Thelma E. Thomas

SEBRING – Thelma E. Thomas, 103, of Sebring and formerly of Salem, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Crandall Medical Center.

Thelma was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 17, 1909, the daughter of the late Martin and Emma (Shingo) Thomas.

She was a 1926 graduate of Blairsville High School and he was also a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Kent State University. Ms. Thomas taught school in Derry Township, Westmorland County, Pa., before moving to Salem in 1940. She then taught at Prospect School and was the principal of Buckeye School, retiring in 1975. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Salem and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Sebring after moving to Copeland Oaks, when she was able. Thelma was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Iota Chapter in Columbiana County, a life member of the Columbiana County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. She was a past matron and life member of Blairsville, Pa., Order of the Eastern Star.

Ms. Thomas is survived by five nieces and nephews, Mrs. Janet (Philip) Jerauld of Rock Hill, S.C., Mrs. Deborah (John) Sopko of Chattanooga, Tenn., Gary Thomas of Canton, Ohio, Larry Thomas of Oxford, N.C., and Randall Thomas of Holly Ridge, N.C. She is also survived by nine great and four great great nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward and Clyde.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Brown Funeral Home in Salem with Pastor Connie Sassanella officiating at 11 a.m.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday the hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in St. Peters Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made in Thelma’s honor to the Church Holy Trinity, 1089 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460. Friends and family may sign the guest register online at

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Salem, Ohio (330-337-6363).


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