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Irene M. Thomas

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Irene M. Thomas PINE GROVE Irene M. Thomas, 95, of Trumbo Road, Pine Grove, entered into God's eternal care peacefully on Wednesday June 18, 2014, with family by her side. Born in Pine Grove, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Jennie Mease Umbenhauer and George W. Lehman. A 1935 graduate of Pine Grove High School and 1937 graduate of Kutztown University, Irene taught for three years thereafter in the one-room school house in Paradise, Pine Grove Township. As a permanent substitute teacher she taught fifth grade and special education at the Pine Grove Area Elementary School for several years. And, from 1964 to 1980, she taught weekday church school for the Pine Grove Area Council of Churches. In addition to her parents and stepfather, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Thomas, Sr. in 1975; brothers, Elmer (in infancy), Alvin Umbenhauer, and Harold Lehman; and a sister Marie Lehman Schneck Wolfe. Surviving are a daughter, Judith Aungst and her husband, Allen of Pine Grove; sons, William H. Thomas, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Lebanon, and Keith Thomas and his fiancee, Sandra Butler of Biglerville and Rock respectively. Grams is survived by seven grandchildren, Susan Aungst Myers and husband, Richard, Allen (Art) Aungst, Jr., Karen Aungst, Christian Thomas and wife, Deborah, Shane Thomas and wife, Joelle, Virginia Thomas Anderson and husband, Stephen, and Laura Thomas Chickson and husband, James, Jr.; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Irene is also survived by sisters, Arletta Lehman Brown and Rachel Lehman Salen and her husband, Charles (Sam); sister-in-law, Mary Andresky Lehman; numerous nieces and nephews; and myriad friends. A service of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 222 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, with the Rev. Barry Spatz officiating. Interment to follow in St. John's Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church from 1 to 3 p.m. and has requested that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the "Pine Grove Area Council of Churches," c/o Cathy Nagle, 527 Dad Burnhams Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-9572 in support of the Bible School and the council's local food pantry. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove.
Published in Lebanon Daily News on June 25, 2014
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