Lana Maxine Colnar

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The world lost a great woman, a truly loving presence to both two and four-footed beings, when Lana Colnar passed away. She was someone in whose world you could recover your equilibrium and emerge from it refreshed and with a renewed faith in life.

Lana Colnar lived a full, rich and colorful life; she rose in the east and set in the west. She was born in Pittsburgh to Josef and Zorka Knezac on May 15, 1923 and celebrated her first birthday on the Cunard, at the captain’s table as it sailed to Europe. As she liked to say, she never came down from that. She loved classical music, especially Beethoven, and was an opera aficionado and was known to burst into song on whim. She loved the classics and was a voracious reader with an impressive library. She loved having afternoon tea, dispensing wisdom and advice to friends of all ages gathered around her table, tea cups in hand.

Lana worked as an editor in the advertising department of Dunn & Bradstreet and at Crucible Steel. She attended Carnegie Tech (later Carnegie-Mellon University). She met her future husband, Victor Colnar, in a voice and speech class and they subsequently married in 1955. They lived in the Pittsburgh area until the summer of 2007 when they moved to Sheridan to be with their daughters, Claudia and Rebecca. Throughout her life, she was engaged in volunteer activities at the Penn Hills Library, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors.

Lana loved all animals, especially elephants, horses, dogs, reptiles and birds and relished sitting outside on a summer’s evening watching her beloved birds at the feeder and gazing at the beautiful Big Horn Mountains as the sun set.

Lana was feisty right until the end. She passed away less than a week before her and Victor’s 58th anniversary, and she sadly did not get the final Christmas that she so wanted. This charming and lovely lady is survived by her husband, Victor Colnar; daughters Claudia Colnar and Rebecca Colnar Mott, and son-in-law Casey Mott, as well as numerous four-legged critters.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Wyoming Wilderness Association ( or the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter (