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Mabel E. Thompson — Peterson

PETERSON — The funeral for Mabel E. Thompson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson, with the Revs. Ronald and Janet Warnes officiating. Burial will be in Highland Prairie Lutheran Cemetery, rural Peterson.

Mrs. Thompson, a longtime teacher, 92, died Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2007) at Lake Winona Manor in Winona. She had resided at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford since February 2006.

Mabel Evelyn Johnson was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Fillmore County. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1932, attended Preston Normal School and then Winona State Teachers College. She taught in rural schools and continued at Winona State until she earned her degree. On Jan. 12, 1935, she married Walter Thompson. They farmed near Peterson, and she taught elementary school in Peterson. They moved to Rochester, where she continued to teach. Following her husband’s death in July 1993, she moved back to Peterson. She was a member of the M.E.A. and R.E.A., sang in the church choir, and also taught Sunday School. She enjoyed working with flowers and being with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Walter (Darlene) of Winona and Maynard (Sandy) of Peterson; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and three special nieces, Nina Austin, DeLaine Johnson and Darlene Kryzer. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Hoff Funeral Homes-Rushford Chapel, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.

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Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson.

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