Bridget, 38, of Livingston, Montana passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 following a longtime struggle with multiple health issues.
Bridget was born on September 14, 1981 in Willmar, Minnesota the youngest child of Wallace Arvid and Carolyn Kay (Alexander) Gilbertson. She attended Willmar Senior High School graduating with the class of 2000. She went on to attend Ridgewater College training for a career in nursing. She worked as a CNA in New London and St. Cloud Minnesota. While living in St. Cloud Bridget suffered a heart attack and a stroke. It was discovered that Bridget suffered from congenial heart defects.
She made the choice to move to Yellowstone National Park to live and work and enjoy her time on this earth. She worked for Xanterra, which is the concessioner in YNP, serving at their hotels and restaurants. She met Shaun Mack while working in the park. They were united in marriage on November 14, 2010. She and Shaun have since been residing in Livingston, Montana where Bridget again worked as a CNA.
When we think of Bridget we think of love. She loved her family deeply and cared not for herself but always put others first. She was funny and quick witted, usually leaving us as the butt of her jokes. We know we were blessed by the years she had with the health issues she dealt with but still her amazing presence will be tremendously missed. Love you Bridget.
Bridget is survived by her husband, Shaun Mack; siblings, Carrie Kay (Ardell) Hjelle of New London, MN, Megan Lorena (Shawn) Klaphake; of Elrosa, MN; half-siblings, Laurie (Don) Krogfus of Willmar, MN and Donnie Gilbertson of Minneapolis, MN; nieces and nephews, Tesla Gilbertson (Will DeVaney), Isaac Sharp (Shandel Dingman) and their son, Preston, Chayce Sharp, Austin and Paige Klaphake, Sara and Amiee Krogfus, Cody (Samantha) Krogfus, Laura (Scott) Peterson; her “2nd mom,” Carol Vanburen; her aunt, whom she had a special connection with, Mary (Harold) Mielke of Pennock, MN; as well as, other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Bridget was preceded in death by her, parents, Wallace and Carolyn Gilbertson, grandparents, Don and Alice Alexander, and Anton and Josephine Gilbertson, and her niece, Jenny Krogfus, great-niece, Kenley Krogfus, and cousin, Harold “Trae” Mielke, III.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 312 6th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201; visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred in Lieu of flowers.
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