Tenho S. Connable
1919 - 2021
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Connable , Tenho S. 9/6/1919 - 1/17/2021 Kalamazoo, Michigan TENHO S. CONNABLE of Kalamazoo, Michigan was born on September 6, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan, to Emil and Anna Sihvonen. Tenho's parents were first-generation Americans who immigrated from Finland. Tenho's first language was Finnish, and she was especially proud of her Finnish heritage. Tenho was a trailblazer for women in the science and engineering fields. After graduating at the top of her class from Northwestern High School in Detroit, she received a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan where she enrolled in its School of Engineering and was its first female graduate to earn a degree in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, Tenho married Edward M. Hindert. When he enlisted in the Navy during World War ll, Tenho worked for Shell Chemical and Ethyl Corporation. Following the war and her husband's graduation from law school, they moved to Kalamazoo. They were married for 30 years and had four children, Patrick, Daniel, Kristina and Thomas. After raising their children, Tenho returned to academia to earn a Master's degree in Mathematics from Western Michigan University with a specialty in Computer Science. She subsequently taught Computer Science for 14 years at Western Michigan University. Although Tenho experienced a successful professional career, her real joy came from her community activities. She was a member of the League of Women Voters of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Arts Council, and the Kalamazoo County Bicentennial Committee. Tenho had a love for life and never stopped pursuing her passions. She was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Figure Skating Club, a member of the Every Friday Club, and developed a passion for competitive ballroom dancing. On November 11, 1972, she married Alfred B. Connable of Kalamazoo, and they shared 27 wonderful years together filled with world travels and a shared happiness with family and friends. Al preceded Tenho in death on November 16, 1999. Tenho loved and was loved by her children and grandchildren and prioritized her schedule to spend time with each of them. Tenho passed away peacefully at hospice on Sunday, January 17, 2021 of age-related causes, just days after her last ballroom dance session where, at age 101, she was still enjoying and shining up her West Coast Swing, Bolero and Waltz. Tenho is survived by her son Patrick J. Hindert and his wife Louise of Loveland, Ohio, and their sons Johann and Conrad; son Daniel W. Hindert and his wife Stefani of North Salt Lake, Utah, and Dan's son Eliel and daughter Elisabeth Tenho; daughter Kristina F. Hindert, MD and her partner Buzz Burrell of Boulder, Colorado, and Kristina's children Lincoln, Jessica and Kyle; and son Thomas (Tim) Hindert and his wife Clare of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Tim's children Nicole, Michael and Bryan, and their mother Tania Barreto. Tenho was especially proud to have three great-grandchildren, Aiden McCoy and Holden and Harlow Hindert. Tenho was preceded in death by her two brothers Kauno Sihvonen and Taatto Sihvonen and by her son-in-law Associate Chief Justice (ret.) of the Utah Supreme Court, Ronald E. Nehring. Any charitable gifts in Tenho's memory may be made to Friendship Village of Kalamazoo.

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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 28, 2021
Lost a blessed soul whose golden testament is passed on in the wonderful lives of Patrick, Daniel, Kris, and Tim.

May you and your families and friends rest and restore yourselves by seeking haven in the rock that rolls away to set Tenho free to join the Almighty.
Stephen Haynes
January 25, 2021
Meeting Tenho and assisting her in planning her Century Ball will always be a highlight for me. What a remarkable and humble woman. I so enjoyed hearing her interesting stories of life. Blessings to her family at this time.
Mary Beth Lyons, A Single Ray of Hope
January 23, 2021
Tengo was such a lovely woman. It was a joy and honor to do her hair at Friendship village. She enjoyed ballroom dancing very much, said it improved her balance and memory. She will be missed. Be proud of all her accomplishments.
Cherie Horning
January 22, 2021
I don't ever remember not knowing Tenho Hindert Connable. When I was a young child I would walk to the end of our driveway, look both ways, and walk straight across the street into the Hindert's driveway to Mrs. Hindert and her fabulous children. While she and my Dear Mom were great friends, as that small child I always thought Mrs. Hindert was my friend too. She created such unique and significant days for all of us. Whether she would spontaneously have us all jump in her car after a snow fall and go sledding on then WMU"s golf course, with our "flying saucers". Each of her children had their own saucer which she cleverly had printed that child's name in bold letters. When she made her traditional Finnish bread, any child that was at their house was encouraged to participate. I vividly recall the day she first welcomed me to "braid the dough". Her confidence and gentle guidance meant so much. Later in life, when Tenho's good friend, Governor Milliken, asked her for a recommendation of a young adult to serve on WMU's Board of Trustees, she suggested my name. Those 17 years were transformative for me and opened many other doors of opportunities that I never would have been lucky to walk through. Tenho was such a pioneer and so ahead of her time. Everything, everything, she did was through her natural lens of creativity, inclusiveness, supportive, and challenging those in her world to take roads they never thought to travel. She inspired many, many people to aim higher and broaden one's awareness. By example she showed us the impact of hard work, setting goals, and being caring and sensitive to every human being. While I only had 22 years with my own Mother, how incredibly fortunate I was to share 70 years with Tenho Hindert Connable. My heart felt sympathy to all of her wonderful family. Love, Maury (Lyon, Parfet) Reed
Maury Reed
January 22, 2021
Tenho's was definitely a life well lived. Her energy and passion for life were truly amazing. I have fond memories of times spent with her and Al. My condolences to her family.
Faye Luscombe
January 22, 2021
Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. May her legacy live forever in the hearts of the ones she loved and the ones who loved her.
Paula Rubinstein
January 21, 2021
I am delighted and blessed to have known Tenho over the past 6 years. Photo from 2017 Dance Championships in Honolulu.
January 21, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about Tenho's passing - but what a long and amazing life! Thank you Kristina for inviting us to her 100th birthday celebration - we were so happy and honored to witness it. Sending love to you and Buzz - Cori Terry and David Anderson
Cori Terry
January 20, 2021
I met Tenho at Sharon’s Dance Studio when I was a beginner and Tenho had been enjoying ballroom dance competitions. She encouraged me and I enjoyed occasional brief exchanges when we crossed paths at Sharon’s. I will miss her joyful greeting and assurance that she had our instructor "warmed up." I'm especially glad I was able to help celebrate her centennial birthday. Tenho absolutely had a life well lived.
Joni O'Connor
January 20, 2021
She was a marvel! I enjoyed seeing her at Gilmore concerts. My condolences to the family.
William Stein
January 20, 2021
Our condolences to the Hindert and Connable families. We had many wonderful times together with Al and Tenho.
Gary and Nancy Niemeck
January 20, 2021
Tenho was a very special person. We had many long walks on the many paths on her property in Barry County, "the Lodge". I will always have fond memories of her and Al.
Dick Stap
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