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Mathilda "Tillie" L. Smith

Mathilda L. "Tillie" Smith, nee Kettler, 91, of Waterloo, IL, died July 16, 2020, in St. Louis, MO. She was born May 13, 1929, in Valmeyer, IL.

She was the loving mother of her children Janice (Gary) Wong, Jim (Ruth) Smith, and Jill (James) Stephan. She is also survived by her grandchildren Katrina (Patrick) Thrower, Rebecca (Robert) Koehn, Constance (Gerardo) Ornelas, Patrick (Michelle) Wong, Jennifer (Dustin) Fulks, William (Kristen) Smith, Michael Smith, and Matthew (Lauren) Smith; and 14 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband William A. Smith; parents Henry & Katie (nee Taake) Kettler; and brothers William & Ernst Kettler.


Mathilda was a member of St. John UCC - Valmeyer, Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary, cofounder of Monroe County Council for the Handicapped, board member of Monroe County Nursing Home, long time member of Waterloo Country Club, retired from Valmeyer Community School District Cafeteria. Tillie enjoyed golf, bridge, kloepper, friends and Candy Crush.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Human Support Services - Waterloo or Donor's Choice

A private graveside service will be held.

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I met Tillie when Bill was in the hospital and my husband was also. They were a room apart and Tillie and I got to talking and it was like I had known her for years. Any we would communicate every once in a while and I hadn't heard anything for a while so I tried to find her phone number and then I saw that she had died in July. I was so saddened by finding that out. We were always going to get together but never did. I am so sorry for your loss. Susan Schmidt

Susan Schmidt Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM

To the Family,
Our sympathy and condolence for your loss. Tillie was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Best Wishes,
Kevin and Jamie Andres
Bonne Terre MO

Kevin Andres Jul 20 2020 12:00 AM

I cherish the time spent with Tillie at Casino in Lake Tahoe as we talked and listened to her memories of life as wife and mother.
Pat K

Patti Kamykowski Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM

Jan, Jim & Jill... So sorry to hear of Aunt Tillie's passing. Praying you find comfort in God's promises and happy memories. Love, Donna

Donna Donovan Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM

You all have our sincere sympathy, she was a wonderful friend, and a special Legion Auxiliary member for many years. We will miss her. Mary Ann & Curtis Henke

Mary Ann & Curtis Henke Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM

Jan, Jim, Jill and families-
I have fond memories of your mom as our 4-H leader and her just always being around us kids-
always enjoyed her smile and sense of humor.

with deepest sympathies -

Bobbie (Roever) Klinkhardt Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM