Thelma May Sterba

March 21, 1927December 31, 2020

Thelma May Sterba (Foster) passed away on Thursday, December 31st at the age of 93. She was born in Garber, OK March 21, 1927 to Arthur and Leota Foster (Gatten). She Married JB Sterba on Feb. 21, 1947. Thelma and J.B. were longtime residents of Shawnee, Ok. Thelma was a loving Christian wife and mother; very giving and compassionate and will be greatly missed. She moved to Weatherford in 2007 after she was preceded in death by her husband J. B. in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Raleigh Foster, Marilyn Yirsa, and Bernice Moorehead.

She is survived by son Jim and Cindy Sterba of Wayne ok., son Jay and Phyllis Sterba of Weatherford, Ok., daughter Rebecca Ninman and Larry of Union City, Ok. Grandchildren Jansen Sterba and his wife Amanda, Joshua Sterba and wife Christy, Aaron Sterba and wife Alison, Elizabeth Ninman, Jennifer Ninman, and Lucas Ninman. Great grandchildren Katelyn, Riley, Jude, and Nora. Brother-in-laws Pete Yirsa and Dave Moorehead and several nephews and nieces.

Interment will be at the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Shawnee, OK.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021


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Cathy Newsom-Kennedy

January 6, 2021

I went to South Rock Creek school with Steven and Rebecca. I was in the same grade as Steven. Both of them were very nice and polite. Their Mom and Dad were the same way. Just a sweet family. I’m sorry to hear of Mrs. Sterba’s passing. God is good and He will help you through this time💕.

Cathy Newsom-Kennedy

Diana Mackey

January 4, 2021

Thelma was a beautiful lady. She loved her family and was proud of all of you more than words can say. Her extended family from Jay and Phyllis also loved her and will miss her. Enjoyed visiting with her. Heaven gained a special angel.
She will be your guardian angel. So many memories to cherish.
Hugs, love and prayers,
Diana, Charles and Darren