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Thelma E. Strealy, 75, of Bessemer, Pa., passed away at her residence on the evening of Nov. 22, 2017.
Thelma was born in Salem, Ohio, on April 14, 1942. She was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Angie Shontz McDowell.
Thelma married her first husband, William Boren, who passed away in 1989. Thelma worked in housekeeping at the Highland Hall Care Center for 20-plus years. There, she met Richard D. Strealy, and they were wed on Oct. 7, 1995.
Thelma was of the Presbyterian faith.
Thelma leaves behind her husband, Richard; children, Tracey (David) Brown, Paula Larsen and Loretta Hare; stepchildren, Cindy Green, Robert Strealy, Dixie Eichenauer, Mary Hewitt and Fran Burr; sister, MaryAnn McGuckin (Bill); brother, Jerry (Kathy) McDowell; sister-in-law, Marsha McDowell; grandchildren, James and Arianna Brown and Suzi Hare; and 13 stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Bill; son, Wesley; brother, Robert; stepson, Ricky; stepdaughter, Debbie; and stepgreat-grandchild, Jason.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the Mount Jackson Presbyterian Church. Rev Steve Plyler officiated. Family received well-wishers from 3 to 5 p.m.
Published on November 27, 2017
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