Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Frances Darlene Thomas (née Ohmes), was called home on October 1, 2023, at 86 years of age.
Darlene was born on January 9, 1937 in St. Charles County to Christopher (Ky) Peter Joseph Ohmes and Marie Margaret Ohmes (née Himmelsbach). She attended St Joseph Catholic School and was a lifelong parishioner. She met the love of her life, Robert Joseph Thomas, on a blind date in 1957. They were united in marriage for 63 years. Bob adored her and they raised their seven children together with much love. When her children and grandchildren were around, Darlene was at her happiest. She treasured our Wednesday dinners and hours with her kids and grandkids. Darlene loved to craft and was a very talented seamstress. There was no craft she couldn’t master. It brought her great joy to teach her crocheting skills to her granddaughters. Darlene was a devoted mother to Dorothy (Rick) Barley, Brenda (Jeff) Cox, Kevin Thomas, William Thomas, Robert (Barb) Thomas, Karen (Joseph) McGowan and Joy Mayer. She cherished her grandchildren, Crystal (Charley) Weller, Corey (Lacey) Cox, Ryan (Amanda) Kopf, Brad Kopf, Dale (Sami) Elbert, Randy Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Elizabeth (Michael) Minardi, Michael Surrisi, Maggie McGowan, and Emily McGowan. As well as her 20 great grandchildren.
Dear sister to Richard (Rita) Ohmes, Ruth (Harry) Harvey, Patricia (Erwin) Blasko and Donald Ohmes. Sister-in-law to Ronald (Mary) Thomas, Donald (Joann) Thomas, and Mary (Slick) Schlautmann. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. She was loved and admired by all her family and friends.
“You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, a million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home.” Author Unknown