Over 350 Tamaqua community members, consisting of students, school district staff, school board members, and family, attended a memorial service and candle lighting this evening (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) at the Tamaqua Sports Stadium to remember life of Tamaqua Area High School teacher Thelma Glatz-Urban.
Urban, age 40, of Lake Wynonah (formerly of Coaldale), passed away from a heart attack on Monday at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Some projects Urban was involved in with her Language Arts class included Community Fit Day, Hero Project, Anti-Bullying video, Family Day, Book Fair, Teen Read, and community cleanups.
Prior to the service, organizers encouraged anyone to bring a Thelma Urban story (something funny, inspirational, memorable…). Memories can also be mailed to 500 Penn Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252.
Below is information from the memorial service program:
Providing opening remarks were Steve Toth, Principal, Tamaqua Area High School; and Mike Urban, Thelma’s husband; and Lori Remmel, TAHS Graphics Arts Teacher.
First group of readings included:
– “When Great Trees Fall” by Maya Angelou – read by Janelle Schaeffer.
– “Rebecca” by Daphne Maurier – read by Rylee Devlin.
– “Serenity” by William Shakespeare – read by Denae Starry.
– Henry David Thoreau quote – read by Kellyn Gimble.
– “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman – read by Charles Hansler.
Musical selection of “Jealous of the Angels” was sung by Emily Zancofsky.
Second group of readings included:
– “Death is Nothing At All” by Henry Scott-Holland – read by Susie Arner.
– Mark Twain quote – read by Trevor Arnold.
– Washington Irving quote – read by Sierra Szabo.
– “Remember” by Christina Rossetti – read by Brandon Ziegler.
– “Farewell” by Anne Bronte – read by Michael Haspe.
Remarks were given by Sherri Gerber, TAHS Special Education Teacher; and Christine Sisko.
Musical selection of “I Am A Rock” was sung by Hoyt Gyuricsek.
Third group of readings included:
– “Remember Me” by Margaret Mead – read by Victoria LeBar.
– Slaughterhouse Five quote by Kurt Vonnegut – read by Pete Knepper.
– Tuesdays with Morrie quote – read by Rae Alexi Darker.
– Fahrenheit 451 quote by Ray Bradbury – read by Abby Fiorilla.
– “Success” by Ralph Waldo Emerson – read by Julia Shellhamer.
Remarks were given by Adriane Drum, who also started the lighting of the candles.
Musical selection of “One More Bridge to Cross” was performed by the TAHS Jazz Chorale with choir director John Buglio; followed by a musical selection of “Amazing Grace” by Livi Morrison.
Providing the closing prayer of Prayer of St. Francis was Tom McCabe, TAHS Assistant Principal.
During the service, Mike Urban stated his family’s appreciation to event coordinators Adriane Drum, Roseann Weinrich, Kyle Weaver and others who organized the memorial, as well as all the students, staff and community members that took part in or attended the event.
Shawn E. Clark Funeral Home in Lansford is handling other services and funeral arrangements. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3 PM at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 714 Golf Road, Tamaqua PA 18252. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 3 PM at the hall. Elder David Parke will officiate services.
In addition, family and friends have set up an online fund drive to benefit her two children titled, “Thelma Urban College Fund for Sean and Violet.” Click HERE to view webpage or to donate.
“For the last 20 years, I’ve been the luckiest one of all,” said Thelma’s husband Mike during the memorial service. “And more recently… our son Sean and daughter Violet have been lucky too, because everyday she taught us what’s important in life… laughing, learning, adventure, and loving each other.”
(Click HERE to view the WNEP TV story. )
Tribute Video by Kyle Weaver (Tamaqua Blue & White Magazine):
(Click HERE to view these photos on Facebook.)