Thelma M. (Schomburg) Frost

March 9, 1934 ~ October 6, 2020 (age 86)


Thelma M. Frost, age 86 of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.  


She was born on March 9, 1934 to Oscar and Inez (VanVlerah) Schomburg in Defiance, Ohio. Thelma was married to James J. Richardson, James "Rus" Barbee, and Henry "Dick" Frost, who have all preceded her in death.


Thelma was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Defiance. She worked at Zeller Corporation for over thirty years until her retirement in 1996. Thelma loved shopping, and spending time with her family.


Thelma will be sadly missed by her sons, Steven (Jolynn) Richardson of Fredericksburg, VA, and John (Tammy) Richardson of South Carolina, and daughters, Mary (Victor) Geckle of Continental, OH, Deborah (Junior) Dockery of Defiance, and Janet Bakle of Defiance. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her sister, Laura Peffley (Floyd Brown) of Defiance, and brothers, Ricky (Sharon) Schomburg of Arizona, and Robert Schomburg of New Mexico.


In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ronald Schomberg, Roger Schomburg, H. Orval Schomburg, and Harold Schomburg, her sisters, Beverly Land and Frances Schomburg, and granddaughter, DeAnn Dockery.


Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Due to the recent pandemic, masks and social distancing are required to enter the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 12, 2020 at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Ron Monteith officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Memory Gardens.


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October 11, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
October 12, 2020

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church in Defiance (Ohio)


First Baptist Church Defiance, Ohio
1399 Jefferson Ave, Defiance, OH 43512,
Tel: (419) 784-4746

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