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Thelma Wang

Feb. 25, 1941-Feb. 27, 2009

Thelma Wang, 68, of Waubun, died Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Mahnomen Health Center Hospital.

Thelma Ilene Rawley was born the oldest child of Rose (Morgan) and Jerry Rawley, Sr. on Feb. 25, 1941 in White Earth. While she was growing up, Thelma's dad worked construction and therefore, the family moved quite often and lived in several towns throughout Montana and Wyoming, and mostly wintered in Fargo.

As a young lady, Thelma started her own family and had decided her children weren't going to be uprooted when they started school. She was living in Frederic, Wis., at that time, and that's where she made her home and raised her six children.

In 1980, Thelma moved "up home" to the Naytahwaush area, and she worked as a nurse's aide at the Mahnomen Nursing Home. On Feb. 26, 1982 Thelma married Marlin Wang. The couple made their home east of Waubun since that time. Thelma furthered her education and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work. She did her internship through Indian Child Welfare and worked with the foster care program, becoming a reunification specialist.

Thelma was also the ICW Assistant Director and was working as the Child Well-Being Project Coordinator at Dream Catcher Homes in Ogema.

Thelma will long be remembered as a caring, compassionate person who helped so many people over the years, both young and old. She was not afraid to share her own personal history of addictions to alcohol and gambling by speaking nationwide. She was a widely recognized advocate for Gamblers Anonymous.

Thelma was a very active lady who was involved in numerous things. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Even as a grandma, Thelma was quite modern in the world of technology with her computer and its gadgets, and was often the picture and home video taker. She will be greatly missed, but not forgotten, by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Thelma is survived by her loving husband, Marlin Wang of Waubun; two sons, Clinton Burdick, Jr., of Frederic, Wis., and Kevin (Lynnette) Burdick of Luck, Wis.; four daughters, Debra (Bruce) Voss of Balsam Lake, Wis., Diana (Doug) Ackley of Whitehall, Wis., Donna (Luther Icard) Wong and Laura (Dale) Rowell, both of Frederic, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; two brothers, Jerry (Judy) Rawley Jr. of Waubun, and Ron (Bev) Lee of Cass Lake, Minn.; one sister, Geraldine Strom of Ada; godson, Levi Rawley; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two granddaughters, Tawnee and TaeLynn Voss; and a brother, Walter Rawley.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 4 at the Samuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Naytahwaush.

Pallbearers were Kyle Burdick, Cody Rowell, Doug Ackley, Bruce Voss, Christopher Rowell, Matt Semling and Luther Icard. Honorary bearers were the Indian Child Welfare Staff. Burial will be in the Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn. An online guest book is available at