Vilja Maria Thompson
May 3, 1943 – September 18, 2020
Obituary for Vilja Maria Horner Thompson 05/03/1943 - 09/18/2020
Vilja Maria Horner Thompson, 77, of West Chester, Ohio, left us on September 18, 2020 after fighting a valiant battle against LewyBody Dementia.
A memorial will be held at 2:00pm at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6329 Tylersville Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Pastor Lowell Michelson of Lord of Life will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Neptune Society.
Vilja was born in Flushing, New York to German immigrants. She grew up in Long Island, New York where she graduated from Walt Whitman High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Journalism from Syracuse University in 1964. She received her Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 1999.
Vilja married Philip Mason (Wooster) Thompson on September 4, 1966 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They were married for 29 years before his death in 1995. Vilja resided in Scottsdale, Arizona, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona and Indianapolis, Indiana. In spite of the numerous residences, she always considered Scottsdale to be her home.
Vilja was a vibrant soul who brought comfort and happiness to all those she encountered. While she had many interests, her main happiness came from being with her family and friends. She was a selfless spirit who was always looking out for and taking care of others. The amount of people she touched during her brief existence is vast and spans the globe.
During her career, Vilja worked in public relations for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, as the Director of Communication for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and Director of Student Services for DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. Vilja’s primary career was as adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University, Coconino Community College, DeVry University and Scottsdale Community Colleges from 1984-2017 where she taught English, Communications and Public Speaking. Vilja is survived by her son, Philip Mason Thompson, Jr. (Florence) and daughter, Dr. Tyra Maria Thompson Ripley (Shaun), as well as her grandchildren: Arden Ripley, Hayden Ripley, Larkyn Ripley, Mason Thompson and Sophie Thompson. She is also survived by her sisters, Lorette Horsbol (Paul), Freya Brewer, and her many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vilja is preceded in death by her husband, Philip Mason (Wooster) Thompson and her parents Alois Horner and Freya Soyk Horner.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to The Lewy Body Dementia Foundation in her name ( https://www.lbda.org/donate ). The family of Vilja wishes to thank Hospice of Cincinnati.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Vilja Maria Thompson
September 24, 2020
My first memory of Vilja was in the summer of 1966 at Macy's Department store in NYC where she worked at the Hertz counter. I was sent in to find her while Mason parked the car. I found her, dressed in Hertz colors and in charge of the desk.
My brother, Mase, and I had driven into town to spend the weekend with her and friend Carol before heading on to our home in Scottsdale. We were all so young. For Mase and Vilja, it was the beginning of their romance and his family with this beautiful lady so full of life and fun and joy; they were destined to marry. I'll always think of her as the classy, talented and sophisticated city girl with so much to give to so many and especially to my brother. We had a blast that short weekend - seeing the city, dancing at Harvey's, Jones Beach, her folk's home in Huntington. It was a time to remember and I shall always remember...and think fondly of her and the family she leaves behind. God be with you Vilja. Love always, Scot