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James Thiel

May 26, 1949 ~ August 26, 2019 (age 70)

James M. Thiel, 70, of Whitehall and formerly of Scranton and Telford for 25 years, entered eternal rest on Monday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, with his wife Sandra Roberts Thiel by his side. Together they have celebrated 41 years of marriage.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Reine Depew Thiel and was a 1967 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He proudly served our country during the Vietnam War with the US Air Force attaining the rank of Staff Sargent. Prior to his retirement, Jim worked for Benco Dental, Wilkes-Barre for 32 years, where he was a master technician for dental equipment. Jim was a man with great artistic and mechanical abilities, including wood working, inventing, drawing, and painting. He adored his daughters and his granddaughter was the sunshine of his life. In his past, he liked to spend time gardening and working outdoors. He will be remembered for his terrific sense of humor.

The Thiel family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the 3rd floor staff of the Veterans Center for the compassion they have shown them, and to Jim during his illness.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters: Stephanie Thiel and husband, Ryan VanHorn, Allentown; Elizabeth Thiel and husband, Brandon Locke, Pittsburgh; a granddaughter, Charlotte VanHorn, whom he cherished, and another grandchild on the way; three sisters: Patricia Stout and husband, Carl, Lake Ariel; Michele Padrusnak and husband, Steve, Scranton, and Jacqueline Koch, Taylor; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna and an infant brother Michael.

Family and friends are invited to attend Jim’s funeral, which will begin on Saturday at 12 pm in the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor with a funeral service by the Rev. Alexi Kaluzhni. Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, at a later date. Friends may call Saturday 10 am until 12 pm.

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