F. Gilbert (nee Strachan), went home to be with the Lord on Thursday,
March 13, 2014. She was born in Richmond, Va., to Earl and Edith (nee
Foster). She was raised in Green Bay and graduated from Green Bay West
High School. She earned her Associates of Arts in fine arts from Kendall
College in Evanston, Ill. She was the secretary for the mayor of Green
Bay. She married Bruce Gilbert on June 28, 1968.
Ellen’s favorite pastime was fine art. In the ’70s and ’80s, she was
an art instructor. Her style was contemporary abstract and she created
more than 100 pieces. She had her One Woman art show at Concordia
Univer-sity in fall of 2013. She was a board member of The League of
Milwaukee Artists. By invitation, she showed her art at numerous art
galleries across the Midwest. She was awarded the 1996 Outstanding Member
of the Wisconsin Chapter Safari Club International.
She was an active member at Pilgrim Lutheran Church for 40 years,
including volunteering her time to sing in the choir, participated in VBS,
and she most recently would get up every Sunday morning at 4 a.m. to make
deviled eggs for Bible Class. Above all, she loved being a grandma
and was very devoted to her grandkids. She is survived by her loving
husband, Bruce; cherished children, James (Elsie), Eric, Sweet Sarah
(Andy) Holtan, A. Heidi (Jon) Then; adored grandchildren, Lucas, Andrew,
Victoria, and James William Gilbert, Isabel, Maggie, Sofia Gilbert, Helena
and Drew Gilbert Holtan, Ella, Will, Collin Jon, and Camilla Ann Then;
sister, Ann (Gordon) Gilbert; and brother, Robert Strachan. She is further
survived by other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Susan and
sister-in-law, Anita Strachan.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 3:30-6:15
p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (462 Meadowbrook Drive, West Bend, WI
53090). The funeral service will be held at the church on Wednesday, March
19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. with the Revs. Joseph Fisher and Christopher Raffa
presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pilgrim
Lutheran Church or Concordia Bible Institute.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262)