Gloria E Tonn

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Gloria Elaine Tonn, age 83 of Elma, IA passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family and furry companion Penny on Saturday, April 8, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Mark Murphy celebrating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Elma, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with a 3:30 PM Rosary and a 7:00 PM Celebration of Life service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Tuesday. Online condolences for Gloria’s Family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Gloria Elaine, was born to Edward and Helen (Drtina) Shimek at their little farm house near Maple Leaf, Iowa on August 24, 1933. She attended the Country School of Howard County, and was a 1952 graduate of Immaculate Conception Acadamy High School in Elma. On October 21, 1952, she was united in marriage to Marvin “Louie” Tonn at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Schley, IA. They were blessed with seven children; Sandra (Dennis) Stevenson, of Elma,IA, Leland (Kathy) Tonn of Britt ,IA. Lorilee Tonn, of Elma, IA, JoAnn (David) Marshall, of Hayfield, MN., Marvin (Sarah) Tonn, of Oakdale, MN., Peggy (Khris) Huhe, of Stewartville, MN., Michael (Michelle) Tonn, of Stewartville, MN. Gloria so loved her 15 Grandchildren and 13 Great-Grandchildren. Besides being a Master at homemaking, she was a story teller and the Family historian of which she transferred into books for each of her children, she mastered quilting and gifted her family with quilted treasures. Gloria taught local quilting classes and sewed for “Lydia’s Sisters.” She enjoyed the special moments around the conversation table. She cared for her ill daughter, Lorilee for 22 years and during these years she babysat for many local children. Gloria worked at Colonial Manor, D&J’s Quick Stop and Comprehensive Systems in Elma. Gloria will always be remembered for opening her doors to others, her straightforward wit, and her love of conversation and her home cooking. She will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin, Sr. in 1993; her daughter, Lorilee in 1991; Her son, Leland in 2009; granddaughter, Christina Tonn in 1978; her great-grandson, Gabriel Levi in 2017 and her brother; Carl Schimek.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to all of Gloria’s family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. my sympathy to all of Gloria’s family. she was a wonderful person. Louise Heying Cutsforth

  3. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. I have many fond memories of Gloria. Gloria had many of her children’s friends trek through her house, and she always gave us what we needed. Most of the time, it was her great smile, warm heart, and sometimes her delicious potato salad! As the years went on, we did share a few laughs about the few times she may have had to give us something other than a smile-but we always knew we were welcome. God’ s grace and love to all of you . Ann and Pat

  4. Our deepest sympathy to your whole family!! My favorite memory is her pulling up in her new red convertible and letting us go for a spin…she was full of spunk! We will miss her!

  5. Prayers & sympathy to you all. She was a wonderful lady and I’m guessing she was greeted by many who loved her.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to Gloria’s family. What a great lady. She will be missed.
    Curt and Connie Grisim

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know her, I am one of the second cousins, Kenneth Shock being my father and Rita Tegland, my Aunt. Now I know where I get my love of quilting from! She seems like a wonderful person and I look forward to meeting her in the resurrection.
    Debbie Ferrin (Shock)

  8. I will always remember Gloria with a big smile on her face as she was riding in the convertible she bought from me! She was one spunky lady and I hope there was a cute red convertible waiting for her in heaven. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Tonn family , she will be missed!
    Mike and Trudy O’Donnell

  9. So sorry to hear of your loss. Gloria (and Louie) were definitely those people who made Elma a great place to grow up. May God bless as you go through this difficult time. Gloria used her time, talents, and gifts to make Elma a better place for her family and others. Randy L. Hammond

  10. My sincere sympathy sandy ton you and all the family . Just found out today Gloria was an amazing women. I think I was her and Marvin flower girl at their wedding Diane Billmyer [ Hruska{

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