Oct. 24, 1933 — Jan. 23, 2015
Eileen Thompson, 81, died on Jan. 23, 2015, with her family by her side, following an accident in her home. Eileen was born to Richard and Olga Wirkkunen, in Astoria, in the Scow Bay Area. Eileen was the youngest of seven children and she graduated from Astoria High School in 1951.
Eileen attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., for one year and then returned to Portland, Ore., and graduated from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing. Eileen began her career in nursing at the Emanuel Hospital Emergency Room, and then she moved back to Astoria and worked for the Columbia Hospital.
In 1958 Eileen met and married the love of her life, Joe Thompson. They both were native Astorians, and they decided to continue with their careers and start a family in Astoria. Joe and Eileen had four children: two daughters, Lynn and Leslie; and two sons, Alex and Max.
Eileen continued with her nursing career at the Astoria Clinic and at The Tongue Point Job Corps working part-time while she raised her family. The doctors and nurses who she worked with were held dear to her, and she would talk fondly of her memories of her time with them.
In her retirement she extensively traveled with Joe, touring the United States and Mexico in their travel trailer, and also to Europe, Russia and Scandinavia. In 2011, she traveled with her two daughters and her three grandchildren to Finland and Estonia to share with them where her (Finland) and Joe’s (Estonia) relatives originated from. It was a joyous trip, and will be fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren.
Eileen loved Astoria and involved herself with many local organizations that were important to her. She was involved with the Regatta Association, the Uniontown Association, volunteered as a CASA advocate, acted as the chaperone for the Junior and Senior Scandinavian Courts for different years, was a Liberty Theater docent, participated in Astor Street Opry plays, participated as a Cruise Ship Host, was a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi, and was a proud member of the United Finnish Kaleva Brotherhood and Sisterhood (Suomi Hall). Yes, Eileen was an avid and passionate volunteer.
Eileen is survived by her two daughters, Lynn Thompson of Astoria, Ore., and Leslie Long of Astoria, Ore.; her son, Alex Thompson of Soldotna, Alaska; her grandchildren, Charlotte Heard of Tigard, Ore., Austin Long of Hillsboro, Ore., and Corbin Schoeffel of Charlotte, N.C.; her nieces, Nancy and Daydre Turpen of Astoria, Ore., Christine Jackson of Escondido, Calif., Joann Atkisson, of Winnetka, Calif., and Becky Bachart of Arlington, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and their son, Max, along with her parents and siblings.
Eileen will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her family. There will be a Celebration of Life Party at the Astoria Elks on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., where Eileen’s SISU of LIFE will be shared. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Suomi Hall Building Fund, P.O. Box 201, Astoria, OR 97103 would honor Eileen’s memory as she would have wished.