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Etheldra "Tillie" Bart

Sept. 5, 1927-Aug. 23, 2011

Etheldra "Tillie" Bart, 83, of Detroit Lakes died Monday, August 23, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Etheldra Bart was born to Fred and Mae (Gettis) Reed on September 5, 1927 in Mankato, Minn. The family moved to Frazee, where Tillie grew up and attended school, graduating from Frazee High School.

In 1947 she was united in marriage to Robert Osterman in Frazee. They made their home and raised ten children there.

In 1990 she was united in marriage to Gordon Bart in Frazee. They lived on Sybil Lake near Vergas, and later moved to Detroit Lakes.

Tillie enjoyed quilting, embroidery, traveling, reading, gardening, and bird watching.

Surviving Tillie are four daughters, Danae (Rick) Wothe of Detroit Lakes, Kay Wothe of Cresbard, S.D., Peggy Wirth of Cedar Key, Fla., and Amy (Henry) Gernhardt of Cedar Key; five sons, Dave (Teri) Osterman of Frazee, Pete (Barbara) Osterman of Frazee, Scott (Kandyce) Osterman of Alexandria, Neil (Tammy) Osterman of Wilcox, Ariz., and Joe (Jan) Osterman of Wilcox, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, Donna (John) Holman of Minneapolis; one stepson, James (Catherine) Bart of Watertown, Minn.; 26 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three brothers, Jack (Margaret) Reed of Pelican Rapids, Frank (Vivian) Reed of Savage, Mont., and Joe (Diane) Reed, of Pierre, S.D.

Preceding her in death were first husband, Robert Osterman (1984); second husband, Gordon Bart (2010); parents; two sons, Dan and Fred Osterman; one granddaughter, Jill Wothe; three grandsons, Matthew Smith, Heath and Nick Wothe; three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at West-KJos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Frazee.

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