Barbara ‘Barb’ Ann Thomas

Jan. 3, 1948 – Oct. 12, 2013

Barbara “Barb” Ann Thomas of Waukesha passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Oct.12, 2013, at the age of 65. She was born Jan. 3, 1948, the daughter of Chester and Helen (Adams) Maszk in Milwaukee.

Barb graduated from Messmer High School in 1966 and met her husband Gary at MATC, where she graduated as a dental assistant. With a passion for caring for people, she worked as a dental assistant for six years until changing careers to become a CNA at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, where she worked in orthopedics and pediatrics for 27 years. She loved her animals, cooking, entertaining, reading, crafting and loved to laugh. Barb was often selfless and always happy and fun-loving. She was a humble person who didn’t realize the impact she left with others.

With the ability to light up a room, she had a welcoming presence and will always be remembered for her smile and warmth. Of the many things she loved, most important to her was her husband, family and friends.

She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 43 years, Gerard “Gary” “Gerry”; her children, Mark (Jennifer) Thomas of Pewaukee and Jessica Thomas of Pewaukee; her sisters, Patricia (Jack) Michel of Fond du Lac and Nicole (Richard) Schmidt of Brookfield; her mother, Helen Maszk; her sisters-in-law, Sharon (Charles) Hasler, Gail (Dean) VandeStreek and Deborah (Eric) Schuelke; and her brother-in-law, Russell (Sally) Thomas. She is further survived by her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her father and her son, Neal, in 1999.

The visitation for Barb will be held 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Rev. Curt Frederick will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha.

Masses in Barb’s name are appreciated and, in lieu of flowers, because of her love for animals, memorials are appreciated to the Humane Animal Welfare Society, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneral-Home.com, or call 542-6609.