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Obituary for Adelaide Thoma – Harwinton, CT

Adelaide Grace (McRae) Thoma, widow of Karl R. Thoma, died peacefully Sunday (August 19, 2001) surrounded by her loving family, including all nine of her children. Adelaide had lived in Harwinton since 1970, and before that was a long-time resident of Milton. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. In 1938, she traveled cross-country to work at Winsted Memorial Hospital with the plan of traveling cross-country back home to the West Coast. In 1939, she met and married her husband and remained in Connecticut for the rest of her life. Adelaide is survived by her nine children and their families, Richard and Sally Thoma of Harwinton, Alan and Ilena Ford of Torrington, John and Audrey Thoma and James and Carol Moore, all of Bantam, Karl F. and Eileen Thoma of Thomaston, Roger and Margaret Kane of Litchfield, Bruce and Joy Thoma and Diane Smith, all of Urbana, OH, and R. Scott and Janet Parish of Farmington; 21 grandchildren; and step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Ramsey of Vancouver, Canada; her sister-in-law, Florence Howard, and her very close friend of nearly 60 years, Evelyn Vaill, who also traveled to Connecticut from Vancouver, Canada. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary McRae; and a brother, Murray McRae; also by a granddaughter, Kathryn Moore; and two step-granddaughters, Linda Kane and Sandra Kane Sharron. Adelaide worked as a registered nurse at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for 15 years where she touched many lives and is still remembered today for her kindness. After retiring in 1967, she worked in the Connecticut Junior Republic, volunteered to transport cancer patients, and attended Northwest Connecticut Community College where she often took classes that ended with a field trip to satisfy her wanderlust. Always active and interesting, Adelaide loved the outdoors. She loved camping, gardening, painting, wood carving, sewing, music, traveling, and visiting with her family over a pot of tea. She was an amazing woman who embodied dignity, kindness, and gentleness. She was a source of strength and inspiration to her family throughout her life and even after her own death. The family would like to thank the staff at Rose Haven for their support and care during Adelaide's illness. In particular, Debra Berry who showed a deep compassion, advocacy, and care that the family will long remember. Mom was very loved and will be sadly missed by her entire family. She will live in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 24th at Milton Congregational Church. Burial will be private. There will be no visiting hours. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Anna Harden

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