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Doreen Oakley

Private services for Doreen Hixson Oakley, 62, were at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo. A celebration of life will be set for a future date.

Memorials can be given to Breast Cancer Awareness or the Atlas Little Theater in Cheyenne.


Doreen Hixson Oakley went to be with her Lord on March 14, 2020, after fighting a 3-year battle with cancer.

She was born May 9, 1957, to Glen and Joyce Hixson and attended Christ Lutheran and Norfolk Public High School.

She married Steve Oakley on May 9, 1979. She had two children: James Califf of Bellevue and Jerusha Olivas of Cheyenne. Doreen was a paraeducator and enjoyed many facets of the theater.

She is survived by her spouse, Steve; children James and Jerusha; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Glenna Gutz of Norfolk; and brothers Randy and Dallas Hixson of Minnesota.

She touched many family and friends with her humor and compassion.

In other news

ALBION — Private services for Derek J. Niewohner, 27, Albion, will be attended by his family and burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.

NORFOLK — Services for Darlene M. Rosendahl, 83, Norfolk, are pending at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. She died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Countryside Home in Madison.

WAKEFIELD — Memorial services for Larry L. Willers, 78, rural Wayne, will be at a later date. Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery.

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for Joyce F. Gansebom, 76, Norfolk, will be at a later date at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk.

RANDOLPH — Services for Raeleen Junck, 62, Randolph, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. She died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at her residence.

NORFOLK — Memorial services for Vicki L. Bolduan, 63, Madison, will be at a later date under the direction of Home for Funerals in Norfolk.

LAUREL — Graveside services for Virginia J. “Tiny” Burns, 87, Laurel, will be at the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel. The Rev. Isaac Chua will officiate. In compliance with current healthcare guidelines, the service will be private.

VERDIGRE — Private graveside services for James Farnik, 82, Creighton, will be at Jelen Cemetery in rural Verdigre. A celebration of life will be at a later date.

MADISON — Private services for Liela R. Berends, 88, Madison, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. The Rev. Todd Kollbaum will officiate with burial in the Crown Hill Cemetery. The service will be private to comply with restrictions on large gatherings…

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