It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruthann (Thann) Gomba on April 4th, 2023. Born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, Thann was the daughter of Michael and Emily Gomba. Moving to Delaware when she was 3 years old, she became a lifetime resident. She attended Thomas McKean High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in child development from University of Delaware.
She first taught at the Tatnall School and later at the Upland Country Day School. There, she was a teacher of 42 years and loved being with the students, parents, and her colleagues. Thann received many accolades. She was the recipient of a yearbook dedication and was honored with the Finnish Cup of Friendship. Thann was also nominated for “Who’s Who” in Education. After her retirement in 2020, her second-grade classroom was dedicated and named in her honor. She was a gifted and inspiring teacher who was respected and loved by her students.
Thann was joyful, creative, loving, and passionate about life. Immersing herself in history, she enjoyed visiting museums, historical sites, and reading anything historical or biographical. Playing tennis, dancing, and refinishing furniture were also some of her favorite pastimes. Spending glorious hours at Bethany Beach, she created many wonderful memories with her family. Always ready for adventure, she appreciated nature and bestowed kindness, empathy, and laughter with all whom she encountered. Handed down from her dad, her favorite saying was, “Make a memory!” An advocate for animals, she cared deeply for the welfare of rescue dogs and elephants.
Thann was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Emily Gomba. She is survived by her sister, Michelle; niece, Tori (Dr. Adam Michell); and family members Melanie Strub, Annette Kissel, Karen Locke, and Dolly Davis.
A Catholic service and burial will be private. In her memory, contributions may be made to the ASPCA, an elephant rescue shelter, or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.