Patricia Thares stopped teaching to raise her seven children
Funeral services for Patricia F. Thares, 85, of Timber Lake, were held Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at United Parish in Timber Lake.
Burial was in Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Patricia passed away Nov. 6, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Patricia was born on Oct. 19, 1928, in Mobridge to Fred Sr. and Fern (Forney) Bellum. She was raised and attended school in Timber Lake. Following high school she attended Aberdeen Normal and Industrial School where she obtained her teacher’s certificate. In 1948, she started teaching in Selby.
On Aug. 20, 1949, she married LeeRoy Thares in Mobridge. They made their home in Selby for a year before moving to Timber Lake when LeeRoy joined the Air Force. During this time, Patricia worked for the Public Welfare Office. In 1951 they moved to Vancouver, Wash., where LeeRoy was stationed. After LeeRoy’s discharge from the Air Force in 1954 they moved back to Timber Lake. In 1956 they moved to River Falls, Wis., before returning to Timber Lake in 1958, where Patricia raised her family. When her children got older she went to work for the Ford Motor Company. In 1975 she went to work for the bank in Timber Lake, remaining there until retiring in 1988 to take care of her husband. She moved into the Timber Lake Manor in 2009.
Patricia was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Extension Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Jayceettes, United Parish Church and Baptist Church, where she would play piano for services.
She enjoyed having coffee with friends, putting puzzles together and playing cards.
Patricia is survived by her seven children, Robert (Virginia) of Winchester, Ky., Debra Breese of South San Francisco, Calif., Jeffrey (Luisa) of Danville, Calif., Timothy (Terri Powley) of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Cheryl (Paul) Zinter of Aberdeen, Steven of Marshall, Minn., and Kimberly (Toby) Biel of Java; grandchildren, Travis and Alexandra Breese, Janice (Jason) Richman, Patricia Thares, Michael (Christine) Zinter, Stephanie (Flemming) Hansen, Arthur (Cassie) Thares, Aurora Thares, Andrea Biel, Haylee Biel and Tanner Biel; step-grandchildren, Ronald Dawson, Jeremy (Julie) Edison, and Chirstopher Thares; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Fred (Renee) Bellum Jr., of Columbus, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 42 years, LeeRoy; granddaughter, Leslie Ann Breese; son-in-law, Scott Breese; and daughter-in-law, Merrial Thares.