Thursday, February 27, 2020

Irene Thompson, 105, St. Ansgar

Irene Ella Thompson, age 105,


Irene Thompson

of St. Ansgar, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Jan.

24, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in St. Ansgar, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Irene was born Aug. 18, 1914,

at the farm near St. Ansgar, Iowa to Gustave and Alma (Schmidt) Feldt. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Grafton, Iowa. Irene graduated from Carpenter High School in 1932.


On March 21, 1937, Irene was united in marriage to Leland Ellingson during a double wedding with her sister Agnes, who married Lelands twin cousin. They farmed the home Ellingson farm for 39 years. During this time, she was active in farming and in the Deer Creek Lutheran Church, directing choir, teaching Sunday school and she also played saxophone in the Grafton Lutheran Church Band.

When they retired from farming, they built a new home on an acreage near Lyle, Minn. Leland passed away in 1978. Irene then moved to Austin, and through the Sons of Norway Lodge, she met and married Charles C. Thomp- son on Aug. 8, 1981. Through this marriage she became part of a large new family of three sons and two daugh- ters, 13 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Irene loved playing her saxophone in churches and nursing homes. She planted many gardens of perennials and veg- etables and furnished flowers for church altars, weddings and other gatherings. Irene also enjoyed playing cards, dancing and Sons of Norway.

Charles and Irene traveled extensively in the United

States, Canada, Alaska and several times to Norway and other parts of Europe. The couple moved to the Cedars of Austin in 2009. Irene then moved to the Good Samaritan Society in St. Ansgar, Iowa. Irene will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her step-children; Barry (Mary) Thompson of Webster, Wis., Rodney (Jan) Thompson of Austin, Charlane (Mike) Benson of Rochester, Rhonda (Brooks) Heimer of Henderson, Nev., and Scott (Brenda) Thompson of Austin; 13 grandchildren, 32 great grand- children and eight great great-grandchildren; sister-in- laws: Joan Feldt and Delores Feldt of St. Ansgar, Iowa and Selma Lysne of Austin and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Thompson in 2015, three brothers Arnold, Bar- ney and Herbert, and two sisters, Agnes Severson and Helen Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to donors choice. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home

in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family


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