Martha K. Thole, 97, of St. Rose died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Highland Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 19 and again on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. A funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose, with Father Edward Schaefer officiating. Burial will follow in St. Rose Cemetery.
She was born on April 22, 1918 in Aviston to Henry A. and Anna M. (Deiters) Hilmes. She married John F. Thole on Jan. 27, 1937 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. He passed away on Nov. 10, 1958.
Mrs. Thole retired as the manager of the Triple Nickel Store in Pierron and was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and Altar Sodality and the St. Rose Golden Age Club. She enjoyed quilting; she pieced together and quilting hundreds of quilts.
Surviving are her children, Florence (Greg) Pingsterhaus of Aviston, Gerald (Jane) Thole of St. Rose, Lavern (Eileen) Thole of St. Rose, Denis (Mary) Thole of Highland and Diane Gilmore of The Plains, Ohio; grandchildren, Sharon (Ken) Pollmann, Jeff (Jill) Pingsterhaus, Randy (Denise) Pingsterhaus, Duane Pingsterhaus, Brenda (Dale) Whitlow, Barb (Jeff) Bellm, Jim Thole, Beverly (Jason) Kapp, Lynn (Brian) Wuebbels, Debbie (Chip) Lindh, and Sherri (Brian) Jones; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters; a sister, Marie Thole of Highland; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Heldorfer of Carlyle.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Ron Gilmore; sisters, Bertha Thole, Agnes Heldorfer and Henrietta Wecker; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, William Thole, Sylvester Wecker, Gregory and Alvina Thole, Sister Regina Thole, OSF, and Vincent Thole.
Memorials can be made to St. Rose Catholic Church.