Herkimer, NY-Barbara Ann "Barb" (Fike) Gilbert, 81, joined her husband, Jim, of
over 50 years in heaven on Friday, May 24, 2019 at The Grand Nursing and Rehab, Ilion.
Barb was born December 17, 1937 in Mohawk, the daughter of the late
Gordon and Arlene (Reynolds) Fike and was a graduate of Mohawk High
Her marriage to Jim Gilbert took place on July 31, 1965 in
Pennsylvania, the couple settled in Herkimer where they lived together
for their entire marriage. They celebrated their 50th
anniversary with over a hundred friends and family at the Herkimer VFW
before Jim passed on November 12, 2015.
Barb was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. She also
did childcare in her home for much of her life. Raising and taking
care of children, and especially her family was important to her. She
was also an avid reader, enjoyed knitting and ceramics, sang in her
church choir and was a huge sports fan. Barb loved camping, swimming,
and being outdoors.
Mrs. Gilbert was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include her beloved family; three
daughters, Traci Randall and husband Fred of Mohawk, Tammy Bowman of
Herkimer and Nancy Nabinger of Ilion; four sons, James T. Gilbert of
Niskayuna, NY, Robert A. Hitchcock, Jr. of Herkimer; Keith Hitchcock
of Groton, CT, and Jerry Hitchcock of Rome; two brothers, William Fike
and his wife Linda of Herkimer and Francis Fike and his wife Ellen of
Bolivia, NC; and a sister, Carol Crisino of Mohawk. Barbara is also
survived by eighteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces
She was pre-deceased by a grandson, Jonathan Nabinger and by her
sisters, Rose "Pat" Currie, Beverly McKinney, and her brother, Gordon
Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (town of Manheim), between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131, has been entrusted with Barbara's funeral arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects and offer condolences to the family at calling hours at the funeral home on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. There will be a prayer service following calling hours on Monday at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in Mohawk Cemetery at the convenience of her family. Kindly consider contributing to our veterans at the Herkimer VFW Post #4915, 131 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY 13350, in Barb's loving memory. Heartfelt gratitude is extended to the entire staff at The Grand Nursing and Rehab for their kindness, compassion and professionalism throughout Barb's stay. Click above to offer a note of condolence to the family or light an online candle.