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Carol Ann Thompson

May 2, 2023 | 2 comments

Carol Ann Thompson, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 29th at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI. She was born on January 3, 1943 to Robert and Sarah Priebe.

Carol graduated from Aquinas High School and married Gary Thompson on May 11, 1963. She started work at Bridgeman’s restaurant while raising three children. After Bridgeman’s, Carol started her own successful restaurant, Carol’s Café. She enjoyed the many family members and friends that frequented her café on a daily basis. Carol ended her career upon her retirement as a cook from Dairyland Power. She met many friends in her years at Dairyland Power.

Carol enjoyed camping with her family in her younger years and enjoyed spending time with friends in various bowling leagues. Her summers were filled with pontoon rides on the Mississippi River and grill outs with family and friends. She also enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and watching their activities. Summers and holidays were a special time for Carol to spend time with the family, tell stories and jokes. Carol had a wonderful sense of humor. Carol was a loving mother and grandmother. Carol also cherished her dog and cats; they kept constant watch over her for the past decade.

Carol is survived by her brother, Dennis Priebe; sons, Jeff (Siriwan) Thompson of LaCrosse, WI, Dan (Tammy) Thompson of Holmen, WI, and Doug (Stacia) Thompson of Maple Grove, MN; 3 grandchildren, William, Benjamin, and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sarah Priebe(Vieth); brothers Terry Priebe and Bobby Priebe; Ex-husband Gary Thompson and her partner Dennis Roelich.

A special thank you to all the family and friends who visited Carol, Gundersen Health Systems for their loving care and support and Coulee Region Cremation Group for helping with the memorial service. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 1pm  at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI.



  1. Rick Phelps

    Carol was a very helpful and kind person. I was not a regular attender at the DPC cafeteria and was not familiar with the procedures of going thru the cafeteria line. Whenever I was there with a member or guest, Carol recognized my need for assistance and came to my rescue more than once in my embarrassing predicament, guiding us thru the line. What a thoughtful person she was .

  2. Greg Roellich

    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Carol had passed until last night or I would have payed my respects in person. Carol was very important to my dad Dennis Roellich and will be remembered as a family member to my brothers and I. God bless and rest in peace Carol! You may be gone from earth but, you will never be forgotten!

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