October 23, 1992 - January 31, 2024
Sarah Rosalie Marie Gullberg, of Yellowknife, NT, died at the age of 31 due to accidental causes on January 31, 2024, in Vermilion, Alberta, where she was attending college. Sarah was born in Edmonton on October 23, 1992, but grew up in Yellowknife. She was the second daughter of Ed and Shannon Gullberg. She gave her big sister Erin someone to boss around and, later, was able to boss around her little sister, Emily. Sarah did not have extended family in Yellowknife, but she grew up surrounded by close family friends who gladly took on the role of "Auntie" and "Uncle" to her and her sisters.
From a young age, Sarah loved food. As an infant, she would eat her food slowly, with a satisfied "mmm mmm" while she enjoyed each mouthful. Later, as a toddler, she loved medium rare steak, which she always referred to as "juicy steak", a term still used by the family today. As a petite five-year-old, she left many doubting servers at the Yellowknife Boston Pizza in awe when she could devour a full rack of ribs by herself. Since her teens, however, her favourite meal has been hands down a turkey dinner cooked by her mom and dad.
Food wasn't Sarah's only passion. She also loved animals, particularly the family dogs, Stockings and Ella, and, later, Sophie and Esther. No Facetime call with her mom or dad was complete without a view of the dogs. Her love of animals led her to pursue an education in environmental sciences at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta. She planned to put that training to use in protecting wildlife and their habitats.
Sarah also enjoyed travel. While in high school at St. Pat's in Yellowknife, she went to Europe on the Battlefields Tour and to China. More recently, she travelled to New York with her sisters and parents to celebrate her dad's birthday.
Sarah is survived by her parents, Ed and Shannon Gullberg, of Yellowknife; her sisters, Erin Gullberg and Emily Gullberg, both of Edmonton; her paternal grandparents, Donna Desmond and Ralph Mitchell, of Alcomdale, Alberta; and her maternal grandparents, Robert and Rosalie Wilson, of Brooks, Alberta. She is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles (both real and honourary), cousins, and friends.
A family service was held in Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the SPCA or Canadian Mental Health Association in memory of Sarah.