Gertrude Tillstrom

Gertrude M. Tillstrom

Monday, January 26th, 1925 - Friday, October 23rd, 2020
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Gertrude M. (Schmuhl) Tillstrom, 95, of St. Joseph passed away Oct. 23, 2020 at Woodland Terrace Assisted Living in Bridgman.

Gertrude was born January 26, 1925 in Coloma, MI to Leslie and Frances Schmuhl. She graduated from Coloma High School in in 1942. On February 3, 1946 she married the love of her life, Robert B. Tillstrom. They were happily married for 45 years. Gertrude was a dedicated Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and friend to many. As a homemaker and partner in the family farm in Sodus, she and Bob grew their poultry business into one of the largest egg farms in the area. They also farmed fruit and grain on their expansive land.

Bob preceded her to heaven on July 2, 1991. She is survived by her children, Linda Kurzynski of Stevensville, John Tillstrom of Holt, MI, Thomas (Cheryl) Tillstrom of St Joseph and Valerie (Lee) Tillstrom Albright of Brighton, MI. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Briana Tillstrom of Navarro, CA, Preston (Megan) Tillstrom of Chicago, Steven Tillstrom of St. Joseph, Katelyn (Josh) Allington of Portage; step grandchildren, Valerie (Tricia) Kurzynski of Fenton, MI and Gary (Marie) Kurzynski Jr of Fowlerville, MI; four step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Leslie Schmuhl Jr. of Coloma and many beloved nieces and nephews here in Michigan and across the country.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11 AM St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sodus where Gertrude has been a member for over 60 years, and she served in the Ladies Aid Society. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the Family beginning at 10 AM prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sodus. Those wishing to sign Gertrude’s Memory Book online may do so at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, October 26th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Sodus
    3713 Naomi Rd.
    Sodus, MI 49126
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  • Service

    Monday, October 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, October 26th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Sodus
    3713 Naomi Rd.
    Sodus, MI 49126
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations in Gertrude's name may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sodus
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Karen Eich

Posted at 12:23pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this sad time. Aunt Gert was a very special person to our family. My mom Gen Neumann and her were cousins but more like Sisters and best friends. They did so much together. Our families were very close growing up and we have wonderful memories with everyone. Rest in Peace Aunt Gert. Love you. Karen and Dennis

Robert Shepard

Posted at 07:15pm
One of her many talents was baking pies that were so delicious. Always a pleasure to visit my Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Bob. Many, many pleasant memories.

Clif Adams

Posted at 02:34pm
What a nice lady. One of my best memories from my childhood in Kingslanding was our eight grade graduation party at the Tillstrom house. Gertrude treated us (all 5 of us) like Royalty. Condolences to Linda and all of the family.
Clif Adams

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