Patricia Ann Tonozzi
Patricia Ann Tonozzi died peacefully on Sunday morning at her home in Glenwood Springs, CO, held in the love and care of her beloved husband of 72 years and their twelve children.
“Patty” Wall was born in Minneapolis, MN, the youngest of four children born to Stephen and Marie Wall. She was an Irish beauty who captured the eye of one Navy boy named “Tony” Tonozzi, when Tony served as the altar boy at her brother’s wedding in a small chapel at Mare Island Naval Station, where Tony was stationed during WWII in 1942. They were married in Minneapolis nine months later. They made their home in Corona, CA, where their first two children were born. After discharge from the Navy they moved back to Pat’s home town, where they settled for 26 years, and where Tony worked in administration for the VA hospital. Their remaining 10 children were born there. Pat and Tony and the kids lived at Fort Snelling on the banks of the Mississippi River, where they not only raised their family, but also were active in their church, family gatherings, community affairs, and recreational activities with extended family and many friends. Upon Tony’s retirement, Pat and Tony pulled up stakes and moved to Glenwood Springs in 1971, where they claimed to be “recreational specialists” — skiing, golf, tennis, bridge, regulars at the Hot Springs Pool. Pat was a hopeless romantic. She played the piano and she and Tony sang beautiful music together. She wrote poetry and instilled a love of music, art, literature, travel and the beauty of the natural world in her children. She loved to travel to places far and wide — with a special place in her heart for the winters she and Tony spent in Kauai. She was a political activist, whose compassion extended to all God’s children, and to our planet earth. Her concern for peace and justice extended from her own back yard to the world. She loved the whistle of the train, the views of Mount Sopris, the glowing sunsets, and watching the moon rise over the mountain. Wise mother, grandmother, and friend, she will be remembered always. Her Irish eyes are smiling down on us.
Pat is survived by Tony, her twelve children: Luana Olson (George), Stephen Tonozzi (Pat Smith), Michelle Tonozzi, Gregory Tonozzi, Brian Tonozzi, Sheri Tonozzi (Carl Tharp), Timothy Tonozzi, Joseph Tonozzi (Thanida Chaosuan), James Tonozzi, Patrick Tonozzi, Christopher Tonozzi (Merne Dragonette), Angela Tonozzi (John Lee) and their families, including 24 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild.
Service will be held at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, in Glenwood Springs, Friday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Ave, Ste. 206 Glenwood Springs CO 81601 or the charity of your choice.
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