Lillian Erna Folkerts Gilbert 96, died April 1, 2016 at Asbury Park in Newton, Kansas. She was born November 1, 1919 in Timkin, Kansas to George and Margarita (Josefiak) Folkerts. On December 15, 1941 she married Max H. Gilbert at Pawnee Rock, Kansas and he preceded her in death. Lillian was an elementary school secretary for 16 years. She was a lifelong Lutheran and member of Zion Lutheran Church in Newton, KS. She was also a member of Ladies Aide of the church and the VFW Auxillary. Lillian loved to read and travel and was known as a fun loving lady who never knew a stranger. She also enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Lillian was a kind hearted person and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friends to many.
She is survived by her daughter: Patricia and her husband Lester of Leesburg, Florida son: Mark and his wife Cindy Gilbert of Newton, Iowa; and daughter: Shelly and Ted Blosser of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren Keith Berkey, Angela Berkey Shriner, Todd Gilbert, Tyler Blosser, Katelynn Blosser and Kirstin Blosser and 2 great grandchildren Kalli Shriner and Kohen Shriner
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church Newton with The Reverend Aaron Filipek presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Zion Lutheran Church 225 South Poplar Newton, Kansas the family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Rural Albert, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church, Peace Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com