Susanne Lucille Tillia
March 28, 1936 - May 06, 2022
Susanne L. Tillia, 86, of Peoria, Illinois, peacefully returned to the Lord on Friday, May 6, 2022, while surrounded by her loving family.
Susanne was born March 28, 1936 to Ralph and Teresa (Driscoll) Sullivan in Fairmont, MN. She married Jack Tillia in Guckeen, MN on November 12, 1955.
Susanne was a beloved mother to Joan Tillia of Peoria IL; Mary Stroyan (Steve) of Zwingle IA; Robert Tillia of Peoria, IL; Ann Rivers of Washington State; Sharon McCollom (Mike) of Denton TX; Dan Tillia of Peoria, IL; Scott (Marla) Boyer of Mendon, UT; and her granddaughter Tess Gooding (Austin) of San Angelo, TX.
Susanne was a wonderful grandma to Jeny Meyer (Stroyan) of Zwingle, IA, Josh Stroyan (Ashley) of Maquoketa, IA, A.J. McCollom of Denton, TX, Tess Gooding (Austin) of San Angelo, TX; and Jon Stroyan of Ames, IA and will be greatly missed by her great-grandchildren Rowan and Cormac Meyer; Jacob, Emma, Jamesen, and Eva Stroyan; and Owen, Ezra, and Anastasia Gooding.
She was preceded in death by her brother Ray and his wife, Judy; sister-in-law Terri, wife of Phil; sister-in-law Judy, wife of Tom; and Carol Karlen, special friend of Paul.
Susanne was happiest when spending time with her family and loved ones, especially her special friend, Frank Boyer. She was fond of traveling with her sister, Mary Margaret Sullivan; spending time laughing with her brother Tom Sullivan when on the family farm; sharing her love of reading with her brother Ray Sullivan; traveling overseas to visit her brother Phil Sullivan; and bird watching with her brother Paul Sullivan. Susanne always enjoyed spending holidays and family gathering with her many nieces and nephews and their children. When she was not spending time with her family, she gathered with her friends for birthday and book clubs, daily mass with coffee to follow and listening to classical music.
She graduated in 1954 from Our Lady of Good Council in Mankato, MN. She continued her education at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL where she earned her associates degree in English and Business Writing. She wore many hats in her career such as authoring numerous articles for the Rock Island Argus, Moline Dispatch and the Aledo Times. Susanne dedicated 35 years to mentoring, caring for, and tending to the children of Andalusia, Reynolds, and Taylor Ridge elementary schools within the Rockridge School District. She was most proud of being a teacher's aide at Hawthorn-Irving Elementary. When she was not working she volunteered teaching CCD at St. Patrick and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults at St. Joseph.
She was a member of St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's parishes in the Quad Cities and St. Thomas Parish in Peoria.
She was resilient, humble, selfless and kind. Susanne was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church 17486 Bellevue-Cascade Rd, Zwingle, IA 52079, with a one hour prior visitation. Fr. Austin Wilker will officiate, and burial will follow at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to School Sisters of Notre Dame, 170 Good Council Dr. Mankato, MN 56001-3138, Attn:Sister Linda Wanner.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com. Arrangements are under the joint care of Wright and Salmon Mortuary in Peoria, Illinois and Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
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