Kathy Thompson, born Katharina Theresia Wingert on March 18, 1955, blessed this world with a powerfully loving heart that touched the lives of family, friends, and thousands of students. On July 14, 2021 her light unexpectedly left this world, but the impact she had on the lives she touched will live on for generations.
Kathy was born in Farmville, Virginia to Peter and Theresia Wingert. She was the youngest of five children and the only daughter. The family moved across the country to Los Angeles, CA in 1957, where she continued to live for the majority of her life. Kathy attended Transfiguration and St. Jerome for elementary and middle school and St. Bernard High School. She received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, which set the stage for a lifelong love of teaching.
Kathy found love and married Bob Thompson in August 1984, followed shortly thereafter by the arrival of their first child, Theresa, in 1986. Kathy’s brothers were also starting their families around that time, which paved the way for many happy family holidays. Bob and Kathy expanded their family and had their second child, Robert, in 1988. Soon thereafter, Kathy found her love of teaching and began a long career at Roger’s Park Pre-School with the City of Inglewood. Kathy taught not only her two children, but countless others, and sent so many young minds down the path of lifelong learning over her 25 year tenure at Roger’s Park.
Kathy’s love of teaching was also inextricably tied to her Catholic faith. Not only did she and Bob volunteer over the years at St. Jerome’s church for school carnivals, craft fairs, and other fundraisers, she also taught the 4-year old Sunday School class. Kathy loved sharing her faith and gentle teaching approach with her students.
In a lovely twist of fate, Kathy moved up to the Bay Area in 2011 to be closer to her two children. There, Kathy continued to have an incredible impact on the lives of the children and families she taught at the Kiddie Academy in Cupertino. The move also provided her children every opportunity to spoil their fantastic, beautiful, amazing mother with dinners, wine tasting trips, and countless shows and festivals.
Kathy was a loving wife, wonderful mother, deeply kind and spiritual person, and would want to be remembered as a great friend and confidant. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and students. Her memory will continue to live on and be honored daily in the actions of her children, Theresa and Robert.
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