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Eva Thompson

Mar 16, 2022 (0)

Gretna — Eva Thompson, 106, of Gretna, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Hillcrest Silver Ridge Assisted Living in Omaha.

Visitation was held Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the church in Atkinson. Fr. Bernard Starman officiated. Music was provided by organist Deb Kaup and soloist Bonnie Krysl.

Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson was in charge of the arrangements.

Eva was born on March 14, 1915 in Atkinson to Theodore and Effie (Pacha) Kubart. She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Atkinson, where she attended grade school and high school.

Eva served as secretary for the County Attorney of Rock County and also did public stenography work. She gained employment in Washington D.C., where she worked for the Office of Civilian Defense under the direction of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Roosevelt.  During her time in Washington D.C. Mrs. Roosevelt would come to Eva's office almost daily. Eva's work gave her the opportunity to see many famous people, including the Duchess of Windsor and Prime Minister of England Winston Churchill. Eva attended monthly employee parties hosted by Mrs. Roosevelt at the White House East room.   

In 1943 Eva married Harvey Thompson, rancher from Newport, where she lived on the ranch for five years. They then purchased the motel in Bassett, which they operated for 17 years.

Eva received her certification from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. as a certified braillist for the blind and spent 21 years transcribing brail for books, menu's, manuscripts for college students, etc.

Hobbies of Eva were playing bridge and pitch and riding her exercise bike for 20 minutes a day even after turning 100 years of age. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. Eva traveled the world to places including Jerusalem, Fatima, Lourdes, Monta Carlo, Switzerland, Rome Medjugorje, Yugoslavia and Hawaii.

Eva moved to Omaha in the 70s to live close to her son Larry Thompson who worked at Boys Town for 23 years and KETV for 20 years. At age 104, Eva moved from an apartment into a nursing home until her death just five  days short of her 107th birthday.  

Eva is survived by one son Larry Thompson of Omaha; three nieces Rev. Dr. M. Lorraine Coufal of Omaha, Connie (Chuck) Myers of West Plains, MO and Maureen (Bill) Proksel of Omaha, one nephew Joseph Coufal of Yuma, AZ; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey H. Thompson, parents Theodore Q. and Effie Pacha Kubart, one brother Monseigneur Fr. Francis Kubart, two sisters Josephine (Leo) Kramer and Helen (Ed) Coufal and one niece Marilyn (Don) Gokie.

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