Joan Thompson

Joan Thompson, 78, Wife of Leonard “Mike” Majeske, died November 8th at Hartford Hospital.

She was the beloved and adored Mom of James Thompson and his wife Carol of Colchester, CT, Colleen Thompson Wasicko and her husband Michael of Finksburg, MD and Len Thompson and his wife Melissa of South Glastonbury She was “Babi” to James Thompson III, Kimberly Thompson, Natalie Joan Wasicko and Michael Wasicko and (step) Babi to Melissa and Katie Wasicko.

Her friends called her Joanie, her kids named her Mawh and her grandchildren knew her as Babi. Babi-Mawh-Joanie was born in Connellsville, PA to George and Mary (Duritsa) Egnot. She had three brothers, Don Egnot who died in 1976, Gene Egnot who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and Ray Egnot, who died in 2006. Her extended family still lives in and around Connellsville and she will be deeply missed, especially by Liz Egnot, whom she referred to as her only sister, the wife of her brother Ray.

She was an artist and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She knew when she was in 5th grade and got paid a nickel for the drawing of a classmate’s silhouette that she wanted to be an artist. She graduated from Connellsville High School, the class of 1950. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Moore Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art. She joined the Red Cross after college, because she wanted to see the world. She ended up in Korea and Japan in an entertainment unit, putting on skits for the soldiers abroad. She taught Art in the Hadley, MA school system and was the President of the Glastonbury Art Guild for many years. She was a courtroom artist for WVIT in Hartford and WTNH in New Haven, covering many trials that received national recognition. Her works hang in many banks, libraries and homes throughout the region.

Her first love was drawing charcoal portraits, always capturing the spirit of her subject in just a few strokes. But mostly, she loved her kids and they loved her. A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held Saturday, (November 13, 2010), 10:30 a.m. at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT. Please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com for more info or to leave condolences online. Memorial Contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 218, Farmington, CT, 06032, the Arthritis Foundation , 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 411, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or the Epilepsy Foundation of CT, 386 Main Street, Middletown, CT, 06457.