June 6, 1920 - November 13, 2016


Matilda C. Esker Bierman, 96, died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016 peacefully at her home in Teutopolis.


A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2016 at St Francis Church in Teutopolis with burial at St Francis Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday evening at the church with a prayer service and rosary to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Church or Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.

Matilda “Tillie” was born June 6, 1920 in Lillyville, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Doedtman) Hoene. She married Louis B. Esker on July 9, 1946; he passed away on September 6th, 1975. On November 26, 1982, she married Lawrence H. Bierman; he preceded her in death on September 5, 1999. Mrs. Bierman was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved gardening, bowling, St Louis Cards and winning at cards. She was a member of St Francis Church and VFW Ladies Auxillary.

Matilda is survived by her children, Roger Esker of Teutopolis, Louis (Darlene Bloemer) Esker of Effingham, Karen (Bruce) Weber of Teutopolis, Ruth (Robert) Einhorn of Effingham, Alice (Terry) Gephart of Effingham, Mike (Sanora Sous) Esker of LaSelva Beach, CA, Dave (Barb Beard) Esker of Swansea and Dan (Cathy Line) Esker of Teutopolis; son-in-law, Dave Probst of Teutopolis; 29 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Robert Esker and daughter Marlene Probst, one grandchild and one great-grandchild, brothers Allie, Leo, and Frank Hoene and sisters Helen Waldhoff, Catherine Will and Rose Waldhoff.