In Memory of Jean Marie Thompson

Jean Marie Thompson
Jean Marie Thompson
Born: October 12, 1937
Died: July 23, 2018
Age: 80
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Jean Marie Thompson
October 12, 1937 - July 23, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Jean M. Thompson, age 80, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Jean Marie Thompson was born on October 12, 1937, in Estherville, IA, the daughter of Elmer and Evelyn (Lundeen) Strohman. She graduated from Emmetsburg High School with the class of 1955.

On July 21, 1961, Jean was united in marriage to Gene Thompson at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, IA. Together they were blessed with five children: Rick, Rob, Randy, Tami and Tera. After raising five children, Jean was employed by the Ida Grove Country Club, Gomaco University and Holmes Motors.

Spending time with her family was very important. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great granddaughter. Jean had a passion for working in her flower beds, feeding birds, cooking, sewing and making afghans for her family and friends. She enjoyed taking walks and playing with her puppies: Nicki, Tango, and Tucker. Jean was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove. She enjoyed working soup suppers and taught catechism for ten years. 

Left to cherish her memory are her five children: Rick Thompson of Ida Grove, IA, Rob Thompson of Arthur, IA, Randy (Janet) Thompson of Glenwood, IA, Tami (Jack) Smith of Storm Lake, IA and Tera (Jeremy) Parks of Ida Grove, IA; 7 grandchildren: Cody Ehlers, Garret Ehlers, Erica Thompson, Tanner Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Gable Thompson and Gavin Parks; 1 great-granddaughter Brooklyn Michelle Ehlers; 3 brothers: Ted (Linda) Strohman of Emmetsburg, IA, Gary Strohman of Minnesota and Roger (Marcy) Strohman of Emmetsburg, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Gene; her parents Elmer and Evelyn Strohman; brothers Chuck Strohman and John Howard Strohman (in infancy).

The family of Jean Thompson would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Kyle, Marilyn and Jeff Spotts for helping mom when she fell and waiting with her. Also, to Dr. Luft and the staff at Horn Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.




10:30 a.m., Saturday
July 28, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Cody Ehlers
Garret Ehlers
Erica Thompson
Tanner Thompson
Ethan Thompson
Gable Thompson
Gavin Parks

Honorary Pallbearers
Karen Zylstra
Judy Krenk
Margaret Greenwald
Bonnie Todd
Jeanette Ehlers
Maureen Griffith
Shirley Palm
Jack Holmes


5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday
July 27, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary at 5:00 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.


Kay Bloyer, Organist
Joey Hoefling, Cantor

Congregational Hyms
"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"How Great Thou Art"

Vocal Selection
"You Raise Me Up"

Recorded Selection
"Because You Loved Me"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You have our deepest sympathy. She was a sweet lady.”
- Cindy and Joe Christiansen
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 9:26 AM
“So sorry on the loss of your mother and grandmother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Valarie Wonder
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 9:26 AM
“Deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. Remember the memories. ”
- Charlotte Tripp
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:16 PM
“Deepest sympathies ”
- Tracy and Charlie Luke
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:16 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was the nicest, sweetest lady! I haven't seen her in years but every year, we exchanged Christmas cards. Her family is my thoughts and prayers! God bless! So sorry Rob!”
- Marla Hogan
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“You have our sympathy and prayers”
- Doug and Heather Fassler
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:56 AM
“So sorry for the loss of Jean. She was a sweet person. Hope memories will help you all through your sorrow. Hugs”
- Shirley Ruser
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:56 AM
“So sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers with the family”
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:56 AM
“Jean and family, not sure how I would ever made it through school without you. I'll never forget the love that you showed to Justin and to my family. You loved and cared for him as if he were truly your own. You never let the circumstances of Life get you down. You are loved and missed, Melissa”
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 3:15 PM
“Sorry to hear the passing of Jean. She was a good person. ”
- cheryl klein
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:29 AM
“Jean was an amazing woman. In fact the world needs more people like her. She was full of love for everyone. She wouldn't harm a fly. Your family is in my prayers. ”
- Brittany grissom
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