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Helen M. Thieme, 83, of Decatur, passed away at 1:43 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Tuesday, June 11, 1929, in Wells County, to the late Orval P. and Edith C. (Bowman) Barger.
Helen married Otto W. A. Thieme on February 11, 1950, in Immanuel Lutheran Church; he survives.
She was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher and was involved with the Ladies Society.
Helen was a homemaker and was the past President of the Adams County Extension Homemakers Association. She was a member of the Mary Mixers Home Demonstration Club and was the 2001 Adams County 4-H Fair Grand Marshall with her husband Otto. An active volunteer in the community, Helen was involved at Adams Memorial Hospital, Woodcrest Nursing Home, and the American Red Cross.
Among survivors are her sons, Rickey (LeAnn) Thieme of Decatur; Philip Thieme of Decatur; Bruce "Checkers" (Patty) Thieme of Decatur; Rodney (Darlene) Thieme of Panacea, Fla.; daughters, Tina Gaskill of Van Wert and Tonia Stoppenhagen of Bluffton; brother, Richard (Marge) Barger of Craigville; sisters, Virgene Bowers of Decatur and Mildred Riley of Monroe; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren, and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Colleen K. Haire-Thullner; one grandson, Michael McCombs; one great-granddaughter, Paige Clemons; three sisters, Marcilla Gerber, Phyllis Reinhart, and Wilma Funk..
Visitation will be from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to service at the church on Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev. Martin Moehring officiating.
Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or other items, Helen requested that memorials be given to the organizations listed below.
Immanuel Lutheran Church; St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School; or donor's choice.