Thelma Louise Stare, 96, of Geneseo, died Nov. 18, 2009, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, after a brief illness. A memorial mass celebrating her life was held Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. She was buried with her husband at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held one half hour prior to  the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation or GEEE (Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education). Funeral services were under the direction of Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo.


Thelma Louise Stare, 96, of Geneseo, died Nov. 18, 2009, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, after a brief illness. A memorial mass celebrating her life was held Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. She was buried with her husband at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held one half hour prior to  the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation or GEEE (Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education). Funeral services were under the direction of Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo.

She was born Aug. 6, 1913, in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Louis and Mary Maude (Patterson) Howarth and graduated from Newark High School in 1931. After graduation, she worked at the Ohio Power Company, where she met Lawrence “Larry” Phillip Stare. They were married Aug. 23, 1936. He died in 1994. A homemaker, wife and mother of two, she lived in Newark and Canton, Ohio. She and her husband retired to N. Ft. Myers, Fla. in 1975, where they enjoyed square dancing, fishing and visits from their family. In 2000, she moved to Geneseo, where she resided at Liberty Village and was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include a daughter and spouse, Christy and Edward Coleman of Geneseo; a son and his partner, James Stare and Michael Boettner of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren and spouses, Beth Coleman of Minneapolis, Minn., Anne (Coleman) and Gordon Sammons of Geneseo; Michael Coleman of New York, N.Y. and Steve and Susan  (Cucci) Coleman of Geneseo, and eight great-grandsons, Christian, Erik, Evan, Will and Cy Sammons, and Connor, Daniel and Liam Coleman, all of Geneseo.