Evelyn Thomas

Evelyn Thomas

Wednesday, November 28th, 1928 Saturday, May 4th, 2019

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Obituary for Evelyn M. Thomas

Evelyn M. Thomas, 90, formerly of New Holland, died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Luther Acres. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmon “Red” Thomas.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Paul J. and Viola M. (Degler) Leibold.

Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland where she was a Sunday School Teacher for 35 years.

An accomplished musician, she gave piano, organ and accordion lessons both privately and at the former Wittich’s Music Store and Zeswitz Music Store, both in Reading. She provided entertainment with her accordion for floor shows, banquets, senior citizen group, nursing homes, and played with a trio of many years. She also enjoyed golfing, crossword puzzles, traveling with family and friends, and playing card games.

Surviving are three children: Gayle L. married to George W. “Butch” Gordon III, Ephrata, Glenn D. married to Jacki Oplinger, Fayetteville, NC, Jay A. married to Sandy Oplinger, Aurora, CO, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a step-daughter Elizabeth Jane Boyter, Winnsboro, SC and a brother, Robert A. Leibold married to Bernice Dolinski, Barrington, IL.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Oplinger, Jr. and a brother Frederick Leibold.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., New Holland, PA 17557. Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church on Thursday from 9-10 a.m. If desired, memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, address above. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    221 E. Main St.
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    Thursday, May 9th, 2019
    9:00am - 10:00am
  • Service

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    221 E. Main St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019
    Rev. Dr. Charles H. Oberkehr
  • Interment

    Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
    221 E. Main St.
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Bonnie Novicki

I knew Mrs. Thomas over 40 yrs ago and am so sorry to hear of her passing. Even though I have not seen her for many years, I remember what a wonderful women she was. Till this day I still use the recipe box full of great meals she gave me. She was an excellent cook. I'm sure she will be dearly missed.
Bonnie (Comito) Novicki
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