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TONKEN, Louise D. Louise Dorman Tonken, beloved wife of the late Dr. Louis C. Tonken, passed away on July 27, 2010 at the age of 96. She was born in Marlborough, CT, the daughter of the late Ida and Herman Dorman of West Hartford. Upon graduating from Weaver High School in Hartford, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City and also studied piano and voice. She maintained a studio in New Britain where she taught drama and speech and presented many of her students in recitals which she organized. Prior to her marriage in 1937 she also taught in Middletown and Hartford and directed various plays throughout the region. After her husband enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, she moved to Fort Kenning, GA where he was stationed for three years. In 1946 she returned to the Hartford area where he resumed his medical practice for which she provided assistance until his retirement in 1986. Mrs. Tonken had been an active member of the PTA, a member of the Hebrew Home and Hospital and a member of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital Auxitinry. Both she and her late husband had been members of Temple Beth Israel in West Hartford for many years. Louise Tonken was very devoted to her children throughout her lifetime, especially during their formative years in regard to their educational and cultural development. She mentored their academic abilities and musical talents. During mid-life her oldest daughter encouraged her to travel - to discover the world - so she and her husband began vacationing outside the U.S., enjoying the Caribbean islands, Bermuda, Hawaii, Mexico and Southern Europe. For many years Louise Tonken's favorite hobby was knitting. Studying instructional manuals she knit children's snowsuits, customized sweaters and a variety of accessories. Louise Tonken was predeceased by a brother, Morris P. Dorman, and is survived by her daughter Connie Tonken of Hartford, and twin daughters Sharon Wolmetz and Beverly Sussan of Rocky Hill; her two grandsons, Ilan B. Sussan of Oakton, Virginia and Barry Wolmetz of the Greater Hartford area; a sister-in-law, Nona Dorman of Hartford; two nieces, Nancy Tonken Heasley of Sykesville, Maryland and Holly Dorman of New York City; and two nephews, Steven Tonken of Webster, Massachusetts and Greg Dorman of Poughkeepsie, New York. Louise Tonken was buried at the Emanuel Cemetery in Wethersfield on July 28th. Weinstein Mortuary was entrusted with the funeral arrangements. The funeral was private. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 30, 2010
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