Janice Thompson, 1941-2015

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Funeral services for Janice C. Thompson will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. James Rushton will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 in St. Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery near Belmond, Iowa.

Janice Christena Thompson passed away peacefully at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. She was 73. Janice was born Dec. 9, 1941, to Frieda and Duane Mehus in Clarion, Iowa.

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson

Janice graduated from Glenville High School in 1960. Jan remembers, “After graduation I lived with Mavis in Minneapolis. Soon, Janet Hagerud moved in with us, along with three other girls. I attended and graduated from McConnell Airline School, but I couldn’t get a job as a flight attendant because I was only 18 and couldn’t serve alcohol. So, I went to work for Honeywell. I worked with switchboards, mail, secretarial tasks, etc. until I got married!”

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In 1962, Janice was married to Loren Thompson in St. Louis Park. “I met Loren at a roller rink. He was attending Brown’s Institute for radio announcing. His first job was in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, so we moved there. Our son, Steven, was born in 1963. Later we moved to Brainerd, where Loren was a sports announcer. I went to work for J.C. Penney Co. and did a lot of modeling for advertising in the paper. I was in a lot of style shows. We were there for 17 years, until Loren died in 1981.” Janice was a very active member in Brainerd Assemblies of God Church for many years.

In 1984 Janice moved to Florida to be near her son, Steven. She stayed with Penney’s and worked at Coastline Mall in Naples, Florida. About five years ago Janice moved into St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

In her free time Janice enjoyed creating ceramics and doing crafts. She was in charge of setting up many craft shows. She also enjoyed baking cookies and being around her favorite animals, cats, dogs and horses.

She is survived by her son, Steven, of Farmington; brother, Harold (Kathleen) Mehus, of Glenville; and many relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Loren Thompson; and her parents Frieda and Duane Mehus.