Kay L. Thein


Fay Lorraine (Decker) Thein, age 82, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis.

Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Wayne Ellingson.

A luncheon followed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. 

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo.

Fay was born on Nov. 9, 1931, in Boise, Idaho, to Milo and Vella (Boardman) Decker. 

When Fay was about one, she and her family moved to Iowa where she grew up and attended school in Waukon. She later moved to Garnavillo when she was a sophomore in high school.  On Jan. 18, 1949, Fay married Richard Thein in Monona. Together they were blessed with six children.  For many years, Fay worked as an office manager for the Elkader Veterinary Clinic. Fay's greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

Fay is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard Thein; five children, Ron (Jane) Thein, Sandy (Mike) Dingbaum, Mick (Peg) Thein, Dale Thein and Troy (Muff) Thein; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Gloria Priem, Judy Waddell and Charles Decker; two step-brothers, Gaylen and Arlyn Harberts and many other relatives and friends.

Fay was preceded in death by her parents; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley (Brian) Buhrow and three brothers, Leslie, John and Milo Decker.

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