Obituary – Mathilda Heckmann

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Mathilda “Tillie” Bertha Theresa Emma (Mueller) Heckmann, 92, of Glencoe, and formerly of Norwood Young America, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Mathilda was born on Oct. 23, 1920, at home on the farm in rural Plato, McLeod County. She was the daughter of Emil and Erna (Debner) Mueller. Mathilda was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 25, 1934, by Rev. J. H. Bunge at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. She received her education in Plato and later graduated from the Glencoe High School with the Class of 1938.
On Sept. 15, 1940, Tillie was united in marriage to Elmer Heckmann by Rev. Bunge at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. Tillie and Elmer made their home on the Heckmann family farm two miles west of Norwood Young America, and after Elmer’s death, Tillie made her home on the farm until 2010 when she moved to Peace Villa in Norwood Young America. Their marriage was blessed with one son and two daughters, James, Dianne and Carol Jean. Tillie and Elmer shared 52 years of marriage, until Elmer passed away on Oct. 12, 1992.
In addition to being a loving homemaker, wife and mother, Tillie worked on the farm with Elmer and cleaned homes for other families. She was an active member at Friedens County Line Church – UCC in rural Norwood Young America, where she served on the Altar Guild and also taught Sunday School. Tillie was active in the 4-H and was a leader of the Youngwood 4-H Club. She was a charter member of the Tiger Lillies.
Tillie enjoyed fishing, dancing, bird watching, playing bingo, cake decorating and gardening. She loved to listen to music. Tillie was known among her family for her famous tea rings which she would share with all for the holidays. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends.
Tillie passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe, at the age of 92 years, 9 months and 21 days.
Blessed be her memory.
Tillie is survived by her son, Jim Heckmann and his wife, Janel, of Norwood Young America; daughters, Dianne Bonniwell and her husband, Jack, of Hutchinson and Pastor Carol Jean Heckmann of White Bear Lake; grandchildren, Darrin Herd of Dassel, Dawn Coulter and her husband, Mark, of Hector, Daniel Herd and his wife, Sheila, of Darwin, Lori Brazil and her husband, Jim, of Norwood Young America, Larry Heckmann and his wife, Denise, of Waconia, and Linda Gieseke and her husband, Tim, of Green Isle; step grandchildren, Heather Landreville and her husband, Mark, and Kristi Smith and her husband, Gunnar; great-grandchildren, Kyle Brazil, Kaylie Brazil, Madison Heckmann, Trevor Olson and Adam Forcier; step great-grandchildren, Courtney Minger and her husband, Luke, Ryan Coulter, Jayden Coulter, Brietta Coulter, Thomas Landreville, Ann Landreville, Wyatt Smith and Logan Smith; brother, Charles Mueller and his wife, Carrie, of Ramsey; sister, Bernett Jopp of New Germany; sisters-in-law, Orla Mueller of Watertown and Joan Mueller of Buffalo; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Mathilda is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Erna Mueller; husband, Elmer Heckmann; great-grandson, Nathan Herd; brothers, Wilmar Mueller and Harlan Mueller; and brother-in-law, Wallace Jopp.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Friedens County Line Church – UCC in rural Norwood Young America, with interment following at Ferguson Cemetery in rural Norwood Young America.
Clergy Officiating: Pastor Joseph Clay officiated the service with organist Sandy Kroells. Soloists Randy and Kay Wilson sang “Christian Lean On Jesus” and “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Leaning On The Everlasting Arm.” Casket bearers were Mathilda’s grandchildren, Darrin Herd, Dawn Coulter, Daniel Herd, Lori Brazil, Larry Heckmann and Linda Gieseke.
Arrangements by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.

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