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Obituary for Barbara Lea Tholen (Latimer)

Barbara Lea Tholen, 82, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully at Eagle Point Nursing Home on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Funeral Services occur at 11 am on Friday, January 7, at Lemke Funeral Homes – South Chapel. A visitation occurs from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, January 6 at Lemke Funeral Homes – South Chapel. Burial occurs at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Barbara was born March 7, 1939 in Hudson, South Dakota, the daughter of Odie and Mazie (Sears) Latimer. She was united in marriage to Theodore Tholen in 1957, they would later divorce but remain good friends.

Barbara was a member of the Gateway Baptist Church and also a member of the Eagle’s Club.

Barbara worked as an Assembler at Drive’s Inc. for many years and later worked at T & L Estates, finally retiring in 2016.

Barbara enjoyed baking and socializing with family and friends. Early in life she loved the outdoors, especially doing yard work and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. Above all, she loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her four sons – Theodore “Ted” (Pat) Tholen, Curtis Tholen, Thomas (Barbara) Tholen and Craig Tholen all of Clinton; four grandchildren – Jacob, Kirstie, Thomas and Alex; one sister – Lois Near of Fulton; with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Memorials made can be directed to the family.