Mary “Jill” (Kerper) Thilmany

Mary “Jill” (Kerper) Thilmany

Mary “Jill” (Kerper) Thilmany, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:20 a.m., on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Mercy One, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Jill’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating, where the rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m. To celebrate Jill’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jill was born on March 19, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Ellen (Tschudi) Kerper.

Jill was born and raised in Dubuque, proudly attending St. Joseph’s Academy, going on to become a member of the first class to graduate from Wahlert High School. After graduation, Jill went to work with A.Y. McDonald for a few years, before meeting and marrying the love of her life. She was united in marriage to her soulmate, Tom Thilmany, on October 24, 1964, at St. Patrick’s Church, and they were blessed with 54 years together and 3 children. After the children were born, Jill happily became a full time wife and mother, staying home until the children were grown, then reentering the workforce with Siebe Studio for several years, until health issues caused her to slow down and take it easy. Jill was always a very active woman who enjoyed spending time outside, whether it be tending to her beautiful flower gardens, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one at Thunder Hills Golf Club, or hitting the bowling lanes hoping for a perfect game. She loved all Dubuque history, and was the proud keeper of her family genealogy, spending countless hours at the court house and library, tracing her roots as far back as 300 years ago. Family, beyond a doubt, brought the most joy into Jill’s days, she loved spending time with Tom and the children, and was thrilled when the grandchildren started coming along. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our beautiful, kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she was truly priceless in our eyes, and the memories we have will be cherished in our hearts forever.

Those left to cherish Jill’s memory include

her loving husband,
Tom Thilmany, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jeff (Jeannie) Thilmany, Streamwood, IL,
Lynn Thilmany, Inver Grove Heights, MN
and Julie (Dave) Theis, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Christopher, Katey, James and Lydia;

and her sister,
Judy (Maury) Niemer, Dubuque, IA.

Jill was preceded in death by her parents; her grandmother, Estelle McCurdey; and her brother, John (Gloria) Kerper.

Jill’s family would like to thank Dr. Wayne E. Richenbacher, for not only his surgical skills with Jill’s heart surgery, but for his continued support throughout the years, faithfully calling to check on her and see how she was doing. We also want to thank the wonderful staff of 4th floor surgical at Mercy Hospital, we could not have asked for a more caring and supportive group to help us through these past few days.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Church of the Nativity
1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
April 22nd, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral service

Church of the Nativity
1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
April 22nd, 2019 at 11:00 AM

13 condolences for Mary “Jill” (Kerper) Thilmany
  1. Pam, Ken, and Rikky Coke says:

    To my second family: Thank you for sharing Mom Thilmany with me all these years. She helped form me into the woman I have become. She was a model of faith, family, and friendship–and she had the best taste in music. I will carry her smile and her laugh with me always, and her hugs were among the best. Mom, I know some angels who were waiting to welcome you into heaven. What a party that must be!

  2. Laura says:

    Our deepest condolences at this most difficult time, may peace and comfort come from above. ” He will hold your hand and never let it go, do not fear for I am with you, pray to me and I will listen.” Isaiah 41:10

  3. Gloria Vernon says:

    Thoughts & prayers to the Thilmany family. Heaven has gained a new angel.

  4. Bill Whipps says:

    Tom, I am very sorry for your loss of your best friend and wife. Jill was a sweet lady. Prayers to you and your family.

  5. Gary Frizzell says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your wife. Please accept my prayers for you and your family.

    Gary Frizzell

  6. Tom Bertsch says:

    Tom, Our prayers are with you. Please accept our condolences. Tom and Helen Bertsch

  7. Sue Juergens says:

    I will miss seeing her smiling face at One Mean Bean. She was a very special lady. So sorry for your loss

  8. Tony Rivera says:

    My condolences to the entire Thilmany family. My thoughts are with you all.

  9. J Leibold says:

    Jeff and family,
    My heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your Mom. Although it has been many many years since our paths have crossed I have fond memories of your sweet Mother and her kind smile from our Saint Anthony days. Please know your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time may your dear Mom rest in peace. Jennifer (Wareham) Leibold

  10. TAMMY THURSTON says:

    I used to work at Walgreens, Mary used to come in with Tom. Very nice lady. Sorry for your loss. Mary will be truly mised.

  11. Jane Melssen Jackson says:

    Tom and family,
    Sorry to hear about your wife, and mother. I worked with Tom at FLexsteel and he was a distant neighbor as I grew up on Clarke Drive.
    WE send thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

  12. Tom Wilcox says:

    Tom,I am so sorry for your loss.
    Our family’s Prayers are with you

  13. Barb Z McKinlay says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jill, she and I never met in person but emailed regarding our shared relatives her ggrandfather Daniel Haas and his sister Louise K. Zehentner, my grandmother. We shared lots of fun information on our family. She was a nice and gracious person. I am glad I got to know her, Barb Z. McKinlay

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