Marjorie M. “Margie” Thillman

Marjorie M. “Margie” Thillman, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on April 30, 2024, at home at Eagle Pointe Place, while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Margie’s life, her committal service with time for sharing will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery located at 1111 Davis St, Dubuque.  Family and friends are also invited to join in for her Celebration of Life which will be held from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at her granddaughter Melanie’s home, 2341 Maplewood Drive in Asbury, IA. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Margie’s family.


Margie was born on July 19, 1934, in Welch, LA, a daughter to Russell and Dorothy (Jones) McMillin.  She spent her formative years developing her kind and loving spirit and dreamed of having a family of her own to love and nurture in time.  One evening at the local skating rink, a young U.S. Air Force G.I. named Robert J. “Bob” Thillman tapped a very shy Margie on the shoulder and asked her to skate together. This was the beginning of a 64-year long love story, blessed with countless memories and four children of their own after they eventually moved back to Dubuque where Bob was from.  Sadly, Bob was called to heaven ahead of her on May 18, 2020, and Margie has waited patiently for their eternal reunion.


Margie was a wonderful wife, a patient mother, and a devoted grandmother and always took great pride in her family and the generations to follow.  In her free-time, Margie enjoyed watching her flower gardens grow, searching for the newest addition to her tea pot collection, and meeting with friends for dinner. She always enjoyed a little country music playing in the background while she worked around the house.  When a little time to relax in the recliner found its way into her day, a good book or the latest episode of The Voice were always considered to be time well spent.  It’s difficult to imagine life moving forward without Margie’s sweet and spicy attitude towards life flowing effortless within the daily lives of those who knew and loved her.  We can only pray that she and Bob are catching up and she’s enjoying a little extra time in the heavenly beauty salon working on her perfect hairstyle.  Thank you, Margie, for consistently possessing a forgiving and gentle soul and may the Lord keep you safe in his loving arms until we meet again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Margie include,

her four children,

John (Marlene) Thillman, Clayton, N.C.,

Chris Bressler, Dubuque, IA,

David Thillman, Dubuque, IA,

and Jim Thillman, Los Angeles, CA;


her five grandchildren,

Aaron (Laura) Bressler, Kimberly, WI,

Marie (David) Mattatall, Clayton, N.C.,

Brandon Thillman, Oxnard, CA,

Melanie (Chris) Mill, Asbury, IA,

and Ryan Thillman, Redondo Beach, CA;


her seven great-grandchildren,

Nicoli Mattatall, Coleson Mattatall, Elliot Bressler, Eliza Bressler, Gilbert Bressler, Ruthanne Bressler, and Beverly Bressler;


her siblings,

David (Arnell) McMillin, Baton Rouge, LA,

Bill (Stephen) McMillin, Miami, FL,

Harvey (Sue) McMillin, Lake Charles, LA;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Margie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 64 years, Robert J. “Bob” Thillman; and her siblings, Nancy (Larry) Breaux and Harry (Jim) McMillin.


Margie’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Eagle Pointe Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.


In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Marjorie’s family at 2341 Maplewood Drive, Asbury, IA, 52002.


Online condolences may be shared with Margie’s family at

Committal Service

Mount Calvary Cemetery
1111 Davis Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
May 25th, 2024 at 10:00 AM

Celebration of Life

Melanie's Home
2341 Maplewood Drive, Asbury, Iowa, 52002
May 25th, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

3 comments on “Marjorie M. “Margie” Thillman
  1. Jim thillman says:

    Mom, I will miss you and I’ll miss our talks we had. You were always there for me.
    Your baby always

  2. Stephen Robert says:

    My sister-in-law Margie embraced me on our first meeting and made me feel so welcome. I will always love her for that kind gesture. R.I.P dear Margie.

  3. Marcella Smith says:

    My condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am Bob Thillman’s cousin from Ohio, Marcella Smith. Cousin Barb Ludescher informed the Ohio cousins, myself and David Holscher, of her passing. My mother was Bob’s aunt, Marcella Thillman Holscher. May the knowledge that Margie rests safely and gloriously in God’s arms comfort you.

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