Marian Thomte

Marian Thomte

August 13, 1934 – April 18, 2021

 Marian Thomte, 86, died peacefully on April 18, 2021, at her home in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marian was born August 13, 1934, in Minot, North Dakota, to Leland and Mabel Torkelson.  She attended Ambrose High School in Ambrose, North Dakota, where she met Dennis Thomte.  The high school sweethearts married in 1955.

Marian attended Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating with an R.N. degree in 1955.  She received a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton Law School in 1987.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Marian worked on the MIA/POW campaign, and served on the board of The National League of Families.  She was also active in Nebraska Lawyers Wives and Omaha Lawyers Wives before entering law school at age 50.

Marian enjoyed working in medical malpractice research for a time, as well as sewing, quilting, and running her household, but her primary focus was her family.  She was an especially proud and involved grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by husband, DennisThomte; brother, T. Ryan Torkelson and his wife, Susan; her sister, Karen Knudsvig and her husband, Everett; two daughters and their spouses, Denise and Gary Mazour, and Lori and Mitch Towne; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her brother, Col. Loren Torkelson; and her sister, Elaine Aslakson.

A private burial service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to Rejoice Lutheran Church.



  • Jim&judy Schaefer Posted April 20, 2021 1:48 pm

    Marian was a wonderful lady,a great wife and mother,May God bless her and may God bless the Thomas family

  • Kelly Thole Posted April 20, 2021 8:40 pm

    Dear Denise & family,
    My heart is with you. Losing a family matriarch is such a sad situation. May the memories of her love continue to bring you through the sorrow.
    Your friend,
    Kelly Thole

  • Mary Ann Strasheim Posted April 23, 2021 2:03 pm

    I have such fond memories of Marian and the fun we had together on our many travels to the NBA conferences through out the state with Nebraska Lawyers Wives. She will be missed by many! With deepest sympathy to all her family. Mary Ann

  • Linda Hallstrom Harman Posted April 28, 2021 9:09 am

    Dear Lori and family,
    Sending you love and prayers; may your memories of your mom’s love comfort all of you!

  • Ronald Reagan Posted April 28, 2021 9:15 am

    Denny and family, sorry for your loss and hope that fond memories soon replace the sad ones caused by her passing.

  • Terry Anderson Posted April 28, 2021 9:19 am

    I enjoyed having Marian as a student and friend at Creighton Law School. She was always a breath of fresh air in and out of the school, My condolences to Dennis, Denise, and the rest of Marian’s family. Terry Anderson

  • Bruce Mckee Posted April 28, 2021 4:02 pm

    Dennis I just learned about Marian and am so sorry. I am very sad for Denise and Lori. Marian was a wonderful person.

  • Kirk Hartung Posted April 28, 2021 4:55 pm

    Dennis and Denise, your family is in our prayers.

  • Hal Daub Posted April 29, 2021 4:24 pm

    I have such fond memories of Marian’s devotion to cause and country. As a Member of Congress, her leadership nationally in the cause of shedding light on those Missing in Action from the Vietnam Era Conflict that gave hope and healing to hundreds of family members and pricked the conscience of elected Members of Congress and federal Executive Branch Officials. Her passion, leadership and dedication advanced this cause immensely. She really made a difference. As a law wife, then later a lawyer herself, her devotion to her family, and to the profession, and in the early days, making sure my wife was a member of Law Wives, was special. She was a patriot and a great citizen of Omaha. Blessing to Dennis and the family. Hal.

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