Lucille Thiery survived scarlet fever at age 7, and although the illness took her hearing and left her face paralyzed, it didn’t affect her spirit, said her niece, Eileen Thiery Snearly.
“She could lip-read, and she worked at the hospital for more than 40 years,” Snearly said. “She was really smart and always very active.”
Lucille Thiery, 83, a lifelong Dyer resident, died Sept. 22. She worked in the food department at Our Lady of Mercy hospital for more than 40 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Church.
She had her own cake business and made beautiful birthday and wedding cakes, her niece said. She made the wedding cakes for many family members,
“She made beautiful cakes, with four or five tiers, with fountains,” she said. “They were decorated well and they were absolutely beautiful.”
She was a member of the Northwest Indiana Hearing Club, and she enjoyed playing cards with her friends.
She knit extensively and had knit caps for hundreds of babies born at the hospital.
“She loved the Cubs. She would sit and knit while she watched the Cubs games,” Snearly said.
Thiery traveled extensively and had been to Germany and the Scandinavian countries and made many trips around the United States. She also had taken several cruises.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, and she loved her dog.
“She was very stubborn and wouldn’t give up,” Snearly said. “If she wanted to do something, she would find a way to do it. She didn’t want to be left behind.”