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October 22, 2019

9/26/2019 7:30:00 AM
Carolyna "Lyna' R. Thornton

Carolyna "Lyna" R. Thornton, 79, of Rhinelander, passed away Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019 at her home. Carolyna was born Nov. 19, 1939 in Laona, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Felsch) Thornton. Lyna had her Master's degree in Education. She taught at the Newbold Elementary School for two years, then went on to teach at Lakewood Elementary School for four years, then went back to Newbold Elementary School where she retired in 1999 after 40 years of teaching. Lyna loved traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and especially her family, the O'Brien family and her cats.

Surviving are her sister, Kathleen (Dale) Rosio, Laona; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and the entire O'Brien family.

Lyna was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Pauline (Dean) Janssen; brothers, Richard (Carol), Paul (Anneliese); and Robert (Carol); niece, Sandra Pionke; and nephew, Jerry Janssen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gabert; Ministry Hospice; Senior Heart staff; Wanda Larson; and all the neighbors for all their generous help and care they gave to Carolyna.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday Oct. 7, 2019 at St. Leonard Catholic Church, Laona, WI with Fr. John Cerkas officiating. Inurnment to follow at Laona Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at church.

Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Article comment by: Lee Belmas

My sympathy and prayers to all the family. I taught with Lyna for 8 eight years at Newbold. I loved working with her, especially her sense of humor. Many good times were had with her and the Newbold staff.

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