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Elsie Bernice Thimlar

December 21, 1924 — May 11, 2016

Elsie Bernice Thimlar, 91 of Royal Center passed away peacefully at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at her residence where she resided for over 67 years.

Born on December 21, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Elsie (Sparks) Moon.

She was a 1943 Star City High School graduate.

On October 30, 1949 she married James Riley Thimlar.  He preceded her in death on March 4, 1991.

Bernice was formerly employed at Logansport Flying Service where she became the first lady pilot of Cass County.  She was also formerly employed at the headquarters for Flying Farmers in Indianapolis and for Roscoe Turner at Weir Cook Municipal Airport before her marriage to her loving husband.

Bernice enjoyed spending time with her family and going out to eat.

Survivors include her children, Rylene Stein of Florida, Jeanie Margheim (Dave) of Colorado, John Matthew Thimlar of Royal Center, James Mark Thimlar of Royal Center and Bernadene Thimlar (David) of Royal Center, sisters, Delight Kandl of Wisconsin, Barbara Kellough of Kokomo and Norma Lee Krone of Florida, grandchildren, Andrew Mason (Lara), Tyler Stein, Amy Margheim, Rachel Henry (Tom), Derek Scott (Jessica), Brock Scott (Ashli), and Riley Thimlar (Courtney).  She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by grandson, Adam Margheim, brother, Philip Moon and sisters, Twila Lowry Jones and Mabel Holman.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

Private Graveside Services will be at Royal Center Cemetery.

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