Barbara Jean "Bobbie" Thias

Lansing, Michigan

Age 85, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on December 4, 2015.  She was born in Detroit, MI, on April 25, 1930, to Thomas Joseph and Mildred (Gies) McCann.

She was an active member of St. Mary Cathedral.  She graduated from Michigan State University where she began her lifelong love affair with her husband Tony.  She taught school at Dearborn and Birmingham schools, later at St. Therese Catholic School in Lansing, as well as setting up the Physical Education Program at Lansing’s Resurrection School.  Bobbie was an avid bowler at Holiday Lanes, Co-President with her husband of the MSU Wrestling Club, an avid MSU and NFL football fan and enjoyed traveling.  Bobbie loved the many visits and vacations at our farm in Laketown Township, Michigan.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, George “Tony” Thias; 6 children, Thomas J. Thias, Margaret A. (Peggy) Thias-Kronner, John A. (Julie) Thias, Peter G. Thias, Maureen A. (Greg) Walton, and James P. Thias; 7 grandchildren, Brian Benet, Elizabeth, Anna and Maria Kronner, Marisa and Eric Thias, and Sarah Walton; sister, Marian Rometty; nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Catherine Thias; daughter, Patricia Ann Benet; and sister, Patricia St. Jean.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Friday, December 11, 2015 at St. Mary Cathedral, with The Rev. Msgr. George Michalek as Celebrant.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  The Rite of Interment will be at the Gibson Cemetery, Laketown Township, MI.  Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice, c/o Sparrow Foundation.

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Terry L. Becker
December 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

My deepest condolences to the entire Thias family. I met Bobbie at Holiday Lanes years ago. She was a lady that you felt you knew a long time, just moments after meeting her.

Pierce Kent and Kate Kent
December 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Sincere condolences to Tony and the family on the passing of Bobbie. She was a good Irishwoman. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam. May her soul rest on God’s right hand.

Wendy Thias-Waites
December 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Sincere condolences from your cousin and niece in Denver. Aunt Bobbie was truly an amazing woman with boundless energy. I have so many fond memories staying at the farm during the summer, swimming, playing and having wonderful family meals around the dining room table. I know Aunt Bobby is in a happy place with love surrounding her. Love to you all, Wendy xox

John and Pam Gores
December 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Peggy, sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe Dionise
December 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Mr. Thias, I always enjoyed seeing both of you at the noon Mass at the Cathedral. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless

David and Susan Moore
December 28, 2015 at 12:31 am

Sincere sympathy to Uncle Tony and our cousins. We just read’ The Holland Sentinel’ today Dec. 27. Had we known of your loss we would have been their to show our respect and support. Aunt Bobbies’ laughter and bright eyes made summer picnic’s and beach outings lasting memories. I will let the rest of the Schaeffer’s know of your loss. Sending our love to you all,
Dave and Sue Moore

(Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Tony are my godparents – Susie)

Donna Anderson
January 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Tony and family

I’m so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. I remember how much fun she was and those summer nights when we all went into Saugatuck. She fit so well into your family and ours, too. I don’t think Bobbie ever met a stranger.

My condolences to you and your children.



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