a brave battle with vascular dementia and other health issues.

JoAnn was born September 15, 1931 to Carl and Madeline Williams in Crookston, Nebraska. Her family moved to Casper, Wyoming during the Great Depression when her father went to work for Texaco Oil. JoAnn graduated from Natrona County High School with the class of 1949. She also graduated from Casper Junior College, where she had the honor of being crowned that school’s very first homecoming queen.

JoAnn met the love of her life, Zack Brewer, Jr., in the fifth grade at Willard Elementary School, and they began dating in high school. During her school years, she helped at Wardrobe Cleaners, which her parents owned, and after college, she worked at Richfield Oil Company. When Zack completed college, he and JoAnn married in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Army took them to Ft. Eustis, Virginia for basic training. They were transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas where JoAnn worked as a base secretary.

Upon returning to Casper, she and Zack bought Electric Service Company from his parents, and they ran that company through 1987. Zack took a job with PacifiCorp, which took them to Chehalis, Washington for several years. They retired in Story, WY where they spent many happy years with many dear friends. Zack and JoAnn were married for 59 years before Zack passed away in 2013.

JoAnn had a passion for young people and volunteered in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church youth groups, Sunday School, and vacation Bible school. She and Zack attended First Baptist Church in Casper for many years, and later became active members of Story Community Church. She was a member of PEO Chapter AT in Casper, and stayed very connected to her sisters in PEO Chapter AM in Sheridan.

Everyone wished that JoAnn was their mom. She was loving and nurturing. She loved riding around Casper and Casper Mountain, mocha Frappuccinos, and eating Hamburger Stand corn dogs with Nathan. She had an absolute love of dachshunds, and there was always one or two with her as part of the family. She treasured her special pets, Amos, Farley and Liebe, and shared her toast with them every morning.

JoAnn is survived by her children, Rebecca (Bruce) Gurtler of Casper, WY and Scott (Amy) Brewer of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jacquelin (Patrick) Diercks of Parrish, FL; Emma (Andy) Micenheimer of Effingham, IL; and Matthew Gurtler and Nathan Gurtler of Casper, WY. Great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Leeland Diercks and Ella and Zack Micenheimer gave her such joy, as well.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, Carl (Bud) Williams, and a precious great-granddaughter, Erika Diercks.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer, on a date yet to be determined.

The family would appreciate donations in JoAnn’s name, if desired, to one of the following:

Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions
319 So. Wilson Street
Casper, WY. 82601

Second Chance to Dance Dachshund Rescue
P.O. Box 333
Farson, WY 82932


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