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Barbara J. Thomas

Obituary for Barbara J. Thomas

April 7, 1936 - November 21, 2019
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin | Age 83


Barbara J. Thomas, age 83, of Beaver Dam, died peacefully on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at her home, with family by her side.

The memorial service will be at Peace Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark Wenzel officiating. There will be a gathering following the service, in the church fellowship hall.

The former Barbara Jean Grams was born on April 7, 1936 in Waupun, Wisconsin to Edwin H. and Dorothy L. (Welk) Grams. On May 7, 1955, she was united in marriage with Richard W. Thomas at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun. She worked for many years at Wisconsin Bell in Customer Service. Barbara was the matriarch of her entire family. She constantly was caring for her children and grandchildren, as well as her siblings and their families. She hosted for the holidays and was a proud childcare provider for all of her grandchildren. Barbara doted on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They brought her so much joy and she did the same for them. Barbara was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and helped out with various organizations when she was able. She enjoyed watching hummingbirds, butterflies, and cardinals in her yard.

Barbara is survived by her loving children, Mark Thomas of Naperville, IL, Michael (Sherri) Thomas of Larsen, Mona Williams of Beaver Dam, and Mitch Thomas of Asheville, NC; sister, Mary Vande Zande of Plover; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard, on May 8, 2017; a son-in-law, Dale Williams; and brothers, Donald, Kenneth, and Michael.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Barbara J. Thomas' name to Hillside Homecare / Hospice.

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