NLJ Staff


Oct. 23, 1926–April 25, 2020

Dorothy B. Costopoulos, age 93, joined her husband Tommie in heaven on April 25, 2020. 

Dorothy, or “Dot” as she was fondly called, was welcomed into the world on Oct. 23, 1926, by her parents, Ocee and Blanche Frantz, and seven brothers — Roy, Ralph, Harry, Marvin, William, Charles, and Galen — of Rocky Ford, Colo. Growing up on a farm with her older brothers, Dorothy had many adventures; she developed a close bond with every member of her family. Throughout the years, that special bond also extended to her nieces and nephews. 

Dorothy came to Wyoming to teach physical education and business classes. She positively impacted the lives of many students during her 18-year teaching career in Goshen County schools. 

It was during her early teaching days that she met Tommie G. Costopoulos, the love of her life. Tommie and Dorothy were married June 8, 1952; and to this union, five children were born. These children were blessed with a wonderful, loving mother who instilled in them a strong work ethic and a compassion for others. 

Dorothy was an active member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at the Fort Laramie Presbyterian Church, a 4-H leader for many years, and an active member of the Kaspiere Community Club. Dorothy so loved spending time with friends and extended family members; she especially cherished family gatherings throughout the years.

Dorothy is survived by her children and their spouses: Christine (Herb) French, Kathryn (Brad) France, George (Jeannie) Costopoulos, Shirley (Jane) Costopoulos, Elaine (Ron) Bernatow; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brothers. 

In lieu of memorial contributions, Dorothy’s family encourages everyone to spend time with family and friends while the opportunity exists. Condolences can be posted at A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.


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