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Agatha Thomas

Agatha E. Thomas, 96, of Carey and formerly of Kirby, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 10:13 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
Born in Kirby in 1922, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Mary Ann (Hunkele) Frey Sr.
Agatha married Glenn I. Thomas on Oct. 15, 1944, in Kirby. He preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 2000.
She is survived by six children, Jean (Keith) Cossey, Carey; Mark (Gail) Thomas, Williamsburg, Va.; Eileen Leidich, Alexandria, Va.; Christine (Al) Burnard, Marysville; Steve (Cathy) Thomas, Lake Charles, La.; and Eric (Kelley) Thomas, Elkart, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; three brothers, Cyril (Judy) Frey, Frederick (Judy) Frey, Norbert (Carol) Frey, all of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Rose Pahl, Upper Sandusky; and Sister Noel “Imelda” Frey, Fremont.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Thomas; six brothers, Edwin, Jerome Jr., Gerald, Wilfred, Norman and Herman; and a sister, Miriam Vent.
Agatha was an Upper Sandusky High School graduate and attended Tiffin Business College. She was a homemaker and a secretary at the Erie Proving Grounds during WWII and later at U.A.P. in Forest.
She had a strong faith and served in many ways, for many years, as an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kirby. Later, she became an active member of Our Lady of Consolation Church when she moved to Carey in 2005. She was one of the founders of Kirby Bells 4-H Club, volunteered her time to many organizations and served on the board for the Wyandot County Council on Aging. Agatha, along with her husband, taught their children to respect God’s earth by example. Today, they would be considered “tree huggers.”
A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. A private graveside service will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kirby.
Agatha’s family will be hosting a luncheon and a time of sharing at the American Legion #344 in Carey immediately following the mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wyandot County Council on Aging or a charity of the donor’s choice and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316-1169.
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