Laurie L. Thompkins
October 2, 1965 – September 8, 2018
Laurie Thompkins, 52, of Penn Yan, NY passed away unexpectedly at Strong Memorial Hospital on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Laurie was born on October 2nd, 1965 in Washington, Missouri to the late Stephen & Arlene Kohl Sokolowski. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1983. Laurie went on to get her Liberal Arts degree from FLCC and worked at the Penn Yan Manor as a CNA her entire life.
Laurie was a one of a kind person, extremely unique, creative, with all the love to give in the world. She was free spirited, and to put it simply; she was a ray of sunshine inside of a human body. She made sure her family knew how much she loved them. Her boys and her granddaughter were her greatest achievements in her mind. She loved to brag about them or tell stories about her adventures with little Ava. Ava called her Grammie, and she wore that title with the most pride in the world. Laurie will be severely missed by her family, co-workers, the residents she took care of, and the friends she had throughout her life.
Laurie is survived by her 3 sons, Peter, Joshua & Matthew Thompkins; granddaughter Ava Thompkins; siblings, Rick Sokolowski, Cindy Woodard, Keith Sokolowski, Kyle Sokolowski, Michelle Sokolowski & Shirley Sokolowski. She was predeceased by her sister, Elgerine Marie Hemer.
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 14th, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY. A service for Laurie will take place immediately following calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Laurie’s name to the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, 655 Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home
655 Liberty St., Penn Yan, New York 14527
- Calling Hours Friday, September 14, 2018
- Service Friday, September 14, 2018
Laurie L. Thompkins
September 13, 2018
I got to know Laurie back in the early 1980’s through her brother, Keith. We were all going to Penn Yan Academy at the same time so we shared classes, hobbies, and interests. Laurie and I shared an artistic talent so we were always in the same art classes and served on the yearbook staff together. I was always kidding around with Laurie at the Sokolowski homestead during high school, and she often joined us in bowling outings, tennis matches, swimming at Keuka Lake, and going with a car load to the drive-in movie theaters at Canandaigua and Geneva. Life and location caused me to lose touch with Laurie so it is with great sadness that I heard of her unexpected passing. I’ll always remember how funny she was in those days, how caring she was to others, and how dedicated she was to her family well-being through their trials and tribulations of everyday life. I’m sure her values were passed down to her children and hopefully her infectious laughter as well. My thoughts and prayers to both the Thompkins and Sokolowski families during this terrible time. Laurie’s spark touched many lives. She will be missed by many and she will not be forgotten.
September 12, 2018
It is hard to believe that your not available to talk photography techniques and short story ideas. I loved your smile and kindness, when I first met you many years ago at the Manor, you were just a happy person. I was grateful that I had you to show me the ropes at the Manor. I didn't know then that we would be really good friends, but I am grateful for your inspiration. I will carry your memory and pass on your kindness to others. My prayers are with your family. I will miss you my friend. Wish we had gone to the balloon glow together, I would have that memory to carry with me as well. Memories are a precious gift.
September 12, 2018
I will miss you my friend...you were so kind and loving...my God keep you close and provide comfort to your loved ones. You touched more people than you ever knew...