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Obituaries: Weber, Stevens, Galovich, Knittle

Joyce I. Weber

CASPER, Wyo. –

Joyce I. Weber: 1923 – 2021

Surrounded by her family who loved her dearly, Joyce I Weber, 97, traded her Nurses Wings for Angel wings on May 23, 2021. 

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Born December 1, 1923 in Iowa, Joyce was raised in Madison, South Dakota on a farm during the Great Depression.

She became a Cadet nurse after high School in Sioux Falls, then moved to Hot Springs and accepted a job at the Lutheran Hospital.

She met Dean and married in 1948. Three children were born to this union, Robert, Barbara and Colleen. In 1960, they moved to Casper and lived in their home in Paradise Valley for 55 years. Dean and Joyce celebrated 72 years of marriage.

Mountain Plaza Assisted Living became her home and family for 6 wonderful years. 

Joyce worked in many medical facilities, including Valley Manor, Memorial Hospital of Natrona county, Amoco Refinery, Dr’s Scott, Whalen, Christensen and was one of the first Nurses at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper. She was very proud of all her accomplishments and made so many friends along the way.

Very proud of her Norwegian heritage, she celebrated all the holidays with Lefse, Lutefisk, and other Scandinavian delicacies. She loved saying Norwegian prayers and songs, which she did fluently. She loved to play the accordion, and always said how important music was in her life. She knew every polka song written and played that music constantly!

She loved to play cards and games whenever she could with her family and friends. Joyce will be remembered for kindness to others, her sense of humor and her absolute joy of life.

She was interested in everyone she met and enjoyed being part of their lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dean, her parents Julius and Inga Hoff, and siblings Wallace, Lloyd and Mabel. Survivors include her children Robert Weber (Grenay), Barbara Peterson (Reece) and Colleen Haass (John), loved deeply by grandchildren Robert Weber, Leif Peterson, Joy Smith, John Haass, Jarren Dean and Adam Haass.

Also bringing her joy are great grandchildren, Robert and Lillian Weber, Barrett and Brady Smith, Avery, Norah and Kellen Peterson, Ayo Dean, Evelyn, Grace and John Haass, & Madison and Grant Haass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jason’s Friends Foundation will be greatly appreciated by the family.

Anita V. Stevens

Anita V. Stevens: 1940 – 2021

Anita Verene Stevens peacefully gained her heavenly wings on May 23, 2021.

Anita was born on April 11, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Mildred and Archie Lee.

She spent her early childhood in Texas. She would tell us how hot the summers were there. At 14 years old, she relocated to Casper, Wyoming with her father, Archie, as he found gainful employment here. Later, she met Robert E. Steelman, and they married in 1954. Anita gave birth to four children: Robert Steelman, Jr., Deborah Steelman-Taylor, Paul Steelman, and Tina Steelman.

While employed as an LPN and RN by Wyoming Medical Center for over 30 years, she guided her children. Her final position was as a Nurse Auditor before retiring.

She loved her poodles, growing beautiful roses, Pepsi, sewing, boating, and traveling. Her destination included trips to England, Egypt, and Europe. She also traveled extensively throughout the United States.

Anita was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mildred and Archie Lee; and two brothers, Eugene Lee and Ray Lee.

She is survived by one brother, Richard Lee; four children: Robert E. Steelman, Jr. (Tamara), Deborah Steelman-Taylor, Paul E. Steelman (Jodi), and Tina L. Steelman; eight grandchildren: Samuel Steelman, Robert Steelman, Miranda Taylor, Dustin Cook, Anthony Steelman, Jessie, Charlie, and Trapper. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Aiden, Kelton Steelman, Devonte Belving, and Willow Steelman.

A “Celebration of Life” potluck picnic will be held later, on a date to be determined. Deborah Steelman-Taylor will be the contact person for the picnic. For more information on the future gathering, please contact Deborah at

Delma Lucile Galovich

Delma Lucile Galovich: March 17, 1935 ~ May 27, 2021 (age 86)

Delma Lucile Galovich passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on May 27,2021. She was born in Tonkawa, OK on March 17, 1935 to Calvin and Sybil (Jones) Hembree. Coming from an oilfield family she lived in all the large western metropolises such as Russell KS, Cut Bank MT, Williston ND, Fort Morgan and Cortez CO, Farmington NM, before settling in Casper. Delma graduated from NCHS and attended Denver University. She was the office manager for all the family-owned businesses, Rocky Mountain Cementers and Paradise Valley Country Club.

On December 17, 1955, she married the love of her life, Joe Galovich, in Denver, CO. They had two children, Mike and Becky Jo. Delma’s family was the most important thing in her life as she would sacrifice her needs for theirs. After the kids went to college Joe and Delma moved to the Star Valley Ranch in WY for the summer and Mesa AZ for the winter. They traveled to Europe, Africa and South America and could be found on a golf course playing with family and friends. Joe and Delma never fell out of love. She was an accomplished seamstress and cook but she will be remembered for her service to others which will be felt for eternity.

Delma is survived by her children Mike (Jeri) Galovich and Becky Jo (Gary) Latimer; three grandchildren Mike (Theresa) Cross, Ryan (Katie) Cross and Heather Galovich and two great grandchildren and two brothers Donald (Maureen) Hembree and Deal Hembree. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 59 years.

Graveside services will be held at Highland Cemetery at 11 AM on Thursday June 3, 2021, with a celebration of life to be held at Paradise Valley Country Club after internment

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.

Mildred Knittle

Mildred Knittle: June 3, 1933 ~ May 25, 2021 (age 87)

Mildred (Millie) Mae (Nilsen) Knittle passed away May 25, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming. 

She was born June 3, 1933 in Litchfield, Nebraska. At three years old she moved to Wyoming. She lived most of her life in Casper except for three months with her husband living in El Paso, Texas.

Upon completion of high school she worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, then went on to work for the Credit Union, and then went to work for USGS until she retired.

Her hobbies included gardening, painting and crocheting hats. She made many thousands of  hats for the school children, senior citizens and the underprivileged.

Mildred was preceded in death by her older sister, Merna Montgomery and her older brother, Raymond Nilsen, and her husband, Mark Q. Knittle.

She is survived by her younger sister, Edith Knittle, and also many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral will be held at a later date to be determined.