Helen Annette Thompson


June 17, 1914 - October 1, 2010


Helen Annette Thompson was born June 17, 1914 in Clark County, SD to Sigurd and Christine (Kloster) Hanson.  She was baptized at Clark Center Lutheran Church, Clark and confirmed at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Crocker, SD. She married Raymond E. Thompson on June 18, 1934 in the First Lutheran parsonage in Mitchell.  She worked for Eliason Studio until WWII, then she and Raymond owned the Thompson Photo until the early 1960s. Helen also worked as an assistant secretary to the Layne librarian at Dakota Wesleyan University until her retirement.  Helen was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church where she devoted time and energy as wedding and reception coordinator for over 30 years and was active in other church organizations. She was a proud member of Business & Professional Women, Unique Study Club and Sons of Norway.


She is survived by two daughters: Sharon (Lou) Clunk of Scottsdale, AZ and Sondra (Robert) Jasak of Lakeside, CA, three grandchildren: Dieter Clunk, Holly Ferrante and Heidi Lyon, five great-grandchildren, one sister, Arlene (Bill) Bird of Toronto, SD, three brothers: George Hanson of Clark, SD, Roy Hanson of Newark, DE, Lee (Helen) Hanson of Minnetonka, MN and many nieces and nephews including Audrey (Harlyn) Threadgold of Brandon, SD.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers and one sister.


In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure”, ClarkCenterLutheranChurch or FirstLutheranChurch, Mitchell.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, October 21, 2010
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sheila P. Caleson May on October 18, 2010
My visits with Helen were brief and stretched over many years. I have an enduring friendship with her daughter Sondra, and would see Helen when she visited Lakeside, California. I always thought she was charming, gracious, and ahead of her time. Heaven has waited a long time for her to come home.
Posted by Kelly Gross on October 16, 2010
I thought Helen was such a great lady! I was introduced to her when I was a student at Dakota Wesleyan but became friends with her when I joined the staff at DWU. We had a lot of coffee breaks together and spent a great deal of time solving the worlds problems! She gave me a lot of DWU items and her collection of National Geographics when she moved out of her home. (I still have everything!) She used to meet me in Randalls for coffee after her retirement but the last several years I have lost touch with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you reflect on this wonderful life!!
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