In loving memory of

March 17, 1946 - February 17, 2021

Larry R. Gilbertson, 74, of Marquette, died peacefully Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at his home, with his family by his side and under the care of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice.

He was born March 17, 1946, in Whitehall, Wisconsin, a son of the late Earl and Gladys (Halvorson) Gilbertson. He graduated from Granton High School in 1964.

Larry's work at Kentucky Fried Chicken brought him to the area in the early 1980's. He then worked in logistics at the former Marquette General Hospital and UP Health System-Marquette for more than 20 years. He also provided commercial snowplowing to customers for 33 years.

Larry was a board member of the former Michigan Waterfowl Association. His interests included spending time in the outdoors camping, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette "Berni" Reider of Marquette, whom he married on September 22, 2000 in Marquette; children, Denise (Robbie) Leabo of Champlin, MI and Doug (Bonita) Gilbertson of Negaunee; step-children, Rick LaJeunesse, Jr. of Green Bay, WI, Brad LaJeunesse of Green Bay, WI and Bill (Angela) Burdick of Gladstone, MI; grandchildren, Ashley, Kari, Tessa, Scott, Sage, Jayde, Hailey, Zander and Brianna; 5 great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.

Honoring Larry's wishes, there will be no services.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family where memories may be shared at


Tina Fortin wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

" Bernie, I am so sorry to hear about Larry\'s passing. He was always a great friend to be around. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family..."

Mary Rule Buhrmann wrote on Feb 22, 2021:

"I am so sorry to hear of your husband?s passing. My prayers and hugs are with you and your family. Know I am here for you. God Bless you and may Larry rest in everlastingly Peace. Love you! ????"

Ray Jarvis wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"Dear Berni and family, I was sorry to read of Larry\'s death. I hope that the many good memories you have of all your years together will sustain you now and in the future. We worked together at MGH and he would stop by my camp occasionally on Wolf Lake. I always enjoyed chatting with him. God\'s peace. Ray Jarvis"

Diane Botsford-Kuhn wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"Sweet Larry you will be missed down here on earth. We all had a good life working at the hospital for many years. Bernie I love you and sharing big hugs with you today and always. My sympathies to the rest of the family."

Connie Coats wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"Bernie I just seen Larry had passed away.i am so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you at this time.prayers for you and your family.know I am hear for you.hugs god bless"

Faye Williams wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Doug, we are so sorry about the loss of your dad. Larry was always so helpful when he was on the Board of Directors and President of the Michigan Waterfowl Association. We spent many years working together to make the MWA a successful organization and a lot of that success was because of your dad. Rest In Peace Larry. You deserve it. Faye Williams Former Founder of the MWA"

Kathy Cox wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Bernie and family , I am so sorry for your loss , Larry always treated me like family .He will be missed by so many . Sending hugs and prayers ?? I love you all .Kathy Poole Cox"

Terry Hartwig wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Knew Larry while working at MGH?always enjoyed talking with him. He had a smile that put the patients at ease when he would transfer them. Sympathy to your family."

Sandy Cote wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Bernie so very sorry for your loss!"

Larry Benton wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Bernie, I found Larry to always be a man you could count on. Great member of his team. He sure lite up when you asked him about hunting. Rest in peace Larry you\'ve done a good job."

Sharon Rozman wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Bernie , Larry was a good man always had a story. I send my condolences to you and your family . "

Patti Houle wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Berni, I was sad to hear that Larry passed away. We had a lot of good times working together. He\'ll be missed. Patti Houle"

Diane Walsh wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Sorry for your loss, Bernie and family."

Dan Wolf wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"I knew Larry from working at the hospital, we used to BS frequently when we would see each other in the hallway\'s. Always thought Larry was a great guy and enjoyed talking to him. My condolences to your family. I\'m sure you will be missed by family and friends. Rest in Peace Larry. Dan Wolf"

debbie seigneur wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Thinking of you sweetheart, Deb"