TRAVERSE CITY — Known by family and friends alike as someone who was “always on their side,” Thelma C. Largent of Traverse City passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 with her loving family by her side.
She was born 80 years ago, Jan. 28, 1933, in Hannah, Mich., to John M. and Cleota M. (Weber) Steinebach.
In 1950, she married James Largent at St. Mary of Hannah Catholic Church. The Largents made their home in Traverse City and marked a 56-year marriage that resulted in five children.
Thelma was active in her community and her church. She loved the time spent with her many friends at Father Fred’s, where she was a regular volunteer. Thelma worked at Potter’s Bakery for several years, then at TruFit Trouser for 25 years where she ultimately retired as a seamstress.
Known for her sense of humor, kindness and wit, she regularly entertained family and friends at holiday celebrations and special occasions. “Grandma made everyone feel at home,” noted a grandchild, “and could always find a reason to have a party.”
Thelma also loved to be outdoors. Camping, fishing, outdoor craft and morel hunting were favorite activities. Making bird houses, painting in oils, reading and sewing were other pastimes. She especially enjoyed golf, an activity she and Jim did together for many years.
A long time member of St. Francis Catholic Church, she volunteered regularly on the church’s funeral luncheon committee.
Thelma is survived by five children: Bernard Largent of Perry, Debra (Dale) Colaianni of Alden, Daniel (Michele) Largent of Traverse City, Steven (Sharon) Largent of Traverse City, and Cynthia (Michael) Green of Kingsley; nine grandchildren: Eric, Lisa, Jacqui, Andrew, Amber, Shane, Becky, Rachel, and Josh; three great grandchildren: Katelynn, Caidance, and Ben; siblings: Mary Ann (Henry) Bartz and Dan (Lynn) Steinebach; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Don Pelky, husband James, and brother Gerald Steinebach.