Services for Thelma C. Kuenzli of Dolly Avenue will be conducted by the Rev. Jerry
Elsholz at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Oak
Friends may call at Lucas Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday and
at the church from 10‑11 a.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran
Church organ fund or its radio fund.
Mrs. Kuenzli died in Wyandot Memorial Hospital at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 18,
1999. She was 81.
Born Oct. 31, 1917, in Crawford County, she was the daughter of Alpheus and Cora (Kurtz)
Shealy. On Aug. 31, 1941, she married Morris "Johnny" Kuenzli in Good Hope Lutheran Church,
Bucyrus. He died July 30, 1996.
Surviving are three children, the Rev. Timothy Kuenzli, Cincinnati; Mrs. Michael (Jacqueline)
McConnell, Fresno, Calif.; and Mrs. James (Lynn) Kensinger, Worthington; nine grandchildren, John,
Jacob, Anna and Luke Kuenzli; Elizabeth and Erin Kensinger; Andrew and Elaine McConnell and Sarah
McConnell. A brother, the Rev. Grant Shealy, is deceased.
Mrs. Kuenzli graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1935 and from Capital University in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in public school music and vocals. She began
her teaching career in Nevada, then taught in Holmes Liberty and Upper Sandusky school systems. After
years of teaching in the junior high school, she retired in 1979. Mrs. Kuenzli also gave voice and
piano lessons. She volunteered at the Christian Thrift Shop and at Old Mission Church during the summer,
and spent many hours calling shut-ins and preparing music programs for area nursing homes.
For 53 years, Mrs. Kuenzli was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she directed
the Senior Choir for 27 years and the Junior Choir for 15 years. She was a member of the WELCA
and Visitors Group of the church; Alpha Usando Literary Club and the Music Club of Upper Sandusky, both
of which she had served as president; and the retired Teachers Association. Her hobbies were traveling
and playing cards.
--Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky, OH, Thursday, May 20, 1999