A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 11, 2011 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, MN for Richard Bernard Thometz age 86 of Sartell who died on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will be the celebrant. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.
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Richard was born May 2, 1924 to Joseph and Bridget (Grams) Thometz in St. Cloud, MN, and grew up there. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on May 12, 1943. He served as a Private First Class during WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and was Honorably Discharged on March 14, 1946. He returned to St. Cloud and worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a carman until he retired in 1986.
He married Antoinette Vouk on June 14, 1958. They had five children. Richard and his family enjoyed fishing, camping and train trips across the western United States. Antoinette died on July 2, 1988. Richard married Kathleen Borgert Steinbach January 4, 1992. They lived in St. Cloud until 1998 when they moved to Sartell. Later in life, Richard greatly enjoyed the company of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell, and American Legion Silver Star Post # 428 of Waite Park.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Sartell, MN, his three daughters, Julie (Frederick Puzak) Thometz of Naples, FL, Debra (Matt) Leyden of St. Paul, MN, Janet (Phillip Hoeschen) Thometz of Minneapolis, MN, and two sons, Mark (Kimberly) Thometz of Woodbury, MN, and Robert (Tanis) Thometz of Minneapolis, MN, as well as 10 grandchildren, 6 step-children, John (Kate) Steinbach of New London, MN, Mark (Donna) Steinbach of Sauk Rapids, MN, Patti (Ron) Stoutz of St. Cloud, MN, Mary (Tim) Krellwolf and Karen (Vince) Herman both of Sartell, MN, and Bill (Kate) Steinbach of St. Cloud, and 9 step-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Antoinette, he was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Koenig, Alvina Kiffmeyer, and his brothers Leo, Albert and Edward.
Richard's family would like to extend their gratitude to Country Manor for their loving care.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Feb. 9, 2011