Marjorie M. Tonnsen
Marjorie M. (Jones) Tonnsen, 91, passed away peacefully with
her daughter by her side on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Wisconsin Veterans
Home in King.
She was born Nov. 10, 1925 in Pardeeville, a daughter of
Royce and Gladys (Loveland) Breneman.
Marjorie graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1943 and
two years later graduated from Columbia Co. Normal School. She then began
teaching in a rural, one room school.
Marjorie received her bachelor’s degree in elementary
education from UW-Oshkosh in 1961 and went on to receive her master’s degree in
elementary education from UWSP in 1974. She taught for 32 years in Columbia and
On June 7, 1947, Marjorie married Casey Jones in
Pardeeville. He preceded her in death June 1, 1980.
On Nov. 11, 1982, she married her second husband Burton
Tonnsen in Las Vegas, NV. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2004.
Through the years, Marjorie was very active with the
American Legion Auxiliary Post and Unit 351 in Montello, and also the American
Legion on a state level. She was also involved with the Women’s Club in
Montello and in her volunteer work at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King for
After retirement, Marjorie spent her winters in the
southwest and most recently for 19 years in Weslaco, Texas, where she volunteered
at Knapp Medical Center. Additionally, for a number of years she volunteered
with the noon meal program at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in
Stevens Point. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Marjorie
will be dearly missed by all of her loving family and friends.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Virginia “Ginger”
(James) Groshek, Stevens Point; her son, Charles (Judy) Jones, Apopka, Fla.; a
daughter-in-law, Kathleen Jones, Stevens Point; grandchildren, Carrie Jones, Stevens
Point, Laura Jones, Oshkosh, Kathryn (Don) Riddle, Wausau, and Joseph Groshek,
Stevens Point; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Knutson, Minocqua. She is also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Royce and Gladys
Breneman; first and second husbands, Casey Jones and Burton Tonnsen; a sister,
Lila (Robert) Reeve; and two brothers, Maurice (Joan) Breneman and Wayne (Kay)
A Funeral Service will be Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at
the Main Chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Chaplain Rich Engle
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 8
p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca and again on Friday from 10 to 11
a.m. at the Main Chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home. Burial will be at the
Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King. The Holly Funeral Home of
Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.