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Thelma M. “Hap” Kiess May 27, 1921 - October 17, 2021

Thelma M. “Hap” Kiess, 100, of Coopersburg passed away, Sunday, October 17, 2021, in the St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was born in Coopersburg a daughter of the late Paul E. and Mayme E. (Krum) Kiess. Hap graduated with honors from Allentown High School. She was employed by the federal government for 36 years before retiring in 1979 as the Operations Supervisor of the Allentown Social Security Office. Hap was a member of the Earl Held’s All Girl Band, Easton where she served as President for 37 years. She was a member of the Quota Club of Allentown where she held every office. Hap served on the Joint Planning Commission of Lehigh and Northampton Counties and was a member of and secretary of the L.V. Housing Corporation. She was a member of the Coopersburg Historical Society, served as the Active Chairperson of the Centennial for the Borough of Coopersburg, Charter member of the Friends of the Coopersburg School, Chairperson of the 125th Anniversary Committee of the Borough of Coopersburg and was the Marshal of the Coopersburg Halloween Parade several times. Elected first woman Mayor of Coopersburg where she served for 20 years. Her proudest accomplishment as mayor was securing Senior Housing for the residence of Coopersburg. Hap was an active member of St. James’s Lutheran Church, Coopersburg where she served on church council as secretary, member of the choir, trumpet trio, money counters and secretary of the Social Ministry Committee. Her positive attitude helped her reach her 100th birthday. This past century was graced with her wonderful, contagious, and precious presence and her family will miss her dearly. She brought joy and laughter to every room she entered. She always said, “Think positive!”.

Survivors: Niece, Patricia J. Pechcek with whom she resided. Hap was most proud of the accomplishments of her nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Services: A memorial service to celebrate Hap’s life will be held in the St. James Lutheran Church at a later date. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. www.stephensfuneral.com.

Contributions: St. James Lutheran Church 333 Oxford St. Coopersburg, PA 18036.

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