Obit: Thompson, Ruby A. (1955 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Aase, Bolstad, Gulden, Knudson, Meyer, Rugroden, Stecklein, Thompson, Tweet

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 1/17/2019

Thompson, Ruby “Arlys” A. (Knudson) (30 MAY 1955 - 14 JAN 2019)

Ruby “Arlys” A. Thompson, 94, of rural Dorchester, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center, where she had been a patient for the last four days, following a sudden and brief illness.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbotsford Cemetery. Visitation will be held that morning at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Paul Thompson, Jim Thompson, Roger Aase, Scott Knudson, Peter Bolstad and Jon Meyer.

Ruby, known as Arlys, was born on March 6, 1924 on the family farm near Hartland, Minn. to Ole and Hilda (Rugroden) Knudson. She attended schools in Freeborn County and graduated from Freeborn High School in 1940. In 1943 she graduated from Mankato Teachers College in Mankato, Minn. with a degree in education.

Before her marriage Arlys taught school in Minnesota. She then resided in Washington D.C. and worked for the Census Bureau and Pentagon. She married Reuel N. Thompson on Dec. 8, 1945 at Hartland Lutheran Church in Hartland, Minn. and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2018.

Reuel and Arlys farmed in the Gilman area until 1960, when they moved to a farm in rural Stetsonville. They relocated to Dorchester in 1973, where she currently resided. Arlys was a member of the Stetsonville American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Gilman, followed by Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, where she belonged to the Ladies Aid and Mission Circle, taught Sunday school and was involved in quilting. She enjoyed traveling, reading, sewing, crocheting and playing Scrabble.

Arlys is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Bill) Stecklein of Derwood, Md. and Nancy Thompson of Manitowoc; one son, John (Jean) Thompson of DeForest; one granddaughter, Tracey (Kenny) Gulden; and two great-granddaughters, Ellen and Megan Gulden, all of Toano, Va.; and sisters, Helen Aase of Kenyon, Minn., Ona Meyer of Hartland, Minn. and Margaret (Roald) Tweet of Rock Island, Ill.

Arlys was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brian Thompson, in April of 2012; brother, Harold Knudson; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in honor of Arlys, be given to the family for future designation.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to friends and neighbors who visited and helped Arlys, when needed, especially following the death of her husband in April of 2018. A special thank you is extended to Henry and Sharon Blume for sharing meals and for always being there for Arlys and her family. Your friendship, help and support have meant so much to all of us throughout the years.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.

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