David John Thuma

1959 - 2016

COOPERSTOWN - David John Thuma, 57, died unexpectedly Monday, July 11, 2016.

Of Czechoslovakian and Polish ancestry, David was born May 6, 1959, in Riverhead and raised in Yaphank on Long Island. He was the second of three boys of Charles Frederick Thuma, Sr. and Frances Szuster Thuma.

Raised on Long Island, David attended Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. After earning a bachelor's degree in agriculture, he managed Agway feed stores in Peru, Malone, Schenevus and Milford. When Agway began closing stores he started a new career, attending Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare's School of Radiology to become a certified radiology technologist, and was the top of his class. For the past 26 years he has been employed by Bassett Healthcare Network at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown in the Radiology Department where he conducted many CT Scans and MRIs. He strived for excellence in all he did.

David was a wonderful husband, son and brother and will be missed forever. 

David is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Anne Thuma of Cooperstown; his father, Charles F. Thuma Sr., of Oneonta; and two brothers, Charles F. Thuma, Jr. and wife, Sue, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their children, Elizabeth, Melissa and Robert, and Albert P. Thuma and wife, Kristen, of Cave Creek, Arizona, and their three boys: JP, and twins Sam and Nick. He is further survived by his father-in-law, William S. Tiel of Oneonta; sister-in-law Lynn Stone and husband, John, of Florida; a nephew, William D. Cave and wife, Kelly; a niece, Sarah A. Cave; and many cousins. Also, the best JRT's Ish & Z.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances S. Thuma, who died January 1, 1995, and his mother-in-law, Kathryn Ruff Tiel.

At the family's request, services will be privately held.

For those who wish to remember David, memorial donations in his name may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or The Bassett Tribute Fund, c/o Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.