Mary Ruth (Miller) Thornberg, 71, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Medical Center on Monday. A lifetime resident of Racine, Mary was born on April 4, 1945 to George and Ruth (Stauss) Miller. She was united in marriage to Roger Thornburg on August 15, 1981.

Mary was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She was a past member of Kenosha Country Club, where she celebrated a hole in one. She and Roger vacationed in Arizona for many winters. She enjoyed annual trips to New York City, spending times with friends from grade school. There she enjoyed the best Broadway plays and dining at great restaurants with her good friends.

Mary was a former assistant vice president of Heritage Bank. She was a realtor with Sterns and Thornberg and then First Weber Real Estate (formally N. Christiansen). Mary loved parties. She loved hosting them at her beautiful home. She also loved being invited to parties. Mary especially enjoyed the parties of her good friends Richard and Robert. Mary also loved Christmas. She put up eight trees a year with the help of her good friend Mary Lou.  She was very generous at Christmas. She would beg for more ideas from everyone, but it was hard to get her to tell you what she would like for Christmas. Mary was a member of a widows group which had creative members who found wonderful adventures to do together. Mary also loved to garden.  Her flower bed was a site to be seen.

Mary was a loving sister to John (Mary Ann) Miller of Racine. She was a stepmom to Peggy Nyboe (Greg) and a grandma to Trisha Nyboe. She was a godmother to Jane Clope (David) and to Emma Stokman. She was a special aunt to Jenny (Tony) Stokman and Ryan Bird. She was a great aunt to Matthew and Emma Stokman and Norma and Andrew Bird. She was “mom” to her dog Angel. She will be missed by many wonderful friends and great neighbors.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband Roger, her mother Ruth, her father George, and her dogs Tiffany and Joy. She was also preceded in death by her in laws.

Visitation will be held at Maresh Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home 803 Main Street Racine on Friday 5 p.m – 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 – 10 a.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. with Reverend Leland Longrie officiating.   Committal will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m..

Memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church or the We Care Fund. The We Care Fund supports research in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation and trauma. Traditional funding sources such as the National Institute of Health are difficult to obtain without initial research. The We Care Fund is sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery. 100% of your contribution to the We Care Fund is used for research. Mary believed in and supported the We Care Fund.

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