Wilma was born July 2, 1927, the daughter of LeRoy and Anna (Pochop) Thomas in Gregory, S.D. She graduated from high school in Plainview, Neb., and received a teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room school in the Plainview vicinity.
On June 26, 1949, Wilma was united in marriage to Clarence Allen Korthas in Plainview, Neb. They moved with Al's work before settling in Belmond, Iowa in 1952.
Wilma was a homemaker while her children were young and worked for Huddleston's clothing stores in Belmond. The family moved to Fort Dodge in 1974. She worked at Diamonds Clothing Store and later at the Fort Dodge Fort Museum.
In 2009, Wilma moved to the Heritage Apartments, Friendship Haven, where she established many friendships.
Wilma held her family especially dear and enjoyed family gatherings, holidays and birthdays together. She was a generous volunteer at Trinity United Methodist Church, with Trinity Hospital Auxiliary and at Friendship Haven.
Wilma enjoyed her time with friends and neighbors, her card and quilting partners, and she remained active with passions in cooking, puzzles, hobbies and reading.
Those thankful for having shared in Wilma's life include her sons, Stanley (Mary) of Brunsville, Kent (Cathy) of Sedalia, Mo., Thomas of Belmond; daughters, Karen of Sioux City and Luann Korthas-Kiesecker of De Pere, Wis.; grandchildren Matthew (Misty) Korthas, Benjamin Korthas, Chris Korthas, Kylie Korthas, Kimberly Korthas, Jessica (Mike) Lane and Nolan Kiesecker; great-grandchildren Devon Korthas, Daxton Korthas and Alexis Lane; step-grandchildren Kelly Freeman and Dustin Kiesecker; brothers, Lyle Thomas of Norfolk, Neb., Leonard Thomas of Arnold, Calif., and sister Dorothy Pfund of Laguna Nigel, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Korthas; her parents; two brothers and one grandson, Darwin Kiesecker.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. Steve Peters officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held for 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bruce-Graham Funeral Home in Fort Dodge.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and friends.
Memorials may be made to one's charity of choice.
Those wishing to send on online greeting or condolence may do so by going to www.brucesfuneralhome.com