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Sally Sue Thomas

06-24-1956 - 10/5/2020

Sally Sue Thomas, 64, of Eveleth, passed on October 5, 2020, after a six month battle with cancer. To honor Sally’s request, there will be no funeral, as she and family had a “Living Celebration of Life” in July. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Sally was born on June 24, 1956 to Vernon and Helen Thomas. She graduated from Virginia High School in 1974. Sally worked at Minntac for several years. Later she attended the Hibbing Community College Registered Nursing Program. She was employed at Eveleth Fitzgerald Hospital and then on to the VRMC Emergency Room, retiring in 2017.

Sally had been married to Mark Madrinich and they had a son, Elijah. Later she married her soulmate, Willie Plesha, until his untimely death at age 50.

Sally was head strong, a very private person, loved to read, travel and did beautiful stained glass artwork. Her granddaughter, Kiara, was her most precious pride and joy.

Sally is survived by her son, Eli Madrinich; granddaughter, Kiara Carl; a sister, Theda King of
Donna, TX; two brothers, Garr Thomas (Rose Gianloranzi) of Eveleth, and Robert (Dawn) Thomas of Virginia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Helen; and husband, Willie Plesha.

The family would like to share a special “Thank You” to Sally’s RN Angels who helped her/us through this journey: Kathy Kearney, JoAnn Miklovich, and Sue Poffs; as well as Heather from Hospice. God Bless You!

9 thoughts on “Sally Sue Thomas”

  1. Sharon Chopp Vaida says:

    Sally was my co worker whom I worked with for many years. She was a great nurse. You were always glad when you got to work with her. A very special lady and friend. I will see you again someday Sally. You will be missed!

  2. Sharon Martinson Calabrese says:

    To Sally’s sister and brothers. I am so sad to learn of Sally ‘s passing. I have so many fond memories of your family out at the cabin . Sally was a great girl and she will be fondly remembered. Sharon

  3. Connie Jegloski says:

    I was a lab tech at vrmc and worked with Sally for many years. Not only was she a fantastic nurse but a wonderful person. Rest in peace Sally.

  4. Faye and Dan Mobilia says:

    Our sympathy to Sally’s son Eli and her adored Granddaughter. Also to her close friends that were with her through her years at work as an RN and thru her journey with Cancer to the end. She was blessed to have all of you.

  5. Georgia Martinson Gilardez says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Sally when her family would summer out at their cabin on Pleasant lake. Sally fit right in with our group of local kids. We swam and partied while always being safe but having lots of clean fun.
    I am so very sorry for Sally’s family and friends for this profound loss in their lives. God Bless you all and with deepest condolences.

    Georgia (Martinson)Gilardez

  6. Diane says:

    I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to Sally’s sister, brothers, son, Elijah & granddaughter Kiara. Having worked at VRMC, I knew Sally as a
    good person & a terrific nurse. She will be missed by all who knew her. RIP Sally.
    Most sincerely, Diane

  7. Sharon and Larry Stimac says:

    Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Sally was such a nice gal and an excellent nurse. Prayers to all of you.

  8. Dawn Thomas says:

    As I write thank you’s, I recall the fun, funny & good times with Sal at our cabin. Holidays will be odd without Sally at our table. I remember if she had to work, she’d come with “to go” Tupperware for her dinner in the ER. To funny! I loved it. She’d always say, “good smacking”. She was Really was head strong & always said what was on her mind. She did Beautiful stained glass & we treasure what she made us! We won’t be going to AZ this winter to see her, but we know we’ll see her again one day. We’ll miss you sister Sal, but you live on in our hearts! Dawn

  9. June Randall says:

    So very sorry to hear about Sally! Great memories of her when I worked at Range Music in Virginia!! My condolences to Theda, Butch, Bobby and families!! My prayers and love to all!! 🙏❤️

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