PATRICIA JANE THOMPSON
God called the soul of Patricia Jane (Magin) Thompson home on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 while surrounded by her loving family.
Pat entered this world on Aug. 12, 1925. She was born to the late Richard and Frances Magin at their home on 1014 Merchant St. in Alpena, Mich. She was a student at St Mary’s Catholic School and a 1943 cum laude graduate of Alpena High School where she proudly never missed a day of school. Upon graduation she was selected to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Phillips Collins Air Force Base during World War II.
She married Turley Nevin Thompson (T.N.T.) at St. Mary Catholic Church on June 29, 1946 after his return from the Navy. Patricia and Turley were blessed with nine children and while raising their children she continued to be committed to a number of causes. She was active in the Ossineke Chamber of Commerce, the Sanborn School PTA, and St. Catherine Catholic Church. She held all offices in the Altar Society, worked in the Vicariate with Study Clubs, and the Christian Family Movement in the diocese after which she and Turley brought that program to the Alpena area. At the request of Fr. Theodore LaMarre, she started the St. Catherine’s Youth Group and was involved in it for many years. She was also the St. Catherine’s Religious Education Program coordinator for many years and taught CCD class while her children were growing up.
Pat also continued to work and was the Ossineke news reporter for the Alpena News for 30 years, a real-estate agent, and a notary. She was employed for 10 years at the MESC office in Alpena from which she retired.
After retirement Patricia and Turley traveled extensively in their historical GMC converted 4104 bus. They covered the continental USA, all the Provinces of Canada, and made two trips to Alaska. Prior to that they explored five European countries together. God gave them the privilege of celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary in June of 2001 shortly before Turley passed away on Sept. 13, 2001.
Patricia is survived by her nine children: Timothy and Darlene Thompson, Mark and Marie Thompson, Francie and Duane Szymanski, Glen and Roxanne Thompson, Mary and Allan Wirgau, Ann and Ron Martin, Jeffry Thompson, Karl Thompson, and Becky and Karl Schroeder.
She has 18 grandchildren: Malia, Dennis (Noi), Roger (Amy), Michelle (Rick), Trevor (Stephanie), Tricia (Ricardo), Adam (Denise), Adrienne (Jeff), Kaitlyn, Kyle, Kurt (Ashley), Diana (Tom), Anissa (Cayle), Chelsea (Tim), Oscar, Lucy, Brett and Shane. Pat has 21 great- grandchildren: Santana, Sam, Shane, Ty, Nevin, Parker, Charlie, Sebastian, Nico, Reese, Colby, Emmie, Finnley, Brody, Gus, Henry, Calvin, Axel, Cooper, Ian and Kia. She has one great-great-grandchild, Emmett; one sister, Marie Dault of Chelsea, Mich., and her devoted cat Hattie.
Patricia was preceded in death by her brother Richard.
Memorial visitation will take place at the Bannan Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 from 3-8 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorial visitation will continue Wednesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Fitzpatrick officiating.
Inurnment: St Catherine Catholic Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or St. Catherine Catholic Church