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Thelma L. Siepel

Thelma L. Siepel, 86, of rural Tennessee, died at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. She was born July, 17, 1915, near Table Grove in Farmers township, Fulton County, the daughter of Ernest Christian and Olive Josephine (Robinson) Grandt. She was married June 12, 1936, at the United Brethren Church in Macomb, to John Willard Siepel, who preceded her in death June 6, 1971.

She is survived by five children, Captain Willard Ernest Siepel, US Navy Retired and wife (Carol) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Olive Ruthanne Danielson of Plymouth, Mary Jane and husband (Gerald) White of Colchester, Barbara Jean and husband (Frankie) Lucie of Basco, Patricia Lea and husband (Edwin) Burtness of Orfordville, Wis., and one daughter-in-law, Sue Siepel of Austin, Texas; 15 grandchildren survive, Keith Willard and Margo Siepel and Kevin Willard and Sharon Siepel of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Joanne and Don Switzer of Plymouth, David John and Nancy Danielson of Tennessee, Melissa Sue and Jeff Calhoun of Macomb, Geoffrey Grandt and Kimberly White of Morris, Diana Lee and John D. Cox of Bokoshe, Okla., Beverly Jo and James Hoffmeister of La Romain, Trinidad, West Indies, Michael George Siepel of Springfield, Mo., Charles Roy Lucie and Steven Raymond and Jennifer Lucie of Basco, Adam Lee and Amy Lucie of Carthage, Deanna Louise DeVoe, Jason Edwin and Sara Burtness, and Eric Lee Burtness of Orfordville, Wis.; 25 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Stromberg of Tacoma, Wash. and Dorothy Livengood of Elizabethton, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Edward Siepel, a son-in-law, Bob Danielson, a grandson, Danny Albert Danielson, a great-granddaughter, Colette Elaine Danielson, her parents, two brothers, Charles E. Grandt and Jim L. Grandt and two sisters, Eleanor D. Icenogle and Marjorie Lea Stromberg.

Thelma’s childhood homes were in the areas of Table Grove, Ipava, Gin Ridge, Plymouth and Macomb. Following her marriage she lived on the Siepel Family Farm south of Joetta until June 2001 when she moved to LaMoine Christian Nursing Home in Roseville. She moved to Wesley Village Health Care in Macomb in September 2001. She was a 1933 graduate of Macomb High School. She worked in her father’s business, Farmer’s Produce in the Lindsey Building in Macomb, and later was employed at Dennis chicken Products in Augusta, in the dietary department at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, and as a crop reporter with the US Department of Agriculture. She was a co-leader of the Lamoine Lucky Ladies 4-H club in Hancock County for several years, and had been a member of Home Bureau and the Crooked Creek Special Club. She enjoyed her yard, especially hybrid tea roses, daffodils and red bud trees. Known lovingly as “Granny Siepel” to her grandchildren and many friends, neighbors, and family members, She will be remembered by them for her gifts of quilts and hand-crocheted afghans and for the time and love she shared with each of them. She also created elaborate gingerbread houses for her beloved “Gray Boys” when they were children. She enjoyed reading and travel, and was a member of the Tennessee Birthday Club. She was an active member of the Hills Grove United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible school and was active in the United Methodist Women. She was also co-founder and member of Church Women United of the Colchester area.

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Hills Grove United Methodist Church near Tennessee with the Rev. Donald Long officiating. Burial was in the Hills Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Hills Grove United Methodist Church.

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