Rita Ann Thompson (1934 - 2004)

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Rita Ann Thompson
1934 - 2004
April 8, 1934
Hardin County, Kentucky, 42701, United States
May 26, 2004
Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio, 44830, United States
Rita Ann Thompson was born on April 8, 1934 in Kentucky, United States. She died on May 26, 2004 in Fostoria, Ohio, United States at age 70.
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FOSTORIA -- Rita A. Roelle, 70, of Fostoria, died at 2:43 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Fostoria Community Hospital. She was born April 8, 1934 in Rineyville, KY., to John and Hester (Howell) Thompson, and they preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Charles Roelle II and Randell Roelle, both of Fostoria,and Michael Roelle of Washington; three daughters, Kathryn Cox of Findlay, Brenda Roelle of Austin, TX, and Sheryl Day of Fostoria; companion Richard Tasker of Fostoria; two brothers, Bruce and David Thompson, both of KY; two sisters, Mable Smith of KY, and Margaret Siegel of Upper Sandusky; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue Buckles; and four brothers, John R., J.O., Paul and Harold Thompson. Mrs. Roelle was a retired inspector and assembler at Harris Corp. in Findlay, where she worked for 34 years. She graduated from Rineyville High School in 1952 and was a member of Fostoria Eagles and VFW. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, the Rev. Trace Roth officiating. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardnens near Tiffin. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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In 1934, in the year that Rita Ann Thompson was born, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1940, at the age of merely 6 years old, Rita was alive when on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

In 1971, by the time she was 37 years old, in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

In 1983, at the age of 49 years old, Rita was alive when physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

In 1997, when she was 63 years old, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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