Thelma L (Bucholtz) Rhoades

April 8, 1928August 29, 2018
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Thelma L. Rhoades age 90, of Greenville passed away at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Thelma was born April 8, 1928, in Franklin Township, Darke County to the late John & Grace (West) Bucholtz. In addition to her parents, Thelma was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rhoades; brother, Dale Bucholtz; and a sister, Arlene Kerr. Thelma is survived by her daughters & son-in-law, Karen & Eldon Schultz of Versailles and Brenda Stuchell of Greenville; grandchildren, Eric (Beth) Schultz, Angie Lyme, Kyle (Stefany) Stuchell and Kendra (Chris) Phillips; great-grandchildren, Logan Schultz, Lindsay Schultz, Levi Schultz, Jessica Lyme, Parker Stuchell, Dalton Stuchell, Lane Phillips and Holt Phillips; and a sister, Joan Williams of Greenville. Thelma was a homemaker, farmer’s wife and retired in 2005 from Community Action Partnership where she delivered meals on wheels. Thelma attended the EUM Church in Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Bonnie Gerber officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 1, 2018

Thelma L (Bucholtz) Rhoades

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Deborah Sodders

August 31, 2018

Thelma and Kenny were my parents' neighbors on Linwood Drive for many years. I have fond memories of them. Please accept my sincerest condolences in Thelma's passing.


Four generations, Thelma; daughter Karen; granddaughter, Angie; great-granddaughter, Jessica Lyme. 2010


Thelma and Kenny celebrated 50 years of marriage September 10, 1949 - September 1999.


Each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas the Bucholtz cousins who are available meet. Left front to back: Judy Williams Koogler, Libbi Kerr, John Kerr, Karen Rhoades Schultz, Eldon Schultz. Right front to back: Don Koogler, Brenda Rhoades Stuchell, Aunt Corene Bucholtz - 2017


Kyle Stuchell's High School Graduation from Newton H.S. May 28, 2000. Kyle with Grandpa Kenny and Grandma Thelma Rhoades.


Kenny and Thelma with their daughter Brenda on her wedding day, April 30, 1977.


Thelma and Kenny visiting Paul and Marcia Rhoades in Florida. They rarely took vacations while living on the farm and milking cows. After they retired and moved to Greenville, they were able to enjoy some time away from home.


Thelma with her two daughters, Brenda (on the left) and Karen on the right. Sept. 17, 2005.


Thelma and Kenny on Karen's Wedding Day, September 8, 1973.


Thelma L Rhoades was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Thelma will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of John and Grace (West) Bucholtz. Thelma grew up in Franklin Township, Darke County, Ohio on the Red River West Grove Road.

      Thelma was raised with three siblings. She had one older sister, Arlene, one older brother Dale, and one younger sister Joan. Thelma was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Thelma had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Thelma was an active child who took part in baseball games with her brother. She was in the Franklin High School Band, playing clarinet. However, to Thelma, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Thelma had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1946. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. She enjoyed school and was a good student getting good grades. She didn't really have a favorite teacher, she liked them all. There were only twelve who graduated in her class. After graduation, they took a senior trip to New York City.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Thelma enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, some of her best friends were Joan Neff and Marcia Karns (who became her life-long best friend). Later in life, she became friends with Marcia Rhoades, Dorothy Schultz, and Dorothy Rhoades.

      On September 10, 1949 Thelma exchanged wedding vows with Kenneth J. Rhoades at Friedens Lutheran Church of Bloomer, Ohio (Miami County). Empathic and loyal, Thelma was committed to making her new family happy.

      Thelma worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Thelma was blessed with two daughters, Karen and Brenda. Another blessing for Thelma was the gift of four grandchildren, Eric, Angie, Kyle and Kendra, and eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Lindsay, Levi, Jessica, Parker, Dalton, Lane and Holt.

      Fortunately, Thelma enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Thelma worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was a farmers wife and homemaker. For a few years after graduation, she was employed as a secretary. After retiring from the farm, she delivered Meals on Wheels in Darke County. Thelma always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Thelma enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were embroidering, plastic canvas stitching and eating out. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Thelma found pleasure in sports. Thelma was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list were basketball, football and baseball.

      Throughout her life, Thelma was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Thelma was a member of the band.

      Thelma’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church for many years.

      Thelma enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included going to Florida.

      When Thelma’s retirement finally arrived in 1988, she was well prepared. Her new life involved relocating to Greenville. In retirement, she found new pleasure in delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly. Even in retirement, Thelma continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Thelma was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Thelma passed away on August 29, 2018 at The Hospice Unit at Wayne Health Care, Greenville, Ohio. Thelma lived a good life. After turning 90 years old, her health began to decline from heart issues. She is survived by daughters Karen and Brenda. Services were held at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, Ohio. Thelma was laid to rest in Gettysburg Cemetery.

      Simply stated, Thelma was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Thelma leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Thelma L Rhoades.