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Edward H. and Elinor Sundberg Gilbert

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Edward H. Gilbert was born December 24, 1921, in Viola Township, Audubon County, Iowa, the eldest child of Charles Grant Gilbert and Gertrude Ann Trullinger Gilbert. He graduated from Audubon High School, and attended Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa and Denison University, Granville, Ohio, until he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in March of 1945, and later rose to the rank of Captain.

On March 9, 1945, Edward married Elinor Sundberg, daughter of J. Edwin and Kathryne Campbell Sundberg. Elinor was born March 30, 1921, in Madrid, graduated from Madrid High School in 1939, and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, in 1943, with a degree in Music Education.

After serving in World War II, Ed joined his fatherin- law, Edwin Sundberg and his brother-in-law, A. Merrill Sundberg, in the Sundberg Furniture and Funeral Home. In December, 1950 he was called back into the Marine Corps to servingn the Korean Conflict. He returned home in May, of 1952, after being stationed in Mason, Korea with the First Marine Division.

In 1957, the furniture store was discontinued, and Ed and Elinor bought out the flooring division and established Sundberg Floor Covering, a business they continued until August of 1978, when they sold the business to F.C Grace, of Madrid.

During the business years, both Ed and Elinor served as state president of the Iowa Floor Covering Club.

Ed was a member of the Madrid Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years, was City Councilman for 3 years, has served on the Official Board of St. John's Lutheran Church, where they are members, and Elinor played the organ and led the choir for over 30 years. Ed served as Cub Master and Scout Master for a number of years, and Elinor also has served as Camp Fire leader and as a member of the Camp Fire Board.

After retiring from the Floor Covering, the Gilberts were managers of the Woodward Golf and Recreation for three years. Currently, Ed is employed part time by Redeker Furniture of Boone, and Elinor is a part time employee of the Madrid Home, in the activities department. She also serves as president of the Madrid Home Guild.

Three children were born to the couple: Kathleen, born in 1949, is an O.B. nurse at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and is married to William Warren of Mitchellville, Iowa. The couple have three children: Kathryne Ann, 8; Sarah Elizabeth, 7; and William Daniel, 6.

Caroline, born in 1954, is currently enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing program at Grand View College, Des Moines. She also holds degrees in Chemistry and Biology. She is married to James F. Woollums and the couple live in Des Moines.

Criss, born in 1955, is a graduate student in the Geology Department at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City.

All three children graduated from Madrid High School. Kathleen is a graduate of Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing; Caroline is a graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa; and Criss is a graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

The entire family enjoys music and collecting of antiques, especially old stoneware and primitives, and Ed enjoys the making of stained glass windows.

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