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Mary Lou Tilberg

Mary Lou Tilberg

Mary Lou Tilberg age 84, of St. Paul, NE (formerly of Ethan, SD) died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Brookfield Park in St. Paul, NE. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ethan United Methodist Church in Ethan, SD. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Will Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan, SD.

Mary Lou Tilberg was born February 5th, 1934 to Joseph Lynn and Mary Elizabeth Gilfillan (Hampshire) in Wabash, Indiana. J. Lynn Gilfillan moved the family to Mitchell, South Dakota where Mary Lou grew up and attended the Mitchell Public Schools. She graduated from Mitchell High school in 1952. She received a B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education after attending the University of South Dakota and Dakota Wesleyan University. After graduation, Mary Lou taught rural school near Loomis.

She met Randall K. Tilberg during her studies at Dakota Wesleyan, Randall and Mary Lou were married November 27th, 1961. They farmed and raised their family together in rural Ethan, South Dakota.

Mary Lou loved family, farming, art, gardening, neighbors, coffee in Ethan with her friends, NASCAR, and the Minnesota Vikings. She was a member of the Ethan United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and she taught Sunday school for many years. Mary Lou belonged to numerous community organizations, including the Order of the Eastern star, World Organization of China Painters Club, Ethan Extension club, and Hobby club.

Survivors include her children Deb and Butch Lukes, Grand Island, NE, Mac and Barb Tilberg, Mitchell, Greg and Marge Tilberg, Mitchell and Scott and Mary Tilberg, Ethan; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; a brother Norman and sister-in-law Rita Gilfillan and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Randall, father and mother in-law, Vivian and Elmina Tilberg, brother and sister in-law Wayne and Melva Jo Tilberg, niece Tracy Freeman and nephew Tim Tilberg.

Memorials may be directed to Ethan United Methodist Church and the South Dakota Alzheimer's Association.

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