(Sept. 14, 2003)
Funeral services are scheduled Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thermopolis for Elaine Werbelow, 73, Thermopolis, who died Sunday, Sept. 14 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., following a period of declining health.
She was born Sept. 23, 1929 in Billings, daughter of Stanley G. and Florence (Baldwin) Kreps. She was raised in Powell and graduated from high school here in 1947.
She married Vern L. Werbelow on Aug. 24, 1947, in Park City, Mont. They moved to Thermopolis in 1952 and spent most of their married life there. She worked at the J.C. Penney Store for several years, then was a legal secretary of Attorney Louis Walrath. She then became secretary to the superintendent of Hot Springs County High School, retiring in the early 1980s.
She had been a 4-H leader, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Board and the Hot Springs County Hospital Auxiliary. She created many stuffed animals for the hospital gift shop.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and her interests included travel, camping, fishing, Bingo, crafts, gardening and playing the organ.
Survivors include three sons, John (Linda) Werbelow of Gillette, Calvin (Carol) Werbelow of Powell and Wayne (Debbie Herring) Werbelow of Broomfield, Colo.; a daughter, Carol (Ron) Rogers of Riverton; a brother, Lester (Butch) Kreps of Palo Cedro, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Liana (Doug) Scribner of Newcastle, Selina Werbelow of Arizona, John Werbelow of Laramie, Nick and Jared Werbelow of Powell, Travis Werbelow and Kadi Herring of Broomfield, Colo., Boone (Kelly) Rogers of Cheyenne, Coby (April) Rogers of Laramie and Jaci (Gerardo) Rico of Riverton; and three great-grandchildren, Abby Rogers of Cheyenne, Austin Rico of Riverton and Travis Scribner of Newcastle.
She was preceded by her husband in 1990; her sister, Raelee Thompson; her son, Lloyd Werbelow; and her granddaughter, Ginny Rogers.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Senior Citizens Center in Thermopolis. Arrangements are by Mortimore Funeral Home.