Edna Mae Thomas


Birth: October 3rd, 1922
Death: March 10th, 2017
Age: 94 years
Residence:Hope
Survived By: Surviving are her are son David Thomas and daughter Pam Kastl and her husband Pat, and son-in-law Ned Sweebe, husband of the late Donna Sweebe; seven grandchildren, Jennele Ault and her husband Ron, Jonna Thomas-Bloomfield, Raelyn Sweebe, Amanda Stryker, and Cory, Mackenzie and Garrett Kastl; and four great-granddaughters, Kayla Stryker, Kortnea Bloomfield, and Kenady and Karsyn Sasse.
Affiliations: Edna was a woman of strong faith, and a charter member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford, Michigan, where she was also member of Ladies Aid and served on the Alters Guild. She volunteered at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center for numerous years, visiting patients and spreading her contagious zest for life.

Edna Mae Thomas, 94, of Hope, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home with her family on March 10, 2017.

 

She was born on October 3, 1922 in Midland, daughter of the late Emil and Sarah Bensch. She married the late Leonard A. Thomas on Aug. 30, 1941 in Midland. She spent her life loving and caring for her family, and always opened her home and heart for friends and family at both the lake and the farm.

 

Edna was a woman of strong faith, and a charter member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford, Michigan, where she was also member of Ladies Aid and served on the Alters Guild. She volunteered at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center for numerous years, visiting patients and spreading her contagious zest for life.

 

She and Leonard founded Thomas Trading post with son David, and started Thomas Quarter Horse Farm in Hope, Michigan. Edna and Leonard built their lives from a family farm into what is now Thomas Shores Subdivision. She was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and loved showing horses with her daughter and granddaughter.

 

Surviving are her are son David Thomas and daughter Pam Kastl and her husband Pat, and son-in-law Ned Sweebe, husband of the late Donna Sweebe; seven grandchildren, Jennele Ault and her husband Ron, Jonna Thomas-Bloomfield, Raelyn Sweebe, Amanda Stryker, and Cory, Mackenzie and Garrett Kastl; and four great-granddaughters, Kayla Stryker, Kortnea Bloomfield, and Kenady and Karsyn Sasse.

 

Edna was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Thomas, daughter Donna Sweebe, her parents, and brother Ralph Bensch.

 

Funeral services for Edna will take place at 11:00 a.m. from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Pastor Samuel Reith will officiate.  Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Edna’s family will receive friends at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland, on Monday, March 13 from 4-7:00 p.m and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Paul Lutheran Church. 



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