Obit: Long, Thelma (1902 - 1951)
Surnames: Long, Anderson, Persike, Falk
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) 19 Jul 1951
Long, Thelma (2 AUG 1902 - 10 JUL 1951)
Mrs. Arthur H. Long died at Victory Memorial Hospital at 12:45 tues
Morning, July 10, 1951. Death came as an end to many weeks of suffering. When it was known that it was futile to hope for her recovery, the concern and sorrow of the community was everywhere evident.
She was born in Greenwood, Clark County, Wis., Aug. 2, 1902, and moved to Stevens Point with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Anderson when she was 10 years old.
She attended Stevens Point elementary schools, graduated from the high school there, and from Stevens Point Normal, with a major in home economics. She continued throughout her life to develop and practice the qualities that made her teaching successful. She taught home economics in Mosinee, Belmont and Stanley High Schools, coming here in 1924. Many of her former pupils now with home of their own, refer to her as an outstanding teacher.
On May 30, 1926 she was married to Arthur Long at Stevens Point. They lived in Stanley and she was devoted to their home, which became a center for family gatherings and social activities with friends, all of whom have many precious memories of happy occasions with Thelma Long, ever the gracious hostess.
Her devotion to her family made their interests her own in a spirit of general participation.
During the years her radiant personality welcomed many a newcomer to Stanley and her greetings helped make them feel at home in this community.
She was interested in pople and always seemed happy to be a part of whatever group she was in. She used her gift of organizing to good advantage and left her imprint on each group to which she belonged.
Active in all congregational affairs of her church, Our Savior's Lutheran, she was twice president of the English aid and furthered all its activities with zealous work. She was a member of the Orphah Circle and its chairman several times.
For many years she was especially interested in the work of her church as a member and officer of its Women's Missionary Federation. It was with regret that she relinquished those activities because of ill health a few years ago.
Her membership in the order of the Eastern Star was a source of continued interest in the organization. She was a past Worthy Matron of local lodge and a member of the Mary Dawes Green Past Matrons Club. She attended several Grand Chapter meetings of the lodge as grand page and as a state representative.
With her spirit of enthusiasm she gave impetus to community organizations; noteworthy among these is the American Legion Auxiliary, of which she was a past president.
Her Christian attitude, especially shown in her last illness, inspired loved ones with her courage and helped build a shrine of affectionate memory in the hearts of all who knew her, for her acquaintanceship was wide and, as was remarked several times during her illness, Thelma Long's life touched almost every home in Stanley.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Long, and two sons, Thomas and Allan, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Anderson, Stevens Point, two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Ida) Persike, Rhinelander; Mrs. Raymond (Rue) Falk, Nauvoo, Ill, and one brother, Col. Arnold Anderson, Park Ridge, Stevens Point.
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