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