Alo Jean Kandt was born September 7, 1935, in Lander, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Daniel and Alo (Jones) Fossey. She attended Lander Grade School and graduated as the valedictorian from Fremont County High School in 1953. On July 25, 1953, she married Elmer Kandt. They moved to Casper in 1956. She was a medical transcriptionist for Casper Radiology for five years and at Casper Orthopedics for 17 years before retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where where she served on the parish council, the music ministry, St. Anne’s Circle, and was a lector at mass. She served as president of various organizations: St. Patrick’s Council of Catholic Women, Bishop’s Guild, and Wyoming Beginning Experience. She was also active in RSVP, Wyoming Medical Center Auxiliary, Casper Civic Chorale, Stage III Theater, Wyoming Repertory Company, the Meadowlarks, and the Fine Arts Club.
She enjoyed singing, acting, and making people laugh. Even after moving into Garden Square Assisted living because of health issues, she continued entertaining and bringing joy and kindness to those around her. When she moved to Life Care because of worsening health, to cheer her up, her daughter Laurie made her a sign with a quote from the movie The Help: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Alo Jean was all of those things: kind, smart, and important to all of those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers (Daniel, Baby Boy, Leslie, David, John, and Paul), one sister Anna Goble, and her former husband and friend Elmer Kandt. Survivors include her children Gregory Kandt (Pamela) and Lisa Smith (Ernie) of Casper; Laurie Sponsler (Mike) of McDonough, GA; Mark Kandt of Temecula, CA; brother Wilson Fossey of Greeley, CO; sister Laurie Smith of Langley, WA; six granddaughters; one grandson; five great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Newcomer Family Funeral Home of Casper has been entrusted with arrangements. A rosary/vigil and funeral service will be held at St. Patrick’s in spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School, Central Wyoming Hospice, or the Blue Envelope Health Fund.
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