Jan. 30, 1935 - Sept. 9, 2013
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WALKERTON - Thelma Jewell Hale, 78, of Walkerton, passed away at 7:20 AM on Monday, Sept. 9th, in her residence after an extended illness with her loving family at her bedside. Thelma was born on January 30, 1935, in Manchester, TN, to the late Samuel W. and Beulah G. (Johnson) Baltimore. She resided in the Walkerton area for the past 17 years, coming from LaPorte, IN. On November 8, 1952, she married Clyde Preston Hale in Michigan City, Indiana, who preceded her in death on March 3, 2013. Thelma is survived by three daughters, Barbara R. (Edward) Bartoszek of South Bend, Brenda T. (Miguel) Lozano of Mishawaka and Carla J. Rancatore of Michigan City; two sons, Clyde P. (Deanne) Hale of Houston, TX, and Darryl D. (Nancy) Hale of LaPorte; one sister, Hazel Floyd of LaPorte; one brother, Herschel Baltimore of Texas; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; two sisters, Bertha Thompson and Irene Baltimore; three brothers, Vernon, Eugene and Dewey Baltimore; two grandchildren, Angela D. Hall and Mitchell P. Davis; and one great-grandchild, Ella Stacy. Thelma retired in 2001 from St. Joseph Visiting Nurses Association where she worked as a home care aide. She was a member of South Center United Baptist Church. Thelma enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing, singing in church, and spending time with her grandchildren and family. Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 12th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home "Walkerton Chapel," located at 1216 Roosevelt Rd., Walkerton, IN. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 13th, at 11:00 AM (EST) at South Center United Baptist Church on Hwy 6, with Pastor Rick Prater officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Tyner Cemetery. The family request that all memorial contributions be made to the donor's choice. The HANLEY & Sons Funeral Home "Walkerton Chapel" handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Hale family.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 11, 2013