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Of Buffalo, MN

May 21, 1933 – September 19, 2023


Saturday, September 30, 2023

one hour prior to the service

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 30, 2023

11:00 a.m.

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN


Thelma T. Korthals, age 90 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away comfortably, with the presence of God surrounding her on September 19, 2023.

Originally from Concord, NH, she met Edward Korthals, of George IA, while going to Hope College in Holland, MI. They were married on August 26, 1953. She assisted Edward in the ministry over the next 40 years serving the congregations as the quintessential pastor’s wife. After retiring from the ministry, they moved to Buffalo, MN and she started a 2nd career working at the Wal Mart in Buffalo.

Her faith and her family were the most important things to her. She enjoyed going out for coffee with friends and picked up a joy for fishing after moving to Buffalo.

Thelma will be greatly missed by her husband of 70 years, Edward Korthals, Buffalo, MN, and her remaining three children, Edward Korthals, Jr., Neenah, WI, Lori Burns, Delano, MN, and Cherie Moen, Des Moines, IA, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Leslie H. Korthals and grand-daughter, Jennifer R. Burns.

Memorial service to be held, Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN.

Officiating will be Pastor Reid Gilbert.

Lunch will be served after the funeral service.

Interment to be held later this fall at the East Side Cemetery, Steen, MN. She will be laid to rest next to her son, Leslie Korthals.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Amy Bebensee

    So sorry for the death of your Mom. I know she will be missed by her family and friends. Sending you all prayers of peace and love.

  2. Connie Kelly

    I just loved Thelma I met her at Mops at church taking care of the little children. She was so sweet and kind. I just wanted to hug her all the time. She was fun and so wonderful to talk to. I am so sorry for her family. I know she is with Jesus.

  3. Ann Elfmann

    We are thinking of Thelma at Walmart what a joy to work with both Thelma and Ed I especially work with Thelma as a cashier,She will be truly missed by all,may you rest in peace Thelma .

  4. Char Petrowske

    All of my memories of Thelma are sweet and cherished. She is truly an example to women of every generation. I learned so much from her willingness to teach and co-laboring in ministry. I am so thankful for the entire Korthals family.

  5. Jerry & Mary Hubert

    Thelma was a blessing to so many thru out their many years of ministry and was a great example of God’s love to so many.


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