Loretta Lois Thompson

Loretta Lois Thompson

Loretta Lois Thompson, 93, of Platteville, formerly of Columbus, passed away peacefully at Gray’s Nursing Home, Platteville, surrounded by family on July 8, 2012.

A memorial service is being planned for early August at First English Lutheran Church, Platteville. Memorials may be directed to FELC or any ELCA church/ministry. A burial will take place at a future date at Hillside Cemetery, Columbus, WI. Online condolences may be made at www.melbyfh.com. The Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory of Platteville is serving the family.

Loretta was born the seventh of nine children to August and Caroline (Melcher) Wegner, in Oak Park, IL, on the Day of Epiphany, January 6, 1919. She was baptized at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Park and attended Christ Lutheran School. She graduated from Oak Park H.S. in 1937 near the top of her class and from Bryant and Stratton College, Chicago, in 1938. She worked as a secretary in Chicago until she married Merle M. Thompson of LuVerne, Iowa, on March 23, 1946 and moved to Wisconsin where they farmed between Columbus and Madison. Loretta worked for the State Medical Society, the Wisconsin Cheeseman in Sun Prairie and later as an Administrative Secretary for the Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services in Madison until her retirement in the early 1980’s.

Loretta and Merle adopted two very fortunate children, Kathy Jo, in 1957 and Mark Kevin, in 1959. She was a mother extraordinaire. The only thing she did better than being a Mom was being a Grandma. She greatly loved and doted on her four grandchildren, granddaughters Ashley Thompson (Madison) and Kirsten Jacobson (Cleveland, OH), and grandsons Spencer Jacobson (Platteville) and Jens Jacobson (Nashville, TN.)

Loretta was a Lutheran from the time of her baptism at Christ Lutheran until her death. Over the years she was a member of Zion in Columbus; Redeemer in Plymouth; Lutheran Church of Peace, Platteville; Primrose Lutheran, Belleville; and recently, First English Lutheran in Platteville. She was involved in Bible study/service groups in her younger years. Her faith was an important part of her life and she made certain her children attended a Lutheran grade school as she had. She was also very proud that her daughter became an ELCA pastor.

Loretta also liked to knit, do needlepoint and was an avid reader, especially enjoying mystery novels. She also loved to cheer for the Badgers, Packers, Brewers and the Bears and Cubs for old times’ sake.

Loretta is survived by her daughter, Rev. Kathy Jacobson and son-in-law, Dr. Jeff Jacobson, Platteville, and her grandchildren. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Caroline, Elmer, Wally, Hilda, Eleanor, Dorothy, Marvin and Alvin; husband Merle in 1991 and son Mark, in 2004.