Thelma Gertrude Finke Breeden

August 17, 1925November 1, 2010

Thelma G. Breeden Columbus

Thelma G. Finke Breeden, 85, of Columbus, passed away at 11:25 a.m. M o n d ay, November 1, 2010, at Silver Oaks N u rs i n g Home. Thelma was born in Bart h o l o m ew County on August 17, 1925, to Albert and Esther Armuth Finke. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed. She graduated from Flatrock Township High School in Clifford in 1943. On February 3, 1944, she married Kenneth E. Breeden of rural Edinburgh. Thelma was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who worked at creating happy memories for her family. She enjoyed cooking and her garden and delighted in things of beauty. Besides the duties of the home, she owned and operated small businesses in the Columbus area for many years. Thelma is survived by her husband Kenneth; sons, Kerry (Sharon) of Crestview, FL, and David of Columbus; daughters Nancy (Gary) Van Cleve of Lake Elmo, MN, and Marianne Mullikin (Robert) of Scipio; a brother, Marvin Finke of Columbus; and grandchildren, Adam Breeden, Aaron Breeden, Annie Van Cleve, Mark Van Cleve, Madeline Van Cleve, Sarah Money, Zane Money, Tabitha Halstead, Tyson Breeden and Carissa and Brittney Phillips; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Irma Steinhaus. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street with the Rev. Patrick Galligar officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana.



  • Funeral Service Friday, November 5, 2010
  • Calling Friday, November 5, 2010


  • Burial

Thelma Gertrude Finke Breeden

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November 4, 2010

Thelma was our seamstress and friend for many years. She always had a strong work ethic and a cheerful smile. She was a very talented lady. She could take complicated drawings of our visions and faithfully produce one-of-a-kind window treatments and soft fashions. Her dedications and persistence in getting it "just right" was appreciated. She was generous of her love and cared deeply for everyone. Her garden gave her much delight and she was always ready to share her plants and knowledge. We will remember her this way: full of life and loving through challenges.

~Mona and Monica Wirth, Mona Wirth Interiors

JoAnn Ferguson

November 4, 2010

Mrs. Breeden will always have a special place in my heart...she had to most pleasant smile I have every seen, it seemed to come from an enter peace. .She was kind gentle soul ,generous, and always willing to lend a helping hand.
She came to my rescue when my daughter needed alterations done to her wedding dress. I was too afraid to attempt such a job myself, but she took it apart and put it back together again making it a perfect fit. She was a master with that sewing machine of hers.

She will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.

Maxine Lester

November 4, 2010

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.