Martha M. Tilly Obituary

Martha M. Tilly, 90, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday – October 31, 2021 at Caretel Assisted Living in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

Martha was born on January 28, 1931 in Baroda, MI to the late Paul and Minnie (Gaul) Bartel. On September 18, 1948 in Berrien Springs, MI, Martha married Juluis Tilly; he preceded her in death on January 11, 2011. Martha was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. She especially loved her flower garden, cooking and spending time with her beloved family.

Martha is survived by her five children – daughter Donna (Nick) Stama of Baroda and sons Duane (Chris) Tilly of St. Joseph, Dennis (Jane) Tilly of Benton Harbor, Dave (Betty) Tilly of Berrien Springs and Dan (Cathy) Tilly of St. Joseph; grandchildren – Mike (Kaysey) Tilly, Jeremy (Ashlee) Tilly, Stephanie (Steve) Vilela, Tim Tilly, Shannon (Greg) Stutzman, Paige (Tony) Dommer, Amanda (George) Lepeniotis, Allison (Brent) Plumhoff, Nick Stama, Jr. and James (Sydney) Tilly; great grandchildren – Aurora, Sorcha, Evan, Anna, Vincent, Amelia, Drake, Juliette, Remington, Quintin, Harley, Max and Marigold; and sister-in-laws Marilyn Annen and Elna Bevins. She is preceded in death by an infant son at birth, a grandson – Adam Tilly, an infant great granddaughter at birth – Kendall Tilly, brothers – William, Martin, Frank and Paul Bartel and sisters – Dorothy Hoadley and Frances Hartline.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday – November 3, 2021, 1:00pm, at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home, with Pastor Michael Roth officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Visitation precedes the service from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church – 619 Market St., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at