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Thelma Petrick

October 23, 1921 — April 18, 2022

Thelma I. Petrick, age 100, passed away peacefully on Monday April 18, 2022 at her home.  She was born in Clarion County on October 23, 1921, the youngest child of the late Thomas and Sara Schafer Aikins.

Thelma was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized at the age of 14 in Clarion, PA. She loved to share the bible’s message of hope with others and did so for 87+ years in various towns and cities in PA. She attended the Bayview Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years and for the last 3 years, she has been a member of the Grandview Park Congregation. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Michael J. Petrick; sons-in-law Donald Austin and Paul Pierzynski, ten brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her two daughters Sandra Pierzynski and Sheryl Austin, seven grandchildren: Michael Austin (Nan), Eric (Michelle) Austin, Robert (Amy) Perry, Kathleen (Ed) Slubowski, James (Linda) Pierzynski, Timothy (Shelly Silvaggi) Pierzynski, and Andrew (Brittany) Pierzynski, ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren with another one on the way, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family also wishes to recognize another important member of the family, Amy Austin, who loved and will miss her grandmother as will all of our family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all.

Thelma grew up on a farm in Clarion. She, along with her ten siblings, learned quickly what hard work was all about and as a result was a strong, hard working woman her entire life. She loved her family and friends and would go out of her way to assist anyone in need. She loved to bake and to make jams and jellies for her family and friends. She also loved to drive and did so until she was 97 years old. Even in her older years, it was nothing for her to grab a friend and head for Waterford, North East, or Fairview to pick or to purchase fresh fruit and produce. Tuesday was her favorite day of the week as she spent the morning in the ministry, went to lunch with her friends and maybe even fit in a little shopping afterwards. She led a successful and satisfying life serving the God whom she loved and enjoying her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.   Arrangements by Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services Downtown, 602 W. 10th St.

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