Obit: Thoma, Emelie M. (1862 - 1958)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Thoma, Floerke, Douidat, Beyer,
Garbisch, Buell, Mills, Goldamer, Bertz, Scherer, Neville, Meihack,
Carl, Hagedorn, Greeler, Lehman, Schewe
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 13, 1958
Thoma, Emelie M. (24 December 1862 - 5
Mrs. W. C. (Emelie M.) Thoma, 95, died
March 5, 1958, at Memorial hospital. Funeral services were
held Monday from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran
Church. The Rev. Alfred Schewe, pastor, officiated. Burial
was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery.
Mrs. Thoma, the former Emelie Floerke,
was born December 24, 1862, in Germany, the daughter of August and
Christiana Floerke. She came to the United States with her
parents when she was two years old. The family located on a
farm in southern Wisconsin, in the Town of Hebron, Jefferson
County, where she attended school and was confirmed April 9, 1877,
by C. Douidat, pastor of the St. Paul’s Lutheran
She was married to William Carl Thoma
June 5, 1881, in Jefferson County. In 1892 Mr. and Mrs. Thoma
came to Clark County and located on a farm in the Globe area.
In 1913 they moved to Neillsville. Mr. Thoma was a former
Clark County Highway Commissioner, and a former Mayor of
Neillsville. They celebrated their golden wedding on June 5,
1931, in Neillsville.
Mrs. Thoma made her home on the Northside
until two and one-half years ago, when she suffered a fractured
hip. She had been a patient at the Neillsville Nursing Home and
Memorial Hospital since. Mr. Thoma preceded her in death June
Four children survive. They are: Paul
Thoma, Roswell, N. M.; Ben, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. William (Helen)
Beyer, Tr. 2, Neillsville; and Carl, Neillsville. Other
survivors are 13 grandchildren and 31
Mrs. Thoma was a member of St.
John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were made by the Georgas
Pallbearers were: William Neville, August
Beyer, Gust Carl, Paul Hagedorn, Alvin and George
The hymn, "The Lord’s My Shepherd,
"was sung by Delores and Janice Greeler, accompanied by Victor
People from away who attended the service included: Mrs. Paul Thoma, Roswell, N. M.; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Garbisch, Eagle River; Mrs. Archie Buell, Augusta; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Mills, Eau Claire; Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Thoma and family, Wisconsin Rapids; A. R. Goldamer, Abbotsford; Mrs. Robert Bertz, Loyal, and Mrs. Elizabeth Scherer, La Crosse.
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