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Mary Joe Kaumo


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Mary Joe Kaumo

Mary Joe Kaumo, 70, of Rock Springs, passed away Dec. 31, 2016, at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, following a brief illness. 

She was born Sept. 14, 1946, in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane Thomas Tardoni.

Mrs. Kaumo attended schools in Pueblo, Colo., and Rock Springs, graduating in 1964 from the Rock Springs High School. She attended Western Wyoming College and also beauty college. 

She married Buddy A. Kaumo in Rock Springs at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, June 17, 1967.  Kaumo was a member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and St. Michael's and was a very active participant in her church. 

She enjoyed crafts and researching her genealogy. She enjoyed spending time with her family and spending time at the summer place in Boulder, Wyoming.

Survivors include her husband Buddy A. Kaumo of Rock Springs; two sons, Brian Kaumo and wife Donna Little-Kaumo of Green River, and Chris Kaumo and wife Laura O'Neill of Washington, D.C .; one brother, Edward "Tony" Tardoni and wife Joanna of Rock Springs; her step-mother Ruth Frady of Rock Springs; two grandchildren, David Curd and wife Teresa of Virginia and Heather Chvala and husband Mike of New Hampshire; five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Brooklyn, Michael, Stephen and James; several cousins nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Michelle. 

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Rock Springs. A vigil service with rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Sunday. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 3 p.m.. until time of rosary and on Monday at the church until time of services. Cremation will follow.  

The family of Mary Joe Kaumo respectfully suggests that donations in her memory be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Community or Holy Spirit Catholic School.

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