Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Pauline E. Thums, 96, of Rib Lake, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Rib Lake.

Pauline was born December 6, 1919 in the town of Chelsea to Andrew and Emma (Strobach) Mann.

Pauline attended grade school in Whittlesey. While growing up she worked on the family farm. She married Benedict Thums on February 28, 1938 at St. John’s the Baptist Church in Rib Lake, and then settled on the farm. Pauline then went on to work for Gem Products for twenty seven years until retirement. She then cared for her brother John for eight years until his death.

Pauline loved to farm, crochet, sew, playing cards, listening to music and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Most of all she loved to be surrounded by her family and friends.

She is survived by her two sons; Ron Thums of Curtiss, and Mike (Mary Ellen) Thums of Rib Lake, twelve grandchildren; Dan, Julie, Terri, Ben, Christina, Dori, Phillip, Steve, Rodney, Kyle, Carrie, Bobbie, and thirteen  great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

Pauline is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter Pat Zutavern, Infant Son Daniel, daughter in law Madelyne Thums, three sisters; Margaret, Catherine, and Theresa, and three brothers; Joe, Andy and John.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday July 22, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM, Thursday July 21, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, a prayer service will be held at 7 PM, visitation will resume Friday morning from 9 AM until the time of services at church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service, and burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date at St. Ann’s Cemetery.


Memorial Donations in honor of Pauline E. Thums can be given to her family, for designation at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at