Thelma Frances Zinsmaster, age 98, of Bryan, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Hillside Country Living in Bryan, Ohio. She worked in the office at the Aro Corporation and Williams County Auditor’s office in Bryan for many years.
Thelma loved being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family. She resided in her home that she loved for 71 years and was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan. Thelma was an exceptional seamstress and was a volunteer at the Church Women United Thrift Store for many years.
She enjoyed golfing with her husband Dean and was active in local golf leagues. She loved bridge club, painting, puzzles, watching soap operas and Ohio State football.
Born on June 27, 1922 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, Thelma was the daughter of George and Elsie (Mandle) Hartman. She graduated from Bradford High School in 1940. After meeting Dean Zinsmaster in 1942 at the Bryan Candy Kitchen, they married on June 17,1944 in Junction City, Kansas and she became a World War II Army bride. They were married 47 years before Dean passed away on January 6, 1992.
Thelma is survived by her two children, Cheryl (Ric) Jones, of Bryan, and John (Braettina) Zinsmaster, of Phoenix, Arizona; 4 grandsons; 8 great-grandchildren and brother, Richard (Peggy) Hartman, of Pemberville, Ohio. She was predeceased by her husband Dean Zinsmaster, her parents, and her sisters, Shirley Rockhill and Mary Gustwiller.
Her interment will take place at Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan with arrangements handled by Krill Funeral Service, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan. Because of the current health crisis, a Celebration of Life will be held at a future date once restrictions are eased.
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