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Sandralee M. Tholen

April 13, 2019

LAKE MILLS -- Sandralee M. Tholen, 78, Lake Mills, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Rainbow Hospice Center in Johnson Creek following a short illness.

She was born on Jan. 26, 1941, the only child of Joseph and Elsa (Martina) Cada. She was married on May 14, 1960, to John Tholen in Chicago, Illinois. They moved just outside of Lake Mills in 1967 where they farmed for many years. John passed away in 1996.

Sandralee worked part-time as the church secretary for the Congregational Church in Lake Mills. After farming, Sandralee and John enjoyed many miles of traveling and camping together throughout the United States. She also enjoyed camping with the grandkids and working in her garden. For the past 13 years, she was an appreciated jack-of-all-trades at several local farmers’ markets, including Lake Mills, selling items ranging from the family business’s eggs (she was the S in JRS), taking Thanksgiving turkey orders, to her extensive sewing, embroidery and knitting crafts.

Survivors include her son, Randy (Judy) Tholen of Lake Mills; two grandchildren, Crystal (Niles) Lavey, Dakota Tholen; one great-granddaughter, Rosemary Lavey; other relatives and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (https://ocrahope.org).


Claussen Funeral Home

416 W. Lake St. Lake Mills

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