Area Obituaries: Fitzsimmons, McCormick, Schlager, Stoner

Dec 28, 2023 | Obituaries

Torrington, WY (Colyer Funeral Home) December 28th, 2023 — Mass of Christian Burial for COLIN FITZSIMMONS, 64, will be held at 11am January 3, 2024, at Saint Rose Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Colin died December 23, 2023, at Community Hospital. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 6pm at the church. Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 3pm to 5pm. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to


Memorial services for DORIS LOIS (FRERICHS) MCCORMICK, 82, will be held 1pm Friday January 5, 2024, at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Jeff Wayland officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Doris passed away December 19, 2023, at Goshen Healthcare Community and cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Torrington. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to
Doris was born April 22, 1941, at the family farm in Ogallala, Nebraska, to Harm J. and Sena (Lambertus)
Frerichs. She received her education and graduated from Ogallala High School with the Class of 1958.
After high school, Doris attended beauty school and became a cosmetologist.

Doris married Larry McCormick on June 30, 1963, in Ogallala. They were blessed with three children, Brian, Molly and Megan. The family moved to Torrington in 1981.

While raising her family, Doris was an avid bowler, enjoyed playing in various bridge groups, and was active in multiple United Methodist Church women’s groups, PEO, and Homemakers Club. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and took pride in watching them in all of their activities as they grew.

Doris is survived by her husband of 60 years, Larry; her three children, Brian (Sue) McCormick of
Thornton, Colorado; Molly (Rob) Moorehouse of Torrington; and Megan Wagner of Lingle, Wyoming.
Doris was loved by her seven grandchildren, Bo, Michaela, Marissa, and Ryan Moorehouse, and
Matthew, Brady, and Micah Wagner; sisters Verna (Jack) Hildebrand of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Elda (Orval)
Dehning of Lee Summit, Missouri; sister-in-law Ruth Frerichs of Ogallala, Nebraska; and many nieces and
nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.


Memorial services for WILLIAM “BILL” EUGENE SCHLAGER SR., 94, will be held 1pm Friday January 12, 2024, at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Carroll officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Bill passed away peacefully December 16, 2023, at Torrington Community Hospital and cremation has taken place. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to

Bill was born October 10, 1929, in Mitchell, NE, the 11th son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Deines) Schlager. He
grew up in the Mitchell, Ne and Hawk Springs, Wy areas where his family farmed. He received his
education in Hawk Springs and Torrington. ln 1948, Bill joined the US Navy and was stationed in Hawaii
at Pearl Harbor until 1950. He returned to the States and served on the USS Hickok, where he went
through the Panama Canal returning to Newport, Rhode lsland, where he was honorably discharged as
Seaman 1st Class in 1951. He returned to Torrington where he was employed by the Wig Wam Bakery as
a delivery man. Bill worked 18 campaigns for Holy Sugar in Torrington. ln 1953 he married Marlene
(Amberg) in Elko, NV. The couple made their home in Riverside, CA where Bill worked for Rohr Aircraft
and Food Machinery. ln 1957, Bill accepted a position for farming at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, under the
supervision of Father Leo Morgan. Bill had several of the boys at the children’s home help with chores,
milk 21 cows, feed the farm animals, irrigation and harvesting the crops that they grew. They also had
to help tend to the large garden they grew, which helped feed the children at the home. Bill and
Marlene were 4-H leaders all the years that they lived at the Orphanage. ln 1968, Bill resigned his
position at the home and he and his family returned to California, where he worked for the Certain-Tee
Corporation. In 1970, the family moved back to Torrington, WY, where Bill was employed by the Goshen
lrrigation District for 24 years, retiring in 1994.

Bill loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and the outdoors. He
especially loved camping at Laramie Peak with his wife and children.

Bill is survived by his daughters Lynda (Ken) Ferrari of Cheyenne, WY, Beth (Jim) DeMott, Cherie (Bart)
Trautwein, of Torrington, WY and Joanna (Rob) Eirich of Mitchell, NE; his sons, Jeff (Veronica), William
(Bill) Jr., Lonny (Martha) of Torrington, WY; 18 Grandchildren; 33 Great Grandchildren; sister Wilma
Ward and his loyal companion Sissy, his beloved poodle.

He was preceded in death by his wife; both parents; brothers, Walter, Victor, Elmer, Albert, Alex, Ted, Ruben, Robert, Harry, Lawrence; sisters, Pauline, Frieda, Hilda, Rose, Clara and one infant Granddaughter, Marisah Knowles.


No services will be held for MICHAEL STONER, 75, who passed away at his home on December 16, 2023, in Torrington and cremation has taken place. Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with the cremation arrangements.