December 8, 1930 - January 26, 2020
January 26, 2020
December 8, 1930
Union, New York
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10 to 11 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Thelma C. West, 89, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Phoebe Berks Health Care Center in Wernersville, PA. A long-time Waverly resident, Mrs. West lived in Wernersville near Reading, PA for the last 7 years.
She was born December 8, 1930 in Endicott, the daughter of Mabel L. and Joseph H. Martynek.
Thelma was a graduate of Union Endicott High School, attended Keystone Jr. College and graduated from the University of Maryland Cosmetology School in 1954. She owned the Martynek Beauty Salon in West Corners NY until her marriage in 1956 to Olin E. West, Jr. of Waverly.
After moving to Waverly, she also worked for the Pennsylvania Gas Company, served as a Welcome Wagon hostess and as the Executive Director of the Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, a job she truly loved.
Thelma was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. Up until her marriage she belonged to the Central Methodist Church in Endicott and then at the Waverly United Methodist Church in Waverly.
Before her marriage, she was active with the Methodist Church on both a local and conference level. In 1952 she participated in the Christian Youth Study Caravan, a missionary-friendship bicycle tour to Sweden. She served as a counselor to the adult Methodist Youth Fellowship at Central Methodist Church and held a leadership role with the Wyoming MYF Conference for a number of years. In Waverly, she was chair of the Memorial Committee, a member of the administrative board, played in the adult Handbell Choir, belonged to the Alethea Class and the United Methodist Women.
Thelma was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed traveling with family and bus trips with her good friend Barbara Koop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother, Alden. She is survived by her two children Ellen R. West of Reading, PA, Carl J. West (Gloria) of Williamsburg, PA, two grandchildren, Joshua (Desagie) West and Jacob (Virginia) West and two great-grandchildren, Sam and Virginia.
A time of calling will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10 to 11 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York with Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly, New York. Memorial donations may be made in Thelma’s name to Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, New York 14892. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Thelma’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Betty Crosby
So very sorry to hear your Mom's death. I have so many wonderful memories of her, especially from our time in handbells.
From: Beth Tubbs
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have many happy memories of spending time at your house and attending church with you at Waverly Methodist. May you be comforted at this time with the many wonderful memories of your mom.
From: Anne Davidson Curtis
Ellen I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very kind woman and she sure turned out an Amazing Woman in you. All my best