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Ann Thorson

Ann M. Thorson, age 66 of New London, passed away Monday morning, March 22, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar following her ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, at the Church of Saint Mary’s in Willmar, Minnesota.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the Kandiyohi Humane Society to support Ann’s passion and love for animals, or to The Link community group in New London Spicer.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

Ann Margaret Bonham-Thorson was born June 2, 1954, in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard and Mona (Leenay) Bonham.  She grew up in Willmar and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended St. Mary’s Parochial School.

In 1972, she graduated from Willmar High School and then attended the University of Minnesota in Waseca and trained as a Veterinary Technician and Large Animal Veterinarian.

In 1977, Ann was married to Allen Lippold. They made their home in Minneapolis and Red Wing and were later divorced.  In 1985, she moved to Kandiyohi.

In 1988, Ann was married to Richard “Rick” Thorson. They made their home near New London, where they raised their family together.  Ann and Rick were blessed in 26 years of marriage together, enjoying their shared love of gardening, animals, family, and especially time with the grandkids.

Ann was a world-renowned horse trainer with countless awards and recognitions at the national and international level. She started training horses at the age of 16 at Bonnie Lee Farms, and sent many horses on to Regional and national Championship Shows.

She later became a National Certified Massage Therapist and served the Willmar and New London-Spicer communities for 27 years.  In 2019, Ann was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and retired.  She was a member of the Church of St. Mary and was a member of the First Baptist Church with her husband Rick.

Service to others and devotion to her family and friends were the common threads that made Ann who she was. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and cooking comfort foods for all her family and friends.  She had a fond love for all animals and cherished the time together with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was excellent in everything she did, from her work to her gardens, to cooking. She had a special gift for making all people feel welcome and loved. She put her whole heart into everything she did and everyone she touched.

She is survived by three children, Aaron (and Carmelia Ayala) Lippold of Ashburn, VA., Valerie (and Chris) Walstrom of Belgrade and Josh (and Michelle) Patton of Arlington, VA; and seven grandchildren, Tyler (and Maren) Walstrom, Tanner Walstrom, Jordyn Walstrom, Joshua Walstrom, Tania Barahona, Aubrey and Elliana Patton; two brothers, Phil (and Jill) Bonham of Webster and Tim Bonham of Minneapolis, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Rick in 2015.

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I was sad to see that Ann had passed away. I worked at their farm in the 70's and spent a lot of time with her. I had hoped to come to the memorial service today but was unable to attend. My condolences to her family and may she rest in eternal peace.

Rae Ann Bartz Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

I went through 12 years of school with Ann. In grade school, we spent hours on the phone each night. I would go home with her after school on Fridays and spend the night. We had to clean the house Saturday morning and help with barn chores before we could go riding. I remember when her horse Chichi died. We got the measles at the same time. Ann was a wonderful writer of short stories. We lost track of each other through the years. I did stop and visit with my girls in Willmar one time. So sorry for your loss. Ann loved life, her family and animals so much. So many of my fond childhood memories had Ann in them. My prayers go out to all of you.

Pat Clobes Gallagher Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

Aaron and family,The response from the MITRE community was overwhelming. Our hearts and prayers are with you...Brett Kreider, Patrick DeShazo, Toan Luong, Eugene J Aronne, Christopher Borkoski, Robert Clark, Mohamed H El-Sharkawi, Amndeep Singh Mann, Rony Xavier, Janet A Manu, Kyle D Fagan, Rob Kepner, Andy Radle, Elizabeth Torres, Will Dower, Lipee Vora, Brett L Pleasant, Clyneice Chaney

Brett Kreider Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

I remember going to the Bonham farm for a hayride in the fallI was very young it was such a thrill Anns parents were so loving and kindShe was just 2 years ahead of me We grew up together at St Marys Catholic Church and school God Bless the Bonham family

Karen Phelps Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

Rest in peaceMike Thorson and Carol

Mike Thorson and Carol Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy,From "Peace of Mind Massage Therapy" Jacqueline Eubanks and Nancy Drange, co-massage therapists

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.The MITRE/SAF Community

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you Aaron and your family during this difficult time.Uncle Neal and Aunt Carol Lippold

Uncle Neal and Aunt Carol Lippold Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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