Thelma A. Luckenbill, 85, founding member of Denver Woman’s Club, active in church

By on May 21, 2014

Thelma A. Luckenbill, 85, formerly of Reamstown, died May 14, 2014, in Landis Homes where she resided since Nov. 2003.

Born in Denver, a daughter of the late Irwin M. and Florence (Heiser) Petery, her husband, John W. Luckenbill, died May 14, 1986.

Thelma was a life-long active member of St. John’s U.C.C., where she sang in the choir, taught and served as Sunday School Superintendent and worked on many other committees. Retiring in 1992 as a Merchandiser from F. W. Woolworth MADC, Denver, she was also employed by MGS, Inc., and Cinderella Knitting Mills.

Thelma played on the girl’s basketball team and graduated from Denver High School in 1947. She was a founding member and president 1973-75 of the Denver Woman’s Club and enjoyed traveling, playing pinochle and being supportive to her many friends.

Surviving is a daughter, Cynthia A. (Michael) Novak, Athens; a son: John G., partner of Stephen Klunk, The Villages, Fla.; grandsons: Dr. Matthew Novak, Waverly, N.Y., and Jeffrey Novak, fiancé of Alison Stern, Athens; sisters: Dorothy Demming, Lancaster, Edith Moyer, Carlisle, and Shirley (Dale) Kemper, Denver; a sister-in-law: Kathryn Luckenbill, Columbia; and a brother-in-law, Oliver Sholmartin, Denver; and nieces and nephews.

Three sisters and four brothers predeceased her.

Services were held May 19 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Denver, with Pastor David Brumbaugh officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Ephrata.

Contributions may be sent to St. John’s Foundation, Box 37, Denver, PA 17517; Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543; and Hospice & Community Care, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to be serving Thelma’s family. Visit

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