Matilda "Tillie" A. Broeren, 101, of Walnut died Oct. 24, 2009, in Christ Hospital, Oak Lawn.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John Catholic Church, Walnut. The Rev. Dan Wilder, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday in Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.

She was born March 1, 1908, in LeSueur Center, Minn., to John and Martha (Meger) Cesafsky. She married Elmer Broeren in 1932 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Thorp, Wis.

Mrs. Broeren was her father's "right hand man" on the farm during her childhood. In 1958, Elmer and Tillie settled in Walnut. She did housework for others and was employed at Avanti Foods, where she worked on the Pizza assembly line retiring in 1974.

She was a member of St. John Catholic Church where for several years she sang in the choir.

Survivors are four daughters, Theodora Galentine of Stockton, Marjorie (Armon) Schmidt of Chicago, Marilyn (Arthur) Pingel of New Hampton, N.Y., and Mary Ellen Gruber of Aurora, Colo.; four sons Donald (Jane) Broeren of Leander, Texas, Russell (Sharon) Broeren of Gresham, Ore., Patrick (Sharon) Broeren of Walnut and James (Linda) Broeren of Aurora, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine (Steve) Klisiewicz of Boyd, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978, three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial has been established in her memory to St. John's Altar & Rosary Society.

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