Bertha Rose Kilber

Bertha Rose Kilber, 89, Mandan, N.D. passed away peacefully June 15, 2013 at Sanford Off Collins in Mandan.

Bertha Rose Kilber
Bertha Rose Kilber

Published June 20, 2013

The Herald

Services were held Thursday, June 20, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, N.D. with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Bertha was born July 25, 1923 to Edward and Christina (Herrmann) Gallwas in Otter Creek, N.D. She was raised and educated in the Beulah-Hazen areas.

In 1939 when she was with a friend they picked up a stranded motorist who turned out to be the love of her life, Arnold Kilber. They married on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942. They were married for 69 years before Arnold’s passing in 2012. They lived in Center and Hazen for a few years and moved to Mott in 1952 where they spent 51 years and raised their 8 children.

Bertha and Arnold enjoyed being members of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society and attended many of their social events. Bertha was very active in church circles at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mott; she was a Cub Scout leader and an American Legion Auxiliary member. Bertha enjoyed quilting and sold Avon for 20 years. She was generous with her time and gave back to her community and her church. Bertha was a great cook and her children just loved her Fleischkuechle and Cheese Buttons.

Bertha was very proud of her family and will be deeply missed by daughters, Marjorie (Anthony) Schwartz, Bismarck, N.D., Gloria (Richard) Blek, Champlin, Minn., Linda (Duane) Waddell, Brainerd, Minn., and Lori (Roger) Tresch, Wright, WY; sons, Roger, Champlin, Minn., Robert (Sandra), The Villages, Fla., Timothy (Susan), Bismarck, N.D. and Bruce, Champlin, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Corneliusen, Billings, Mont. and Bernice Rehling, Bismarck, N.D. and brother, Fred Gallwas, Missoula, Mont.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold who died in 2012; daughter-in-law, Althea Kilber; grandson-in-law, Korey Wagner; sisters, Elsie Nickel, Hulda Hlebechuk and four infant sisters.

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