ALICE FERN (THOMPSON) ZAK

B. January 28, 1905 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. March 15, 1993 in Reno, Washoe County, NV
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  • Father: George Martin Thompson born about 1859 in Norway, son of Thor Thompson of Norway; married Helga Peterson on September 24, 1887 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; George died December 15, 1917 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • Mother: Helga/Hilda Gjeitine (Peterson) Thompson born about 1866 in Norway; Hilda died in December 1951; buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Friday, December 7, 1951, page 52:

“THOMPSON – Hilda Thompson, beloved wife of the late George M., fond mother of Charles T., Martin G., Marie Mortensen, Edward J., Helen Christiansen (sic), and Alice F. Zak, also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Services Saturday, 2 p. m., at funeral home, 3301 Fullerton avenue.  Interment Mount Olive.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 2012 Holsted St., the household members were: Hilda Thomson (sic Thompson), head, age 43, widowed, 6 children born, 6 children living, born in Norway, parents born in Norway, immigrated in 1883; Charles Thomson, son, age 21, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway; occupation: tinner – factory; Marie Thomson, daughter, age 16, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway; Eddie Thomson, son, age 14, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway, occupation: errand boy – store; Hilda (Helen) Thomson, daughter, age 11, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway; Alice Thomson, daughter, age 5, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway.

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 356 Wisconsin Street, the household members were: Hilda Thomson (sic Thompson), mother, age 53, married, born in Norway, parents born in Norway; Hilda (Helen) Thomson, daughter, age 21, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway; Alice Thomson, daughter, age 15, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 2920 Irving Park Road, the household members were: Hilda Thompson, head, age 62, widowed, born in Norway, parents born in Norway, occupation: waitress – board of education; Alice F. Thompson, daughter, age 25, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway, occupation: sales lady – grocery store; Olaf Christensen, son in law, age 39, married at age 32, born in Denmark, parents born in Denmark, immigrated in 1914, occupation: carpenter – building; Helen Christensen, daughter, age 31, married at age 24, born in Illinois, parents born in Norway.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 3319 Belmont Avenue, the household members were: Hilda Thompson, head, age 65, widowed, highest grade completed: 8, born in Norway, lived at same address in 1935, occupation: assistant manager – school lunch room; Alice F. Thompson, daughter, age 35, single, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: grocery clerk – retail grocery.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno NV) Wednesday, March 17, 1993, page 15:

“Alice Fern Thompson Zak – Illinois native – Alice Fern Thompson Zak, 87, died March 15, 1993 at Life Care Center of Reno.  A native of Chicago, she was born Jan. 28, 1905, and had lived in Reno for the past 12 years, coming from San Jose, Calif., where she lived for 10 years.  She had also lived in Round Lake, Ill., for 20 year.  Mrs. Zak was a homemaker.  Her husband, Anthony John, died in 1968 and she was preceded in death by her parents, George Martin and Helga Petersen Thompson.  Surviving is a daughter, Bonita A. Brand of Truckee, Calif.  A memorial service is schedule for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Reno.  A funeral with burial at Fort Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date in Grayslake, Ill.  Local arrangements are under the direction of Northern Nevada Memorial Cremation and Burial Society.” 

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