Deborah A. (Gibson) Gilbertson, 59, of Waunakee, Wis., and formerly of Onalaska, Wis., died at home on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in North Carolina on Oct. 13, 1952, to Russell and Dorothy Gibson. On Feb. 15, 1971, she married her high school sweetheart, David M. Gilbertson, Sr.

Survivors include her parents and husband, David; four children, Denise (Mike Buxengard) Gilbertson of Spring Grove, David (Michelle) Gilbertson, Jr. of Rochester, Diana (Dan) Visgar of Reedsburg, Wis., and Dean (Jenny) Gilbertson of Waunakee; six grandchildren; and sisters, Patti (Ron) Casey of Montana, Wanda (Dave Johnson) Gibson of Westby, Wis., Peggy (Don) West of South Carolina and Nancy (Ray) Knutson, of Onalaska.

She was preceded in death by her father- and mother-in-law, her great-grandparents, and an infant brother.

A memorial service was held at Bethany Evangelical Free Church, La Crosse, on Oct. 5.

All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services, Madison, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at