Charlene 'Char' E. Thompson
August 2, 1938 - April 6, 2017
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CHARLENE THOMPSON
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.
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Mon, April 10, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Location

Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Date & Time

Tue, April 11, 2017
11:00 AM


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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Adam Drawbaugh
Apr 20, 2017

Char will be miss by many. I have know char since childhood when my grandma Frankie ever since had me going to the Island.

Kelly (Reimers) Clark
Apr 10, 2017

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

Apr 10, 2017
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 little league softball and 4-H. I was a friend of Kim's and fondly remember sleep overs, trips to the fair and snipe hunting on 4-H camping trips. Char was always involved and made a difference in a lot of people's lives. My sympathy goes out to Kim and Kay and Char's remaining family.

Kelly (Reimers) Clark
Ronda Lane
Apr 10, 2017

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.

Janelle (Torrence) Purcell
Apr 8, 2017

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

Apr 8, 2017
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 pass on her knowledge. She is one of the best people ever.

Janelle (Torrence) Purcell
Jeanette Hillman
Apr 7, 2017

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

Apr 7, 2017
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 lady I have ever known.

Jeanette Hillman
Linda (Crooks) Arnold
Apr 7, 2017

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!

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