In Memory of



Obituary for Genell Thomas

Genell Kay Thomas “Genny” (nee Pilon) was born to eternal life Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, at the age of 74. She passed peacefully from a recent illness in Wausau, WI surrounded by her son and husband.

She was the beloved wife of John Thomas; loving mother of Bradley Thomas and Melissa Thomas; proud grandmother of Rena, Noah, and Hannah; dear sister of Paul (Darrell) Pilon and the late Dennis Pilon; devoted daughter of the late Georgeanna (Roger “Mickey” Hibicke) Williamson (nee Pilon); and cherished sister-in-law of James (Julia) Thomas and Robert Thomas. Her grandparents were the late Julian and Mamie (Pehowski) Lila. She is further survived by Aunt Ramona (George) Nugent (nee Lila), Uncle James (Barb) Lila, Aunt Gladys (Clifford) Lila and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many family and friends.

Genell was born on September 18th, 1946, in Green Bay, WI. She graduated in 1964 from New Berlin High School in WI—a member of its first graduating class. On January 4th, 1969, she married John Thomas, a United States Navy Vietnam Veteran. The couple welcomed two children, and Genny set about pouring all her love into her family and homes in New Berlin, WI, Pewaukee, WI, Sugar Grove, IL and Plover WI She later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Aurora University in IL, where she was also the payroll administrator for thirty years. Her loved ones remember her as a kind and understanding woman who was devoted in her faith, protective of her family, and a comfort to all. She was an accomplished cook/baker and loved to fill people’s bellies with delicious goodness. She enjoyed reading a good book, singing along to music, testing her luck at the casinos, spoiling her fur-babies, watching funny animal videos—especially monkeys, cookouts with good company, and every family/friend gathering.

There was a private viewing for the immediate family at Shuda Funeral Home in Stevens Point, WI on December 3rd, 2020. Future Celebration of Life to come later after the pandemic has passed. Condolences can be sent to 1900 Easlan Drive, Plover, WI 54467. The family would like to thank the hospital staff at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau and Stevens Point, WI for their care and dedication.