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 March 1958) 

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 Church. 

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 12, 1941. 

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 great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Thoma was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.   

Arrangements were made by the Georgas Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers were: William Neville, August Beyer, Gust Carl, Paul Hagedorn, Alvin and George Meihack. 

The hymn, "The Lord’s My Shepherd, "was sung by Delores and Janice Greeler, accompanied by Victor Lehman. 

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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