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June 12, 2014

Thelma Stolz

MYSTIC — Thelma Maye Stolz, 96, passed away June 11, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Thelma was born on Feb. 9, 1918, in Mercer, Missouri, to Irene (Hamilton) and Joe Hassen. She married Lemuel Stolz and worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for Stolz Mobile Homes from 1967 to 1981 in Centerville until they retired in 1981. The couple wintered in Texas and traveled internationally. Thelma was an accomplished pianist and author. She wrote a cookbook and a book on Mystic during the Depression. She was also an amateur artist and entered many amateur artist contests in Iowa. In addition, Thelma hosted a religious music program on KCOG Radio and even made a record.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Ruth A. (Paul) Poli of Inman, South Carolina, Ted (Sharon) Stolz of Ottumwa, Virginia (George) Schiel of Englewood, Colorado, and Charlotte (Howard) Dunbar of Johnson City, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel E. Stolz; her sister, Opalene Haggarty; and stepdaughter, Mary Ashby.

Services will be held at noon Friday at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Mystic.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

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