Mathilda Grenz

Born:  27 November, 1921 - Gackle, North Dakota
Died:  28  February, 2009 - Bismarck, North Dakota
Father:  Johann Grenz
Mother:  Carolina Herman
Married:  October 26, 1947
Spouse:  Marvin L Tarnasky
Born:  March 19, 1928
Died: December 16, 1018 Bismarck

Mathilda and Marvin



TARNASKY Mathilda Grenz 2009


The Jamestown Sun, ND

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Mathilda “Tillie” Tarnasky, 87, Bismarck, died February 28, 2009, at her home.


Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 AM at First Baptist Church in Bismarck with Rev. Dr. Stephen Wisthoff officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 PM at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.


Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 9:00 PM at Eastgate Funeral Service in Bismarck where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM.


Mathilda was born on November 27, 1921, eight miles northwest of Gackle, ND, in McIntosh County, to John and Caroline (Herman) Grenz. She was raised and attended school near Gackle and helped with the family farming until her marriage to Marvin L. Tarnasky on October 26, 1947. They moved to Jamestown, ND, in 1948 and then to Bismarck in April of 1956. She provided child care for two local families.


Tillie was a member of First Baptist Church and the VFW in Bismarck. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting in her younger years and also liked growing flowers and working in her garden.


Tillie was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by her husband, Marvin of Bismarck; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin and Maggie Grenz and Marvin and Leah Grenz, all of Gackle; one sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Walter Sells of Oregon; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Burt and Julia Grenz and Gust and Dorothy Grenz; and one sister and brother-in-law, Malida and Robert Weixel.



Marvin Tarnasky Orbituary 

Marvin L. Tarnasky, 90, Bismarck, died Dec. 16, 2018, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at First Baptist Church, 306 E. Divide Ave., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial is at 1 p.m. Friday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Marvin Leo Tarnasky was born March 19, 1928 at Lehr, the son of Michael and Mathilda (Kramlich) Tarnasky. He was raised and educated at Lehr and later moved to Streeter, to help area residents with their farming. Marvin married Mathilda Grenz Oct. 26, 1947, near Gackle. The couple moved to Jamestown in 1948, where Marvin worked in construction and was employed with Midwest Motors and M & H Gas Station. He was inducted into the Army Jan. 10, 1952. Marvin received his basic training at Ft. Lee, Va., and then was sent to Germany for 18 months as a supply handler. He was honorably discharged Dec. 15, 1953. Marvin and Tillie moved to Bismarck in 1956, where he was employed as a landscaper for Ray’s Lawn Service for 16 years and worked for Kinnischtzke Nursey. He worked in the forestry division for the city of Bismarck from 1975 to 1990. Following retirement, Marvin was a self-employed lawn care provider.

Marvin was a member of First Baptist Church, VFW, and AMVETS. Two years ago, he was able to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Marvin enjoyed bowling, horseshoe pitching, and playing pool. He especially loved time in the garden, growing flowers and doing his yardwork. In 2009, Marvin was inducted into the North Dakota Horseshoe Hall of Fame and was a member of the North Dakota Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association.

Marvin will be deeply missed by his two brothers and one sister-in-law, Reuben Tarnasky and Elmer (Adeline) Tarnasky, all of Fargo; his sister, Idella Tarnasky, Wishek; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Mathilda, who died Feb. 28, 2009; his brother, Walter; and his sister, Esther.
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