Leslie Laura Sompong | Obituary
BLOOMINGTON – Leslie Laura Sompong, 79, of Bloomington, died at her residence surrounded by her family on July 14, 2021. She was born on December 10, 1941 in Peoria to Anna Gail (Wilson) and Edward Wilcox II.
She was raised primarily in Bloomington and spent most of her life in the community, but also lived briefly in Springfield, OR, Bangkok, Thailand and Champaign, IL for brief stays. She graduated from Bloomington High School and married the love of her life, Boontuang (Boonie) Sompong, in Lopburi, Thailand on July 28, 1964.
Leslie was a woman devoted to her family and to music. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Illinois State University and has had a long career in this field.
Early in her career she taught music to students at the International School in Bangkok and upon her return to the United States taught strings to elementary students at Champaign Unit 4 schools. After a permanent move to Bloomington, she worked at the Wilcox Music Center teaching piano and organ and helping with sales. She then spent 16 years as the Music Director of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Bloomington, where she was organist, choir director, conductor, bell coordinator and music teacher. Her career then took her to the First Baptist Church of Bloomington where she served as Music and Choir Director and retired there. Even in retirement, she remained busy as an interim organist. During her career, she also played cello in the Bloomington-Normal Symphony as well as symphonies in Thailand and central Illinois and taught piano, organ, cello and violin privately.
Leslie has volunteered with the National Federation of Music Clubs. She served in the local Orpheus chapter and was at one time president of the Illinois chapter. Leslie also donated a lot of time and talent to many parts of the community who requested her instrumental and vocal skills. His favorite activities outside of music included reading detective novels and watching crime films and TV shows, baking, cooking, gardening and traveling.
The survivors are her loving husband of 57 years, Boontuang; children: Derek Sompong from Champaign, IL, Aaron Sompong (Akiko Shimazu) from Tsukuba, Japan, Rachel Sompong (Steven) from Bloomingon; grandchildren: Jillian Sompong of Bloomington, Andrew Sompong of Tsukuba, Japan, and brother, Edward Wilcox III of San Francisco, CA.
Cremation rites have been granted with East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Visitations will take place on Saturday August 7, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Bloomington at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Bloomington; 2502 E. Avenue du Collège; Bloomington, IL 61704 to establish a music education fund.