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AGE: 96


ADDRESS: Golden Living Center – Rib Lake; A longtime Village of Rib Lake resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:20 AM Friday, January 24 at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 4 years


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 29 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher


INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Town of Greenwood


VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 28 where there will be a 7:00 PM combined prayer and rosary service held that evening; also from 10 AM until the time of funeral mass at 11 AM on Wednesday, Jan. 29


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 16, 1917 at Minneapolis, MN


EDUCATION: Pickard graded school, Chicago, Mud Lake elementary school, Town of Rib Lake, 1936 graduate of Marshall High School, Chicago. She later completed a library course and received the grade 3 librarian certificate


MARRIAGE: June 18, 1938 at Rib Lake Catholic Church to Edwin George Thums and he preceded her in death in 2000


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She was a librarian for 43 years at the Rib Lake library and a director for 20 years. She was a partner and accountant with her husband’s Phillips 66 Oil business. She was very active with her family, church and community. She was an EMT and member of the First Responders, volunteer at the Rib Lake schools, Cub Scout leader, and sang in the Ecumenical Choir. She was awarded the Pax Cristi award & Lay Person of the Year for the Superior Diocese.


MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake where she was in the church choir for 50 years, Christian Mothers, and past head cook. 20th Century Club, Rib Lake Commercial Club, American Legion Auxiliary past president.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Ray (Shirley) Thums of Wausau, Greg (Sue) Thums and Rollie (Susan) Thums both of Rib Lake



BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Peter, Frank & Adolph Kurek




PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Dr. Kristin Rahn, Wendy Budimlija, Tiffany Annala, Keith, Paul, Jay & Bryan Thums


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church – window fund
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