Alvin J. Gilbert
January 26, 1931 ~ October 11, 2009
Alvin J. Gilbert, age 78, of New Hampton, IA died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. Alvin J. Gilbert was born on January 26, 1931 to Henry and Amalia (Glaser) Gilbert on their farm north west of New Hampton. He attended Immaculate Conception School in North Washington. On November 14, 1950, Alvin was united in marriage to Patricia Paulus at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington, IA. They farmed the family farm to the present time with their son Steve. He also worked at Rath Packing Plant for 15 years. Alvin enjoyed farming, golfing, pool, dancing and playing cards. He especially enjoyed his family and friends. He was very proud of earning the Wallace Farmer Master Farmer of the year award in 1982. He was a member of Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center, Catholic Order of Foresters, and wasa past member ofthe Farmers Coop Board of Directors. Alvin is survived by his three daughters Mary Lou (Dennis) Church of Madison, WI, Jeannette (Mike) Kolthoff of Bloomington, MN, Paula (Scott) Beiswenger of St. Paul, MN; a son Steven (Karla) Gilbert of New Hampton; seven grandchildren Stephanie Still, Jenny (Erik) Hanson, John (Louise) Kolthoff, Laura (Andrew) Fritz, Kayla, Nolan and Ben Gilbert; five great grandchildren Ryan, Finn, Collin, Solei and Jackson; two brothers Norb (June) Gilbert of Plainfield, IA and Harry (Pat) Gilbert of New Hampton, IA; four sisters Mary Ann Shekelton of New Hampton, IA, Agnes Lentz of Colby, WI, Marceile Christoph of New Hampton, IA and Doris Haskovec of Alta Vista, IA ; special friend Carol Anderson of New Hampton, IA; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Patricia Gilbert on April 13 2004; a son Joseph in infancy. Cemetery: Burial will in Calvary Cemetery at New Hampton, with his grandchildren; Jenny Hanson, John Kolthoff, Laura Fritz, Stephanie Still, Kayla Gilbert, Nolan Gilbert, and Ben Gilbert serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 4-8 pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 4:30 pm rosary and a scriptural wake service at 6pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center in New Hampton, with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrating.