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St. Sebastians Catholic Church
3100 95th Street
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Our Harmony Club
Life Story / Obituary
Marvin Lester Thomforde, age 88, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Ada, MN, October 17, 1932, son of the late Fred and Anna (Nee: Bremer) Thomforde. He was raised on a farm without electricity or indoor plumbing and learned the value of hard work and working together with family and friends to accomplish any task at an early age.
Marvin proudly served in the US Army 1950-1952 and moved to Racine following his discharge. He was employed by George Skovsted and Son for 23 years and then owned and operated Thomforde Concrete from 1984-2006. He treated his business associates as friends and employees like family. On December 4, 1982 he was united in marriage to Ruth A. Lechner at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church and faithfully continued to worship there. Marvin treasured time spent with his family and vacations to visit out of state siblings in Minnesota and Florida were an annual event. Marvin’s hobby was taking care of his 5 acres and sharing his beautifully manicured yard and garden with family and friends. He enjoyed a beer or old fashioned, only after five, with anyone who wanted to sit in the sun and chat. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his loving wife of 38 years, Ruth; children, Debra Thomforde of Reedsburg, WI, Mark (Tracy) Thomforde of Racine,WI; stepchildren, Suzanne (John) Gawelski, Sheri (Dan) Lechner, Michelle (Jeff) Lechner-Riehle; 8 grandchildren, Mitchell Thomforde (Paige), Douglas Thomforde, Conrad and Cedar Lechner-Riehle, Alyssa and Kaitlin Gawelski, John Lechner (Nicole), Sarah (Jack) Connelly; sister, Darlene Peterson; brother-in-law, Raymond (Janet) Otto; the Stoll, Jacob, and Tendeland families; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Loren, Willis, Orlaine, Wayne, Vernon, and Sharon.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9 – 9:30 am. A memorial service will follow at 9:30 am with Reverend Thomas Vathappallil officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be viewed by going to the funeral home website, select Marvin’s page, service, and select livestream. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church or Our Harmony Club.org have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Robert Gullberg, his staff and entourage for their loving and compassionate care these past 30 plus years.