OBITUARY

James Leonard Thelen

August 15, 1947July 6, 2019
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James L. Thelen, 71, a longtime resident of Sudbury, passed away July 6, 2019, after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy “Dottie” Thelen of Hudson; Loving father of Stephanie (Scott) Clark of Hopkinton and Ashley (Bill) Maddock of Southborough; Proud grandfather of Liam Maddock and Aaron and Colin Clark; Cherished brother of Susan Harding of Moultonborough, NH and Judith (Robert) Dingman of Laconia, NH; Adored uncle and cousin of many.

Jim was a mortgage banker for over 40 years. He loved golfing, his “toys”, listening to country music and spending time with his family and friends. Jim cherished his years on Lake Winnipesaukee.

A Visitation will be held Friday, July 12 from 4-8 PM at the Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Road/Route 20, Sudbury. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association, (P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215 / diabetes.org) and the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center (giving.massgeneral.org/donate with designation to Transplant Center).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Joe Arsenault

July 13, 2019

Hi Jimmy, just wanted to tell you about today. All of your family and friends as well as all sorts of your work family got together to celebrate the beautiful life you have lived. You would have been so proud of Dotty, Steph and Ashley. They were so beautiful and strong and your grandsons were so handsome and well behaved you . It was a wonderful day and a beautiful tribute to the man you were and the life you lived. You know what I could tell you all about the kind and funny stories that were told but I don’t have too because I know you were there and enjoyed every minute of it. Jimmy I am honored to have had you as a friend. Till we meet again may the wind be at your back in every Tee box and may all your One handed putts be true
Love Always Joe

Helen Marie More

July 12, 2019

"Jimmy .. With much affection .. I shall forever treasure all of the cherished memories we shared together with Nancy, Babe, Jeanne and all of our good chums throughout the many, many years in Sudbury". (Love and Warm Spiritual Hugs, Helen)

Juergen Blank

July 10, 2019

We, the Blanks, had the great pleasure to share many long summer weekends with Dotty & Jimmy & friends at the Thelen’s Lake Winnipesaukee residence for which we are still grateful today.
At one of these weekends the beavers had chosen Jimmy’s boathouse to fill it with freshly cut sticks in large lots blocking the entrance.
As men of action Jimmy and I (Juergen) patrolled the area after coming home from a fabulous “Woodshed” dinner ... and after hearing some splashes in the boathouse a canoe was let to water, rifles were shouldered, and two adventurers paddled around at one in the morning. Jimmy sharp eyed detected some movement on the lake’s shore with me pointing the rifle a shot rang out. We both were relieved and couldn’t stop laughing next morning when we found a dead beaver and not a neighbor’s dog.

David Gustavsen

July 10, 2019

Dotty & family. Sorry for your loss. Many great memories of Jim on Winnipesaukee & water skiing at the camp on Moultonborough Neck. Knowing your family through the years. Prayers to you all

Catie Oconnell

July 9, 2019

So so sorry for your loss, it was a pleasure taking care of James and getting to know your wonderful family! He had so much love for all of you and I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes at the mention of his beautiful grandchildren. Sending prayers and love!

David DeMarino

July 9, 2019

It was such a pleasure to know Jim and his beautiful family . God Bless you all .
And please keep an eye on everyone .

John DiStefano

July 9, 2019

Too Dottie, Stephanie, Ashley. I have had the great pleasure of working with Jim since 1983 doing the real estate appraisals for his loans. When I first meet Jim in 1983 I was 27 years old. We were very busy at the bank and appraisal turn time was 5-8 weeks. When first meeting him I was intimidated, knowing he was the most productive loan officer in the company. My task was to provide him and his office the quickest turn time possible. Jim quickly recognized my youth and limited experience as an appraiser. As you may known Jim was once a real estate appraiser. We became good friend and great co-workers, and with his prior real estate appraisal knowledge, and with his guidance we manage to reduce the turn time to less than 2 weeks. I've enjoyed his friendship for many years, he will be missed. May you all be comforted with his love and memories during this most difficult time. Rest in Peace my old friend.

John DiStefano

Joe Arsenault

July 9, 2019

Jimmy last time we spoke all you wanted was for me to break you out of the hospital. Well my friend you are free now to do whatever you heart desires. You were a true friend and an even better Husband, father, and Grandpa. You will truly be missed. Dede and myself will never forget what you did for us when we purchased our home. So rest easy my friend your family and loved ones will take it from here.
Much Love Always your friend Joe

Donna Krol

July 9, 2019

Jimmy was a great friend to my family. I will always remember Jimmy greeting me with "lighting". He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Donna M. Krol

Scott Davis

July 9, 2019

Always fond memories, always in my heart. I will miss you.

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