Alvin J. Gilbert

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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.

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  1. Paula & Family

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

    Chuck & Darlene Mai

  2. To Paula and the Gilbert family, I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  3. We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a very kind man and will be missed. He was a very good friend and we enjoyed everything we did with him such as playing pool, listening to the Buck Hollow band, golfing and just sitting and visiting with him.

    Thanks Alvie for being a friend.

  4. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Alvie was always such a nice and considerate man when I had the good fortune to interact with him. I know that Grandma Doris has many fond and happy memories of her brother Alvie. He will surely be missed by the many people who’s lives he touched and influenced in a positive way.

  5. Sending our deepest sympathy to all the family. Alvie always had a smile and greeting for everyone when ever you saw him . We will miss him.

  6. Steve, Paula, and family..
    Mike and I extend our sympathies to your family in this difficult time of grief. May you soon find peace and smiles in the good memories that will always be with you. God Bless, Alvie.

  7. We express our deepest sympathy to Steve & Karla and the rest of the Gilbert families. You are in our thoughts
    and prayers. Alvie will be missed as a neighbor and friend.

  8. We wanted to extend our deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your father, grandfather, and brother. Alvie will be greatly missed as he always took the time to visit and catch up with us no matter where you saw him. Joe always enjoyed golfing with him when they had a chance. We know Doris will feel the loss of her brother especially as they spent so much time together watching football and baseball, playing pool, and generally helping each other out. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We are saddened that we were unable to attend his services in person, but please know we are there in spirit.

  9. You have our deepest sympathy.

    We enjoyed visting with your father n down on the Cedar River in Nashua. He would show up with Carol Anderson.

    He was a good and kind man.

    Again you have our deepest sympathy.

  10. Mary Lou, Janet, Paula, Steve and all your families
    With deep sympathy for the loss of your father
    I to suddenly lost my father so your pain is real to me
    May you all find comfort through the word of God

  11. My condolences to the family of Alvie, we worked together for years on the loading dock at Rath’s and we always had a good time. May all the good memories be kept in your hearts forever.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time. Alvin was a very kind and loving man. Paula–do you remember when I was driving the golf cart and backed into the side of the garage/door? Your mother and father never said a word—though you did take the keys away from me……good thing….I was really trying for the dog or cats. Again–your in my prayers. God Bless.


  13. Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of Alvie. He is now an angel watching over all of you.
    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  14. My sympathies and prayers to the family. The Gillberts were our neighbors when we were kids, and we spent a lot of time together. Lots of picnics and family gatherings.

  15. Paula and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish I could be there to give you a hug during this difficult time. May the Holy Spirit keep you lifted up as you say your earthly goodbyes…Laura

  16. Steve and family, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family.
    Randy and Mary Jane Leach

  17. Steve and Gilbert Family,
    We want to send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. The boys will have wonderful memories of Alvie, picking rock and riding the four wheelers. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Aaron, Missy, Austin & Alex Lukes

  18. Steve and all of the Gilbert Family,
    My sincere sympathy on the sudden loss of your dad. Our son, Tim, had nothing but wonderful things to say about your father having worked for him a few years back. May your wonderful memories and strong relationship with him carry you through the sad days ahead. God be with you to lighten the sorrow.

    Alice and Dan Conlon

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