November 22, 1947 – Sunday, November 9, 2008
St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Micha
Friday, November 14, 2008
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.