Kilberg, Bror “Albert”

KILBURG WDecember 11, 1926 – April 22, 2014
at the age of 87 years

Visitation:  Friday, April 25, 2014    6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services
Graveside Service:  Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:oo a.m., Malakwa Cemetery
Celebration of Life:  Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Sicamous Senior’s Centre

Bror Albert Kilberg was born on December 11, 1926 in Malakwa, BC.  Albert passed away on Tuesday, April 22, after a brief period of hospital care in Salmon Arm with his son Eric and sister Anita by his side.  He leaves to mourn his wife Faye of 59 years, daughter Elaine (Bernie) Butkiewicz of Exshaw, son Eric (Brenda) Kilberg of Salmon Arm and daughter Patricia (Larry) Schuller of Calgary. He also leaves to mourn 8 grandchildren;  Connie (Scott) Stephen of Vanderhoof, Karlene (Derek) Wilson of Airdrie, Bryce Butkiewicz of Victoria, Ryan (Nikki) Kilberg of Calgary, David (Stefanie) Kilberg of Calgary, Trent Kilberg of Saskatoon, Shawn (Kaitee) Schuller of Calgary and Chris (Chelsea) Schuller of Calgary and 12 great grandchildren.  He also leaves behind his 4 sisters; Edie Moule of Calgary, Astrid (Bill) Blomquist of Kelowna, Anita Kilberg of Vancouver and Marilyn (Pete) Nowoczin of Kamloops as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Albert was born to his proud parents Bror and Selma 3 months early weighing in at 4 ½ pounds.  There was very little medical help but his mother did the best she could under the careful watch of the local midwife to monitor his beginning.  In the spring of 1928, the family moved to Vancouver where they bought a home and Albert’s Dad began working for the city.  The depression meant that money was scarce, so in 1933, the family moved to the Cariboo where they homesteaded.  Three years later, word came that Albert’s Great Uncle Peter was ill and wanted the family to move back to Malakwa and take over his farm.   The family packed their belongings in the Cariboo and Albert and his father travelled to Malakwa by horse and covered wagon.  The rest of the family came later.  Farm life was hard work; cows to milk, pigs to feed, wood to chop and growing seed potatoes.   While growing up on the farm, Albert was very fond and good to his sisters.

Albert met Faye at a dance in Canoe in 1952.  He spotted this young girl sitting by herself in a corner and went over to make small talk.  She didn’t have a way back to Enderby, so Albert offered to give her a ride.  Over time Albert was making many trips back and forth from Malakwa to Enderby.  On December 4, 1954 they were married in Vernon.  They made their home in Malakwa and lived there for the next 27 years.  Albert worked for the Blomquist Brothers as a faller and loved the forest and had a deep appreciation for nature.

In 1981 Albert and Faye moved to Enderby.  Their home was always open to friends and family and the coffee was always on. He was born with a natural talent for music and loved to play and sing.  Grandpa was a quiet and very well respected man. He was kind and patient with a gentle heart.  A man of few words but when he spoke one stopped to listen.  Our Dad’s Christian faith helped him face the challenges of Alzheimer’s with grace and courage until his passing

8 Comments

  1. so sorry to hear of your loss. may the happy memories in your heart be a comfort to you all at this trying time….

  2. Our dear ones
    God’s family is made up of His family on earth and His family in Heaven! Now His family in Heaven just got bigger! Thinking of you Love Fritz and Joyce from Kelowna

  3. Thinking of you at this time of your great loss! Have many wonderful memories of the Kilburg home and enjoyed Albert’s singing and accordion music. Always received a warm welcome from Faye and Albert.
    His faithfulness will be remembered!

  4. thank you for you thoughts at this time. Yes we have a few years lots of good memories, so good to have. It was nice to see and visit with your family on Saturday brought special memories back. It was real nice to see Uncle Jack it would of meant a lot to Dad. not sure who brought him out, but many thanks thanks again for your thoughts all the best to your family. Patricia

  5. FAYE & FAMILY,
    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT AL, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH AT THIS TIME, SOUNDS TO ME LIKE HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF YOU ….
    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES, KEEP YOU LOVED ONES CLOSE..
    OUR CONDOLENCES TO EACH AND EVERY ONE ..
    AS ALWAYS,
    ELLIE , JEANNE AND RANDY..

  6. So sorrow for your loss. You have our condolence.
    Cheryl Quinn Kennedy

  7. Dear Fritz and Joyce

    Thank you for your condolences. Albert and Fay live across the street from us and we miss seeing Grandpa with Gram very much. His quiet ways spoke volumes.

  8. Dear Kerry and Joyce

    Thank you for your thoughts and care. Our boys grew up with Gram and Grandpa nearby and became an integral part of their childhood. Gram is trying to get her feet under her and make sense out of her life without Grandpa.

    Thanks again for your condolences.

    Eric and Brenda Kilberg

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