Phyllis Helen (Feist) Kriese

Apr. 3, 1928 – Jan. 8, 2020

Phyllis Helen (Feist)

Kriese, 91, died on Janu-

ary 8, 2020 at Sage West

Health Care in Lander,


Phyllis was born on

April 3, 1928 to Joseph

and Ruth (Olson) Feist.

She grew up in Velva, ND

with her six siblings. She

attended schools in Velva

and then enrolled at

Minot State Teachers Col-

lege earning her degree in

education. In 1949,

Phyllis married Glendon

Kriese. They had two

children, Joan and Diane.

They divorced in 1983.

She earned her master’s

degree in English from

Greeley State Teacher’s

College. Throughout her

career, she taught all

grades and shared her

knowledge with children

in North Dakota, Panama,

California and Wyoming.

Her career spanned 40

years and impacted the

lives of so many. Her fi-

nal years in teaching, be-

fore retiring in 1988, were

at Ft. Laramie-Lingle Mid-

dle School where she

taught English. She truly

enjoyed her teaching

years in Ft. Laramie with

the wonderful colleagues

she had who became her

treasured friends.

Phyllis enjoyed a full

and long retirement. She

lived in Ft. Laramie until

she moved to Torrington

in 1992. She had many

adventures travelling in

the United States and

abroad. She was a

wonderful gardener and

raised bountiful veget-

ables and beautiful

flowers. She was a

member of the Goshen

County Master Gardners.

She played bridge often

and enjoyed her time with

a couple of bridge groups

– with women who were

wonderful friends to her.

She loved to read and

hosted a book discussion

group at her home for

many years. She was a

member of the Communi-ty Hospital Auxiliary and

enjoyed tending the rose

garden. In 2013 she left

Torrington to live near her

daughter, Diane.

She is survived by her

daughter Diane (Jim)

DeLozier of Lander; sister,

Ramona Cain, North Las

Vegas, NV; brothers Neal

(Virginia) Feist, Velva,

ND; Eugene (Mary) Feist,

Prescott Valley, AZ;

Donovan (Annette) Feist,

St. George, UT; and Curtis

(Bonnie) Feist, Velva, ND;

and numerous nieces and

nephews. She was pre-

ceded in death by her

daughter, Joan Kriese; sis-

ter, Marcella Ramsbacher;

parents, Joseph and Ruth


Graveside services in

Ft. Laramie, WY will take

place in the Spring.