Bertille Susan "Tillie" (Reinart) Thielen (1910 - 2014)

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The Rite of Christian Burial for Bertille "Tillie" Thielen was held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning. Rev. Robert Gralapp was the celebrant. Casket bearers were her grandchildren: Cindy Janning, Mary Beyerink, Joe Thielen, Jan Thielen-Goldermann, Laura Thielen Swanson, Tom Feilmeier and Katir Hartung. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of the arrangements
Bertille Susan, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hoffert) Reinart of Halbur, was born November 5, 1910 at Axtel, Neb. She was baptized while the family lived in Axtel. After a couple years there, the family moved to a farm east of Halbur. Bertille attended school in Halbur and after completing her schooling, was hired out to other families who needed help.
   On February 6, 1934 Bertille was united in marriage with Leo L. Thielen at St. Augustine Church in Halbur. They farmed near Templeton a few years and in 1940 settled on a farm south of Manning. Bertille and Leo were blessed with four children. Bertille was a homemaker, but also helped with the farm work.
   Bertille was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Manning. She was a charter member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Fatima #1492 and the Altar and Rosary Society and held offices in both. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, her flowers, especially roses and fancy work. Over the years she also enjoyed dancing. Leo died in 2000 and Bertille continued to live at home with her son Melvin until 2004, when she became a resident of the Manning Plaza.  She participated in many activities there and especially enjoyed playing Bingo. After many years of good health at the Plaza her health eventually started to fail. She died there on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the age of 103 years, 2 months and 13 days.
   Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Leo Thielen; four sisters Monica Reinart, in infancy, Gladys Langel (Adolph), Mary Buckholz (Wilber 'Bud') and Genevieve Gehling (Lawrence) and sisters in law Loretta Kommes (John), Anna Langel (Henry) and Irene Lutwitze (Lawrence).
   She is survived by her four children: Melvin Thielen of Manning, Raymond Thielen (Vicki) of Manning, Marjorie Feilmeier (Wendell Jr.) of Carroll and Danny Thielen of Manning; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Jan. 31, 2014