Tillie Bork

Tillie Bork, 98, Luverne, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

A funeral service was Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery in Doon, Iowa.

Tillie Termaat was born May 10, 1919, to William and Hendrieka (Wallenburg) Termaat on the family farm near Rock Rapids, Iowa. She was raised and attended country school in Cleaveland Township near Rock Rapids. Upon completing her schooling, she remained on the farm to help her family.

On Jan. 25, 1940, Tillie married Herman Bork at her parents’ home. Following their marriage the couple resided on a farm south of Holland for three years. They returned to a farm west of Doon for seven years and then moved north to a farm on the state line near Steen. Five years later they moved to a farm on the east edge of Luverne, where they continued to farm until they retired in 1981 and moved into town. Tillie was a homemaker and later worked for the cleaning department at the Luverne Community Hospital for 12 years before her retirement. Herman preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2007. Tillie continued living in her apartment until moving to the Oaks in May 2010. In July 2015, she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. She enjoyed cooking, crafting, crocheting, cleaning and working in her flower garden. She bowled for many years and participated in league. She was even still bowling at almost 90 years old. For much of Tillie’s life, the highlight of her week was the tradition of having family together for lunch after church service.

Tillie is survived by four sons, Orville (Barbara) Bork of Luverne, Wallace (Linda Sue) Bork of Rapid City, South Dakota, Harley (Linda Kay) Bork of Jasper, and Don (Marcia) Bork of Beaver Creek; a sister-in-law, Florence Termaat of Rock Valley, Iowa; a sister, Evelyn Huisman of Holland, Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; two grandchildren, Susan Bork and Brian Bork; her parents; two brothers, Jack Termaat and William Termaat Jr.; and five sisters, Winnie Visser, Gert Van Engen, Christine Van Tol, Coba Mulder and Henrietta Oostra.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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