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DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH

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Thelma M. (Legros) Messer

12 juillet 192115 juillet 2020

Thelma M. (Legros) Messer, 99, passed away peacefully at her home in Westmoreland with her family by her side on July 15th , 2020 after a period of declining health.

She was born “just around the corner” in Westmoreland on July 12th, 1921. Thelma attended schools locally and graduated from Keene High School in 1938. She attended Keene Normal School for a short time before falling in love with her husband, Carl E. Messer. They were married at the Cobb House on Park Hill on October 12th, 1940 and enjoyed 39 years of marriage before Carl’s death.

In 1957, Thelma and Carl moved into the house they built together just down the road on Park Hill where they could leave their back yard and snowmobile for miles. Thelma was a voracious reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting, various craft projects, snowmobiling, gardening, watching the birds, playing golf and attending musicals and concerts. Her travels took her to Switzerland, the southwest, northwest, and central part of the US and Canada. Her favorite vacation time was spent at York Beach, Maine with family and friends.

Thelma worked for Woodward’s Florist in Walpole for a number of pre-Christmas seasons and later worked 26 years at Peerless Insurance Co. in Keene working her way up to Assistant Manager.

Being a part of community projects and volunteering helped fill her days. She was a member of both the United and the Union Churches of Westmoreland, served 8 years as President of Ladies Aid, and was also a member of Coffee with Books, Heritage Homemakers, Sno-Belters, Monadnock Square Dancers, Extension Group, Pairs and Spares, Westmoreland Historical Society, the Cheshire County Historical Society, and Cackle Club.

Thelma was very proud to be a part of the publishing of the Homes Book, to have her daughter’s book, “Welcome to Westmoreland” dedicated to her and to have received the Boston Post Cane presented to her as the oldest resident in town.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy M. Sandahl of Westmoreland, her granddaughter, Heidi L. Davis and her husband, Phillip Davis of Carmel, IN; Sister-in-laws, Bertha Brown of West Springfield, MA, and Barbara Messer of Westmoreland, and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Carl E. Messer in 1980; son, Peter E. Messer who died in infancy; and son-in-law, James F. Sandahl in 2013.

Thelma is fondly remembered for her energy, kindness, generosity and her vast knowledge of her town’s history. She was devoted to her town and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private at the South Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Union Church of Westmoreland, 998 Rte.12, Westmoreland, NH 03467 or to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

Souvenirs

Thelma M. (Legros) Messer

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Marilyn Conley

21 juillet , 2020

Thelma was my first boss at Peerless Insurance back in the 70's, and one of the best I ever had. I always enjoyed seeing her at the company Christmas dinner after she retired. She will be remembered fondly. My condolences to her family.

Kathi Duval

20 juillet , 2020

I have done memories of your mom from spending time with my grandparents Walter and Dorothy Dunn and going to many town events with them. She was always very kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Brenda (Reyor) Lemon

19 juillet , 2020

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Nancy. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugh Shelley

18 juillet , 2020

Since Thelma and I were nine years apart in age we knew many of the same people and remembered the same town events. It was a joy to visit with her before and after our church services and talk of old times. I shall miss her.

Noreen Avery

18 juillet , 2020

So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful, kind person. I was hired by Thelma at Peerless and she was my first boss. I had not seen her in many, many years but when I did talk about my time there she was always my first memory. May your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time.

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Thelma's 98th birthday

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Christmas 2012

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Thelma visiting the Amazing Grace Animal Sanctuary.

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Thelma and Carl Messer's wedding picture.

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Thelma's 98th birthday

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Christmas 2012

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Thelma visiting the Amazing Grace Animal Sanctuary.

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Thelma and Carl Messer's wedding picture.

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Thelma loved to snowmobile!

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Family Christmas 2019

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Proud of the Boston Post Cane 2019