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Phoebe Lena Thomas


August 23, 2012


Phoebe Lena Thomas, 100, of 405 Powder Mill Road Danville PA where she had resided for the past 68 years made her journey home to the Good Lord on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at her residence.  She was born September 14, 1911 in Danville PA the daughter of the late Charles and Annie Eifert Knorr. 

She retired from housekeeping at Geisinger Medical Center in 1976, and would tell anyone who asked that she cleaned the hospital more times in her sleep after she retired than when she worked there. 

She was married for 36 years to the late Llewellyn Thomas who preceded her in death in 1977.   

Phoebe enjoyed crafting, especially needlework.  She loved to bake and was especially known for her blueberry buckle and sour cherry pies.   Her other interests included flower and vegetable gardening.  She always had at least one or two tomato plants.  Everybody knew she looked forward to her vine-ripened tomatoes each year—especially the first one!  All who visited her as the first one was getting ripe would lovingly tease her about stealing it.  She always replied, “Oh no you won’t—I’ll get you!”  In case you are wondering, she did get to enjoy the first one this year in a sandwich with extra mayo, a sprinkle of sugar and just a little salt and pepper. 

Phoebe had many people in her world—when everyone gathered they hung out either in the kitchen or, weather permitting, on her porch.  The chatter was constant, often several conversations going on at once.  Phoebe was drawn into each conversation with a “Hey Mother”, “Phoebe Lena”, “Ma”, “Aunt Phoebe”, “Nana”, “isn’t that right Gram?”, “Love-what can we get you?” and “Mrs. Thomas”.  All those people who called out to her are going to miss her and will smile as they remember her cute little sayings that were penned “Phoebe-isms”:  “It’s a great life if you’re young”, “I’m in great shape for the shape I’m in”, “I don’t want nothin’!”, “We all gotta do what we have to do”, “Tomorrow never comes today” and “Thanks if it pays the bill.”  As we say goodbye, we can envision her standing at the screen door, subtly waving, nodding slightly and saying “So long, it was a good life.”   

She is survived by two sons and their spouses; Terry L. Thomas and his wife Amy of Winfield PA and Robert McHale and his wife Janice of Chester, Virginia.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two daughters; Doris Jean Paul in 1995 and Linda Lou Pannebaker in 1979.   She was also preceded in death by one brother in infancy, Albert Henry Knorr in 1909 and two sisters; Marie Alice Diehl Smith in 1977 and Sadie Faux in 2005.    

Funeral services and burial will be private in Odd Fellows Cemetery Danville PA with Geisinger Hospice Chalain Robert D. Barner officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to WPGM Radio PO Box 236 Danville PA 17821.  Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com

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