July 24, 1929 – January 30, 2021
In Memory of a BRIGHT LIFE so beautifully lived.
The family is sad to announce the passing of Madeline Niebergall Kutrieb on January 30th, 2021 at the age of 91 1/2 yrs. Madeline (Maddie) Pilcher was born July 25, 1929 at Ponoka, Alberta and was raised in the Stony Plain/Edmonton area.
The Pilcher family moved to Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island BC in 1946. Maddie was the eldest and had three siblings; Bill, Larry and Les. Maddie attended Lake Cowichan High School, then worked as a telephone switchboard operator at the local exchange.
Maddie married Arthur J. Niebergall (b.1922-d.2007) in 1949. Between 1951 and 1961 all 7 of her children were born; Wayne, Lynn, Diann, Debbie, Roy, Reg and Brad were all raised on 37 acres, 5 miles east of Lake Cowichan.
This in itself was a full time job, BUT she was also a major participant in various business ventures on the farm including a Horse Riding Stable, Bottle Exchange Depot, Produce Sales and later co-owner of the families’ Metronomes Music Store in town.
Maddie divorced and moved to Williams Lake, BC in 1980 where she met Ernest W. Kutrieb (b.1932) and his three daughters; Christel, Shirley-Ann and Cindi. While living in Williams Lake, Maddie made many life-long friends in the community and spent time camping and building a cabin with Ernie on Tyee Lake.
They left for new adventures in Armstrong, Fauquier and Edgewood, BC where Maddie and Ernie were married in 2002, active in the Edgewood Legion, Womens Institute and United Church, then moved back to Armstrong in 2006.
The happy couple continued to enjoy friends and family while gardening, camping and renovating their house until they sold it in 2013 and moved into their ‘condo’ suite at Heaton Place in Armstrong. There Maddie enjoyed socializing, joking, music, visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren and of course Happy Hour. The past 2 years, Maddie and Ernie have spent at Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong.
There will be no Memorial Service at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
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