She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Florence (Rose′) Stupar; sister, Mildred Stupar; sister-in-law, Nancy (Timothy) Thompson and brother-in-law, Donald (Priscilla) Thompson. She is survived by husband, Michael L. Thompson; daughter, Elaine M. Thompson; son, Michael R. (Vanessa) Thompson; and grandchildren: Elias, Hollis, Jack, Eva, Liam, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Timothy (Nancy) Thompson, Karen (Dan) Larsen, Priscilla (Donald) Thompson and many nieces and nephews.Finn, Spencer Rose, Michael Jr. and sisters, Lynn (Mark) Landvatter and Mary Ellen Stupar; brother, Steven (Gitte) Stupar; She will be dearly missed by all including her closest friend Sherri Noha and pet companions: Lenny, Rodeo, Spot, Squeakers and Reggie.
Michael (Mikey) enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and gathering wild asparagus in the spring. This was a skill she learned from and enjoyed doing with her father. She continued this spring tradition with her familyin later years. She coached her children’s softball teams for many years and enjoyed bowling on her woman’s league. Their team went to the state competition quite a few times. She appreciated traveling and liked experiencing new places and meeting new people. Her many trips included places like Las Vegas, Mexico, Hawaii, New Orleans, Florida and the southwest. Her favorite destination, however was Utah where a day of “rock hounding” was a must do. Her love of life included yearly outings to concerts, festivals, flea markets and visits to casinos with family and friend, Sherri.
Never a person to sit idle you could always find her busy working in her yard in the flower beds or attending to her koi pond. She was an avid and skilled seamstress and enjoyed canning and cooking. Her skills for all things culinary was reflected in the many parties that she hosted over the years for those she loved and cared for.
Michael (Mikey) worked at JQ Foxes for over 20 years where she developed friendships with many of the patrons. She and her son operated Northern Aquatics, for over ten years along with her mom Florence. She was affectionately known as the “pond lady”. She was a pioneer in water gardening and shared her knowledge with everyone.
Her love of animals started out in childhood as she tended to her chickens, cared for her horses and loved her beloved canine King. In her adult life, this nurturing and loving spirit for animals continued. Michael (Mikey) was involved in many organizations that promoted pet adoption and rescue. She volunteered at Hope Safehouse Animal Rescue after the hurricane Katrina. She also was a member of the Greater Racine Kennel Club and voted most valuable member 2015. She was very active in the Ruff Readers program at the Racine Public Library and a member of the Dog Goners drill team.
Michael (Mikey) was a person who gave everything and asked for nothing. She was a caring, loving and kind mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her presence will be missed. Her spirit will never be forgotten.
A celebration of Michael’s (Mikey’s) life will be held this summer in Racine and Wautoma, WI. Memorials to HOPE Safehouse, 1911 Taylor Ave., Racine have been suggested.