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Thelma L. Palko


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Thelma L. Palko Obituary
Thelma Lee (Cowan) Palko, 92 of Palm Bay, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018. She was born Jan. 3, 1926, to the late James Lloyd Cowan and Florence Olean (Shultz) Cowan, in Eldora, Pa. Thelma graduated from Elizabeth High School, Class of 1944. After high school, she continued her education earning a degree in Accounting. She worked many years as an accountant at Monsour Hospital, Association for The Blind, Ciprianni Builders and Buena Vida Estates. Thelma married the love of her life, Henry, Feb. 16, 1947. Together they raised three children. Since retiring, Thelma enjoyed her time strengthening her faith as a member of the First Baptist Church of Melbourne and making new friends, while positively influencing those around her. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; son, David C. Palko, of Luxor; her parents; sister, Betty Belle (Cowan) Swindell and her husband, John Swindell; sister-in-law, Mary (Ebeling) Cowan; parents, sisters and brothers of husband, Henry. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl L. (Anthony) Bukta, of Edinburg; and son, Henry L. (Cindie Ritter) Palko, of Export; grandchildren, Stephen J. (Valerie Marsh) Palko, of Latrobe, David C. (Michele Hutter) Palko, of Derry, Anthony John (Jamie Snitowski) Bukta, of Mokena, Ill., and Andrew S. Bukta, of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Jessica Nicole Palko, Stephen Vincent Palko, Jennifer Renee Palko and Breckin Anthony Bukta; brother, Lloyd N. Cowan, of Melbourne, Fla.; nephews, Timothy, Joseph Cowan and families; many nieces and nephews from the Palko family; and many cousins too numerous to name from the Cowan family. Thelma was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, neighbor and a dear friend to many.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Melbourne, 3301 Dairy Road, Melbourne, FL 32901. For family and friends in Pennsylvania, a viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service to follow Thursday, June 14, 2018, at VAIA FUNERAL HOME, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, PA 15626.
Memorials in Thelma's memory can be made to the First Baptist Church of Melbourne, (http://www.fbcmel.org/).
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on June 13, 2018
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