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Petronella Lois Lehnert

November 17, 1921 January 17, 2019
Petronella Lois Lehnert
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Graveside funeral services for Pat Lehnert, 97 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Thursday evening at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Tuesday January 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Willow Grove Cemetery with Father Pete Johnson officiating. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. just prior to the Occidental Jam at the Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo. A family gathering will be held in South Dakota this summer at a time to be announced. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Occidental Jam Scholarship in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at
Petronella Lois Lehnert was born on November 17, 1921 in Howard, South Dakota to John and Frances Hoss. She was one of eight children: RoseMarie, Cletus, Elizabeth, Irene, Johnny, Edith and Basil. Raised on Longview Farm, she grew up doing chores during the Dust Bowl years. She graduated from St. Agatha’s High School in Howard with the class of 1940. After high school she entered a nursing program in Sioux City, Iowa. She was nineteen years old when WWII started. During wartime, women were not allowed to be in nursing school and married. So when her high school sweetheart, James P. Lehnert proposed marriage, she had to leave school. They were married on January 14, 1944 in Howard, South Dakota and resided at the Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After the war she went back to nursing school and graduated from Holy Rosary Hospital Nursing School Program in Miles City, Montana as a Registered Nurse. She and James had two children, Jane and Nancy. James graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry and they made their home in Pierre, South Dakota. In 1970 they moved to Sheridan, Wyoming. Dr. Lehnert passed away in 1995 and Pat moved to Buffalo to be near her daughter Nancy “Lehnert” Clow.
At age sixty, Pat decided to pursue her childhood musical interests in the piano and fiddle. She played with musicians in Sheridan, Kaycee, Wyoming and Otter and Biddle, Montana. In Buffalo she made music at Amie Holt Care Center, Paradise Guest Ranch and the Buffalo Senior Center. She was part of the Homesteader Band and a member of the local music club. She taught both dance and music lessons. It was her joy to play music and she shared her talent well into her years.
Pat was as cheerful, generous and a resilient wife and mother. She worked hard and laughed easily. A woman with strong faith in Jesus Christ, she lived out her beliefs in a graceful manner following traditional Roman Catholic teachings. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Pat is survived by two daughters, Jane Campion and Nancy Lehnert both of Buffalo; four step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son-in-law, Jim Clow, and her seven siblings.

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2:00 PM 1/22/2019 2:00:00 PM
Willow Grove Cemetery

351 N. Adams
Buffalo, WY 82834

Willow Grove Cemetery
351 N. Adams Buffalo 82834 WY
United States





6:00 PM 2/7/2019 6:00:00 PM
Occidental Hotel

10 N Main St
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834

Occidental Hotel
10 N Main St Buffalo 82834 Wyoming
United States

Cemetery Details


Willow Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

351 N. Adams
Buffalo, WY 82834

351 N. Adams Buffalo 82834 WY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Occidental Hotel Jam Scholarship

C/O Harness Funeral Home
351 N. Adams Ave
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834

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