Thelma Elizabeth Baumgartner

June 3, 1912October 19, 2011

Baumgartner, Thelma E (nee Kohl), 99, loving mother, devoted wife and friend died peacefully 19 October 2011. Predeceased by her husband of 52 years, J. Robert “Skipper” Baumgartner. Survived by daughters Carolyn (Edward Maruggi) of Hilton, NY and Roberta (Michael Axelrod) of Columbus, NC, step children Donald (Donna) of Milwaukee, WI and Jean (Frank McGrath) of La Jolla, CA, plus 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Thelma was born June 3, 1912 and grew up with 5 sisters and 1 brother on a farm in Marshfield, WI. She married in Milwaukee, WI in 1947. The family moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1960 where Thelma was active in the community for many years. Her hobbies included cooking, oil painting and traveling with the Skipper aboard the yacht Trenora. From 1969 to 1978 Thelma and Skipper lived in Belize, Central America. In later years, they spent the summers in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Visitation will be Monday, October 24th from 1 to 2pm at Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church, 1901 E. Commercial Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 with a Funeral Service at 2pm. Entombment at Lauderdale Memorial Park, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Thelma’s memory to Hospice of Gold Coast Home Health Services, 2101 West Commercial Blvd. Suite 4500, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309. Arrangements entrusted to Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ft. Lauderdale.


  • Visitation Monday, October 24, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 24, 2011
  • Committal Service Monday, October 24, 2011

Thelma Elizabeth Baumgartner

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October 24, 2011

My sincere condolence for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you peace and strength to cope during this time of grief. (2Cor 1:3,4)