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Matilda "Tillie" Francis (Gerkman) Herbst

January 23, 1926 ~ March 23, 2018 (age 92)

Matilda Francis (Gerkman) Herbst was born January 23, 1926 in Oregon City.  She died March 23, 2018 in the home in Oregon City that she lived in for 86 of her 92-year life. 

Tillie worked for Firestone in Oregon City before marrying her husband of 57 years, Albert Herbst in 1946. Together, Al and Tillie spent their life on a small farm raising their 7 children, sons, Rodney, (who proceeded her in death) Don, Albert JR., Tom, and daughters, Alice Wallace,     Doris Allen, and Mary Goben.  They also raised U-pick tomatoes, peppers, and cattle.  Tillie was a true homemaker, cooking family dinners, volunteering for church and school projects, and following sporting events, especially baseball and basketball with her sons.  She was also a support to her son Rod when he opened Herbst Hilltop Florist in Oregon City, which is now operated by daughter Mary Herbst Goben.

Tillie is survived by her 6 living children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Her husband proceeded her in death in 2003.  Funeral services for Matilda Herbst will take place at St. John’s Catholic Church in Oregon City, on Tuesday April 3.  A Rosary with be offered at 11:00, with a Mass following at 11:30, a luncheon at 12:30 and final committal at St. John’s cemetery.  Remembrances can be made to St. John’s cemetery fund.


Donations may be made to:

St. John's Catholic Cemetery
451 Warner Street, Oregon City OR 97045-1914
Tel: 1-503-655-7148


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