In Memory of Thelma M. Stone

Thelma M. Stone
Thelma M. Stone
Born: September 5, 1926
Died: September 20, 2015
Age: 89
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Thelma M. Stone
September 5, 1926 - September 20, 2015
From: Nevada, IA

Thelma Stone, age 89, of Nevada, died Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Story County Medical Center in Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastors Myron Herzberg and David Burling officiating.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. 

Thelma Marie Stone was born on September 5, 1926, at home in McCallsburg, Iowa, to Tygo and Martha (Westre) Caltvedt.  She grew up and attended school in McCallsburg, graduating from McCallsburg High School in 1944.

On August 8, 1946, Thelma was united in marriage to Jimmie Stone at Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg.  The couple was blessed with three children, Dennis, Lana, and Debra.  Thelma and Jimmie recently marked 69 years of marriage and were a model of love and commitment for their family and community.  They served as each others’ strength, in a marriage filled with love and friendship.  

Family and church were the main focus of Thelma’s life.  At Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, she was active in various committees, and in earlier years served as Sunday school teacher and assisted with Luther League.  In the community she was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed playing bridge, and participated in local activities.  Thelma will be remembered for her caring nature, her willingness to help others, and her legendary cooking abilities.

Thelma was a dedicated worker throughout her life.  She was employed at Donnelley’s with friends and neighbors, and at Iowa State University where she was beloved by the students and honored with a Dedication Brick on the wall at Alumni Center.

Thelma’s Norwegian heritage was a source of pride and celebration.  In 1998, she was delighted to travel to Norway with her family to connect with her roots.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmie; two daughters, Lana (Dan) Gogerty of Ames, and Debra (John) Milligan of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Nicole (Joe) Spradling of Des Moines, Nathan (Andrea) Stone of Clive, David (Jessica) Gogerty of Ankeny, and Ellen (Austin) Hames of Ankeny; eight great-grandchildren, Kevin, James, Isabelle, Katherine, Tyler, Madison, Callan, and Savannah, as well as another great-granddaughter expected in November; a sister-in-law, Marie (Wally) Loney of McCallsburg; a cousin, Joyce (Clyde) Anderson of Des Moines; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Stone in 2012; her parents; and eleven brothers and sisters.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Thelma and her family.

Our family extends our heartfelt gratitude to Story County Senior Care and the Story County Hospital for all their wonderful care through Thelma’s last few years.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 10:40 AM
“I was employed at Freeman Hall at Richardson Court in 1986+ as the weekend maid (student employment). Thelma was the custodian of that building, and you can bet the young women all adored her. She so warmly stayed in touch, and even came to my wedding in northeast Iowa in 1990. I had exchanged letters with her over the years, but lapsed a couple of years ago. I reached out to her to check on her and she was still doing fine, but I could tell she was frail in her hand-writing. Little did I know it would be the last letter I was to receive from her. She welcomed me into her home, a retreat for a home-sick student. This Christmas my letter was returned. I also discovered that dear Jimmie had also passed to his reward in Heaven. If you find a spindle santa, that was painted by me, a gift of our friendship! Thank you, Thelma, for being in my life.”
- Renee Hemesath Matt
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM
“Mr. Stone an family,

It has been many years since I knew Thelma from Iowa State and the Towers Residence Halls, where I worked in the complex office. She was a kind and gracious women and welcomed a new person in town into your home for dinner. Such hospitality and kindness is never forgotten, even 37 years later. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ann Coppernoll”
- Ann Coppernoll
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM
“We only had the privilege of knowing Thelma since Joe and Nicole were married in 2004. Always good to see her and Jimmie at family get togethers. She will truly be missed!”
- Mark and Barb Reece
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to all of you~
Lore, Mike, Donna & Teri Ausdal from Rapid City, South Dakota”
- Teri Arneson (Ausdal) & family
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM
“Chuck and I were backyard neighbors with Thelma & Jimmie for many years. I had a chance to go down several times this summer to the house in Nevada and it just wasn't the same not having Jimmie tending to the little garden and Thelma the flowers. Such a wonderful pair and so sweet, the kind of people you always hope to get for neighbors. So sad to hear the news of Thelma's passing, my prayers and thoughts are with the family. ”
- Jayne Hall
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:32 PM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- Sue Runge Banks
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:29 AM
“I have fond memories of Thelma. Pancakes before school when we were In K-2 comes to mind. Thinking of all of you”
- Claudette Corbin Staab
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10:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor Myron Herzberg
Pastor David Burling


Joe Spradling
Nathan Stone
David Gogerty
Austin Hames
Dan Gogerty
John Milligan


5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa