Moya Thorson, 1926-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Memorial services for Moya Rose (Chalmers) Thorson, 92, formerly of Albert Lea, will be at 2  p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Jennifer Gonsalves will officiate. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Moya Thorson

Moya died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Country Manor in Sartell.

Moya Rose Thorson was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Exeter, England, the daughter of Frederick and Ada (Watkins) Chalmers. She grew up in Exeter. During World War II she met and was united in marriage to John Thorson on July 27, 1945, in Exeter. Later that year the couple moved to Albert Lea. She worked at Skyline Supper Club for 27 years.

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She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, including the woman’s circle. She served as a poll worker for most every election. Moya enjoyed baking and she was well known for her coffee cakes. She had a passion for reading. Staff at the library joked that she read every book in certain sections of the library. She loved spending time with her family — especially her grandchildren. Moya did not like the cold, so she regularly wintered in Arizona and was able to be with her family who lived there.

Moya is survived by her children Karen Reed of Woodside, California, LaVonne (Bruce) Bushkofsky of St. Cloud, Lee Thorson of Forest City and Shelley Singer of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren Ryan Reed, Jason Reed, Kimberly (Chad) Gerdes, Heather Zabel, Cory Thorson, Justin (Liz) Bushkofsky, Tara (Adam) Maile, Ashley Singer, Austin Singer and Madison Singer; great-grandchildren Karissa Gerdes, Skylar Martin, Cade Gerdes, Hudson Zabel, Brinkley Zabel, Preston Maile, Grace Maile, Everleigh Malikowski and Lillian Bushkofsky; and many nieces and nephews.

Moya was preceded in death by her parents Frederick and Ada; former husband, John; and son-in-law, Robert Reed.