Donna Thompson, 86

Donna M. Thompson, 86, Wabash, died at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born June 14, 1927 in Wabash, to Ora Rife and Ethel (Garner) Rife Rettig.

Donna was a 1945 graduate of Linlawn High School. She married Robert A. "Gus" Thompson in Wabash on Nov. 23, 1949; he died May 26, 1990. She managed the ABC Curb-A-Teria in Wabash for 20 years. She was a member of Wabash Friends Church and the Alpha Pi Omega sorority. Donna loved her family and enjoyed reading. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Higgley Sailors and Karen (Gary) Halverson, both of Wabash; two grandchildren, Jason Higgley, Pewaukee, Wisc., and Christi (Todd) Bland, Wabash; two great-grandchildren, Hayley Bland and Joey Bland, both of Wabash.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her stepfather, Frank A. Rettig.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Alex Falder officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is F.I.S.H.

The memorial guest book for Donna may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Jun 13