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Thelma G. Shafer, 83, of Edinburg passed away peacefully at her residence on Saturday, March 10, 2018, after a courageous battle with lung cancer, surrounded by her family.
Thelma was born on July 2, 1934, to the late Carl and Cora (Martin) Heath.
She married Robert L. Shafer Sr. on Aug. 9, 1958. Thelma and Bob were blessed with 59 years of marriage.
Thelma was a member of Edinburg Christian Church, where she served as deaconess.
Thelma attended Union Area School.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Thelma enjoyed bowling, ceramic painting, playing cards, camping, gardening and had a true talent for growing beautiful flower gardens and hanging plants.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, David (Rose) Davis of Edinburg, Rodney (Julie) Davis Sr. of Pulaski, and Robert (Joyce) Shafer Jr. of Pulaski; a sister, Marilyn Langford of Boardman, Ohio; a brother, Larry (Mary) Heath of The Villages, Florida; her grandchildren, Kimberly Davis, Jamie Davis, Bobbie Jean Davis, Dena (Joe) Wagner, Rodney (Kelly) Davis Jr., Carrie (John) Hollis and Todd Shafer; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Thelma will be especially missed by those who called her Gram or Grandma. She made every grandchild feel special and loved.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Robert Heath; and a sister, Evelyn Rotar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Edinburg Christian Church, Clay Street, Edinburg. A funeral service will take place immediately following visitation at 11a.m. with the Rev. David Snyder officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made out to Edinburg Christian Church and mailed to Joanne Mellott, Treasurer, 111 Battery B St., New Castle, PA 16102.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on March 12, 2018
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