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Gilbert N. ‘Gil’ Wilkins — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral Mass for Gilbert N. "Gil" Wilkins will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Caesar Dralega officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Wilkins, 57, a longtime Rochester resident and safety consultant, died unexpectedly Friday (May 4, 2007) at his residence.

Gilbert Nevius Wilkins was born July 5, 1949, in Evanston, Ill. He was reared in Wilmette, Ill., and graduated from St. Mary’s University in Winona with a degree in business administration. He later received a master’s degree from St. Mary’s. On Sept. 4, 1971, he married Linda Larkin in Fairfax, Iowa. In 1975, they moved to Rochester, where he worked for Federated Insurance and the C.O. Brown Agency. In 1995, he started his own business, Wilkins & Associates, Inc., doing safety consulting in the manufacturing and construction industries. A former member of the Rochester Sertoma 700 Club, he was currently president of the Rochester Civitan Club. He served on many boards of the Region Ten Foundation and was a Eucharistic Minister at Saint Marys Hospital. He enjoyed playing the banjo.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sara Wilkins of St. Paul and Laura Wilkins of Boston; a son, Patrick of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Luxem of Mount Prospect, Ill., Mary Ann (Van) Graham of Grand Junction, Colo., and Joann (Donald) Skiba of Wheeling, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

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Memorials are suggested to the Rochester Civitan Club for its community projects.

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