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Thelma I. (Hileman) Bilderback Kitson

September 13, 1913 ~ May 17, 2018 (age 104)

Thelma I. (Bilderback) Kitson, 104, of Decatur, IN passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Adams Woodcrest. Thelma was born in Marshall County, IN on September 13, 1913 to the late W. Alonzo and Daisy (Buchanan) Hileman. Thelma was married to her 1st husband, John A.J. Bilderback on December 30, 1932 and he preceded her in death in 1945; she then married Frank A. Kitson in 1958; he preceded her in death on October 20, 1967.

Thelma was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also involved with the Civic Federated Clubs of Decatur and the Pythian Sisters. She formerly worked in the Dietary Services at Adams County Memorial Hospital.

Thelma is survived by her two sons, John Bilderback of Akron, OH and James (Becky) Bilderback of Jasper, IN; two daughters, Rose (Larry) Bolinger of North Carolina and Mary (Lisle) Knittle of Decatur; 15 grandchildren and 9 step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Elinor and Bob Hirschy; 5 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 step daughters and 2 step sons.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with calling prior from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Pastor Chris Gadlage will be officiating and burial will be in Willshire Cemetery, Willshire, OH.

Memorials are to St. Mark’s UMC.

Arrangements handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.

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