Anyra Jean (Weiland) Thieme, 95, of Beaver Dam passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 5, 2021 surrounded by her family, who loved her dearly.
Anyra was born on January 12, 1926, the daughter of Herman and Anna (Bailey) Weiland in Kendall, Wisconsin. Anyra’s parents passed away when she was very young. Anyra was raised by her beloved uncle and aunt, Ernst and Edith Weiland in Minnesota Junction. On July 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to Harry Arthur Thieme at St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon.
Anyra attended Dodge County Normal School for teachers. One of her greatest joys was teaching at several of the area country schools for four years. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed raising her ten children. Later in life she accepted a position at St. Stephen’s Ev. Lutheran School, Beaver Dam as a custodian. She spent many years cleaning classrooms and making friends that she adored. She taught Sunday school for years at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. Anyra loved to read and enjoyed playing Scrabble and Dominos with her many great friends at Madison Place Apartments. Those five years were such a joy to her.
Anyra is survived by her ten children: Harriet (Ira) DeVorkin, Sherry (Jim) Luebke, Carla Christian, Kathy (Tom) Riphahn, Mary (Marvin) Henning, Philip Thieme, Paula (Jerry) Starr, Diane Kundinger, Michael (Linda) Thieme, Teresa (Tom) Salomaki, her sister Jean Powell, niece Toni O’Bannion, special friends Barbara Jean Baszynski and JoAnn Benson; 17 grandchildren, 22 ½ great grandchildren; also other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry, her Uncle Ernst and Aunt Edith Weiland, brother Jack Weiland, sister Myrna White and other special relatives and friends.
Private family services for Anyra will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home with Rev. Sandra Schieble officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Anyra’s name may be made to the Beaver Dam Community Library or to the Baraboo Crane Foundation.
The family would like to thank the staff of Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Beaver Dam and SSM Health Hospice Hope for their compassionate care of Anyra and her family.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.