Matilda Johanna “Tillie” Reid

Dec. 11, 1924 — July 13, 2019

Matilda Johanna “Tillie” Reid, 94, of Winamac, passed away peacefully while sitting in her favorite chair on her back deck watching the cats Saturday, July 13, evening. She was most likely missing her beloved husband, Donald, who passed away one week prior, Saturday, July 6.

Tillie was born on Dec. 11, 1924, in Jefferson City, Missouri, to the late Anton George and Mary Sybilla (Reinkemeyer) Rustemeyer. She graduated from Wellston High School in Wellston, Missouri. Tillie served in many ways to support the war effort before meeting her future husband at a USO picnic. Tillie and Don were married for 64 years.

Tillie was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Ladies of Charity. She was also a member of the Homette Home-Economic Club and Krazy Quilters Club. Tillie volunteered at the Pulaski Health Care Center, where she led the rosary for more than 20 years. She was retired from Eaton’s. 

Tillie enjoyed quilting, sewing, playing cards and coloring. She very much enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. Tillie loved to listen to music and dance. Most of all, Tillie loved spending time with her family, especially the little ones. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Tillie will be sadly missed. 

She is survived by her daughters: Diana [Dean] Thomas of Winamac, and Linda [Bob] Cowles of Winamac; sons: Michael [Margaret] Reid of Star City, Donald E. [Connie] Reid Jr. of Star City, Jim “Shoe” Reid of Star City, and David [Missy] Reid of Royal Center; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; sister Mary Ann [Jim] Blair of Linn, Missouri; brother Paul Rustemeyer of Maryland Heights, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Anton George and Mary Sybilla (Reinkemeyer) Rustemeyer; husband Donald E. Reid Sr.; son Mark J. “Goob” Reid; brothers: Alfred Rustemeyer and Clarence Rustemeyer; and sister Evelyn Rustemeyer. 

A scriptural wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the funeral home. A Ladies of Charity service and Christian Mothers service will follow at 8 p.m. followed by the rosary. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 17, 2019)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
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