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Rita M. Thompson

October 14, 1922 - April 18, 2014

Service Date: April 26, 2014

Rita M. Thompson, nee South, 91, of Belleville, Illinois, born Saturday, October 14, 1922, in Palmyra, MO, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Pacific, Missouri.

Rita was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville, Illinois and the social justice and fish fry committees at the church.  She volunteered at St. Elizabeth Hospital and read for the blind. Rita enjoyed playing the piano, painting, knitting, reading her mysteries and doing crossword puzzles. She also was an excellent cook and her frosted salad has become an internationally acclaimed recipe.  

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Parents: William and Mayme nee Daume South
  • Brothers
    • Henry South
    • William South
    • Thomas South
  • Sister: Drucilla Fleming

Surviving are her:

  • Husband: Tommy Thompson
  • Children
    • Meg Kennedy of Kapolei, HI
    • Richard W. Thompson of Belleville, IL
    • Kathleen (Mark) Mackey of Maryville, IL
    • Barbara (David) Euler of Pacific, MO
    • Michael Thompson of Shawnee, OK
    • Maureen (Ed Billings) Kauten of Saint Louis, MO
    • Stephen Thompson of MT
    • Christopher (Mary) Thompson of Saint Paul, MN
    • Connie O’Saben of Swansea, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Bill Kennedy
    • Brittany (Steve) Berry
    • Nicholas Kauten
    • Eric O’Saben
    • Christopher Kauten
    • Ryan Thompson
    • Meg Thompson
    • Ann Thompson
    • Peter Thompson
  • Great-Grandchildren
    • Piper and Hurley Kennedy
    • Maxwell and Emma Kauten

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Allegro Chorale, 120 West Main, Suite 116, Belleville, IL 62220, www.allegrochorale.org

Rita was very musically inclined and loved listening to the Allegro Chorale which includes three of her children Richard, Connie and Maureen.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, April 25, 2014 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  A funeral procession will leave from Kurrus Funeral  Home in Belleville, IL at 12:45 pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014 for a 1:00 pm Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Belleville, Illinois with Father Stan Konieczny officiating.  Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Belleville, Illinois.