Mary Virginia (Klinker) Thornbury, 70, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died at St. Anthony's Healthcare Center 9:30 AM Saturday July 14, 2012 where she had been a patient the past 2 months.
Mary was born in Lafayette at St. Elizabeth Hospital August 17, 1941, the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters to the late Fredric and Ottilia Sondgerath Klinker. She was a graduate of Lafayette Central Catholic High School, and was the valedictorian of her St. Elizabeth School of Nursing class of 1962. Mary worked as a registered nurse in all departments except surgery in hospitals and doctor's office in multiple states during the 18 moves she and her husband made in his career.
She married William Thornbury at St. Charles Catholic Church in Otterbein June 29, 1964, and he survives.
Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda, Florida, the Newcomers Club of Hayward Wisconsin; and was co-owner with her husband of a family resort in Hayward, Wisconsin. She loved to cook, as one of her hobbies was cooking meals for those in need; and she enjoyed traveling, having been overseas to Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.
Surviving with her husband are 2 sons, Bradley Thornbury (wife Barbara) of Warrenville, IL; Ted Thornbury (wife Kelly) of Crystal Lake, IL.; 3 brothers, Jerome Klinker (wife Shirley); David Klinker (wife Sheila) and Victor Klinker (wife Sheila) all of Lafayette, IN.; a sister, Ottilia Clute (husband Lyle) of Lafayette, IN.; and a daughter-in-law, Sara Thornbury McGrath of Frankfort, IL. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren. SHe was preceded in death by a son, Scott, a brother Fred Klinker, and a sister Catherine Krodel.
Friends may call from the Rosary at 4:45 PM until 8 PM Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Thursday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fr. Matthew J. Arbuckle and Fr. Samuel J. Kalu officiating. If friends desire, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Hahn-Groeber Funeral & Cremation Services is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com