(9/6/12) Apollonia Thomas, 93, of Arcadia, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Arcadia Nursing Home.
Apollonia was born on December 31, 1918, to Joseph and Mary (Rucinski) Suchla in the Town of Arcadia. She married Willard A. Thomas on September 18, 1938, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Apollonia was very proud of her large family, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and baking. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, the Rosary Society, and the Ways and Means Committee. Because her faith and church were very important to her, she volunteered with funeral lunches, fall festivals, church dinners and other church functions. She enjoyed playing cards and was in several 500 Card Clubs. She was an avid sports fan. Apollonia and Willard loved to dance and listen to country music.
She is survived by her four daughters, Romona (Gene) Wachs of Arcadia, Rita (Ray) Walters of Arcadia, Rose Marie (Tony) Fernholz of Onalaska, and Ruth (Jerry) Jereczek of Trempealeau; sons, Roland (Jane) Thomas of Arcadia and Randy (Nancy) Thomas of Arcadia; daughter-in-law, Dianne Thomas of Arcadia; sister, Severine (Norbert) Schlesser of Arcadia; sisters-in-law, Florence Suchla of Arcadia, and Loretta Lade of Calif.; 14 grandchildren: Bob (Dawn) Wachs, Julie (John) Schmidt, Renee (Mike) Brueggen, Rodney (Rhonda) Walters, Ellen (Brandon) Holt, Sara (Tracy Thorsen) Fernholz, Amy (Bruce) Howard, Tracy (Tom) Ferris, Molly (Kevin McGrath) Fernholz, Matthew (Amy Jo Lakey) Fernholz, Whitney, Bailey, Will and Matt Thomas; and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and God- children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard on Jan. 23, 1983; her son, Richard in 2004; brothers, Rudolph, Apolinary, and Edmund; and her sister, Amelia Wojchik.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 10, 2012, at Holy Family Parish with Father Raj officiating. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 4-8:00 PM on Sunday, September 9, at the Wozney-Killian Funeral Home in Arcadia, where there will be a 7:00 PM Prayer Service and a 7:30 PM Rosary. They may also call on Monday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, rural Arcadia.
Wozney-Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.