Emily R. Thornwall, 18, entered into God’s loving arms on January 31st 2017. 

Emily was born on September 25, 1998 to Matthew and Teresa (Krajewski) Thornwall in Duluth, Minnesota. She loved being with family and friends. Emily enjoyed taking care of animals, especially her goats.  Her love for others was shown in everything she did. She touched the lives of so many, not knowing the impact she had made. She leaves a legacy of love, compassion, tolerance and knowledge of what she suffered from.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Emily is survived by her parents, Matthew and Teresa Thornwall of Eau Claire; brothers, Christopher and Jonathan; sister Elizabeth; Grandparents, Dennis and Joyce Krajewski and Mary Thornwall. Uncles; Joseph Krajewski (Katie), Gregory Krajewski (Lesa), Mark Thornwall (Debi); Aunts, Pamela Wiess(Robert), Jennifer Bradley (Mead), Melissa Estby(Steve), Laura Krajewski, and Lisa Krajewski; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

Emily was preceded in death by her Grandfather, Wayne Thornwall and Uncle, Michael Krajewski.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception with Father Don Meuret officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of the service at the church on Saturday.


  1. Words cannot begin to express how sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful daughter. We will be unable to attend the funeral on Saturday as I am out of town. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. I’m so saddened by the loss of Emily. And while I cannot possibly know the depth of your sorrow, I promise to continually lift you and your entire family in prayer. Please know that the school family in Hermantown sends its peace and is with you as well.

    Kerry Juntunen, Superintendent
    Hermantown Community Schools

  3. Teresa & family;
    We send our thoughts & prayers to you at this time for the loss of your daughter – may friends & family give you guidance throughout your grieving. Always keep & cherish the memories that were made.
    Sincerest sympathy.

  4. Dear Teresa and family, my parents and I are so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all and if there is anything at all that you may need, please don’t hesitate to call upon us. Sincerely, Traci Tuseth, Chuck and Alice Toman

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family at this time.

  6. I did not know Emily personally or her family but I do know how it is to be the mother of a teenage daughter and I appreciate everyday as I am sure they did. I am so so sorry for your loss and there are no words to make it better except maybe knowing that your loss can one day help someone else not have to go through this. My heart and my best to you always.

  7. I am so very sorry to hear of this loss and will plan to attend the funeral tomorrow. I am lifting up your family and friends with my thoughts and prayers.
    Joe Luginbill
    Eau Claire Board of Education

  8. Teresa and family. May you find strength from those thinking of you during this time.
    Brian and Kelly

  9. Matt & Family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Every father cries with you. May God’s peace be with your family.

  10. May God’s strength and love surround your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Dick and I are so sad to learn of the loss of your beautiful Emily. We
    will keep her and all of your family in our prayers. Wish we could be
    there for you.

  12. Dear Thornwalls,
    I am extremely sorry for the loss of Emily. I am praying for you and your family. I have been since Lizzy and I were separated when we moved apart. I keep a rock on my dresser. Lizzy gave it to me when we were first graders. I never thought it would have so much meaning to me today. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of you and the hard times you have been through. I think to myself, “Even though I may struggle through the hard times, I will make it out better than before in the end.” I know that you will make it out better than before after this experience. God has a plan for everyone. You’re just following along. God knows exactly how you will turn out, and he has told me your family will suffer, but you will be succeeding at the end when all has been said and done.

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