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Thekla Abels

Thekla K. Abels (Adlhoch)

Saturday, November 26th, 1932 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Thekla Adlhoch Abels, loving wife of the late Henry, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. She was the sister of Bill Adlhoch (Maggie); aunt of Bill and Scott Adlhoch; and great-aunt of Lindsay, Sam and Andrew. She also is survived by Henry's sons, Peter and Fred.

Thekla graduated from St. Catherine High School, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit and master's degree in education from the University of Michigan. She taught for five years in St. Clair Shores, two years for the U.S. Army in Bad Hersfeld, Germany and more than 30 years in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

She was actively involved with the Catholic Kolping Society of Detroit and published its monthly newsletter for many years. Thekla also was an active member of her teaching sorority, Grosse Pointe Questers and St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

A world traveler, she visited more than 50 countries around the world and circumnavigated the earth in 1967.

Thekla loved her family, especially her grand-niece, Lindsay and grand-nephews, Sam and Andrew.

The family is grateful to the staff of American House Grosse Pointe and especially to caregivers, Jacqueline Kilcline and Virginia Moran.

Thekla will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Visitation takes place at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, followed by a memorial Mass at noon at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Contributions may be sent in Thekla's memory to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1620 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48211.
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    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church
    157 Lakeshore Rd.
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
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    Memorial Gathering 11:30 am until the time of Mass.


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Fred & Jerry

Posted at 12:06pm
With loving memories of "Thekla Abels",
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Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

Posted at 08:12am
On behalf of the Capuchin brothers, I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Thekla. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of Thekla's life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Abels family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Thekla.

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