Bansept, Emma Genevieve (Briere) (May 21, 1872 - July 17, 1938)

Two Sisters Die During Weekend

Mrs. Jules LeVasseur Taken Saturday; Mrs. John Bansept Claimed Sunday

Douglas Budget - July 21, 1938

The cruel hand of death snatched the lives of two of Douglas' pioneer women this week-end--two sisters, whose residence in Converse county combined totaled 80 years. Both died as the result of strokes. Both leave to mourn their passing a husband and three children.

They were laid to rest in a double funeral service conducted at St. James Catholic church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Fr. Ignatius officiating. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.


Mrs. Jules LeVasseur died Saturday night about 9 o'clock at the Casper Memorial hospital. She suffered a stroke slightly over a week ago from which she failed to recover.

She was born Mary Florence Briere at St. Charles on Caplin, Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 8, 1870, the daughter of Joseph and Angelica Briere. She was united in marriage on her 28th birthday anniversary, Dec. 8, 1895, to Jules LeVasseur at Metapedia, Canada. Following the marriage the couple came to Wyoming and settled on a ranch on the Upper LePrele.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Ben of Douglas and Ernest of Laramie; one daughter, Alice Jensen of Seminoe; three grandchildren. All were present at the funeral.

Pallbearers were H.F. Esmay, Tom Sullivan, R.L. Irvine, James Brady, Vinson Merritt and Frank Philbrick.


Mrs. John Bansept passed away in Douglas Sunday afternoon, only about 17 hours after the death of her sister. She had been in ill health for sometime, following a stroke suffered several months ago.

Emma Genevieve Briere was born at St. Charles of Caplin, Quebec, Canada, on May 21, 1872. She grew to womanhood in her native country. She taught school in Canada for six years and received recognition from the Prince of Wales for her excellence as a teacher.

She came to Wyoming in 1901 and taught several years in the schools here. On April 9, 1904 she was united in marriage to John Bansept in Douglas. This had been her home since that time.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. George J. Snyder of Casper and Juliette of Denver; one son, John of Cody, all of whom were here for the funeral; two brothers, Ernest and Edmond of Canada.

Pallbearers were John Hillman, Robert Blotz, William Curtin, Alexander Cross, Ed Werner and R.J. Price.


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