Thelma J. Sanford, 93, of Wausau died Wednesday March 9, 2011.
Thelma was born in Eleva, WI, November 12, 1917 to Gilbert and Heleborg (Halverson) Moen. She graduated from Elva High School and also from the Wisconsin Business College of La Crosse, WI. On January 17, 1940, she married Robert Sanford of La Crosse. In the early 1950's they moved to Wausau and here they raised their six children.
Thelma was employed by the Wausau School System form 1963-1975. She was a faithful longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, a Sunday school teacher, an active member of the ILCW, and also served as a Red Cross volunteer at Colonial Manor for 24 years.
Her greatest interests outside the home were volunteering and befriending people in need. She loved to read and had a wonderful curiosity about the world. She cherished her Norwegian heritage and told wonderful stories about her relatives, the Moens and Halversons.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; two brothers, Gilford Moen, Eleva, and John Moen, Eau Claire; her sister, Evelyn Evans, Whitehall; and three great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her six children: two sons, Michael (Toni), Wausau and Robert (Lynn) Sedona, AZ; four daughters, Kristi (Ken) Goetsch, Whitefish, MT, Karen (David) Beenken, Minnetonka, MN, Mary Sanford, (Adrian Bourque), Wausau, Elizabeth (Todd) Gabriel, Rochester, MN; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Jean (Don) Parkhurst, Eau Claire, WI, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams St. Wausau. Rev. Sean Motley will officiate. Entombment will be at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Immanuel Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com