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Grace Thoemke

February 10, 1934 - July 24, 2021

Rosary

July 29, 2021
- 5:30 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Visitation

July 29, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Prayer Service

July 29, 2021
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Funeral Mass - Friday

July 30, 2021
- 10:30 AM

Saint Maurice Catholic Church

Arrangements

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel

Grace Thoemke

February 10, 1934 - July 24, 2021

Obituary

Grace E. Thoemke died peacefully on July 24, 2021 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo, ND surrounded by her family. She is loved and missed by her family, including the staff at Rosewood and Hospice of the RRV. Grace was treated with loving care and was a lively resident that would be silly and dance with the staff.

Grace Thoemke (Offerdahl) was born to Henry and Mabel Offerdahl on February 10, 1934. She was raised in Litchville, ND. After Grace graduated from high school, she worked in West Fargo as a bank teller. She met the love of her life, John E. Thoemke at a dance and they were married August 20, 1955. They were blessed with five sons and one daughter. They raised their family in Davenport, ND. They moved to West Fargo in 2018.

John and Grace were in love for over 65 years. John would not leave Grace until her last breath, which she took after he finished his prayers for her. They were excellent dancers and usually were watched by all when they hit the dance floor. Each Sunday, they would dress in the same color for mass. All that knew them would comment on their love for each other.

After the children were in school, Grace worked at the Casselton Reporter as the receptionist until her retirement in 1993. Grace was a volunteer for the Veterans Hospital for over 35 years. She was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary of West Fargo. She served by planning and hosting numerous Halloween parties, Christmas programs and support activities for veterans. Grace and John were Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at many of the VFW events, including visits to nursing homes, hospitals and many children’s parties. She was privy to 1,000s of hopes and many dreams of children in our community.

Grace was an active member in the Davenport community. She was an active member of the Davenport Senior Citizens and at St. Maurice’s Catholic Church in Kindred. One of her favorite days was Friday, so she could go to the church to meet with the ladies and do crafts and visit.

Grace is survived by her husband, John; children, Jayson (Carol), John A. (Julie), Jerry (Lorrie), Jamie (Sheri), Sue Overbo (Ken), Jeff (Tanna). She was extremely proud of her seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who she adored. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Mabel Offerdahl; brothers, Harvey, Lee and Jay; and grandson, Tyler Thoemke.

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12 responses to “Grace E. Thoemke”

  1. Andrea says:

    My deepest thoughts and prayers for all of you. I am away for work but have shed many tears for all of you and my wonderful memories. Love you all.

  2. Joyce Olson Dahl says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Grace was my classmate in Litchville and a childhood friend. May The Good Lord watch over Grace and the entire family. Joyce Olson Dahl and Francis.

  3. stacy rognlin says:

    Sorry for the loss of your mom. Prayers for peace.

    Leo and Stacy Rognlin

  4. Sandy and Dan Nelson says:

    Sympathy and prayers to the entire Thoemke family. I remember the many visits Grace and John made to Litchville visiting my family, and in later years stopping at our convenience store. May the many memories of Grace live in your hearts forever!

  5. Julie Burkhart says:

    My sincere sympathies. Prayers for all in the loss of your beloved mother. What a sweet woman.

  6. LINDA Holden says:

    my deepest condolences to Sue and her brothers, I met your mom a few times she was always the lady mixing among others god bless her xx

  7. Ruthie Asmus says:

    Grace was a good friend for many years and to John and his family my sincere sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Ruthie Asmus

  8. Dede Wienckowski says:

    Our deepest sympathy with the loss of your Mom. What a wonderful life she lead! Praying God’s Grace and Love surrounds your family!
    Kenny and Dede Wienckowski

  9. Ed Stahl says:

    My condolences to John and the entire family. I have great memories of you all in connection with St. Maurice and Kindred schools.

  10. Jean Besisto says:

    My deepest sympathy for the family. She was a lovely lady, and will be greatly missed.

  11. Valerie Steinhaus says:

    Gary and I are sorry to hear of Grace’s passing. Gary and I have fond memories of your mom. She was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. Hugs to all of you. Gary and Val Steinhaus

  12. Sonja Broderick (Evenson) says:

    Deepest sympathies and sincere hugs to the Thoemke family. Grace lived a life of zest and compassion, and her love and legacy live on in all of you. I pray that you experience God‘s peace and comfort in the coming days and months, as you grieve her loss. Love, Sonja

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