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Tilleros, Irene Josephine (Ellingson) 1914-2004


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/7/2012 at 12:57:10

Irene Ellingson Tilleros, 89, died on Sunday, July 18, 2004, at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at Big Canoe Lutheran Church on Monday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend David Andreae and Reverend Wayne Ellingson officiating. Kathy Anderson will be the organist. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Casket bearers are Marsha Bergan, Jeff Ellingson, Robert Ellingson, Gordon Ellingson, Joel Thorson, and Jim Wedo. Honorary pallbearers are David Bigler, Hubert Ellingson, Harriet Forde, Lorraine Houck, Milton Iverson, Harold Lee, Lyle Ophiem, and Owen Thorson.

Visitation is on Sunday, July 25, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Fjelstul Funeral Home. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the Big Canoe Lutheran Church.

Irene Josephine Tilleros was born on August 26, 1914, in Pleasant Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa to Anton and Ida (Hanson) Ellingson. She was baptized and confirmed at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church. She attended rural school through eighth grade and completed one year at Decorah High School.

On June 6, 1939, she was united in marriage to Oscar Tilleros at the Canoe Ridge Church. From that date until Oscar’s death in 1979, they operated a general farm in Allamakee County specializing in Guernsey dairy cattle. Irene continued to live on the farm until 1999, when she moved to an apartment in Decorah. Since July of 2002, she has lived at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah.

Irene Tilleros was an active member of the Big Canoe Lutheran Church, serving as Church Treasurer, plus holding numerous offices in the Ladies Aid and Hannah Circle. For many years she taught Sunday School and served as its Superintendent. In addition to church, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies included tending to her flowers, quilting, knitting, making ceramics, reading, and keeping a daily diary for 55 years. Irene also served as Clerk of Hanover Township.

Survivors include two children, Janice (David) Cronin, Elm Grove, WI, and Gary (Connie) Tilleros, Waterford, WI; daughter-in-law Cindy Tilleros Hoer, Denver, Colorado; grandsons Chris (Janice) Cronin, Brighton, MI, Tim (Danette) Cronin, Wauwatosa, WI, and Nick Cronin, St. Louis, MO. Granddaughters Elisabeth Tilleros, (fiancé Yair Levy) Baltimore, MD and Emily Tilleros (fiancé Kevin Royalty) St. Louis, MO, great-grandchildren Forrest and Hayden Mae Cronin, Wauwatosa, WI. Two sisters, Helen Bergan, Decorah, and Bernice Byrnes, Waukon; sisters-in-law, Viola Ellingson, Waukon, Eleanor Ellingson, Thelma Ellingson, and Beatrice Tilleros, Decorah, and a brother-in-law, Arnold Thorson, Spring Grove, also survive her.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Oscar on July 10, 1979, and her son, Charles on July 25, 1993; four brothers, Arnold, Julius, Erven, and Clifford Ellingson, and two sisters, Tilvina and Myrtle Bigler, brothers-in-law Elmer and Lester Bigler, Donald Bergan, and Kittle Tilleros; sister-in-law, Della Thorson.

Source: Fjelstul Funeral Home database

Big Canoe Lutheran cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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