Johnson Walton Funeral Home

Thelma E. Gares

Thelma E. Gares

Thelma Edith Gares, 94, of Kingwood Township, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at her home.

Thelma was born January 7, 1926 in Kingwood Township, NJ, where she was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Frenchtown High School. Thelma attended the Ambler Campus of Temple University, where she received her Associate Degree in Horticulture. She worked as a laundry supervisor at the Center for Geriatrics in Glen Gardner, NJ, for ten years. Prior to that, Thelma worked at Tirpok Cleaners in Flemington, NJ. She was also a homemaker. Thelma served as a Girl Scout leader in Kingwood Township, at one time. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and sister and will be dearly missed.

Daughter of the late Clayton and Beatrice (Vail) Stains, Thelma is survived by her three daughters Katherine "Kitty" E. Ott, Pati L. Leap, and Cheryl A. Thurgarland, her brother Kenneth Stains, her seven grandchildren Russell, William, Jean, Rebecca, Heather, George, and Nikki, her fifteen great-grandchildren, and her two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Jean Richard Gares in 2000, her daughter Rhody Ilene Gares in 2019, and her brother Howard Stains.

Funeral services will be private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.


From: Shawn & Beverly Stains
We are so sorry to hear that Thelma passed. Sending prayers.

From: Mary (Hoffman) Sunday
I grew up in Baptistown and Mrs. Gares was my Girl Scout Leader. I have many great memories of those times when kids did not have 1000 activities so each event became special. Mrs. Gares always had patience with giggling young girls and was always kind and helped to instill good qualities in the girls she mentored. My condolences to her family and may God Bless her.

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