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Tillila Denke

Tillila Denke, age 91 of Wall, SD, died February 13, 2009, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services are Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Wall with Pastor Duane Duley officiating.

Music will be provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist, Dorothy Shearer, pianist, and Katrina Torkelson and Isaac Denke, vocalists.

Ushers are Roger Fortune and Dick Johnson. Pallbearers are Scott and Steve Baye, Doug Hart, Billy, Luke and Isaac Denke, Danny Fosness and Jerry Johannesen.

Interment will be at the Wall Cemetery.

Tillila Rufina Eisenbraun was born October 24, 1917, at Tripp, SD, the daughter of Henry and Fredericka (Schaefer) Eisenbraun. She was baptized on March 3, 1918, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Tripp. In the spring of 1918, she moved with her parents and three brothers to the Creighton, SD, area. She was confirmed April 19, 1931, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton. Her Bible verse was "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelations 2:10

Tillila was united in marriage on January 7, 1937, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton, to Robert Denke of Creighton. The text was Psalm 128: 1-4. They lived at Creighton until September 1949 when they moved to Wall.

Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death on May 19, 1982. Tillila continued to live in Wall until moving into the Philip Nursing Home in October 2007, where she has since resided.

Grateful for having shared her life include three daughters, Darlene Baye of Philip, Joyce Hart of Philip, and Eileen Torkelson and her husband, Orrin, of Wall; three sons, Bill Denke and his wife, Muriel, of San Diego, CA, Glenn Denke of Norris and Paul Denke and his wife, Lurene, of Pierre; nine grandchildren, Steve and Scott Baye, Douglas Hart, Sandra Staples, Billy Denke, Kebra Krol, Katrina Torkelson, Issac and Luke Denke; 11 great-grandchildren, Joseph and Matthew Baye, Crystal Baye, Johnathon and David Hart, MacKenzie and Marshall Staples, William Denke III, Garrett Denke, and MacKenzie and Sydney Krol; one sister, Hulda Haney of Rapid City; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Robert, Tillila was preceded in death by her one-year-old daughter, Luella, on May 17, 1948; her parents; four brothers, Rudy, Gotthold, Edwin and Ferdinand Eisenbraun; and two sons-in-law, Kenneth "Kenny" Baye and David "Dave" Hart.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com