Irmgard Agnes Johanna Thompson (neé Jantzen) died May 27 in her 100th year, in the retirement-community of Crane’s Mill, West Caldwell.
She was born in Hamburg, Germany on 12 December 1918, the daughter of Frederick August Jantzen and Frieda Carla (neé Martens). Her father, being an American citizen, returned to New York City in the early 1920s with his young family, where Irmgard attended school and married Ellison Detmar Thompson. In 1942 the Thompsons moved to Rumson and embraced the concept of the Victory Garden and a home surrounded by woodland animals.
Irmgard worked until retirement at the Little Silver Animal Hospital, while breeding and showing award-winning Borzois. Over her lifetime, she was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Red Bank, Jersey Inchkins (chapter of N.A.M.E.), Rumson Seniors, Borzoi Club of America, made quilts for Project Linus and was a Girl Scout leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ellison. She is survived by her daughters Irene Linzmayer and husband Webb of Morris Plains; and Gloria Thompson of Brookline, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: Neil Linzmayer and wife Maria, Owen Linzmayer, Jill Cecere and husband Michael, and Gail Devine and husband Greg; seven great- grandchildren: Robin and Neil Linzmayer, Matthew and Cara Cecere, and Griffin, Grayson and Gibson Devine; and a sister Karla B. Rhoads of San Diego.
Interment will be in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.
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