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Thelma Marie Estadt

February 11, 1917 December 19, 2006
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Thelma Marie Estadt, age 89, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at Westminster-Thuber Community Center, Columbus. She was born February 11, 1917, near Lower Salem, Noble County, Ohio, daughter of the late Leander and Clara Crum Smithberger. She was a 1935 graduate of Lower Salem High School. She and her late husband, Bober Estadt, managed and operated the Journal-Leader newspaper in Caldwell from 1939-1980, including during World War II, from 1942-1946, in the absence of the paper's owners. Mrs. Estadt was Miss Noble County 1937. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Caldwell, and its Catholic Women's Club, of which she was a past president, and a member of the parish council. She was also a charter member of the Caldwell Garden Club and several bridge clubs. She was a volunteer at Summit Acres Nursing Home for over twenty years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. 'Bober' Estadt, whom she married November 21, 1940, and who died July 27, 1981; one brother, Larry Smithberger; and two sisters-in-law, Verna Smithberger and Marie Taylor. Surviving are a daughter, Kathryn (Randy) Smith of Columbus; one brother, Lester Smithberger of Marietta; three grandchildren, Susan (Mike) Smith Gentner, Dr. Geoffrey (Molly)Smith, and Jennifer Smith (fiance David Porterfield), all of Columbus; one great-grandson, Mikey Gentner of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, December 21, 2006, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, Caldwell. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be observed Friday, December 22 at 11AM at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Caldwell, with Fr. Dale Tornes as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Caldwell. Christian Scripture services will be held Thursday evening at 8:30PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church - 1036 Belford Street - Caldwell, Ohio 43724.

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