GUDRUN "GOODIE" SOPHIE THOMASGudrun "Goodie" Sophie Thomas, 101, of Biwabik, died Jan. 23, 2014.
GUDRUN "GOODIE" SOPHIE THOMAS
Gudrun "Goodie" Sophie Thomas, 101, of Biwabik, died Jan. 23, 2014, in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Maplewood, Minn.
Goodie was born Sept. 1, 1912, to Johanna and Christ Olsen in Deer River. She grew up in Mountain Iron where she lived until marrying Clyde M. Thomas of Biwabik on Dec. 23, 1939. They made their home in Biwabik where Clyde worked for Erie Mining Co., and Goodie worked as a homemaker.
Goodie was a member of Community United Church of Christ, Ladies Auxiliary, and Women's Life. She and her friends enjoyed many activities that kept her active, whether it was shoveling snow, planting flowers or visiting friends and family, she stayed busy. At age 90 she learned how to use a computer so that she could communicate with her family via email.
Goodie lived in Biwabik until age 92 when poor health prompted her to move to Lake Elmo, Minn., to live with her daughter and family.
Her sense of humor and loving spirit helped immensely in her transition to Good Samaritan Nursing Home where she resided from 2005 until her death. She made a number of very good friends not only with other residents but her caregivers as well. Her cheerful and caring nature was warmly received. She actively participated in many activities from music bingo to Bible study.
Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Making decorated sugar cookies, challenging them to a foot race across an open field or singing a tune were just a few of the activities enjoyed together. In the last couple of years four great-grandchildren brought additional happiness into her life.
She was a very self-reliant, feisty person who loved life. We will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, who died Aug. 30, 1980; her twin brother, Oscar Olsen; and her sister, Esther Dowzicky.
Goodie is survived by her only child, Judith Malmberg, and her husband, John, of Lake Elmo; grandchildren Deborah (Scott) Smith of Mahtomedi, Minn., Joseph (Christine) Malmberg of St. Paul and Christina (Matthew) Ouska of Edina, Minn.; great-grandchildren Jackson and Whitney Smith, Maija Gudrun Kain-Malmberg and Alexander Ouska; her sister, Gladys Johnson, of Mountain Iron; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Jan. 31, in the Community United Church of Christ in Biwabik with Rev. Paul Van Antwerp officiating. Interment will be at the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik.
Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.