Blanche ‘Becky’ Bechtel Thompson 93 of Frankfort, IN, died 9:58 p.m. April 27, 2010, at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital. Born September 11, 1916 in Reading, PA to John and Emma (Wicklein) Bechtel. She married Samuel L. Thompson on June 5, 1943 and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1998. Mrs. Thompson grew up in Pennsylvania and received her B.S. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She moved to Frankfort in 1947. A business teacher, she taught at Wilmington, DE for 6 years and Frankfort for 10 years. She was a member and active at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of ISTA, FEA, Clinton County Retired Teachers, Tri Kappa, Phi Gamma Nu, Astron Honor Society, Women’s Athletic Board, and past board member of the On Stage Foundation “Red Barn Summer Theatre”. She was a 4-H Leader for 10 years, a member of Happy Time Club, recipient of Governor’s Area IV Older Hoosier Award, served on Paul Phillippe Resource Center Board, and Southside PTA President. While living at Wesley Manor, she was chairman of Food Committee, Menu Planning Committee, and conducted 29 regional meals from around the world. Faith, church, family & friends were the centerpiece of her life.
Visitation and Services
Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Wesley Manor Chapel, 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort. Tom Jameson will officiate. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church; 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort or Frankfort Community Public Library; 208 W. Clinton St., Frankfort. Envelopes will be available.
2 Daughters: Lynn (Dave) Kelso of Wilmette, IL and Barbara (Bill) Kelley of Frankfort, IN
1 Son: Samuel Steven (Vicki) Thompson of Elkhart, IN
7 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren