Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Albert W. Hilburger

January 1, 1937June 28, 2019

Albert (Bert) W. Hilburger passed from this life on June 28, 2019. He was born on January 1, 1937 in Buffalo, NY to Elmer Hilburger and Lauret Hohorst Hilburger.

Bert received a B.S.M.E. degree from the University of Michigan in 1958 and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1962. He was admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (D.C.); he specialized in patent and copyright law.

In 1965 he moved to East Greenwich, RI, where he met Judy Butler and was married in 1966. Together they spent several years in the Philadelphia, PA area and then moved to Niantic, CT to raise their four children. Upon their retirement, they moved to Williamsburg, VA.

In 1993 he began a pro-life organization, the Truth Squad/Missionaries for Life. They gave presentations educating audiences about the horrors of abortion. Bert considered this to be the most important work he performed.

He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Joan Dunlop Wilson and Donna Jones Largent. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith (Judy) Butler Hilburger of 53 years. He is also survived by his son, Dr. Mark Hilburger and his wife Dr. Esther Hilburger and their children, Kaden and Mika; by his daughter Jennifer Hopper and her children, Savannah Humber and Tyler Gleason; by his daughter, Kristen Hass and her husband Trace Hass; by his daughter, Gretchen Hilburger Porras and her husband, Javier Porras.

A Catholic Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 3pm on July 8, 2019 at St. Bede Catholic Church on 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA, with inurnment at the church columbarium immediately following the service.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Life League, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555.

Arrangements are by Nelsen Funeral Home and online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.


  • Mass Service Monday, July 8, 2019


Albert W. Hilburger

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John and Nicole Peck

July 4, 2019

I first met Bert at St. Pius in Middletown, CT doing a pro-life presentation in 2000. I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to join Bert as part of The Truth Squad. Bert's passion was to change hearts and make an impact on the next generation for LIFE. We even travelled to Michigan (where I'm from) to present to a law firm. Go Blue! We had different members over time, Corinn, Tina, Tom, and Roy. We made a difference; even testifying at legislative hearings to share the TRUTH! My husband and I have carried on the torch and still do presentations and other team members still do pro-life work. He left a legacy to be carried on! I am honored to have known Judy and Bert's kindness and generosity and their hospitality to our family in VA. He always remembered my birthday; I loved the Christmas letter and photos that kept us updated on the family and travels! I am so saddened to hear of his passing!! May God heal the loss of your husband and father! You are all in our prayers during this difficult time. May we meet again Bert. And may Our Lord welcome you as a good and faithful servant! Requiescat in pace, my friend!!

Jim and Mary Osborn

July 3, 2019

We have many happy memories of bike rides with Bert. Still laugh about the time he blew up his tire! He was always a very cheerful and kind soul. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to Judy and family for their loss.

Dottie (Burger) Hallam

July 1, 2019

Dear Judy & Family. It is with much sadness to learn of the passing of your beloved husband Bert. Over the years he has become very special to all of our class. Always there with us . I'll always remember his smile & he always remembered everyone by name. He'll always be with you in your heart.

Elizabeth Anne Horney

July 1, 2019

Dear Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family. Fondly Anne, ( John Hornung's) friend.

Shaina Miller

July 1, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss, Gretchen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the days to come. May your memories of happy times (which your dad so lovingly documented and preserved!) bring you comfort and peace. Love, Shaina and Peter Miller

Anna Stone

June 30, 2019

Sending love to the family. Uncle Bert’s memory lives on through all of us and the legacy of kindness and good spirit that he put out into the world.

Anne & Michael Brennan

June 30, 2019

Our hearts and hugs are with your family. The photo is perfect because that is exactly how we knew Bert.

Lee Nagle

June 30, 2019

Bert left a lasting impression. He exuded kindness and
insight. My prayers go out to the family.

Chris and Annette Clarke

June 29, 2019

You will be missed. We enjoyed having you as a next door neighbor. You were always such a kind man. We especially loved when you shared your love and pride for your children.

We loved seeing you walk through the neighborhood and enjoyed sharing the news of the day. Annette really enjoyed your special compliments on the new flowers she was planting..... Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and your children at this time.

Our condolences to Judy and the entire Hilburger family.