Clara J. Thompson, 104, of Kaylor Rd., Karns City, a well-known highly respected retired school teacher, a resident at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, passed away early Tuesday morning, December 3, 2019 at Concordia.
Clara was born in Fairview Twp. on August 20, 1915. She was the daughter of the late Fred H. and Pearl Miller Jameson.
She was a 1933 graduate of Fairview Twp. Karns City High School. She attended Slippery Rock College in 1933 – 1935 and obtained a state teaching certificate. Mrs. Thompson furthered her education at Duke University and Clarion College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Thompson’s teaching career spanned almost three decades. She taught second grade in Karns City, in a multiple grade one room schoolhouse in Kittanning Hollow, fifth and sixth grade in the Worthington School District, sixth grade at Cadogen in the Armstrong Co. School District and retired in 1977 after teaching sixth grade for four years at North Buffalo Elementary School in the Armstrong Co. School District. From 1944-1945 she was employed by the U.S. Public Health Service as a payroll clerk. From 1949-1956 she was employed by the Butler County Board of Assistance as a caseworker.
Clara enjoyed painting, macramé, pottery, beading, knitting, crocheting, and china painting. She looked forward to travelling yearly with her husband to Temagami, Canada, for 52 years until 2007, where over the years, the Thompsons had made many close friends.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. “Bob” Thompson, whom she married in Gettysburg on June 1, 1938. Mr. Thompson died on October 18, 2012.
Clara is survived by two sons, Col. Robert K. Thompson Jr., USAF ret., and his wife, Patty, of Tucson, AZ and Larry J. Thompson and his wife, Linda, of Murrysville; six grandchildren, Mark W. Thompson and his wife, Mary, of Benson, AZ, Todd A. Thompson and his wife, Kristen, of Ashburn, VA, Brent L. Thompson (Tammy) of Tucson, AZ, James R. Thompson (Allison) of Cranberry Twp., Justin M.Thompson (Kristie) of Greensburg, and Gina M. Thompson and her husband, Stacy Tibbetts, of Bellfonte; seven great grandchildren, Dakota and his wife, Amber, Christian, Tierney, Teige, Jasmine, Johanna, and Leo; one great great granddaughter, Clara June, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Clara was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Walter Jameson and her sister, Florence Jameson McDonald, as well as a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 – 3 and 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be no visitation on Sunday. Additional visitation will be held Monday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Rd., Chicora from 10 – 11:00 a.m. A funeral service will follow from the church at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Boomhower, church pastor, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit www.hilefh.com.