MARY RUTH THOM

Mary Thom, of Stanchfield, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  She was 41 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on  Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 6- 8 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

INTERMENT will be at the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

Mary Ruth Thom, of Stanchfield, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  She was 41 years old.

Mary was born on February 14, 1971 in Anoka, Minnesota to parents Paul and Sharon (Thomas) Nyman.  She grew up in Coon Rapids and attended Coon Rapids schools until the family moved to Stanchfield when Mary was 15 years old.  She finished High School in Braham, graduating in 1989.  Mary worked for a short time as a Veterinary technician in Bloomington.   Through mutual friends, Mary met David Thom and the couple was united in marriage on November 18, 1995 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braham.  Just three months earlier, the couple was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Alyssa.  Together the family made their home in Stanchfield.  For a number of years, Mary worked as a receptionist for John Hirsch Motors in Cambridge.  In 2003, Mary received her Para Professional certification and began working at the Braham Elementary School.  She later transitioned to her current position as the Health Services Secretary.

Family was the most important part of Mary’s life.  She loved spending time with her family and friends.  She, Dave, and Alyssa enjoyed camping and taking family RV trips across the country.  She was so proud of her daughter Alyssa.  Mary was a troop leader when Alyssa was in girl scouts and was a huge supporter of the Braham Volleyball team, cheering at every game.  Mary loved to deer hunt with her dad Paul and daughter Alyssa and was so delighted the year she got two deer.  Mary enjoyed the time spent making hay during the summer; she could always stack her loads better than anyone else.   Mary loved to tend to her flowers and vegetable gardens.  Every year she would freeze and can veggies from her garden to enjoy all winter long.   Mary had a wonderful spirit and a loving heart and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Mary is preceded in death by her grandparents Roy and Lottie Nyman, and Albert and Emma Thomas, and brother Michael Lans.

She is survived by her husband Dave, and daughter Alyssa, both of Stanchfield; parents Paul and Sharon Nyman of Stanchfield; father and mother-in-law Wayne and Liz Thom of Cromwell; sisters Debra Earl of Braham, and Paula (Steve) Reiss of Maple Grove; sister-in-law Cheryl Lans of Mesa, AZ; nephews and nieces Mike (Dani), Amber, Michelle, Josh (Traci), Garrett, and Gavin; great niece and nephews Andrew, Owen, and Brittni; many other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.  Music was provided by Michael Fishel, Dan Bos, Karen Nordenstrom, Sara Tomlinson, Sam Stigen, Dani Braund, and Luke Whitehead.  Casket Bearers were Mark Olson, Keegan Olson, Al Pearson, Tim Thom, Mike Earl, and Josh Nyman; Honorary Casket Bearers were Jan Strohkirch, Melissa Altendorf, Holly Giffrow-Bos, Kris Stull, Kendall Olson, Ashley Chase, Brenda Rippon, Mike Thom (stationed in Afghanistan), Amber Earl, Michelle Earl, and the Braham Volleyball Team; Interment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

16 guestbook entries for MARY RUTH THOM

  1. Mark and Sandy Luecken September 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Our hearts are sadden by the loss of Mary, It seems like just yesterday we were 19. oh the fun we usta have.. We will miss you our friend. We are thinking of you all. Dave and Alyssa, may she always be forever in your hearts, watching you and keeping you safe.

  2. Cheryl LANs September 2, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a great sister in law,friend,and aunt to my two young boys.She loved life and her family and brightened the lives of all who knew her. We love you Mary, and we will treasure the time we spent last month together I our hearts forever. Dave and Alyssa ,she loved you both so much! Till we meet again in Heaven,we love you.

  3. Brian and Mary Schultz September 2, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Words cannot express our sympathy to Dave and Alyssa. Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God keep you in his care.

  4. Jack and Jo Baker September 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    we are deeply saddened in hearing of the passing of Mary–I am sure that a new star in the sky is shinning very bright —just as bright as she shone in life. our prayers are with Dave and Alyssa and other family members–may God enfold you in his arms in this time of need.

  5. Sue Mans September 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Mary. She will be missed by so many family and friends. Dave and Alyssa you are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do let me know!

  6. Chuck and Panthea Baker September 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Our prayers go out to David and Alyssa who we never had the chance to meet, over the loss of my cousin Mary. It had been many years since we last saw each other, and I’m deeply saddened at never getting to see her again in this life. May God be with you, and the rest of Mary’s family and friends, in your time of loss.

  7. Beverly Robinson September 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    My prayers are with you both as you grieve the loss of Mary.
    Beverly Robinson

  8. Steve & Jeanne Wilson September 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss May God bless you all and know that all your memories of her will be with you all forever
    Steve & Jeanne

  9. Margie Bertilson September 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Dave & Alyssa,
    So very sorry for your loss…May memories of Mary comfort you and may friends and loved ones keep her memory alive. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    Margie

  10. Darwin & Marlene Nelson September 5, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Dave, Alyssa and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. May the wonderful memories you have of Mary bring you comfort. Heaven has a new angel to watch over you.
    Marlene & Darwin

  11. Christy Schulz Nelson September 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    My deepest sympathies to the families who lost Mary. When I was a young girl, my Grandmother, LaVonne Schulz (Mary’s aunt and Godmother), would take me to Mary’s childhood birthday parties. Mary would cry when everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her. It is a memory that we all smile about now. She had a heart of gold, and she will be missed.

  12. Billy and Robin Ensor September 6, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Dave and Alyssa, With your strong family values I am sure Mary will be missed greatly. We are saddened by your loss. God bless you both in these tough times. We remember our trip to New Orleans and hope you remember all the good times you and Alyssa have shared together in the travels of life.
    Biilly and Robin

  13. Gina Pearson September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    To my Whiskey Sister, our Mary Mary quite contrary, our Larry Kid. Our beautiful, loving friend, mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt. Holly and I grieve for this unexpected loss of our sister and our best friend. This beautiful friend who came into our lives in high school and brought Holly and I so much laughter and good times, so many memories we created, so much love we felt for each other. Dave and Alyssa, my heart cries for your loss as she made such a beautiful impression and everlasting impact to all that she loved, touched and embraced. How lucky we all were to have gotten to know her beautiful laugh and smile. My love and support to her family. Gina, “Beans”, and her whiskey sister forever.

  14. Andy Wogan September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    MARY was very funny. sweet and nice. she was at braham mn ellementry me and her got along and both love animals. i was very sad and mad when i found out. it was sad. i know it wont be a good year ill never forget it broke my heart. i feel bad for family freinds and all others. she will truely be missed from all. ill miss you mary

  15. Gail downing September 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Mary was the light of the Braham elementary office! I will forever remember what a great smile and loving heart she had for all the kids. If my son Charlie had a health issue she would always treat him like her own kid! May the love of God surround you!

  16. Rene Horbul September 21, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I did not know Mary personally but fondly remember her kindness when she would call me to tell me my daughter was in the office not feeling well. My daughter (now 10) called me at work to sadly tell me of Mary’s unexpected passing.
    Alyssa, congratulations on being homecoming queen, I know your mom was there and continues to watch over you. What a blessing your mom was to so many people :)

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