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Ralph Thomas

Ralph Leo Thomas

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Obituary

Ralph was born on the family farm in the Town of Cedarburg to Edward and Barbara (Hentges) Thomas. He received his schooling at a one room schoolhouse. After graduating 8th grade he worked side-by-side with his father tilling the land, planting crops and caring for his Holsteins. Ralph eventually took over the farm and along with his wife, provided for his family building a successful business doing what he loved. He enjoyed dancing waltzes with Hildegard and listening to polkas. He was a math whiz and an astute sheepshead player. Ralph was an honest man. He was a proud Catholic who loved God and lived his faith.

On October 7, 1959 Ralph was united in marriage to Hildegard (nee Weber) at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nenno Wisconsin. Ralph and Hildegard created a family with their daughters, Jean (Ron), Judy (Tom) and Donna (Mark).

Ralph is further survived by his grandchildren: Sarah (Martin), Becki (Cord), Aaron (Christine), Megan (Andy), Britt, Bryan (Samantha), Teresa (James), Jerry (Jacinta), Eddie (Mary) and Grace (Ricardo). He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Julian, Coltin, Alijah, Konrad, Avery, Clara, Addilyn, Eli, Logan, Layla, Zellie, Regina and Magdalena.

Additionally, Ralph is survived by his brother-in-law Leo Schickert and his sister-in-law Dorothy Zingsheim.

Ralph was preceded in death by his granddaughter Annette, his parents Edward and Barbara Thomas, his siblings Regina Roeckl, Lawrence Thomas, Sister Ann (Ruth) Thomas, Alice Schickert, and Audrey Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am on Saturday October 24th at Historic St Francis Borgia Church (N44 W6055 Hamilton Rd Cedarburg) with Fr Patrick Burns presiding. There will be no visitation prior to the Mass. (Please meet at time of Mass). Interment will be at the church cemetery following Mass.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St Francis Borgia Historic Church
    Address
    N44 W6055 Hamilton Rd
    Cedarburg, WI 53012
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    Officiant
    Fr. Patrick Burns
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St Francis Borgia Cemetery
    Address
    7963 Pioneer Rd
    Mequon, WI 53097
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Chris Beimborn

Posted at 08:27pm
Sending my sympathies to the Thomas family, I remember when Donna told me how lucky she felt to have parents whose profession allowed them to be close to her every day (she realized that when we were little kids). Donna told me great stories about the way Ralph overcame challenges on the farm, I am glad your family has these stories to remember. I am thankful for the experience of growing up near all of you.
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Posted at 10:06am
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Posted at 12:47pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your cherished memories bring you comfort and peace. With love and our deepest sympathy.
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Donna

Posted at 09:02am
Dad, there is not enough time to express my gratitude for everything you taught me. Thank you for taking me along on farm business. The times spent in the grain truck driving to Pillsbury and West Bend Elevator, going to implement dealers and cattle auctions won't be forgotten. Thank you for making Sundays days of family time by not doing anything on the farm except what was necessary so you could take us out to eat, Brewer games, to the Dells, and so much more. Your time here on earth is done but you leave behind a wonderful group of people to carry on! With all my love, Rabbit.
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Mary Blank

Posted at 07:13pm
I am glad you mentioned his sheepshead playing in the obit. I remember Donna’s wedding shower when I decided not to take a partner. Aunt Olive peeked over my shoulder, then Uncle Ralph hustled over to see my hand and agreed I made the right call. It was the last hand and I took all the tricks. I remember Mom and Mary Ann being on the same table.
 
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Donna Posted at 09:03am

What a fun memory
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