She was born on June 4, 1933, in Lone Pine, the youngest child of Granville and Myrtle (Williams) Wilkes.
Sahlberg graduated from Lawen School in 1948, Crane High School in 1952 and Oregon Technical Institute in 1953 with a degree in bookkeeping.
She then spent the next 24 years with her husband in the military and in California, where she was a certified nurses aid. Sahlberg raised a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Pamela, while in California.
In her high school days, Sahlberg was an accomplished horse woman and barrel-racer. For two consecutive years she raised grand champion steers with exhibitions in San Francisco, Calif.
Sahlberg served as First Princess on the 1951 Harney County Fair Court, with Doris White as queen.
In 1977 she moved back to Burns and went to work at Harney District Hospital. It was there that she met George Sahlberg, who also worked at the hospital. They were married in 1978 and had celebrated their 33th anniversary on April 30.
Sahlberg was a member of the Harney County Historical Society, High Desert Fiddlers, Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers, Harney County Senior Center Advisory Board and the Burns Lions Club. She was a member of the Lions Club for 21 years, serving as the Lion Tamer for many years.
She looked forward to the district and state conventions, where she met many wonderful people and formed many lifetime friends. She also enjoyed working in the Lions concession stand at the Harney County Fair, where she could visit with her old classmates and friends from the rural areas.
Sahlberg worked at Harney District Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 2000. She was amazed at how many Harney County students receiving Lions Club scholarships were the children of those she helped deliver.
Sahlberg loved animals and this was evident in the care she gave them while growing up, and how she treated her dogs. She wasn’t afraid to reprimand someone if she saw them abusing an animal.
She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds. It had bothered her during the past couple of years as failing health had prevented her from getting out and doing what she loved.
Sahlberg is survived by her husband, George of Burns; daughter, Pam Feeley and husband Frank of Lakeview; grandsons, Joe of Lakeview and Warren who is serving in Iraq; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ansel Marshall and wife Cyndy of Bend; friend, Annis Lesher of Burns; and “adopted” children, Bob and Jackie Drinkwater.
She was preceded in death by her son, parents, one sister and two brothers.
At her request, no funeral service will be held. There will be a memorial service on June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jean Hurst officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sahlberg’s memory may be made to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, P.O. Box 45, Burns, OR 97720; the Harney County Historical Society, P.O. Box 388, Burns, OR 97720; or the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, Burns, OR 97720.