Funeral service for Matilda A. Petesch, 103, Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Topeka, KS. Matilda passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Matilda was born May 18, 1916, in Valley Falls, KS, the daughter of Godfrey and Mary (Herbers) Sieve
She married Elmer J. Petesch on April 30, 1940 in Valley Falls, KS. He preceded in death on October 15, 1989. Together they spent their lives farming in Lawrence, earning recognition for their top corn yield production and using progressive conservation methods.
Tillie was a gentle soul. She painted, made thousands of Rosaries and loved to entertain. We will miss her smile, sunshine, and her priceless sense of humor. At 103 she survived the Depression, floods, good and bad years with grace and beauty. May we all learn to live this way. Rest easy, Aunt Tillie.
Survivors include her brother, Lawrence Sieve, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Frank, Leo, and Albert Sieve; and four sisters, Elizabeth Sieve, Clara Sieve, Josephine Schroers, and Olivia Beaubien.
A Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. with a visitation following until 11 a.m. prior to the service on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.