Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121


Laurel Thomas, of Braham, died on Monday, March 12, at her home in Braham. She was 85 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

INURNMENT will be in the spring at Trinity Cemetery in Henning, MN.

Laurel Irene (Tetens) Thomas was called home to Glory on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the age of 85.

Laurel was born January 1, 1927 in Henning, MN to John and Eva (Person) Tetens.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Henning, MN.  Laurel went to school through the 8th grade and then worked at home on the farm until she was 20. 

Laurel moved to the St. Paul area to find employment. While working at the Armour plant, she met Jerald Thomas.  Laurel and Jerald married on July 8, 1948 in Henning, MN.  They made their home in Grandy and then in Cambridge for a few years.  In 1956, the family settled in Braham where Laurel lived for the rest of her life.  During her working years she held various manufacturing jobs in the area. At the age of 60, Laurel acquired her CNA License and worked at Grandview Christian Home. She retired at the age of 75 due to health issues.

After retiring, she spent a great deal of time as a volunteer for Grandview Christian Ministries.  Laurel enjoyed crocheting, watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball, crossword puzzles, reading, camping, and bowling.  She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and prized her family very much. 

Laurel was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and John Tetens; husband, Jerald; sisters, Helen Pearson and Mary Larson; brothers, Neil and Gene Tetens; and grandson, Matthew Thomas.

Laurel is survived by her children:  Dwayne (Melodee) Thomas, Curtis (Betty) Thomas, Ronald (Toni) Thomas, Wendy (Jim) Akkerman, Tod (Teresa) Thomas; grandchildren: Rebecca Berger, Lehanne (Jody) Thomas-Ferry, Jessica (Mark) McCurry, Stephanie Thomas, Jennifer (Jason) Stauffer, Rachael Mackie, Sheree Schusted, Luke Thomas, Pall (Lisa)Nelson, Ross Nelson, Bailey Thomas, and Jesse Lake; 21 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, her St. Stephen’s Church family, and her friends at Park Manor and Elmhurst Commons.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham.  Rev. Steve Anderson will officiate.  Music will be provided by Garms Great Adventure Gospel Band. Honorary urn bearers will be Laurel’s grandchildren.  Inurnment will be at Trinity Cemetery in Henning, Minnesota at a later date.  Arrangements were made by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Services of Braham


7 thoughts on “LAUREL I. THOMAS”

  1. Dear friends,

    My deepest sympathy to you all. I have such wonderful memories of your mom. She cared so much for you and was so proud of you.


  2. Dear Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Laurie was such
    a nice and friendly lady. Art’s mom sure enjoyed her
    at Park Manor when she resided there. Our thoughts
    and prayers are with all of you.

    Art and Edie Kaunonen

  3. It was such a pleasure to take care of your mom! She was a very loving woman who cared so much for her family. We would talk about all her pictures she had so proudly displayed almost every time i would go in to her room. She was very special to all of us at Elmhurst and will be missed deeply.

  4. I am thinking of all of you and wish I was able to attend on Saturday, but I am heading out of town that day. It was hard losing my Dad two years ago. Know that I wish for your hearts and souls to find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  5. Many fond memories of the Paulsons “other mother”. So many years were spent as children with Laurie in our lives. She was there daily. We remember with smiles. Laurie taught me to knit…what a challenge with her being left handed. She was always willing to feed us at supper time or snack time along with her own.( Sorry Laurie the dumplings were NOT good!). I do remember a cake frosting that was very good. The rides to bible school in the old rambler..getting a near whip lash each time she shifted. The memories can go on and on. She was special and very much a part of our childhood. One of the gifts our family was blessed with growing up. Duane, Curt Ronnie, Wendy Jo and last but not least Tod T. My heart aches for you. Wishing you comfort and peace. Heartwarming hugs..Mary.

  6. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Laurie was such a sweet, friendly person. She would always say “hi” when we would see her at Park Manor.


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