Lillian was born May 5, 1915, at rural Granville, the daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth (Gehrens) Beelner. Lillian was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School, graduating in 1933. After graduation, she obtained her teaching certificate and began teaching in a rural country school in Plymouth County. In 1938 she moved to California and began working at Douglas Aircraft as a procurement agent.
On Jan. 19, 1940, she married Murl Tonsfeldt at Madera, Calif. The couple moved back to the Granville area in 1944 where they farmed until his retirementat the age of 85.
Lillian returned to teaching in 1958 at St. Joseph's Grade School in Granville and Spalding Junior High School where she was a math and English teacher. During that time she obtained her bachelor's degree from Westmar College in Le Mars. She retired from teaching in 1983. Murl died Dec. 20, 2009.
Lillian was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and church guild in Granville, and a past member of Catholic Daughters of America.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra M. Landman and her husband, L. Charles, Jr. of Winona, Minn.; four grandchildren, Sandra L. Lowenhar and her husband, Edward of Belle Mead, N.J., Elizabeth A. Stratton and her husband, Bradley of Excelsior, Minn., L. Charles Landman, III, and his wife, Lynn of Peoria, Ill., and Murl Edward Landman and his wife, Sarah of Winona, Minn.; six great-grandchildren: Abigail, Cecilia and Nathanial Stratton, Samuel and Lillian Lowenhar, and L. Charles Landman, IV; one brother-in-law, Clifford Tonsfeldt and his wife, Lavonne of Remsen; five sisters-in-law: Marian Taylor of Marcus, Joyce Mercer of Fonda, Dee Tonsfeldt-Mulder and her husband, Ed of Spirit Lake, Virginia Beelner and Dolly Beelner, both of California; and several Nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Edward Beelner and his wife, Mona, Clarence Beelner and his wife, Vivian, and Roman Beelner and his wife, Joyce; three sisters, Virgina Schwarz and her husband, George, Florence Offerman and her husband, Roman, and Elizabeth Gust and her husband, Arthur; three brothers-in-law, Wallace Tonsfeldt, Robert Mercer and Dale Taylor; and a granddaughter, Lilli Mae Landman.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville, with the Rev. Richard Ball officiating. Burial will be in the Remsen Community Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
Casketbearers will be L. Charles Landman, III, Murl E. Landman, Bradley J. Stratton, Dr. Stephen A. Tonsfeldt, Lyle A. Schroeder, and John M. Hansen.
Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online at www.fischfh.com.