MORAVIA — Thelma (Lawrence) Barnhart, 101, passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. She was born Jan. 18, 1916 to Frederick and Maude Lawrence in South Edmeston, N.Y., but spent most of her life in the King Ferry–Genoa area, and most recently in Moravia.
Mrs. Barnhart worked at Auburn Spark Plug in the late 30s and early 40s, and she and her husband owned and operated Barnhart’s Grocery and Service Station in Genoa in the 1950s. They later co-owned Barnhart and Franklin with their daughter and son-in-law, while she also worked in the cafeterias in the Genoa/Southern Cayuga school districts. She retired in the 1970s.
Thelma and her husband were longtime members of the Cayuga Cut-Ups Square Dance Club of Auburn. They loved to travel, and spent many winters in Florida. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and friends. At age 101, she was still very active and lived independently; often being seen running errands on her scooter in the Village of Moravia.
Surviving are her daughter, Arlene Franklin, of Moravia; three granddaughters, Leilani (Gary Inman) Franklin, of Ithaca, Coleen Franklin, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Vicky (Christian) Franklin Day, of Liverpool; great-grandchildren, Holly (Michael Juett) Franklin, of Waynesville, Mo., Zachary Piorun, of Matthews, N.C., and Tyler Piorun, of Liverpool; great-great-grandson, Cameron Juett, of Waynesville, Mo.; a grandson-in-law, Robert Wheeler, of Ithaca; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Myles (Mike) Barnhart; her son-in-law, Russell Franklin; four sisters and one brother.
There will be no services at this time.
Donations can be made to Moravia Four Town First Aid Squad, 109 Main St., Moravia, NY 13118.