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John Joseph "Jack" Tonioli

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John Joseph "Jack" Tonioli Obituary
John "Jack"

Joseph Tonioli

Mills River - John "Jack" Joseph Tonioli, 73, of Mills River died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Golden Living Center. A native of Cornwall, NY, he was son of the late John J. Tonioli and Florence Cavanagh Frorath. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, George Tonioli, a grandson, Timothy Gannon and son-in-law, Nickolas Gannon.

Jack moved to North Carolina in 1978 and had resided for the last 2 1/2 years in Mills River. As a general contractor, Jack constructed the Alzheimer's Unit in Black Mountain but had mostly specialized in renovating and remodeling medical facilities. Some of his last projects were the St. Joseph's Campus of Mission Hospital and Doctor's offices at 445 Biltmore Avenue.

Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Pearl Leicht Tonioli; four daughters, Bonnie Gannon, Teresa Stewart and her husband, Mike, Jackie Garren and her husband, Tim and Darcy Wilson-Varney and her husband, Bruce; sister, Elaine DeStefano of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother, Thomas Tonioli of Acworth, NH; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and a new great-grandchild expected in July.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, June 18, 2012 in the chapel of Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue with Father Andrew Nowak. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four-Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 17, 2012
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