Matilda “Tillie” Totten

October 17, 1909 ‒ February 29, 2004

Marengo, Ohio

Matilda “Tillie” Totten, age 94 of Marengo died at home Sunday morning, February 29, 2004.

She was born in Yagada, Russia on Oct. 17, 1909 to the late Henry and Anna Marie (Geier) Scheidmiller. She migrated to Calvary, Canada in 1912 at the age of 2 her family moved to St. John, WA. She graduated from St. John High School in 1928 and has been a Marengo area resident for 66 years.

Tillie was a dutiful helpmate, she was primarily a homebody on the family farm with a rare gift of hospitality; but her influence reached beyond her own fireside to the young men in the community who came every summer to help make hay and be lucky enough to enjoy a hearty meal before the hard work of the farm.

She was a wonderful cook, famous for her potato salad and “Tillies Relish” among her family and friends. The love which this good mother bestowed upon her family was a beautiful thing. She was a member of Marengo United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Golden Twig at Morrow County Hospital, and she enjoyed canning, gardening, and sewing.

The high quality of her life made her character pure and unstained after 9 score years of living, a wonderful example to her family.

She is survived by daughter; Joan L. Adkins of Marengo, Grandchildren; Mark (Peggy) Adkins, Chris (Nancy) Adkins, 3 Great-grandchildren; Mindy Sue, Trevor, and Ryan Adkins, Brothers: Elmer Scheidmiller of Liberty Lake, WA and Harvey Scheidmiller of St. John, WA.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband of almost 46 years; Lemard C. Totten on Jan. 5, 1978, Brothers: John, Henry Jr., Philip, Alex, Harry, Manuel, George, Virgil Scheidmiller, and sister; Marie Cook.

Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m., Rev. Beverly Hall officiating, interment Sunbury Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Mark, Chris, Mindy, and Ryan Adkins, Bill Deffinger, Stuart Miller, Honorary pallbearers will be; Wilbur Ault, Michael Welch, Orland VanSickle, Rev. Michael Olinger, Rev. Robert Sayer, Elmer and Harvey Scheidmiller.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Marengo United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 128, Marengo, Ohio 43334 or Hospice of Morrow County, P.O. Box 86, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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