Elizabeth Reed (Bull) Thoma

Born: Mon., Apr. 29, 2013
Died: Wed., Sep. 18, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 29, 2013
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
Location: Grace United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
Location: Grace United Methodist Church

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Elizabeth Reed Thoma, age 97, of 1107 Jackson Ave., Warren, Pa, went home to Glory on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the John and Orpha Blair  Hospice House.  Elizabeth was born April 29, 1916, in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Richard S. and Catharine Service Bull.  

Elizabeth was a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. She earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and received a BS from Carnegie Mellon University.  She worked as a secretary to the President of U.S. Steel for two years.  She and her late husband moved to Warren in 1944 after the war.  They owned and operated the family Gravely Tractor business on Jackson Avenue for many years.
Elizabeth had a passion for the Lord.  She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, and a longtime member of the choir.  She loved to sing.  Her motto was "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away". She did that by singing for over eighty years.  She also enjoyed traveling; having been to Europe with the Mount Holyoke Choir, to Brazil to visit a college friend, and to Germany with family. She especially loved her family and enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by one daughter, Sally Beers and her husband Dale, of Saegertown, PA; a son, Richard H. Thoma and his fiancée', Joy Wiedmaier, of Warren, PA; two grandchildren, Catharine Cwanek and her husband Matthew, of Fort Wayne, IN; and Linn Murray and her husband John, of Wilmore, KY; three great grandchildren who brought great joy to her life, Torilinn, Allison, and Madelyn Cwanek.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death in 1968 by her husband, Roger W. Thoma Sr.; in 2004 by her son, Roger W. Thoma Jr.; and a brother killed in WWII, Richard S. Bull.

Friends will be received at the Peterson - Blick Funeral Home, Inc, 1003 Penn Ave., E., Warren, PA, 16365 on Sunday, September 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Monday, September 30, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Penn. Ave., E., Warren, PA with Rev. Kevin Haley, pastor, officiating.  

Burial will follow in Warren County Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, PA 16365  or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA

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Edwin and Karen (Riggle) Atwood
   Posted Sat September 28, 2013
Dear Sally, We want to express our sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was a very gracious and talented lady, and surely a welcome addition to the Heavenly Choir. Take care.

Cathy Peterson
   Posted Sat September 28, 2013
Sorry for your loss. We will miss her at the Philomel meetings. She was a great lady who enjoyed music.

John Lindberg
   Posted Sat September 28, 2013
Sally and Richard,
Heartfelt sympathy goes out to you both and your families in the loss of your mother. Between Grace Choir and the Graveley Tractor business, I think our families have been connected since your folks moved to Warren. Sorry I will be physically unable to get out to the memorial service. Please know that I am there in spirit and lifting you up in prayer as you celebrate the life of this remarkable lady.

Dale Honhart
   Posted Mon September 30, 2013
May our Lord give you peace as you remember your mom with love. I will remember the sweet lady who always had smiles for me when we chanced to meet at Wendy's on Sundays. God bless your family. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Wayne Forsgren
   Posted Thu October 03, 2013
Sally /Richard,
You both, and families, are in our thoughts and prayers. Loyce and I lasted stopped and spent time with your amazing Mom when we visited Warren in Oct. 2010. What a wonderful and special lady. Your Mom, and your family, was part of that "greater village" that helped to properly and lovingly mold and raise me when I was a child. For this, I give Thanks. Today, I shed a tear of happiness for all those wonderful memories of childhood with all of you; sleep overs at your house on Jackson, playing in the woods and out buildings, the meals together at our house and yours, Sally's love of horses, and on and on. Of course, special love goes out to Bill, in his heavenly home, who carries a special place in my heart.

Please forward your e-mail addresses as I have a few "Mom photos". If ever you come West, our home IS yours. Would love to see you and spend quality time together.

Love, and God's Peace,
Wayne and Loyce Forsgren

887 West U Street
Washougal, Washington 98671

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