Violet Ornellia Landsgaard


Violet Ornellia Landsgaard Thompson, 85, passed away on July 12, 2013. A memorial service will be held on August 10, 2013 at Saint Andrew Christian Church in, Olathe, KS at 3 p.m. A private interment will follow at a later date in Springfield, MO.

Violet “Vi” was born on July 30, 1927 in Lansing, IA to Norwegian immigrants, Vebjorn and Olga Landsgaard. She graduated from West Union High School and obtained her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. She taught school in a two-room school house in Frog Hollow, IA before marrying Glen Thompson on June 2, 1947 in Gunder, IA. They were married for 56 years.

Throughout their lives, Vi and Glen lived in several cities, including Clarinda, IA; Saint Joseph, MO; Manhattan, KS; and Oklahoma City, OK, making many lifelong friends along the way. In 1968, Vi returned to school, earning her LPN nursing degree. She worked at a nursing home and various doctor’s offices before retiring in 1982. 

During their retirement, Glen and Vi spent their summers on a farm in Clarinda, IA and their winters in Yuma and Mesa, AZ, before moving to Springfield, MO. There they enjoyed day trips to Silver Dollar City and shows in Branson.

Vi also enjoyed gardening, dancing, playing cards, and spending time with her family. As a fan of the outdoors, she liked walking and observing wildlife. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and was active in her local congregations. Vi was an excellent cook, and is remembered for her pancake recipe, as well as her Norwegian pastries: flatbread, krumkakes, and fattigman bakkels.

Violet is survived by her two children, Bruce Thompson and Dawn Olney; her son-in-law, Brad Olney; and her granddaughters, Adrienne and Megan Olney. She is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Thompson; her parents, Vebjorn and Olga Landsgaard; her brothers, Gunnar, Esten, Ole, and Bill Landsgaard; and by her sister, Thelma McFarlane.

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Memorial funds may be sent to the American Heart Association by visiting and choosing “Memorials and Tributes.” 

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