von Entress von Entress, Matilda of Boynton Beach died peacefully at her home on January 27, 2010. Born September 7, 1906, she lived 103 years. The youngest of eight children of Jacob and Caroline Diem, her father had been a furniture maker in Switzerland. Two brothers sent for the family to come to the United States in 1921. They settled in Hoboken, New Jersey. ?Til? and her sister learned English at night school. Her brother introduced her to Albert von Entress. Married to Albert at 21, she worked as a dressmaker. Her husband worked for Lever Brothers. Shortly after moving to Boynton Beach, Albert died. They had been married 42 years. Several years later she married her brother-in-law, the late Herbert Luyk. They were married for three years. She began doing alterations at home and traveled to China, Hawaii and California. She learned to yodel as a girl and often entertained family and friends. In retirement, she led water aerobics, took ballroom dancing lessons, played the organ and painted beautiful pictures which adorned her home. She enjoyed Saturday afternoon card-playing sessions with ?the girls?. She crocheted colorful microwave mitts and coasters, which appeared in the homes of family, friends and visitors. A member of Royal Palm Presbyterian Church in Lake Worth, she regularly attended services until recently. Til and Albert had three children: the late Albert von Entress, formerly a prominent newspaperman in Chicago; LeRoy von Entress, a retired school principal in North Pole, New York; and Loretta von Entress (Johnson), an Electrologist in New York. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Albert A. von Entress of California; LeRoi (Oliver) von Entress of New York; Karl von Entress of New York; Sally von Entress of Oregon; Suzanne von Entress of Kentucky; Leon Johnson, Jr. of New York; and Daron Johnson of New York; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place on February 28 at 11:30 am following the regular church service at Royal Palm Presbyterian Church, 6348 Hypoluxo Road, Lake Worth.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 21, 2010