Thelma G Adams

May 22, 1918December 16, 2012

Thelma Grace Adams, 94, daughter of the late Hannah Garnetta (Yeity) and Wilmer Althouse, was born on May 22, 1918, in Reading, Pa. She was also the stepdaughter of Raymond Hin-kel. He was the only father she really knew and she considered him her real father. She was the widow of Albert Frank Adams, who passed away in 1980.

She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Y. Hinkel, and her sister, Mabel Hinkel Wright.

She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Hinkel Field of Delaware.

She was also predeceased by her brothers, Robert Althouse and Jack Althouse; and sisters, Joan Althouse and Catherine Althouse.

One brother, Richard Althouse, also survives.

She was the mother of three daughters: Carolyn A. Tibbetts, widow of John H. Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, Janet B. Kelly of Lancaster, Pa., and Sally L. Adams of Ridgecrest, Cali-fornia.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lynn A. Wilson, wife of Christopher M. Wilson, of Pennside, John H. Tibbetts Jr., husband of Alicia Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, and Joseph A. Tibbetts, husband of Mary Li Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, and Jose M. Diaz of Exeter Township.

She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Jeremy T. Tibbetts, Chase P. Wilson, Reece J. Wilson, Shane A. Wilson, Ethan L. Tib-betts, and Peyton J. Tib-betts, all of Exeter and Pennside.

There are also two sisters-in-law, Esther R. Platania and Betty Althouse; and a brother-in-law, Paul I. Beidler.

Thelma was a graduate of Reading High School, class of 1936. She worked as a retail business owner and also worked in retail establishments around the city. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Reading and had been a member of Trinity E.C. Church in Reading. She was on the church board of Directors at Trinity and taught Sunday School for many years. She participated in Christian Endeavor in Reading and taught for them. She enjoyed working with the teenagers and other young people.

Thelma was born two years before women had the right to vote. She voted in every election, including the Presidential Election in November. She had help filling out her ballot at the Golden Living Nursing Home, where she last resided. She was especially proud of her voting record and she and her husband encouraged

others to vote.

Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Road, Reiffton. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township, where her husband and parents are also buried.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 21, 2012

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Jan Beekley, LPN

December 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to Thelmas family. I am glad I got to know her and her family though taking care of her at Golden Living Center. I will miss our talks of family, pets, and familiar places in the Adamstown area. I am glad that I was there to say good bye.I will miss your smiling face at work when the days aren't going so good. You had a special way of making everything better with your kind words.

David Field

December 21, 2012

My condolences to Carolyn, Janet, Sally and all the family. I have many fond memories of summer visits to my Aunt's home. She was always supportive, even during my worst doofus moments! She and my Uncle and the girls always made me feel like one of the family. Love to you all!

maria DEjesus

December 20, 2012

it was a pleasure taking care of miss thelma we became very close she loved my grandauthers they enyoyed visiting her she was will always be in my most sincere sympathy to the fam.

December 20, 2012

I had the honor of helping her when I worked at Golden Living. She always had a big smile and a laugh for everyone. I hope all of you are ok

Anne Bach Spadt

December 20, 2012

I loved you as a second mom. You made my camping trips fun and memorable. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You and Dutch are together again, with many, many others.

December 20, 2012

Thoughts and prayers with the entire family.
Mike and Kris Magrowski

Sunday Davies

December 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. She was a very nice and pleasant woman to talk to.

From the Davies Family

Mark Lucas

December 19, 2012

A wonderful person. You will always be remembered.

December 19, 2012

Thelma, I will miss you.You were my mentor. We laughed, cried, &Prayed together. You were my adopted Grandmother. Sally your daughter, is my adopted sister are birthdays are a couple day's apart. I enjoyed the many stories you told. And you always made me feel welcome. Yes you will be missed. But I have beautiful memory's That money can't buy. I was blessed to have taken care of you. Dear Friend, I can picture you danceing in heaven with your loved one's. I know you loved the Lord. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you in heaven. God Bless your family at this time. Carol A Spies, Mest

Betty Lucas Tyska

December 19, 2012

We had many good talks and I will always cherish your friendship. If there was anyone that I could call a saint, it would be you ! I was so glad I came to visit you but felt bad that I didn't visit more. You were a great friend and I know you and Verna are in heaven having a good laugh! I also know Albert had many people following him to greet you at heavens gate!