In memory of
PAULINE JUNE (Leonhard) THOMA
In memory of
PAULINE JUNE (Leonhard) THOMA
THOMA PAULINE JUNE THOMA (nee Leonhard), 96, beloved wife of the late Walter, took her last breath Sunday evening, February 8, 2015. Pauline (also known as PJ or Monk) had a 57 year love affair with her career in journalism which began as a reporter for The Cleveland Press at age 17 and ended as a reporter for The Plain Dealer at her retirement when she was 76. Along the way she also reported the news in Oklahoma when Walter was in the service and was Editor of WestLife Newspaper. Her achievements and honors were numerous and included: induction into the Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993, membership on the executive board of the Newspaper Guild and a stint as Treasurer of its Cleveland chapter, membership in Theta Sigma Phi (now known as Women in Communications), serving on the Board of Directors of Sigma Delta Chi (now the Society of Professional Journalists), and spending 21 years in the capacity of Treasurer of the Cleveland Press Club, to name a few. Her warm and tender spirit brought joy into the lives of family and friends. Her fierce tenacity was feared by subjects of her newspaper exposes. Her commitment to the City of Fairview Park where she spent the vast majority of her life was boundless. Her sense of humor, periodic stubborn streak, blackjack and bridge talents, bartending skills, choices of Christmas gifts...these aspects of her amused many. Her adoration of Hawaii, Las Vegas, Broadway and anywhere close to Frank Sinatra was enormous. Her deep love of family was unparalleled. Monk was: Loving mother of Judith A. Nicoloff (the late Richard) and Dr. Deborah T. Dennis (BJ). Adoring grandmother of Jennifer Thomas, Kristopher Nicoloff, Rick Nicoloff (Mary), Ashley Dennis and Brett Dennis. Doting great-gramma of Abigail Thomas and Camden Thomas. Dear sister of David W. Leonhard (the late Evelyn) and the late Charles A. Leonhard and late Helen Jane Leonhard. Cherished daughter of the Late Howard and Mary Leonhard. Aunt of the late Mark Leonhard (Amy), Steven Leonhard (Michelle), Sharon Draper (Brian), Patricia Leonhard, Susan Leonhard (the late Tiger), Shirley Kovacs, Sandy Ryan (Bill), and Stacey Goetz (Martin). Great-aunt of many. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation (sponsor of Summerfest), 20777 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126 or to the Fairview Park Education Foundation, 21620 Mastick Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 14th at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Lakewood Park Cemetery. Friends may call the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, on Friday, February 13th from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. 440-333-9774 • www.buschcares.com
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In memory of
PAULINE JUNE (Leonhard) THOMA
THOMA PAULINE JUNE THOMA (nee Leonhard), 96, beloved wife of the late Walter, took her last breath Sunday evening, February 8, 2015. Pauline (also known as PJ or Monk) had a 57 year love affair with her career in journalism which began as a reporter for The Cleveland Press at age 17 and ended as a reporter for The Plain Dealer at her retirement when she was 76. Along the way she also reported the news in Oklahoma when Walter was in the service and was Editor of WestLife Newspaper. Her achievements and honors were numerous and included: induction into the Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993, membership on the executive board of the Newspaper Guild and a stint as Treasurer of its Cleveland chapter, membership in Theta Sigma Phi (now known as Women in Communications), serving on the Board of Directors of Sigma Delta Chi (now the Society of Professional Journalists), and spending 21 years in the capacity of Treasurer of the Cleveland Press Club, to name a few. Her warm and tender spirit brought joy into the lives of family and friends. Her fierce tenacity was feared by subjects of her newspaper exposes. Her commitment to the City of Fairview Park where she spent the vast majority of her life was boundless. Her sense of humor, periodic stubborn streak, blackjack and bridge talents, bartending skills, choices of Christmas gifts...these aspects of her amused many. Her adoration of Hawaii, Las Vegas, Broadway and anywhere close to Frank Sinatra was enormous. Her deep love of family was unparalleled. Monk was: Loving mother of Judith A. Nicoloff (the late Richard) and Dr. Deborah T. Dennis (BJ). Adoring grandmother of Jennifer Thomas, Kristopher Nicoloff, Rick Nicoloff (Mary), Ashley Dennis and Brett Dennis. Doting great-gramma of Abigail Thomas and Camden Thomas. Dear sister of David W. Leonhard (the late Evelyn) and the late Charles A. Leonhard and late Helen Jane Leonhard. Cherished daughter of the Late Howard and Mary Leonhard. Aunt of the late Mark Leonhard (Amy), Steven Leonhard (Michelle), Sharon Draper (Brian), Patricia Leonhard, Susan Leonhard (the late Tiger), Shirley Kovacs, Sandy Ryan (Bill), and Stacey Goetz (Martin). Great-aunt of many. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation (sponsor of Summerfest), 20777 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126 or to the Fairview Park Education Foundation, 21620 Mastick Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 14th at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Lakewood Park Cemetery. Friends may call the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, on Friday, February 13th from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. 440-333-9774 • www.buschcares.com
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Fairview Park, OH 44116
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