Birth date: February 9, 1926
Death date: July 6, 2012
Age 86, formerly of Burlington, passed away July 6, 2012 at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Plover,WI. She was born February 9, 1926 to James and Ethel (nee Short) Downing in Hillsboro, WI. Her early life was spent in Ontario, WI. Eva graduated from Ontario High School and attended LaCrosse Technical College receiving her degree in Business Administration. On December 13, 1947 Eva was united in marriage to Raymond Thomas in Waukon, IA. Following their marriage they resided in Ontario until moving to Burlington in 1957. Eva worked as a secretary for the family business, Thomas Bus Service and also Foster Forbes. She was a member of St. Charles Church in Burlington then, also a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Boulder Junction. Eva loved knitting, crocheting and fishing. She was an avid Brewers and Packer fan. More than anything, she treasured spending time with her family.
Eva is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ray, her children; Daniel (Jane) Thomas of West Plains, MO, Kathy (Don) Czerniak of Plover, Michael (Nancy) Thomas of Burlington, James (Lori) Thomas of Burlington, Bruce (Kathy) Thomas of Burlington, and Cheryl (Brad) Baker of Lyons, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great- grandchildren. Eva is further survived by her siblings; Beverly Olson, Marie (Allen) Hartman, Jim (Mary) Downing and Allen (Rita) Downing, sisters-in-laws; Abigail Downing and Betty Downing. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Bill Downing, Lloyd Downing and Waylon (Ruth) Downing and sister-in-law Marge Downing.
Memorials to the family for masses in Eva’s name.
Eva’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Maple Ridge Nursing Home, especially Kelly and Susan, and her hospice nurse Lisa. Also, a very special thank you to Barbara, Eva’s best friend at Whispering Pines.
Memorials to the family for Masses to be said in Eva's name.
9:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at St. Charles Catholic Church 456 Kendall Street Burlington WI 53105 (map/driving directions)
11:00 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at St. Charles Catholic Church 456 Kendall Street Burlington WI 53105 (map/driving directions)
Burial will follow Mass at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.