Thelma Marie Giusti passed from this life to be with our Lord on April 30, 2015. She was born in Houston, Texas to Edward Harry Lee Clarac Sr. and Marie Bell Clarac. Thelma attended elementary school in Houston until age nine when her parents moved the family to Galveston. She was a graduate of Ball High School, class of 1948.
On July 31st, 1953 she married Louis Wiley Giusti of Galveston and from that union came her greatest accomplishments: a son, Ronald Stephen Giusti, and two daughters, Julie Kay Burke and Jeanine Marie Giusti of Colleyville, Texas. Louis and Thelma had 65 wonderful years of being together prior to her death. She loved her church, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was christened, made her confirmation, married in the old church and had her two daughters brought up in the church. Thelma enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher and worked the annual Oktoberfest to benefit her church.
Thelma was employed by the GH&H railroad and with the GC&SF railroad until they were moved out of Galveston. She worked for G.I.S.D. from which she took early retirement in 1987. In her early days with the school system Thelma was a librarian at Burnett Elementary School. During that time period she became a Life Member of the P.T.A. and was the Brownie Scout Troup Leader for forty-four little girls. This was at a time when a normal troop membership was held at approximately sixteen members. She could never say no to any little girl wanting to be in her troop and become a Brownie.
Thelma and her husband, Lou, spent twenty-eight years in retirement doing the two things they loved most: fishing and travel. Owning a home on the water on West Bay allowed them to fish the nearby Starvation Cove area where they caught flounder, reds and trouts in abundance. They travelled in all fifty states and to other countries, including three trips to Mexico, five trips to Canada, Newfoundland, a cruise to the Bahamas and found the time in between to make forty-five trips to Las Vegas.
Thelma is preceded in death by her son, Ronald Stephen Giusti; her parents, Edward and Marie Clarac; and brother, Robert Mitchell Clarac. She is survived by her devoted husband, Louis; daughter, Julie Kay Burke and husband, Lawrence J. Burke of Alvin, Texas; daughter, Jeanine Marie Giusti of Bedford, Texas; four grandchildren: Ashley Renee Burke, Sean Patrick Burke, Louis Wiley Vasquez and Isabel Marie Vasquez; brother, Edward Harry Lee Clarac; great granddaughter, Haylee Faith Burke; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thelma’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A service honoring Thelma’s life will begin at 7:00 pm.
Graveside service will be Monday, May 4, 2015, at 10:30 am, at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock with Thelma and Lou’s Godson, Pastor Craig Steven King, officiating. A funeral procession to the cemetery will leave Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Thelma’s honor may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550.