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Louise Wesswick


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Louise Wesswick

Louise Wesswick was born on Feb. 24, 1935, to Louis and Christine Hostar Wessick in Rock Springs. 

She attended schools in Rock Springs and furthered her education at the University of Wyoming, where she earned a bachelor's and master's degree in home economics.

She taught at Natrona County High School in Casper in 1957 and 1958 before taking a position at the University of Wyoming, where she remained for the next 31 years. 

She traveled extensively, including a trip to the Scandinavian countries to study consumer issues.

She traveled to the former Soviet Union to exchange ideas on the position of the consumer in both countries. She retired from the University of Wyoming on May 18, 1990 and returned to Rock Springs to contribute to the community and caregive for her sister Arlene.  

As director of the Wesswick Foundation, established in June of 1998, Louise distributed funds to many organizations throughout Wyoming.

The foundation is a longtime supporter of the Western Wyoming Community College, including the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Lecture Series. Her last project was to purchase a book for every elementary student in Green River.

As a result of her very generous contributions to philanthropic causes she was awarded the Governor's Arts Award in 2010 at a gala event in Cheyenne. Louise continued to be a very generous and caring person until her death.

She was a life member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, a member of the Wyoming Mortar Board, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Sigma Delta, Western Regional Educators of Family Economics Resource Management, and the American Council in Consumer Interests.

Louise loved her great-great nieces Ella and Olivia, reading, theatre and watching sports.  She enjoyed people and treasured each and every relationship. 

She is survived by her brother, Ernest Wesswick and wife Fern of Lakewood, Colo., and several nieces and nephews, including Debra and Kevin Callas of Rock Springs and Raven Jonathan, Ella and Olivia Beattie of Casper. Lifelong friends Lilia, Shirley and Diane Albertini, David and Fred Fedrizzi and her extended family at the WWCC.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Arlene Wesswick, Pauline Carr, Wilma Williams and brothers, Louis and Tony. Funeral services took place Monday.

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