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Thelma Jean Phillips Harris-Sersch Detwiler

January 8, 1939 — March 20, 2022

Thelma J (Phillips) Harris Sersch Detwiler passed peacefully in the arms of our Lord on Sunday March 20, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. Thelma (Nana) graduated from New Cumberland HS and also attended John Harris High, attending both class reunions faithfully. After retiring from the Pennsylvania State Police in the Criminal Records Division, Thelma went on to pursue many endeavors. Owning her own store, working as a caregiver for many years, and most recently working as the Marijuana Nana for Omni Patient Advocates at their Camp Hill Clinics. Thelma had a life long passion for horses, loved to play golf and was an avid gardener tending to her beautiful roses; her true talent was sewing and won a state sewing contest back in 1976. Thelma was a member of the Lower Allen VFW, The Hershey Italian Lodge, and the Pennsylvania Trumpettes, campaigning night and day to get Donald Trump elected President. Thelma was a long standing member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Steelton. Her love of family and always trying to keep everyone together was most important to her.

Thelma was born on January 8 and never let us forget it was also Elvis's birthday! Born in Dillsburg, PA to the late Lloyd and Dorothy Mae (Seiple) Phillips. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Phillips, her son Daniel Sersch, son-in-law Ronald Freedman and grandson Dane Freedman.

She is survived by her children, David Harris of Wiconisco, Donnamarie H Freedman of Camp Hill, John Sersch of Las Vegas, NV, step-son Robert Sersch (Thomas) of Harrisburg, sister, Elsie Yarnell of York, brother Donald Phillips (Esther) of Marysville; grandchildren, Tiffany, Lindsey, Chase, Ryan, Shane, Cassie Harris, Nicole, Jessica, Rachelle Freedman, Daniel, Darah and Jenna Sersch, two great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, dear friend Marge Wolfe and her compassionate caregiver Karen Little. The family would like to thank Kindred Care for their thoughtfulness and excellent care and also her son John who came to care for her the last months of her life, it meant the world to her to have him here; he did an amazing job loving, feeding her gourmet meals, and tending to our mom's every need, you were truly a blessing in her last days. We are forever grateful.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family and interment will be in the Chapel of Peace, Rolling Green Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central PA Horse Rescue, 100 Spanglers Road, Lewisberry, PA 17339

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