Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Eugene M. Thelen, age 79 of St. Cloud will be 10:30AM, Saturday July, 21 2012 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Catholic Church (lower chapel) .  Father Jeremy Ploof will officiate, and burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  Eugene died peacefully surrounded by his family Monday evening at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.  There will be a visitation from 4-8PM Friday, July 20th, 2012 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud, and again from 9:30AM until the time of the service Saturday morning at the church.  Parish prayers will be 6:00 PM Friday night at the funeral home.  Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of St. Cloud

Eugene was born February 5th, 1933 to Mathew and Mary (Meis) Thelen in St. Cloud.  Gene graduated Cathedral High School in 1951.  He married Constance Fenno on August 10, 1957 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  He lived most of his life in St. Cloud where he owned and operated Gaida’s Opticians for nearly 40 years.  Gene’s hobbies included carving and painting ducks, classic car restoration, and spending quality time with his entire family.  He was a great story teller and also loved to sing.  He was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church of St. Cloud.  Gene was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Eugene is survived by his children Deborah (Brian) Schmautz, Camas, WA; Ann (John) Neal, Aurora,  ME; David (Jane) Thelen, Andover; Susan (Daniel) Miller, St. Cloud; Jacqueline (Paul) Brattensborg, St. Cloud; Mary (Tim) Halberstadt, Fargo; Laura (Christopher) Guetzkow, Orono, MN; Leslie Thelen, Apple Valley; 26 grand children, 3 great-grandchildren, and his sister Kaye Fristoe, CA.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father Mary and Mathew Thelen, his wife Constance Thelen, and his siblings Rita Fox, Viola English, John Thelen, Peter Thelen, and Fran Spanel.

A special thank you to Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their compassionate and exceptional care of our father.