THELMA L. FLORY, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Wood view Health Care Center, Fort Wayne. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Thelma was a homemaker and worked as a cook with East Allen County Schools for 10 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of Altar Sodality of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Surviving are her son, Bob (Pam) Flory of New Haven; daughters, Carol A. Kern of Fort Wayne, Mary L. (Francis) Byanski of Hilliard, Ohio, Joyce L. (Rex) Gepfert of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Elaine M. (Steve) Screeton of New Haven; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister, Barb Lloyd of Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Jack K. Flory; parents, Raymond J. and Clara Griem; two brothers; three sisters; and son-in-law, Allan Kern. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Fr. William Sullivan officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with a Vigil service at 4:30 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, Parkview Hospice, or Masses. To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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