Graveside funeral services for Colleen Springer, 84-year-old Buffalo woman who passed away early Tuesday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. in Willow Grove Cemetery with Doug Stahl, Evangelist, officiating. Visitation for Mrs. Springer will be held Monday from 1 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel. Donations in Mrs. Springer's memory may be made to Meals On Wheels in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
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Colleen Mae Springer was born on Oct. 20, 1928 in Bozeman, to John and Nellie Schmitz. She grew up and went to school in Bozeman, where she graduated from Gallatin County High School. In 1946 she entered Montana State College (now Montana State University) and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in commercial science and accounting in 1950. She graduated with honors and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, and the scholastic honorary groups Pi Omega Pi and Phi Kappa Phi.
After graduation, she worked in the Gallatin County Attorney's Office in a variety of positions. She worked as a secretary for Attorneys Joseph B. Gary and Michael J. O'Connell. She also worked as a legal secretary for District Judge W. W. Lessley. During her professional years in Bozeman, she met Robert J. Springer of Buffalo, Wyo. and they were married in Denver, Colo. on Sept. 17, 1953. Robert took a position with the Bureau of Land Management that same year. Subsequently, they moved to several different towns in Wyoming, then to Bakersfield, Calif. in 1962. In 1971 the family moved to Annandale, Va., in 1980 to Cheyenne, Wyo., and eventually back to Buffalo in 1986.
In every location where she lived, Colleen was a wife, homemaker, mother and an active member of the Church of Christ. She exuded a faithful and optimistic attitude, and was always opening her home to others. After moving to Buffalo, she was active in several community organizations, including Meals on Wheels.
Colleen is survived by two children, Scott and his wife, Stacy of Laredo, Texas and Sandy Springer of Buffalo; and one grandson, Kyle Springer also of Laredo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Harness Funeral Home (formerly Adams)
351 North Adams Avenue
Buffalo, WY 82834
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 6, 2013