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Ula Mae (Ranum) Thompson

October 9, 2018 | 7 comments

Ula Mae (Ranum) Thompson, 82 yrs. old, of Onalaska, WI, passed away on Sun Oct 7, 2018, from emphysema and dementia. Ula was born on Sept 23, 1936 at Mineral Point, WI to Vivian & Vera (Willis) Ranum, being the 2ndof 13 children.

Being raised on farms gave Ula a strong work ethic in which she used outside of the home starting at the young age of 12 with babysitting, various jobs until she got head of housekeeping at the Onalaska Care Center and then the UWL in which, after many yrs., retired from.

Having contracted spinal meningitis in her early teens, and being in a coma for 28 days, Ula had to learn how to walk and talk again which is thought to have contributed to her dementia along with the silent strokes she had in her middle ages.

Ula met the love of her life, Leon, in the Darlington WI schools. They married after his stint in the army, on March 29th, 1957.

Ula was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her parents-in-law, two siblings, and various brother & sisters-in-law.

Ula is survived by daughters, Betty (Randy) Campbell and Janet (Steve) Hurguy; grandchildren, Joshua (Brenda), Jeremy (Beth), Zachary (Shannon), Hannah, Naomi, Lydia, Chloe, Joanna, Rainiesha Campbell, Rachel (Phil) Gustufson, Shawna Doolittle, Ryan (Rachel) Moore, Jordan, Tyler (Jessie) Hurguy; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 siblings.

We want to thank St. Croix Hospice and Coulee Region Cremation Group for their help and service. A special thank you to Pigeon Falls Healthcare Center, for the wonderful care given to our mom in the last six months of her life. It isn’t just a nursing home, it’s home where they treat you like family! Anyone wanting to donate in Ula’s memory may send it to Pigeon Falls Healthcare Center, 13197 Church St. P. O. Box 310, Pigeon Falls, WI 54760



  1. Sandy Martin

    My thoughts are with all of you and I share loss we were very close and I have many good memories of the time we spent together

  2. Melissa Ranum-Zawada

    We will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Love you

  3. Terri roberts

    Your mother sure was a strong woman. And a fighter through her dementia…she is now in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. Thomas D. & Ingrid Ranum

    Our most sincere condolences to the family of our Sister/Sister-in-law.

  5. Cindy Mock

    My dear friend you sure made us work for your smiles but oh it was well worth it. Thank you for sharing your life and family with us. You worked your way into my heart and you are missed. Love, hugs, and prayers for your loved ones.

  6. Patti (Solberg) Carraux

    So sorry for your loss. Ula was a great person .Growing up in Onalaska and watching her shake her head at us kids when we were up to no good is a memory. Good mother to Betty and Janet .Good neighbor.

  7. Larry and Sandy Ranum

    Our Christian sympathy goes to all of you in this time of grief. Ula was a great sister; unfortunately my wife Sandy will not have the pleasure of meeting her in this life.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.


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