Tillie Thompson, age 96 of Little Falls, Minnesota, formerly of Appleton, MN, passed away Thursday morning in Highland Scenic Assisted Living in Little Falls.

Visitation for Tillie Thompson will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Funeral will follow at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Appleton with Pastor Brenda King officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Tillie Thompson was born October 7, 1922, in Rheiderland Township, Chippewa County, MN, the daughter of Diedrick and Tillie (Becker) Aeikens.  She was baptized December 3, 1922, at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City, MN. Tillie was raised in the Clara City and Maynard area where she also attended school.  On September 1, 1946, she was united in marriage to Robert A. Thompson in Balaton, MN.  This marriage was blessed with the births two children: Karla Jane and Keith Alan.

Tillie worked for over 20 years as an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and also worked several years for Kack Drug, both in Appleton, MN.  Tillie was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Appleton, MN, where she was active with U.M.W.  She was also a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary (Life Member and Past President), the American Legion Auxiliary, and the E.T.C. Sewing Club.  After retirement Tillie volunteered for many years at the Home-To-Home Thrift Store, delivered meals-on-wheels, and was active with the V.F.W. Auxiliary and many church activities.

Tillie is survived by her son: Keith (Susan) Thompson of Little Falls, MN; son-in-law: David Erickson of Nisswa, MN; three grandchildren: Jessica (Patrick) Leeney, Justin (Kelly) Erickson, and Gillian (Greg) Myers; six great-grandchildren: Vivian Leeney, Ben and Sam Erickson, Graham, Greyson, and Georgia Myers; brother-in-law: David (Jewel) Thompson of Blaine, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Diedrick and Tillie Aeikens; her husband: Robert “Bob” Thompson in 1997; her daughter: Karla in 1994; six brothers and five sisters.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton, MN.

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