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Dr. Donald H. Thome, 84, of Mifflin, passed away at 4:42 A.M. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Donald was born February 18, 1934, son of the late Dr. Roscoe J. and Mabel Heisey Thome.
He married his surviving wife, Karen J. (Kivlin) Thome, on August 18, 1984. Donald is also survived by 5 children: daughter, Sandra Thome Schneider and her husband Bob of Fennville, MI; son Jeffrey Thome and his wife Barbara of Hesperia, MI; son Douglas Thome and his partner Lisa Kaupp of Buford, GA; son Edward Thome of Mifflin; step-son Patrick Cherry of Philadelphia; and a sister Barbara Thome Bagri of Mount Joy. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donald graduated from Mount Joy High School in 1952, attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, and received his medical degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1959. He went on to a distinguished 43-year career, first as a general practitioner, then as an Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. From 1975-1990, Dr. Thome was Chairman of the Ophthalmology Department and Assistant Dean at PCOM. In 1990, he and his wife moved to their hunting cabin on Shade Mountain in Juniata County where Dr. Thome had Ophthalmology practices at Mountain View Medical Center and Henry Optical, both in Mifflintown.
Donald was an active member of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Mifflintown, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, canoeing & kayaking, and playing chess and bridge with close friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 12, 2019, beginning at 11:00 AM at St. Jude's Thaddeus Catholic Church, 3918 William Penn Hwy., Mifflintown with Father William Weary and Father Jayaselan Amalanathan officiating. Interment will follow at the McCoysville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown
Online condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.
Deepest condolences to the family of Donald Thome. Our thoughts are with you from across the globe. From the Navy brothers and sisters of Stephen.
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Karen, Edward, & the rest of the family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We had enjoyed the contact we had with you all at times, when you lived "up in the woods" near our place. May God bring you the comfort you need.
Dale & Gladys Gingrich
Gladys - Saturday January 12, 2019 via Condolence Message
May angels walk with you today and always.
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Uncle D brought so much love and many wonderful blessings to our family and will be very dearly missed. Wish we could be there to celebrate his life
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Dear Karen & family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss of this wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Love, Eunice Sellers
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Cheryl, Bill, Eddie and Billy
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry to lose such a dear friend. Our loss is heaven's gain.
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Jeff and Barb and Family, You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Love, Craig and Susan and Family
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Condolences to the Thome family. Uncle Donald was a hard working, smart, funny and loving man. His wisdom and jokes will forever echo in our hearts!
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With deepest sympathy,
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