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Jeannine "Tillie" Marie Litka

October 9, 1939 - February 13, 2021
From: Sutherland, IA
Jeannine "Tillie" Marie Litka

Jeannine "Tillie" Marie Litka

Born: October 9, 1939
Died: February 13, 2021
Age: 81

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   Jeannine “Tillie” Marie Litka, age 81, of Sutherland, Iowa, passed away at home while under the loving care of her husband, on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

     Tillie was born October 9, 1939 in O’Brien County, Iowa to Chester and Marie (Schwebach) Lundquist.  Her childhood days were spent on the farm and attending country school.  She graduated from Paullina High School in 1958.

   Tillie was united in marriage to Jerry Dean Litka at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in Meriden, Iowa on March 27, 1959.  Apart from a couple years of living in California, Jerry and Tillie resided in Sutherland all their married life.

   Tillie was a hard worker, choosing the night shifts over the years at Millie’s Rest Home, Eatons, and K-Products.  She enjoyed taking care of their home, camping, bowling, playing cards, and shopping the secondhand stores and garage sales.  She would have all the grandkids come stay one week each summer, then take them swimming, fishing, and to the skate park.  Most of all, she was always at Jerry’s side.  During the dating years, she did such crazy things as helping check traps, then in the later years, attending auctions and helping him sell at antique shows.

   Tillie was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Marie; two half-brothers, Delton and John “Junior” Lundquist; sister, Joyce Skarin; in-laws, Joan Lundquist, Pete Schaa, and Lester Skarin; along with other cherished family and friends.

   Those who will miss her dearly include her husband, Jerry, of 61 years; two children, daughter, Deb (Gary) Suntken of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and son, Dan (LeAnne) Litka of Kansas City, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Kristin, Nick, and Adam Kijowski, Mia (fiancé, Nate Bigley) Suntken, Ali (Austin) Willets, Dax (Lauren) Suntken, and Nathan Litka; sister, Constance “Connie” Schaa of Longmont, Colorado; two brothers, Gerald (Janet) Lundquist of Paullina, Iowa, and Doug (Cindy) Lundquist of Paullina, Iowa; sister-in-law, Marilyn Lundquist of Paullina, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

   Her fruitcakes, dilly crackers, Snerkles, and Brandy Slush were the best.  We will always remember her words of wisdom, funny sayings, and silliness. Favorite scripture included the 23rd Psalm.  Thanks be to God and His grace.

Private family services will be held at a later date.
Waterman Cemetery
Sutherland, Iowa


Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“Jerry, so sorry to read about Tillie's passing. I didn't know her really well but she was a wonderful helpmate for you at the antique shows. May you find comfort in the memories.”
- Idelle Vogel
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“So sorry about your loss, Jerry. I just saw you at Walmart and you told me Hospice was involved. She was a sweet, beautiful lady and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. ”
- Bill and Teri Van Wettering
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Jerry, we are very sorry to hear about Tillie. ”
- Merlynn & Cindy (Guetschow) Wegter
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I worked with Tillie at K-Products for many years and once and awhile got to see her at an auction in Rembrandt. Prayers for the family.”
- Kris Combes
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:46 AM
“Jerry and family, you have our deepest sympathy, we graduated with Tillie in 1958, she always had made time to talk to me when I would be working sales going so far as to take my picture and seen to it I got it. We always found something to talk about usually our high school days and family.”
- Janet I Lange
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“I wish to express my sympathy to you guys at this time of your loss. I always enjoyed working with Tillie, Miki HahtHelen Rohwer&Marcella Nielsen at Millie’s. They taught me lots of good things I learned from the Best. Cherish the memories you had with her and take one day at a time mothers are so special. ”
- Gretchen (Straub)Funk
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:04 PM
“Tillie-We loved you dearly. You were the best neighbor, the best listener and most trusting friend. We will miss your smile, the pride you had for your family and the stories you'd share about all of your lucky "finds". We were never sure who had more luck - you or Jerry. We will miss seeing you seeing you out and about for your walks and will always treasure the memories of you and Junie Bug. Bless your heart. You were one of a kind and we will never forget you. From your "favorite neighbors" (we loved to tease you guys about that vs Junie Bug)...and Jerry - we admire you so much for the love and devotion you showed to your sweetheart. Thinking of you all! ”
- The Rohrbaughs
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“My deepest sympathies to Jerry and his family. What a lovely lady and great friend. I am wondering if her and mom are playing cards in heaven. My heart goes out to you all. Love you so much Tillie! Hugs”
- Dawn Fuhrman
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“To Jerry and family, Thinking of you and sending prayers for healing your broken heart. ”
- Helen Jalas Schettler
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM
“To the Family of Tillie Litka.
So very sorry for your loss.”
- Brian (Butch) Engelke
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM
“Sympathy to Jerry and family! Tillie (only name I knew her by) and I had such a good time working at the Sutherland Nursing Home. Her and Helen Rohwer were a hoot!”
- Sandra Rehder
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM
“I rode with Tillie to work at Alffs in Sheldon had a great time. She picked up other ladies along the way. I'm not even sure how we came to that arrangement now. Very nice person. 🙏🙏”
- Lillian Mastbergen
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:06 AM
“Mom loved Tillie. They also worked together at the nursing home. It sounded like they had so much fun, while working a really tough job. My sympathy to her family.”
- Deb Rohwet
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:06 AM
“So sorry to hear about Jeannine. We went to country school together and then to Paullina High. Class of 1958. She was a good gal. My sympathy to her family.
Sandra (Hoger) Dau”
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:06 AM
“So sorry for your loss God be with you at this time”
- Don and LaDonnaHurtig
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“So sorry for your loss, I got to know your mom best when I worked with her at the rest home.”
- Loretta Ritzenthaler
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all I remember all the good times with all of your family ”
- Carol Jean Johnson
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Tillie was a great mentor to me when I worked with her at Millie’s Rest Home. We learned a little and laughed a lot each day. My sympathies to her family. ”
- Andrea Orthmann
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Tillies passing....I worked with her many years at Millies when I was just starting out in my career. I had a lot of great memories working with her. She was always smiling and so caring. My sympathies to the family.”
- Rochelle L Waggoner
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- Steve Sweeney
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