Thelma A. Alden

August 03, 1927 ‒ May 29, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Thelma Aileen (Martin) Alden, age 87, passed away on Friday May 29, 2015 at the Presidential Center in Marion after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s. Deepest gratitude to everyone (Thena, Lisa, Joe) who voluntarily took turns caring for Thelma, to the Heartland Hospice staff, the Presidential Center staff and Dr. Singh.

Thelma was born August 3, 1927 in Athens Ohio to the late George and Orpha (McCollins) Martin. As a child she began playing the organ and piano at the age of six. She continued a lifelong love of music and was an accomplished singer and musician; playing piano, organ, clarinet, accordion and bass.

She was a graduate of a business college in Columbus OH and Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul Minnesota where she met Paul Alden, the love of her life. They married August 9, 1952 and were blessed with nearly 63 years of marriage and three wonderful children.

Thelma began her career with Athens Water Department and later worked in the accounting department of the Marion, Ohio Clerk of Courts for many years.

Being true to her faith, Thelma served faithfully as a pastor’s wife, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and organist of the United Pentecostal Church of Marion for over 26 years where her husband was the senior pastor. Her son, Phillip, continued Paul and Thelma’s legacy of ministry by accepting the pastor-ship when Paul retired.

Thelma is survived by her sister Lena Hayes; husband Paul Alden; daughter Patricia (Mark) Gefroh; son Phillip (Paula) Alden; grandchildren; Jason (Jessica) Kantola, Cheri Kantola, Khristopher (Melody) Gefroh, Miranda (Jon) Grey, Rachel Alden, and Lisa (Alex) Newby; great-grandchildren; Ryan, Nate, Lana, Luke, Siennalee, Linkin, Faith, Avonlea.

Thelma was met at Heaven’s gates by her parents, Brother Cloyce Martin, Sister Mildred Kirkendall, Daughter Judith Gefroh and Son-in-law Gary Kantola.

Memorial Services celebrating Thelma’s life will be held on Sunday, June 21st from 2-5PM at the Marion Senior Community Center, 2375 Harding Highway, East Marion, OH. Rev. Bernie Gillespie, Officiant.

Please send any condolences or flowers to Paul Alden at 980 Somerlot-Hoffman Road West, Marion, OH 43302. Please send welcomed donations to Heartland Hospice of Marion, Ohio.

The Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Home, a division of Snyder Funeral Homes, is honored to be serving Thelma’s family and condolences may be expressed to the family at

  • What a true example of a great Christian lady. I have so many fond memories that I will cherish forever. She may be gone from this Earth and now in Heaven but she will not be forgotten. The prayers she prayed and lives she touch will carry on. God Bless the Alden family and may the Lord give you peace and comfort during this time of loss. May your memories of Sis Alden keep a smile on your face and a giggle or two. She was always fun to be around.


  • Rest in peace, Sister Alden. You can sing and dance with the angels. Sending love and prayers from Georgia.

  • Sister Alden will always have a special place in my heart. I had the privilege of serving The Lord under Brother and Sister Alden’s leadership for many years and enjoyed playing the piano along side her organ during those years. One of my favorite Christmas presents was from Thelma… The card read “From the Organ to the Piano”. She had a quiet nature and a great love for souls. I was a young wife and mother and cherish the many life lessons and values she invested in me. The Aldens treated my family like family and lived true Christianity. I know she rests in the arms of Jesus. God bless her family for their faithfulness. I love you all and share in your sorrow.

    • The celebration service was beautiful! Wonderful presence of the Lord! May The Lord continue granting His peace to your wonderful family. I will always hold Sister Alden in my heart. She was a very precious woman. I comfort you with the Word that The Lord is coming again soon and she rests in peace and wholeness in His presence. God bless you all. Love, Kath

  • I too had the priviledge to sit under Bro. and Sister Aldens leadership. I Loved to hear her testimonies and her laugh. But then, I also had the honor to care for Sis. Alden while she was sick. I grew to love her more and more and even though It hurts to know she’s now gone from this world, I know that where she is, she is now whole, no more pain, sickness, sorrow, but in the arms of our Lord whom she loved so much. One evening I was caring for her and at the time she was still able to walk and she would walk, and walk and walk around the house. I was having trouble with my feet (and later found out I had neuropathy), and the pain was so unbearable. I would talk to Sis. Alden about everything as though she was listening to every word (she didn’t talk clear anymore at this point). This night I was to the point of tears and I was sitting in the recliner with my feet up. Sis. Alden then stopped right in front of me, she took my feet in her hands and she began to pray (even though I could not understand, I knew she was praying, and in tounges). I began to cry and pray with her. She then let go, smiled at me and began her journey throughout the house. Here she was going through this great affliction herself,and she was thinking of me, knowing that I was hurting and was in need of prayer. You see, she NEVER forgot the God she served, and what He could do. Even in her sickness, she knew the power of prayer. A woman of Faith!!! Let the memories that she left always keep her close to us until we meet again Sis. Alden, I’ll see you at the gates.

  • To the family of Thelma A Alden. I wish to give my condolences to all of Thelma’s family. I read her Obituary and I was very impressed with al lof her accomplishments as a singer, musician. Especially from age 6. I have a Scripture I would like to share with you. ( John 6 :40) For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life,” and I will resurrect him on the last day.” This is our hope; that we see our loved ones again. I am a Jehovah’s Witness and I am from Lima Ohio. I wish to express my love for everyone of Thelma’s Family and friends.

  • My family and I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

  • I would like to say thank you for your loving words of my Mother. The night she passed away I was blessed to speak to her via my nieces phone. After some words of thank you was my last day to teach school. I have full filled my Mother’s wish for me. I went on to say..”I have heard Jesus is getting ready to give you a new body.” She responded with her indistinguishable sounds. It comforts me that I was able to say Goodbye and she returned the greeting. She was going home to Jesus!

  • I will always remember the Alden Family and especially Bro Paul Alden’s teaching as President of Ohio Bible College when I attended. I know this is a terrible loss and I pray that God will grant you all His peace and comfort.

  • So sorry for your loss. Always loved the entire Alden family. Lots of wonderful memories in Akron. Someday we’ll all be together again with our Lord and loved ones. love and prayers.

  • Nitavonne Johnson had Facebook posting which made me aware of this Sister Alden whom I had numerous exchanges over the years , ole Buckeye Lake events, various church happenings. I was acquainted with her parents esp her Mother. Earthly loss is now Heaven s gain. A pleasant pleasing lady. The COMFORTER can Comfort all . PTL