Joan Thompson

April 24, 1941 – July 11, 2020


Joan Kay Thompson, 79 of Bode, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona from lung cancer.

She was born April 24, 1941, in Wesley, Iowa, to Elliott and Edna (Lickteig) Waldschmidt. Most of Joan’s childhood was spent on the family farm near Rodman, Iowa. Joan was the second of nine children, and as such she spent a great deal of time and energy watching over her younger siblings. Joan graduated in 1960 from Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona. She married Dr. Richard (Doc) Thompson on June 26, 1961; he preceded her in death in 2010. Doc and Joan lived in Bode from 1972 until July 2020.

Over the years Joan enjoyed raising two children, dancing, gardening, golfing and sewing. She was a great singer and served as a cantor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livermore. She participated in the Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus, was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and worked as a Mary Kay beauty consultant.

Joan is survived by her son James (Junehee Kwon) Thompson and their three children, Kyle Thompson, Faith Thompson and Grace Thompson all of Manhattan, Kansas; and her daughter Ellen Thompson of Humboldt. She is also survived by her siblings Pat Keith, Rita (Ted) Jennings, John (Nancy) Waldschmidt, Bill (Mary) Waldschmidt, Bob (Marilyn) Waldschmidt, David (Dorie) Waldschmidt, Tom (Jeri) Waldschmidt and Virginia (David) Thom. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard “Doc” and her parents.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral & Cremation Service in Humboldt. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Humboldt. Facial coverings are required at church. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Whittemore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities or St. Mary Church. 

Kossuth County Advance

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Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

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