ONALASKA — Ula Mae (Ranum) Thompson, 82, of Onalaska passed away on Sunday, Oct 7, 2018, from emphysema and dementia.
Ula was born Sept 23, 1936, at Mineral Point, to Vivian and Vera (Willis) Ranum, being the second of 13 children.
Being raised on farms gave Ula a strong work ethic which she used outside of the home starting at the young age of 12, with babysitting, various jobs until she got head of housekeeping at the Onalaska Care Center and then the UW-L which, after many years, she retired from.
Having contracted spinal meningitis in her early teens and being in a coma for 28 days, Ula had to learn how to walk and talk again, which is thought to have contributed to her dementia along with the silent strokes she had in her middle ages.
Ula met the love of her life, Leon, in the Darlington, Wis., schools. They married after his stint in the army, March 29, 1957.
Ula was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her parents-in-law; two siblings; and various brother and sisters-in-law.
Ula is survived by daughters, Betty (Randy) Campbell and Janet (Steve) Hurguy; grandchildren, Joshua (Brenda), Jeremy (Beth), Zachary (Shannon), Hannah, Naomi, Lydia, Chloe, Joanna, Rainiesha Campbell, Rachel (Phil) Gustufson, Shawna Doolittle, Ryan (Rachel) Moore, Jordan, Tyler (Jessie) Hurguy; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 siblings.
We want to thank St. Croix Hospice and Coulee Region Cremation Group for their help and service. A special thank you to Pigeon Falls Healthcare Center, for the wonderful care given to our mom in the last six months of her life. It isn’t just a nursing home, its home where they treat you like family! Anyone wanting to donate in Ula’s memory may send it to Pigeon Falls Healthcare Center, 13197 Church St., P. O. Box 310, Pigeon Falls, WI 54760.