Mathilda Anna “Tillie” Grueb

August 23, 1922 - April 25, 2015

   Mathilda Anna "Tillie" Grueb, 92, Faith, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at home on the ranch with her loving family by her side.
    A vigil service was held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.
    Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.  Burial  followed at Black Hills National Cemetery.
    Tillie was born on a bright sunshiny day on August 23, 1922, at home near Opal, SD, to Mathias and Anna (Backes) Moelter. She was the youngest girl of six children. She attended grade school at Opal through the 8th grade. She worked in the community where she babysat, built dams with her dad, and cooked at cafes. She took great pride in her cooking in which all of her family enjoyed throughout the years as they all gained weight.
    One of her favorite memories of a job was working with Doc Bernds in which she was proud to have received a dollar a day for her wages. One of the many things she experienced with the Bernds was a trip to New York-her first experience ever being out of South Dakota.
    Little did Tillie know that in 1944 a blind date with Walter Grueb would lead to marriage in October 6th of 1945 and that they would have 68 wonderful years together. To this union were born five children. Walter and Tillie owned and operated their ranch west of Faith since 1965.
    Tillie's joys in life were her five children, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren (with twins on the way). She loved being outdoors, helping with the livestock, assorted animals, and ranch work. She especially loved raising a huge garden in which many family and friends enjoyed the fruits of her labor, especially Walt.
    Tillie had a special place in her heart for everyone and everyone had a special place in their heart for her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all.
    Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings, Johnny Moelter, Margaret Moelter, Gertrude Hoffman, Elvera Howell, and William Moelter; one daughter-in-law, Debra Grueb.
    Survivors include five children, Linda (Wayne) Lensegrav, Sturgis, Herb (Marcia) Grueb, Black Hawk, Rod (Tawana) Grueb, Onida, Irma (Kevin) Fees, Hot Springs, and Larry (Beth Ann) Grueb, Faith; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    A memorial has been established to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at

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