Katharina “Katie” (Jenniches) Thompson, age 85, passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 21, 2014 with her husband, son, and his family by her side.
Katie was born on May 21, 1929 to Johann and Maria (Schmitz) Jenniches in Rommersheim, Germany, the third of five children. Following the death of her mother, Katie was raised by her paternal grandmother in Germany during World War II. On June 11, 1960, Katie came to the United States, sponsored by Louie and Louis Felton. While living in Lincoln with the Felton family, Katie met a handsome logger and the love of her life, John Thompson. John and Katie were married on April 14, 1963. Together, John and Katie raised two children, Maria and Johnny (Jay). In 1969, John and Katie moved the family to Nye, Montana, where John worked with his dad for the Anaconda Company. After a few years, John and Katie moved back to Lincoln where they stayed. Katie loved to garden and was an amazing cook, a skill she passed on to her granddaughters. She loved all of her and John’s four legged children and they loved her.
Katie is survived by her husband, John Thompson; her children, Johnny (Vicki) Thompson and Maria (Jeff) Eshelman; sister-in-law Anita Shandy; niece, Cindy (Chuck) Simenson; grandchildren, Jacob Eshelman (Dana), Sianna (Nathan) Rose, Jasper Eshelman, Jeffrey Eshelman, Ryan Thompson, Johnniann Thompson, and Rayna Thompson; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Eshelman, Seth Rose, and Levi Rose; as well as her furry four legged son Danny Boy and many other nieces and nephews.
Katie will always be remembered as a strong woman who survived World War II, who loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with everything she had. For soft boiled eggs with toast, homemade eggnog, for pickle ornament prizes where everyone was a winner, and a cold washrag that could fix any booboo. You will be missed by all, My Little Fraulein…Katie…Mom…Grandma…Oma.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Katie’s name, to the Lewis & Clark County Humane Society. Please share your memories or express your condolences by signing Katie’s guestbook below.