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Carrie Lea Bernatow


Carrie Lea Bernatow, 82, of Laramie, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 13, 1934 in Aladdin, Wyoming to George and Elda (Finn) Gray.

Carrie grew up in Saratoga and married her high school sweetheart, William Raymond Bernatow on December 12, 1954 in Saratoga.

Carrie and Billy eventually moved to Laramie. She began working for First Interstate Bank for 30 plus years and then began working for WyoTech over the next 20 years. Carrie was known as the wrestling coach’s wife, where she ended up washing the wrestling uniforms because of one incident where she washed the uniforms and they won the matches and superstition got in the way where she had to continue to wash the uniforms over the next 33 years. She also hosted the end of the wrestling season dinner for 33 years.

Carrie was an avid Oakland Raider’s football fan because of her grandson. She also enjoyed cooking, George Strait and making her famous cinnamon rolls, but her number one passion was her grandchildren.

Carrie’s family would like to give a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at Ivinson Memorial Hospital for taking such great care of their mother.

She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her four brothers; and her one sister.

Carrie is survived by her children, Randy Bernatow (Trudy) of Saratoga, WY, Ron Bernatow (Elaine) of Torrington, WY, Jackie Barton (Shane) of Sterling, CO, and Speed Gray (Tammy) of Roosevelt, UT; her grandchildren, Brock, Jacob, Nathan, Carrie Rose, Brady, Kristin, Dakota, Nastasha, and Jeremiah; and her nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Jim Bernatow (Nancy); and her special friends, Paul and Karen Fanning and Emily Bernatow.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Colter officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Beta Room, 255 N. 30th, Laramie, WY 82072.

Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook go to


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