Lillian Edith (Ropelato) Harrower


Lillian Edith Harrower, age 92, of Cheyenne, formerly of Kemmerer, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on September 2, 2017.

Lillian E. Ropelato was born on May 11, 1925 in Kemmerer and graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1944.

In 1945, Lillian married Thomas S. Harrower Sr., a livestock dealer at the time.  From this 30-year union, three children were born: Tom Jr., daughter, Julienne of Cheyenne; and Norm Harrower of Drumwright, Okla. Together Lilllian and Tom Sr. built a prominent family cattle-ranching operation, beginning with the James W. Pomeroy Ranch on Fontenelle Creek.

Lillian was very active and instrumental in the family ranching operation.  She loved the great outdoors, horses, cattle, dogs, cats and most of all loved the land.

She never met a stranger; she was always your friend. She was generous and would entertain you with her vibrant personality.  When she walked into a room, her smile, wisdom and humor would always make life brighter.  And most importantly, you were always welcome at her kitchen table, where many enjoyed her homemade polenta.

Lillian loved children and was always eager to help or share information about those good ole days. Everyone from friends and ranch hands to cattle buyers had great respect for her and always enjoyed her company.

Lillian was a cancer survivor and was a member of the Eastern Stars, The Daughters of The Nile and many other organizations.

She was the last survivor of her family.Her husband Tom Sr. died in 1975. She was preceded in death by her parents Albano and Carolina Bertolini Ropelato; sisters, Lizzie Ropelato, Amelia DeGorgio, Pearl Aimone, Marcie Felice, and brothers, Edwin Ropelato, Milo Ropelato, and Roy Ropelato.

Viewing was held in Cheyenne, on Wednesday September 6, 2017, at the family home.Viewing will be held in Kemmerer, at the Ball Family Chapel on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. at the Berta A  Penney Methodist Church. Interment will follow services at the South Lincoln Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Tom Sr.Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to the Alzheimers association.

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