Thelma Jahnigen, 95, of Versailles passed away at 5:10 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Quercus Grove in Switzerland County on June 30, 1924, the daughter of Clifford and Hazel Scudder Koons. She was married to Herman Jahnigen on May 3, 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 23, 2005.
Survivors include one daughter Jeanne (Jerry) Ison of Versailles; three grandchildren JJ (Kylee) Ison of Elrod, Nikki (Mike) Wissman of Elrod, and Lauren (Braedon) Lucy of Dolphin, Virginia; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother Donald (Jean) Koons of Nancy, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wesley, Denver, and Leon Koons, and her sister Doris Chalk.
Along with her husband, Mrs. Jahnigen operated Jahnigen Dry Cleaners in Versailles from 1947 to 1978. She also was employed with Berkel Digital Scales in Versailles for five years. She served as president of the Versailles Town Board from 1974 to 1977, and for 10 years was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader in Versailles. Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Patriot and was a life member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 29 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Legion Auxiliary will conduct services at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Legion Auxiliary in care of the funeral home.