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Helen Marie Burnstad Thompson
(December 10, 1916 - January 19, 2012)

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Eileen Klatt
Hope, Idaho
February 17, 2012 4:00 PM
Dear Thompson family, I learned of your Mother's passing just this morning and wanted all of you to know how sorry I am for loss. A Mother's love is our first blessing in life and her passing out of this world leaves an emptiness that hurts. Loving memories can be of great comfort and I want you all to know that I cherish the memories of family Thanksgivings shared with the Thompson family. It was always a pleasure to share those memories with Helen and to hear the pride she took in all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as she updated me on the Thompson family. Love, Eileen



Paul and Joyce Klatt
Coeur d'Alene and Bottle Bay ID
February 17, 2012 12:49 PM
Mike and Corky and all the Thompson family. We are so sorry for the loss of Helen, a friend and second mother to all of us anytime we had a need. The entire Klatt family history is wrapped around the Thompson family history from the day we moved to Bonner County (before I was even born). Some of my earliest memories were of Thanksgiving dinner at the Thompsons with all 16 children plus plus plus waiting for the skiers to get home before we could eat. It is an honor to consider you as lifetime family friends. Joyce got to enjoy that from the moment she met Helen in the early 1980's and now gets to enjoy Mike and Corky as neghbors. There is so much good to think about when I think of your Mother than I don't even know where to begin. Our only regret is learning of her service at such a late date. Again, thank you for always sharing Helen - she lives on in all of us. Paul and Joyce



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Bud & Torrie McConnaughey
Bonners Ferry, ID
January 26, 2012 11:13 PM
May the comfort of the Holy Spirit give you peace. I lift the family in prayer.



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Ken & Peggy Shadel
Sandpoint, Idaho
January 26, 2012 6:22 PM
I will always remember when I first met the Thompson family. I was six years old. Jim and Helen purchased the home on Wrenco Loop from my Mom & Dad (Don & Virginia Watts). The Wrenco home holds wonderful memories for my family as I'm sure it does for the Thompson family (especially a shetland pony by the name of Peanuts who loved peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and sweet tea). Helen is one of the strongest women I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. Her passing will leave a void in our hearts, but not in our memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family (a Special Hug to Beth).

Ken & Peggy (Watts) Shadel



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Mike Rand & Miki Hammersberg
Sagle
January 26, 2012 2:16 PM
We were so privileged to have Helen staying next door to our Father these past few months, always have known what a outstanding lady she was but so grateful to get to know her on a more personal level. You'll be greatly missed, and our prayers go out to the family.



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Don & Teresa Lunde
Sandpoint, ID
January 25, 2012 10:35 PM
Our sympathy to the Thompson family in memory of Helen, who we knew and loved. I (Teresa) was one of the beginner skiers she took under her wing and ofter skied with while we both worked in the ticket office at Schweitzer. Rest well, my friend!



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Gary and Dolly Vallieres
Kalispell, Montana
January 25, 2012 11:47 AM
Jim and Rose Marie, and the entire Thompson Family: We are saddened by the passing of your Mother. What a wonderful person she was. On our short visits with her during the years she was still at home, she always welcomed us as though we were family. We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to each of you. What a great Lady she was, and someone I have always greatly admired



Peggy Lanaville
Denmark
January 24, 2012 12:26 PM
Wrencoe and the larger community of Sandpoint have lost a real treasure with Helen's passing. She was a steadfast strength and support to everyone she knew, and a teacher of so many things about life. Helen had an unshakable belief in me that made me believe in myself more. I think she had that same belief in and effect on every young person with whom she came in contact, and she made each one of us feel extraordinary. Her memory and the things she taught us will live on. I will always remember riding in the woods with her, and all she taught me about horses. My condolences and thoughts are with the entire Thompson family.



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Steve Klatt
Sandpoint
January 24, 2012 12:01 PM
On behalf of the Klatt family, I would like to extend our heartfelt empathy for your loss of Helen. There will never be a Thanksgiving when I don't think of Helen and the Thompson family. There's no way to estimate how many times I shared a smile, a humorously caustic comment or that glitter in her eye with Helen. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors, for horses, for Schweitzer and especially for her children was always a treasure. When I think of the fabric of Bonner County and the people I hold dear, Helen is a thread I'm very grateful for. Steve Klatt



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Roy & Carrie Jacobson
Sandpoint ID
January 24, 2012 11:48 AM
Sig & Family: Your mom was a very special woman -- what a legacy she has left. She kept the faith, finished the race and how receives a crown. We are sorry for your loss and pray the Lord will bless you with His comfort and peace.


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