Thelma A. McCaslin
Passed away June, 25 2016
No service is scheduled in the Appleton City/Rockville/Montrose area
A graveside service will occur at a future date in Shell Lake, Wisconsin under the Direction of Dahl Funeral Home
Thelma Arlene McCaslin, 96, passed away peacefully June 25, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Northglenn, Colorado. She was the daughter of William Andrew and Myrtle Gay (Holloway) Saalfeld, born May 15, 1920 in Richland, Nebraska. Thelma began working in her dad’s grocery store in Richland when she was 13 years old. She later was employed by Nash Finch Grocery in Fremont and also her dad’s grocery in Richland.
Thelma graduated from Schuyler High School in Schuyler, Nebraska. In 1938 Thelma moved to Omaha where she met and later married her husband of 69 years, Richard M. “Mac” McCaslin, on May 16, 1940 at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, and together they raised their five daughters. Along with being a wife and mother, Thelma worked as a part time janitor for ten years at the Lutheran Church in Fremont.
After Mac’s retirement they moved to Spooner, Wisconsin. After many moves they settled in Shell Lake where they were members of the Salem Lutheran Church.
Thelma enjoyed sewing and working in her flower beds. She moved to Appleton City, Missouri in 2011 to be nearer her daughter, Linda. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard “Mac” McCaslin; two brothers, Clayton Saalfeld and wife Ruth and Dennis Saalfeld and wife Betty; one sister Midge and husband Mel Kodad; two son-in laws Rod Young and Bob Joy, and a brother-in-law Bill Reed. Survivors include her five daughters: Pat and husband Steven Mayo of Denver, Colorado, Judy Joy of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, Linda and husband Verdon Smith of Appleton City, Missouri, Janice and husband Ray Millican of Decatur, Texas and Kris and husband Pappy Kindt of Cable, Wisconsin; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two step great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Alyn Saalfeld and family of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister-in-law Barb Reed of Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.