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Vera M. (Hahn) Thomas

Posted By jim starks On August 17, 2016 @ 4:01 pm In Obituaries | No Comments

On Monday, August 15, 2016 Vera M. (Hahn) Thomas left her family. She resided for 45 years at Reynolds Lake in Lawrence, MI and more recently in Satellite Beach, Florida. She was born Oct 10, 1926 and was looking forward to her 90th birthday this fall.

Vera taught school for many years—first in a one room school house in Sodus then at Lawrence Elementary.  She next taught art in Paw Paw and finished her career at Black River School teaching Kindergarten and then ITA reading to 1st and 2nd graders.  Through the years Vera was influential in the lives of many young people.  Four who stood out in her life were Barb Guritz-Houser, Terry Jungel, Joan Maier and Carl Speed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William (Bill) Thomas of Lawrence, her sister, Louise White of Southern California and her brother, Herbert Hahn of Benton Harbor.

She is survived by:  her 3 children—Roger (Paula) Thomas of Satellite Beach, FL, Robert (Pamela) Thomas of Lawrence  and Fayette Sommers of Melbourne, FL ;   her 4 beloved granddaughters— Collette (Chris) Nicholas, Michele (Kevin) West-Coughlin, Melissa (Sean) Mullen and Vanessa Sommers (Dustin Dorton);  and the loves of her life her 4 great grandchildren—Alexander and Aaron West and Savanna & Ethan Mullen.   Those family members remaining from her generation are Chuck Haskins, Bea Kella, Margie Boker, Betty Hahn and Martha Shindeldecker also many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday August 21st at La Cantina Ristorante from 3:00 to 5:30 including an early dinner.  Please, in lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the MARSP Student Scholarship c/o Elaine 707 Michigan Ave., South Haven, MI 49090.

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