William F. Gilberg, 71

William F. Gilberg, 71, of New Bremen, died at 2:31 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Elmwood of New Bremen, where he had been a resident for the past three months.  

He was born on Jan. 29, 1942, in New Bremen.  

He was the son of Paul and Pauline (Vornholt) Gilberg, who preceded him in death.  

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, John and Joyce Gilberg of New Bremen; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and Duane Hartwig of New Bremen and Kathryn and Arthur Beel of Westlake; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Also preceding him in death was his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Albert Talan.

Bill was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen.  

He was a member of the first class of students at the Auglaize School, now named the ABC Center.  

He was employed at the Auglaize Industries in New Bremen until he retired in 2011. He made many friends over the years, either at the swimming pool or on the ball diamond. He was an avid Pete Rose and Cincinnati Reds fan and was always rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, the Rev. Becky Erb Strang, officiating.

Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.  

Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Wednesday at the church.  

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the church Youth Endowment Fund or the Auglaize Industries or to the Grand Lake Hospice.  Condolences to the family may be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.