Tonya Chatani

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    - Christy, Sydney and Will Kolb
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Tonya Renee Chatani (Farrell)

Tonya Renee Chatani (Farrell) passed away in her home in Tallahassee, Florida on August 9, 2014. She was 47 years old. Tonya was born in Muncie, Indiana on February 6, 1967. She is survived by her husband, Ganesh Chatani, and their darling daughter, Sydney Grae; her mother Hazel Sumner, step-father Howard Sumner, and five siblings, Joey Farrell, Ron Farrell, Mike Farrell, Pam Farrell, and Howard Sumner, III; and her in-laws Paul and Kirsten Chatani, brother-in-law Dee Chatani, and sisters-in-law Bina Busing and Nisha Worthington along with many other extended family members and loved ones.
Tonya was a daddy's girl and we take comfort in knowing that she has reunited with her father, Ernest Farrell, who preceded her in death (January 1, 1977).
Tonya grew up in Hazard, Kentucky where she was the homecoming princess and a friend to all. She loved Hazard and its people and they loved her back--especially her best friend Shannon Morton (Johnson).
She graduated from Penn State University but proudly wore the Garnet and Gold in support of her husband.
She was a physician's assistant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Clinique and Estée Lauder manager, a volunteer for a crisis hotline, and for the last seventeen years, a devoted wife and mother. She was the rare embodiment of inner and outer beauty.
Tonya enjoyed shopping with her pride and joy Sydney, laying on the beach, and watching D rated "scary" movies.
She was a master decorator and an artist. She made our house a home and it will never be the same without her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home on Riggins Road at 1:00pm. A reception with the family will follow the service at Culley's.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2014
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