Thelma Emily (Hansen) Soberg

  • Born: October 29, 1926
  • Died: April 1, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Thelma Emily Soberg, was born in Concord, MA on October 29th, 1926. She passed away peacefully on April 1st, 2021 at the age of 94 of natural causes. She is the daughter of Elisabeth and Herman Hansen, is predeceased by her siblings Edie, Frank, Margaret (Malla), Elisabeth (Lizzie), and survived by her sister Lillian. Thelma "Tema'' is predeceased by her beloved husband Howie, whom she was married to for 74 years. With Howie's passing in March 2021, Tema and Howie are now lovingly back together again. Tema is survived by her four sons and their spouses or significant others; Dana and Ellen of Ayer, MA, William and Rita of Littleton, MA, Peter and Diane of Lehigh Acres, FL, and H. Joseph Jr. and Julie of Acton, MA. Tema was the loving grandmother to Craig, Kelsey, Dakota, Taylor, Mackenzie, and Eric, and great grandmother to Isabel, Bailee, Grace, Maddoxx, Lilaa, Ethan and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Tema was a lifelong resident and community member of Concord. She worked at a local grocery store in town, and volunteered to collect the census and worked at the poll stations for voting. She worked at Concord's Council on Aging gift shop with her sister Lil and their friends to organize and sell donated items. The gift shop raised funds each year that went toward Council on Aging program's and other needs in town. Tema was a member of the Concord Senior Shakers, where she and her friends performed playing tambourines for senior centers, nursing homes, churches, and community events. The Senior Shakers even had the opportunity to travel to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. While she raised her four boys with Howie, she kept her community and neighbors close by hosting game nights and dinners. Tema also had a crafting club with her close friends Rose, Myrt, and Mulla every Tuesday.

Tema is remembered for embracing everyone that entered her home with a warm welcoming hug. She is fondly remembered for her great sense of humor. Tema has a large extended family of Hansen siblings, cousins, and their many grandchildren. She and her siblings hosted family reunions, get-togethers, and large Christmas Eve parties. She would prepare for holiday parties by baking a large variety of Norwegian cookies; krumkake, sandbakkels and fattigman to name a few with her sisters and friends. She cooked traditional Norweigan meals, and arranged for Santa to arrive for the little ones on Christmas Eve. Tema would play her organ while everyone danced or sang along.

Tema and Howie traveled and went on many adventures with family and friends. Their travels included cross country road-trips, Italy, Mexico, Bermuda, and they visited Howie's extended family in Norway. She and Howie renewed their 50th wedding vows on a cruise in Alaska. Howie and Thelma in their retirement took their grandchildren on many small adventures which included bringing Craig up from Florida for many summers, going to the Aquarium, book stores, flea markets, museums, The Friendly Farm, and trips to ice cream shops. Scoops ice cream on the way home from Newfound Lake was a must!

Tema and Howie enjoyed spending vacations and weekends at their family cottage located in Bristol, NH on Newfound Lake. As a member of the Camelot Acres Residence Association, she and Howie enjoyed their lake community of friends. Tema enjoyed many activities at the lake which included swimming, fishing with Howie and her boys, spending time on the beach with her friends, bird watching, playing card games, playing rounds of hide and seek at night with family and friends, and cross country skiing in the winter.

Tema was the memory keeper of her family. She created many scrapbooks of her and Howie's vacations, made photo albums for grandchildren, and had collections of written memories and tokens saved from their travels. She made a point to share memories with her friends and family through crafted cards, and would always make each event or birthday feel special. Tema also crafted keepsakes for her family and friends which included paintings, ornaments, pressed flower cards, and ceramics. She was the ultimate caregiver, the best "Grammy", a fun sister and a good friend to those she knew. Tema will be deeply missed, dearly remembered, and will always be greatly loved by her family.

To view Thelma's funeral service, please use the link below:

https://youtu.be/W9uOUZtkm2s

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Thelma's name to:
Concord's Council on Aging (CCOA).
1276 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742


Condolence & Memory Journal

To PBJD, So sorry to hear of your parents passing. They certainly had to be great parents to raise the four of you as well as they did! I hope all the great memories get passed along successfully.

Posted by Jim and Elaine Donoghue - whirl@rcn.com - Plymouth, MA - Friend   May 05, 2021






















































Just found out about Tema's passing. So sorry to hear of this. Pearl and I used visit her at the cottage in Bristol, NH. We had some great fun on those visits. We had a place a little further around the lake. MY sincere sympathy to the family. Lorraine Cullinane

Posted by Lorraine Cullinane - Friend   April 20, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Tema was always a lot of fun. I was looking forward to seeing her this summer after Covid lifted.

Posted by Kathy Dick-Frederick, Nancy Hansen's daughter    April 10, 2021

My Aunt Tema was the very best! She nurtured and encouraged me to have the desire and knowhow to be creative. I'm so lucky to be the recipient (and keeper!) of some of those treasured paintings, ornaments, pressed flower cards, and ceramics mentioned as gifts to those she cared about. Amidst the chaos of 7 boys running around every Thanksgiving (my 3 brothers and Dana, Bill, Pete, and Joe) she, my mom and I had kitchen duty and put all the love we could muster up into our family dinner. Her kind words and knowing smile always made me feel supported and confident. But the best time of the day was when she took me up to her craft room where I would ooohhhh and ahhhhh over her beautiful creations. She always let me jump in and try my hand at what she was doing. The loving home that she and my Uncle Howie created was truly remarkable and an example for all. I love them both and can just picture them happy together again.

Posted by Sally Whitehouse - Austin, TX - Family   April 10, 2021

Soberg Family, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a nice person and now she and your dad are together again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Posted by Kitty Molakas - MEDWAY, MA - Friend   April 07, 2021

Our hearts go out to all of Thelma and Howie's family. May you find comfort in knowing they are together again. They were blessed with such a wonderful life together. Now they rest in peace together. With our deepest sympathy, Bob and Maureen Dee Steinmann

Posted by Bob and Maureen Dee Steinmann - Brewster, MA - Friend   April 07, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Dana, Bill, Peter and Joe on the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful friend of my Mom, Fran Gardella. They spent so many happy times together in the COA gift shop. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John, Jana and Fran Gardella

Posted by John and Jana Gardella - Friend   April 07, 2021

To The Entire Soberg Family
So Sorry About The Passing Of Tema,She Was A Good Friend Of My Mother's,I Hope She's At Peace With Howie,Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With All Of You At This Difficult Time,Thinking Of All Of You, Craig and Kathy

Posted by Craig Lifner - Kerrville, TX - Friend   April 06, 2021

Thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Soberg family ...May Thelma RIP with Howie ..
Riki Orpik

Posted by Riki Orpik - Plymouth, MA - Acquaintance   April 05, 2021

She too was a big part of West Concord and the area. Everyone knew of the boys and Howie from the gas station but Thelma. She kept herself busy , was so nice and friends to many people in town. I liked her little shop at Harvey Wheeler and my entire family loved her family. Peace to Joe, Bill, Dana and the forgotten Peter

Posted by Peter Flynn - Yarmouth, MA - Family Friend   April 05, 2021

My deepest condolances to the whole family.

Posted by Robert Costigan Costigan - Otter River, MA - Family Friend   April 05, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to all of you In the loss of this sweet lady. We have been Camelot Acre friends of Tema and Howie since 1972. They were one of the families that welcomed us into their circle of fun. We shared so many wonderful times together. Tema and Howie were the best and this obituary says it all. This is a sad time but also a happy time for Tema and Howie to be together again.Love and prayers to you all in the days ahead. Treasure the memories and share them often. Bob and Elsa Johnson

Posted by Elsa Johnson elsaj@myfairpoint.net - Bristol, NH - Family Friend   April 05, 2021

So sorry for your loss. She was a very special woman.

Posted by Meg & Mark Romilly - Littleton, MA - Family Friend   April 05, 2021


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