TORRINGTON – Candyce “Candy” Norstegaard Thompson, 60, lost her battle with lung cancer May 10, 2018, at Denver Hospice in Denver, Colo. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. Saturday May 26 at the Rendezvous Center at the fairgrounds in Torrington. Pastor Paul Braddy of Sonrise Church will officiate.
Candy requested that attendees wear their favorite band T-shirts and refreshments will be available after the service. The family invites everyone to join them for a social gathering at the Elks Club after.
Candy loved dogs and a Candy Thompson Memorial Dog Park fund has been set up at Platte Valley National Bank to receive donations in lieu of flowers. The family is in the process of setting up a GoFundMe account to further facilitate a dog park in Torrington.
Candy was a very loving and outgoing person. She made friends wherever she went and her definition of “family” was open-ended, including many people who were not related biologically but who she considered members. She loved gardening, art-making, interior design, flea markets and auctions, going to concerts, bringing people together, and dogs, dogs, dogs.
She was the youngest daughter of Alf and Elna Norstegaard and spent the first years of her life on a farm near Kramer, N.D. She graduated from East High in Cheyenne, went to college, and hired on with BNSF Railroad at a time when few women were railroaders. She earned the respect of her co-workers with her work ethic, her sense of humor, and her sharp wit. During her 38-year career Candy worked out of terminals in Edgemont, Gillette, Greybull, Sterling and Guernsey. She always tried to take care of people, serving as a union steward, inviting new-hires to join family meals at holidays when they were far from home and standing up for everyone’s rights.
Candy is survived by her beloved husband Michael, who was her constant companion and care-giver during her last illness, her daughter Lacey Meyer, her son Jordan Adkins, grandchildren Phoenix, Daniel, Allison, and Emma, siblings Anugraha, LeAnn, and Mark Norstegaard, niece Markee, nephews Shado, Cedar, and Bridger, and stepchildren Jared and Maresa Thompson. She is profoundly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her and be loved by her.