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Charlene Thermes

September 28, 1931 — August 8, 2022

Charlene Thermes, 90, passed peacefully on August 8, 2022, at home at The BeeHive Assisted Living in Thatcher, AZ with family at her side. Charlene was born the second of eleven children to John and Lorraine Maruna in Chicago, IL, on September 28, 1931. The family moved to Wauzeka, WI. On November 23, 1950, Charlene married Vernon Thermes in Madison, WI. They moved to Muscoda, WI, where they built their home on the Wisconsin River. Together they opened their business, Vern’s Signs, where they worked tirelessly and successfully until they retired. Charlene loved bowling and playing with her Muscoda friends. She volunteered in many organizations, including the St. Vincent’s Thrift Store. She also enjoyed attending the annual World Sign Association conventions with Vern. They were both avid golfers at the Mount Graham Golf Club in Safford, AZ, their winter home for years until they retired and moved there permanently. Charlene emceed the Almost Talent Show at the Lexington Pines Clubhouse in Safford, where she also enjoyed calling Bingo and preparing the Friday night steak dinners for the golf league. She walked every day visiting with her many Lexington Pines friends along the way. Charlene is survived by her 3 children, Vicki (Tod) Schroeder, Valori Chase, and Randy (Adele) Thermes; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Renee) Schroeder, Andrew (Jen) Schroeder, Kennedy Brown, Ryann Brown, Taylor Thermes, Amanda Thermes, Josh (Autumn) Thermes, Justin Thermes; and nine great grandchildren, Sam, Molly, Jack, Matthew, Maxwell, Madeline Ellis, Riley, and Delta; three sisters, Sandy (Ray) Rogers, Debbie (Bruce) Salmon, and Nadine (Pat) Burns; four brothers, Dick (Sally) Marina, Tom Mullikin, Mike Mullikin, and Bernie Mullikin. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lorraine; her husband, Vern, her fiancé, Robert Leinum; and three brothers, Robert Maruna, Larry Mullikin, and Donald Mullikin. A Celebration of Life for Charlene will be held October 8, 2022, at 1:00pm at the Lexington Pines Clubhouse, 1535 W. Thatcher Blvd, in Safford, AZ. Click this link to view additional details about Charlene's Services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/charlene-thermes
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