Thelma F. Lange, a community activist, died Friday in her Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. She was 85.
Born in Buffalo, she graduated from Kensington High School.
When she moved to the town 58 years ago, she launched numerous community and school projects.
In the early 1970s, Mrs. Lange joined the WNY Peace Center. During the Cold War, she participated in the Soviet-American Friendship Committee, which was organized to advance understanding between the two countries. And she volunteered with the Ken-Ton Peace Pilgrims.
In the late 1980s, she helped save the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda by purchasing it on behalf of the Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society and then heading fundraisers as well as working with volunteers to restore the theater.
Mrs. Lange and her husband, Donald N., had known each other for 11 weeks when they decided to get married. The union lasted for 58 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Amanda, and six sons, Steven, Cameron, Neil, Clifford, Brent and Andrew.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.