Ariel Gilbertson

September 10, 2023, Ariel Gilbertson, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date at the home farm.

If you’ve ever met her, you would know where all of us get our love for adventures, love for nature, love for all animals, and you also have to include the sassy, witty attitude and strength. She was the definition of “cool grandma.”

Ariel was born October 22, 1943 in Lansing to Edward and Evelyn (Mulholland) Colsch. She married Peter Gilbertson December 22, 1979. She loved playing euchre, dancing, country music, her special blended family, and her beloved dogs, Bubba and Hobo.

She is survived by her husband, Pete; her children, Johnny Pitts, Debby Burmester, Debra Kay (Mark) Mosey, Dan Pitts, Shelley (Jeff) Sheehan, Nancy Renk, Corina Jefferson and Sherry Pitts; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Margaretta Que and Evelyn “Granny” (Eddie) Bebee; her brothers, Raymond “Fargo” (Dolly) Colsch and Merle “Cobb” (Karen ”Beak”) Colsch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jeffrey Pitts; her son-in-law, Casey Jefferson; and her brothers, Ronnie, Calvin (Donna), Herbie and Edward Jr. “Lug” Colsch.

McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, MN is assisting the family.