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June 6, 2014

Clara D. Theno

MEADVILLE — Clara D. Theno of Franklin Pike, Meadville, formerly of St. Matthews, Ky., passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2014, at Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville. She was 93.

She was born in Erie on April 18, 1921, a daughter of the late Oscar V. and Clara (Behr) Detzel. She had been married to John G. Theno and he had preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2005.

In her early years, Clara was a radio talk show host for WLEU, Erie, and later went on to be a secretary for the president of WLEU. In 1956 she and her husband had relocated to St. Matthews as a result of his work transfer with The General Electric Corporation. She was a member of the GE Wives and was active through the years in the book club, the garden club and the homemakers club. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, St. Matthews, where she was the Eucharistic minister and quite active in all facets of the church.

She is survived by three nephews, Randolph Detzel and his wife, Terri, of Meadville, Jonathan G. Alberstadt and his wife, Natalie, of Erie and Norbert F. Alberstadt Jr. of California; three great-nieces, Catherine Schuetz and her husband, Jeff, of McKean, JoAnne Detzel and her fiancé, Richard O’Brien, of Meadville, and Elizabeth Detzel and her fiancé, Artie Dovishaw, of Erie; a great-nephew, Geoffrey Alberstadt of Erie; a great-great-niece, Ashley Hotchkiss of McKean; and a great-great-nephew, Matthew Jones of McKean.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, John F. Detzel; and a sister, Doris Myers.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary’s of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, with the Rev. Mark J. Solomon officiating. The committal service will follow at 11:45 a.m. in the chapel of Calvary Cemetery, 3325 W. Lake Road, Erie, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at robertsnyderfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are with Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville.

The family has suggested that memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 290, Erie, Pa. 16501.

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