Thelma K. Peek, 94, of Pulteney, peacefully passed into God’s loving care Sunday, May 7, 2017 after almost two years of loving care from the staff at The Homestead in Penn Yan.
It was Thelma’s wish that there be no visitation. Friends and family are invited and encouraged to join in worshiping God at the Pulteney Presbyterian Church for a Celebration of Thelma’s life to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27 with Pastor Richard Schied officiating. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the Pulteney Fire House. Interment will take place on a later date at the family’s convenience at the Pulteney Glenview Cemetery.
Thelma was born Feb. 26, 1923, in Prattsburgh, the daughter of the late Joseph & Ellen (McCormick) Kennedy. After graduating from Prattsburgh Central School in 1940, she married her sweetheart, Walter E. Peek, July 4, 1940. They began a life journey lasting almost 62 years. Together they started that journey working on their dairy farm in Pulteney, then in 1956, moving on to a vineyard and a contracting business for over 25 years more. They were fortunate to travel together in their retirement years, visiting family and making new friends over most of the United States, including five trips to Alaska and one to Hawaii. For over 30 years they drove their motor home to the same campsite in Key Largo, Fla., eager to spend the winter with their “Florida” friends and enjoy the fishing and sunshine. Thelma often returned home from Florida with more first place ribbons for shuffleboard than Walt.
Her faith and church family were important to Thelma. She was a lifelong congregant of the Pulteney Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, a Sunday school teacher, a supporter of children’s programs and other special events. She will be remembered for her great apple pies and butternut squash that were served at the yearly church harvest suppers. In the early years, Thelma was involved with “Home Bureau” and 4-H, and in recent years she was an active member of the Guy-a-no-ga chapter of the DAR, where she served as Historian.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Peek, April 5, 2002; her sister, Phyllis Kennedy Peek; and brother, Joe M. Kennedy.
Surviving are her children, Frederick (Pamela) of Penn Yan, Walter (Nancy) of Penn Yan, Donald (Mary Jane) of Pulteney, and Ann (Jon) McKnight, of Penn Yan; along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Josephine Thompson of Potter, and Grace Coombs of Prattsburgh; brothers, Laurence (Betty) Kennedy of Bath, and David (Ruth) Kennedy of Pulteney; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to many and will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pulteney Presbyterian Church, Pulteney Free Library, and/or Pulteney Volunteer Ambulance.
Friends and family may share memories of Thelma at www.bottoni-wood.com