Barbara L. Thompson, 81, of Van Wert, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
She was born
August 15, 1936, in Middle Point, to Loren and Lucille (Friesner) Tabler,
who both preceded her in death. She was married to Charles (Chuck)
Thompson in 1954, and he also preceded her in death. Together, they had
She is survived by
her brother, David L. Tabler of Baltimore, Maryland; her children, Chuck
(Shari) Thompson of Fort Thomas, Lori Thompson of Columbus, Lizbeth
(Mark) Good of Eliot, Maine, Mitchell Thompson of Van Wert, Laura
(Scott) Schau of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Christopher (Kim) Thompson
of Hilliard; 17 grandchildren, Chad (Lauren), Molly (Kyle), Carly
(Ryan), Cameron, Jillian (Clay), Meghan (Kainoa), Scott, Thomas,
Elizabeth, Victoria, Nick, Garrett, Maddison, Zachary, Jacob, Connor,
and Joshua; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Barbara was a
graduate of Van Del High School, Class of 1954, and The Ohio State
University, Class of 1993 (B.A. English). She was honored as
“Outstanding Young Woman of Ohio” in 1968 for her work with migrant
workers in Mercer County. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for Derry
Drugs and also hosted “A View from the Tree House” on WERT Radio. She
had several careers with Derry Drugs, Vantage Career School, and Starr
She served on Van
Wert City Council and the City Zoning Commission, was a member of St.
Mark’s Lutheran Church, and was active with Van Wert Rotary Club and
various other community committees and commissions.
A memorial service
will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Mark’s Lutheran
Church in Van Wert.
A gathering of
family and friends will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service, at
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center or Van Wert Rotary Club.
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