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Connie M. ThompsonConnie M. Thompson, 70, of St. Paul, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at her home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. The Rev. Marcia Dorn will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. Further visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. Connie was born on Nov. 18, 1947, at St. Paul, the daughter of C.E. And Irene (Marco) Thompson. Connie grew up in Wolbach where she attended Wolbach Public School and was a 1966 graduate of Wolbach High School. She then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she graduated in 1970. After graduation she taught Social Studies and was the volleyball coach at Wolbach High School for two years. She then returned to Lincoln where she worked at Boomers Printing Company for three years. In 1975, she moved to St. Paul where she began working at the family business, Tommy-Rene Printers, Inc., publishing the Phonograph-Herald and Wolbach Messenger newspapers, where she was still actively working at the time of her death. In younger years, Connie participated in high school and town team volleyball and was also a town team softball player. She was a member and past president of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Nebraska Press Advertising Association; member of Ray Mapes Post 236 American Legion Auxiliary of Wolbach; and for many years had taught photography at Adult education classes in St. Paul. Connie was an avid fan of all Husker sports and enjoyed cross stitching, reading, photography, baking, casino trips and family gatherings. She is survived by her three siblings, twin brother and sister-in-law, Tommy R. and Cindy Thompson of Beatrice; sister, Mary Jo Thompson of St. Paul; and brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Dodie Thompson of Wolbach; nieces and nephews, Jennifer and Shane Saathoff of Wymore, Lee and Rita Thompson of Lincoln, Meagan and Brian Wysocki of Elba, Luke and Brenda Thompson of Wolbach and Ashton Thompson of Fulton, MI; and six great nieces and two great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul and Wolbach Fire Departments and EMT's or to the family's choice.
For over a dozen years, we sat next to Connie & MaryJo at NU:baseball:. Thru thick & thin, rain, cold or sunburns, we enjoyed many a games with these two. Rest In Peace Connie, help the Huskers from up there, ok! Well see you soon MaryJo, our deepest sympathies to your family! Love, Steve & Jodi Zaura
Steve & Jodi zaura Jan 12 2018 9:47 PM
Condolences to all the Thompsons and extended family and friends. A shock to lose Connie so young. She was always a joy to talk to on trips home. She and I had lots of fun talking about Huskers, local high schools and sports teams, local goings on and families and friends.
Jerry Steenson Jan 12 2018 8:35 PM
Condolences to Connie's family.....remembering her smile and positive spirit.... - Kathleen (Kolar) Wiechman
Kathleen Wiechman Jan 12 2018 1:05 PM
My deepest sympathy to Mary Jo, Tom, Jay and families! I had a lot of fun with the Thompson family as my grandparents lived on Drummond Street. It was quite the neighborhood!!! I know how much Connie will be missed. Keep all those memories next to your heart! Lana Studley Maret
Lana Maret Jan 11 2018 1:51 PM
I worked for Connie and the Thompson family at the Phonograph-Herald back in 2003, my senior year of high school. I was new to St. Paul and inexperienced, but Connie gave me a chance and I got to do many interesting projects while working for her, and I learned so much from Connie and the rest of the family. I remember one day Connie handed me a digital camera and said "Go take some photos at the water park." I said, "Are you sure? I've never done this before..." But Connie believed in me, so off I went! I will always have fond memories of that time, even getting covered in newspaper ink on Wednesdays (print day!). My deepest condolences to the Thompson family on the loss of such a strong, wonderful woman. -Traci (Golding) Miller, SPHS Class of 2003
Traci Miller Jan 10 2018 12:00 PM
What a shock to all who knew Connie. I got to know her with my involvement with the Dannebrog Booster Club. The articles she would write to promote our activites were always greatly appreciated. The community of Dannebrog and Centura Public Schools benefited from her coverage of events for area churches, 4-H, sporting events and the Boy Scouts to mention a few. One of my favorite memories was when she took time out of her busy day to give Kalen's Cub Scout Pack a tour of the paper. She loved what she did and we all benefited from her abilities. May your many memories and your faith help to comfort you in the days ahead. Beth Cumming
Beth Cumming Jan 10 2018 9:47 AM
Condolences to the Thompson Family. Connie was a kind, considerate, very caring person and was easy to work with from her dealing with City of St. Paul and the Mayor's position! She will not be forgotten! Mayor Tracy Howard
Tracy Howard Jan 9 2018 1:31 PM
So many memories of Connie..growing up together, she was one of the Drummond street crew(back in the day we didn't have street names) playing together, learning to drive a car and taking drivers education classes, playing volleyball in high school and on the town team. Connie picked the name for our town team volleyball W.A.C (Wolbach Athletic Club) and our team was pretty good .Mary Jo would always joke about Connie and I getting too old to play that she would have to push us out on the court in wheel chairs. She was the go to person if we needed any information about past history, she had a great memory for details. She was a fun loving person, great classmate, neighbor, friend and loved her like a sister..the Thompson's were always considered "Family". It is so hard to say goodbye. Love you Thompson crew! The Klein Twins
Lila Studley Jan 9 2018 12:18 PM
Beautiful video, and it showed her beautiful and fun smile on every picture. I loved going into the paper to see all of you, always so fun, never left there without a lot of laughs and a smile on my face. You have given so much to our town, thank you for everything, but most of all your laughter and love!!! Prayers to all of your family as God has been blessed with a wonderful angel that will keep the Heavens singing and laughing, as well as getting all those Husker fans cheering!!! Blessings!!!
Velda Peters Jan 9 2018 9:48 AM
Thanks, Todd and Meagan. What a great job on the video. Connie would be proud of you both. I was crying and laughing through the whole thing. This will be an awesome keepsake.
Mary Jo Thompson Jan 9 2018 7:25 AM