Vivian Tillmann

Died: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Celebration of Life

1:30 PM Sat., Sep. 16, 2017
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley

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You were always here for me
And you loved me ‘til the end,
So with all my heart and soul I say,
“I love you Mom, My Forever Best Friend.”

Vivian G. Tillmann peacefully left this earth on August 31, 2017.  Per her wishes, cremation has been facilitated.  A celebration of life service will be held at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:30 P.M., followed by desert and coffee at the funeral home.

Vivian was born July 7, 1918 in Toolesboro, Iowa to William and Ella Matthews Sillick.

She graduated from Wapello High School in 1936, and worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Wapello.  She married LeRoy J. Tillmann March 17, 1946.  He preceded her in death October 17, 1977.

Vivian enjoyed travelling, attending elder hostels, spending winters in Tucson, and visiting family in Texas.

She was an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, and regular exerciser.  She walked, biked, worked out at Curves, and did all her own yard work well into her late eighties.  She continued to swim daily in the summers into her mid-nineties.

Some of her favorite things included the color yellow, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, birds, and friends and family.  She was known for her excellent cooking, especially her pies.

Her special gift was always putting the other person first and making them feel good.  The needs of her family always came before hers.  She never met a stranger, and always showed an abundance of grace, humor, and empathy in all she did.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter Linda and husband Jerry Page of Muscatine, one grandson Brian and wife Sarah of Round Rock, Texas, three great grandchildren Jordan and Jackson Page, and Savannah Guerra all of Texas. two sisters-in-law Barb Tillmann of Wapello and Fran Tillmann of Burlington, several nieces and nephews, and special caretakers Helen Truitt, Flo Verrips, Elaine Johnson, and Beth Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, two brothers-in-law, three nephews, her husband Roy, infant daughter, and an adult granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wapello Specialty Care.

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Susan Cory
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Dear Linda and Jerry
I am so sorry to read of your mother's passing. I know you will miss her and I hope in the future your memories will bring you peace. Take care.

Jackie Lewis/Tammy Deviney/Diana Wiig
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Very sorry to hear about Viv. I know mom enjoyed visiting with her when she could. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

gerrie jo langstaff
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Dear Linda, So sorry to read in the paper of your Mom. Have lots of great memories of the times we spent together. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love GJ

Jeff DeMoss
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
Vivian's Sister Bernice was my Grandma. I remember "Auntie Viv" very well. In the times I was around her as a kid, she always made me smile. She always made me laugh. I just remember her as such a fun loving person. I'm sorry for your loss. Know that she touched so many many peoples lives in a wonderful way. She gave me happy memories that I can always think back to.

God Bless

Denise Shaffer Reynolds
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
I have fond memories of Auntie.
I remember a time when she and her sister, my grandma, Bernice were visiting. They started laughing hysterically to the point of tears. I don't know what they were laughing about but it is a memory I will never forget.
I once met a gentleman from Wapello when waiting tables in Iowa City. I asked if he knew Auntie. He didn't know her by name but when I mentioned she always rode her bike, he knew who I was talking about.
God Bless you, Auntie! I imagine you and Grandma are reunited and having a lot of laughs!

Jean Bermel
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
Family of Vivian Tillmann:

I always enjoyed walking by the house and Vivian acknowledging me with a friendly greeting. She always had a smile on her face.

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