Dorothy Thompson

Born in Marion, IA
Born on Oct 27, 1926
Departed on Nov 9, 2023

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Dorothy D. (Kinkead) Thompson, 97, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the Hiawatha Care Center.

Dorothy was born October 27, 1926, in Marion, Iowa, to the late Peter and Lizzie Kinkead of Springville, Iowa.  She graduated from Springville High School in 1944.    On May 15, 1948, she married Kenneth H. Thompson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Their jobs took them to the Chicago area where Ken worked for Burlington Northern Trucklines and Dorothy was an operator for Illinois Bell Telephone.    Dorothy then stayed home to raise their daughter, Kathie.   Dorothy was involved in the school’s PTA and was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader.   Dorothy returned to working as a switchboard operator for a busy doctor’s office and retired in 1988, when her and Ken returned back to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   They celebrated 41 years of marriage when Ken passed away in 1989.

Dorothy enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting and sewing.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was involved in many of the church activities, including the Quilters Club.  

Dorothy became a grandma in 1988, to Britni and enjoyed all of the time spent with her and taking her to dinner and game nights with church friends.  Dorothy also became a great-grandma to Savannah in 2021.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Kathie Vabalaitis of Joliet, IL; a granddaughter, Britni Vabalaitis (Mitch Stoffels) of Williamsburg, MI; great-granddaughter, Savannah Stoffels and a niece, Susan Reisetter of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth H. Thompson, her parents, Peter and Lizzie Kinkead of Springville, Iowa; and a brother, Ralph Kinkead of Springville, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Dorothy’s name to either Hiawatha Care Center, Hiawatha, Iowa or Asbury United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hiawatha Care Center for all the love and support they gave Dorothy.