Otilda Tillie Larkin

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Otilda Tillie (Moravetz) Larkin, Age 99 a longtime resident of New Hampton, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at New Hampton Care Center. Otilda Larkin was born on August 29, 1908 to Joseph J. and Caroline (Svestka) Moravetz in Protivin, IA, the youngest daughter of seven children. Tillie attended Rudolphinum School then worked as a housekeeper in Cresco until she married Ernest Bob Larkin on November 27, 1934. Bob and Tillie moved to Long Beach, California during World War II where he was a welder in the shipyards and she worked in a wartime factory. They returned to New Hampton in 1946. Tillie enjoyed her flower gardens, collecting antiques and traveling the United States to visit children and grandchildren in the many places they lived. She was a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Tillie was preceded in death in 2001 by Bob, her husband of 67 years; and son, Dr. Ernie Larkin, in December 2006. She is survived by her daughter Norma (Ralph) Hartsock of Green Valley, Arizona; grandchildren Chris (Linda) Hartsock, Susan Hartsock (Greg) Dean, Ward Hartsock, Lynnette Larkin McNully, Lance Larkin and Lisa Larkin (Jeff) Melton; one brother Roman Moravetz of Protivin; seven great-grandchildren; and a very special nephew Linus (Linda) Voves. Memorials: Memorials in Tillies name may be made to Carnegie Cultural Center, 7 North Water, New Hampton, IA 50659 Visitation: Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at St. Joseph Gathering Center on Saturday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30AM on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Holy Family Parish, St. Josephs Center, in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant.

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  1. Norma,
    I very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman your Mother was. I’m glad that she is at peace. I will always cherish the time spent with your parents. Having lunch & chatting for hours. What a lucky person you are for being blessed with two terrific parents & how lucky for the rest of us to share in their lives.
    Take care. Christina Throndson

  2. Norma and Ralph we too are suffering with your loss. But can’t you just picture Marie and Tilile sitting at a coffee table inside Heaven dining on kalatch’is (sp?) and coffee catching up on all that happened in New Hampton since 23 December 1969 when Marie passed. That should take awhile to do. Your Dad will also make sure the coffee cups are full .

  3. To the family of \”Tillie\” Larkin~
    I just wanted to give my condolences to her family. My mother, Arlene Stover, was Tillie’s roommate at the Care Center, and she very much enjoyed your mom. I also enjoyed talking to Tillie everytime I visited my mom. I will miss her, she always had a pleasant smile.

    LaVonne (Stover) Pleggenkuhle

  4. Norma-I wanted to extend my sympathy to you when I saw you in church but lost you when we got outside. Through the years, we’ve gotten so used to seeing you in church when you visited your parents. Please know you’re in our prayers and thanks again for the photo that you gave Sandy Schueth to give to me. Pat (Baltes)Lynch

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