Esther Irene Tilden

Jan. 27, 1928 — Nov. 12, 2017

Esther Irene Tilden, 89, of Winamac, passed away at 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. 

Irene was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Moores Creek, Kentucky, to the late Abe C. and Lettye A. (Hacker) Cunigan. Esther was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the American Postal Workers’ Union. She was a member of the Winamac First United Methodist Church. Irene enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Robert L. “Bob” Tilden. 

Also left to cherish her memory are her children: Judy [Ralph] Williams of Pulaski, Bobby [Valerie] Gilbert of Griffith, Freddy [Kathy] Gilbert of Lake of Four Seasons, David [Wendy] Tilden of Woodbury, Minnesota, and Darcy [Patrick] Grieger of Hanna; 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Bill and Dana Alliss. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Larry Gilbert; and 10 siblings.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Winamac, with Rev. Dave Marty officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Memory Lane Memorial Park in Schererville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Winamac First United Methodist Church, Guardian Angel Hospice or Pulaski Health Care Center. 

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 15, 2017)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
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