On Monday, November 29, 2021, we said goodbye to our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Judith “Judy” Ann Thompson. Judy lived for 83 years. She was born September 17, 1938, in Green Bay to the late Paul and Dorothy (Cauwenbergh) Koebke. Judy and her older brother Ron were raised by her grandparents and her aunt and uncle; Elizabeth “Betty” and Anthony “Tony” Forst.
She attended school in Green Bay and graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1956. She met the love of her life, Roger, on a tennis court in 1953 and that match led to a 63 year marriage. Judy and Roger were married on July 5, 1958, at St Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay. Together they raised 5 children
Judy worked for 20 years as an administrative assistant to the VP at NWTC. A job she loved! She was also the VP of the family business, Thompson Sheet Metal, contributing to its success. She was very proud of the 3rd generation family business.
Judy enjoyed weekends at the cottage, vacationing and traveling with Roger to Vegas and above all being a mother! She wanted 6 children but decided 5 was enough, when they started to arrive in pairs! She had a true zest for life, a great sense of humor and her family was the center of it all. Roger and their children brought her endless happiness, but her 10 grandchildren were her greatest joy. In 1970 Roger and Judy bought a cottage in Lakewood. They spent weekends year round at the cottage enjoying family time. Judy made every birthday and Christmas extra special. She was an outstanding cook and baker. She truly set the best example and gave us everything in life. We are forever grateful.
Judy is survived by and will be deeply missed by her husband of 63 years, Roger Thompson; their five Children: Tammy (Drew) Runde; Todd (Tina) Thompson; Jim Thompson; Jeff (Karen) Thompson and Jay (Marcia) Thompson; 10 grandchildren: Crystal (Brandon) Belschner, Tyler (Brittany) Thompson, Ashley (Mike Tedeschi) Thompson, Katy (Damon) Szydlo, Brittany (James) Lillion, Aaron (Pa Yia Xiong) Thompson, Sean (Erin) Runde, Chris (Nick Olson) Thompson, Danielle (Addison McCann) Thompson and Craig “CJ” (Brooke Welp) Thompson; three great grandchildren; Emma, Teagan, Tanner and a fourth due in December; Her brother Ron Koebke as well as a Brother-in-law, John Thompson, many nieces & nephews.
She was preceed in death by her daughter-in-law, Patti Thompson and sister-in-law, Mary Thompson; grandparents, Gertrude and William Hassle; uncle and aunt, Tony & Betty Forst;
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E Mason St., for a reception to be held from 4:00-8:00 pm. Friday Per Judy’s request their will not be a formal funeral service held. Burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to Judy’s family at www.prokowall.com In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in Judy’s name.
Alzheimers took the Judy we knew and loved 19 years ago. She approached the disease with dignity and respect and humor and along the way, taught us all to appreciate every moment. Roger’s promise to “not put her in a nursing home” was kept and honored through the love of her family. What an outstanding example of love and commitment. Judy’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all of her caregivers, especially Edith and Sharon.