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Patricia "Pat" Lois (Kuhns) Thompson
September 5, 1941 ~ August 21, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Patricia "Pat" Thompson, age 81, of Glenwood, died Monday, August 21, 2023, at Glacial Ridge Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8th, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowry, with Rev. Bryan Taffe officiating. On Thursday, Sept. 7th, an Order of the Eastern Star funeral ritual will be held at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by visitation, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, one hour prior to the service. Inurnment for Pat and her late husband, Chuck, will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Lowry, immediately following the service. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Patricia “Pat” Lois Kuhns, daughter of Charles and Marjorie (West) Kuhns, was born on Sept. 5, 1941, in Watertown, SD. Her father, Charles, was employed as a salesman for Nutrena Feeds. His job-related moves took the family to Benson, MN, and then Fairmont, before settling in Glenwood, where Pat completed high school and graduated with the Glenwood High School Class of 1959. In the fall of that year, she became a student at Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, where she earned a degree in Business Administration. Afterwards, Pat returned to Glenwood and went to work in the office at Glenwood Manufacturing. It was there that she was introduced to Charles “Chuck” Thompson, a young banker from Lowry. The two began dating and on June 9, 1962, they wed at the Congregational Church in Glenwood. The prior summer, Pat had been crowned as Waterama First Princess, but she opted to end her term a few months early to become Mrs. Thompson.
Pat and Chuck made their home in Lowry, where they raised their daughter, Jill, and son, Grant. Pat worked for many years in Human Relations at the Starbuck Hospital. She was also involved in card clubs, the Order of the Eastern Star – Lyra Chapter #166, and as an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Lowry prior to COPD limiting her physically.
Pat had a way of making anyone feel comfortable and welcome. Her sweet disposition made it easy for her to make friends. She loved to read and entertain. She was a gracious hostess, with special place settings and serving pieces for each season. She was also an amazing baker, known especially for her banana bread, chocolate cake, and chocolate chip cookies. As a devoted and doting grandmother and great grandmother, Pat never missed a first day of school, and for years, she and Chuck traveled near and far to cheer on the grandkids in their sports and activities.
After they retired, Pat and Chuck moved to Baycrest in Glenwood. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage before his sudden and unexpected death on March 16, 2022. In August of this year, after years of suffering with COPD, Pat’s health deteriorated very quickly and in only a matter of days, she passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, surrounded by family. May her memory be blessed.
Pat is survived by her daughter, Jill (Dean) Solmonson of Starbuck; her son, Grant (Carrie) Thompson of Grove Lake and Gilbert, AZ; four grandchildren: Lindsay (Nolan Rasmussen) Solmonson, Michael (Taylor Birnbaum) Solmonson, Riley Thompson and Connor Thompson; three great-grandsons, Nash and Knox Rasmussen and Cooper Solmonson; two sisters, Margaret Minor and Barb (Marv) Tenclay; three brothers, Richard (Sue) Kuhns, Kenneth Kuhns, and David (Barb) Kuhns; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles “Chuck”; sisters-in-law, Jackie Kuhns and Sharon Kuhns; and brother-in-law, Gary Minor.