Dr. Donald H. Thome

Dr. Donald H. Thome, 84, of Mifflin, passed away at 4:42 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Donald was born Feb. 18, 1934, son of the late Dr. Roscoe J. and Mabel Heisey Thome.

He married his surviving wife, Karen J. (Kivlin) Thome, on Aug. 18, 1984. Donald is also survived by five children: daughter, Sandra Thome Schneider and her husband, Bob, of Fennville, Mich.; son, Jeffrey Thome and his wife, Barbara, of Hesperia, Mich.; son, Douglas Thome and his partner, Lisa Kaupp, of Buford, Ga.; son, Edward Thome, of Mifflin; stepson, Patrick Cherry, of Philadelphia; and a sister, Barbara Thome Bagri, of Mount Joy. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donald graduated from Mount Joy High School in 1952, attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and received his medical degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1959. He went on to a distinguished 43-year career, first as a general practitioner, then as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. From 1975 to 1990, Dr. Thome was chairman of the Ophthalmology Department and assistant dean at PCOM. In 1990, he and his wife moved to their hunting cabin on Shade Mountain in Juniata County where Dr. Thome had ophthalmology practices at Mountain View Medical Center and Henry Optical, both in Mifflintown.

Donald was an active member of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Mifflintown, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, canoeing and kayaking, and playing chess and bridge with close friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at St. Jude’s Thaddeus Catholic Church, 3918 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown, with Father William Weary and Father Jayaselan Amalanathan officiating. Interment will follow at the McCoysville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the mass at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.

Online condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at www.brownfuneralhomesi- nc.com.