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Evelyn Thies, 97, Reedsburg

June 30, 2018 GMT

Evelyn Margaret Thies, 97, formerly of Reedsburg, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Brookdale Assisted Living in La Crosse. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Raymond.

Evelyn was born March 23, 1921, in the Township of Freedom, Sauk County, the daughter of Walter and Clara (Quandt) Schmidt. She was baptized in her faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ableman. Evelyn attended Maple Leaf School for eight years. She graduated from the one-room rural school, North Freedom High School and the Sauk County Teacher’s College. Evelyn taught in the one-room country schools in Sauk County. In 1949, the Rock Elm School, where she taught, had the honor of winning first place in the contest for naming the most historic people who helped in forming our state.


On June 8, 1946, Evelyn married Raymond H. Thies in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ableman. Ableman then changed its name to Rock Springs in 1947. This union was blessed with two daughters. The family enjoyed farming and country living. In October 1986, Raymond and Evelyn moved to Reedsburg. Over the years, Evelyn enjoyed being a member of the Rock Elm Homemakers and together with Ray enjoyed the Reedsburg Senior Citizens and the Badger Club. Over the years, Evelyn enjoyed maintaining her vegetable and flower gardens, handicrafts, genealogy, traveling and card playing. She also enjoyed her family and grandson. Evelyn always looked forward to visits with the family pugs especially the black pug, Precious, and the family cats.

Survivors include her two daughters, Marjean (Daniel) Breunig of La Crosse and Christine Thies of Milwaukee; her special grandson Anton Breunig; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Raymond, on Oct. 14, 1996, and her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Loganville, with Pastor Donald Glanzer officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Loganville.

The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.