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Florence (Thorton) Baumann

November 12, 1938 ~ December 26, 2019 (age 81)


Florence Baumann, 81, Eau Claire passed away into her heavenly father’s arms on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Oakwood Hills in Eau Claire, WI.


She was born November 12, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of the late Harold and Virginia (Williams) Thorton.  Florence married Robert Williams on November 5th, 1955 in Dubuque, IA.  He preceded her in death in 1976.  She later married Joseph Baumann on May 23rd, 1980 in Dickeyville, WI.  He also preceded her in death in 1994.


After starting her family at a young age, Florence worked outside the home in a number of retail positions.  She was active and involved at Dubuque Baptist Church.

She graduated from Southwest Technical College with a degree in retail.  After spending the majority of her life in Dickeyville, she lived in Madison, Weston, and Eau Claire.  She enjoyed spending time with family and made a yearly tradition of traveling with each of her grandchildren.  She liked bowling, crafts, sewing, home improvement projects and puzzles.


Survivors include her children, Terri (Bob) Nilles, Weston, WI,  Gary (Cyndi) Williams, Lancaster,WI, Laura (Jay) Hanson, Kronenwetter, WI,  and Cindy (Rick) Melssen, Eau Claire, WI, stepchildren Mike Baumann, Nebraska, Cate Stender, Centennial, Colorado, Tony (Jolene) Baumann, Cuba City, WI, Tom (Vicky)Baumann, Potosi, WI, and Tim(Sue) Baumann, Beaver Dam, WI, 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, her siblings, Dorothy (Gary) Drury, Weston, WI, Ron (Bee) Thorton, Aurora, IL, Reuben (Helen) Thorton, Prairie du Chien, WI Bonnie (Stokes), Arizona and David (Diane) Thorton, Prairie du Chien, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, John Baumann, two grandchildren, Brian Nilles, and Kyle Straka, and four siblings, Judy Thornton, Linda Matthews, Betty Schultz and Steve Thornton.


Private family services were held at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. A memorial service for friends and families will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be expressed at


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