Elsie Rosalie Thompson
March 19, 1923 - Jan. 21, 2013
WILLMAR - Elsie Rosalie (Peterson) Thompson, 89, of Willmar, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Her funeral will be 11:00 am, Friday, January 25th at Calvary Lutheran Chapel in Willmar. Burial will be in Big Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Belgrade. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday at Calvary Lutheran Chapel in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the chapel on Friday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org.
Elsie was born March 19, 1923 in Glenwood, MN, the daughter of Axel and Rosetta (Iverson) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed at Glenwood Lutheran Church. She attended Glenwood High School and graduated top of her class. While in school, she enjoyed playing in the marching band. After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper at the Cyrus Farmers Elevator. She met her husband, Kenneth Thompson at a dance at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood just prior to the beginning of WWII and they vowed together, to stay true to each other, until they married three years later while Kenneth was on leave from the war. After WWII, Elsie and Ken moved to the cities and made their home in St. Louis Park. Elsie worked as an accountant in several CPA firms until her retirement.
Elsie was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and over the years belonged to several church circles and guilds. She was a member of Sons of Norway for many years and took several trips to the Scandinavian countries, the birthplace of her father. Elsie enjoyed dancing, traveling, cooking, making beautiful counted cross-stitch pictures and was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed quiet time reading and music while playing her organ.
Elsie will be remembered lovingly by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, her parents, her brother, Harold; and sister, Ruby. Surviving are her children, Steve (and Jeanne) Thompson of Plymouth, and Mary (and Ron) Fake of Willmar; five grandchildren, Brandon Thompson, Chad Thompson, Angela Thompson, David Fake and Daniel Fake.