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Mathilda F. 'Tillie' Harrington

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Mathilda F. "Tillie" Harrington, 93, of Le Mars, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.

Mathilda F. Siebens was born Nov. 24, 1910, on the family farm in Washington Township, rural Plymouth County, the daughter of Gerd and Annie (Reese) Siebens. She was confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville on March 28, 1926. She attended parochial school at Christ Lutheran Church in Grant Township and later attended school in Brunsville. Following her education, Tillie assisted her parents on the farm. 

Tillie was united in marriage to Farrel H. "Fuzz" Harrington on June 8, 1940, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Le Mars by the Rev. L.L. Belk. Tillie and Fuzz lived with her parents before moving to Westfield where they lived in a two-room apartment in the back of the Standard Oil Station they operated. They later moved to a 40-acre farm 1-1/2 miles east of Westfield. In 1943, Fuzz and Tillie moved to her parents' farm which was homesteaded by her grandfather, Peter Reese, in 1856. They farmed the family homestead until moving to the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in 2003.

Tillie was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and had assisted with many church activities throughout the years. She was also a longtime member of the Brunsville Garden Club. She enjoyed working outdoors, tending to her chickens and garden. Tillie and Fuzz enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing cards. 

Tillie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 64 years, Farrel; two sons, Vernon F. and his wife, Karen Harrington, and Loren H. Harrington of Le Mars; two grandchildren, Bethene R. and her husband, Joe L. Adams of Council Bluffs, and Audra L. Harrington of Young America, Minn.; three great-grandchildren, Kathryn (Katie) Adams, Alexander (Alex) Adams, and Brodie Harrington; her godchild, Carol Willer of Le Mars; two sisters-in-law, Joy Weigel of Omaha, Neb., and Ann and her husband, Delbert Maynard, of Akron; many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville, with the Rev. Peter Boe officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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