Dawn "Tink" Thrall

September 27, 1976 - May 31, 2022



Dawn Thrall DVM, 45, of Caledonia, IL, passed away peacefully, early Tuesday morning, May 31, 2022. Dawn was born September 27, 1976, the daughter of George and Lori (Swanson) Clausen. She married Kevin Thrall on May 30th, 1998 in Buffalo Grove.

Dawn was an avid runner and workout enthusiast. She enjoyed being a fitness instructor at Peak with her RPM class as well as running with the Coyotes Club under the nickname ‘Tink.’

Dawn was an ultra-runner who participated in 5 – 10K races, marathon races, as well as 50 mile ultra races.

Dawn had a love for animals that was clear through her work as a veterinarian since 2003. Dawn graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and most recently working at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Rockford. In her personal life, she was dedicated to the family hobby farm and beekeeping with Daybreak’s Bees Honey. She is now reunited with many loved pets at the Rainbow Bridge.

Dawn was an emotionally strong woman, a passionate wife, a loving mother and a fierce friend. People who know her well would call her feisty and loving. Dawn made a huge impact on everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Kevin Thrall DVM; her children, Keegan Richard (14) and Autumn Keelyn (12); her mother, Lori Clausen; her siblings, Melanie (Mark) Carinato, Andrea Clausen, Anna Clausen, Richard Clausen; father in law, Gary Thrall; mother in law, Lana Thrall; brother in law, Brian Thrall; sister in law, Carrie Thrall; nieces, Emmie Carinato and Alex Thrall; as well as many friends.

Dawn is preceded in death by her father, George Clausen; aunt, Catherine Dean; grandparents, Richard “PopPop” and Sara Lee “GramGram” Clausen as well as Alvin and Lois Swanson.

Dawn’s memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm., Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Redeemer Church Rockford, 5501 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111. Dawn’s visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm with service to follow at 6:00 pm. Pastor John Dirkse will officiate.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to help fund a memorial bench planned to be placed at Rock Cut State Park on the path around the lake, where she so commonly ran and her family frequently visits. Donations may be made by check, Venmo or the GoFundMe link provided below.

Service Schedule

Sunday, June 5, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Sunday, June 5, 2022
6:00 pm

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I just heard this sad news tonight….worked with her for a few years and definitely enjoyed the time working with her. My condolences to her family…sad, sad news.

Annette Bates 2022-06-06T20:47:57

I’m so sorry for your families loss! Dawn was such a strong woman. She was so funny and feisty. We will all miss her so much. I will never forget her and all the good times we had working together!

Sharon Payne 2022-06-05T13:20:13

Kevin, Keegan, Autumn, and family,

There are not nearly enough words to express our sympathy for the passing of Dawn. We will all cherish the times we were able to spend together.

Shari Ramsey 2022-06-05T12:43:40

I am so very sorry to the Thrall family and the Emergency Clinic family. Mrs Dr Thrall was an incredible woman. I am lucky to say I knew her. May you see her in everything you do!

Calla 2022-06-05T11:54:16

Our hearts go out to the entire Thrall family, Kevin and Dawn are wonderful neighbors and exceptional veterinarians. Dawn helped us when it was time for our old lab to go over the rainbow bridge, and I felt so comforted that someone we knew was the doctor. One time, stopping by years ago I saw they had a new puppy and I asked where it came from … Dawn responded “when a mommy dog and a daddy dog love each other very much…..” God Bless Dr. Dawn

Tony and Jennfer Paul 2022-06-05T09:48:53

Our thoughts go back to when we were all in the same neighborhood, but kids grow up and they marry and have their own families. We didn’t know Dawn at all, but it is easy to see what a remarkable person she was from your video.
That is what you carry in your hearts.
Though we can’t be with you today, our thoughts will be on you and our wishes are that this pain will lessen, but the good memories will always be there.
Judy and Fred Arenas

Judy and Fred Arenas 2022-06-04T23:03:45

Prayers to “Tink’s” husband and family.
The Coyotes will sing a song for her.
She will be remembered by forest trails that she loved so much.

Paul Shimondle “Hulà Hulà 2022-06-03T20:18:03

I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter, Brooke Jones-Story thought the world of Dawn. She always commented on how kind and caring Dawn was….and yes I am sure she is surrounded by many of her cherished animals.

Carol Jones 2022-06-03T09:37:16

I am so sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. She was fun to have in our class in veterinary school. Your description of loving and feisty is spot on! I am very sorry for your loss.

Derek Williamson 2022-06-03T08:33:34

I always enjoyed talking with Dawn!!! She was so fiery and could be the sweetest person!!! My heart goes out to everyone who knew her!!! I know someday I’ll see her again!!! So funny and she loved her family!! I know she is still with them!!! I think of her life as a celebration of life because she lived it that way!!!

Donna M Burlo 2022-06-02T19:22:29

I LOVE THIS WOMAN! She was the best. I have such fond memories of her, running with her, getting lunch at FIBS, trail riding. She was the feisty, funny, REAL friend that everyone should have. I am so blessed to have known her. My heart is broken for her family as I know this is a tremendous loss. Sincere love being sent. I am so so sorry and I will miss her so much.

Andrea Smirz 2022-06-02T19:09:37

I had many fun and funny miles running trails with Dawn when I was still in Illinois, many of those miles in the dark, and in freezing temperatures.
She really was fun, fierce, and so honest. She always made me smile.
I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Mary McDonald 2022-06-02T17:24:22


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