Obit: Tonn, Frank Frederick (1859 - 1938)

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Surnames: Tonn, Trapp, Nissin, Koart, Staples, Klode, Goetsch, Hoge, Thieme, Machlett, Mathias, Peissig, Richter, Maki, Krause, Marquardt, Pribbnow, Molle

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 08/18/1938

Tonn, Frank Frederick (26 Oct. 1859 - 9 Aug. 1938)

Frank Frederick Tonn died Aug. 9 at his home in the village of Curtiss, Wis. Death was caused by complications of diseases. He was ill about one and one-half years prior to his death.

Mr. Tonn was born in Starkon, Germany, Oct. 26, 1859. He came to the United States in the year of 1882 and settled at Milwaukee. On Sept. 1, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Trapp of Milwaukee. They came from Milwaukee in October, 1883, to the town of Hoard where they settled on a wild track of land. Here, through hard labor and thrift, they established a sightly farm. In 1929, Mr. and Mrs. Tonn retired from farm labor and moved to the village of Curtiss where he lived out his remaining days in a modest home they had built for themselves.

The deceased helped organize the St. Paul’s congregation at Curtiss and was a life long member of the same. He served as elder of this church for many years up to the time when sickness compelled him to resign. He also served as town chairman for thirteen years. He leaves to mourn his departure to the heavenly goal his wife, three sons and three daughters. They are Paul Tonn of Milwaukee, Art Tonn on the home farm in the town of Hoard and Franklin Tonn of Curtiss, Mrs. Martin Nissin of Glidden, Wis., Mrs. Wm. Koart of San Gabriel, Cal., Mrs. Ray Staples of Abbotsford, Wis. Also three sisters - Mrs. Frank Klode, Mrs. Wm. Tonn and Mrs. Frank Klode, all of Milwaukee.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran church Friday afternoon at 2:00 P.M., Rev. M. C. Goetsch officiating. The choir rendered two beautiful hymns, "Long Hast Thou Labored" and "Asleep in Jesus." Pall bearers were John Hoge, Fred Thieme, Fred Machlett, Frank Mathias, Herman Piessig and Fred Richter.

Out of town relatives here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tonn and son, Paul, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Tonn, all of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nissin and daughter, Marie, and son, James, of Glidden, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Staples and son, Jimmy, of Abbotsford, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Tonn of Tulon, Ill., Mrs. Lyrl Tonn of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Wilho Maki of Owen and Rolan Tonn of Mendota, Ill. Friends from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Nissin of Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Krause of Milan, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Marquardt of town Frankfort, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Pribbnow of Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Molle of town of Green Grove.

Mr. Tonn’s unblemished character and kindly disposition will be greatly missed by his many relatives and friends. The Curtiss community extends its heartfelt sympathy to the relatives left to mourn his death.



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