Thelma "Tilly" McPeek

May 6, 1929April 26, 2021

Thelma “Tilly” McPeek, 91, of Andover Township, died Monday, April 26, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.

Tilly was born on May 6, 1929 in Easton, PA to the late Delmont and Elizabeth (Savacool) Tillman and was raised in Blairstown. She worked as a Clerk for A&P in Sussex for 37 years prior to her retirement in 1994.

Tilly was an active member of the Andover United Methodist Church for many years and participated in their many fundraisers and community service events. She was an excellent cook and was known for her English Muffin Bread and soups, which she loved to share with her neighbors. Tilly also enjoyed canning jellies and jams. She was an avid reader and a die-hard NY Mets fan.

In addition to her parents, Tilly was also predeceased by her husband, Ernest “Bill” W. McPeek, Sr.; her son, James McPeek; and her brother, Richard Tillman. She is survived by her son, Bill McPeek and wife, Janice, of Newton; her grandson, Aaron McPeek and wife, Jacqueline, of Upper Chichester, PA; her granddaughter, Katie McPeek and partner, Miles Austin, of Byram Township; her great-granddaughter, Noelle McPeek, and a great-grandchild due in November. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Race of Blairstown; and many nieces and nephews on both the McPeek and Tillman sides of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Tilly’s name.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm with a Funeral Service at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Delmont & Elizabeth (Savacool) Tillman, Parents (deceased)
  • Ernest "Bill" W. McPeek, Husband (deceased)
  • James McPeek, Son (deceased)
  • Richard Tillman, Brother (deceased)
  • Bill McPeek (Janice), Son
  • Aaron McPeek (Jacqueline), Grandson
  • Katie McPeek (Miles Austin), Granddaughter
  • Noelle McPeek, Great-Granddaughter
  • Joyce Race, Sister


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021


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Renee Westerkamp

April 30, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Tilly at the Sussex A&P for years. She was a great person to work with. She had a lot of energy and taught me about having a good work ethic. We shared a lot of laughs. We still kept in touch through writing letters after she retired. Every note told me about Aaron and Katie. She was so proud of them. I will cherish my memories of her. She will be missed. My prayers are with all her family during this hard time

Peter & Valerie Hartmann

April 30, 2021

So sorry to hear about your mom

jayne Litts

April 29, 2021

We extend our sympathy to Bill, Janice and family. Your mom was a precious soul. She was always smiling. So happy when she could bake for the church or make soup. She will be missed.

Jayne and Joe Patricia


April 29, 2021

My deepest sympathy, my friend that I worked with soooo many years at A&P. I will remember all the yrs that we had together and shared. Miss you my friend Tilly. Denise Finnerty