January 20, 2014


Bertille "Tillie" Thielen, 103, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Manning Plaza nursing home in Manning.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. Celebrant will be Father Robert Gralapp. Eucharistic minister will be Melvin Meier. Lector will be

Katie Thielen Hartung. Mass servers will be Payton Sporrer and Shyann Sporrer. Gift bearers will be Bertille's great-grandchildren.

Music will be "On Eagle's Wings," "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," "Ave Maria" and "How Great Thou Art" by Sacred Heart choir, soloist Laurie Stein and organist Pat Heithoff.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton. Casket bearers will be grandchildren Cindy Janning, Mary Beyerink, Joe Thielen, Jan Thielen-Goldermann, Laura Thielen-Swanson, Tom Feilmeier and Katie Hartung.

Vistation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning, where rosary by Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be at 4 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m.

Bertille Susan, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hoffert) Reinart of Halbur, was born Nov. 5, 1910, at Axtel, Neb. She was baptized while the family lived in Axtel. After a couple of years there the family moved to a farm east of Halbur, Iowa. Bertille attended school in Halbur and after completing her schooling hired out to other families who needed help.

On Feb. 6, 1934, Bertille married Leo L. Thielen at St. Augustine Church in Halbur. They farmed near Templeton a few years and in 1940 settled on a farm south of Manning. Bertille and Leo were the parents of four children. Bertille was a homemaker but also helped with the farm work.

Bertille was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Manning. She was a charter member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Fatima 1492, and the Altar and Rosary Society and held offices in both. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, her flowers, especially roses and fancy work. Over the years she also enjoyed dancing. Leo died in 2000, and Bertille continued to live at home with her son Melvin until 2004 when she became a resident of Manning Plaza where she participated in many activities and especially enjoyed playing bingo. She enjoyed many years of good health at the Plaza.

She is survived by her four children: Melvin Thielen of Manning, Raymond Thielen (Vicki) of Manning, Marjorie Feilmeier (Wendell Jr.) of Carroll and Danny Thielen of Manning; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Leo in 2000; four sisters Monica Reinart, in infancy, Gladys Langel (Adolph), Mary Buckholz (Wilber "Bud") and Genevieve Gehling (Lawrence) and sisters-in-law Loretta Kommes (John), Anna Langel (Henry) and Irene Lutwitze (Lawrence).