Gertrude D. Tillery, 78, of East Alton, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at Eunice C. Smith Nursing Home in Alton.
She was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Grosswelzheim, Germany, the daughter to the late Valentin and Maria (Neumann) Funk.
On Feb. 14, 1961, she and Ronald L. Tillery were married in Hanau, Germany. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 2004.
Gertrude was a seamstress while in Germany and retired as a CNA from Wood River Township Hospital in 1993. She loved traveling, crocheting and cooking.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Linda Tillery of East Alton and Rick and Carol Tillery of Bethalto; two daughters and sons-in-law, Daniela “Donna” and William “Bill” Webber of Wood River and Michelle and Don Randolph of Jerseyville; eight grandchildren, Jamie and Jason Crutchley, Amie and Scott Tillery, Jennifer Lipe, David Tillery and Donnie and Brandon Randolph; four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kara, Nathan and Conrad Crutchley; and a sister, Margot Ott of Germany.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Maria Piecha and Helene Erb.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Paynic Home for Funeral, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Burial will follow at Woodland Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to William M. BeDell ARC.
Arrangements with online information and guestbook may be found at www.paynicfh.com.