Kim Rene Gilbertson, 54, of Augusta, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side at 4:07 early Friday morning, October 2, 2020, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.
Kim was born to Yvonne Gilbertson (nee McCord) on October 28, 1965 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. She was raised in Augusta where she attended school. Kim spent the majority of her adult life in her hometown, excluding time she spent in Sherman, TX in her early 20s where she worked as a Nurse’s Aide with a nursing facility. After the birth of her daughter, Kim returned to Augusta, WI where she held positions at multiple hometown businesses; Bush’s Beans, Road Haus Café, The Black Bear Supper Club, Mulligans, Mulligans North and The Hideaway. There were many hobbies that Kim enjoyed. During childhood she loved spending time riding on the back of the tractor with her grandpa Monk, and watching him make frogs sing. Kim would work the soil in the garden and assist her mother and grandmother with preserving the rewards.
Throughout her adult life she loved to spend her time in the kitchen, always making something that could warm the soul. Kim also enjoyed puzzles, bird watching, riding on a Harley-Davidson, donating her time to help others, watching Disney movies, and tossing that infamous red ball for her beloved Sophie. July 2, 2020 Kim moved to St. Cloud, MN with her daughter and family. September proved to be very difficult for Kim. Liver function was quickly declining, leading to frequent hospitalizations. Her final hospitalization included septic pneumonia, complete liver failure and kidney failure. During Kim’s final months with us, she enjoyed spending every minute she could with family.
Kim will be dearly missed by her daughter Brandi Gilbertson (Michael Bartholome), grandchildren Loren, Lillian and Layla Taylor, step-grandchildren Chloe, Kevin and Everley Bartholome of St. Cloud, MN and Marine Corps LCPL Joshua Bartholome of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA. She is further survived by her brothers Terry Gilbertson of Augusta, and Scott Gilbertson of St. Croix Falls; niece Mariah Gilbertson (Jon Lowy) and children , Menphis, JoJo, Jacob, Ryan and Marley of Eau Claire; aunt Margaret Gilbertson and family of Eau Claire; many dear friends, and furry friend Buffy the bunny.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Yvonne Gilbertson in 1996; grandparents Robert and Evelyn (Giebel) McCord, John and Lilas (Craker) Gilbertson; uncles Timothy McCord, Robert McCord, Jerome McCord and John Gilbertson Jr.; aunt Nancy June McCord in infancy; many close friends and her beloved furry pal Sophie.
A special thank you from Kim’s family to Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire, Centra Care Health Systems in St. Cloud, MN and University of Wisconsin Madison’s Transplant Center for her medical treatments; as well as Benson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of St. Cloud, MN and Anderson Funeral Home of Augusta, WI for cremation and arrangement services.
A celebration of Kim’s life will be held at Augusta Lions Hall on Saturday, October 17, 2020 beginning at 11am with a meal to follow.
A time to share with the family will continue until 4 p.m. at the Lions Hall.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com