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Geraldine Theresa Tholkes

Geraldine Tholkes, 98, of Langdon, ND, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Geraldine Theresa was born August 30, 1921, in Munich, ND, to Michael and Martha (Janowski) Wirth. She graduated from Munich High School in 1939. She spent some time living at home until moving to Devils Lake, ND, in 1942 where she worked as a clerk at Ramsey Drug.  She and Joseph Tholkes were married October 29, 1945, and made their first home in Calio, ND. They ran the Calio General Store for a couple years before moving to a farm near Clyde, ND, in 1949.  Geraldine and Joe farmed and raised their family on the farm then moved to Langdon in 1966.  After retirement, they were fortunate to be able to spend about 20 winters in Mesa, AZ. Gerry lived in Wheatland Estates for a short time before moving over to Maple Manor Care Center where she really enjoyed living.

Gerry loved bowling and curling in her younger days. She often baked and decorated cakes for others and made the BEST brownies. She enjoyed playing cards and going to all the rummage sales and finding treasures and useful items for herself, her children, and her grandchildren. Gerry loved hearing about the activities of her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and hosted many family gatherings at both the farm and in Langdon. She was a Catholic Daughter and a member of St. Alphonsus Altar Society.  She also was involved in Homemakers Club.

Surviving Gerry are her children: Joan Hall of Devils Lakes, ND, Ron (Linda) Tholkes of West Fargo, ND, Carol (Dennis) Throndset of Langdon, and Renae (Art Heigaard) Tholkes of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Steph (Roger) McArthur, Kirsten (Tony) Duval, Kelly (Angela) Hall, Pat (Jonna) Hall, Leah (Robb) Schmidt, Rochelle Tholkes, Dawn (Stoney) Kruk, Jennifer (Trevor) Romfo, Andrea (John) Maus, Jamie (Keith) Mercer, and Chris Girodat; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandsons; sisters: Martha Rose Henderson of Langdon, ND, and Lois Dawley of Munich, ND; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joe; son-in-law Tom Hall; grandson Justin Kruk; and siblings Victor (Ester) Wirth, Lester (Leona and Rose) Wirth, Loretta (Marcel Mathieu and Alphonse) Hiltner, Francis Wirth, Beatrice (Bud) Houghton, Norman (Nora) Wirth, Valery (Harold) Hudson and Madelyn (Michael) Hoffmann; and brothers-in-law: David Henderson and Vincent Dawley.

Memorials can be directed to Maple Manor Care Center or Cavalier County Library, both located in Langdon. Please do not send flowers at this time.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held and live-streamed on St. Alphonsus Catholic Church's website (https://www.stalphonsuslangdon.com) at 11:00 a.m. on  Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

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Dear Joan, Ron, Carol, Renae, and families:
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Gerry, my second mom growing up. She was a wonderful person with a sweet disposition. She will greatly missed. I loved her so much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless her.

In heartfelt sympathy,
Kathy Nelson

Kathy Nelson May 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry about your loss. God's peace

peggy_rose_norman@yahoo.com Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

Ron, Carol, so very sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a neat lady to put up with us at your home over the years. You are in my prayers.

Keith Gendreau Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences' to the Tholkes Family upon the passing of your mother, Geraldine. Joan, I am a classmate of yours from the Clyde School, 1st grade thru 5th grade--1953-58. In the past years I have communicated with Stewart M.,
Kent V. and Gary P. and others from Clyde. Revisited the town this summer with my family, brought back many memories. Sorry for your loss. James Havis Oslo, MN

James Havis Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many good memories of Gerry from time spent with my parents at the bowling alley, homemakers, and in Arizona. My sympathies to her family.

Deb Mikkelsen-Shuga Mar 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Geraldine Tholkes

Audrey Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers being sent to Gerry's family. I am sure Grandma's Gert homemakers club is having a great heavenly get together.

Jan Wild Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

Our prayers and sympathy Joan, Carol, Renae, Ron, and Tholkes grandchildren. Gerry was one of our parents' friends who always had time for us kids. Our camping trips together and visits to your farm are some of my favorite childhood memories. We hope to share in her celebration of life whenever that may be. God Bless you all.

Lola Gellner Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry to learn of Geraldine's passing. So many fond memories of Langdon life when the Tholkes' moved to town. We will remember her fondly in our prayers, and wish God's peace on the family during this time of mourning.

Eileen, Kathy and Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM