Jan. 5, 1931 – Feb. 2, 2019
A Mass of Christian Burial for Arlysse Jean Michaelis will be held May 11 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jean, 88, passed away Feb. 2 in Bozeman, Mont., after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
She was born Jan. 5, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of Archibald and Luella Gilbertson. She spent her childhood years in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming and California. She graduated from high school in Peterson, Minn.
Jean attended the University of Wyoming where she met James “Jim” D. Michaelis. The two exchanged vows in Billings, Mont., in 1951. Jim and Jean raised their five children in Basin, Greybull, Lovell, Casper and Newcastle.
They then moved to Cheyenne where she was employed as an accounts agent for the Wyoming State Liquor Commission.
Jim and Jean enjoyed the life of RV snowbirds until they eventually moved to Green Valley, Ariz. Summer months were spent in Basin until her husband’s death in 1999, at which time Jean relocated to Basin; when she needed living assistance she moved to Bozeman.
She enjoyed traveling, golfing and sewing for her grandchildren. Whether Jean was playing cards, fishing or visiting with family and friends, she was the life of the party.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents, Archibald and Luella Gilbertson; stepmother Barbara Gilbertson and brother Charles Gilbertson.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: John and Nancy Michaelis Kerhlikar of Shingle Springs, Calif.; Jim Michaelis of Newcastle; Tim and Vi Michaelis of Johnstown, Colo.; Scott and Janie Michaelis Sukut of Bozeman; and Kim (Chris) Michaelis of San Diego; brother and sister-in-law, Christopher “Kip” and Joanne Gilbertson of Dodge City, Wis.; sister and brother-in-law Jim and Naomi Anderson of Westfield, Idaho; sister-in-law Sheryl Michaelis of Buffalo; sister-in-law Sandy Michaelis of Graham, Wash; her longtime partner Felix Saldana of Bozeman and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials in Jean’s name can be made to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Box 1117 Torrington, WY 82240.