MADISON-Clara M. Thompson, age 94, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Oak Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on June 5, 1918, in Stoddard County, Mo., the daughter of Albert and Mary (Seyer) Friedrich. She moved to Madison in 1960, and worked as a lab technician for Dr. Goodfriend at UW Hospital and the VA Hospital. Clara married Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson in May of 1970, in Madison. She retired in 2002, after 36 years of service. Clara was a member of Eastside Evangelical Lutheran Church and Olbrich Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, cards, traveling, painting, crafts, and spending time with family and friends. Clara especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Joanne) Buttery of Rio, Delores (Fred) Nelson of Madison, Janet (John “Jack”) Ochalla of McFarland, June (David) Leckwee of DeForest, and Cheryl (Donavan) Alves of Madison; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy; and her parents. Funeral services will be held at EASTSIDE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2310 Independence Lane, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, with the Rev. Glen F. Schmiege presiding. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711. A special thank you to Agrace HospiceCare, Oak Park Place, and Door Creek Church.

Memorials:Gunderson_Funeral
Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.

Service:
Funeral services will be held at EASTSIDE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2310 Independence Lane, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, with the Rev. Glen F. Schmiege presiding.

Cemetery:
Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.