Jean Thommes is our 2018 Light of Christ Honoree. Jean left this world on October 18th but her light shines on in our memories. Jean's life was rooted in prayer with her daily Rosary and Mass attendance as well as her commitment to her Adoration hours and Bible Study courses. She put her talents to excellent use singing in the choir for over 30 years, organizing the funeral luncheon crew, participating in various CCW events (she was most recently head of the shoe department for the rummage sale), helping with soup suppers, and serving on Parish Council. She also enjoyed bringing her famous key lime pie to the Priests and Brothers.
Jean had been a parishioner for over 50 years. Her five children attended the school and she once worked in the child care center. In the words of her children, “Mom and Dad faithfully brought us to 11:00 Mass at St. Mark's every Sunday in the big green Buick and we would fight over who would sit in the front on Mom's lap.” Later, when Jean's husband, Allan, was diagnosed with ALS, Jean cared for him at home. Choir director, Cindy Holupchinski noted, “During those years, Jean would bring Al to the Saturday 5:00 Mass, then return alone on Sunday morning to sing in the choir.” Her legacy at St. Mark's lives on with three grandchildren attending the school.
We miss you, Jean! Thank you for your loving example of Christ's light in our world.