Helen Louise Thompson

1948 - 2020

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Helen Louise Thompson, 72, of Wooster, and formerly of Findlay passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Elizabethton, TN. She was born in Findlay on March 13, 1948 to the late Edsel "Barney" and Betty (Laws) Laney. She is survived by two sons: Stephen (Niki) Seibert of Findlay and Matthew Seibert of Maine; daughter, Amanda (Dave Skiba) Osborne of Wooster; grandchildren: Keara (Adam) Williams, Duncan, Laney, Auron Seibert, Cheyenne, Evelyn, Natasha and Peytan Seibert, Jamian, DJ, Tyler, Vinny, Eddie, Madison, Jules and AJ; and one great-grandchild "on the way". A brother, Irvin Laney of Seattle and a sister, Beverly (Shane) Wagener of Perrysburg also survive. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edsel "Bud" Laney, Jr. Helen was a 1966 graduate of North Baltimore High School where she served as class valedictorian. Helen worked as the assistant to the director at The Ohio State University ATI/Wooster Campus since 1999. She was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Wooster and loved working in the nursery there. She was a true "Servant of God" and was affectionately known as "Grandma Sweetie" by her grandkids. Funeral services will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME and for one hour prior to the service (2:00-3:00pm) Friday at the funeral home. Helen's family encourages you to "wear purple" to the service in her memory. Memorials can be given to a charity of the donor's choice and online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.


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  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, June 25th 2020 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, June 26th 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, June 26th 2020 - 3:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Helen's Family
Date :Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
From : Becky Wells Freeman son
You are all in our prayers during this difficult time. I can remember Helen when I was little from the neighborhood. May God Bless you all.



To : Helens family
Date :Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
From : Matt Thompson
I LOVED Helen she is my sister an law. Sorry I cannot make the funeral. My prayers are with you all. Uncle Matt




To : Helen Family
Date :Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
From : Aileen Smith
I worked with Helen at Wooster Kohl’s. She was absolute sunshine and positivity and I’m glad I was able to get to know her. May she rest in heaven.



To : Helen family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Linda Boreman
So sorry to hear about your mother. I had the privilege of doing your mother’s hair, what a wonderful person she was. She will be missed, she loved those grandchildren.



To : The Laney Thompson family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Debbie Snyder Patterson
I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a lovely and women. Prayers for comfort for all her family and friends.



To : Helens family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Brenda Linnick
I had the privilege of working with Helen during my years at OSU/ATI. She was a wonderful, kind woman who treated everyone with warmth and respect. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

With Deepest Sympathy

Brenda Linnick



To : Helens Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Jonathon Van Gray
My deepest condolences to you all. Helen was always so kind and thoughtful. She was my rock when I first joined ATI. She never grew weary of my incessant questioning and was always there to provide the gentle guidance my frazzled self needed! Helen was a an integral part of the ATI family and will be missed dearly; we are all better for having had her with us for the time that we did.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Kim Hostetler
Helen was a wonderful person who was always willing to lend a helping hand and a smile. She was a tremendous help to me at ATI. She will be missed.

You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

With sympathy,
Kim Hostetler



To : Helen Thompson's family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Subbu Kumarappan
Sorry to hear Helen's sudden and untimely passing. It is a shock to all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She and her knowledge will surely be missed in ATI. Rest in peace.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Cassi Sewell
My deepest condolences on the loss of Helen. I met Helen when I was a student worker at ATI in the Business Office. She was always the sweetest and so caring of my daughters and I. She was truly a gem of a woman and spread sunshine and happiness to those around her. She will be deeply missed. I hope her family and friends are able to find some comfort and peace in these difficult times.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Robin Frazier
So sorry for your loss. Helen was such a sweet lady to work with. She was always so positive and friendly and she will be missed.



To : Helen's family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Jill Byers
What a wonderful photo of Helen, and what a loss to have her gone. I worked with her at Ohio State ATI for years. Helen's positivity, grace, and goodwill will be missed.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Katie LeMasters
I only worked a short time with Helen at ATI, but her positive attitude, smile and willingness to work with everyone will be greatly missed. Praying for your comfort during this incredible loss.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Nathan Firestone
I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at ATI for nine years. She was always able to help me with all of my questions, and she loved to talk about her kids and grand-kids and all of the trips that you were able to take together. You, her family, were truly the brightest part of her life.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Peggy Lambert
Helen was a big part of the Ohio State ATI family and will truly be missed. Her constant smile and upbeat attitude were infectious. I will miss our talks sharing stories about our children and grandchildren and talking about our international vacation adventures. Rest in peace dear friend.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Wednesday, June 24th 2020
From : Betty Aylsworth
Helen always was sincerely cheerful.

Last year we rode a bus together to the OARDC research station to see the vineyards. That was my last conversation with her--totally enjoyable.

So sorry to learn of her passing.




To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Della Bauman Hopkins
I graduated high school with Helen; so sorry to hear of her passing. Thought and prayers to you all.



To : Keara Adam and Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : DeLona Osborne
Please know you and your lovely family are in my prayers. It was an honor to spend time with them
Sunday. Praise the Lord for all the wonderful memories you have of "Grandma Sweetie"



To : Amanda and Helens family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Gloria Wirt
Your mom was a special lady, that I had the privilege to know and work with for many years. She will be missed. So sorry, and you are all in my prayers.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Ed Kim Gates
We both had the pleasure of working with Helen at the Wooster Kohl's, where she was adored by her co-workers as well as the customers. Always smiling and helpful -- a true lady and friend. May peace be with you all.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Jeanne Haught
Helen was a dear friend and a wonderful person. I worked with her in the ATI Business Office for over 9 years. She was a godsend to me when I couldn't walk and gave me faith. She never complained and never had a negative thing to say about anyone. She was an inspiring servant of the Lord. I shall miss her dearly and my prayers are with her whole family at this time.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Dave Dietrich
I'm so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was filled with grace and kindness and will truly be missed. ATI will not be the same without her. My deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Victor Ujor
My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Helen was a happy, thoughtful, and supportive colleague. Her positive energy will be sorely missed. Her warmth and kindness will be talked about in our family for many years to come. Take heart. May her gentle and beautiful soul rest in peace.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Terry Lanker
Helen was a very special person who exemplified the golden rule. She was kind and gracious, and carried tremendous Buckeye pride. I will always remember her bright smile, her humble elegance, and her love of flowers. She will be sorely missed at Ohio State ATI.
To Helen's family who she loved so dearly, may you find peace and comfort knowing Helen was so dear to so many.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Thom Janini
I am deeply saddened by Helen's sudden passing. She was such an integral part of ATI and the ASB Division; we will miss her terribly. Please know that you are in my prayers at this difficult time.



To : The Family
Date :Thursday, June 25th 2020
From : Mick Steiner
Helen was a beloved member of the Ohio State ATI Community. I remember asking her how she was on several occasions and her response was always “terrific.” She was a true light in the world. She will be missed.



To : The family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Shari Peart
Helen's faithfulness and eagerness to do her job and to do it well, was something a lot of us relied on. If she didn't have it, she found it for us. Whether that was an answer or something for the supply cabinet. One afternoon was particularly stressful for me as I had a student having seizures in class and I had to call the squad. I didn't realize the emotional toll it had taken on me until I walked in to the hallway and saw Helen standing there with a cup of steaming blueberry tea for me. Shari, are you okay? she asked. My eyes welled up. When my grandsons were toddlers, she watched them in our church nursery. This gave us a new Bond away from work that included the love of our grandchildren. During an open house for prospective students, she knew one of her grandchildren would be attending. She took the time to prepare something for me to pass along. Her excitement in doing that was dear. Please know how much she will be missed. My heart and prayers are with you during this time of mourning.



To : Family of Helen Thompson
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Loren Harper
I would like to offer my heartfelt sympathy to the family. I meet Helen 22 years ago as a new student at ATI. She was the first person I meet and she was so welcoming and nice to me. I graduated from ATI and continued working for OSU at the OARDC in the Directors Office. I have worked with Helen all these years and never seen her have a bad day. She always had a smile on her face and was kind to everyone. Even at Kohl's during the Holidays. I will miss her.



To : Family of Helen Thompson
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Stephanie Murray
I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Helen too well, but I worked with her briefly at ATI in Wooster, and she always brightened my day when I saw and spoke to her. She was a very kind, smiley, and helpful person. Thinking of you all.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Julia Morris
Helen was truly a wonderful person. She carried a smile with her wherever she went and was always so generous and kind to others. I worked with her at Ohio State ATI and also would see her with her granddaughters at the gymnastics center in Wooster. She loved her grandbabies! I will miss her. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Blessings,
Julia Morris



To : Helen's family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Kris Purdy
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Helen was one of the most positive people I have ever met. Good days, bad days, it didn't matter because she was always "terrific!" The first day I met her, back in the 1990's, we were both at ATI applying for a job. We were applying for different positions, but we both had to take the same typing test. I was anxious about taking a test. She sat right down beside me and told me I would do just great and that I had nothing to worry about. I always appreciated her for that. Also, I could always count on Helen to have a stash of Diet Coke in her refrigerator at ATI! I sure will miss her. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers through this tough time.



To : Family of Helen
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Dave and Pat Munn
Dear Friends: Your mother was a dear co-worker and friend over the years at Ohio State ATI. She was always upbeat and "fantastic." She was never afraid of hard work and volunteering for any kind of job to help students, faculty and staff. Also, she was never afraid to profess her faith and her love for Christ was very apparent. Helen was a truly lovely person. Dave and Pat Munn



To : Helen's Family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Jenny Fischer
Please accept my prayers and best wishes to you all as you work through what is certainly a loss. Know that many people were touched by Helen's kindness and thoughtfulness. At ATI for the past seven years it was Helen who hunted me down if I didn't complete something, even if I missed signing a birthday card for someone. She often asked about my travels during breaks, so I often brought back something for her. She greatly appreciated even those little things.
Thank you for sharing her with us all.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : D Elder
Dear Family,
I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother. Helen was a bright light at Ohio State ATI cheerfully supporting and celebrating our achievements.
She spoke often about her pride and love for her children and grandchildren.
She will be sorely missed.
With deepest sympathy,
DE



To : Helens family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Michelle Crook
I wanted to share my sincere condolences to you all. I only briefly met Helen while on the ATI campus visiting, but she has been very kind to my husband, who works at ATI and daughter, who attended school there. She will be greatly missed by many.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Jon Flad
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Helen for over 10 years at Ohio State ATI. She was a fantastic woman and co-worker. She will be greatly missed.



To : Helen's Family
Date :Friday, June 26th 2020
From : Lisa Dicus
Helen was such a kind and sweet person and I had the honor of calling her my co-worker at ATI. She gave me a huge hug when I thanked her for always being there for me. I enjoyed her stories about travels and grandchildren. I will miss her terrific attitude.



To : Helens family
Date :Saturday, June 27th 2020
From : Michelle Crook
I wanted to share my sincere condolences to you all. I only briefly met Helen while on the ATI campus visiting, but she has been very kind to my husband, who works at ATI and daughter, who attended school there. She will be greatly missed by many.



To : Helen Louise Thompson Family
Date :Sunday, June 28th 2020
From : Esther Hershberger
Dear Thompson Family,
I was shocked to see Helen's happy face in the obituaries. I worked with her at Kohl's where she was always "fantastic" or "fabulous" no matter what difficulty she was going through. Her smile was uplifting. I am blessed to have known her. (Interesting fact - we shared a middle name.) My heart goes out to all of you as you mourn her passing. -Esther



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