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Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

Private viewing and celebration of life for Rebecca S. R. Thompson, 53, Aurora, Colo., will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at 19441 E. Navarro Drive, in Aurora.

She died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.


Rebecca Sue Rose “Bec” Thompson was born June 22, 1967, in Norfolk, to Gerald and Emma (Smutny) Gronenthal. She graduated from Humphrey High School in 1985 and from Hastings College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in communications.

Rebecca worked as a senior admission enrollment advisor for several colleges and universities, helping students realize and reach their educational goals.

Her three daughters were her world, and spending time with family was important to her. In her pastime, she enjoyed painting, reading, snacking, thrift shopping, garage sales and getting tattooed by her daughter, Hannah. She had a place in her heart for everyone she came into contact with, including her time waitressing.

Rebecca is survived by her daughters, Haley Thompson, Hannah Thompson and Heidi Thompson-Brown of Aurora; brother Matthew (Renee) Gronenthal of Norfolk; a sister, Bonnie (Leonard) Bowers of El Mirage, Ariz.; brother Mark Gronenthal of Aberdeen, S.D.; brother Marvin (Ericka) Gronenthal of Humphrey; and brother Mitchell (Trey) Gronenthal of Olathe, Colo.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Emma Gronenthal; niece Katie Jo Gronenthal; great-niece A’Karria Callahan; along with grandparents Rudolph Sr. and Lois Smutny and Gerhard and Francis Gronenthal.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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ORCHARD — Private services for Bud Godel, 86, Orchard, will be Friday, Dec. 4, followed by burial at Hope-Enterprise Cemetery near Orchard.

STANTON — Services for Eva D. Heckens, 77, Stanton, are pending at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. She died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at her home in Stanton.

WAYNE —  Services for Susan Gansebom, 92, Carroll, are pending at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.

NORFOLK — Private services for Donald J. Fisher, 91, Norfolk, will be at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk. Public graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars …

NORFOLK — Services for James R. “Jim” Siedschlag, 76, Norfolk, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, American Legion Post 16 and VFW Post 1644.

WAYNE — Private services for Don D. Draghu, 88, Wayne, will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial with military rites will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

CROFTON — Services for Alice L. “Peetle” Hegge, 79, Crofton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton. The. Rev. An Duy Phan will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Constance.

LAUREL — Services for Marlen A. Johnson, 88, Concord, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel. He died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel.

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