April 27, 2021
Carl William Thomas, age 85 of Loretto, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. He was born March 6, 1936 to Jacob and Anna (Schuler) Thomas in Medina, Minnesota.
Carl was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. Carl grew up in Loretto and lived his entire life there. He attended Orono High School and graduated in 1954. From 1962 until 1966 he served in the Army until his Honorable Discharge from the Reserves.
Carl started his career as a mechanic working for himself. He was united in marriage to Delzetta Marie Kaiser on November 24, 1967 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Carl went onto work for the Hennepin County Parks as an automobile mechanic until his retirement.
Carl loved to spend time with family and friends. He always had time for a game of cards, especially cribbage. He enjoyed trapshooting and was on a team at the Delano Sportsman Club for almost 30 years. In his free time, he worked on a variety of old machinery and was sought out by friends for advice on their equipment. He loved to spend time in the outdoors camping, fishing, and hunting.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife Delzetta; parents Jacob and Anna Thomas; brothers Jacob (Lorraine) Thomas, Ken Thomas, Norman Thomas and a sister Mary Ann Bouley. He is survived by his children Patty (Porsche) Chandler, Cathy (Bill) Bogart, Mike (Barb) Chandler, Christopher (Jill) Thomas, Andrea (Kevin) Dietrich, Mary Jo (Darin) Braun; 17 grandchildren- Fr. Nathan LaLiberte, Alex LaLiberte, Molly Chandler, Evan Chandler, Mathew Thomas, Abby Thomas, Cody Thomas, Halle Thomas, Anna Peters, William Dietrich, Grace Dietrich, Lillian Dietrich, Henry Dietrich, Sophia Braun, Andrew Braun, Hannah Braun, and Meghan Braun; 2 great grandchildren- Asher and Poppy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The Mass will be live streamed on the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church youtube page, through the link provided below: