Sally “Sal” L. Thompson, 69, of Harshaw, passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Waukesha, the daughter of Fran (Hooseman) and John Maule.
Sally graduated from Waukesha South High school in 1962 and went on to attend the Milwaukee School of Beauty and Cosmetology. She held various jobs throughout her life including working as a beautician, doing clerical work, and working as a swing manager at McDonald’s in Sussex. She was involved in the Job’s Daughters organization throughout her early years. After moving to the Northwoods, Sally donated her free time delivering Meals on Wheels, something she greatly enjoyed. One of her greatest passions was spending time with and doting on her grandchildren. Most recently, she found joy in sharing pictures of her new great-grandson. An avid bird watcher, she loved the wildlife that surrounded her home, keeping her birdfeeders filled, and was known to chase away the occasional bear who tried to snack from the feeder. Toward the end of her illness she found enjoyment from the sight-seeing car rides taken in search of deer and other animals.
Sally is survived by her companion, Don Stadler; her children, Michele (Neil) Burns of Theresa, Jeffrey (Kristina) Thompson of Sussex, and David (Tracy) Thompson of Waukesha; her grandchildren, Matthew (Katie) Burns, Elizabeth Burns, Emily Burns, Gabrielle Burns, Austin Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Caroline Thompson and Natalie Thompson; her step-grandchildren, Gina (Ted) Hickey-Liskowtiz, Tasha (Dan) Greene, and Joshua Hintz; her great-grandson, Christopher Burns; and her step-great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Madison and Alicia Liskowtiz and Dakota Greene. She is survived by her brothers, David (Marcia) Maule, Robert (Dorothy) Maule, Thomas (Claudia) Maule and William (Katherine) Maule; and one sister-in-law, Mary Maule.
She is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Sally was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father Edwin Gramling and her brother Gerald Maule.
There will be two celebrations of life in Sally’s honor. On Saturday, Nov. 9, a celebration will be held at Birch Lake Bar and Resort in Harshaw beginning at noon. A second memorial celebration will be held for Sally Saturday Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge located on Main St. in Dousman.
The family would like to thank Jo, Angie, Lorna, Sharon and the entire team from Ministry Hospice and Home Care for taking such excellent care of Sally.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ministry Hospice program or the family.
Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com.
Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.