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THOMAS, Ann Born July 6, 1921, in Monongahela, Pa., to Frank and Elizabeth (Besse) LaBarbera. Passed away Feb. 16, 2012, in Lancaster, Calif. After high school Ann worked at her fathers Fruit and Vegetable Market in Greensburg, Ind. she also pulled War Bonds in Chicago, Ill., and worked for Cummins Diesel in Columbus, Ind. She met and married Gobel (Tom) Thomas in Greensburg, Ind. Before making their home in Lancaster, they traveled throughout the United States while Tom served in the Air Force. Ann was a very proud stay at home mom, who always made sure her family was well taken care of. Survived by 2 children Michael (Deborah) Thomas of Ocean Springs Miss., and Yolanda Thomas of Lancaster, Calif., 2 grandchildren Michelle Thomas of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Stewart (Cassie) Thomas of Mary Esther, Fla., 3 great-grandchildren Caitlin, Megan and Daniel, also numerous nieces and nephews in Indiana and Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Gobel (Tom) Thomas on January 14, 1990, her parents, sisters Elizabeth, Norma, Yolanda, and Virginia. We will be forever grateful for the love and care mom received from Diana and Noel Soriano and the ladies at Dianas Marian Residential Care Facility. We would also like to thank Hoffman Hospice for their care during moms final weeks. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster.

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