Thelma Mae Hafelin Woodward, 91, of Moravia, NY died peacefully at home on December 28, 2019.
She was born in Kendallville, Indiana, on December 20, 1928, to parents George and Alva (Hulett) Seng. She was raised by her loving adoptive parents, her uncle and aunt, Karl and Almina Seng. Thelma, lovingly called Masie, was a homemaker and mother of five children. She resided in numerous homes throughout Central New York and Florida. She was an avid antique dealer, and refurbished and sold many homes throughout New York, alongside her husband, Clarence. She was a talented painter, pianist and organist, animal lover, and enjoyed traveling and musicals. Thelma faithfully attended her family church, Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Oriskany Falls, and her local church, Dresserville Bible Baptist Church in Moravia.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Kathleen and brother Dale; her husband of 52 years, Clarence Hafelin; her late husband William Woodward; her grandson Isaiah Hafelin, and her great-grandson, Jonathan Beach.
She is survived by her children, Karl (Bernadette) Bagnall, Elizabeth Shields, Doreen Benedict, Leo (Shirley) Hafelin, and Clarence (Linda) Hafelin; 23 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
Family and friends are welcome to call at Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 4773 State Route 12B, Oriskany Falls, NY on January 4, 2020 from 11am to 1pm, with a service honoring Thelma’s life to follow at 1pm.
Interment will be private in the spring.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, NY.