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Thelma M. Irwin

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Thelma M. Irwin Obituary
THELMA IRWIN Thelma M. (Coder) Irwin, 93, died peacefully Monday morning, February 20, 2012, at Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford. She was the beloved wife of Robert E. Irwin, Sr. who preceded her in death August 19, 1998. Thelma was born February 23, 1918, in Mapleton Depot, Huntingdon County, daughter of the late Elba I. and Mary C. (Hooper) Coder. She was a 1936 graduate of Mount Union High School. On June 29, 1943, Thelma and Robert were wed in Mapleton Depot and then made their home in Tyrone. She was a resident of Tyrone for 61 years before relocating to The Cross Keys Village in New Oxford in 2004. Following a long career in food service, Thelma retired in 1980 from the Tyrone Area School District, where she was employed as a cook at the former Logan and Adams Elementary Schools. Prior to that time, she was employed as a waitress at several local restaurants, including the historic Corner Room in State College. While in Tyrone, she was a faithful member of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and the Semper Fidelis Sunday School Class; the Ladies Church Bowling League; and the Ladies Auxiliary of United Transportation Union-Excelsior Lodge No. 219. In addition to socializing with her card club and church friends, Thelma enjoyed her hobbies of cooking and baking, crocheting, quilting, and ceramics. Her greatest enjoyment was in creating a warm home for her children and family, who were always foremost in her life. Mrs. Irwin is survived by two children, daughter, Carol A. Welte and husband, Jack, of Harleysville and son, Robert E. Irwin, Jr. and wife, Carole, of Spring Grove, York County.; four grandchildren, Amanda S. and Emily J. Welte, and Benjamin R. and Abigail L. Irwin. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. The funeral service will be held in thanksgiving for her life and in celebration of her birthday at 3PM Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Nicarry Meetinghouse in The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford. Viewing will be held from 2 to 3PM prior to the service at The Brethren Home. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood, at 2PM Friday, Feb. 24, following a brief service in the Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Aden Wertz. Contributions in her memory will be gratefully accepted at the VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove Hospice Service, 440 N. Madison St. Hanover, PA 17331; or to the Patient Care Fund of Cross Keys Village Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350.Irwin-Beck Funeral Home, Spring Grove, is coordinating local arrangements.

Published in The Reporter on Feb. 22, 2012
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