Mary Elaine Thornburgh, age 90 of Randolph, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Golden Living Center – Continental Manor, Randolph, WI.
Elaine was born to Lester W. and Mary Emma (Breese) Smith on her father’s birthday, September 25, 1925 at the Lutheran Hospital in Beaver Dam. She had one brother, Warren. She lived and attended school in Randolph. After graduating from high school, Elaine attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Miss Woods in Minneapolis, MN and received a bachelors degree in elementary education from Wisconsin State University – Oshkosh in Oshkosh, WI. On June 7, 1947, Elaine was married to Albert O. (Jim) Thornburgh at First Congregational Church in Randolph.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Jim Thornburgh of Randolph; her children, Joan (Donald) Calhoun of Whitewater, Paul (Marcelyn) Thornburgh of Sun Prairie and Jane (William) Meekma of Waukesha; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Elizabeth), Tyler (Cindi), Evan and Case Calhoun, Thomas (Megan) and Michael Thornburgh and Sarah Meekma and Benjamin (Katie) Meekma; ten great-grandchildren, Isabel, Drew, Vienna, Jackson, Romy, Lillian, Addison, Oliver, Leonidas and Rosemary; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and other relatives.
In honoring Elaine’s wishes, private family services will be held at Cornerstone and inurnment will take place at Randolph Cemetery.
Memorials in Elaine’s name may be directed to the Salvation Army, 3030 Darbo Dr., Madison, WI 53714 (www.salvationarmydanecounty.org).
” To my loved ones, I leave my poem, “The Perfect Prayer” written by James Whitcomb Riley:
Dear Lord! Kind Lord! Gracious Lord! I pray
Thou wilt look on all I love, tenderly today!
Weed their hearts of weariness; scatter every care,
Down a wake of angel wings, winnowing the air.
Bring unto the sorrowing all release from pain;
Let the lips of laughter overflow again;
And with all the needy O divide, I pray,
This vast treasure of content
That is mine today!
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com