Thelma Louise Ashbaugh

Thelma Louise Ashbaugh, 94, of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013 at home. She was born November 13, 1918 in Mattoon, IL to Davis and Jessie Conner. On July 13, 1941 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valparaiso, she married James Ashbaugh who passed away March 11, 1997. Thelma is survived by her five children, Judy Umfleet, Steve, Bob, James, and Lynn Sade; her grandchildren: Sharyl, Sandra, Brian, Shawn, Chris, John, Kristen and Jessica; and her great grandchildren: Aaron, Brian, Kayla, Zoey, and Grace. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters: Ivan, Raymond, Virginia, Marian, Pearl, and George; and her stepbrothers and stepsisters: Max, Kenneth, Dora Belle, Marian, Blanche, and John. Thelma worked at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso for 39 years in the nursery there. Since 1941, she had been a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valparaiso and the Eventide Circle and Kneedle Knuts there, the Banta Center where she took part in the Kitchen Kutups Band, and the Banta Knitters. Other memberships include the Women of the Moose Lodge #437 where she attained College of Regents, the V.F.W. Post #988 and part of the Women's Auxiliary and the Navy Mother's Club, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge Aerie #2517, American Legion Post #94. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 3:30 -7:30 PM at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1507 Glendale Blvd. in Valparaiso. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the church with visitation from 10:00 AM until the time of the services. Rev. David Kovalow- St. John and Rev. Victoria Ubben will be officiating. Bartholomew Funeral Home in Valparaiso is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Mooseheart Child City and Schools, Inc., Mooseheart, IL 60039. To sign our online guestbook for Thelma, please visit:

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Bartholomew Funeral Home - Valparaiso
102 E. Monroe St.  Valparaiso, IN 46383

Published in The Times on Jan. 22, 2013