Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr.

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | January 02, 2020

Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr., 92, of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, December  30, 2019. He was born January 19, 1927 in Freeport and was the son of the late August M. and Daisy (Johns) Thalman, Sr. Pastor Thalman was a former Pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. He was a member of the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co., and was a former chaplain at the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Butler. He was a Pastor in area churches for over 50 years and was also a WWII US Navy Veteran. For his service, he received the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty Ann (Law) Thalman, son, August M. (Toni) Thalman, III. of Elizabeth, daughters, Deborah A. (Merrill) Hartz of Newport News, VA, Alene P. (John Pastor) Smollen of Elizabeth Township, and Gail (Pastor Jeffrey) Kantz of Lake Wales, FL, 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Zelda Mae and brothers, Marion, William, Robert, Paul, and Oliver. There is no visitation. Memorial Service will be held Friday, January  3, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Olivet Presbyterian Church, West Elizabeth. Pastor Walter Pietschman will officiate. Private inurnment with Military Honors will be held at the Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director. Condolences may be made at

Originally published January 02, 2020.

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