Thelma I. Wood

Thelma I. Wood, 95, of Saranac Lake, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid where she had been a resident since July 2017.

Born in Saranac Lake on Oct. 17, 1922, she was the daughter of Walter and Mae (Hathaway) Ward.

Thelma graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1941. She married Willis Wood on Sept. 8, 1948.

Thelma worked in retail for many years, including Emily Durell’s Gift Shop, Lisa’s Gift Shop, Town and Country Store and Parnell’s Shoe Salon until her retirement in 1985.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Ladies Guild. Thelma is a past president of the Saranac Lake Women’s Civic Chamber and had volunteered at the Community Lunch Box at St. Luke’s Church.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah Croft and her husband James of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; three grandchildren: David and his wife Sonia, Sarah and her boyfriend Adam, and Emily,all of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; two great-grandchildren: Dylan and Mason; one sister, Eunice Cornicelli and her husband Frank of Schenectady; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1995 and a brother Charles Ward of Albany.

Calling hours will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Fredrick Dennis officiating. Burial will take place in Union Cemetery in Vermontville.

Friends wishing to remember Thelma I. Wood may make memorial contributions to St. Luke’s Church or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook