Gilbert B. Willenborg, 92, of Dyersville, formerly of Petersburg, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.
Visitation was held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service was held at 2:45 p.m. and a VFW/American Legion service was held at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Friday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where Edward W. Lake VFW Post 7736 and American Legion Post 137 accorded military honors. Rev. Dennis Quint officiated. Placing of the pall was done by his children: Danny, Rick and Shirley. Lector was Melissa Wilson and music was provided by Nick Schadler and Chris Kruse. Pallbearers were Jamie and Terry Willenborg, Peter Michael Sciortino, Bill Rolfes, Tracey Milroy and Jody Jones. Live stream link: https://youtu.be/ryHRQxautk0
Gib was born March 8, 1928, in Petersburg the son of George and Frances (Noethe) Willenborg. He was inducted into the Army and served in Korea from 1951-1953. When he returned, he married Mary Ann Rolfes April 21, 1953, in Petersburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area for 46 years, then retired and moved to Dyersville in 2000. He and Mary Ann cooked for the Petersburg Hall for many years. Gib never passed up a game of cards and would often say, “If we had one more person, we could have a game of cards.” Gib was a member of the Edward W. Lake VFW Post 7736 and American Legion Post 137, for whom he was active for many years.
Survivors include his children: Danny (Cindy) Willenborg and Rick (Lori) Willenborg, both of Dyersville, Shirley (Pete) Sciortino, of Arizona; nine grandchildren: Joanie Pope, Jamie Willenborg, Tracey Milroy, Terry Willenborg, Jody Jones, Melissa Wilson, Christine Ramirez, Peter Michael and Timothy Sciortino; 11 great-grandchildren: Branden and Austin Pope, Mikayla and Lilly Willenborg, Emma and Millie Willenborg, Preston, Kason and Jaxon Wilson and Audrina and Brady Sciortino; in-laws: Ruth Willenborg, of Dyersville and Janet Rolfes, of Osage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Lawrence and Mathilda Rolfes; his wife, Mary Ann; siblings, Laverne (Betty) Willenborg and Fred Willenborg; and a brother-in-law, Marvin (Patricia) Rolfes.