Thelma “Kathleen” Smelser Stavropulos was born to Belzora and Edward Smelser in Hot Springs, North Carolina, on Aug. 17, 1922. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Ophir (father of six nephews), her sister, Doretha Zimmer, Kathleen’s husband of 52 years, James Stavropulos.
Thelma graduated from Scircleville Indiana High School in 1940. She attended Huffer Beauty School in Frankfort, Indiana, and remained a hairstylist and a cosmetologist instructor until she retired to care for her husband and sister until they passed in 2007 and 2009.
She was a member of the Lincoln Park Historical Society and the Lincoln Park and Wyandotte Senior Clubs. She was active in Lincoln Park and voted “Woman of the Year.” She was also a member of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church and Royal Palm Beach Seniors Club.
She and her husband loved to bowl and play golf and traveled to visit friends in Florida often. In 2015, she moved to Kissimmee, Florida, to live with her nephew and wife, Edward Gale and Kathy Smelser. After Edward passed, she moved to Royal Palm Beach, Florida, to live with another nephew and wife, William and Sheila Smelser. She had four other nephews, Donald, the late Dale, the late Tom and Jim Smelser. She also loved her husband’s nieces, Christie, Stefanie and Susan.
Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, Indiana. The service will be 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Forest, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be made to Trustbridge Hospice, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks. Please visit to leave a personal message with the family or send a Hug from Home.

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