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Mrs. Thelma M. Schmalshof, 93, of Barry, IL, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry.
She was born September 1, 1929, in Springfield, IL, to James & Erma (Hedrick) Boyer. They preceded her in death.
She married Harold “Lowell” Schmalshof on February 9, 1949, at Central Baptist Church in Quincy, IL. He preceded her in death on November 9, 2006.
She is survived by 4 daughters, Joan (Bob) Dieker, of Barry, IL, Irene (J.W.) Main of Baylis, IL, Betty (Ron) Kasparie, of Quincy, IL, and Lois (Dennis) Sorrill, of Quincy, IL, a son Steve Schmalshof, of Everson, WA, 9 grandchildren, Jennifer (Derek) Ross of Barry, IL, Lori (Scott) Alberts, of Quincy, IL, Debbie (Bill) Healy, of Rock Island, IL, Lacey (Eric) Herout, of Dubuque, IA, Eric Kasparie, of Quincy, IL, Matt (Holly) Kasparie, of Quincy, IL, Erin (Brian) Lyons, of Alexandria, VA, Laura (Ryan) Skinner, of Bellville, IL, and Bradley Schmalshof, of Quincy, IL, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 brother John (Linda) Boyer, of Ferndale, WA.
In addition to her parents and her husband Lowell she was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and 6 sisters.
Thelma had a deep love for Jesus and was happiest when she was in church Sunday mornings. She and her husband loved spending winters in south Texas and traveled across the US and to several countries abroad. Thelma also enjoyed frequent trips to see her brothers and sisters and their families who lived in other parts of the US.
Family was important to Thelma and she loved spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grands so much.
She and Lowell were married 57 years and spent that time working side by side on the family farm. For the past 16 years Thelma expressed her wish was to be with Lowell and this morning that wish was granted. We can only imagine what that reunion was like.
After Lowell died, Thelma spent 15 years in her own home on Orchard Drive filling the house with the love and laughter of 10 more great grandchildren. Most mornings she was at the coffee shop visiting with friends. In recent years, along with her daughters, were four wonderful care givers who Thelma loved very much, Lily Seaborn, Julia Forshey, Helen Hanlin, and Gracie Churchill.
Thelma met and made treasured friendships with many staff and residents at Barry Community Care Center where she lived for the past 15 months.
There is no visitation.
Due to Covid, funeral services will be held for immediate family and friends of Thelma, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2022, at Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry.
Burial will be in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, IL.
Memorials are suggested to Richfield United Methodist Church or the Kingston Cemetery.
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940 Greene Street
Barry, IL 62312
Kingston, Adams County, IL -