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Violet F. Thums

Violet F. Thums, 89, of Rib Lake, a former town of Westboro resident, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at Rib Lake Health Services under the care of Hope Hospice. Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial mass took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Michael Hayden officiating. Interment followed the luncheon at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro. Visitation took place on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church and again at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Violet was born in Rhinelander on April 16, 1930 to Henry and Susie (Armstrong) Franck. She graduated from Westboro High School in 1948. She married Earl Thums on Oct. 8, 1949 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in the town of Greenwood and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2014. In her early years Violet was a homemaker raising her eight children. Her employment included bookkeeping for her husband’s logging and trucking business, seasonal work for Patrick’s Mink Farm and raising appaloosa horses. Later she and her husband dairy farmed until their retirement. Violet was a 4-H leader for several years, a member of the Royal Rough Riders organization, a member of the North Central Wisconsin Horsemen’s Association, a member of the Westboro Pride Committee and a polling clerk for the town of Westboro. Violet enjoyed horseback riding and her dogs.
Violet is survived by three sons, Michael Thums and Steve (Wendy) Thums, both of Westboro and Rock (Donna) Thums of Medford; three daughters, Deborah Waskowiak of Purcell, Okla., Merri (Larry) Faber of Medford and Jodi (Kevin) Weiss of Westboro; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; son, Joel; daughter, Jini; siblings, Norman, Gertrude and Edna; and her great-granddaughter, Tori.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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