Corinne (Mrs. Donald) Tiegs, age 83 of Ortonville died June 6, 2015, at the Ortonville Hospital.
Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. and continue Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Music will be provided by Lisa Berdan, organist and Darin Ehrenberg, vocalist. The urn bearer will be Lynn Behnke.
Corinne Loretta (Rethwill) Tiegs was born June 11, 1931, the youngest child of Roy Robert and Mary Helen (Antonsen) Rethwill. She was born at the family farm home in Sharon Township, Le Sueur County, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Le Sueur.
Corinne attended one year of rural school and continued her schooling “in town.” She graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1949 as class valedictorian. She then attended Augsburg College for one year. On September 28, 1951, she was united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Le Sueur with Donald Tiegs, a high school classmate. They became parents to four children: Mary Martha (who died in infancy) Richard Paul; Elizabeth Kay and Ross Donald.
Corinne worked at the Corner Drug Store for 7 ½ years after Donald was drafted into the Army. Following Donald’s military service and graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College, they lived in Rochester and Worthington, MN before settling in Ortonville.
Donald, Corinne and their children were members of First English Lutheran Church. Corinne served in many offices and boards with the FELCW and congregation. She was the first woman to serve as President of the congregation. She and her children also sang in the church choir. Corrine was a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in Worthington, as well as a few times in Ortonville. She worked alongside Donald at Cashtown Service and Tiegs Self Service. Corinne also was an active Hospice volunteer for over 30 years.
Corinne Tiegs is survived by her husband, Donald of Ortonville; three children: Richard Tiegs and wife Carolyn Laxson of Coralville, IA; Elizabeth and husband Patrick Ketz of Ortonville; Ross and wife Sherry Tiegs of Morris, MN; seven grandchildren: Lynn and husband Brian Behnke, Amanda and husband Scott Buermann, Alex Johnson, Courtney Tiegs and special friend Dan Ingalsbe, Drew Johnson, Noah Tiegs, Jordan Tiegs; five great-grandchildren: Jacob, Mikaela, and Liam Johnson, Katelyn and Evan Buermann; sisters-in-law: Virginia Rethwill of Le Sueur, MN; Marian Rethwill of Sanford, FL; Marion and husband Donald Kruschke of Princeton, MN; and brother-in-law, Earl and wife Ardella Tiegs of Belle Plaine, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews and families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary; her brothers: Robert and Lester; brothers-in-law: Milo Loose and Harry Kluntz; and joined most recently by her sister, Carol Loose Kluntz.