Thelma J. Grush, 91, of Omaha, formerly of Falls City, passed away March 3, 2013 at Omaha. She was born Oct. 11, 1921 southwest of Falls City, to the late Charles and Xenia (Gladwell) Grush.
Ms. Grush grew up on a farm in southeastern Nebraska and attended District 86, she attended Falls City High School, graduating in 1939; she then attended Chillicothe Business College graduating in 1940. After graduating, she worked in offices in Chicago until Pearl Harbor, then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Civil Service. After being discharged from the service she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating in 1949 and receiving a degree in Business Administration. She then moved to Omaha where she did office work for a finance agency and a department store. In 1963 she returned to college after a two month tour of Europe. Thelma received a teacher certification from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and began teaching in the Omaha School System, where she taught business subjects at North, Central and Benson High Schools, and the individual Study Center until 1984. After retirement she did volunteer service at the Omaha Veteran’s Hospital and Republican Political Party offices. She was a member of Business & Professional Women, Omaha Retired Teachers and the Fem Vets. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women.
She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1944. After basic training at Fort Des Moines, she was assigned to work at the post headquarters until the post was closed. She was then transferred to the Pentagon, where she served as the secretary of their Director of the Women’s Army Corp., she served through 1947 being discharged at rank of Tech Sgt. She served in the Army Reserve as a First Lt. for four years.
Thelma is survived by her niece, Vicki Hunzeker, of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Ila Mae Hunzeker.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, with Rev. Lyle K. Schoen officiating. Interment in Steele Cemetery. Family prefers memorials to The Richardson County Historical Society.