WALNUT — Jean E. Tillinghast, 85, of Walnut died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.
Jean was born on March 28, 1927, in Sublette, the daughter of Howard and Elizabeth (Kasbeer) Smith. She was united in marriage to Richard Tillinghast on Dec. 30, 1947.
Jean started playing the piano and the pipe organ at the age of 6, played for many years at Walnut United Methodist Church and in later years for various churches. She was a 1949 graduate of Illinois State Normal University with a degree in elementary education and taught in various schools during her lifetime. She also taught piano lessons throughout her life.
As a young married couple, they started their life together in Walnut. As Dick’s career progressed, and their family grew, they moved several times and ended up in Mount Prospect. Following Dick’s retirement, they moved back to Jean’s childhood home in Walnut. In retirement they continued their life-long passion for music by starting "Musically Yours," an antique music business.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Tillinghast of Walnut; three sons, Marc Tillinghast of Bountiful, Utah, Brian (Theresa) Tillinghast of Algonquin and Charles Tillinghast of Walnut; one daughter, Diane (Wally) Treu of Long Grove; four grandchildren, Sarah (Jay) Oliva, Lauren Treu, Kelli Ann Tillinghast and John Tillinghast; one great-grandson, Dominic Oliva; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Robin Sue.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Gale T. Brandner, pastor of Walnut United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established in her memory to the Walnut United Methodist Church and Walnut Manor Nursing Home in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.