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Obituary: Bertin Thomas

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home:

Bertin Thomas, 90, a resident of Calumet passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday November 20, 2021.
He was born on September 29, 1931 in Laurium to Henry and Dorothy (Giles) Thomas. He attended the local schools and graduated from Sacred Heart High School with the Class of 1949. Following high school, Bert enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Bert worked as a miner, he worked for Calumet & Hecla Mining Company, Homestake Mining Company, and MTU Experimental Mine. While working at MTU Experimental Mine, he enjoyed teaching the students how to mine.
Bert loved to hunt and fish in his younger years; he also loved spending time at the camp in Eagle River. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was good friends with Alvin Turnquist who was his mining partner and dear friend whom he enjoyed recollecting old mining days with.
He loved praying the rosary every evening, and he was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Calumet.
On May 8, 1954 he was united in marriage to Maryann Lanfranki in Sacred Heart Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Dorothy Thomas, his wife, Maryann, his brothers Robert and Delbert, his sisters, Elizabeth “Betty Jane” and baby sister, his grandson, Ben Dimmer, special nephew-in-law Mike “CoCo” Kovachich, brother and sister-in-law Joseph (Gen) Lanfranki, and brother in law Reuben Moilanen
He is survived by:
His son: James (Marian) Thomas of Hancock
His daughter: Joanne (Charles) Dennis of Allouez
His grandchildren: Christopher (Angela) Dimmer, Taylor, Alli, Rylan, Alexander, Sophia, and Annabelle
His great grandchildren: Tayler Dimmer, Tori Dimmer, Jacelyn Dimmer, and Bella Dimmer
His great great grandson: Karter
Brothers: Ronald Thomas of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Rodney “Butch” Thomas of West Allis, Wisconsin
Sisters: Mary Jacques of Laurium
Roberta “Bea” (Harv) Gasperich of Calumet
Rosemarie Wickstrom of Calumet
Sister-in-law: Angeline Moilanen of Calumet
Special nieces and God daughter: Andrea Kovachich of Calumet
Jan (Paul) Jurmu of Laurium
Along with numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday November 24, 2021at 11:00 am with Father Gracious Pulimoottil to officiate.
Friends may call at the St. Anthony Hall in Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday November 24, 2021 from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday May 19, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the Lake View Cemetery section AA.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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