Beverly M. Thede
Friday, May 4, 1928
Date of Death:
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
91 years old
Beverly M. Thede
Beverly was born on May 4, 1928 at the Lockwood Family Farm in Grand Meadow, MN. She died at St. Mary’s hospital on July 24, 2019 at the age of 91. Her parents were Elmer and Claire Norby, who soon moved to Austin, MN. She had one younger brother, Bruce. Bev attended school in Austin from kindergarten until her graduation from Austin High School in 1946. She loved visiting the farm in Grand Meadow and going on fishing trips “up North” with her family and friends. Bev attended the University of MN dental assistant program. She enjoyed living in Austin and returned to work for the Post Office and for a dentist. During that time, she was Miss Austin and then became a candidate for the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Competition. She met her husband-to-be, Wayne Thede, who was from Albert Lea, MN and they were married on April 18, 1953.
Shortly after their wedding, Wayne went into the Army during the Korean War. He was deployed to Naples, Italy and later received permission for Bev to join him. They spent their first year of marriage in Italy traveling whenever they could. When they returned home, Wayne accepted a position with Standard Oil Company which took them all over southern MN: Mankato, Minneapolis, Hutchinson, Willmar and Pipestone. In Pipestone, they had two daughters, Kathy and Karen (1958, 1959). After moving to Minneapolis their son, Scott, was born (1964). In 1965 they moved to Rochester, MN and soon decided to begin a new endeavor: they started a small franchise with Bridgeman’s Ice Cream. Bev was always a big support to Wayne and did the accounting and payroll, starting on a small desk in the bedroom and then soon moved to the kitchen table. As their business developed, Bev’s job grew into managing all of the employee payroll. In the early 1970’s, Wayne and Bev established Green Meadows Arabians in Rochester, MN. Bev again did the accounting, the farm payroll, breeding records, and show records and was the farm’s number one supporter. When they eventually sold their ice cream business, Bev needed a new career. She was encouraged to go into real estate, so she took the classes and went to work with Hexum Realty and later, Edina (then K &K) Realty. She enjoyed her work and loved helping people find new homes. In 2007, she retired for a day and then became an assistant to another realtor.
Bev (and Wayne) were members of the Meadow Park Church of Christ, (now known as Hope Summit). Bev was a Sunday school teacher, a member of Women’s Circle and head of the Wedding Committee for some time. She also sang in a trio and prepared communion. The couple eventually became members of Autumn Ridge Church. Bev was dedicated to the church and was especially encouraged by the worship services and the Women’s Bible Study.
Bev loved her family and was a wonderful Mom. She had many talents. She was a good cook, she could arrange flowers, decorate cakes, made ceramics, knitted, sewed, and most of all she loved to quilt! She was a member of the Rochester Quilter’s Sew-ciety for as long as she could attend.
Bev is survived by two daughters, Kathy Robinson (Victor), Karen Thede; and a grandson, Thane Robinson. She has a remaining brother, Bruce (Margaret) Norby, and eight nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her precious son, Scott.
Memorials may be made to the Autumn Ridge Women’s Bible study.
Visitation will be at the River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home on Thursday, August 1st from 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be no visitation before the memorial service on Friday, August 2, which will begin at 11:00 a.m., at Autumn Ridge Church in the Timothy Chapel.
The family of Beverly M. Thede has received the following condolences.
Dear Kathy and Karen,
I remember your dear mother as the kindest lady, always with a smile.
I'm so sorry that you lost her, however, I know she thought she had a great life and was very blessed to have you two gals.
I'm also sorry I can't be with you for the service.
Much Love, remember how blessed you were to have her for a mother for so long.
Kathy and family,
Beverly was such a lovely lady, and I'm truly going to miss her presence! It was a pleasure getting to know her as well as care for her, but I wish I had longer to do it. I pray you can find peace in this difficult time knowing how much she was loved.
Sending love and a big hug,
I so enjoyed working with Bev while she was at Edina Realty.She was always so pleasant and professional. My sympathy to your family at this time.
Kathy, Victor and Karen: You have our deepest sympathy and love. We share in your loss and also share in the celebration of your mother's life. Cherish and hold dear to the wonderful memories.
Blessings and love,
Colin and Carol
Kathy and Karen,
We want to send our sincere sympathies to you on the passing of your Mother. We know you had a very nice Christian Mother and also, she was a great wife to your Father. In addition a very good friend. We had some really good times during the Arabian Horse era. It was taken serious but also with a lot of fun. Great memories. God Blessings and our love. Dave and Betty