Thelma Doris <I>John</I> Gaeth

Thelma Doris John Gaeth

Allen County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Nov 2006 (aged 85)
Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Burial Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
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Former Defiance resident and teacher Thelma D. Gaeth, 85, Lima, died at 5:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Lima Convalescent Home, Lima.
She was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Allen County, the daughter of Aidren and Carrie (Allison) John. In 1943, she married M. Benjamin Gaeth, who died in 2002. A graduate of Defiance High School, she attended Defiance College for two years and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1943 with a degree in education, majoring in health and physical education and minoring in English. She taught at Genoa Public Schools, Defiance College and Defiance High School. Following her retirement, she worked as a substitute teacher for about 12 years at Defiance City and County Schools, Bryan City Schools and Four County Joint Vocational School, rural Archbold. She later served about one year as field director of Maumee Valley Girl Scout Council, Toledo.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Defiance; Order of Eastern Star Chapter 321; Defiance Hospital Auxiliary, where she chaired the baby picture service; League of Women Voters; Defiance County Republican Women; and Defiance College Womens Commission. Daughters of the American Revolution, Lima Chapter; Lima Area Senior Citizens; Welsh Society, Gomer; Defiance Elks; and many educational and lodge auxiliaries. She previously served on the Defiance Area YMCA board of directors.
Surviving are two sons, John (Annette) of Lima, and Bill (Bonnie), Naperville, Ill.; a daughter, Gretchen (Chris) Landes, Hilliard; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes Shawnee Chapel, Lima, with Rev. Thomas Steensma officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, where there will be a committal service at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Visitation is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to First Presbyterian Church, Defiance; or the Gaeth Family Scholarship Fund, Bowling Green State University Foundation, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402. Condolences may be left at

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 69047780
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thelma Doris John Gaeth (5 Oct 1921–12 Nov 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69047780, citing Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Robert W. Bennett (contributor 46606995) .