Diane D. Gegelman
Diane Delores Gegelman, age 52, of Gillette, WY, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2005, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial services for Diane D. Gegelman of Gillette, WY, were held Monday, April 25, at the Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott Firminhac of The Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. A memorial service was also held on Tuesday, April 26, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton, SD, with Pastor Monty Dell and Pastor Scott Firminhac officiating. Inurnment was in the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Creighton.
Diane Delores Gegelman (Eisenbraun) was born on February 1, 1953, to Otto Eisenbraun and Delores Eisenbraun (Strandell) of Wall, SD. Diane was raised and educated in the Wall/ Creighton area and graduated from Wall High School in 1971.
On November 3, 1973, she married Delbert Gegelman of Halliday, ND, at Creighton's Emman-uel Lutheran Church. They made their home in Wall for almost 10 years and had their first born son in October of 1976. Diane had worked various positions at the famous Wall Drug Store for over 15 years before moving with her husband and son to Gillette in 1983.
After the family moved to Wyoming, Diane worked with her husband as a contract worker at Wyodak Coal Mine. Then, during the late 1980s recession, Diane found work in downtown Gillette as a cook/dishwasher at Bailey's Bar and Grill.
In 1989, Diane became a nutrition aide at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital where she remained for over
Diane and Delbert's second child, a daughter, was born in September of 1993.
Diane spent her remaining years as a dietary cook at Pioneer Manor. In late January of 2003, Diane was diagnosed with lung cancer, which she fought a very courageous battle with. Even in the end, Diane had a smile and a humorous word for her friends and family. She loved being with her family and friends and also enjoyed arts, crafts, painting, drawing, and, above all, writing poetry. She had one poem, "Catch My Tear Drop" published by the Poetry Guild in 1998. Diane also enjoyed dancing, traveling, camping, boating and fishing with her best friend, Betty, in the Big Horn Mountains.
Diane is survived by her husband of 32 years, Delbert Gegelman of Gillette, WY; her son, Shawn Gegelman and his wife, Lora, of Gillette; her daughter, Shelly Jo Gegelman of Gillette; a sister, Joann and her husband, Sam Hoffman, of Wright, WY; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.
A memorial has been established to Campbell County Health Care Foundation to benefit either Hospice of Campbell County or the Radiology Department of Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.stevensonandsons.com or www.rushfuneralhome.com.