Funeral services for Barbara Jane “Barb” Nisselius will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Gillette.
Burial will follow the service at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Gillette Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Nisselius, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette from complications of an aneurysm.
She was born to Vito and Ruby Fiermonte on March 24, 1947, in Waterbury, Conn., and was the oldest of four brothers and a sister.
After graduating from high school in California, she joined the Navy and became an air traffic controller. While in the Navy, she met Douglas Ellyson and they were married shortly after.
She moved to Gillette in 1975 and soon began working for Carter Mining. She was a determined woman, as she became one of the first women in the county to operate a coal shovel.
In 1979, she married Michael James Beck and continued to work in the mining industry throughout the 1980s.
She married James Arthur Nisselius on Dec.7, 1991, at the First Baptist Church in Gillette.
She was a selfless woman, always putting others before herself. She enjoyed cooking and listening to Frank Sinatra. Later in life, she began to enjoy her newest hobby, online and TV shopping. A die-hard Republican, her television was usually always on Fox News.
Mrs. Nisselius loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her sons and grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons: Clint Ellyson of Dallas, Texas, Curtis Ellyson of Denver Colo., Matthew Nisselus of Tokyo, Japan, and James Beck, Nathan Nisselius and Michael Nisselius of Gillette; numerous grandchildren; and three brothers and a sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Nisselius, and her father-in-law, Jack Nisselius. Memorials and condolences in her name may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West Fifth St, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences also can be sent via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com or attached to the obituary at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.