Obit: Froeba, Thomas R. #3 (1929 - 2011)


Contact: Robert Lipprandt


Surnames: Bauer, Finn, Froeba, Graffunder, Grambort, Gregory, Hackel, Noeldner, Russell, Smazal, Steinbach, Uhlig


----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wisconsin) Wednesday, January 26, 2011, page 16


Froeba, Thomas R. (July 30, 1929 - January 17, 2011)

Thomas R. Froeba, age 81, of Colby, passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at the House of the Dove Home in Marshfield.

Thomas was born July 30, 1929 to Clarence and Loretta (Bauer) Froeba in Loyal. He attended Loyal Schools and went on to proudly serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. On October 7, 1953, Tom was joined in marriage to his wife, Donna Gregory, at St. Anthony’s Church in Loyal. He was a semi-truck driver for Packaging Corporation of America.

Tom was a member of the VFW Post 2227 in Colby, the National Rifle Association, and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed farming, deer hunting, and shaking dice, particularly 6-5-4 with his friends. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Donna, of Colby; his children, Daniel (Robin) Froeba of Colby and Bonnie (Rev. William) Finn of Dale; his grandchildren, Kari (Tim) Smazal, Amy Froeba, Sara Graffunder, and Rebecca, Billy, and Tommy Finn; and his great-grandchildren, Brooke, Dylan, Ashlyn, Gabryelle, Lukas, Lillyn, and John.


Tom is further survived by his brother, Raymond Froeba, Ronald (Kathy) Froeba of Loyal; and his sisters, Viola (Alfred) Uhlig of Abbotsford, Kitty (Stub) Grambort of Abbotsford, Nancy (Jim) Steinbach of Loyal, Sandra (Jerry) Noeldner of Loyal and Marciel (Lynn) Russell of Greenwood.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Loretta; his brother, Herb Froeba; and sister, Evelyn Froeba

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. Interment will take place at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Loyal. A visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Thursday, January 20 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and also at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to



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