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June 26, 1932 – September 24, 2022


Joan Vetsch Tholkes, age 90, of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at The Annandale Care Center.

She was born on June 26, 1932 in Cogswell, North Dakota the daughter of George W. & Catherine (Paul) Schlagel.

Joan was joined in holy marriage to Lloyd J. Vetsch on August 8, 1951.   God blessed their marriage with six children.   Lloyd Vetsch preceded his wife in death in 1995.

She was joined in holy marriage to Matt Tholkes on September 7, 2000.   He preceded her in death in 2014.

Joan loved flowers, reading, traveling and all puzzles.   She enjoyed doing a lot of hand embroidery work.   Joan belonged to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Survived by her loving children: Brian (Marilyn) Vetsch of Monticello, Bruce (Bonnie) Vetsch of Saginaw, Minnesota, Bill (Pat) Vetsch of Clearwater and Julene (John) Wilson of Howard Lake; daughters-in-law: Brenda (Curt) Steurer of Elk River and Teri Vetsch of Cokato; eighteen grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husbands, Joan was preceded in death by sons Keith and Kevin Vetsch, son-in-law Jim Hirsch, her parents and by twelve siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Vetsch Tholkes will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.   Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, September 29th from 9:30 A.M. until time of Mass.

Casket Bearers will be Bridget Johnson, Nathan Vetsch, Dan Vetsch, Julisa Hirsch, Colton Vetsch and Nicolas Vetsch.


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  1. Colette welch

    Joan was a very friendly neighbor and will be missed, sincere sympathy to the family.


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