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Bernice Catherine Thilges

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April 9, 1924 - February 3, 2023


Bernice Thilges, age 98 of Algona, passed away Friday, Feb.  3, 2023, at the Algona Manor in Algona. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish - St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Algona. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish - St. Cecelia Presentation Center in Algona. Services entrusted to Lentz Funeral Home of Algona.

Bernice Catherine Thilges, daughter of Conrad and Justina (Wagner) Mertz, was born on April 9, 1924, in Ottosen. She attended school at West Bend and graduated high school in 1941 from Lu Verne.

On Nov. 25, 1946, she was united in marriage to Raphael Thilges and they had nine children.

Bernice had various jobs through the years but taking care of her children always came first. She loved to garage sale, play Bingo and did lots of sewing and crocheting for friends and family. She was a longtime member of CDA and helped with church fundraisers for many years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Shirley (Dennis) Thilges Cook of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dwight (Michell) Thilges of Humboldt; Connie (Terry) Thilges Weir of Algona; Pattie (Jack) Thilges Studer of Sioux City; Daniel (Michelle) Thilges of Algona; Merlin Thilges of Algona; and Donald Thilges of Algona. Bernice had 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raphel and sons: Alan and Duane.

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