1944-2012

Mary Jane Thilges, 67, of Algona, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral Mass for was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona with Father Edward Girres officiating.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

Mary Jane Thilges was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Carroll, a daughter of William and Ann (Sibenaller) Taphorn. She grew up in the Carroll area where she attended school and in 1962, graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. After her schooling she moved to Algona and began working at Snap-on Tools, which would be a job she would hold for 47 years.

On Nov. 27, 1971, Mary Jane married Marvin Thilges at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. After their marriage they lived near Algona where she continued to work at Snap-on Tools and also helped at home on the farm.

Mary Jane enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren, as well as, working and being on the farm, cooking, baking and sewing. She was an active member of St. Cecelia Parish, a faithful member in the adoration chapel and always helped in the kitchen at the Rochleau Center during fair week.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Marvin Thilges of Algona; children, Scott and Missy Thilges of Algona; Pat and Julie Thilges of Britt; Lisa Thilges and special friend Cody Nielsen of Fort Dodge; grandchildren, Sean, Gracelyn, Jacob, Emily and Myah; siblings, Doris King of Algona, Wayne Taphorn of Algona, Judy and Al Davis of Johnston, Steve and Barb Taphorn of Algona; special aunts, Agnes Goetzinger and Carrie Sibenaller both of Carroll; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ann Taphorn; and brother-in-law, John King.