Dolores Mae Thoele (83) of Springfield

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Published on June 18 2013 3:01 pm

Dolores Mae Thoele, 83, of Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Pawnee, passed away Monday, June 17 at St. Joseph[s Home in Springfield.

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 in the chapel at St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. Sixth Street Road in Springfield. Father Phillip Kraft will officiate. The family will greet friends for a celebration of Dolores' life from 1-4 p.m .Sunday, June 23 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4 in Chatham. In lieu of food or flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Home or the Pawnee  Food Pantry, P.O. Box 304, Pawnee, IL 62558. Cremation rites are under the direction of Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Chatham. Interment will be at a later date. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

She was born June 9, 1930 in Effingham and raised in Teutopolis, the daughter of Clemens and Amelia Braun Buescher. She graduated as valedictorian of the Teutopolis High School class of 1948. Dolores married John Thoele at St. Francis of Assissi Church in Teutopolis January 24, 1953. He preceded her in death in 2010. The family moved to Pawnee in 1960. As a homemaker, Dolores liked to cook and try new recipes, especially dessert. As a stay-at-home mom, she maintained anurturing environment, oversaw homework and was involved in her children's extra-curricular activities. After her children left home, she transferred that support and encouragement to her grandchildren. She was a firm believer in random acts of kindness. Dolores worked parttime at the Town and Country Fannie Mae stor for 15 years. With her sweet tooth it was the perfect job. She was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Pawnee for 40 years and active in St. Mary's Altar Society for many years. She belonged to the local home extension groupa nd supported the Pawnee food pantry. Dolores enjoye collecting and reading cookbooks, keeping in touch with Teutopolis friends, spending time with her grandchildren and trying rich desserts. Her dry wit and sense of humor live on in her children and grandchildren. By example, she and John taught the value of honesty, responsibility, practicality and do it right the first time.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer Ericson of Pawnee and Susan Thoele of Springfield; sons, Gregory Thoele of Springfield and Daniel (wife Regina) Thoele of Athens; grandchildrne, Nicholas, Lauren, Anna and Matthew Thoele of Springfield; Alaina and Abigail Thoele of Athens, Karen (husband Kent) Olson and Trish Ericson of Pawnee; great-granddaughters, Sydney and Sarah Olson of Pawnee; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parentts, husband and sister, Marcella.