2020 May24 St. Thomas News

Willard Bardon (1928-2020) passed away May 22 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. Well known in the Le Sueur and surrounding area, including a U. S. Army Veteran who served in Korea. Due to the times of this Coronavirus services are private. Our sympathies to his wife Joan Sullivan Bardon, and their families Their home was one mile southwest of St. Thomas as the crow flies.

Detours on Le Sueur’s Ferry and Bridge Streets due to heavy duty construction.

Greetings to my Uncle Ed and Eileen Burns in Lake Havasu. We know they’re reading.

After a few days at home, Susan Graham has returned to Abbott Northwestern hospital, hopefully
just through the Memorial weekend.

Dale and Colleen Rohloff spent Saturday evening, social distance visiting, with good friends Jake and Dana Schaefer at the Schaefer home.

Welcome Sophie Anne Oak! She was born on the 19th of May to James and Christine, 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 18.25 inches long! Claire and Bennet welcomed them home to their St. Thomas farm, the former Ray and Mary Catherine Connolly home and former home of Grandpa Jim and Grandma Joan Oak.

Best wishes and luck to all our 2020 graduates, including Aiden Fogarty, son of Tami and the late Andy Fogarty of Belle Plaine, and John and Kathleen Burns Fogarty’s grandson. Aiden is two generations from St. Thomas.
Sunday, took a stroll on our St. Thomas cemetery grounds, love meeting folks out there...there’s always a connection. This time, met up with the past Commander of the Shakopee Post #2 and Shakopee Veteran Honor Guard Roger Ruff, son of George and Janet Modriesfsky Ruff, who are buried in Le Center. He said he visits the graves in St. Thomas every year, this time he walked the complete cemetery. His grandparents are Corporal Mike James Modriesfsky (1909-1987) WWII United States Army Veteran and his wife Helen are laid-to-rest here on the southwest side. Helen is on the Meger branch of our St. Thomas Tree. Nearby, the Shaughnessys rest ...Alice and “Nonie”, with PFC Richard Shaughnessy (1892-1952) WWI Veteran, and sons Daniel (1922-1972) SRG WWII and William “Bill” (1933-2006) have flags. We have close to a thousand ‘dearly departed’ resting here in St. Thomas, at the last roll-call at least 70 of them are veterans, this includes our ‘Unknown Soldier’.

Greg and Joanie Connelly Salmonson stopped by the cemetery to visit the graves of her folks, Paddy and Dorothy. Joanie, along with her Regan cousins, Lynn and Jean co-hostess of our annual Ladies Luncheon. Joannie had some not-so-good news. “Due to the Coronavirus, our annual St. Thomas Ladies Luncheon in July has been canceled.” Bummer.

Much appreciation once again to Dick, Kenny and Debbie O’Connell for our cemetery grounds looking so great and flags waving in the wind. Beautiful sight. Stay safe and God bless.

Last edited by Tom Graham; 05/26/20 06:33 AM.