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Jeanette “Snook” K. Tonneson, 72

Mar 13, 2011

Jeanette “Snook” K. Tonneson

Fairmont – Private family services for Jeanette “Snook” K. Tonneson, age 72, of Fairmont, will be Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Lakeview Funeral Home, in Fairmont. Burial will be held at a later date at the Lakeside Cemetery, in Fairmont. Jeanette passed away on Sunday morning, March 6, 2011, at her home in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jeanette Kay “Snook” (Howerter) Tonneson was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Fairmont, the daughter of Russell and Agnes (Martinson) Howerter. She attended the Granada School and was baptized and confirmed in the Granada United Methodist Church.

On Feb. 26, 1955, Jeanette was united in marriage to Robert Tonneson at the Granada United Methodist Church. Together the couple made their home in Fairmont where they were blessed with five children, Steve, Terry, Troy, Tammy and Shane. This year, Jeanette and Robert celebrated 56 years of marriage together.

Snook wasn’t afraid to put in a hard day of work. She worked for many years as a waitress in various area restaurants. In 1968, Snook and Robert purchased the Lair Marina and owned and operated the business until 1976. She then went to work for 3M and worked there for seventeen years, retiring in 1997.

In her spare time, Snook enjoyed traveling in the motor home that she and Robert had. She looked forward to camping and fishing trips and also trips south to Texas. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, cherishing any opportunity to spend time with her family. Snook was a superb cook and was known for her homemade noodles and “snowballs.” Her hardworking and caring ways will be greatly missed by those that loved her and called her friend.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Robert Tonneson; five children, Steve (Evelyn) Tonneson, their children, Brandon (Rachel) Tonneson, Christine Laue, Anna Stine and Jason Stine; Terry Tonneson (special friend Lu Newell), and children, Auston Tonneson, Andy Tonneson and Crystal Tonneson; Troy (Teresa) Tonneson, and their children, Dustin Tonneson, Doyle Tonneson and Dayle Tonneson; Tammy Speckman (fiancé John), and their children, Dylan Gruhn and Susie Gruhn; and Shane Tonneson; great-grandchildren, Lilly, Drew, Nevaeh, Paxton, Brooklyn, Summer, Leanne Laue, Jayden Laue, Samantha Stine, Bryant Burhow and Keagan Burhow; sister, Jean (Al) Beeken; sister-in-law, Fern Dalen; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Agnes Howerter; brother, Charles Howerter; sister, Delores Bell; brother-in-law, Howard Tonneson; sister-in-law, Diana Howerter; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law.