Thelma Serrie
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to
  • Middleburgh Reformed Church Recovery Fund
    PO Box 112
    Middleburgh, NY 12122

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“The 'passing' of the physical body means nothing in the course of our lives...the spirit lives for eternities, and in my mind, Mrs. Serrie's spirit...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle Bartkowski-Johnson - IN

“We hope to emulate Thelma's welcoming smile and heart-felt warmth to those we meet throughout our life time....in tribute to her faith and her...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Bill and Karen Olewnick - NY

“My family has such fond memories of Mrs. Serrie. My brother, Scot took piano lessons from her for many years. My mother would drive Scot and would...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Kim McCarthy - Schoharie, NY

“Thelma and I shared the love music. The most recent time I had contact with her was when she was playing piano at the Zion Lutheran Church in...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Bev Buddle - Cobleskill, NY

“Thelma was my inspiration ~ She was the one who convinced me to begin teaching piano at my Middleburgh home in the late 1960s, and became my mentor...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Charis (Haskin) Cummings - Wilton, NY

“I don't know how many pre-teen / teenage boys looked forward to their piano lessons, but I know I did... Those hours were more than just about...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Scot McCarthy - Lynchburg, VA

“As a student at Schoharie Central, I was accustomed to the excellent music education provided by Frances Tripp on Don Menz. Thelma Serrie was right...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Ann Wilber - Delanson, NY

“This dear lady was a light for us and so many that she touched. Adam and Joyce (Dutton) Binder, Former MSC students ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Adam & Joyce (Dutton) Binder - NY

“My heart is saddened by the passing of this beautiful, talented, and caring woman. I've known her all of my life. When I got my piano in the 5th...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Missie Yung

“Thelma was always so kind to my son Todd.....She was a truly gracious lady with a smile that would warm anyone's heart. What a legacy she has left...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Sandy Wells - Gallupville, NY

“Mrs. Serrie. . .A talented vocal music teacher, a mentor, and a friend. . .I remember her energy, her engaging smile and her ability to motivate me...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Kevin Van Dyke - Rensselaer, NY

“I have fond memories of being in the High School Choir under the direction of Mrs. Serrie. She was always kind and took the time to teach all of us...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Theresa Streath Mason - NY

“And now it is time to say good-bye to a dear lady, who brought joy to the world for thousands of children, under her tutelage, and to countless other...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Deb and Bob Herodes - Middleburgh

“To Mrs. Serrie's family, My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Mrs. Serrie. She told my mother one day that she felt so bad...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Brad Fick - Titusville, FL

“Have some fond memories of being in her classes. Was one of my favorite teachers. Gerald Enlow ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Gerald Enlow - Troy, NY

“I was a student of Mrs. Serrie for all of my twelve years at Middleburgh, through Grade Choir, Junior Chior and Senior Choir until I graduated in...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Lani Vincent Seymour - Tolland, CT

“Thelma - A friend and neighbor to the Juried family since 1941. I first met her when I was just 11 and she always greeted me cheerfully and with...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Nick Juried - Austin, TX

“Sorry for your loss. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Charles & Claudette Wainwright

“I am very sorry to hear Mrs. Serrie passed away. I have such wonderful memories of her. She taught me piano lessons for many years. I remember riding...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Kerry Burgoyne Grass

“Although I have not been present in Grandma Serries life for many years, I sure have many wonderful memories as a child growing up and going to her...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Cinda (Gridley) Koonz - NC

“My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Serrie's family. I was fortunate enough to be one of her students at Middleburgh Central School and saw her this past...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Lauren Schmidt - Punta Gorda, FL

“I am very sorry to hear that Thelma passed away. She was always so very thoughtful and compassionate as a teachers. Mrs. serrie also made evryone...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Gary Hayes - Middleburgh, NY

“I have always loved my sister and will remember her with love ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Virginia Peterson - Middleburgh, NY

“Our loss is so great, but our hearts overflow with love for our Grandma Thelma. As we weep, Jesus holds her hand - blessed forever more. We love...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Patricia (Trish) Serrie Wintle - CT

“Dear Thelma, I have heard such wonderful and loving stories about you from your Granddaughter, Lynne. I know you will live on in her memories,...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Ann Saunders Marin - Boston, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all the family, friends and fans of this great lady. I loved her from the first time I met her. I admired her for her wit,...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Annie Serrie - Atlanta, GA

“My grandmother was the matriarch of music for me. Everything I have accomplished has passed through her hands. Thank you Grandma.. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: John A. Serrie III - Atlanta, GA


Schoharie- Thelma Moore Serrie was born July 2, 1918 in the Town of Gilboa, NY and died February 8, 2013 in Cobleskill, NY after a brief illness. She was the daughter of David Birdsley and Belle Traver Moore. As a graduate of Gilboa Central School, Mrs. Serrie received a BS in music education from Ithaca College and an MA in music education from Columbia University. Thelma was a vocal music teacher at Middleburgh Central School for 34 years. After retiring in 1973, Thelma worked as a substitute teacher for another 25 years, gave private piano and voice lessons and cared for her grandchildren.

Active in church, teachers' and women's clubs. Thelma held local, regional and state offices. She adjudicated All State solo and NYSSMA competition. Her high school mixed choir received several A6 ratings. Mrs. Serrie was a loved and respected teacher. Throughout her lifetime, Thelma was a Christ follower and an active member of several area churches, played piano for a praise team and conducted 6 ecumenical cantatas.

Mrs. Serrie was predeceased by her husbands, Walter Mueller in 1955, John Serrie in 1980 and Richard Turrell in 2007 and a son, John Serrie in 2000. She is survived by her children: Shirley (Cliff) Gridley of Fort Myers, FL, Pat Mesibov of Cobleskill, Sara Auserehl, Robert Mueller, and Lin (Bill) Lowden all of Schoharie, Jean Wilhelmsen of IN, Charles (Anita) Serrie of Gilboa, and Anne (Richard) Kuhn of Jefferson; 25 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren.

Thelma's love for her community and the Schoharie Valley is reflected in the numerous contributions she made to Historical Society meetings and publications. In her last days, Thelma remembered most fondly singing with children, participating in area bible studies and recalling memories of her family and friends.

Calling hours will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh, immediately followed by a Memorial Service. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Breakabeen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Middleburgh Reformed Church Recovery Fund, PO Box 112, Middleburgh, NY 12122.