Madeline Niebergall Kutrieb
of a BRIGHT LIFE
so beautifully lived
The family is sad to announce the passing of Madeline Niebergall Kutrieb on January 30, 2021 at the age of 91½ years.
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 3 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 seven 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 family’s 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 3 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 Legion 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.
Aubrey and I would like to send our condolences and loving thoughts to her family.
I met Maddie in 1996 the first time I met her I was so nervous,but the minute we met she made me feel so welcome in her home,I spoke with on the phone often,she is the sweetest lady ever,I was so proud to call her my mother in law for a few short years,and even after she still treated me like a true daughter no matter what,I will miss her spunk,and jokes,and contagious laugh,and never ending love for all.RIP Maddie I will miss you,I love You xoxo
“You’re looking so good” were the first words Maddie would say when she saw you! I know she said it to us all and it was her way of giving you a lift with her warm greeting. Then she had some funny thing to say! I will miss her greeting and her fantastic sense of humour right to the end. I spoke to her at Christmas and she was sweet as ever. RIP Maddie! We love you and won’t forget your sweet and witty demeanour! And “you’re looking good❣️❣️ Love this picture! Love Judy & Glenn
Aww what a bright star baddie gave to all that new her. In the short years of knowing maddie , she always made us smile laugh, enjoying in her celebration of some birthdays. And of course getting the biggest laughs when she’d SAY “HI EARL” Well maddie blessing to your last journey, be at peace.
I met Madeline over 40 years ago. She was like a mom to me! We bonded very well and our relationship blossomed over the years. Madeline was an inspiration to me and has a special place in my heart! I will never forget this wonderful lady and all our great visits at the cabin! Maddie will be missed more than words can say! She will always be my shining star
Maddie will be missed
Was such an honor to know Maddy and I very much enjoyed her vibrancy. She will be missed.