Janet A. Thompson

Sept. 18, 1934 - Aug. 22, 2019


Janet A. Thompson, 84, of rural Roaring Spring, passed away Thursday morning at Great River Hospice House in Burlington, Iowa, losing her battle with stage four pancreatic cancer.

She was born and raised in Roaring Spring, the only child of the late Harold and Helen (Shoenfelt) Nickum. Janet was married and divorced from Donald Paiva and widowed from her second husband, Clifford Thompson.

Surviving are a son, John (Sabrina) Paiva of Burlington, Iowa; a granddaughter, Melissa (Joseph) Viviano of Huron, Ohio; three great-grandchildren: Joey, Christopher and Alessandra Viviano; and also her best friend and partner of eight years, Ralph H. Scruton.

She retired as a supervisor from the cosmetology department at the Altoona Area Vocational-Technical School. Janet loved teaching and her students.

Janet loved dogs and horses, spending many days trail riding with good friend and also volunteering for “Dreams Go On,” Hollidaysburg. She was a beautiful, kind and caring person, with a zest for life. Janet was a talented painter and wood carver, who also enjoyed playing the piano, dulcimer and many other instruments. She also loved RV-ing, traveling to Florida each winter, and making many new friends where ever she went.

A public graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at East Sharpsburg Cemetery, rural Roaring Spring, Pastor David Rawley officiating. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions in memory of Janet can be given to Dreams Go On, c/o Debbie Kelly, 1006 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.