Bertha Thill, 91, of Remsen, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Bertha Thill was born Oct. 13, 1915, at rural Alton, the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Henrecy) Steichen. Bertha was raised in the Alton area and received her education in the rural school system. At an early age she helped to raise her younger siblings. Later she was employed at the OK Café in Alton.
On April 26, 1938 she married Edmund N. Thill at Alton. They made their home near Remsen where they were engaged in farming. They retired and moved into Remsen in the spring of 1973. She had been a resident of the Happy Siesta Health Care Center since Jan. 15, 2004. Edmund died Dec. 8, 2005.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and church Guild, Catholic Daughters of America and past Regent of that organization, Missionary Association of Catholic Women. For many years she helped make the communion host and also cared for the candles in St. Mary's Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Kay and her husband Tom Volkerding of House Springs, Mo.; one granddaughter, Angela and her husband Adam Tipton and one great-grandson, Jacob Edmund Tipton, all of Columbia, Mo.; six sisters, Joan and her husband Jim Teachout of Cedar Rapids, Patty and her husband Leonard Reinert of Des Moines, Marian Utesch of Oyens, Betty and her husband Wally Crossman and Rose Lux, all of Denver, Colo., and Helen and her husband Ray Glassmaker of Cleghorn; one brother, France Steichen of San Diego, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Steichen of Cedar Rapids; three stepsisters-in-law, Magdalen Steichen of Emery, S.D., Violet Steichen of Maurice, and Emaline Steichen of Cedar Rapids.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Catherine Steichen; two brothers, Arnold and his wife Lorraine Steichen, Art Steichen; five stepbrothers, Lee Steichen, Ray and his wife Kate Steichen, Al Steichen, Matt Steichen, Clarence and his wife Bertha Jarding; two stepsisters, Gertrude and her husband Al Boever, Sophie and her husband Pete Deiterman; one brother-in-law, Harold Utesch; and one sister-in-law, Frances Steichen.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Bill Glassmaker, Bill Ortmann, Daniel, Steichen, David Steichen, Glen Steichen and Doug Utesch.