FRUITLAND, Iowa - Charlene "Char" E. Thompson, 78, of Fruitland, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at her home.
Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Tom Berryman of Island United Methodist Church will officiate. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Island United Methodist Church following the service. Burial will take place in Island Cemetery at 11:00 Saturday, April 15, 2017. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Island United Methodist Church or Genesis Hospice Program. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Char was born on August 2, 1938, in Rock Island, Illinois, the daughter of Merle and Arlene Witkoske Strause. She married Jasper S. "Tom" Thompson on March 31, 1962, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2005.
She was school bus driver for the L-M School System for 17 years. She was a member of the Island United Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout Leader and served on the North Ridge Girl Scout Service Unit and was active with the Shining Trail Council. She will be especially missed by her dog, Teddy.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Kimberly S. Thompson of Fruitland and Kay L. Chapman of Letts; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Ben Chapman of Letts; one brother, Merle Strause and wife, Bev, of St. Louis, Missouri; two sisters, Sandra Axtell and husband, Randy, of Muscatine, and Sherry Coyle and husband, Gene, of Osceola; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Carl Strause and his wife, Dar; and her other dog, Rex. ... Read More
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Char will be miss by many. I have know char since childhood when my grandma Frankie ever since had me going to the Island.
I was fortunate to know Char and benefited from her kind and energetic spirit. She was always willing to step in and volunteer with whatever organization or activity her girls were participating in. I knew her from lit... more
Char was every child in Fruitland, Iowa favorite person. She was the town friend, mother, and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. All my sympathy to the family.
Char was one of the most significant people of my childhood. She was my girl scout leader for well over 10 years. On a weekly basis, a memory of her comes to mind & things she taught me. I am grateful & continue to pa... more
Char was our next door neighbor for 30 years. She was our children's bus driver and our daughters G.S. leader. She was a "go getter". Even when she went into a wheelchair she never slowed down. She was the most wonderful... more
Char was such a big part of of my young life! She was my Girl Scout Leader for several years! I learned so much from her! I will always have a special place in my heart for her!