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Bertha O'Tillie Buxcel

Bertha O'Tillie "Tillie" Buxcel, age 95, of Okaton, died Tuesday morning, November 9, 2004, at St. Mary's Healthcare Center in Pierre.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 11, with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m., all at St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. CST Friday, November 12, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Glenn Denke officiating.

Music for the service will be provided by Karel Reiman, organist, congregational hymns, and Bob Bork, trumpter. Register book attendants will be Donna Eckert and Kristy Buxcel. Ushers will be Herman and Bob Bork and Jim Peters. Pallbearers will be Neil, Wade, Scott, Joel, Dale and Dillion Buxcel, Harvey Jacobs and Ron Peters.

Interment will be at the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha O'Tillie Eckert, better known as "Tillie" to her family and friends, was born May 11, 1909, on her parents' homestead in Jones County, northwest of Okaton, SD, the daughter of Peter and Katherine (Huber) Eckert.

She grew up on the homestead and attended rural school in that community. As a young lady, she worked with her family on the homestead.

Tillie was united in marriage to Eltor Buxcel on March 28, 1937, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland. They made their home on their present farm-ranch which they operated all their married life.

After her husband's death on July 6, 1990, she continued to resided on the farm-ranch until 2002, when she moved into the Maryhouse in Pierre, where she has since resided.

Tillie was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed, and the LWML of the church.

Grateful for having shared her life include three sons, Virgil Buxcel and his wife, Susan, of Yankton, SD, Norman Buxcel of Okaton, and Clifford Buxcel and his wife, Elaine, of Murdo; a daughter, Doris Buxcel of Okaton; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Eltor, Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Gustav, John, Joe, and Philip; and eight sisters Elizabeth, Anna, Lillian, Phillilino, Katherine, Eleanor, Rosie, and Mary.

A memorial is established.