Carlene Thune passed away early in the morning Dec. 16, 2010 from complications due to her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born March 28, 1935, the youngest of seven children to Edward and Carrie Tanner in the coal mining community of Freeburn, KY. She grew up and attended elementary school in Freeburn and graduated from the county high school in nearby Phelps, Ky. in 1952. After nearly a year of study at Pikeville, KY junior college, she joined the Marine Corps to serve her country and enhance her educational opportunities. She was assigned to duty at the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro (Santa Ana), CA. There she met her husband of 54 years, Bob, who was serving on the same base with the Naval Civil Engineering Corps. After she and Bob were discharged in the fall of 1956, they were married in Freeburn, Ky on Nov. 24, 1956. They later moved to Madison, WI where she worked to support his completion of a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee for two years while a homemaker and before becoming a Mom. In 1962 the family moved to Torrance, Ca which has been their home ever since. Carlene loved to read, cook, bake, entertain, camp, and travel-she mostly loved her family and being a homemaker. She was a longtime member and participant in the many activities of the Redondo Beach First United Methodist Church and worked for close to ten years as Secretary for Hawthorne United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Bob, daughters Kari (Joel) Daniel and Cheryl (Chris ) Wilson, son Brian (Cheri) Thune and four grandchildren; Jack, Rachael and Fletcher Wilson and Andy Meisbach. She is also survived by her next older sister, Bobby Biliter of Majestic, KY and a host of nephews, nieces and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Jan 8, 2011 at 2pm in the Redondo Beach First United Methodist Church, 243 South Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA. In lieu flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the above Church or Providence Trinity Care Hospice, 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 230, Torrance, CA 90505 or The Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. To the Thune Family: Very sorry to read about the loss of Carlene to Alzheimer’s disease. I remember her from some of the old Hughes Christmas Parties many years ago now, to be a fun and spirited lady. My Mother-in-Law continues to suffer from dimentia thought to initially be Alzheimer’s going on 11 years now, bedridden for the last three years. My sympathies are with you, as I have an understanding for the emotional difficulty this can produce. Brad

  2. I will most certainly miss my dear, sweet Aunt Carlene, my mom’s baby sister. When I was little and stayed with my Grandmother she was this wonderful older (by 8 yrs) teenager who I wanted to be just like. Being the brat that I was I thought that I should be able to go everywhere she was going. She was so kind and sweet to me often taking me to get ice cream just to shut me up. As we became older we were very good friends. Even though I was in Virginia and the Thunes were in California we always managed to go back and forth quite often. She and her family were always so welcoming to me and my friends that I brought out to sunny California. I will miss her wonderful smile and sense of fun so much. My love and condolences go out to my Uncle Bob and all my cousins and their families in California. All my love, Julia

  3. Uncle Bob, Kari, Sheryl, Brian and families – Just want you to know how much we loved your Mom! What a great woman! We always enjoyed the times we were able to get together. I think you kids had one of the most fun-loving mothers – though always bounded by teaching you responsibility and duty. We would have loved to have seen her as a marine! Our prayers are with you especially as you come into Saturday and the final goodbye. We love you! Greg and Karen

  4. Kari, you discipled me at Biola in the mid 80’s and I was so blessed by you and your friendship. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. May God comfort you and your family at this time.

  5. Dear Bob and family, May you be comforted in your time of sorrow and remember the love and all of the wonderful times you shared as a family. I have such joyful memories of cooking and “chopping” with you and Carlene in the kitchen at Shared Bread in the early days. God bless you and your family. Love, TerriAnn

  6. My love and sympathy goes out to Bob and the rest of the Thune family for their loss. Carlene was a generous, loving woman. I will always be grateful to her for being such a wonderful grandma to my son, Jack. Love, Francie

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