We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Helgeson Funeral Home - Warroad
Annette “Sissy” Gilbert, age 58, passed away in her home on August 12, 2022 after a courageous and relentless battle with cancer.
Annette was born to Rick and Lorna Johnson (Thielen) on September 18, 1963 in Brainerd, Minnesota. She grew up in Nisswa, Minnesota with her parents and two brothers in a cabin that her father had built. She attended Pequot Lakes High School. After high school she studied at Central Lakes College. She had several different jobs in her lifetime, her last one being an Auditor at The Seven Clans Casino in Warroad, Minnesota. This is also where she lived with her husband, Scott Gilbert, and their four dogs; Stella, Dobby, Mark, and Brian. Annette and Scott were married on July 1st, 2008 in Roseau, Minnesota.
Annette was a strong and caring mother, a mother who felt like home. A mother who raised her children to be kind and thoughtful and empathetic. She was a lover of animals and always had some kind of pet, usually cats, sometimes ducks. She was a talented pencil artist and crafter, and had many hobbies including but not limited to: crocheting, soap making, wood burning, computer building and repair, and picked up new interests often. She found joy in gardening, wildlife, and nature; especially the smell of freshly bloomed lilacs and wild strawberries. Annette was truly loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband: Scott Gilbert; her three children: Quinci Anderson (Bertram), Heidi Johnson, and Austin Hammerstad; her six grandchildren: Rowan, (Heidi), Weston, (Quinci), Ryder, Lincoln, Wesley, and Annette, (Austin); her two brothers: Bill (Lisa) Johnson and Ricky (Emily) Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, in laws, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rick and Lorna (Thielen) Johnson.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Annette’s life and birthday on September 18, 2022, at Gregory Park in Brainerd, Minnesota from 10am to 4pm. Instead of sending flowers, the family requests folks to plant a tree or some flowers, or donate to their local animal rescue shelter in Annette’s memory.