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Sarah Lucille Grady Salus Thoma Obituary


Sarah Lucille Grady Salus Thoma, A Beautiful Life, Well Lived!, passed away February 18th, 2017 in Gloucester, Virginia at the age of 95.

Lucille is survived by her son, Brian Salus and his wife, Jane of Mathews, VA and her grandson, Major Erik B. Salus and his wife, Kristine Spicer Salus of West Point, NY and her great grandchildren, Kristopher Spicer (Christen), Hannah, Erika, Abigail and Molly Salus. She is also survived by her grandson, Kyle A. Salus and his wife, Christine Bednar Salus of Bellingham, MA and her great grandchildren, Haley, Hayden and Hunter Salus. In addition, she is survived by her daughter-in-law, Deborah Deagan Salus of Glen Allen, VA.

Lucille was born in Genevieve, Montana to parents Dora Young Grady and John Fitzgerald Grady. She was raised on a farm in Hinsdale, Montana attending a one room school house.

At the age of 12 she moved to Oak Park, IL to live with her sister Elizabeth and her husband Paul Osweiler and their children while attending Oak Park HS.

She married Kenneth E. Salus of Hinsdale, IL and moved to 409 Lincoln St. in Downers Grove, IL where she lived for many years raising two sons Kenneth P. Salus and Brian G. Salus.

Upon her husband Kenneth's passing, she married a long-time family friend Myrl John "Blackie" Thoma of Wheaton, IL.

As part of "The Greatest Generation", she contributed to the WWII effort raising a victory garden and placing pins in hand grenades in a munitions factory.

Later, she worked for the Chas, A. Stevens store and then began a long career with The Village of Downers Grove.

Lucille loved her garden, flowers, children, grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and her many wonderful neighbors.

NOTE: On Thursday, July 6th at 9:30AM there will be a Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Main St., Downers Grove IL, followed by the burial of ashes at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien (11:00AM), then a reception at Gilbert Park in Downers Grove. Food, beverage, conversation.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on July 5, 2017
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