Pauline Gloria Thomas passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Fargo, ND at the age of 79.
Pauline Gloria Keely was born on March 2, 1937 in Grand Forks, ND to David and LaVerne (Boyd) Keely. She graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1955. Pauline married William Brooks and they had four daughters together, eventually relocating to Fargo, ND. She later married George Bertek and they had one son. Pauline was also married to Gerald Thomas.
Pauline worked various jobs, but most notable were her 18 years at Skateland, in Fargo and the Minneapolis area, United Savings Credit Union and 25 Christmas seasons at Carol Widman’s Candy. Pauline enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was considered a second mother to many, especially during her Skateland days. Pauline was a very skilled Bingo player with the ability to not only watch her cards, but also those who she played with. She took pride in her perfectly styled hair, and of course her exact shade of pink Covergirl lipstick. Pauline was a great hostess famous for her potato salad and ensured that no one went without “Chippers”.
Pauline will be dearly missed but never forgotten by her children, Kristi (Dennis) McKenzie, Holly Franson (Gerry Melo), Jami Drabbs (Mike Ambuehl), Nancy (Jim) Steichen, Michael (Tami) Bertek; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Ann Craven; many nephews and nieces including David and Carol Kennedy; and many cherished friends, especially Linda and Gloria.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and sister, Coleen Hull.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND with a luncheon immediately following the service.