Helen L. Thompson
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Helen L. Thompson, age 97, of Yankton, South Dakota died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Lund officiating. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Helen was born January 27, 1917 in Kadoka, South Dakota to James and Matilda (Nedved) Krovoza. She grew up in Yankton where she lived all her adult life. She attended District 12 School and after her schooling, one of her proudest jobs was babysitting for Lawrence Welk. Helen also worked at Stuelpnagel's Egg Processing Plant. On January 28, 1947, she married Elmer E. Thompson in Vermillion, South Dakota. After their marriage, Helen raised her family and took great pride in being a homemaker. She worked for the Yankton Medical Clinic for 30 years and at Willcockson Eye Associates for 12 years. Helen also ironed for many other families in Yankton. She was a hard worker who appreciated what she had and then shared that with others. Helen was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved flowers, gardening and music, especially Lawrence Welk, whom she watched every Saturday night. She also enjoyed cooking and canning, bowling, visiting with her friends and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. Helen and her family were very thankful for the years of loving care provided by the staff at Avera Sister James and Yankton Care Centers. She will be deeply missed.

Helen is survived by her three children: Patti Halverson of Madison, SD, John (Teri) Thompson of Gilbert, AZ and Roger "Cookie" (Peggy) Thompson of Yankton; 12 grandchildren: Mark, Alice, Mary Ann, Jim, Bruce, Teresa, Scott, Corey, Maeghan, Breanne, Travis and Tracey; 25 great grandchildren; nine great-great children; two sisters, Velma Klein and Norma Washburn, both of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer on May 22, 1991; two brothers, James "Bud" Krovoza and Ray Krovoza who was Helen's twin; two sisters, Mae Matthews and Marie Killian; step sister, Ella Mae Pishek; and a son-in-law, Joe Halverson.

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Prayers to the Thompson and Halverson families.


R.I.P. Helen, We love you very much and always have. Heaven is getting another angel. Love, Leoma and Jackie Beene

Leoma and Jackie Beene

The Thompson Family

Your Mother was a hard working supportive mother who was a great role model for all of you. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with all of you.

John and Jeanne Ehret

Prayers to the Thompson family. Helen was a sweetheart and will be missed.


Cookie, Peggy and Family

Sorry to read in the online paper of your Mother's passing. I know Don would join me in sending sympathy and remembering your Mom.

Carol Kortan

Dick and I send our prayers and thoughts your way. Seems as tho there are fewer and fewer of our friends left in Yankton May the good Lord Bless and keep you!

Dick and Bev Freng

It was with much sorrow that I learned of the death of Helen Thompson. It was not unexpected as I have been following her health issues with fequent and sometimes daily calls to her son and long time buddy, Roger "Cookie" Thompson. Cookie and I met in college and while we were not as close in school as we have grown to be over the last decade or so, I have come to know and see him in a totally different light than that in which he often portrays himself publicly. I was fortunate however to have met Helen on many occasions both while in college and again over the years, as we often visited the Yankton area on our trips back to Tyndall, the former home of my wife Janice. As the saying goes, "the apple doen't fall far from the tree" and never has that expression more aptly symbolized the relationship between Helen and Cookie. What you see is what you get and Helen, while sometimes rough on the outside, would give you the shirt off her back. In times of need she would feed you, clothe you, and care for you in times of sickness. Having to put up with her sons buddies from YC whom Cookie often brought by her house while in college, would immediately elevate her to the status of "Saint". She was the Mom we all hoped for, the loving caring women any son would be proud to bring their buddies home to meet, and the women who would some day be the confidant and friend to her daughters in law. She was the glue that held the family together and the grandma who loved her grand kids and who always went out of her way to see they were well taken care of. She was the apple of Cookies eye and the "grandma" that will be missed by all of us. Helen, we will miss you but we will not mourn your passing as we know your mission and purpose in this life as been accomplished. You fulfilled the promise the Lord challenged you with and your mark on this earth will not soon be forgotten, God bless you and may you rest in Peace!

Pete O'Toole

Helen was my Grandmother in law (Edna Fillaus') room mate for the one short year my Grandmother in law was in the nursing home before she passed. Helen and Edna always seemed to have such a good time together. When I would visit I would talk with Helen as much as Grandma. They had a spray bottle so the cats would not come into their room :) Helen always talked fondly of her family. Helen will always hold a special place in my heart for being such a good friend to Grandma while they were room mates. God Bless you all.

Heather Fillaus

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.

Scott Smith

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