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Lucille A. (Segal) Thomas

Luci ThomasLucille A. (Segal) Thomas, 47, of Sinking Spring formerly of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday, December 28, at Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.

Born on January 1, 1966 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of Donald E. and Anna Marie (Kurlowicz) Segal of Shenandoah.

She was a graduate of the former Cardinal Brennan High School, Ashland and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology from Kutztown University.

Luci was the personification of outgoing, easily lighting up any room that she entered.  Her infectious smile, always followed by a huge warm hug, was her personal calling card. Her career path was dedicated to the service of others, helping the community she lived in through her work at the United Way of Berks County, and most recently, Olivet Boys and Girls Club. She was actively involved in her church, teaching Religious Education at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in West Lawn PA, and her children’s school, participating in the PTO. Because of her earlier cancer diagnosis, she became a committed advocate for other victims, enriching their lives both physically and emotionally.  Luci touched the lives of thousands of people in her community and beyond, leaving them all with wonderful memories.

Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, Felix and Nellie Segal; maternal grandparents, Leonard and Marie Kurlowicz and one aunt, Lenore Kurlowicz.

In addition to her parents, Donald E. and Anna Marie Segal, Shenandoah, she is survived by her loving husband of 22 years William, her children Christopher, 17, and twins Kate, and Andrew, 13.  She is also survived by her sister Donna, wife of Todd Holmes, Fleetville, sister Arlene, wife of Gene Zelinsky, Ringtown, her aunt Marci Kurlowicz, New York, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Dorothy Thomas, Reading, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She also leaves behind hundreds of friends who will miss her dearly.

Pink RoseA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 AM in St. Casimir Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian will officiate.  Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Thomas Children Education Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 10 Parkside Ave., Shillington, PA 19607.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

Lucille A. (Segal) Thomas Has 19 Condolences Posted:

  1. Pat Voscavage says:

    So very sorry for the loss of your daughter Lucille. Leo and I extend our deepest sympathy.

  2. Lisa (Yost) Sweitzer says:

    My condolences and prayers to the Thomas/Segal family during this difficult time. After being away during the holidays, I only recently learned of Luci’s passing and am deeply saddened. She always only saw the best in others and gave the best of herself. She will be missed. My prayers are with you.

  3. Toni Eckert says:

    I was so saddened to learn of Luci’s passing while away over the holidays. Luci was a special person and a great colleague to so many in this community. There was never a time that I was in Luci’s presence where she was not full of energy and enthusiasm. Her passion for her work and her love of family was contagious. I am so deeply sorry for this incredible loss. Sending prayers for strength to her husband, children, family, and friends.

  4. Maria Holder says:

    So sorry for your loss Bill. Sending prayers and thoughts to the entire family. God bless you all.

  5. Maria Holder says:

    So sorry for you loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family. God bless.

  6. Ann Stufflet says:

    Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ann Stufflet

  7. Alison Morrissey says:

    Luci’s love of life and mankind will remain in our hearts forever. She was an angel on Earth and now will be a guardian angel to her loved ones. Love you to the moon and back my sweet friend.

  8. Jennie Priest says:

    Dear Bill and Family, my heart is full of such immense sorrow for your loss. Luci was the first instructor at PACE who welcomed me into a world were we were called to help students, most of whom were from poverty striken homes. Luci’s gift was her passion for life, education and love. Her optimism was contagious and what I learned from her is invaluable. She bought hope and joy to many lives. May she rest in peace.

  9. Mickey Creds says:

    Annmarie and family,

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Mickey Cress

  10. Geoffrey Jones says:

    Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~

    Sounds like Luci to me!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if I can help in anyway.

    Geoff Jones

  11. Kevin Devera says:

    My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family during this time of need. Lucy certainly did light up a room when she walked in, now she will light up a star from heaven to shine upon each and everyone one of you… each and every day. May she rest peacefully.

  12. Mike and Chris McGrann says:

    Bill and Family,
    We are all sad to hear of Luci’s passing. She was a positive influence in many lives. May you take comfort in knowing that she is healed now and her health restored. She will not be forgotten but surely missed.

  13. Pamela Fischer says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas and Segal families. Some of my happiest memories were with Luci. She went to high school with my sister and cousin and quickly became a little sister to me. I’m not surprised that she made such an impact on so many lives. Getting back in touch with her she wrote to me about her husband and children, she loved them and was so proud of them. No doubt she will watch over you from up above. Rest in peace my friend.

  14. Romaldo and Carol Ranellone says:

    Our hearts are filled with sorrow in hearing of Lucy’s passing.
    We understand the grief that must be felt by her wonderful family.
    Our connection to Lucy was one filled with joy and beauty.
    Lucy being a great light and source of beauty that will forever serve as inspiration to us.
    Peace and rest must be a Blessing for her now .
    Prayers that her family always feel her near them with her watchful kindness and love.
    Rest in Peace Lucy … We love you.

  15. Lori Galezniak-Steiner says:

    Sending prayers of peace at this difficult time. I went to grade school and high school with Luci. She is an inspiration to all. As she is watching over us from heaven.

  16. Mary Hancock says:

    I want to offer my deepest sympathy to Lucille’s family & friends. I graduated with Lucille from Cardinal Brennan High School & she was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is truly an angel who will look over her husband & children from above.

  17. Joyce Fidler says:

    I have been friends with Lucy through the Prison Society and she was one of the sweetest,funniest people I have ever known!She could light up a room with her smile and quirky humor!!I will miss her!!Love,Joyce

  18. Irv & Louise Bressler says:

    Dear Luci,
    You have touched so many lives during your short time here on this earth. You truly are an amazing woman who now shares your life with those who went on before you. You leave behind a husband who took care of you and three wonderful children. You will be missed, but we know you are resting in the arms of Jesus and never again will feel the pains of this earth. God loves you Luci and so do we.

  19. Jeannie Savage says:

    My heart goes out to all of you. I sit here in a hotel room in Greece thinking about the HUGE personality that Luci was. She loved her family and friends so fiercely. I am a better person for having known Luci and benefitted from her life experience. I wish I could be there to hug each of you. Sending love.