Leatrice K (Zurfluh) Thompson (1934 - 2018)

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Leatrice J. Thompson (Zurfluh), 83, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully of complication due to Alzheimer's disease, at Sunrise Senior Living Center on June 6, 2018, with her family by her side.

Lea was born on August 9, 1934 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Earl and Loretta Hein. She was the youngest of two daughters. After high school she married Ronald Zurfluh and became a housewife, while he was in the Navy, and had three boys. They were later divorced and she married Randy Lewis and had a daughter. In June 1962, they loaded up the old Chevy truck with a camper and kids and headed to Alaska, ending up in Soldotna. They lived for a while in a tent and the camper until a cabin was built by the late Johnny Parks. Times were a bit tough then, hauling water from the Wilsons artesian well and eating lots of moose, salmon and pancakes. Lanterns and diesel fuel were lifesavers.

Randy worked at the Swanson River field for Northern Oil and picked his guitar around the local taverns. They eventually divorced and she married Art Thompson. Lea later was employed with Glacier State Telephone (PTI) in Kenai, eventually moving to North Pole, AK and retired with the IBEW and her company retirement, Century Link, in 1994. After retirement she moved around some, mostly wherever her daughter Fawn was, ending up in Arizona the last few years.

Lea is survived by her sons, Perry Zurfluh, of Florida, Pat and Kristi Zurfluh of Scottsdale, AZ, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Leatrice was proceeded in death by her parents, son Kelly and daughter Fawn.

Her last few years were tough to watch as she was very healthy physically, but her mind started to fail with the Alzheimer's/dementia. Eventually requiring assisted living where she was treated very well, although she didn't care much for it in the beginning, being the independent woman she always was.

Per her request, she will be cremated at Messinger Indian School Mortuary in Scottsdale. Her remains will be taken back to Alaska this summer and placed at the Soldotna Community Memorial Park in a family plot along with the cremated remains of her son and daughter, with a small private service. Many thanks to Hospice of the Valley, and the staff at the Senior Living Center that helped the family through the end of life process.

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Messinger Mortuaries
7601 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 13, 2018