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Geraldine M. Thonvold

Geraldine M. Thonvold

Feb. 19, 1930 - Jan. 3, 2009

WILLMAR -- Geraldine M. Thonvold, 78, of Willmar, died Saturday at St. Cloud Hospital.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and one-hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

She was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Willmar to Barney and Stella (Carlson) Hougen. She was raised in Willmar, attended Willmar Public Schools and remained a lifelong resident of Willmar.

She married George L. Thonvold on Feb. 26, 1949, in Webster, S.D. She worked as a bookkeeper for Chet's Red and White, which became Coborn's, before retiring in 1990 after 30 years.

She was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where she had been involved with the Bethel Women's Unit and the Funeral Service Group. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Women's Bowling Association, Women's Softball League, card club and Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her children: Jackie (and Ron) Payne, Gary (and Kathy) Thonvold and David (and Renita) Thonvold, all of Willmar; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister: Helen (and Bud) Johnson of Willmar.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.