Marie J. Thalacker, 80 of Eau Claire passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire.

Marie was born on March 5, 1935 to Herman and Helen (Krause) Alf in Eau Claire. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1953. After graduation Marie married Dennis Thalacker in Eau Claire. Marie worked numerous jobs over her lifetime but her main priority was raising her three children. She enjoyed singing, golfing, traveling, biking, and spending time with her family and friends. Marie was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran church, where she sang in the choir, and also taught Sunday school.

Marie is survived by her three children, Patricia (Randy) Baier of Eau Claire, Connie Thalacker of Eau Claire, and Mark (Patricia) Thalacker of Fall Creek; grandchildren, Jamie (Aaron) Knutson, Miah Thalacker, Daniel (Lisa) Baier, Rachel (Matthew) Nelson, Beth (Andrew) Burkstrand, and Emily Thalacker; three great-grandchildren, Lily Castillo, Gabriel Knutson, and Isabelle Knutson ; brother, Duane (Del Rose) Alf; sister, Helen Jorgenson; brothers-in-law, Vernon (Kathryn) Thalacker and Bernard (Sharon) Thalacker; and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Thalacker; brother, Almoine (Harriet) Alf and sister, Lillian (Lavern) Mierkey.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Christine Emerson officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery following the service.


  1. Pat, Connie, and Mark,
    John Moseng emailed your Mom’s obituary to me today. I hope that it is a nice night tonight and nice tomorrow for the church service. I thought your Mom was nice to us when we were teenagers. It’s been a long time since those days.
    My sincere condolences,
    Anita C Harvey, Cottonwood, AZ

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. She was a very sweet and compassionate woman. Though I only knew her in the last year of her life, I enjoyed her beautiful singing voice and can still hear her singing, “White Choral Bells.” She was quick to smile and always had something nice to say to others.
    Wishing you peace and that your happy memories carry you through this difficult time.

    Brianne Markin

  3. Connie.
    I learned this morning of your loss.
    May the memories you have of your mother through the years help and comfort you.
    With sympathy,
    Andrea Olson

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