Thelma Pearson Ihmels

Hudson resident for more than 45 years

Thelma Pearson Ihmels died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Dec. 7, 2013. She lived in Hudson for more than 45 years before moving to the Gardens of Western Reserve in December 2011.

Mrs. Ihmels was born in Binghamton, N. Y. on Dec. 1, 1916, to August and Linda Pearson. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and went to Sweden to meet her grandmother when she was 11 years old. She was a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in marketing. She married Richard Henry Ihmels on Sept. 6, 1941, and they were quickly separated by World War II, like many of their "Great Generation." After the war, they resided in Hamden as well as North Haven, Conn., before moving to Hudson, Ohio, in 1966.

Mrs. Ihmels loved Hudson and spent many enjoyable hours entertaining and playing Bridge. She enjoyed music and regularly attended concerts at Blossom Music Festival and performances by the Cleveland Orchestra. She was a member of Christ Church Episcopal where she worshipped, cooked meals for shut-ins and receptions and helped deliver communion to those unable to attend services. She treasured her family and loved seeing them all together. There was always good food, lots of laughter and wonderful memories.

Mrs. Ihmels was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.

She is survived by her children, Richard H. Ihmels, Jr. (Barbara) of Madison, Conn., Robert J. Ihmels (Patricia) of Long Grove, Ill., and David B. Ihmels (Cindy) of Hudson, Ohio; grandchildren, Kristen (Steven) Durning, David R. Ihmels (Celeste), Kirsten (Jason) Surber, Megan (Matthew) Simpson, Sarah Ihmels and Pearson Ihmels; and eight great grandchildren who all called her "GG" (Great Grandma), Andrew and Daniel Durning, Haley Ihmels, Addison, Charlotte, and Tatum Surber, and Henry and Thomas Simpson.

Family and friends are invited to honor and remember Mrs. Ihmel's life Feb. 1, 2014, at a Memorial Service which will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

Family and friends may honor her memory with a contribution to Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St., Hudson, OH 44236.

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  • Your Mom (and Dad too) were wonderful friends for all of the years we lived in Hudson. Thel was a dear, full of laughter, wonderful things to say about others always, a kind and generous lady. I will miss talking with her on the phone, as I have missed being with her since we moved to TN. You are very lucky to have had her in your lives.


    Colleen and Dave Sauber