Barbara Anne Wielgus
20 Years Old

June 11, 1960 to June 10, 1981

Barbara Wielgus, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, left her family and friends a legacy of many beautiful memories. Her mother will always remember her as a loving, kind, obedient daughter who gave of herself freely to do volunteer work, Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America, Brownies, Girl Scouting, etc. She held various jobs and received many awards and recognitions for her contributions in these organizations. While these activities kept her busy, she held two part-time jobs.

Barbara was a gentle, soft-spoken, polite young woman who had many interests. She enjoyed life, her friends, animals, playing the piano, reading, embroidery, knitting, crocheting and writing to her three pen pals since seventh grade (Hong Kong, Germany and Austria). How she treasured and reminisced about her visit of two weeks in Germany and three weeks in Vienna, Austria. Barb looked forward to their visit to our beautiful country.

Barb loved her home, family, friends, the family Sheltie named Laddie, and was proud to live in America.

Barbara was a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College and received an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science on May 21, 1981. She planned to continue her education in Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her mother thanks God every day that Barbara's dad, who died in 1976, was spared the loss of their beloved daughter. They had two healthy children - a boy and a girl. They were a happy family. Barbara is loved and missed very much by her family and many friends.


Barbara Wielgus, 20, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was vacationing in Cheyenne, Wyoming when she was murdered by Phillip Nelson Taylor. During the perpetration of a robbery, Taylor struck Barbara on the head with a blunt object, rendering her unconscious and strangling her to death. Travelers checks and personal items were taken.

Taylor was on parole from the State of Utah and had a long record of prior violations. Taylor pleaded guilty to first degree felony murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He is in the Wyoming State Penitentiary at Rawlins, Wyoming. The entire court proceeding took 45 minutes. After serving five years of his life sentence, Taylor has a parole hearing every year.

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Barbara Wielgus