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Published May 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Claudia Gilbertson

Claudia Gilbertson, 79, died on Friday, May 10, 2013 at her home in rural Barnesville, MN under the care of hospice and her family.

Claudia Delores Bekkerus was born on April 29, 1934 at Prairie View Township in Wilkin County, MN rural Barnesville, MN to Albert Christian and Hilda Thea (Skogen) Bekkerus. Claudia grew up in rural Clay County and attended country schools and then Barnesville High School, graduating in 1952.

Claudia Gilbertson

Claudia Gilbertson, 79, died on Friday, May 10, 2013 at her home in rural Barnesville, MN under the care of hospice and her family.

Claudia Delores Bekkerus was born on April 29, 1934 at Prairie View Township in Wilkin County, MN rural Barnesville, MN to Albert Christian and Hilda Thea (Skogen) Bekkerus. Claudia grew up in rural Clay County and attended country schools and then Barnesville High School, graduating in 1952.

She graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Fargo in 1955.

Claudia was united in marriage to Gordon Orvin Gilbertson on October 28, 1955 at the Assembly of God Church in Barnesville, MN. She worked as a registered nurse in Fargo, Chicago, IL and Newport News, VA while Gordon served in the military. After Gordon’s military service, they made their home east of Barnesville, MN where they farmed and raised their family.

She worked as one of the first nurses for the Barnesville Nursing Home when it opened. She was a stay at home mom. She enjoyed studying the family tree. She was a quilter and made many quilts to share with her family and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband Gordon, Barnesville, MN, four children: Robert “Bob” (Kim) Gilbertson of Barnesville, MN, Marlene (Dale) Neuschwander of Barnesville, MN, Lucille “Lucy” (Phil) Kemper of Fargo, ND, Arthur (Michele) Gilbertson of Kindred, ND, nine grandchildren: Jessica, David, Ruth, Elizabeth, Joshua Gilbertson, Emily Kemper, Benjamin, Cameron, and Levi Gilbertson, four siblings: Arlene (Orrie) Gilbertson of Pelican Rapids, MN, Harriet Tillotson of Barnesville, MN, Merlyn Bekkerus of Barnesville, MN, Alan (Grace)Bekkerus of Thompson, ND, and many nieces and nephews.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, brother in law Willis Tillotson, nephew Keith Tillotson.

Family condolences may be sent at www.dobmeierfuneralhome.com The family says a special thank you to Kind-er Care and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the gentle care of Claudia.

Funeral: 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Brethren Church, Barnesville, MN

Visitation: 5-8 PM, Monday, May 13, 2013 at Dobmeier Funeral Home with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Burial: Gran Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Rollag, MN.

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