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Obituary: Thelma M. Kuchenbecker, Columbus

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Ms. Thelma M. Kuchenbecker of Columbus, IN, formerly of Seymour, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

Thelma was born in Seymour, IN, January 12, 1923, the beloved daughter of the late Thomas J. and Nell (McKain) Johnston. She attended school in Jennings County, graduating from Jennings County High School in 1940. She lived most of her life in Seymour, North Vernon, and Columbus. She retired in 1988 after 18 years of service as office manager of Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, Columbus, IN.

Thelma was a member of the Bartholomew-Brown-Jackson Counties Association of Medical Assistants and had served as President on the local level. Prior to that she was an employee of the government, working at Freeman Field in Seymour, Bakalar Air Base, Columbus, and Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Seymour, IN.

A lifelong lover of animals, Thelma was a supportive member of both Bartholomew County and Jackson County Humane Societies. Always living life to the fullest, she loved to dance and had a passion for music, traveling, gardening and wildlife.

Ms. Kuchenbecker is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Verdan Johnston of Laytonville, CA; by her stepgrandson and granddaughter-in-law, Geoffrey and Tina Croghan of Seattle, WA; great-grandson, William Croghan and great-granddaughter, Mariella Croghan of Seattle, WA; two nieces; and one nephew.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Thomas M. Johnston, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Voss Chapel on Thursday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Larry Tingle and Rev. Robert Vester officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour with a Voss Dove release.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson County Humane Society or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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