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Ilene Norma Tonini

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Ilene Norma Tonini Obituary
Ilene Norma Tonini Ilene Norma Tonini went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 2, 2014. She was 92. Ilene was born in Eureka on September 19, 1921. Her parents were Norman and Jenny Jensen. She grew up on C Street and graduated from Eureka High School. Upon completion of high school, she attended Humboldt State College, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. After graduation, she worked as a school secretary at Humboldt State College Elementary School, a job she absolutely loved and talked about on many occasions with her family. Shortly after World War II, she met Harry Tonini from Ferndale, who had just returned from fighting in the South Pacific. They dated, fell in love, and got married at her family's home. Ilene and Harry began their life together in Fortuna. After having their first child, they built a home in Eureka where she lived and raised their three children. She was very involved in the PTA at Grant Elementary School, where she received a lifetime membership. She had an active social life and enjoyed spending time with her many friends. In later years, she enjoyed traveling with Harry. Ilene was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, brother, Kenneth Jensen, and her parents Norm and Jenny Jensen. She is survived by her three children David (Ann) of Visalia, Daniel (Kathy) of Irvine, and Diana Elmer (Owen) of Carmichael. She is also survived by seven grandchildren Dr. Timothy Tonini (Victoria), Dr. Christopher Tonini (Marissa), Dr. Andrew Tonini (Jennifer), Tara Tonini, Emily Tonini, Ryan Elmer (Megan), and Carly Elmer, and four great grandchildren Sophia, Jacob, and Nicolas Tonini, and Kaydence Elmer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 715 South Avenue, Eureka on Friday, June 13 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Calvary Lutheran Church. BURIAL WILL BE (Private) at Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, CA. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto www.salseranddillard.com Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 10 to June 12, 2014
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