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Thelma C. Stirn


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Thelma C. Stirn Notice
On June 18, 2018, Thelma C. Stirn of Ellicott City died at the age of 89. She was born on December 23, 1928 on the farm of her grandparents, August Daniel and Rosa Stirn. Thelma was preceded by her parents August Roy Stirn and Mary Gertrude (Grimes) Stirn; and a brother Donald Roy Stirn; and a nephew Douglas Roy Stirn; and a great nephew Corey Justin Oskin. Thelma grew up on her family farm in Rockland, Howard County, and attended a one-room elementary school house and graduated from Howard High in 1945. After attending Baltimore Business College, she went to work as a secretary for the State Attorney's office in the Baltimore Court House. She later went to work as a secretary at Spring Grove Hospital until she moved to Pennsylvania where she retired from Wyeth International Pharmaceutical Company after 27 years of service. While in Pennsylvania she attended West Chester University and Temple University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education in Comprehensive Social Studies and a Master's Degree in Secondary Guidance Counselor in 1971. In 1987 Thelma returned to Maryland to care for her mother after her father's death. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Howard County School System. She worked at Reliance Insurance Company in Columbia where she retired. She was a life-long member of the Rockland United Methodist Church, where she sang in the children's choir and later in the adult choir. Until recently, she was an active participant in the adult bible study group. She was a devoted Christian. She is survived by two nieces, Donna Lynn Boswell, husband Richard and Beverly Sue Oskin, husband Bing. She is also survived by 2 great nieces; 4 great nephews; 6 great-great nieces; and 2 great-great nephews. Viewing and funeral services were held at St. James United Methodist Church in Marriotsville, MD. Interment was at Lorraine Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ms. Stirn's name may be directed to Gilchrist Hospice, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 12, 2018
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