Carolynn Marie (Erickson) Thompson, age 76, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born Oct. 26, 1942, in French Lake, to Della (Kotila) and Edwin Erickson.
Carolynn grew up on the family farm and attended and graduated from the rural Lee School, just a mile west of their farm place. She then attended Annandale High School, where she graduated in the spring of 1960.
Later that summer, Carolynn was married to David Thompson of Kingston. The couple resided locally, and Carolynn began her bookkeeping career working for various companies.
In 1966, Carolynn and David moved to California, where Carolynn continued her bookkeeping career and David pursued further education. In 1967, Carolynn moved back to Minnesota, where she began bookkeeping for her father in his lumberyard, then later worked for the Cokato Co-op for a number of years.
Carolynn also was a co-owner and cook, with her aunt, Impie Olson, of the Log Cabin Café, a restaurant in Cokato.
She was last employed by her brother, Tim, as bookkeeper for his asphalt plant in Sauk Centre.
Carolynn enjoyed music, playing the piano (by ear), as well as the accordion for fun and for home Bible studies. She loved to listen to musical artists such as Patti Page and Elvis, and also enjoyed hymns, gospel, and big band music.
She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of French Lake, where she served as a pianist, a Sunday school teacher, and helped organize the music for the church.
She loved living in and being a part of the French Lake community, and loved her little red house in which she was raised and where she came back to live until she moved to Cokato Manor in 2008.
Carolynn is survived by her sisters, Mary (Dan) Rinden of Cokato, and Therese (Jeff) Grumley of Rockford, IL; brothers Tim Erickson of Cokato, and Mark (Mary) Erickson of French Lake; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Della Erickson; a brother, Gary Erickson; and a brother-in-law, Steve Hess.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in French Lake.
There was visitation Friday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Grace Lutheran Cemetery.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.