NLJ Staff

Jan. 5, 1931–Feb. 2, 2019

Arlysse Jean “Jean” Michaelis passed away, at the age of 88, on Feb. 2, 2019, in Bozeman, Mont. She died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Jean will be remembered for her infectious laugh, generous and positive spirit, and her fierce love for her family and close friends.

Jean was born to Archibald and Luella Gilbertson on Jan. 5, 1931, in La Crosse, Wisc. Her childhood years were spent in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and California. She graduated from high school in Peterson, Minn. 

While attending the University of Wyoming, she met James “Jim” D. Michaelis. They were married in Billings, Mont., in 1951. Jim and Jean raised five children in Basin, Greybull, Lovell, Casper and Newcastle, Wyo. They then moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Jean was employed as an accounts agent at the Wyoming State Liquor Commission.

After retirement, Jim and Jean enjoyed being recreational vehicle snowbirds for several years, eventually moving to a house in Green Valley, Ariz. They spent summer months in Basin, Wyo., until Jim’s death in 1999. Jean relocated to Basin, until she required living assistance and moved to Bozeman.

Jean enjoyed traveling, golfing and sewing gifts for her grandchildren. She was Jim’s construction assistant on many do-it-yourself projects. Whether playing cards, trout fishing or visiting with family or friends, Jean was the life of the party. 

She leaves five children, Nancy (John) Kerhlikar of Shingle Springs, Calif., Jim Michaelis of Newcastle, Tim (Vi) Michaelis of Johnstown, Colo., Janie (Scott) Sukut of Bozeman, and Kim (Chris) Michaelis of San Diego, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandsons; brother, Christopher “Kip” (Joanne) Gilbertson of Dodge City, Wisc.; sister, Naomi (Jim) Anderson of Westfield, Ind.; sister-in-law, Sheryl Michaelis of Buffalo, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Sandy Michaelis of Graham, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; and long-term partner, Felix Saldana, of Bozeman.

Jean was preceded in death by husband, Jim; parents, Archibald and Luella Gilbertson; step-mother, Barbara Gilbertson; and brother, Charles Gilbertson. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull on May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., followed by internment at Mt. View Cemetery in Basin. 

In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be made, in Jean’s name, to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1117, Torrington, WY, 82240. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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