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November 22, 1947 – Sunday, November 9, 2008

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Micha
Friday, November 14, 2008

Visitation Information

Margaret “Topper” Thibodeaux age 60 of Buffalo and formerly of Brooklyn Park, died Sunday, November 9, 2008 at her home.

Margaret Ann was born on November 22, 1947 in Minneapolis to Stephen and Margaret (nee Andrajack) Wodziak. A Class of 1965 graduate of Columbia Heights Senior High School, Margaret (known to all as “Topper”) attended cosmetology school. She worked as a stylist for five years at the old Carousel Salon, which was situated at the juncture of Minneapolis and Columbia Heights. She continued as a stylist on a part-time basis, working in her home. On September 12, 1970, Margaret married Jean Thibodeaux in Columbia Heights. Topper worked as a Para-Professional for the Osseo School District’s Crest View Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. Before moving to Buffalo in October of 2007, Topper was a member first of St. Alphonse Catholic Church in Brooklyn Center and later of St. Vincent Catholic Church in Osseo. Topper enjoyed reading, cooking, doing crafts, spending time beside the swimming pool, teaching her children and grandson how to swim (and many other things), and sitting in her swing. She was skilled at knitting and recently donated 150 newborn infant hats to Buffalo Hospital.

Topper Thibodeaux is survived by her husband, Jean; son, Marc (Misty Varhol) Thibodeaux, Buffalo; mother, Margaret Wodziak, Columbia Heights; grandson, Stephen, Buffalo; sisters: Flo Hoover, Palm Springs, California, Mary Seabright (Ken Lenzmeier), Apple Valley, Suzie Fitzhenry, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Becky Wodziak, Stacy; step-grandsons: Cullen, Noah, and Ian Varhol, all of Buffalo; sisters-in-law: Nancy Wodziak, Columbia Heights, and Bonnie Wodziak, East Bethel. She was preceded in death by: daughter, Brenda Thibodeaux, father, Stephen Wodziak; brothers: Richard, and John Wodziak.

There will be a Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Casket Bearers are: Bill Miller, Roger Hentges, Steve Kittleson, John Thompson, Butch Saxe, and Ken Lenzmeier. The visitation is 4-8 P.M. Thursday at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo with a time of sharing starting at 7. Bill Miller will provide special music at the sharing time. Visitation resumes at church, one hour before the Mass. Burial is private at St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo.

In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to: The Stephen Thibodeaux Scholarship Fund.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed and Darlene Heinecke

    We are so sad to hear of Topper’s passing. Lots of memories !!! God by with you and your family, Jean.

  2. Sally Poesch

    Dear Jean, Stephen, and Family,
    We are so very sorry to see that Topper has passed away, and want you to know how much we are thinking about you all. We are so sorry.
    Your friend, Erika Poesch
    Sally and Lowell Poesch

  3. Kris Pucci

    Dear Jean and Marc,
    We were so shocked to hear of Topper’s passing. We all had such wonderful times together years ago and she always will hold a very special place in our hearts. She was always one of my truest friends. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our love,
    Kris and Tom Pucci

  4. Connie Anderson/BIlly Nyberg

    Our heart goes out to the family and especially
    to Stephen. OK THEN, Jean know that Steven is
    always welcome to come and spend time with
    his friend Billy. May God with with you always.
    Billy and Gramma Connie.

  5. Rick & Sara Long

    Our hearts reach out to you, Jean as you grieve the loss of your life long partner and our friend Topper. We have many great memories to cherish. God Bless you and your family.

  6. Heidi & Ed Brewer

    Jean & Stephen,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Topper — she was certainly one of a kind and someone not easily forgotten. Our hearts, tears and warm thoughts go out to you and your family.

  7. Tracee Jones

    I am still in shock, Topper was a second mom to me and I will miss her so much!! Jean, Marc and Stephen if you need anything give me a call!! I am so sorry for your loss…my thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  8. Jim Harris & Family

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Topper. I have fond memories of her as a den mother and her volunteering at St. Al’s. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jim Harris & Family

  9. Tracee Jones

    Jean, Stephen, Marc and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Topper was always a big part of my life and helped me so much. We will miss her very much.

    Tracee, Chris and Chance Jones
    Chase Latvaaho


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