Christine Patricia Ruiz Luehne, 82, passed away at her home in Thermopolis, on Friday,
July 14, 2017, after trying to recover from a stroke. Christine was born June 20, 1935, in
Denver, Colorado. At a young age Christine worked hard to help support her family in Denver.
In 1960, she met her soul mate, Wolfgang Luehne, who had arrived from Germany in the
same year. Christine worked in Denver as a seamstress and worked at Meadow Gold.
Christine and Wolfgang bought the Star Plunge and moved their family to Thermopolis, Wyoming, in
1975. Through many years of hard work, they built up the Star Plunge into a world renowned
mineral pool resort and even today, many people still ask for Christine's famous Star Plunge
tacos that she had made for over 20 years.
Christine taught their children and grandchildren that hard work would help accomplish their
goals. She always inspired the kids as well as the other kids in town. Christine treated everyone
in town like they were her own children. She was very generous, kind, and lived a moral and
ethical lifestyle. She always stood up for what was right, had a strong belief in Catholicism, and
placed her faith in Christ. Christine always provided and protected her children and
grandchildren; their needs were always met first before hers.
Christine enjoyed scenic drives to the mountains, cooking for her family, sewing, gardening, and
buying clothes for the grandchildren. Christine really loved her pet “Montana” (AKA “Butch”) that
she nicknamed. She always made the holidays special and would never leave anyone out of
receiving a gift.
Christine is survived by her children: Carl Leyba of Thermopolis, Mark Leyba of Havre,
Montana, Rose Leyba of Thermopolis, Leila Luehne Porath of Thermopolis, and Roland Luehne
of Thermopolis, and many extended family members from Denver, Colorado. She was preceded
in death by her husband Wolfgang Luehne and grandson Michael Porath.
The Rosary is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic
Church in Thermopolis. Funeral services will be held at the church Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Porath Aviation Fund at Pinnacle Bank
125 S. 5th St. Thermopolis, Wyoming 82443. (307) 864-5555.
Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family.