NLJ Staff

Nov. 12, 1953–Jan. 9, 2023

Lilani “Loni” Stumpff, lifelong resident of Logan County, Colo., 69, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Jan. 9, 2023, in Newcastle, Wyo., at home, due to complications from lung disease. 

Graveside services will be held on Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle. A reception will follow at Greg and DeeDee’s home.

Loni was born Nov. 12, 1953, to Wesley and Bessie (Elliott) Grauberger in Sterling, Colo. She attended Sterling High School and graduated in 1972; in 1974 she graduated from Licensed Practical Nursing school at Northeastern Junior College with a certificate.   

Loni met the love of her life, Bill Stumpff, in 1967 at his Grandma Effie’s house where Bill lived, and Loni delivered meals to Effie. They were married on Dec. 29, 1971. From this marriage were born two amazing men! Greg and Kevin! Bill and Loni were married 49 wonderful years before Bill was called home first. 

Loni worked as an LPN at Logan County Hospital, then at various doctor offices, until an injury sidelined her career. She then became a secretary and worked several jobs before starting work at the City of Sterling as an account technician doing payroll. She retired in 2010.

Loni’s greatest pleasure was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Loni was an avid Bronco fan. Rarely a game day passed that she was not in front of the TV. Loni also loved this country! Loni enjoyed volunteering and helping her community. She was a president and secretary of the former Sterling Quota Club, secretary/treasurer of District Nine, and she was a Disaster Action Team member for the American Red Cross. In 2012 she joined the Sterling Lions Club, attaining the office of president, secretary and district secretary for 6NE. Loni also recently received the honor of the Melvin Jones Fellow award from the Lions Club for dedicated humanitarian services. Loni was Queen Mum for the Red Raspberry Tarts Red Hat Club.    

Loni is survived by her two sons, Wm. Greg (DeeDee) of Newcastle, and Kevin Ray (Dana) Stumpff of Sterling; three grandchildren, Connagher (Cheyanna) Stumpff, Scottsbluff, Neb., Tanner (Laci) James, and Lyndi; and three great-grandchildren, Remi, Ryker and Riggs of Sterling. She is also survived by sisters, Ila Scott and Dorothy King (Mike); brother, Willy (Willard) Grauberger; brothers-in-law, Rob (Sandy), Ken (Grace), Dan (Lindy) Stumpff, and Marv Juedus; and many nieces, nephews, many great- and great-great nieces, and nephews, many cousins, family and friends.

Loni is preceded in death by husband, Bill Stumpff; her parents, Wesley and Bessie Grauberger; sisters, Crystal Dagley and Jane (Grauberger) Schaffer; brothers, Jennings Grauberger and Joel Grauberger; niece, Tammy Grauberger; nephew, Jeff Grauberger; great-niece, Kayla Grauberger; great-great-nephew, Kevin Sprague; sister-in-law, Elva Juedus; and brothers-in-law, Keith, Roger, and Ray Stumpff. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Sterling Lions Club P.O. Box 567 Sterling, CO 80751.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at


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