Mrs. Waltraut Renate Tillery, 82, Lebanon, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Parkwood Healthcare Center in Lebanon.
Waltraut R. Tillery was born in Germany on June 1, 1928, one of eight children of the late Herman and Hulda (Wittke) Wirth.
Mrs. Tillery was a resident of Germany until age 14. She was forced out of her home and moved to Berlin taking only one suitcase. She stayed on the move in Berlin trying to remain safe. She worked at age 14 in a factory. She also was a domestic worker taking care of people in their homes as well as doing cleaning.
She moved to America in December 1958 and lived in Indianapolis where she was an employee of Laughner’s Cafeteria for several years. She then resided in the homes of those for whom she was providing care for 32 years until she retired in 1990.
On Dec. 22, 1962, in Indianapolis she was married to Herschel Edward Tillery. Mr. Tillery died on June 22, 1995.
Mrs. Tillery was a devoted wife and homemaker. She took care of her husband during his illness prior to his death in 1995. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Indianapolis
Survivors include two children, Joy Kostoff of Indianapolis and Christa Tillery of California; two stepsons, Paul E. Tillery of Indianapolis and Lonnie L. Tillery of Zionsville, and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today, Sept. 7, at Myers Chapel of Memories, 1502 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at the mortuary with The Revs. David Wright and Pastor Lee Faust officiating.
Interment will follow at the Mts. Runn Cemetery east of Lebanon.
Memorials contributions may be made to Boone County Senior Services, 515 West Crown Pointe Dr., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at myersmortuary.com.