Francis M. Thome, 92, of New Holstein passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at Willowpark Place in New Holstein.
He was born Sept. 11, 1928 in Mount Calvary to the late Felix and Isabelle (Dietzen) Thome. He attended Marytown Grade School. Francis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1955 until 1958. On Aug. 9, 1958 he was united in marriage to Julia “Judy” Heuring in Kimberly. She preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2012.
Francis farmed with his father, Felix, and independently from 1958 until 1992. In retirement, Francis and Judy moved to New Holstein and spent their winters in Florida. He was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Parish. He was instrumental in establishing the Adoration Chapel in Chilton and remained active with the group for over 20 years. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and time spent with the Nightcrawlers Card Club.
Survivors include his children, Daniel (Sue) Thome and their children Brian and Michael Thome; Steven (Tracy) Thome; Lois Thome (John) Paluzzi and their children Nicholas and Isabella Paluzzi; Gerald Thome and fiance Julianne Jones and their children Matthew and Elizabeth Thome; Alex Morgan; and Sarah (Jesse) Heinen. Francis is also survived by a brother-in-law, Ken (Joanne) Heuring; sister-in-law Mary Kunstman; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Judy, he was preceded in death by two children, Paul and Mary Alice Thome; his brothers, Robert and Michael Thome; his sister-in-law, Alice Thome; his sisters-in-law, Margaret Heuring, Patricia (John) Pelszynski and Audrey Heuring; and his brothers-in-law, Joe (Joann) Heuring, Ed (Mary Jane) (Darlene) Heuring, and Ron Kunstman.
A funeral Mass for Francis will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 at St. Ann Catholic Church, St. Anna (N188 School St., New Holstein) with the Rev. Carl Diederichs officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Please visit www.meiselwitzfh.com to send online condolences.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name for St. Ann Catholic Church.
Francis’ family would like to extend a very heartfelt and grateful thank you to the staff of Willowpark Place and Calumet County Hospice.